‘Signing Day’ – Area athletes make commitments official; UNCW & ACC commitments roll in too

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wednesday marked the first day of the signing period for fall sports all around the nation. More details soon.

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List of area athletes that signed national letters of intent on Wednesday:

Whiteville High
Terrin Manning – Football – Catawba
Spencer Campbell – Football – Western Carolina

New Hanover High
Dandrell Utley – Football – Lenoir Rhyne
Jonathan Hardy – Football – New Hanover
Kerin Castllo – Football – Catawba
Ian Bennett – Soccer – Appalachian State

Hoggard
Julius Reynolds – Football – NC A&T (enrolled early)
Clay David – Football – Presbyterian
Sayres McKenna – Soccer – Western Carolina
Maddie Crumpton – Soccer – Salem College

East Bladen
Farrell Murchison – Football – Winston-Salem State
Larrell Murchison – Football – Winston-Salem State

Laney
Noah Thompson – Football – Winston-Salem State
Tariq Lane – Football – Elon

South Brunswick
Malik Douglas did not sign with NC State on Wednesday.
The South Brunswick defensive end is working on becoming an academic qualifier.
Douglas originally made a verbal commitment to play football at NC State in February of 2014.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW head men’s soccer coach Aidan Heaney has announced an incoming class of eight players for the 2015 season.

“I am really looking forward to working with this group of young men,” said Heaney. “It is a group of talented soccer players, with a real mix of qualities, as well as great character. I see them really helping us to continue to be successful on the field and in the classroom. We have worked extremely hard to try and attract the best players and people to wear the Seahawk jersey that we can, and I feel we have done that. Our freshmen have some big shoes to fill but know they are ready and willing to roll up their sleeves and get started in August. Special thanks to Assistant Coaches Zach Haines and Daniel Roberts for their efforts to attract this level of talent to our program.”

Ryan Day (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinals Gibbons) is a defender who plays with the Capital Area Railhawks Academy program. Day served as captain of the U14 and U16 teams while participating in the US Soccer Development Academy’s summer and winter showcases, as well as international tours to Brazil and Spain.

Ben Fisher (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) hails from Chapel Hill High School, the same program that produced UNCW All-American Jamie Dell. Fisher was a 2013-14 NSCAA All-America selection as a junior at Chapel Hill and earned All-State honors twice. That same season he was named the Big Eight Conference Player-of-the-Year and News and Observer Triangle Area Player-of-the-Year. Prior to joining the Capital Area Railhawks Academy, Fisher played for Triangle United where he was named to the US Youth Soccer National Championships Best 11 Team. As a member of the Region III ODP International team, he played in Coasta Rica. Fisher is ranked 27th in the region by Top Drawer Soccer/IMG.

Matt Gianfortone (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) is another signee from the Capital Area Railhawks, and captained the U16 side along with fellow recruit Ryan Day. At Leesville Road, he was named All Cap 8 Conference. He’s played at the US Development Academy Winter Showcase on two occasions. Gianfortone is ranked 41st in the region by Top Drawer Soccer/IMG.

David Lozano (Gastonia, N.C./Ashbrook) is a product of the Carolina Rapids where he’s totaled 30 goals and 36 assists in two seasons with the club. Lozano was named USSDA Southeast Division All-America in 2013-14. He’s participated in the USSDA Winter and Summer Showcases on three occasions, as well as leading his team to the 2014 South Atlantic Division title and top seed in the 2014 USSDA Academy Playoffs. Lozano is the highest ranked recruit in the class, ranking 115 nationally and sixth regionally in Top Drawer Soccer/IMG top 150 rankings. David is already enrolled at UNCW for the spring semester.

Shane Mecham (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) is the brother of current UNCW defender Michael Mecham. Shane was an All-State selection as a junior and was the Conference 32 Player-of-the-Year. That same season, the Roanoke Times named him to their All-Timesland First-team. Blacksburg has advanced to the VHSL State semifinal each season. At the club/ODP level, Mecham is a seasoned veteran having played internationally in South Africa, Italy, Norway, and Sweden with the ‘96 Roanoke Star and US Soccer Region I Team.

Julio Moncada (Puerto Cortes, Honduras/Champlain College) is a former member of the Honduran U17 National Soccer Team and attending prep school in Saint Lambert, Quebec. Moncada was named Champlain Male Athlete-of-the-Year, Men’s soccer most valuable player and was nominated for the CCAA Best Soccer Player in Canada. While with the Honduran national team, Moncada competed in the U17 FIFA World Cup – CONCACAF regional qualifiers.

Matt Morgan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) is a defender from the Georgia United Development Academy, where he served as captain of the U16s, and now serves as captain of the U18s. He’s participated in the National ID Training Center on three occasions and played on the ODP Region III squad that toured Mexico twice. At the prep level, Morgan earned All-Region honors twice at Chattahoochee. Morgan is ranked 25th in the region by Top Drawer/IMG.

Huntly Munn (Durham, N.C./Jordan) earned All-Conference honors twice while playing at Jordan. As a member of TUSA Gold, he helped the team to a pair of CASL showcase titles and traveled to Spain to play teams in Real Sociedad. For his senior year, Munn joined the Capital Area Railhawks and has participated in the USSDA Winter Showcase as well as the CASL showcase. Munn is ranked 35th in the region by Top Drawer Soccer/IMG.

NAME POS. HT. WT. HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL CLUB PROGRAM
Ryan Day D 5-9 140 Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons Capital Area Railhawks
Ben Fisher MF 5-8 150 Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill Capital Area Railhawks
Matt Gianfortone MF 5-10 145 Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road Capital Area Railhawks
David Lozano MF 5-11 150 Gastonia, N.C./Ashbrook Carolina Rapids
Shane Mecham MF 5-8 140 Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg Roanoke Star SC
Julio Moncada MF 5-9 165 Puerto Cortes, Honduras/Champlain College Honduras U17 NST
Matt Morgan D 6-0 165 Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee Georgia United
Huntley Munn D 5-10 140 Durham, N.C./Jordan Capital Area Railhawks

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – North Carolina coach Larry Fedora is hoping to find some help for the Tar Heels’ struggling defense and its offensive line with his latest recruiting class.

The Tar Heels unveiled a 19-player class on national signing day Wednesday, with an emphasis on improving play up front on both sides of the ball. Ten signees were either offensive linemen, defensive linemen or tight ends.

Nine players enrolled in January, including top recruit Jalen Dalton, an instate defensive end.

UNC’s defense gave up the most points and yards in its history last year.

It marked Fedora’s first recruiting class free of scholarship restrictions from NCAA penalties from 2012, though the NCAA has reopened its probe into the school’s long-running academic fraud scandal. Fedora said his program encountered more “negative recruiting” than ever.

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) – North Carolina State started winning more often on fall Saturdays and now the Wolfpack feels like it won on Signing Day, too.

Coach Dave Doeren announced a 24-player recruiting class Wednesday.

The Wolfpack bounced back from a 3-9 finish in Doeren’s first year and went 8-5 last year with a Bitcoin Bowl victory over Central Florida.

Doeren says “we weren’t able to talk about winning here until now” and “it’s nice to talk like that but it’s even better to show it.”

He says seven of those recruits had committed elsewhere but signed with N.C. State.

Of the 16 instate players signed by the Wolfpack, four made the Associated Press all-state team. They’re led by offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt Jr. of Durham and defensive end Darian Roseboro of Lincolnton.

