Crusader Football Signing Day Central
By Cory Guinn
After a 5-6 season which saw its ups and downs, the North Greenville University staff has signed 12 players to National Letters of Intent, while also gaining a fresh face through the transfer wire.
2014 North Greenville Football Signing Day Class
As a senior for the Stallions in 2013, Adams recorded 46 total tackles, including two sacks and nine quarterback hurries while forcing one fumble as he helped lead South Pointe to an 11-3 record and trip to the AAAA Division II Semifinals. During his time as a varsity player the Stallions compiled a 37-6 overall record and three trips to the Class AAA State Playoffs, including a 2011 Class AAA State Championship.
Coach Ramsey on Nick. "Nick brings versatility and athletic ability to the defensive. He has the ability to play multiple positions on the defensive line. We look for Nick to bring a competitive mentality to the North Greenville program."
Bradford was a two year starter for the Camden High School Bulldogs where he played both offensive and defensive line. He was also listed as a High School Sports Report 2013 Top 100 Senior Prospect. As a Crusader, Bradford will be counted on to make an immediate impact in the middle of the defense and provide solid play upfront.
Coach Ramsey on Delton. "Delton brings size and athleticism to the defensive line. He will push the upperclassmen and his competitive nature will make him a factor. We are very excited to have him and look forward to big things from him in the fall."
As a senior for the Stallions in 2013, Brandt caught 34 passes for 437 yards and six touchdowns as he helped lead South Pointe to an 11-3 record and trip to the AAAA Division II Semifinals. During his three years as a varsity player the Stallions compiled a 37-6 overall record and three trips to the Class AAA State Playoffs, including a 2011 Class AAA State Championship.
Coach Bratton on Kyle. "Kyle is a very smooth route runner and has the potential to have a great career here at NGU. He is a big body that will be very useful in our offense next year."
Hickson finished his senior year leading the Cougar defense with 95 tackles, a fumble recovery which was returned for a touchdown, and a sack while also catching two touchdown passes at Tight End. After his senior season, Hickson was selected as a South Carolina Shrine Bowl participant where he played linebacker for the South Carolina team. Hickson also participated in the
NFL Elite Prep 100 Combine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Coach McCray on Tyler. "Tyler is an athletic, aggressive player. He represented the state of South Carolina well in the Shrine Bowl and did a great job at Edisto High. He brings versatility and the ability to contribute at a variety of positions and in a variety of ways which has us very excited to make him a Crusader. "
Hunter was a four-year starter for the Wildcats of Lexington High School where he amassed over 10,000 career passing yards with 101 touchdown passes, while also rushing for 653 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns on the ground. During his senior season, the dual-threat quarterback completed 58% of his passes for 2,874 yards and 30 touchdown and also rushed for 357 yards and 8 touchdowns and was a North/South All Star selection.
Coach Pizzo on Will. "Will is a tremendous competitor and shows great leadership both on and off the field. He is an extremely accurate passer with a strong arm and should fit well in our system. Lexington Head Football Coach Josh Stepp has him well prepared to play at the next level."
Jackson was a three-year starter for the Warriors, where he accumulated 2,392 yards on the ground, 761 receiving yards and 43 total touchdowns. During his senior season, Jackson ran for 728 yards and added on 285 yards receiving for 16 total touchdowns. He was a three-time 8-AA All-Region selection and a two-time selection to the Gainesville Times All-Area Team.
Coach Shuler on Tristen. "He is an explosive player that does not shy away from contact. You see him do everything from catching, blocking, and running people over. He will be a great addition to our backfield."
Michael Payden-6'1-195lbs-LB-Spartanburg, SC-Dorman HS
Payden is an athletic linebacker who saw action on both defense and special teams as a starter for the Cavaliers and was an integral part in leading Dorman to a 7-5 record and spot in the 2013 Class I-AAAA State Playoffs.
Coach McCray on Michael. "We are excited to welcome Michael to the North Greenville family. He comes fromm a great high school program at Dorman and will bring athleticism to the outside linebacker position."
Richardson was a Team Captain and played on both sides of the ball for R. B. Stall, suiting up at safety, linebacker, wide receiver and tight end during his high school career. As a Crusader Richardson will be counted on to provide versatility and athleticism on both offense and special teams units.
Coach Malphrus on Dominique. "Dominique is a very athletic player that has a lot of potential. He has a great work ethic and we are definitely looking forward to getting him on campus. He showed strong leadership characteristics and I believe he could have a bright future at North Greenville."
During his senior season at Boiling Springs High School, Sanders had 85 catches for 1450 yards and 22 touchdowns. Following his senior year he was selected to the North/South All Star Game. He was also selected to the All-Region II 4-A team following both his junior and senior seasons.
Coach Bratton on Mason. "Mason is another big body receiver that has great ball skills and is used to the ball in his hands. We are excited to have another great receiver from Boiling Springs High School."
Smith was an athlete for Blythewood where he played both wide receiver and quarterback. During his senior campaign, Smith completed 61% of his passes for 750 yards and six touchdowns, while also rushing70 times for 170 yards and one score. As a receiver, he caught 15 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns for three touchdowns. In his career, Smith caught 47 passes for 597 yards and five touchdowns for the Bengals.
Coach Bratton on Javon. "Javon is a very quick, elusive player that is going to be a lot of fun to watch on Saturdays. He is a threat to score any time he touches the ball."
Stepp was a two year starter for the Chesnee High School Eagles where he played offensive and defensive line. During his senior year, Stepp was selected as the team captain and was also selected to the North/South All Star game. In addition, Stepp was selected to the 2013 High School Sports Report Class AA Division II All state team.
Coach Galt on Cameron. "Cameron is a very versatile lineman from Chesnee High School with a big upside. We are looking for him to come in and provide depth at a few different positions for us early."
Watson was a two year starter and three year letterman for the Bears. In addition to his success on the field, Watson compiled a 4.2 GPA and was named as a Nation Merit Scholar Semifinalist.
Coach Galt on Jordan. "Jordan is a great kid from a great family that I am really looking forward to coaching. He has a great passion for the game that will make him a great asset to our football team in the future."
Charles Coleman - 6'3 - 275lbs - OL - North Augusta HS/the Citadel - North Augusta, SC
Coleman is a 2010 graduate of North Augusta High School where he lettered four times in football. He was a three-year starter and served as a team captain his senior year when he was selected to play in the North/South All-Star Game. Collegiately, he saw action in 21 games in three seasons at The Citadel.
Coach Galt on Charles. "We are very excited about having an experienced offensive lineman coming in for us this spring. He has made a smooth transition into our program so far and we have very high expectations for Charles."
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