Monday, January 19, 2009, marked a big day for the North Greenville University football team. Even without the presence of a head coach, the Crusader coaching staff remained on course to improve the future of NGU football.
The Crusader Football Program hosted 90 high school recruits from South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida who toured the North Greenville campus and participated in a skills showcase in hopes of catching the attention of the North Greenville coaching staff. “I think the day went great,” says coach Vernon Wright the recruiting director for the NGU football team. “It was a great opportunity for a lot of great kids to catch a glimpse of North Greenville University. “
The signing day for football is February 4, 2009, a day designated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for high school football players to decide which college or university they will attend and sign their National Letter of Intent (NLI). “We expect to sign between 18 and 22 players on signing day. We also expect other young players to sign after that date as well” Wright said. I think that we have some really good players coming into NGU next year and we have good players interested in our program. “ Some of the players coach Wright is speaking of are being heavily recruited by other programs. Wright said that these players are seeking quality programs where they gain early playing time in their football careers. NGU will open the football season at North Alabama and new coach Terry Bowden in late August or early November. The official football schedule for 2009 has not yet been released.