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RALEIGH, NC (NC STATE) —

Chandler Belk

5-11 • 166 • Wide Receiver

Winston-Salem, N.C. • Reagan HS

Played wide receiver at Reagan High School for coach Josh McGee … Compiled 134 catches for 2,325 yards and 26 touchdowns during his two-year varsity career … Caught 68 passes for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior … Named the 2014 Forsyth County Offensive Player of the Year … Earned all-conference and all-northwest honors both years … Helped lead his team to a 12-2 mark and the North Carolina 4A state quarterfinals as a senior.

Eurndraus Bryant

6-2 • 335 • Defensive Tackle

North Charleston, S.C. • Fort Dorchester HS

Played defensive tackle at Fort Dorchester High School for coach Steve Laprad … Finished his senior campaign with 65 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and six sacks … Helped lead his team to a 12-3 record and the South Carolina Class AAAA – Division I state semifinals as a senior … Named his team MVP … Played in the 2014 Shrine Bowl … Earned all-region honors as a baseball player, he led his team in batting average (.490) while playing left field … Ranked as the No. 81 defensive tackle nationally by scout.com.

Johnny Frasier

5-11 • 225 • Running Back

Princeton, N.C. • Princeton HS

Played running back at Princeton High School for coach Derrick Minor … Rushed for 7,100 yards and 99 touchdowns in his three-year varsity career … Finished with 9,240 career all-purpose yards and 109 career TDs … As a senior rushed 214 times for 2,266 yards and 33 touchdowns … Had over 100 yards rushing in 12 of 14 games, and five games over 200 yards … Also had 21 receptions for 271 yards and three more scores … Tallied 3,372 all-purpose yards on the season … Registered four games with four touchdowns … Named team’s offensive player of the year … Helped lead team to a 12-2 record and the NC 1AA state quarterfinals … As a junior, rushed for 3,042 yards and 45 touchdowns … Tallied 1,792 rushing yards and 21 scores as a sophomore … Played in the 2014 Shrine Bowl and the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio … Ranked as the No. 53 player nationally regardless of position, the No. 4 running back nationally, and No. 1 player in North Carolina by scout.com … Ranked as the No. 215 player nationally regardless of position, the No. 24 running back nationally, and No. 8 player in North Carolina by rivals.com … Ranked No. 80 nationally in the ESPN 300, the sixth-best running back nationally, and the No. 3 player in North Carolina by ESPN.com … Ranked nation’s No. 2 RB by 247sports.com.

Reggie Gallaspy II

5-10 • 209 • Running Back

High Point, N.C. • Southern Guilford HS

Played running back at Southern Guilford High School for coach Darryl Brown … Led the state of North Carolina in rushing as a senior with 349 carries for 3,318 yards and 52 touchdowns … Helped lead his team to NC 3A state quarterfinals, team went 13-1 … Rushed for 278 yards and six TDs in final game … A Parade All-American honorable mention … Named to the AP all-state team … Totaled 282 carries for 1,704 yards and 26 rushing TDs as a junior … Also caught 14 passes for 245 yards, finishing with 2,325 all-purpose yards … Ran for 1,751 yards and 20 touchdowns during his sophomore campaign … Played in the 2014 Shrine Bowl, where he was tabbed by rivals.com as having The Best Feet … Honors student and volunteered as a Reading Buddy at elementary schools … Ranked as the No. 28 running back nationally and the No. 12 player overall in North Carolina by rivals.com … Ranked as the No. 77 running back nationally and the No. 20 player overall in North Carolina by scout.com … Ranked as the 43rd-best running back nationally and No. 18 player in North Carolina by ESPN.com.

Vernon Grier

5-11 • 194 • Wide Receiver

Charlotte, N.C. • Mallard Creek HS

Played wide receiver at Mallard Creek High School for coach Michael Palmieri … Tallied 64 receptions for 1,158 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior … Helped lead team to the NC 4AA state championship as a senior, with a 15-1 record … Named Western offensive MVP in the championship game, totaling four catches for 85 yards … Team finished season ranked No. 1 in North Carolina and No. 69 nationally regardless of classification … Made the Raleigh All-Observer team in 2014 and the NC Preps all-state team … Turned in 560 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior … Mallard Creek was also state champions his junior season … Also runs track and help 4×100 relay team win the national championship and a state title as a junior … Ranked as the 106th-best wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com.

Tyler Griffiths

6-2 • 230 • Long Snapper

Monroe, N.C. • Sun Valley HS

Team long snapper at Sun Valley High School for coach Tad Baucom … Also played defensive end and middle linebacker on the defensive side of the ball … Posted 39 tackles and two sacks as a senior … Was named first-team all-conference and conference specialist of the year as a senior … Also on first-team all-NC Gridiron … Played in the Offense-Defense All-American bowl … Trained with former four-year Pack starter Scott Thompson … Received the Time Warner Cable scholar athlete award … Rated the No. 1 snapper in North Carolina, and the No. 7 snapper in the country by Chris Rubio Snapping.

Nyheim Hines

5-9 • 186 • Running Back

Garner, N.C. • Garner HS

Played running back at local Garner High School for coach Thurman Leach … Ended his high school career with 6,242 rushing yards, 7,299 total yards and 126 touchdowns, all school records … Rushed for 2,362 yards and 38 touchdowns and had 318 yards receiving and three more scores as a senior … Helped lead team to a 13-2 record and the NC 4AA state championship semifinals … Named to the AP all-state team … Finished his junior season with 3,140 yards rushing and 49 touchdowns … Yardage total broke the Wake County record … Also had 600 yards receiving and nine touchdowns … As a sophomore playing defensive back, finished with 52 tackles and two interceptions … On offense, he had 95 carries for 750 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns … On special teams, returned four kickoffs for scores … Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American game in Carson, Calif. … Also runs track, and was second as a junior in the 4-A state finals of both the 100-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles … Named academic all-conference all four years and is a member of the Beta Club … Twin sister, Nyah, committed to NC State’s track & field team … Ranked as the No. 133 player nationally regardless of position, the No. 4 all-purpose back nationally, and No. 4 player in North Carolina by scout.com … Ranked as the No. 94 player nationally regardless of position, the No. 24 running back nationally, and No. 4 player in North Carolina by rivals.com … Ranked No. 155 nationally in the ESPN 300, the 16th-best running back, and No. 5 player in North Carolina by ESPN.com.

Quentez Johnson

6-4 • 310 • Defensive Tackle

Ellenwood, Ga. • Cedar Grove HS

Played defensive tackle at Cedar Grove High School for coach Jimmy Smith … As a senior, posted 45 tackles, including 10 for loss and 6.5 sacks … Also forced three fumbles … Helped lead team to a 9-3 record and the Georgia State Class AAA quarterfinals … Earned all-region honors … Totaled 65 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and three sacks during junior season … Ranked as the No. 78 defensive tackle nationally by scout.com … Ranked as the No. 48 defensive tackle nationally by rivals.com … Ranked as the 39th-best defensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com.

T.J. McCoy

6-2 • 305 • Offensive Guard

Groveland, Fla. • South Lake HS

Played on both the offensive and defensive lines at South Lake High School for coach Mark Woolum … Saw action at center as a senior, after previously playing both guard and tackle … Helped lead his team to an 8-3 record and the first round of the Florida 6A state championship … Played in the Central Florida All-Star Game … Son of former Florida Gators defensive tackle Tony McCoy, who played in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts (1992-1999) and Arizona Cardinals (2000) … Ranked the No. 103 offensive guard nationally by scout.com … Ranked the No. 76 offensive guard by ESPN.com.

