Signing Day Roundup: Instate schools ink football recruits
National rankings (Rivals T-55; Scout 66).
Best in class: Zach Harmon (Toledo, Ohio) is rated as the nation's 20th-best center by Scout.com.
Best of the rest: Cutcliffe's quarterbacks always attract attention — he's a key mentor for Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli Manning — and his latest QB signees are Johnathan Lloyd (Graham, N.C.) and Nicodem Pierre (Miami). Lloyd enrolled early and took part in Duke's pre-Chick-fil-A Bowl practices, and Cutcliffe says he has "great feet, about as fluid as you would want to be and he's quick."
Late addition: Sixteen of Duke's signees committed in 2012 or '13. The last to say he would sign — WR Trevon Lee (Miramar, Fla.) — made his announcement Monday and Cutcliffe said the Blue Devils' big year helped sway him. Cutcliffe says Lee "has certainly got a lot of talent" but shied away from saying he would be an immediate difference-maker.
One that got away: None. Duke didn't appear to have any late defections from its class because Cutcliffe doesn't like to play games with the recruiting process. "You didn't hear the word decommit. ... If you decommit, odds are, you never committed," he said.
NOTE: Cutcliffe spent Sunday watching his pupil Peyton Manning lose the Super Bowl from a luxury box at Metlife Stadium and he said "as I'm going in, maybe in the hundreds of people said, 'We followed your team, we love your team, etc. etc.' ... All that does have an effect."
2014 Duke recruiting class
DURHAM — Football signees announced Wednesday by Duke, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:
Tinashe Bere, b, 6-1, 220, Sycamore HS, Cincinnati
Zavier Carmichael, b, 6-0, 210, St. Paul's Episcopal HS, Eight Mile, Ala.
Edgar Cerenord, l, 6-1, 300, American Heritage HS, Miami
Quaven Ferguson, l, 6-2, 305, Easley (S.C.) HS
Zach Harmon, l, 6-3, 280, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio
Christian Harris, l, 6-6, 290, Collins Hill HS, Suwanee, Ga.
Davis Koppenhaver, l, 6-4, 210, Hart HS, Valencia, Calif.
Trevon Lee, b, 6-1, 175, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Plantation, Fla.
Johnathan Lloyd, qb, 6-0, 195, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.
Trip McNeill, l, 6-5, 300, Davie HS, Advance, N.C.
Zach Muniz, b, 5-11, 170, Christian Brothers College, Chesterfield, Mo.
Nicodem Pierre, qb, 6-2, 205, Coral Reef HS, Miami
Jake Sanders, l, 6-5, 330, Carrollton (Ga.) HS
Alonzo Saxton II, b, 5-11, 170, Bishop Hartley HS, Columbus, Ohio
Kameron Schroeder, l, 6-5, 275, Cosumnes Oaks HS, Elk Grove, Calif.
Taariq Shabazz, l, 6-3, 230, Kennesaw Mountain HS, Kennesaw, Ga.
Chris Taylor, b, 6-1, 170, University HS, Miramar, Fla.
Shaun Wilson, b, 5-9, 180, West Mecklenburg HS, Charlotte, N.C
National rankings (Rivals 20; Scout 31).
Best in class: RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.) set Mecklenburg County records with 3,690 yards rushing and 53 touchdowns this season. He originally committed to Notre Dame but Fedora credits assistant coach Gunter Brewer with "staying on him. When he realized that, 'I don't have to go across the country to reach all my dreams and goals.' ... That was big."
Best of the rest: Fedora landed the son of NFL and former Wake Forest receiver Ricky Proehl. Fedora says WR Austin Proehl was "the most competitive guy on the field" at his summer camp and "you know his dad, you know what his dad has done. The kid's a gym rat."
Late addition: North Carolina picked up commitments last month from four-star OL Jared Cohen and three-star WR Devin Perry.
One that got away: None. Fedora says he locked up 20 of his 22 recruits before July 2013, didn't lose anyone to any signing-day drama and kept the class together despite a handful of departures from his coaching staff — most notably offensive coordinator Blake Anderson's move to Arkansas State head coach. "A lot of those guys committed. ... They weren't tied to a coach. They were tied to the university," Fedora said.
NOTE: Fedora has placed an emphasis on recruiting the state of North Carolina, and eight of his signees were from the state. He's landed North Carolina's past two AP prep players of the year in Hood and T.J. Logan. "Those eight guys from the state are actually seeing what's happening here in Chapel Hill. They see the future," Fedora said. "They understand what we're preaching and they're seeing it on the field and they're getting excited."
