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February 8, 2013

Concord signs 20 on National Football Signing Day

ATHENS — Four years ago, coming off an 0-11 season, the Concord University football staff was selling hope to its recruits. Now, with the goals drastically different, the program’s recruiting is different.

Speaking at a Wednesday afternoon press conference, CU Head Football  Coach Garin Justice said, “This time, we looked at what we needed, where four years ago, we were selling hope coming off an 0-11 season.”

The requirements the team needed to address, he said, were offensive line, defensive line, defensive backfield, running back and tight end.

“We have 19 (commitments) right now, and we expect to hear from a couple more today. We’ll probably have 30 players by the time spring is over. We made no promises about playing time, but we addressed a lot of needs,” he said.

The Concord staff, he added, placed a priority on recruiting players within a six-hour radius of Concord and on character players.

“They are a good fit for us. Many of these players grew up wanting to play for Concord. The players we signed are character players, high achievers in high school academically as well as athletically, who no body had a word to say against them,” he said.

Justice added, “It’s definitely easier to recruit than it was four years ago, when we were selling hope. Now, we have a goal of a (NCAA Division II) national championship.”

Justice thanked the families of the coaches for their sacrifices during the recruiting period and the families of the recruits for their hospitality during the period.

The players signed, in no particular order, were:

• Sam Plantz, center/long snapper, from George Washington High School in Charleston, 6 feet, 225 pounds;

• Joseph Moody, offensive lineman, Butler, High School, Matthews, N.C., 6-feet-1, 265 pounds;

• Chris Norman, offensive lineman, Fort Mill High School, Fort Mill, S.C., 6-feet-3, 295 pounds;

• Jennings Berry, running back/linebacker, Meadow Bridge High School, Meadow Bridge, 5-feet-8, 180 pounds;

• Zach Wamsley, linebacker, Wahoma High School, Letart, 6-feet, 215 pounds;

• Brandon Fowler, defensive line, Mallard Creek High School, Charlotte, N.C., 6-feet-1, 250 pounds;

• Marquis Willis, corner back, Statesville Senior High School, Statesville, N.C., 5-feet-10, 160 pounds;

• Jordan Bryant, tight end, Cave Spring High School, Roanoke, Va., 6-feet-2, 222 pounds; • Trenton Gibbs, quarterback, Wahama High School, New Haven, 6-feet-1, 200 pounds; • Chaudlier Shepherd, corner back, Henry A. Wise High School, Upper Marlboro, Md., 5-feet-9, 160 pounds;

• Brian McDonough, tight end, Penn-Trafford High School, Harrison City, Pa., 6'3”, 215 pounds;

• Elijahwon Williams, fullback, Okeechobee High School, Okeechobee, Fla., 5-feet-10, 215 pounds;

• Mike Bailey, offensive line, Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, 6-feet, 265 pounds; • Denis Ikic, linebacker, West Forsyth High School, Clemmons, N.C., 6-feet-1, 210 pounds; • P.J. Jones, wide receiver, East Forsyth High School, Winston Salem, N.C., 6-feet-2, 175 pounds;

• Robbie Mullins, linebacker, Clintwood High School, Dickenson County, Va., 5-feet-10, 215 pounds;

• Kamron Neese, offensive lineman, Southeast Guilford High School, Greensboro, N.C., 6-feet-1, 260 pounds;

• Chad Wyrick, wide receiver, Princeton Senior High School, Princeton, 6-feet-2, 185 pounds;

• Ethan Richardson, safety, Marion High School, Sugar Grove, Va., 5-feet-10, 183 pounds;

• Darryl Johnson, nose guard, Perryville, High School, Port Deposit, Md., 6-feet-3, 340 pounds.

— Contact Jeff Harvey at delimartman@yahoo.com

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