Emanuel McGirt, Jr.

6-5 • 285 • Offensive Tackle

Durham, N.C. • Hillside HS

Played left tackle at Hillside High School for coach Antonio King … Helped lead team to a 9-5 record as a senior and advanced to the NC 4A state quarterfinals … Named to the AP all-state team, he tied for the most votes received … Played in the 2014 Shrine Bowl, and tabbed by rivals.com as being “The Most Physical” … Member of Honor Roll all four years and President of the Gavel Club … High school teammate of current redshirt freshman safety Kalen McCain … Ranked as the No. 282 player nationally regardless of position, the No. 28 offensive tackle nationally, and No. 7 player in North Carolina by scout.com … Ranked the No. 196 player nationally regardless of position, the No. 28 offensive tackle nationally and No. 10 player in North Carolina by rivals.com … Ranked the 35th-best offensive tackle by ESPN.com.

Jakobi Meyers

6-2 • 175 • Quarterback

Lithonia, Ga. • Arabia Mountain HS

Played quarterback at Arabia Mountain High School for coach Stanley Pritchett … Completed 110 of 170 passes (64.7 percent) for 1,834 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior … Also rushed for 534 yards and eight more scores … Named all-county and all-region as a senior … Threw for 1,600 yards and 15 TDs and rushed for 425 yards and six TDs as a junior … Also played basketball and baseball for Arabia Mountain … Named all-region for baseball … Member of National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, National Beta Club, and earned the National Academy of Future Physician’s and Medical Scientist Award of Excellence … Carries a 3.7 GPA … Ranked the No. 53 dual-threat quarterback nationally by ESPN.com.

Jarius Morehead

6-1 • 185 • Safety

Gibsonville, N.C. • Eastern Guilford HS

Played safety and outside linebacker at Eastern Guilford High School for coach Doug Robertson … Totaled 102 tackles, two interceptions and six sacks as a senior … Earned all-conference and all-region honors … Also played quarterback, running back and wide receiver … Ran for 1,051 yards and 14 touchdowns and passed for 774 yards and 10 TDs … Helped lead his team to a 7-5 record and a berth in the NC 3AA state playoffs … Finished his junior season with 40 tackles, two interceptions, nine pass breakups … Also had 239 yards receiving and two touchdowns … Played in the 2014 Shrine Bowl … Ranked as the No. 96 safety nationally by scout.com … Ranked the No. 31 player in North Carolina by rivals.com … Ranked the No. 113 wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com.

Riley Nicholson

6-0 • 222 • Linebacker

Kissimee, Fla. • Osceola HS

Played linebacker and tight end at Osceola High School for coach Doug Nichols … Totaled 132 tackles, including 70 solo stops, and forced five fumbles as a senior … His team posted a 13-2 record and was Florida 7A state runner-up … As a junior, recorded 100 tackles, including 58 solo and 17 tackles for loss and forced six fumbles … Ranked as the No. 63 middle linebacker nationally by scout.com … Ranked the 25th-best inside linebacker by ESPN.com.

Cole Nigro

6-1 • 220 • Linebacker

Raleigh, N.C. • Sanderson HS

Played middle linebacker and running back at local Sanderson High School for coach Ben Kolstad … Tallied 71 tackles (46 solo) and seven tackles for loss as a senior … Also, in his last six games as a senior, had 105 carries for 613 yards and five TDs … As a junior, finished with 82 tackles and 17.5 TFL.

Emmanuel Olenga

6-4 • 241 • Defensive End

Charlotte, N.C. • Olympic HS

Played defensive end at Olympic High School for coach Keith Wilkes as a senior … Collected 105 total tackles, including 16.5 quarterback sacks, and forced five fumbles as a senior … Earned first-team All-SoMeck 8 4-A Conference and All-Charlotte Observer honors after sitting out the 2013 season … Previously played for Airborne for Christ High School, mostly comprised of homeschoolers … Also plays high school basketball, winning a state title as a sophomore … Born in DR Congo, moved to the United States at the age of 6 … Cousin, Prince Shembo, played football at Notre Dame and was a fourth-round NFL draft pick in 2014 … Ranked as the No. 83 defensive end nationally by scout.com.

Freddie Phillips, Jr.

6-1 • 194 • Safety

Pelion, S.C. • Pelion HS

Played strong safety and wide receiver at Pelion High School for coach Ben Freeman … As a junior, tallied over 500 yards receiving and 48 tackles on defense … Also played high school basketball and ran track … Was invited to play in the 2014 Shrine Bowl … Ranked as the No. 72 safety nationally, the No. 14 overall player in South Carolina, and the No. 1 safety in the state by scout.com … Ranked the 16th-best prospect in South Carolina by rivals.com.

Tyrone Riley

6-6 • 240 • Defensive End

Savannah, Ga. • Calvary Baptist HS

Played defensive end at Calvary Baptist High School for coach Danny Britt … As a junior, had 85 tackles, including six for loss … Also plays high school basketball … Ranked as the No. 124 defensive end nationally by scout.com … Ranked as the No. 27 weakside defensive end nationally by rivals.com … Ranked as the 51st-best outside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com.

Darian Roseboro

6-4 • 283 • Defensive End

Lincolnton, N.C. • Lincolnton HS

Played defensive end and running back at Lincolnton High School for coach Scott Cloninger … Totaled 125 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a senior … Rushed for 1,459 yards and 34 TDs … A Parade All-American honorable mention … Named to the AP all-state team … Helped lead his team to an 11-3 record and the NC 2AA state quarterfinals … As a junior, tallied 128 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, while registering seven pass breakups … Posted 107 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and four forced fumbles as a sophomore … Named a sophomore All-American by MaxPreps.com … Was a varsity starter as a freshman, totaling 107 tackles, seven sacks, and 12 tackles for loss … Played in the 2014 Shrine Bowl and the Semper Fidelis All-American game in Carson, Calif. … Member of the A/B Honor Roll all four years and member of the Lincolnton High School Interact Club … Ranked as the No. 100 player nationally regardless of position, the No. 13 defensive tackle nationally, and No. 1 player in North Carolina by rivals.com … Ranked as the No. 124 player nationally regardless of position, the No. 14 defensive tackle nationally, and No. 2 player in North Carolina by scout.com … Ranked No. 184 nationally in the ESPN 300, the 22nd-best defensive tackle nationally, and the No. 7 prospect in North Carolina by ESPN.com.

Brian Sessoms

5-8 • 170 • Wide Receiver

Winston-Salem, N.C. • Carver HS

Played wide receiver, running back and cornerback at Carver High School for coach Germane Crowell … Caught 55 passes for 1,075 yards and 12 TDs as a senior … Also returned three kickoffs for scores … Named all-conference as both a junior and senior … Named first-team All-Forsyth County as a specialist … Helped lead team to a 9-4 record and the second round of the NC 2A state championship … As a junior, had 34 catches for 688 yards and 8 TDs and had three KORs for TDs … Also runs track, and won the state title in four events – 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x200m … Ranked the No. 35 player in North Carolina by rivals.com … Ranked as the 126th-best wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com.