2014 North Carolina recruiting class
CHAPEL HILL — Football signees announced Wednesday by North Carolina, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:
Cameron Albright, db, 6-2, 210, North Cobb HS, Kennesaw, Ga.
Josh Allen, ol, 6-3, 285, University Christian School, Jacksonville, Fla.
Allen Artis, db, 6-1, 190, Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga.
Ayden Bonilla, db, 6-2, 200, Etowah HS, Woodstock, Ga.
Josh Cabrera, wr, 6-3, 190, Northside HS, Jacksonville, NC.
Malik Carney, lb, 6-2, 210, T.C. Williams HS, Alexandria, Va.
Jeremiah Clarke, dl, 6-5, 275, T.C. Williams HS, Alexandria, Va.
Jared Cohen, ol, 6-4, 295, McDonogh HS, Owings Mills, Md.
Cayson Collins, lb, 6-1, 215, Berry Academy, Charlotte, N.C.
Robert Dinkins, dl, 6-2, 235, Olympic HS, Charlotte, N.C.
Avery Edwards, te, 6-5, 230, Ravenscroft HS, Raleigh, N.C.
Brandon Fritts, te, 6-4, 215, Mentor (Ohio) HS
Caleb Henderson, qb, 6-3, 220, Lake Braddock HS, Burke, Va.
Elijah Hood, rb, 6-0, 220, Charlotte Catholic HS, Charlotte, N.C.
Freeman Jones, k, 6-1, 185, Bunn (N.C.) HS
Devin Perry, wr, 6-2, 185, University School, Memphis, Tenn.
Tyler Powell, dl, 6-4, 255, Cosby HS, Midlothian, Va.
Austin Proehl, wr, 5-10, 175, Providence HS, Charlotte, N.C.
Caleb Samuel, ol, 6-6, 260, First Presbyterian HS, Macon, Ga.
Bentley Spain, ol, 6-6, 285, Providence HS, Charlotte, N.C.
M.J. Stewart, db, 5-11, 190, Yorktown HS, Arlington, Va.
Tyrell Tomlin, lb, 6-0, 220, Marietta (Ga.) HS
National rankings: (Rivals 30; Scout 26).
Best in class: Kentavius Street (Greenville) is rated as a four-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. Rivals ranked the defensive end as the No. 2 recruit in North Carolina.
Best of the rest: N.C. State loaded up with instate talent, including safety Germaine Pratt (No. 9 in state by Rivals) and quarterback Jalan McClendon (No. 9 in state by Scout).
Late addition: Cornerback Troy Vincent Jr., son of the former NFL Pro Bowl defensive back, was originally committed to Penn State. But when coach Bill O'Brien left to coach the NFL's Houston Texans, Vincent switched his commitment to the Wolfpack. "Troy's very technical," Doeren said. "He's been backpedaling since he was 3 years old."
One that got away: N.C. State couldn't quite reel in instate receiver Trevion Thompson of Durham. Thompson, Scout's No. 3-ranked recruit in the state, signed with Clemson.
NOTES: Early enrollee Ty Linton originally signed with rival North Carolina in 2010 before signing to play baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He recently decided to play college football and Doeren — who had recruited him while an assistant at Wisconsin — got him to sign with N.C. State instead of UNC. "It's great to have a freshman that's 23 years old that's ... going to offer some unique experiences and life lessons to our team," Doeren said. ... The Wolfpack added five offensive linemen and six defensive linemen. ... N.C. State signed six from Georgia. ... Nine players in the class enrolled for the spring semester.
NC State's 2014 football signings
RALEIGH — Football signees announced Wednesday by N.C. State, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:
Tony Adams, ol, 6-1, 315, Independence HS, Charlotte, N.C.
Kyle Bambard, pk, 5-9, 175, Walled Lake (Mich.) Western HS
Shawn Boone, s, 5-10, 185, William T. Dwyer HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Garrett Bradbury, te, 6-4, 250, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian School
R.C. Brunstetter, ls, 6-2, 225, Davie County HS, Mocksville, N.C.
Bradley Chubb, de, 6-4, 240, Hillgrove HS, Powder Springs, Ga.
A.J. Cole, p, 6-5, 215, Woodward Academy, College Park, Ga.
Cole Cook, te, 6-5, 235, Carrollton (Ga.) HS
Coult Culler, lb, 6-5, 230, Laney HS, Wilmington, N.C.
Elliott Davis, cb, 6-1, 175, Quince Orchard HS, Gaithersburg, Md.
