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Charlotte 49ers Football Recruiting: Profiling the Niners' Four Early Enrollees


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Brad Lambert and the Charlotte 49ers welcomed five new members of the football team as a quintet of players started classes a few weeks back, ready to get going in the classroom and on the field when practices start back up. Let’s meet them. (Note: Rankings, offers and videos for players listed when applicable. We left off Syracuse transfer Josh Manley since he will sit out 2014 due to NCAA regulations; we’ll profile him down the road.)

Brooks Barden, QB

6’3″, 200 lbs.
Cartersville (GA)
Rank: Rivals: ** | Scout: ** | ESPN: ***
Other Offers: Arkansas State, UMass
Our take: The Niners may be pinning their future hopes at quarterback on Barden. While he won’t start right away, he’s expected to sit under the tutelage of Matt Johnson and be ready to go in a couple years when FBS play is in full swing. I think that he might be one of the better pickups in this year’s class with his accuracy (just seven picks in his junior and senior seasons combined) and his playmaking ability (77 TDs in that time span).

Nick Cook, LB

6’3″, 220 lbs.
Butler Co. CC, El Dorado, KS (JUCO)
Other Offers: None listed.
58 tackles (4th on team), 11 TFL (2nd on team), 1 FR with Butler Co. CC in 2013
Our take: Cook definitely has a nose for the football, registering 11 tackles for a loss on a nationally-ranked Butler squad that won the Region VI championship and allowed just 11.2 points a game. He’s quick, very good in pursuit, and can hit–hard. (Ask the defender at about 3:17 of the below video how hard) He should be more than able to add a boost to a linebacker corps that lost Mark Hogan (graduation) and Micah Bryan (personal/family).
Nick Cook Highlights

Branden Dozier, DB

6′, 203 lbs.
Butler Co. CC, El Dorado, KS (JUCO)
Other offers: Memphis
61 tackles (2nd on team), 2 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 INT with Butler Co. CC in 2013
Our take: Dozier adds some age and experience to the group of safeties on the Charlotte squad. A KJCCC first-team all-conference pick, he showed interest from Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin among others. He shows very strong pursuit of the ball carrier and has a knack for quickly adjusting to routes in space.
Branden Dozier Highlights

Richard Murphy, TE

6’3″, 240 lbs.
Butte CC, Oroville, CA (JUCO)
Other offers: Northern Colorado
15 catches, 270 yards, 3 TDs with Butte CC in 2013
Our take: After his time with the co-champion Roadrunners as a tight end, look for Murphy to be slotted in at H-back in Jeff Mullen’s offensive scheme. He’s another one of those “old” players that Lambert speaks about.
Richard Murphy Highlights

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