Freddie Simmons

6-3 • 176 • Wide Receiver

Bethlehem, Pa. • Bethlehem Catholic HS

Played wide receiver at Bethlehem Catholic High School for coach Joe Henrich … Pulled in 49 catches for 707 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior … Also added 131 yards rushing and five special teams touchdowns … Helped team to a 12-2 record and the Pennsylvania AAA state quarterfinals … As a junior, caught 53 passes for 700 yards and 10 scores … Also plays high school basketball and runs track … Scored over 1,000 career points … On the track as a junior, league and district champion for both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles … Ranked as the No. 130 wide receiver nationally, No. 2 from Pennsylvania, by scout.com … Ranked as the No. 17 prospect in Pennsylvania by rivals.com … Ranked as the 153rd-best wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com.

James Smith-Williams

6-4 • 205 • Linebacker

Raleigh, N.C. • Millbrook HS

Played outside linebacker at local Millbrook High School for coach Clarence Inscore … Posted 146 tackles, 19 sacks and 36 tackles for loss as a senior … His 19 sacks tied the school record for most in a season … Helped lead his team to an 11-3 record and the NC 4AA state quarterfinals … As a junior, posted over 70 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss … Scored a 30 on the ACT and had an unweighted 3.9 GPA with a 4.9 weighted GPA … Member of National Honor Society and All-Academic Honor Roll … Started the Athletic Service Club … Ranked as the No. 49 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com … Ranked as the 113th-best outside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com.

Philip Walton

6-7 • 260 • Offensive Tackle

Charlotte, N.C. • Charlotte Christian HS

Played offensive tackle at Charlotte Christian High School for coach Jason Estep … Played mainly defense his first three years of high school, was full-time on offense as a senior … Named All-Charlotte Observer second-team … Helped lead his team to an 11-1 record and the NC Independent Schools Division I state title … Team finished ranked No. 7 in North Carolina regardless of classification … Was a competitive swimmer who gave up the sport to pursue football … Member of National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society … Took a 10-day mission trip to Nicaragua … Attended the same high school as teammates Garrett Bradbury and Ty Linton, a pair of 2014 signees … Ranked the No. 147 offensive tackle nationally, No. 2 in North Carolina, by scout.com … Ranked as the No. 32 player in North Carolina by rivals.com … Ranked as the 171st-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com.

Aaron Wiltz

6-5 • 275 • Offensive Tackle

Baton Rouge, La. • Catholic HS

Played offensive tackle as a senior at Catholic High School for coach Dale Weiner … Named all-district, all-metro and all-state honorable mention as a senior … Helped lead his team to a 9-2 record and the Louisiana Division I state quarterfinals … Named all-district guard as a junior … Also on the Catholic wrestling team … Ranked as the 90th-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com.

Daris Workman

6-6 • 280 • Offensive Tackle

Greensboro, N.C. • Contra Costa (CA) College/

Dudley HS

Will have three years to play two seasons at NC State after earning a two-year degree from Contra Costa (CA) College in December of 2014 … Played left tackle at Contra Costa College for Coach Alonzo J. Carter … Earned All-American and all-conference honors during both seasons … Originally from Greensboro (N.C.), he graduated from Dudley High School … Only started playing football in 10th grade, he also played basketball in high school earning all-conference honors … Ranked as the No. 99 JUCO player nationally by scout.com … Ranked as the No. 80 JUCO player nationally by rivals.com … Ranked as the 17th-best JUCO tackle by ESPN.com.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – NORTH CAROLINA

Jake Bargas, te, 6-4, 225, St. Andrews HS, Boca Raton, Florida

Corey Bell Jr., cb, 5-9, 170, Hough HS, Charlotte, North Carolina

J.K. Britt(asterisk), s, 6-0, 190, Newnan (Georgia) HS

Aaron Crawford, dt, 6-1, 310, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Virginia

Jalen Dalton(asterisk), de, 6-6, 260, West Forsyth HS, Clemmons, North Carolina

Nathan Elliott, qb, 6-1, 195, Celina (Texas) HS

Tommy Hatton, ol, 6-3, 285, St. Joseph’s HS, Montvale, New Jersey

Charlie Heck, te, 6-7, 255, Rockhurst HS, Kansas City, Missouri

Mike Hughes, cb, 5-11, 185, New Bern (North Carolina) HS

Juval Mollette(asterisk), wr, 6-4, 200, Randleman (North Carolina) HS

Nick Polino, ol, 6-4, 275, Buford (Georgia) HS

Anthony Ratliff-Williams(asterisk), QB, 6-1, 195, Butler HS, Matthews, North Carolina

Andre Smith(asterisk), lb, 6-0, 230, Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Florida

Jason Strowbridge, de, 6-4, 250, Deerfield Beach (Florida) HS

Johnathan Sutton, lb, 5-11, 220, Swansea (South Carolina) HS

William Sweet(asterisk), ol, 6-7, 280, First Coast HS, Jacksonville, Florida

Carl Tucker(asterisk), te, 6-2, 225, Hough HS, Cornelius, North Carolina

Mason Veal(asterisk), ol, 6-5, 295, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, North Carolina

Ty’Son Williams(asterisk), rb, 6-0, 210, Crestwood HS, Sumter, South Carolina

(asterisk)_Enrolled in January.

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DURHAM, NC (AP) – Duke doesn’t always bring in the big-name players. Coach David Cutcliffe says he once again signed the right ones.

The 17 recruits announced by Cutcliffe on Wednesday looks like a typical Duke class. It’s full of players the major recruiting services have evaluated as two- and three-star prospects.

Cutcliffe says a strength of his program is “we are not just the measureables” and while he is pleased with how his recruits look on paper, “I like this class way beyond that.”

Much of the core of a team that reached three straight bowls and won the ACC’s Coastal Division title in 2013 is gone. Cutcliffe says this group features “top-of-the-shelf folks.”

The defense-focused class is led by linebacker Ben Humphries, Duke’s only four-star recruit.

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2015 Duke signing list
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By The Associated Press

Zach Baker, l, 6-4, 295 , Clay HS, Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Brandon Boyce, l, 6-0, 250, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Brandon Feamster, b, 6-3, 210, Cheshire Academy, Exton, Pa.

Keyston Fuller, b, 6-0, 180, Griffin (Ga.) HS

Joe Giles-Harris, b, 6-2, 220, St. Joseph Regional HS, Nyack, N.Y.

Quentin Harris, qb, 6-1, 185, Taft School, Wilton, Conn.

Jordan Hayes, b, 6-0, 170, Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga.

Ben Humphreys, b, 6-2, 210, Mater Dei HS, Newport Beach, Calif.

Jeremy McDuffie, b, 5-11, 170, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.

Trevon McSwain, l, 6-6, 250, Lambert HS, Suwanee, Ga.

Zach Morris, l, 6-3, 295, Ringgold (Ga.) HS

Twazanga Mugala, l, 6-3, 230, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.

Austin Parker, p, 6-1, 180, Mount Pleasant (N.C.) HS

Marquies Price, l, 6-6, 225, Peach County HS, Fort Valley, Ga.

T.J. Rahming, b, 5-10, 170, McEachern HS, Powder Springs, Ga.

Reno Rosene, l, 6-7, 335, Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village, Calif.

Aaron Young, b, 6-4, 200, Murietta (Calif.) HS

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Bowman Archibald, te, 6-5, 245, Pasco HS, Dade City, Fla.

Dionte Austin, db, 6-0, 165, Calvert Hall HS, Baltimore

Alex Bachman, wr, 6-0, 175, Oaks Christian HS, Moorpark, Calif.

Elontae Bateman, dl, 6-2, 275, Ridgeway HS, Memphis, Tenn.

Jessie Bates, db, 6-2, 185, Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Tyler Bell, rb, 5-11, 205, Faith Academy HS, Mobile, Ala.