B.J. Hill, dt, 6-3, 260, West Stanly HS, Oakboro, N.C.
Bo Hines, wr, 6-1, 190, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian School
Deonte Holden, de, 6-5, 220, DeMatha Catholic HS, Hyattsville, Md.
Justin Jones, dl, 6-3, 275, South Cobb HS, Austell, Ga.
Tyler Jones, ol, 6-3, 277, Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Ty Linton, lb, 6-2, 235, Charlotte Christian School, Weddington, N.C.
Stephen Louis, wr, 6-1, 190, Palm Beach Lakes HS, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Kalen McCain, db, 6-1, 175, Hillside HS, Durham, N.C.
Jalan McClendon, qb, 6-5, 195, West Mecklenburg HS, Charlotte, N.C.
Deshaywn Middleton, dt, 6-2, 295, Parkland HS, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Germaine Pratt, s, 6-3, 195, High Point (N.C.) Central HS
Terronne Prescod, ol, 6-4, 340, Columbia HS, Decatur, Ga.
Will Richardson, ot, 6-6, 308, Cummings HS, Burlington, N.C.
Jaylen Samuels, rb, 6-0, 225, Mallard Creek HS, Charlotte, N.C.
Eric Shute, ol, 6-5, 290, Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Mike Stevens, cb, 6-0, 185, Davidson (N.C.) Day
Max Stoffer, lb, 6-3, 220, Father Ryan HS, Nashville, Tenn.
Kentavius Street, de, 6-2, 264, Rose HS, Greenville, N.C.
Marcelias Sutton, rb, 5-9, 180, James Kenan HS, Warsaw, N.C.
Micah Till, te, 6-6, 270, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Maurice Trowell, wr, 5-11, 175, Southern Durham (N.C.) HS
Troy Vincent Jr., cb, 5-10, 185, Gilman School, Baltimore
Dexter Wright, db, 6-3, 205, Hunt HS, Wilson, N.C.
National rankings (Rivals T-55; Scout 66).
Best in class: Clawson's class had no players rated higher than three stars by either recruiting service. The best of the bunch might be three-star TE Devin Pike (Cincinnati), whom Scout.com rated as the nation's 32nd-best player at his position. Two of Pike's brothers played for the University of Cincinnati.
Best of the rest: The Demon Deacons signed two quarterbacks with impressive pedigrees. Travis Smith went 41-0 at Ithaca (Mich.) High School with three consecutive state titles. John Wolford threw for 126 career touchdowns at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla. — breaking the state record set by Tim Tebow.
Late addition: Fourteen players committed from Jan. 16 to signing day, assistant Zach Stone said. DE Willie Yarbary (Augusta, Ga.) defected from Indiana's class after the Hoosiers changed defensive coordinators.
One that got away: Wake Forest got most of the players it wanted. The Demon Deacons offered Demarquis Gates last week but the linebacker signed with Mississippi.
NOTE: Wake Forest appeared to cast a wider net than perhaps in previous years. Clawson signed players from 12 states, including Michigan, Arkansas and Mississippi. "I am really proud of our staff. We hit the ground running," Clawson said. "There wasn't one day that a coach could be on the road that we weren't all on the road."
2014 Wake Forest recruiting class
WINSTON-SALEM — Football signees announced Wednesday by Wake Forest, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:
Ryan Anderson, ol, 6-6, 280, The Hun School (N.J.), Raleigh, N.C.
Jaylan Barbour, wr, 5-10, 170, Monroe (N.C.) HS
Adam Centers, k, 6-0, 195, Coppell (Texas) HS
Thomas Dillon, db, 5-10, 170, The Kinkaid School, Houston
Cameron Glenn, db, 6-1, 185, Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Tyler Henderson, rb, 5-9, 180, Collins Hill HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Justin Herron, ol, 6-5, 285, Bullis HS, Silver Spring, Md.
Demetrius Kemp, db, 6-1, 186, Demopolis (Ala.) HS
DaiQuan Lawrence, db, 6-0, 180, Western Branch HS, Chesapeake, Va.
Cortez Lewis, wr, 6-1, 192, Demopolis (Ala.) HS
Nick Luedeke, ol, 6-5, 245, Holly Springs (N.C.) HS
Kalin McNeil, lb, 6-1, 190, Northeast Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.
Patrick Osterhage, ol, 6-4, 285, Centerville (Ohio) HS
Devin Pike, te, 6-6, 225, Elder HS, Cincinnati
Isaiah Robinson, rb, 5-10, 223, Independence HS, Charlotte, N.C.
