Wednesday was National Signing day, and a number of developments on the National, Regional, and Local scene surrounding that. For the Carolinas, North Carolina hasd a 22 player class that was topped by the signing of Charlotte Catholic Running back, Elijah Hood, who is considered one of the top prospects in the nation. Depending on the source, UNC’s Class was rated anywhere from 20 to 31st nationally. NC State had a 33 player class that had the most prospects from North Carolina in the ACC, and was ranked anywhere from 26th to 35th nationally, including four star prospect Kentavius Street, a defensive end from Greenville, rated the number two prospect from the state. Duke’s class was rated 55thto 66th from the recruiting rankings, and Wake Forest had a 26 player class that was ranked 13th in the 14 team rankings of the ACC. Florida State was the highest rated from the ACC, third behind Alabama and LSU nationally, Miami was tenth , and Clemson was 28th.
Locally Catawba announced it had 12 national letters, with the top two being Florida Quarterback Reid Carlton and Defensive back Ray Smith from South Carolina power, Spartanburg. They will continue to add recruits in the days to come. A number lof local players also signed Wednesday with area schools. Carson’s MyQuon Stout made his formal signing with Appalachian State official. Stout was recruited as a linebacker, although he was mostly a defensive lineman in his High School career. He also was a Shrine Bowl selection this past year. West Rowan’s Najee Tucker selected Charlotte as his football choice . A free safety for the Falcons, the 6’2″ 200 pounder had a knee injury in his Freshman year that hindered his progress some, but he has moved steadily forward since then. He is also a starting forward this season for the Basketball team. East Rowan’s Calvin Edward committed to Lenoir Rhyne, who went to the National Division Two Finals this past year. Edwards had a back injury suffered last Spring that prevented him from suiting up at all for the Mustangs this past season. However, he was able to work out and train starting January 1st and performed well enough at a combine held at Lenoir Rhyne to get the offer. Two years ago, he rushed for 1,501 yards and 21 touchdowns for East. He is 5’9″ and 175 pounds. His teammate, Doc Corpening, committed to UNC-Pemborke as a linebacker, and West Rowan’s offensive lineman, Chris Hassard, was also committing to UNC-Pembroke. And Mike Robinson of North Rowan signed with North Carolina Central. The Cornerback was a standout on the defense of the Cavaliers and was an exceptional Special teams player, blocking four punts and two extra points and also had three interceptions.
Besides Alabama having the top national class, the SEC schools filled seven of the top ten recruiting classes, with LSU second, Texas A & M fith, Auburn sixth, Tennessee seventh, Georgia 8th, and Florida ninth.