Jake Benzinger, ol, 6-7, 275, Mount Greylock HS, Williamston, Mass.

Paris Black, dl, 6-3, 240, Terry Sanford HS, Fayetteville, N.C.

Chris Calhoun, dl, 6-4, 240, Centennial HS, Alpharetta, Ga.

Steven Claude, wr, 6-2, 190, Champagnat Catholic HS, Miami

Nathan Gilliam, ol, 6-5, 280, Farragut HS, Knoxville, Tenn.

T.J. Haney, ol, 6-6, 330, Gaffney (S.C.) HS

Amari Henderson, db, 6-1, 175, Mallard Creek HS, Charlotte, N.C.

Tabari Hines, wr, 5-10, 165, Marlboro County HS, Florence, S.C.

Kendall Hinton, qb, 6-0, 190, Southern Durham HS, Durham, N.C.

Kyle Kearns, qb, 6-2, 190, Foothill HS, San Ramon, Calif.

Nate Mays, lb, 6-1, 210, Dalton (Ga.) HS

Rocky Reid, rb, 6-0, 220, Concord (HS) Mt. Pleasant, N.C.

Justin Strnad, lb, 6-2, 205, East Lake HS, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Chuck Wade, wr, 6-0, 200, Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.

Scotty Washington, wr, 6-5, 210, St. John’s HS, Washington.

Khalil Welsh, dl, 6-3, 270, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, Fla.

Garrett Wilson, ls, 6-3, 195, Southern Lee HS, Sanford, N.C.

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GREENVILLE, NC (ECU) — Filling personnel vacancies at the wide receiver and defensive secondary positions, and continuing the depth-building process on the line of scrimmage were all objectives reached by sixth-year East Carolina Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill and staff as the Pirates announced a balanced 17-member 2015 signing class Wednesday.

In addition to the 12 student-athletes who officially signed their national letters-of-intent with the ECU football program, McNeill also welcomed inside linebacker Tony Baird, defensive backs Nhyre Quinerly and Corey Seargent, running back Derrell Scott and defensive lineman Kyron Speller to the squad as early enrollees. Seargent and Speller both initially signed national letters-of-intent with East Carolina a year ago, but were not enrolled last fall.

Of the 17, nine are projected to play offense while the other eight will line up on defense. Offensively, the Pirates signed three linemen, three receivers, two running backs and one quarterback. On defense, ECU is looking forward to adding three secondary performers, three linebackers and two linemen on its roster to begin its second campaign in the American Athletic Conference this fall.

“We feel this is a really good class with big play ability, line depth and strong local ties,” McNeill said. “We’ve built this program brick-by-brick and believe that every one of these young men has the ability to make an impact, both on and off the field. Any time you can put people in a positive and powerful environment, they will have the opportunity to succeed at the highest level.”

Thirteen of the newcomers will open workouts in the spring or summer with four years of eligibility remaining, while Scott will have three left after playing at Tennessee during the 2014 season. The Pirates also inked three junior college transfers in offensive lineman Justin Sandifer, athlete/receiver James Summers and inside linebacker Darius Wright to cover immediate needs.

While eight different states are represented in the 2015 class, four played at the prep level in North Carolina and three each hail from neighboring South Carolina and Virginia.

East Carolina recorded an 8-5 overall mark and stood tied for second in the American Athletic Conference during McNeill’s fifth campaign as head coach. The Pirates opened the season by winning six of their first seven contests, including victories over ACC members Virginia Tech and North Carolina to return to the Top 25 polls, but closed the year by dropping four of the last six games. ECU did advance to its eighth post-season appearance in the last nine years, but fell to Florida 28-20 in the Birmingham Bowl.

The Pirates, who are expected to return six starters on offense and five on defense, open spring drills March 20 and will host Towson on Sept. 5 to kick off the 2015 season.

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2015 EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL SIGNEE BIOS

Darius Anderson, OL, 6-3, 330, Fr., Jonesboro, Ga. (Mundy’s Mill HS)

High School: A three-year letterman and team captain for head coach Greg Manior at Mundy’s Mill High School … Earned selection to the All-South Metro, All-Clayton and all-region squads (first team) as a senior … Also a member of the all-state unit (second team) in 2014 … Played an integral role for an offensive line that paved the way for four 400-plus yard rushing contests, including a season-best 507-yard performance against Union Grove High School … Helped the Tigers produce 4,851 yards of total offensive during the ’14 campaign which resulted in a 7-4 overall mark and 6-1 league record … Earned overall MVP honors during the National Underclassmen Offensive Line Camp … Chosen as a participant in the Rising Senior Bowl … A First-Team All-South Metro and all-region choice as a junior … Also named to the Southern Crescent All-Star squad in 2013 … Picked up all-region and All-Southern Crescent accolades as a sophomore during first letter-winning season as a member of the varsity … Recipient of the Iron Tiger Award and named squad’s best offensive lineman in 2012 … Picked up additional letters as a member of MMHS’s wrestling and track programs. Personal: Born December 31, 1996 at Riverdale, Ga. … Son of Donald and Laurinda Petty.

Tony Baird, ILB, 6-3, 210, Fr., Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes HS)

Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills, thus signed a grant-in-aid with the program instead of a letter-of-intent (per NCAA policy). High School: Did not play during the 2014 season, but was a key figure in Ocean Lakes’ 12-1 record (5-0 in league play) in 2013 … Compiled 132 tackles, 23.0 TFLs, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles as a team captain during senior campaign … Also blocked six punts and one field goal attempt during the course of the year … Guided the Dolphins to the semifinals of the state playoffs before falling to Colonial Forge 23-20 … Keyed a defense for head coach Chris Scott that held opponents to seven points or less on eight occasions as a senior … Effort of note was a nine-tackle (2.5 for lost yardage) outing during a 62-28 victory over Western Branch … Additionally, recovered a fumble and blocked an extra point during win … Ranked as the No. 8 defensive end in the state of Virginia by MaxPreps … In all, was a three-year letterman who was part of a program that also produced a 14-1 mark in 2012 and an 8-3-1 ledger in 2011 … Booked 136 stops (28.0 TFL), 17 sacks and a pair of strips and fumble recoveries as a junior … Opened 2012 pre-season camp listed fourth on two-deep before earning starter’s status at beginning of season … In addition to ECU, reportedly recruited by Navy as well … Will join current Pirates DL Demetri McGill and OLB Masaddiq Walton as Ocean Lakes alums on the East Carolina roster … Turned in a strong performance in the classroom as well, earning inclusion on Ocean Lakes’ Honor Roll and standing as Math & Science Academy Grad. Personal: Full name is Tony F. Baird, Jr. … Born June 6, 1996 at San Diego, Calif. … Son of Tony and Vicki Baird … Father Tony played collegiate football at Southeastern Conference member Kentucky … Enjoys working out in weight room.

