NGU Football reloads on national signing day

NGU Football reloads on national signing day
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
NGU Football reloads on national signing day

Tigerville, S.C. -- North Greenville football added some pieces to the puzzle on Wednesday, reloading with 12 new faces on college football's annual National Signing Day. 

Head coach Jeff Farrington and his staff tacked on a dozen new players including four guys at various linebacking spots, a talented duo at running back, three big men to add depth on the offensive front five, two run-stoppers on the defensive front, and a defensive back to help in the passing game. 

"I am really pleased with the quality of student-athlete our staff recruited in this class," says Coach Farrington. "We were able to address our position needs and signed some very talented players that will contribute to our program as we move into the Gulf South Conference."


Name: Connor Shugart
6-1 Weight: 200 LBS
Spartanburg, South Carolina High School: Spartanburg
Head Coach: Chris Miller
Son of Henry Shugart and Amanda James
High School Accolades:
-South Carolina Mr. Football Finalist
-All-State Linebacker, 2x Herald Journal Defensive Player of the Year
-Upper State back of the Year
-3x All-Area Linebacker
-3x All-Region Linebacker
-10x Defensive Player of the Week
-2x Defensive Player of the Year
-Max Preps Player of the Year
-Three-year starter at linebacker.
High School Statistics: 350-tackles, 30+ tackles for loss, 5-interceptions (1 returned for touchdown), 3 blocked punts, 10 forced fumbles, 5-sacks.
From Coach Farrington:
“We are very excited to have Connor Shugart from such an outstanding program at Spartanburg High School under the direction of Chris Miller. Connor is very active and sudden with his play from the inside linebacker position against the run and pass game. He will increase our athleticism at the linebacker position and our defense!”

Matt Johnson
Position: Center
Height: 6-2 Weight: 280 LBS
Hometown: Chapin, South Carolina High School: Ben Lippen
Head Coach: Derek White
Son of Joseph and Tara Johnson.
High School Accolades:
-2017 4-A All Region Center
-2018 North South All-Star Game participant
-2018 HSSR All-State Center
-2018 SCISA All-State Center
From Coach Shuler: “Matt is a leader. You can tell by the way he handles himself on and off the field. He is extremely well coached and we know we got a kid that is ready to compete! Cannot wait to get him on campus.”


Name: Emmanuel David Tatum
Position: Nose Guard
Height: 6-1 Weight: 280 LBS
Hometown: Jacksonville, North Carolina High School: Carvers Bay 
Head Coach: James nate Thompson
Son of Walter and Cecilia Tatum
High School Accolades:
-All-Region Defensive Line
-All-State Defensive Line
-“Toast of the Coast”
-North South All-Star Game participant
-2-A Lineman of the Year
From Coach Novotasky: "Emmanuel is a very dynamic, explosive and smart football player and has the ability to play more than one position on the defensive front. He has the potential to develop into a tremendous football player."

Name: EJ Humphrey
Position: Running Back
Height: 5-10 Weight: 190 LBS
Hometown: Powdersville, South Carolina High School: Powdersville 
Head Coach: Robert Mustar
Son of Eric and Danielle Humphrey
High School Accolades:

-Four-year starter at running back
-3x All-Region Selection Running back
-All-State Running Back
-Voted team captain
-team Most Valuable Player.
From Coach McCloud: “First and foremost EJ is yet another student athlete that brings more value to our program and the RB room. He is hungry for knowledge and will do very well in the classroom. EJ possess a variety of tools, which earns him the title of all-purpose back. He is a smooth runner and can score from anywhere on the field. His soft hands, the ability to split-out and his ability to run precise routes like a true wide receiver brings an added element that we need on our football team.”

Name: Dantevian Byrd
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 LBS
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina High School: North Mecklenburg
Head Coach: Eric Norman
Son of Jarnerel Byrd, Kenyatta & David Rogers
High School Accolades:
-Three-year starter
-2x All-Conference Performer Linebacker
-2x IB Honors award winner (9th/10th Grades)
-10-hours of community service
-Voted Team Captain
Senior Stats:
Rushing: 166-carries, 855-yards, 14-touchdowns
Receiving: 47-receptions, 711-yards, 8-touchdowns
From Coach Duncan:"Dantevian is a long athletic linebacker that will bring speed and toughness to our linebacking corp. He is a physical player that also has a high football IQ. He is a versatile player that has the ability to play multiple positions on our defense. We are very excited to add him to the Crusader family."

Name: Micah Bryant
Position: Outside Linebacker
Height: 6-2 Weight: 205 LBS
Hometown: Hemingway, South Carolina High School: Hemingway
Head Coach: Greg Lawson
Son of Victor and Chantaun McCullough
High School Accolades:

-North South All-Star Game participant
-1-A All-State Linebacker
-All-Region Linebacker
-Palmetto Champions Lower State Lineman of the Year
-Channel 15 All-Zoner Team LInebacker
-Channel 13 All-Blitz Team Linebacker
Senior Statistics:
-Defense: 152.5-tackles, 139 solo tackles, 27- assists, 11 tackles for loss, 1-sack, 2-interceptions
-Offense: 57-carries, 681-yards, 9-touchdowns.  
From Coach Harris: “Micah is a very gifted and versatile athlete and we are very excited to get him on campus and see where he fits. He could potentially play five positions on our defense. This young man has unlimited potential.”