Zeek Rodney, dl, 6-1, 290, South Pointe HS, Rock Hill, S.C.
E.J. Scott, wr, 5-11, 185, Good Counsel HS, Elliott City, Md.
Rashawn Shaw, dl, 6-3, 230, Central HS, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Travis Smith, qb, 6-2, 190, Ithaca (Mich.) HS
Chris Stewart, dl, 6-3, 245, Petal (Miss.) HS
A'Lique Terry, ol, 6-1, 299, Hialeah (Fla.) HS
Kameron Uter, wr, 6-4, 215, Pace Academy, Atlanta
Zack Wary, lb, 6-4, 220, Rogers (Ark.) HS
Jaboree Williams, lb, 6-0, 210, Ft. Lauderdale HS, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
John Wolford, qb, 6-1, 208, Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
Willie Yarbary, dl, 6-2, 270, Richmond Academy, Augusta, Ga.
National rankings: Rivals T-76; Scout 107.
Best in class: Quincy McKinney looked headed to Louisville. Instead, East Carolina signed one of the nation's top 10 junior college offensive line prospects out of Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.
Best of the rest: ECU signed three three-star prospects according to Rivals: McKinney, instate receiver Yiannis Bowden from Kernersville, and junior college offensive lineman Dontae Levingston. The Pirates also added Scout three-star prospect Cody Purdie, a safety out of New Bern.
Late addition: McKinney's switch from Louisville to East Carolina was one of the final additions to the Pirates' recruiting class.
One that got away: East Carolina had a commitment from instate quarterback Shawn Stankavage, but Stankavage passed on the chance to sign on to lead the Pirates' no-huddle attack and headed to Vanderbilt.
NOTES: The 25 freshmen were the most of McNeill's five signing day classes. The Pirates had signed 12 junior college players in 2011 and 2012, but that number has dropped to two in each of the past two seasons. ... East Carolina signed 15 on offense and 12 on defense. ... ECU signed seven offensive linemen and brought in a combined 13 players from the Carolinas. ... The Pirates also focused on receivers, bringing in six.... Among McNeill's focuses: "With the game being from sideline to sideline, not hash to hash like the old days, I always think you need length offensively and defensively," he said. "We have both."
East Carolina's 2014 football signings
GREENVILLE — Football signees announced Wednesday by East Carolina, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:
A list of East Carolina's 2014 football signees, with position, height, weight, hometown and/or school:
Steve Baggett, te, 6-5, 225, Beaufort (S.C.) HS
Des Barmore, ol, 6-6, 284, Hardaway HS, Columbus, Ga.
Yiannis Bowden, olb, 6-5, 215, Glenn HS, Kernersville, N.C.
Trevon Brown, owr, 6-2, 192, New Hanover HS, Wilmington, N.C.
Curtis Burston, owr, 6-1, 212, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.
Joe Carter, ilb, 6-2, 220, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS
Kyle Erickson, ol, 6-4, 286, Jack Britt HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
Alex Evans, de, 6-6, 215, Springbrook HS, Silver Spring, Md.
Malik Gray, owr, 6-1, 194, Chapman HS, Inman, S.C.
Terrell Green, owr, 6-4, 190, Hanahan HS, Charleston, S.C.
Shaun James, dl, 6-4, 235, Green Run HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
Quay Johnson, iwr, 5-10, 170, Knightdale (N.C.) HS
Erik Lenzen, ol, 6-5, 265, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Dontae Levingston, ol, 6-4, 280, Santa Monica College, Harbor City, Calif.
Dre Massey, iwr, 6-0, 175, Mauldin (S.C.) HS
Garrett McGhin, ol, 6-5, 270, Florida State HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
Quincy McKinney, ol, 6-4, 311, Hutchinson CC, Columbus, Ga.
Blake Norwood, db, 6-0, 180, Pensacola (Fla). HS
Cody Purdie, db, 5-11, 183, New Bern (N.C.) HS
Messiah Rice, ot, 6-5, 255, Wilkinson HS, Orangeburg, S.C.
Anthony Scott, rb, 5-9, 180, Green Run HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
Corey Seargent, db, 6-0, 180, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.
Kyron Speller, ilb, 6-1, 235, Kempsville HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
Ray Tillman, ilb, 6-1, 193, Miller Grove HS, Lithonia, Ga.
Drew Turnage, db, 6-0, 185, Ayden-Grifton HS, Ayden, N.C.
Masaddiq Walton, olb, 6-3, 245, Ocean Lakes HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
Markel Winters, olb/dl, 6-3, 226, Rickards HS, Tallahassee, Fla.