Justin Brown, DL, 6-3, 310, Fr., Greenville, N.C. (Ayden-Grifton HS)

High School: Served as team captain for an Ayden-Grifton program that posted an 8-5 overall record and 5-0 conference mark in 2014 … Overall, earned three varsity football letters for head coach Paul Cornwell … Logged 63 solo stops, 17 tackles for lost yardage, six sacks and three fumble recoveries as a senior … A member of the Class 2A All-State squad as a junior after playing on both sides of the ball (defensive end, offensive tackle) during sophomore campaign … Recorded 16 solo hits (9.0 TFL) and four sacks despite missing a significant number of snaps because of an injury … Selected as the Eastern Carolina 2A Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 2013 … Helped the Chargers to a 9-3 record and state playoff appearance in 2012 … A mainstay for an Ayden-Grifton program that captured three consecutive conference titles … Ranked as the No. 48 overall prospect and No. 5 defensive lineman in the state of North Carolina according to Scout.com … Also picked up two additional varsity wrestling and track letters … Owned a career record of 50-5 in the 285-pound weight class and finished as the state runner-up on the mat. Personal: Full name is Justin Orlandor Brown … Born July 21, 1997 at Greenville, N.C. … Son of Brad Champan and Wanda Brown … Brother Sterling Mills played prep football at nearby D.H. Conley High School … Hobbies include hunting and fishing … Nickname is J.B.

Deondre Farrier, WR, 6-1, 195, Fr., Orlando, Fla. (Lake Nona HS)

High School: A Parade All-America (honorable mention) choice after three illustrious seasons at Lake Nona … Helped Lions to an 8-3 overall record and a 5-1 district mark as a senior … Hauled in a state-record 118 receptions for an Orange County standard 1,850 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2014 for head coach Anthony Paradiso … Averaged 16 yards per grab and nearly 170 yards per game during senior year … Tallied a single-game career-best 18 catches for 205 yards against Lakeland, also as a senior … Other games of note were a 13-reception, 291-yard, three-touchdown effort vs. Celebration and a 14-catch outing in the season finale against Emerald … Earned Florida Class 7A All-State honors (third team) … Logged 55 receptions for 939 yards and seven TDs as a junior after securing 43 receptions for 604 yards and three scores during sophomore campaign … In all, amassed 3,393 yards and 32 touchdowns on 216 catches during varsity career … Played key role in Lake Nona’s 8-2 regular season record in 2013 … Opened prep career at Edgewater (Fla.) High School in 2011-2012 before transferring to LNHS … Scouting publications cited athleticism and play-making ability as top on-the-field qualities … Listed as a Top 500 regional prospect by ESPN.com … Ranked among the Top 20 receivers in Florida and 86th nationally by Scout.com … Also a Top 10 member of the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Super 60 and stood No. 54 in the Sentinel’s Florida Top 100 … Earned receiver MVP honors at the Orlando Nike Football Training Camp … Clocked at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at the Under Armour All-American Combine … Officially committed to the Pirates on December 9, 2014 after considering other reported offers from Southeastern Conference members Florida and Kentucky, along with Miami (Fla.) and Southern Cal. Personal: Son of Benita Foster.

Shawn Furlow, RB, 5-10, 187, Fr., Greenville, N.C. (South Central HS)

High School: Rushed for a combined 3,668 yards as a senior, junior and sophomore for head coach (and former Pirate assistant) Tim Carter at South Central … Ran for 904 yards and accounted for 110 receiving yards (1,014 all-purpose) and nine touchdowns during senior season to help Falcons to a 7-5 mark … Racked up six 100-yard rushing contests, including a career-best 300-yard effort against Hertford County … Rushed for 1,610 yards and 23 touchdowns on 181 carries in 2013 … Averaged 8.9 yards per attempt as a junior … Picked up 1,154 ground yards and 10 TDs on 113 rushes (10.2 ypc) during sophomore campaign … Effort of note in 2012 was a 206-yard, three-touchdown outing vs. West Carteret to earn WITN-TV Player-of-the-Week honors … Ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 36 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina … Had a three-star rating by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … Stood as the No. 42 overall prospect and No. 10 running back in North Carolina according to Scout.com … Clocked at 4.40 in the 40-yard dash … Also received reported offers from Duke, Louisville, North Carolina and Purdue, but officially committed to the Pirate program on Sept. 25, 2014 – five days after ECU’s 70-41 win over the Tar Heels at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Personal: Son of Sabrina Brown … Born in North Carolina but moved to New York at age three before returning to the area three years later.

Colby Gore, DB, 5-11, 170, Fr., Little River, S.C. (North Myrtle Beach HS)

High School: A two-way player, special teams stalwart and team captain for head coach Blair Hardin at North Myrtle Beach … Produced 1,499 all-purpose yards as a receiver on the offensive side of the ball and as a prolific punt and kickoff return specialists … Defensively, netted 79 tackles with four interceptions and six pass break-ups from his safety position as a senior … Totaled 48 stops, eight interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) and two forced fumbles during junior season … Also logged 350 yards on 25 catches as a wide-out in 2013 … Turned in a 98-yard kickoff return for a score and a 76-yard interception return for another touchdown during a contest against Wilson as a junior … Also added a punt return for a TD during the course of the season … Rates as the No. 24 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina and the No. 4 defensive back by Scout.com … Selected to play in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives North vs South All-Star Bowl Game. Personal: Born May 6, 1997 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. … Full name is Colby Deion Gore … Son of Carlton and Rose Gore … Older brothers all earned honors as football lettermen at North Myrtle Beach High School … Brother P.J. Gore starred at Mars Hill and later signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons … Another brother, Stephon Gore, serves as an assistant football (defense) coach at Monroe (N.C.) High School … Has 11 uncles on father’s side of the family … Active in his church and member of the youth choir … In addition to singing, other hobbies include cooking, basketball, running, fishing and hunting.

John Jacobs, QB, 6-2, 220, Fr., Shawnee, Okla. (Shawnee HS)

High School: Led Shawnee to an 8-5 overall record (5-2 in district) and a second-round Class 5A OSSAA Playoff appearance in 2014 … Helped Wolves to a first-round win over Coweta (63-47) on Nov. 14 before falling to Ardmore 41-35 the following week … Passed for 2,356 yards and 22 touchdowns, while rushing for 853 yards and 10 more scores as a senior under head coach Billy Brown … Earned all-state accolades (honorable mention) in 2014 … Engineered an offense that produced 407 points – an average of 31.3 per game … Notable outing came against Deer Creek with a 89-yard rushing and 250-yard passing (on just 18 attempts) effort that resulted in a combined four touchdowns … Played a key role for Shawnee’s 9-3 record and No. 17 state ranking as a junior … Rushed for 800 yards and 13 TD, while throwing for over 1,700 yards and 23 scores in 2013 … Top single-game performance during junior campaign was vs. Skiatook with a seven-carry, 141-yard ground total – 81 coming on one scoring run … Ranked as the No. 56 quarterback prospect in the nation according to ESPN.com … Rated as the No. 19 overall prospect in the state of Oklahoma by Scout.com … Reportedly timed at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash during a combine in Memphis, Tenn. … Officially committed to East Carolina on May 15, 2014 … Was in attendance at Tulsa’s Chapman Stadium during the Pirates’ nationally-televised 49-32 victory over the Golden Hurricane on Nov. 28. Personal: Born August 9, 1996 … Son of John Jacobs, Sr. and Ruth Anne Vandenburg … Father played a guest role in the TV series Walker Texas Ranger.

C.J. Maybin, OLB, 6-4, 195, Fr., Pompano Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons HS)

High School: Helped spearhead a defense for head coach Michael Morril that surrendered just 17 point per game in 2014 … Tallied two defensive touchdowns as a senior safety to lead the Chiefs to a 6-4 record … Earned All-Broward County (5A) honors after senior season … Picked off four passes as a junior to help guide Cardinal Gibbons to an 8-3 overall mark … Recorded an interception in a 44-0 win over Northeast … Listed among the National Underclassmen’s Top 75 players in the state of Florida … Stood as the No. 97 overall recruit in the Dade-Broward county area according to 247Sports … Also earned three varsity letters as a member of the Chiefs’ track and field program … Despite large frame, clocked at 12.35 in the 100-meter dash and 23.79 in the 200-meter dash during the 2014 outdoor season … Also reportedly recruited as a football prospect by Rutgers and Syracuse … Played in same prep program as current Pirate OL Erik Lenzen (2014 signee). Personal: Son of Conrad and Jennifer Maybin.

