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(WSPA) – Schools around the Carolinas announced signings for their football programs on early national signing day Wednesday.

Furman gained 15, Wofford added 13, Western Carolina added eight, and Coastal Carolina registered 17 signees to their respective football programs.


The Terriers will welcome eight players on defense, four players on offense and one athlete. The student-athletes are from seven different states, including four from Florida and three from North Carolina.

On defense, the eight players include four linebackers, two defensive backs and two linemen. On offense, the four players include three offensive linemen and a quarterback.

“2020 has been a year of adversity and this process was no different,” said head coach Josh Conklin. “I am proud of our staff. They accepted the challenges, never complained about limitations or decisions, consistently adjusted to the rules of engagement, and demonstrated a high level of professionalism. As a program we had to become creative in developing relationships, evaluating talent, and demonstrating the soul of Wofford Football. Rob Greene (defensive recruiting coordinator) and Dane Romero (offensive recruiting coordinator), led that effort with relentless discipline and energy.

Wofford 2021 Early Signing Recruiting Class

Matthew Clayton       LB       6-3        205      Gainesville, Fla. / Buchholz

Damien Curtis           DB      5-11       170      Gainesville, Fla. / Buchholz

Santana Curtis             S        6-0        175      Knoxville, Tenn. / South-Doyle / Air Force

Marcus Dees              DL       6-0        245      Montgomery, Ala. / Montgomery Catholic

Julio Del Jesus           OL       6-4        275      Kissimmee, Fla. / Tohopekaliga

Austin Drinkwater     OL       6-4        290      Umatilla, Fla. / Mount Dora Christian

Marcus Gatling          LB      5-11       205      Havelock, N.C. / Havelock

Camden Gray             LB       6-3        230      Inman, S.C. / Chapman

Quincy Hughes          OL       6-4        295      Cincinnati, Ohio / Princeton

Brandon Maina          DL       6-0        275      Hiram, Ga. / Hiram

Isaiah Mananga        ATH     6-3        195      Clayton, N.C. / Clayton

Kyle Pinnix                QB       6-1        177      Reidsville, N.C. / Eden

Eli Purcell                  LB       6-2        235      Knoxville, Tenn. / Farragut


Furman head football coach Clay Hendrix today welcomed the addition of 15 recruits to the Paladins’ program on the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

“I could not be more pleased with this impressive group we were able to sign today,” said Furman head coach Clay Hendrix on Wednesday.  “Our assistant coaches did an incredible job identifying and recruiting outstanding young men who are terrific students and football players.  We had some specific needs and believe we addressed them.  The fact that we signed 15 players is even more of a testament to the work our staff did during a pandemic and an almost year-long dead period.”

Offense claimed nine of the 15 spots in the class, which featured three linemen, two tight ends, two running backs, one wide receiver, and one quarterback.  Defensively the Paladins’ newest additions included two ends, three linebackers, and one cornerback 

Seven states are represented in this year’s recruiting class, paced by talent-rich Texas, which yielded five signees.  Georgia followed with three and Tennessee and Florida with two each.  The Paladins also signed players from North Carolina, Ohio, and Delaware.

Among Furman’s highest profile signees are defensive end Bryce Stanfield from Acworth, Ga., tight end Brandon Whittemore from Lafayette, Tenn., and Buford, Ga., inside linebacker Tommy Beuglas.

