Fleming, McCorkle among five players signed

Five Catawba County football players made their college choices official during Wednesday’s National signing day.

Foard lineman Tanner Fleming, Bandys lineman Travis McCorkle and Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson signed.

Fleming, who is 6-2, 280 pounds, decided to play for the Air Force in 2012. He had a solid senior season defensively for the Tigers, racking up 80 tackles, including 25 for a loss, and 12 sacks.

Fleming also blocked 12 kicks, including three in Foard’s season finale against Hickory, and forced two fumbles.

During his junior season, Fleming tallied 83 tackles, 12 sacks, forced four fumbles and blocked four kicks. He is also a two-time All-Northwestern conference football selection in 2010 and 2011.

McCorkle earned a full-ride scholarship with North Carolina Central University, of Durham. The 6-foot-2-inch, 275-pound senior helped anchor a Trojans line that opened holes for a potent rushing attack led by Dominique Young.

Bandys finished the year 10-4 (4-3 in the Catawba Valley 2A) and advanced to the third round of the 2A state playoffs.

Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson will play for Wingate University next season. The senior signal-caller completed 61 of his 122 passes for 1,010 yards and five touchdowns in 2011.

The Red Tornadoes (8-4-1) made it to the second round of the 3A state football playoffs before being eliminated by Burns.

Bumgarner to walk on at UNCC

St. Stephens football coach Chris Bunting announced Wednesday that senior tight end Zach Bumgarner will be a preferred walk-on at UNC-Charlotte in the fall.

Bumgarner, who stands 6-4 and weighs 220 pounds, earned all-conference honors while playing tight end and defensive end for the Indians.
Bunting said he is hoping for more college commitments from the Indians in the near future.

“We hope to have a few other young men nail down their college choice within the next week or two, as well,” Bunting said.