Dalton Montgomery, OL, 6-6, 255, Fr., Corinth, Texas (Lake Dallas HS)

High School: An outstanding student who ranks No. 1 in his graduating class and played a key role for an offensive unit that amassed over 5,000 total yards in 2014 … Helped head coach Mike Young and the Falcons complete year with a 9-2 overall record and an unblemished district ledger as a senior … Turned in an impact performance during LDHS’s 45-7 win over Carter-Riverside that included 360 rushing yards on 45 carries – an average of 8.0 yards per attempt … Credited with providing quality quarterback protection that allowed for a 352-yard, seven-touchdown passing performance during a 59-35 victory over Poly … Earned first-team all-district honors and was an honorable mention Class 4A All-State selection … Also named to the all-district squad as a junior in 2013 … Academic achievement encouraged reported recruitment by Ivy League members (in addition to East Carolina) … Officially committed to the Pirate program on Dec. 30, 2014 while ECU was in Alabama preparing for the Birmingham Bowl. Personal: Son of David and Cheryl Montgomery.

Nhyre Quinerly, DB, 5-11, 180, Fr., Portsmouth, Va. (Lake Taylor HS)

Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills, thus signed a grant-in-aid with the program instead of a letter-of-intent (per NCAA policy). High School: A key performer on Lake Taylor’s 15-0 state championship team under head coach Hank Sawyer in 2014 … Earned First-Team Class 4A All-State accolades as both a receiver and defensive back during junior and senior seasons … Also selected as the state of Virginia’s Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 2014, and additionally, was a two-time conference MVP (2013, 2014) … A four-year letterman who served as a senior team captain … Recorded eight receptions for 97 yards, logged seven tackles and added a an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown against Salem in the state championship game … Other contest of note came against Hanover during junior campaign where he passed and rushed for a touchdown, and was on receiving end of another score … Posted 56 tackles, 24 pass breakups and four interceptions as a sophomore to help lead Lake Taylor to another perfect 15-0 mark and state title in 2012 … Was an all-region choice in the defensive backfield during sophomore campaign … Ranked as the No. 34 overall prospect and No. 3 defensive back in the state of Virginia by Scout.com … Also held ranks of 14th (regionally) and 55th nationally at position by Scout.com … Rated No. 2 among secondary personnel in Virginia (56th nationally) according to MaxPreps.com … Reportedly received other offers from Penn State and Wisconsin … Also lettered in baseball … Strong academic performer with a No. 25 class standing and selection to Lake Taylor’s Honor Roll all four years. Personal: Full name is Nhyre Quinerly … Born April 23, 1997 at Norfolk, Va. … Son of John and Nikosha Quinerly … Father John lettered as a running back at Maury High School and Norfolk State, and serves as an assistant football coach at Lake Taylor High School … Lists playing video games as hobby of choice.

Justin Sandifer, OL, 6-5, 310, Jr., Greenwood, Miss. (Leflore County HS/Hinds CC)

Junior College: A first-team all-region and all-state performer for head coach Gene Murphy at Hinds CC… An integral part of an offensive line that helped the Eagles average 373 yards of total offense and 222 rushing yards per game in 2014 … Cited for play in team’s 31-30 season finale win over Southwest Mississippi CC, a contest is which Hinds racked up 272 ground yards … Helped Eagles to a two-year record of 12-7 … Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com … Reportedly received offers from Louisville, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi State after junior college career. High School: A two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines for head coach Sherrod Gideon at Leflore County … Earned all-district accolades as a senior … Defensively, produced 83 tackles and five sacks during prep career … Offensively, provided solid protection during a 425-yard passing effort in a 42-32 win over Independence … Also helped pave the way for a 201-yard rushing effort in an 18-12 win over Gentry as a junior … Part of a Tigers’ program that posted a 7-5 record during his junior year and a 5-6 mark as a senior.

Derrell Scott, RB, 5-11, 179, So., Havelock, N.C. (Havelock HS/Tennessee)

Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills … Signed (grant-in-aid) with head coach Ruffin McNeill’s program after originally inking a national letter-of-intent with Southeastern Conference member Tennessee in February, 2014 … Will sit out the 2015 season in compliance with transfer rules. Tennessee: Appeared in two games for the Volunteers during true freshman season in 2014 … Rushed for 42 yards (long of 15) on nine carries against FCS-member Chattanooga in 2014 … Also had two rushing attempts during an SEC matchup vs. Mississippi. High School: Was a four-year letterman for head coach Jim Bob Bryant at Havelock … Played a pivotal role leading the Rams to three consecutive state championships from sophomore to senior seasons … Rushed for 6,145 yards and 87 touchdowns during high school career … Averaged 99.1 yards per game in prep career with a 9.43 yards-per-rush clip … Helped lead Havelock to a combined 58-5 record … Ran for 2,147 yards and 25 TD as a senior … Earned MVP honors of the 2013 state championship game after rushing for 209 yards and three touchdowns … Additionally, established a Class 3A Championship game record with a 96-yard rushing touchdown … Invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … An Associated Press All-State running back selection in 2013 … Also named New Bern Sun Journal Player-of-the-Year at conclusion of senior campaign … Chosen to the NCPreps All-State squad and earned designation as “Mr. 3A Football” as a senior … As a junior in 2012, rushed for 1,742 yards and 34 touchdowns to earn all-state honors … Amassed 1,807 ground yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011 … From a receiving standpoint, hauled in 46 catches for 637 yards and five TDs during prep action … Also handled 22 kickoff returns for 477 yards in his four seasons … A four-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com … Listed as the No. 3 all-purpose back and No. 6 prospect in North Carolina by 247Sports.com … Was the No. 8 overall prospect in the state by ESPN.com … Stood No. 9 (all-purpose) and No. 7 (overall prospect) by Rivals.com … Was the nation’s No. 17 running back according to Scout.com … A Honor Roll student in the classroom. Personal: Full name is Derrell Anthony Scott … Born October 25, 1995 at Havelock, N.C. … Son of John and Deborah Scott … A recipient of the Price Family Scholarship Endowment … Cousin Devon Scott was a four-year track letterman at Appalachian State … Enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball and bowling.

Corey Seargent, DB, 6-0, 180, Fr., Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern HS)

Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills … Re-signed (grant-in-aid) with head coach Ruffin McNeill’s program after initially inking a national letter-of-intent with East Carolina in February, 2014. High School: A high-impact defender who played a key role in Northwestern High School’s state championship run and perfect 15-0 season in 2013 … Trojans earned a final national rank of ninth (9th) after routing Stratford 62-35 in the state title contest on Dec. 7 … Credited with 148 tackles (91 solo), seven pass breakups, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, the latter including a 34-yard return … Also logged 3.0 tackles for lost yardage from his secondary position for coach Kyle Richardson … Was the Charlotte Observer’s Region Defensive Player-of-the-Year and earned first-team all-region accolades … A three-star prospect who ranked among the top 35 overall players in the state of South Carolina according to ESPN.com … Also earned a final scout grade of 74 and rates as one of the top 110 safeties nationally … Offensively, pulled down six receptions for 133 yards and a TD, and while on special teams, contributed an 81-yard kickoff return vs. Gaffney as a senior … Top defensive single-game performance(s) were a pair of 20 solo tackle outings against Charlotte Catholic and Byrnes … Selected to play in the prestigious Shrine Bowl … A key contributor to NHS’s 12-3 record (6-1 in league play) in 2012 while a junior … Various recruiting publications consistently used “loves to hit and play full speed” when describing approach to game … Originally committed to East Carolina on Jan. 21, 2014 …Also reportedly recruited by Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska … Played in same prep program as former Pirate ILB Brandon Williams.

