Wednesday was Signing Day across the country. With football starting in the fall, a wave of anticipation is on the Charlotte campus. Thursday, the Charlotte 49ers coaching staff reviewed recruits and their abilities for the fans.
It takes a lot of people to run a Division 1 football team. Even though there are 11 football coaches, there are a total of 34 football employees in the athletic department. Athletic Director Judy Rose half-jokingly asked head coach Brad Lambert, “please no more.”
Charlotte have a diversity of talent. They have four Shrine Bowlers, and one from the Oasis Shrine Classic, which is the private/parochial version of the Shrine Bowl. They have numerous players who have been to a state championship or Final Four. Don’t forget team MVP’s, all conference picks, Conference POY’s, SC’s North-South All-Star Game selections, etc. They even have a silver medalist from the U-19 US Team last year that also won this year’s International Bowl. Well, of course Canada won the gold. They play with 12 players. Haha.
Each coach talked about players that they will be coaching. You could feel the enthusiasm from the staff.
–Nicholas Halmon, a CB from Bamberg-Ehrhardt (SC), in a video clip, was not fooled by a fake handoff that was pretty convincing to me, and he made the tackle. I was so slow, I didn’t know that I was fooled until Halmon made the tackle. Always a hopeful sign when a player has quick reactions.
–Jamar Winston, a DE from Dutch Fork (SC), tackled the wrong guy, immediately got up, and tackled the right guy in his clip. Nice work ethic to not give up. And if they ever go to 11 footballs, we know Jamar will just tackle everyone.
–Jachin Watkins, a HB from New Bern (NC), has a name that means, “When God strengthens,” per his mother. Jachin went 15-0 this year and was state champ.
–Trent Bostick, a WR from Richmond (NC), was ranked number 1 on Football Friday Nights most of the year.
–Secondary coach James Adams called Devin Pearson, a CB from South Pointe (SC), “a stone-cold baller.” Coach Adams also mentioned that Devin is willing to play any position that will benefit the team.
–Inside linebackers coach Drew Dayton says his three-year old son is so pumped up about football that he wants to suit up. Now I like that kid. Dayton also talked about Blake Brewer, a kicker out of Cannon School (NC) stating, “No one asks about your kicker until it’s 21-20, 4th quarter.” Coach Dayton mentioned when he was at Duke, they lost several times to Coach Lambert at Wake by less than a field goal.
–Running backs coach Damien Gary told us about a battle between offensive and defensive coaches for Martay Mattox, a WR/DB from Clarke Central HS/University of South Carolina/East Mississippi CC, for which the Niners will “hopefully have a Champ Bailey package on both sides of the ball.”
–Lambert did mention that the team could possibly could pick up some college transfers, but they have to contact you. No school is allowed to recruit someone to leave another school. He also that mentioned the Niners were pretty set at QB.
–Speaking of Lambert, he was wearing a gold blazer. He is already in the panhandling spirit of the 49ers. That, along with a player from Golden West Community College, makes you feel at home.
–Spring practice begins on March 18. Every Saturday there will be a practice/scrimmage in the football stadium at noon open to the public. Make your plans now for the spring game on April 20, which also begins at noon.
–The roster sizes are 95 for two-a-days, and for fall it is 102. There will be approximately 35 walk-ons.
–Fan Rodney Graves asked, “When are the official jerseys going to debut?” Lambert did not have a specific date as of yet.
Be sure to come out in Fall 2013 to see these players and last year’s class as they debut. You can still call the Athletic Department to get your FSL (Forty-Niner Seat License.)
The players discussed at Chalk Talk were:
Trent Bostick-WR Richmond Sr HS
Blake Brewer-K Cannon School
Justin Bridges-Thompson-OLB Spartanburg HS (SC)
Nick Carroll-DE Cardinal Gibbons HS
Nolan Corpening-CB Vance HS
Dustin Crouser-LB George Washington HS (WV)
Chris Duffy-RB Porter Ridge HS
Eugene German-OT Martinsburg HS (WV)
Nicholas Halmon-CB Bamberg Ehrhardt HS (SC)
Devon Johnson-DE Aiken HS (SC)/GA Military College
Tevin Lawshe-OG Mallard Creek HS
Martay Mattox-WR/DB Clarke Central HS (GA)/U of South Carolina/E Miss CC
Devin Pearson-CB South Pointe HS (SC)
Kalif Phillips-RB AL Brown HS
Jordan Starnes-LB S Stanley HS
Jachin Watkins-HB New Bern HS
James Williams, Jr-DB Carson HS (CA)/Golden West CC
Jamar Winston-DE Dutch Fork HS (SC)
Wolfgang Zacherl-OT Needham Broughton HS
CJ Crawford-TE Marshall U
Caleb Clayton-Molby-HB GA Military College
Mikel Hunter-WR Air Force Academy
There are some other college transfers not mentioned. They are:
Damarrell Alexander-HB UNC Pembroke
Daniel Blitch-OT Wake Forest
Daniel Book-OT Albany
Desmond Cooper-FS Wake Forest
Tyler DeStefani-LB Newberry
Peter Fields-OT Findlay (Ohio)
Duke Mosby-NG Wake Forest
Patrick O’Brien-QB UNC Pembroke
Luke Sonricker-WR Campbell
Brandon Strupp-P Concord (WV)
Josh Tann-DE UNC Pembroke
Zach Thomas-OT Lenoir Rhyne