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Mountaineers, Bears sign combined 42 athletes

February 1, 2012

Lenoir-Rhyne football coach Mike Houston announced 23 recruits signed for the 2012 season on Wednesday.

Twelve players in the class are North Carolina natives, but the class also includes players from Georgia (eight), South Carolina (two) and Texas (one).

Signings include nine offensive and defensive linemen, including Placid Ajoku, Callan Gillison, Lucas Hayes, Chris Phillips, Logan Reach, Jacob Slagle, Bryan Veazey, Nathan Benfield and Ben Carrion.

2012 Lenoir-Rhyne recruiting class

DL Placid Ajoku, WR Edward Blackburn, WR Victor Brannon, DB Damien Butler, LB Savon Dukes, WR Zach Ferguson, LB Xavier Gill, OL Callan Gillison, DL Lucas Hayes, DB Kaleel Hollis, LB Mike Maness, OL Chris Phillips, RB James Phillips, OL Logan Reach, OL Jacob Slagle, OL Bryan Veazey, OL Nathan Benfield, RB Austin Beaty, OL Ben Carrion, DB Aaron Leach, QB Travis Scales, K/P Devin Southerland.

App. State inks 19 for next season

Appalachian State head football coach Jerry Moore announced on Wednesday that the Mountaineers signed 19 recruits for the 2012 campaign.

Seventeen of those 19 players officially signed Wednesday.

The class includes 10 players from Georgia, eight from North Carolina and one from New York.

Eight out of the 19 prospects received at least a two- or three-star rating by

2012 Appalachian State recruiting class

DB Dante Blackmon, TE Barrett Burns, OL Jamie Collmar, LB Olawale Dada, OL Tyson Fernandez, DB Alex Gray, LB Greg Hall, RB Tysean Holloway, WR Malachi Jones, DB Aaron Krah, LB John Law, QB Paul Magloire, DL Greg Milhouse, RB Quartterrio Morgan, OL Matthew Privette, LB Tashion Singleton, DL Darian Small, WR Chris Starks, DB Kevin Walton


Dan Beilinson, line, 6-5, 240, Panther Creek HS, Cary; Casey Blaser, line, 6-5, 275, South Mecklenburg HS, Charlotte; Jela Duncan, back, 5-10, 200, Mallard Creek, Charlotte; DeVon Edwards, back, 5-9, 170, Alcovy HS, Covington, Ga.; Allen Jackson, line, 6-5, 235, McDonogh HS, Ellicott City, Md.; Michael Mann, line, 6-4, 220, Valor Christian HS, Castle Rock, Colo.; Ross Martin, k, 5-9, 190, Walsh Jesuit HS, Solon, Ohio; Max McCaffrey, back, 6-1, 190, Valor Christian HS, Castle Rock, Colo.; Corbin McCarthy, back, 5-10, 200, Norco Senior HS, Norco, Calif.; Anthony Nash, back, 6-5, 190, Bayard Rusin HS, West Chester, Pa.; Dwayne Norman, back, 6-1, 195, University Christian HS, Jacksonville, Fla.; Shaquille Powell, back, 5-10, 200, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas;Keilin Rayner, back, 6-3, 245, North Brunswick HS, Leland; Erich Schneider, line, 6-7, 220, Jacksonville Episcopal, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; Thomas Sirk, qb, 6-4, 215, Baker County HS, Glen St. Mary, Fla.; Tanner Stone, line, 6-6, 280, Highland Park HS, Dallas; Michael Westray, back, 6-1, 195, Westlake HS, Waldorf, Md.; Deion Williams, back, 6-0, 225, Lutheran HS, Long Beach, Calif.; A.J. Wolf, line, 6-4, 245, Hackley (N.Y.) HS, Greenwich, Conn.; Carlos Wray, line, 6-2, 280, Shelby HS, Shelby.