Furman 2021 Early Signing Recruiting Class

Amaah AchinaOLB (6’1″ 192lbs)Greensboro, N.C.Northern Guilford
Tommy BeuglasILB (6’1″ 220lbs)Buford, Ga.Buford
Alex CainOL (6’3″ 285lbs)Juliet, Tenn.Wilson Central
Jack HealyTE (6’3″ 225lbs)Wilmington, Del.Salesianum
Joshua HarrisWR (6’2″ 177lbs)Newnan, Ga. Newnan
Myion HicksRB (5’11” 210lbs)Desoto, TexasPantego Christian
Ryan LambOL (6’2″ 320lbs)Plano, TexasLebanon Trail
Alex MaierOLB (6’4″ 225lbs)Fleming Island, Fla.Fleming Island
Dominic MorrisCB (5’11” 175lbs)Spring, TexasKlein Oak
Christian ParaisonDE (6’3″ 285lbs)Akron, OhioBishop Verot
Luke PetitOL (6’3″ 285lbs)Lehigh Acres, Fla.Archbishop Hoban
Grant RobinsonRB (6’0″ 210lbs)Plano, TexasPope John Paul II
Bryce StanfieldDE (6’2″ 250lbs)Acworth, Ga.Harrison
Landon WhittemoreTE (6’4″ 220lbs)Lafayette, Tenn.Macon County
Jace WilsonQB (5’11” 172 lbs)Missouri City, TexasMayde Creek

Western Carolina

Western Carolina football announced the addition of eight student-athletes to the Caramounts’ football roster.

Six of the eight are defensive players including three defensive backs and three linemen. Six are high school seniors while the other two are transferring to Western Carolina.

The eight athletes are from four different states, including Georgia (3), South Carolina (3), Florida (1), and Virginia (1).

Timothy JamisonDL (6-4, 260 lbs.)Hutchinson CCLexington, S.C.
Rod GattisonDB (5-11, 180 lbs.)Georgia Military CollegeHartsville, S.C.
Caleb FisherDE (6-3, 230 lbs.)Columbia High SchoolDecatur, Ga.
James WoodDE (6-2, 235 lbs.)Jeff Davis High SchoolHazlehurst, Ga.
Dramarian McNulty(6-0, 180 lbs.)Niceville High SchoolNiceville, Fla.
Willie Rice(6-0, 185 lbs.)East Coweta High SchoolSharpsburg, Ga.
Solomon ButlerWR (6-0, 195 lbs.)Berkeley High SchoolMoncks Corner, S.C.
Meziah ScottQB (6-0, 200 lbs.)Petersburg High SchoolPetersburg, Va.

Coastal Carolina

The December signing class for the Chanticleers includes athletes from seven states spanning over the east and southeast in South Carolina (5), Georgia (5), Florida (2), North Carolina (1), Virginia (1), Connecticut (1), and Massachusetts (1).

The 2021 early signing class ranks second in the Sun Belt overall by both 247sports and Rivals.

Coastal Carolina 2021 Early Signing Recruiting Class

Charles Arnold Jr. (DB * 5-10 * 165 * Fairburn, Ga./Langston Hughes HS)

Max Balthazar (RB * 5-11 * 190 * Fort Lauderdale, Fla./TRU Prep Academy/University School)

Tom Bambrick (OL * 6-4 * 305 * Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand HS)

Jared Brown (WR * 6-0 * 175 * Lilburn, Ga./Parkview HS)

Tre Douglas III (DB * 6-2 * 195 * McDonough, Ga./Vanderbilt)

Tobias Fletcher (DB * 5-10 * 165 * Atlanta, Ga./Carver HS)

Ze’marion Harrell (LB * 6-2 * 220 * Virginia Beach, Va./Salem HS)

AJ Jones III (RB * 5-10 * 180 * St. Johns, Fla./Bartram HS)

Ty Lyles (QB * 6-2 * 215 * Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth HS)

Kiylan Miller (Spur * 6-3 * 175 * Forest City, N.C./Chase HS)

Jared Morrow (OL * 6-5 * 290 * Carrollton, Ga/Mt. Zion HS)

Dre Pinckney (DB * 6-0 * 200 * Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs HS)

Chris Rhone (WR * 6-4 * 200 * Columbia, S.C./Gray Collegiate Academy)

Josaiah Stewart (DE * 6-2 * 245 * Everett, Mass./Everett HS)

Malachi Taylor (WR * 6-3 * 190 * Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek HS)

Jameson Tucker (WR * 6-2 * 190 * Mauldin, S.C./Mauldin HS)

Anthony Walton (OL * 6-4 * 300 * Lamar, S.C./Lamar HS)

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