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National Signing Day: Rayner signs with Duke; Topsail's Thomas is first player for Charlotte

READ MORE: National Signing Day: Rayner signs with Duke; Topsail's Thomas is first player for Charlotte
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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- Below we've posted signings from around our neck of the woods. We've also posted stories from the Associated Press that pertain to national signing day.

East Bladen - AJ McKoy - Western Carolina
Laney - Tevin Clay - Fayetteville State
South Brunswick - Gary Williams - Catawba
South Columbus - Rontonio Stanley - UNC Pembroke
North Brunswick - Keilin Rayner - Duke
North Brunswick - Jaron Smyre - Campbell
Topsail - Will Thomas - Charlotte
Topsail - Andrew Potts - Western Carolina
Hoggard - Aric Williams - Fayetteville State
Hoggard - Anthony Nixon - Fayetteville State
Hoggard - Terry Caldwell - Charlotte
Hoggard - Brendon Grants - Campbell
Hoggard - Phillip Bowles - UNC Pembroke
Hoggard - Emily Pagrabs - Wofford (women's golf)
Hoggard - Chelsea Frankenny - Charleston Southern (women's soccer)
Hoggard - Hayden Fuss - Florida Southern (lacrosse)

Wake Forest Demon Deacons
By JOEDY McCREARY
AP Sports Writer
Wake Forest once again lived up to its "Wake Florida"
nickname.
Coach Jim Grobe continued to mine the Sunshine State for
recruits, with eight of the 19 signees announced Wednesday coming
from Florida. Wake Forest had 30 Floridians on last season's
roster.
The list includes nine players who received three stars from the
recruiting analysts at Scout.com. That service ranked the Demon
Deacons' class last in the ACC and 72nd nationally.
Quarterback Tyler Cameron of Jupiter and linebacker Kevin Jones
of Oakland Park are the two highest-rated Floridians on Wake
Forest's list of signees. Cameron is a lefthander who enrolled last
month.
Wake Forest's class also is noteworthy because of its balance.
The Demon Deacons signed at least one player from each position
group.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Duke Blue Devils
By JOEDY McCREARY
AP Sports Writer
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke coach David Cutcliffe went coast to
coast to find the players who can turn the Blue Devils into
winners.
Cutcliffe on Wednesday announced a 20-man recruiting class that
includes players from four time zones. He says "I feel like it,
after all the travels."
Two of the Blue Devils' highest profile signees were a pair of
late instate commitments, back Jela Duncan of Charlotte and back
Keilin Rayner of Leland.
From beyond the North Carolina border, Duke landed Colorado
native Max McCaffrey - a back who's the son of former NFL receiver
Ed McCaffrey - and back Deion Williams of Long Beach, Calif.
Duke doesn't assign positions to signees, instead listing them
as backs, linemen, quarterbacks or kickers.
Scout.com ranked Duke's class 10th in the ACC and 63rd
nationally.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

NC State Wolfpack
By JOEDY McCREARY
AP Sports Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State's 23-man recruiting
class includes a possible eventual replacement for quarterback Mike
Glennon.
The school says that total includes four who enrolled at N.C.
State in January and a Colorado State transfer who could take over
for Glennon in 2013.
Coach Tom O'Brien says the emphasis was on adding talent at
every position on both sides of the ball.
Scout.com says the Wolfpack's recruiting class ranks ninth in
the ACC and 58th nationally. It rated 14 signees as three-star
prospects.
Quarterback Pete Thomas transferred from Colorado State, will
sit out this season - Glennon's senior year - and will have two
seasons of eligibility after that. He started for two years for the
Rams, throwing for 4,269 yards and 18 touchdowns.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

East Carolina Pirates
By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer
East Carolina has signed an 18-player recruiting class with a
focus on offensive linemen, receivers, linebackers and defensive
backs.
The Pirates converted from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defensive alignment
last year, so coach Ruffin McNeill says that forced the Pirates to
restock at those defensive positions. East Carolina also needed
some help at receiver its pass-heavy spread attack, particularly
after the loss of senior Lance Lewis.
The Pirates also sought immediate help by signing six junior
college players, including three in the secondary that lost three
starters from last year. Two of those players enrolled at East
Carolina last month.
East Carolina didn't add a quarterback in the class, with
McNeill saying he's comfortable with the passers already with the
program.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

UNC Tar Heels
By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - New North Carolina coach Larry Fedora
has brought in a 23-player recruiting class on national signing
day, his first since taking over a program still facing lingering
NCAA trouble.
Fedora was hired in December from Southern Mississippi, but
didn't arrive in Chapel Hill until January after coaching the
Golden Eagles in their bowl game. That gave the new staff less than
a month to recruit amid uncertainty about whether the NCAA will
issue additional punishments for NCAA rule violations that occurred
under Butch Davis.
The school has already imposed several sanctions, including
scholarship reductions and probation. Fedora said "the toughest
thing is the unknown" as the school waits for a final ruling from
the NCAA, and said other schools used the uncertainty against the
Tar Heels in some recruiting battles.

Charlotte 49ers
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Will Thomas, a wide receiver from Topsail
High in Hampstead, N.C., has etched his name into Charlotte 49ers'
history: He is the school's first football player after sending in
a time-stamped fax at 7:02 a.m., two minutes after college recruits
were allowed to begin signing.
Thomas was quickly followed by Maiden (N.C.) High quarterback
Matt Johnson and 12 others.
The 49ers, a FCS independent, will begin play in 2013.
Charlotte coach Brad Lambert has been anxious for this day since
being hired, saying "to see the first two names come across, it
was really exciting. It's kind of neat that it was a receiver and
quarterback. I guess we're ready to score some points."
Lambert says "it just makes it real. We've got a team now."