N.C. State

Deylan Buntyn, dt, 6-4, 330, New Mexico Military Institute; Robert Caldwell, lb, 6-3, 235, College of the Desert; Niles Clark, db, 5-10, 173, Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.; Marchez Coates, db, 5-11, 172, McDonough HS, Pomfret, Md.; Drew Davis, lb, 6-3, 230, Broughton HS, Raleigh; Eddie Gordan, ol, 6-2, 305, Boiling Springs (HS) S.C.; Xavier Griffin, wr, 6-3, 185, Newark (HS) Del.; David Grinnage, te, 6-5, 230, Newark (HS) Del.; Charlie Hegedus, wr, 6-2, 195, Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.; k'Hadree Hooker, dt, 6-2, 285, South Lenoir HS, Deep Run; J.J. Jones, db, 6-4, 205, Martin Luther King HS, Lithonia, Ga.; Bryce Kennedy, ol, 6-4, 285, Pinecrest HS, Southern Pines; Tyler Knox, de, 6-4, 225, Myrtle Beach (HS) S.C.; Quincy McKinney, ol, 6-4, 300, Fork Union Military Academy; Desmond Owino, de, 6-5, 235, Sanderson HS, Nairobi, Kenya; M.J. Salahuddin, lb, 6-2, 192, Jack Britt HS, Fayetteville; Josh Sessoms, db, 6-3, 185, Southern Nash HS, Bailey; Manny Stocker, qb, 6-3, 200, Coatesville Area HS, Coatesville, Pa.; Pete Thomas, qb, 6-5, 225, Colorado State; Shadrach Thornton, rb, 6-1, 200, Liberty County HS, Hinesville, Ga.; John Tu'uta, ol, 6-2, 325, Fork Union Military Academy; Kenderius Whitehead, de, 6-4, 220, Martin Luther King HS, Lithonia, Ga.; Joe Wright, de, 6-7, 235, Rose HS, Greenville.


Brandon Banks, dl, 6-3, 230, Southwest Guilford HS, High Point; Jared Barr, ol, 6-3, 285, Sun Valley HS, Sun Valley; Justin Bolus, rb, 6-2, 205, James Island HS, Folly Beach, S.C.; Jaquil Capel, qb, 5-11, 175. West Montgomery HS, Mt. Gilead; Terry Caldwell, lb, 6-2, 208, John T. Hoggard HS, Wilmington; Jamal Covington, ol, 6-3, 270 Lovejoy HS, Fayetteville, Ga.; Greg Cunningham, cb, 6-1, 175, West Charlotte HS, Charlotte; Austin Duke, wr, 5-8, 155, Independence HS, Charlotte; Kariym Gent, db, 5-11, 185, Ayden-Grifton HS, Grifton; Jalen Holt, lb, 6-4, 225 South Stanly HS, Norwood; Matt Johnson, qb, 6-2, 225, Maiden HS, Newton; Thomas La Bianca, ol, 6-3, 280 Porter Ridge HS, Indian Trail; Rick Legrant, de, 6-0, 215, Buford HS, Buford, Ga.; Lee McNeill, qb, 6-2, 170, Porter Ridge HS, Indian Trail; James Middleton, lb, 6-4, 240, Timberland HS, Pineville, S.C.; Karsten Miller, qb, 6-3, 195, North Davidson HS, Lexington; Tank Norman, rb, 5-11, 180, Richlands HS, Jacksonville; Kendal Parker, ilb, 6-1, 215, Lakeside HS, Lake Park, Ga.; Casey Perry, ol, 6-3, 285, Hillside HS, Durham; Mark Pettit, dl, 6-6, 239, Western Guilford HS, Greensboro; Larry Ogunjobi, lb, 6-3, 253, Ragsdale HS, Greensboro; Jamel Ross, wr, 6-3, 215, Panther Creek HS, Cary; Mason Sledge, dl/ol, 6-4, 250, Monroe HS, Monroe; Will Thomas, wr, 6-0, 170, Topsail Senior HS, Hampstead

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