Tigerville, S.C. -- The North Greenville football team welcomed several new faces to the progam on Wednesday as part of college football's annual National Signing Day for high school players.
Christian Bruce · Wide Receiver · 6'3, 190 · Florence, S.C. (Wilson HS)
A three-star prospect out of Wilson High School, Christian Bruce had a number of Division I schools interested in his services before committing to play for North Greenville. The 6'3 receiver is an outstanding athlete who played three sports (football, basketball and baseball) for the Tigers. Bruce holds all receiving records for Wilson after bursting on the scene as a junior. During the 2014 season, he totaled 72 receptions for 1,476 yards and 18 touchdowns. Bruce followed with 59 receptions for 801 yard and nine touchdowns as a senior and was chosen to play in the North-South All-Star Game.
Coach Greene on Christian: "Christian is a long and explosive playmaker who will add another dimension to our offense. His versatility will allow him to play at any receiver position for us. His exceptional ball skills give him the ability to make plays that other receivers cant."
Jeremiah Ferguson · Inside Linebacker · 6'0, 210 · Greenville, S.C. (Southside HS)
Ferguson was a four-year starter for the Tigers, leading the team to a 7-4 record during his final season. As a senior, the inside linebacker totaled 153 tackles, including 31 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He also recorded five interceptions, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles for a defense that allowed just 20.1 points per game and made it to the first round of the Class AAA South Carolina High School Playoffs. Ferguson was a three-time All-Region selection and a two-time honoree of the Greenville News All-Upstate Team before being selected as a 2015 Shrine Bowl participant.
Coach Farrington on Jeremiah: "Jeremiah is a very good athlete playing the inside linebacker position and has the ability to make plays from sideline to sideline. He is also a guy that is very physical between the tackles. Jeremiah is very strong and explosive. He fits our defensive scheme and takes care of our defensive needs as we move forward!"
Kahl Gagum · Outside Linebacker · 6'1, 205 · Bamberg, S.C. (Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS)
Gagum was an integral part of a Red Raider defense that held opponent to 10.8 points per game and led Bamberg-Ehrhardt to an 11-1 record before falling in the semifinal round of the Class A South Carolina High School Playoffs. The speedy outside linebacker finished his senior year with 78 total tackles, including eight tackles for loss and seven sacks to go along with two interceptions. Gagum was honored as an All-State and All-Region selection in 2015 while also being named to the North-South All-Star Game.
Coach Harris on Kahl: "Kahl is a long, athletic, outside linebacker who has the ability to play in space. He is big, strong, and powerful which allows him to play in the box as well. It's a tough position to fill, but we believe Kahl will be a great fit in our system."
Jordan Helms · Tight End · 6'2, 210 · Fort Mill, S.C. (Nation Ford HS)
The Crusader offense is sure to continue its high level of excellence after securing the commitment of Helms, a tight end who can stretch the field and provide another end zone target. Helms totaled 96 catches for more than 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns during his junior season. As a senior, he caught 75 passes for 927 yards and seven touchdowns as Nation Ford averaged 35 points per game and made it to the Quarterfinals of the Class AAAA South Carolina High School Playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Northwestern.
Coach Shuler on Jordan: "Jordan is versatile playmaker that can help our offense in a variety of ways. He is a smart football player who can line up as an H back, on the line as a TE, or flexed out as a receiver. The North Grenville family is lucky to have him."
Rodney Landrum · Safety · 6'2, 190 · Roebuck, S.C. (Dorman HS)
A hard-hitting safety, Landrum was the last line of defense for the 2015 Class AAAA South Carolina High School Playoff Runner-Up Dorman Cavaliers defense. Landrum is a versatile defensive back who totaled 57 tackles and led the team with three interceptions as a senior. He chose North Greenville despite receiving interest from a number of Division I FCS schools. He also excels in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA and was honored as the recipient of the Dorman Football Coaches Award.
Coach Duncan on Rodney: "Rodney is a long, instinctive, football player with a high football IQ. He has a huge upside and is a very coachable player. We are extremely excited to have him as part of the North Greenville football family."