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Charlotte 49ers
By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte 49ers inaugural football
recruiting class has a distinct Carolina flavor.
The 49ers, who'll begin play in 2013 as an FCS independent,
signed 24 players on Wednesday, including 19 from in-state. Two
others were from South Carolina and three are from Georgia.
Charlotte coach Brad Lambert said being able to recruit from the
immediate area was "critical" to the team's future success.
"We said our footprint was North Carolina, South Carolina and
Georgia," Lambert said. "North Carolina was a real point of
emphasis for us. Being in this state for the last 11 years,
football has really taken off. When we got into (the recruiting)
and it's a really good year for the state of North Carolina and we
were fortunate to get a good number of players."
Lambert said signing a number of players from around the
Charlotte was also was important as it allowed the 49ers to
establish a solid recruiting base near home, while also helping to
sell tickets to fill a new stadium that's currently under
construction.
Two of the three quarterbacks signed are from Charlotte suburbs
and are names local high school fans are familiar with -- Matt
Johnson from Maiden High and Lee McNeill from Porter Ridge High.
The other is Karsten Miller, another in-state product from North
Davidson High in Lexington, N.C.
Lambert pointed to the leadership Johnson and McNeill will bring
to the team as a huge plus. Both will get plenty of time to learn
the offensive system once they report for conditioning workouts in
August and begin practice shortly thereafter.
"I think we're really secure at our quarterback position,"
Lambert said. "I feel good about those guys coming in."
All of the players signed Wednesday will be redshirted this
year.
Lambert said early on in the recruiting process he and his staff
identified a strategy to build the team from the inside out. He
felt like the 49ers accomplished that goal, signing 14 linemen in
their inaugural class.
Versatility was also a key in Lambert's mind.
Seven of his new recruits have played some quarterback in high
school and are simply good athletes.
"We said going in we wanted a value system and not just take a
guy and say that's where he plays," Lambert said. "We're trying
to build our numbers and we took a lot of guys in this class that
can play a number of different positions.... We didn't want to say,
`This guy is a right guard and that's all he can do."'
Lambert is particularly high on defensive lineman Brandon Banks
from High Point, N.C.
Banks was the first player Lambert watched on video after
getting hired for the Charlotte job.
"When I saw that tape back in April I thought if we can sign
this guy, we'll really be doing something," Lambert said.
The 49ers also landed two-way lineman Casey Perry from Durham,
N.C., a player Rivals.com rated as a three-star recruit but whom
many FBS schools passed on because he was a little too short at
6-foot-3.
He'd been recruited heavily by Appalachian State and Western
Carolina and had committed earlier to Gardner-Webb.
"We wanted to shoot high," Lambert said. "We expect to go out
and recruit against other people. We lost some, we won some.
Appalachian State, Furman, Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb, those
are all good teams in our area that we're going to play against. We
need to recruit against those guys. That was what we expected to
do."
The day began with a flurry.
Will Thomas, a wide receiver from Hampstead, N.C., etched his
name into 49ers' history when he became the school's first official
football player. Just as he'd promised his coach in the days
leading up to signing day, Thomas sent in is his time-stamped fax
to the football office at 7:02 a.m., two minutes after college
recruits were allowed to begin signing.
Thomas was quickly followed by Johnson.
"To see the first two names come across, it was really
exciting," Lambert said. "It's kind of neat that it was a
receiver and quarterback. I guess we're ready to score some
points."
Lambert said the most difficult part of his job has been waiting
to get some players on the field to coach.
"This just makes it real," Lambert said. "We've got a team
now."
Next year Lambert expects to use more scholarships to attract
junior college transfers and give his team some older players who
have some experience playing at the college level.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Coastal Carolina 2012 signing class
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - List of football players who signed with
Coastal Carolina on Wednesday:
Marcus Crowder, dl, 6-1, 290, Eastern Alamance HS, Mebane, N.C.
Dalton Demos, qb, 6-5, 195, Christian Brothers College HS,
Chesterfield, Mo.
Dominic DiBalbo, ol, 6-4, 270, Monsignor Bonner HS, Colingdale,
Pa.
Roderick Holder, dl, 6-3, 225, Indian River HS, Chesapeake, Va.
Andre' Johnson, rb, 5-11, 220, Buford (Ga.) HS
Clark Krimmer, lb, 6-3, 225, Houston County HS, Kathleen, Ga.
Voghens Larrieux, ol, 6-5, 265, New London (Conn.) HS
Bruce Mapp, wr, 6-1, 170, West Philadelphia Catholic HS,
Philadelphia, Pa.
Richie Sampson, ath, 6-2, 195, Unionville HS, Kennett Square,
Pa.
Kamron Summers, db, West Iredell HS, Statesville, N.C.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, rb, Lackawanna JC, Virginia Beach, Va.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Penn State Nittany Lions
By GENARO C. ARMAS
AP Sports Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - New Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is
giving credit to recruits who stuck to their commitments to the
Nittany Lions.
A 19-member class announced Wednesday includes a highly rated
receiver who could contribute right away in Penn State's revamped
offense. O'Brien is finishing up his duties as offensive
coordinator for the Patriots, who play in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Penn State lost six verbal commitments since November, when
authorities filed child sex abuse charges against a retired
assistant coach. O'Brien's predecessor, the late Joe Paterno, was
fired in the aftermath of the charges.
O'Brien has been on the job for just a month. He credits his
assistants for keeping the majority of the class intact while
targeting new signees who he says are the "right fit" for Penn
State.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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