National Signing Day is on Wednesday. And the hard work put in by Brad Lambert and his staff recruiting Charlotte 49ers football players will pay off, as a group of young men from the high school class of 2013 make their commitments to Charlotte official.
Some verbals will hold up. The social networks have been buzzing with comments from some of the potential future players, as they came away impressed with what Charlotte had to offer and with a desire to make their mark on a fledgling program.
Some verbals won’t hold. It won’t necessarily be the fault of Lambert and the other coaches, as they put in as much as they could to pitch the program to these young men. Many of them may feel better opportunities exist elsewhere, that another college is a better fit, or some other reason. It won’t be the end of the world. There will be plenty of other players out there.
This signing day will be different from last year in that the groundwork has been laid by a preceding class. This time around, there’s a stadium built, more competition, a better feel of who and what is out there. And next year? The coaches get to do it all over again, with a new crop of seniors and JUCO players ready for a shot at the next level.
On Wednesday, a new group of Charlotte 49ers come into the fold. And the dream of a chance to play football at the college level will have finally come true. All that’s left is for them to lace them up.
Caleb Clayton-Molby | DE | 6’2″, 229 | Georgia Military College | Panama City Beach, FL
James Williams | DB | 6’0″, 175 | Golden West (JUCO) | Carson, CA
Trent Bostick | WR | 6’1″, 193 | Richmond County | Rockingham, NC
Chris Duffy | ATH | 5’11″, 190 | Porter Ridge | Charlotte, NC
Eugene German | OT | 6’5″, 250 | Martinsburg | Martinsburg, WV
Tevin Lawshe | OL | 6’4″, 267 | Mallard Creek | Charlotte, NC
Martay Mattox | WR | 6’1″, 185 | East Mississippi | Athens, GA
Devon Pearson | ATH | 5’10″, 170 | Rock Hill | Rock Hill, SC
Kalif Phillips | RB | 5’10, 190 | A.L. Brown | Kannapolis, NC
Jachin Watkins | RB | 6’1, 216 | New Bern | New Bern, NC
Justin Bridges-Thompson | S | 6’0″, 190 | Spartanburg | Spartanburg, SC
Nick Carroll | DT | 6’4″, 236 | Cardinal Gibbons | Raleigh, NC
Nolan Corpening | DB | 5’10″, 170 | Vance | Charlotte, NC
Dustin Crouser | LB | 6’2″, 225 | George Washington | Charleston, WV
Nicholas Halmon | S | 6’0, 180 | Bamberg-Ehrhardt | Bamberg, SC
Jordan Starnes | LB | 6’3″, 225 | South Stanly | Norwood, NC
Jamar Winston | DE | 6’8″, 245 | Dutch Ford | Irmo, SC
Wolfgang Zacherl | DT | 6’4″, 272 | Broughton | Raleigh, NC
Blake Brewer | K | 6’1″, 190 | Cannon School | Concord, NC
Evan Gates | WR | 6’0″, 193 | Davidson Day | Davidson, NC
App State, Charlotte and ECU all appear to be play. Even with the signing of former South Carolina player Mattox, the staff may look to add Gates for some depth.
Brandon Floyd | OL | 6’3″, 255 | South Meck | Charlotte, NC
We wouldn’t be surprised to see Floyd stick around town to play his college ball, but we be equally unsurprised to see him accept ECU’s open offer and the opportunity to be on an FBS team immediately.
David “DJ” Jones | DT | 6′, 290 | Wren | Piedmont, SC
His name hasn’t been out there a whole lot, but Charlotte has offered, along with teams like Louisiana, Appalachian State, and Gardner-Webb.
Who’s a Longshot?
Demetri McGill | DT | 6’2″, 295 | Ocean Lakes | Virginia Beach, VA
Although the Niners offered him in the fall, it doesn’t look like the interest is there from McGill, who looks to be choosing between ECU, ODU and Temple.
UPDATE, 2/5, 12:54am: It appears McGill is off the board as he has reportedly verballed to ECU.
Damian Nicholson | ATH | 5’11″, 175 | Osbourn Park | Manassas, VA
Nicholson looks to be leaning very strongly toward West Virginia, and we’d be shocked if that’s where he didn’t end up.