Eddie Martin · Inside Linebacker · 6'0, 195 · Hartsville, S.C. (Hartsville HS)
Martin is one of the more decorated signees to this year's class, having been named All-Conference and All-Region two times during his high school career. He was also selected to participate in the 2015 North-South All-Star Game and helped lead Hartsville to a 51-4 record and a 2012 Class AAA South Carolina State Championship during his four varsity seasons. The Red Foxes were State Championship runners-up in 2014 and were conference champions in four consecutive seasons as the linebacker recorded 195 career tackles playing as both a safety and linebacker.
Coach Farrington on Eddie: "Eddie plays very aggressive as a "heavy hitter" on contact and was athletic enough to play safety his senior year in high school. He is a very explosive and strong inside backer that fits our scheme and defensive needs as we move forward!"
Justin Salters · Kicker · 6'1, 170 · Lexington, S.C. (River Bluff HS)
North Greenville improved in the kicking game with the signing of Salters to the 2016 class. The kicker made 9-of-12 field goal attempts with a long of 49 yards and converted 46 extra-point attempts for 73 total points during his senior season for a 7-4 River Bluff squad. He was selected as a Kohls kicking camp kicker of the week. Salters will be expected to compete immediately for playing time on the Crusader special teams unit.
Coach Price on Justin: "Justin is a guy who has a lot of power and deadly accuracy. The ball jumps off his foot and most of his kickoffs are through the back of the end zone. Justin is a player we expect to come in and compete at the kicking position right away. He is a great player and even better person."
Emmanuel Scott · Offensive Line · 6'4, 270 · Blythewood, S.C. (Westwood HS)
Scott, who has the ability to play multiple positions up front, was the leader of an offense that helped Westwood finish the season 9-4 overall and earn a trip to the Class AAA South Carolina State playoffs a year ago. The Redhawks' offense averaged 31.9 points per game during Scott's final year, averaging 132.3 passing yards and rushing for an average 240.3 yards per game on the ground.
Coach Cardwell on Emmanuel: "Emmanuel is a very versatile lineman with the ability to play guard and tackle. He is a long, athletic player that brings an aggressive style of play to the trenches!"
Devion Williams · Cornerback · 6'1, 175 · Rock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe HS)
Williams was a mid-year enrollee for the Crusader football program after graduating from perennial power South Pointe in December. A long, rangy cornerback, Williams finished with 48 total tackles and 6 interceptions for the Stallions who won the 2015 Class AAA South Carolina State Championship.
Coach Duncan on Devion: "Devion is a guy who gets the privilege to join our football team this spring. He is a long, athletic, fast player with long arms and great ball skills. He has good lateral quickness and is strong enough to contribute in run support. He also has return capabilities. We are excited about adding to him our secondary."
Tyius Lewis. Tight End. 6'3 220lbs. Eastside HS. Taylors, SC
In his senior season, Lewis had 45 catches for 634 yards, an average of 14.1 yards per catch. Lewis also averaged 70.4 receiving yards per game. His longest reception was for 75 yards and had 4 total touchdowns. He was also an integral part of the run game for Eastside High School and Coach Steve Wilson. Lewis is also a standout basketball player for the Eastside High School Eagles.
Coach Shuler on Tyius: "Tyius is a versatile player that can help our offense as an H Back or flexed out at receiver. He is long, athletic, and strong and will bring a lot to the tight end position. We are excited to have him as part of the North Greenville Family."
Chauncy Haney. Outside Linebacker. 6'5 230 lbs. Keenan HS. Columbia, SC
Finished his senior campaign at Keenan High School with 51 total tackles, 43 solo tackles, and 3 sacks. Playing both outside linebacker and defensive end for Keenan, Haney averaged 4 tackles a game and wreaked havoc in opposing team's backfields. On top of his performance on the defensive side of the ball, Haney was also an integral part of Keenan's passing game at the tight end position. He caught 9 passes for 194, an average of 21.6 Yards per catch. Haney is also a standout on the basketball team at Keenan High School.
Coach Harris on Chauncy: "Chauncy played football and basketball at Keenan. He is a long, versatile, and strong player that will bring a lot to the outside linebacker group. He fits our defensive scheme and is a great player to have in our meeting room."