The Charlotte 49ers look to have a key part of its FBS future officially in the fold.
Cartersville (Ga.) quarterback Brooks Barden, who passed for over 2300 yards and 42 touchdowns as a senior, has officially signed his NLI to play for the Niners, as first reported by The (Cartersville) Daily Tribune‘s Jason Greenberg. He will enroll in the spring to get an early start on his development.
Said Barden about his decision:
“Yeah, I like the offense,” he said. “I met the offensive coordinator, coach [Jeff] Mullen. He’s a great guy. They had maybe a few transfers, but they were pretty much all redshirt freshmen, so they had a good year with what they had.”
Greenberg reports that Barden, who was offered by Arkansas State and UMass (and recruited by Penn State, Tennessee and UCLA among others) is likely to redshirt, as expected. The Niners have three scholarship QBs on the roster right now–redshirt freshmen Matt Johnson and Lee McNeill and redshirt sophomore Patrick O’Brien. Redshirting Barden would give him four years of eligibility in 2015, behind what would then be a makeup of two redshirt juniors and a redshirt senior.
Barden’s decision may influence the future of his longtime friend and teammate, wideout/DB Mark Quattlebaum. Quattlebaum told me in August that his choice to verbal to Charlotte came from the fact that he and Barden had desired to play together at the same school. With Barden in the fold, it looks like Quattlebaum will stand firm on his August verbal commitment.