Kyron Speller, DL, 6-1, 235, Fr., Virginia Beach, Va. (Kempsville HS)

Officially re-enrolled at ECU in January of 2015 and will join Pirates for spring drills … Initially inked a national letter-of-intent with East Carolina in February, 2014 but withdrew after enrolling in the second summer session. High School: A three-year letterwinner and two-time Virginian-Pilot All-Beach District selection … Played on both sides of the ball (fullback and defensive line) for Kempsville High School, but will be regarded as a defender at the collegiate level … Posted 65 tackles, 10.5 stops for lost yardage, six sacks, two forced fumbles, three blocks as a senior … Also scored three touchdowns in 2013 … During junior campaign, logged 75 hits, 14.5 TFLs, six sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, two blocks and an interception … Served as the Chiefs’ team captain during senior year … Ranks as the No. 28 overall prospect in the Commonwealth of Virginia according to various recruiting services … Committed to the Pirate program on Dec. 10, 2013 prior to ECU’s departure for the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl … Also reportedly recruited by Army and Navy. Personal: Full name is Kyron D. Speller … Born Nov. 7, 1994 at Norfolk, Va. … Son of Kendra Speller and Ronald Briley, Jr. … Hobbies include paintball, four-wheeling and working on cars.

Justin Strozier, WR, 6-1 170, Fr., Stockbridge, Ga. (Woodland HS)

High School: A four-year letterman for head coach Steve Davenport at Woodland … Played a key role in the Wolfpack’s 7-3 record in 2014 … Booked 36 receptions for 915 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior to earn all-county and all-region honors … Turned in season-long 82-yard catch during WHS’s victory against Northgate … Hauled in 58 receptions for 933 yards and 10 scores during junior campaign … Also selected to the all-county and all-region squads in 2013 … Had 45 catches for 605 yards as a sophomore … Combined to make 139 receptions for 2,453 yards and 22 TDs during last three years of varsity career in Woodland program … Earned initial starting position as a freshman in 2011 … Also reportedly received offers from Indiana and South Carolina. Personal: Full name is Justin Jermaine Strozier … Born Feb. 12, 1997 at Atlanta, Ga. … Son of Larry and Twula Strozier … Father Larry was a football letterman at Savannah (Ga.) State … Brother Rod Davis played collegiate football in the University of Georgia program … Hobbies include basketball.

James Summers, WR, 6-3, 210, Jr., Greensboro, N.C. (Page HS/Hinds CC)

Junior College: Played two seasons at Hinds (Miss.) Community College for head coach Gene Murphy … Used primarily as a quarterback, passed for a combined 2,874 yards, contributed 1,687 rushing yards and accounted for a total of 46 touchdowns during his freshman and sophomore seasons … Completed 109 passes for 1,347 yards and eight TDs in 2014 to guide the Eagles to a 5-4 record … Also contributed 1,002 ground yards and 12 scores as a sophomore … Eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark on five occasions in 2014 … Effort of note in 2014 was an 18-of-30, 280-yard, two-touchdown passing day to add to a 110-yard rushing performance against Jones County JC … Had a long run of 65 yards vs. Northeast Mississippi CC … Threw for 1,527 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing for 685 yards and 12 more TDs as a freshman in 2013 to lead Hinds to a 7-3 record … Attended Hargrave Military Academy before enrolling at Hinds. High School: Guided Page to a 15-0 record and a Class 4AA State Championship in 2011 as a senior quarterback for head coach Kevin Gillespie … Passed for 1,506 yards and 20 touchdowns, while adding 1,632 rushing yards and 22 scores as a senior … Threw a pair of TD passes and ran for 116 yards to help Pirates capture the state title … A two-time All-Metro Conference selection … Earned conference offensive player-of-the-year honors as a senior … Originally committed to North Carolina at conclusion of prep career but did not enroll in classes … Also received a reported offer from NC State (in addition to East Carolina) out of high school … Picked up additional varsity letters in basketball, earning All-Metro accolades on the hardwood as well.

Darius Wright, ILB, 6-0, 220, Jr., Irmo, S.C. (Irmo HS/Hutchinson CC)

Junior College: A key component in Hutchinson CC’s most successful season in program history … Helped the Blue Dragons to a Jayhawk West Conference title and a final No. 4 national rank in 2014 … Recorded 132 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles during junior college career … Booked a season-high 12 tackles against Iowa Western CC as a sophomore … Other contest of note was an 11-stop, 1.5-sack, one-interception effort during Hutchinson’s 46-23 victory over Dodge City CC … Also tallied five tackles, one sack and forced a fumble in the Blue Dragons’ 36-20 win over Highland CC as a freshman in 2013 … Posted a career-long 48-yard interception return vs. Bethany College (junior varsity) … In addition to ECU, reportedly entertained other offers from Kansas State and Nebraska. High School: Earned selection to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas after his senior season … A second-team all-state performer in 2012. Personal: Father Frank Wright played football at South Carolina, lettering for the Gamecocks in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984 … Hails from same hometown as current Pirate OL Ike Harris.

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2015 EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL SIGNEES

NAME POS HT WT CL. HOMETOWN (Previous School)

Darius Anderson OL 6-3 330 Fr. Jonesboro, Ga. (Mundy’s Mill HS)

Tony Baird ILB 6-3 210 Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes HS)

Justin Brown DL 6-3 310 Fr. Greenville, N.C. (Ayden-Grifton HS)

Deondre Farrier WR 6-1 195 Fr. Orlando, Fla. (Lake Nona HS)

Shawn Furlow RB 5-10 187 Fr. Greenville, N.C. (South Central HS)

Colby Gore DB 5-11 170 Fr. Little River, S.C. (North Myrtle Beach HS)

John Jacobs QB 6-2 220 Fr. Shawnee, Okla. (Shawnee HS)

C.J. Maybin OLB 6-4 195 Fr. Pompano Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons HS)

Dalton Montgomery OL 6-5 255 Fr. Corinth, Texas (Lake Dallas HS)

Nhyre Quinerly DB 5-11 180 Fr. Portsmouth, Va. (Lake Taylor)

Justin Sandifer OL 6-5 310 Jr. Greenwood, Miss. (Leflore County HS/Hinds CC)

Derrell Scott RB 5-11 179 So. Havelock, N.C. (Havelock HS/Tennessee)

Corey Seargent DB 6-0 180 Fr. Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern HS)

Kyron Speller DL 6-1 235 Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Kempsville)

Justin Strozier WR 6-1 170 Fr. Stockbridge, Ga. (Woodland HS)

James Summers WR 6-3 210 Jr. Greensboro, N.C. (Page HS/Hinds CC)

Darius Wright ILB 6-0 220 Jr. Irmo, S.C. (Irmo HS/Hutchinson CC)

Baird, Quinerly, Scott, Seargent and Speller enrolled at ECU in January

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