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HBCU signing day
Published Thursday, February 8, 2018
by Bonitta Best

Football coaches waited by the fax machines while fans stayed glued to social media to keep up with the latest signings on National Signing Day.

North Carolina Central interim coach Granville Eastman and staff introduced 19 new recruits at a signing ceremony Wednesday night at the NCCU School of Law. Five of the 19 were early signees.

Of the total, 14 are freshmen and five transfers, nine are in state, followed by Florida with eight, and one each from Georgia and Texas.

Locals will see some familiar faces in Riverside High senior Chuck Manning, the 2017 Triangle 6 Conference Defensive Player of the Year; Leesville Road wide receiver Sonnie Richardson, a transfer from Mesa Community College; Easton Senior, Southern High defensive tackle; N.C. State WR transfer Daeshawn Stephens, a Hillside alum; and Clayton High cornerback Romeo Stancil.

NCCU grabbed two recruits from the Charlotte area: Tyler Barnes, wide receiver at West Mecklenburg High, who also plays baseball; and defensive back Marquise Nelson at Harding University High, the 2017 4A state champion.

The remaining list:

  • Marcel Bell, DE, Columbia (Fla.) High
  • Alejandro Hall, CB, Alpharetta (Ga.) High
  • Ricky Lee, OL, Robert E. Lee High
  • John Pecaro, P, Pierce College
  • Joseph Pete, OL, Cisco College
  • Mashion Powell, RB, Regan High
  • Zach Simmons, LB, Deerfield Beach High
  • Manny Smith, DB, Scotland High
  • Jesse Urbina, OL, Trinity Christian Academy
  • Travon Wallace, DB, Atlantic Coast High
  • Tyquan Watson, RB, Eastern Arizona College
  • Marvin Zanders, QB, University of Missouri

Jordan Invitational

Winston-Salem State could almost call its signing day the Jordan High Invitational. Four of the Rams 10 recruits are from Jordan High School: DBs’ Myles Speller and Brandon Massey, and LB Tashaun Taylor and OL Jaelin Shaw. The remaining six are all from the Triad area.

“I’m really proud of the effort that our coaches put into this signing class,” coach Kienus Boulware said. “We addressed most of our needs today, and we are still working on more to come.”

MEAC champs seek depth

New North Carolina A&T coach Sam Washington added 15 players in his first recruiting class. The Aggies are coming off a record-setting undefeated season, becoming the first HBCU FCS team to do so.

“Winning helps in recruiting but, as a coach, you always want more,” said Washington. “If I could have gotten more three-, four-, five-star athletes, I would have taken them. But recruiting has been feasible the past few years because of our success.”

The recruits:

  • Michael Branch, DL, Presbyterian College
  • TeVaughn Higgins, Scotland County High
  • KeAndre Jones, LB, Spring Valley High
  • Lawrence Lagrone, OL, Douglas (Ga.) High
  • Jah-Maine Martin, RB, Coastal Carolina
  • Justin Nwachukwu, DL, NOthern Illinois
  • Chance Pride, WR, Eastside High
  • Michael Rivers, PK, North Brunswick High
  • Zareik Rush, OLB, Dudley High
  • Miles Simon, DB, Hibriten High
  • Israel Spivey, WR, Cedar Grove (Ga.)
  • Joseph Stuckey, OLB, Milford Academy
  • Wizdom Vaughn, WR, New Hanover High
  • Chris Williams, LB, Scotland High
  • Tim Williams, OL, Scotland High


See more HBCU signings on our blog.


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