Name: Demagia Armstrong
Position: Defensive Line
Height: 6-5 Weight: 278
Hometown: Duncan, South Carolina High School: James F. Byrnes
Head Coach: Reggie Shaw
Son of Melvin and Princess Armstrong
High School Accolades:
-Region III 5-A All-Area Linebacker
-Varsity Letter winner
-Max Preps Player of the Week
From Coach Novotasky: Damagia is a long, athletic, and talented young man. He will have the ability to play multiple positions up front. he has really good footwork and will bea  pleasure to have as part of the defensive line." 

Name: Kwame Livingston
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6-3 Weight: 255 LBS
Hometown: Longs, South Carolina High School: North Myrtle Beach
Head Coach: matt Reel
Son of Kwame and Shayla Linvingston
High School Accolades:
-North South All Star Game participant
-2x first Team All-Region Defensive End
-High School Sports Reporter All-State Selection Defensive End
-Toast of the Coast Selection
-WPDE All-Zone Defensive End
-All-Blitz Team Defensive End.
From Coach Novotasky: "Kwame is a strong kid that plays the game with a physicality to punish offensive lineman and quarterbacks. He has the ability to be a force up front and develop into a phenomenal defensive lineman." 

Name: Semaj Lakin
Position: Running Back
Height: 5-11 Weight: 190 LBS
Hometown: Clover, South Carolina High School: Clover
Head Coach: Brian Lane
Son of Joyce Greer
High School Accolades:
-All-Region selection Running Back (Junior year).
From Coach McCloud: “Semaj Lakin brings another valuable student-athlete that has a business mindset and fits like a puzzle with the guys in our room. He is a guy that will handle responsibilities and excel in the classroom. He brings great size to our backfield and uses his size very well and has the ability to break tackles on initial contact and score with the football and that makes him dangerous. He also possess soft-hands and the ability to run precise routes coming out of the backfield to beat opposing linebackers.”

Name: Dalton McKittrick
Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6-4 Weight: 270
Hometown: Kershaw, South Carolina High School: Andrew Jackson
Head Coach: Todd Shigley
Son of Andy and Roxann McKittrick
High School Accolades:
-North South All-Star Game participant Offensive Line
-5x Tri-County Player of the week
-All-State Offensive Line
-3x All-Region Offensive Line.
From Coach Shuler: “Dalton has one of the best motors in the state. He is a strong kid that plays the game the way it is meant to be played. We are ready to get him on campus.”

Name: Cameron Elijah Payne
Position: Outside Linebacker
Height: 6-4 Weight: 200 LBS
Hometown: Lugoff, South Carolina High School: Lugoff-Elgin
Head Coach: Matt Campbell 
Son of Jesse and Jenny Payne
High School Accolades:
-All-Region Outside Linebacker
-Defensive Most Valuable Player
-Beta Club
-North South nomination for wrestling
From Coach Harris: “Cameron is extremely long and athletic for his height. He is a state qualifier in wrestling and I am excited to see this young man develop when he focuses on football. He has good speed and agility to accompany his toughness. He played great for Coach matt Campbell who was one of the original Carolina panthers.”


Name: Kendell Brooks
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6-0 Weight: 200
Hometown: Swanswea, South Carolina High School: Swansea
Head Coach: Greg Wright
From Coach Duncan: "Kendell will add some size and length to our secondary. He has the frame of a big downhill safety but has the athleticism to play off the ball to. He will add some toughness to our defensive unit."

Name: Lucas Catalfomo
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6-1 Weight: 185 LBS
Hometown: Anderson, South Carolina Previous School: Presbyterian College
Son of Tony and Keri Catalfomo
High School Accolades:
-All-Region Wide Receiver
-First Team All-Area Wide Receiver
-Two-year Captain at TL Hanna High School
-Set Hanna records for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.
From Coach Spradling: "Lucas is a big bodied wideout we originally recruited out of TL Hanna when he was in high school. He will be an immediate asset to our position room becasuse of his route running and football IQ. I have been extremely pleased with his work ethic and how fast he is adjusting to our offensive scheme."

Name: Matthew Martin
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 LBS
Hometown: Anderson, South Carolina Previous School: Charleston Southern University
Son of Larry and April Martin
At Charleston Southern: Played in three games had eight receptions for 18-yards.
From Coach Spradling: "Matthew is another prospect we originally recruited out of Westside High School. He will add some speed and explosiveness to our unit. We are excited to add another offensive weapon that has the ability to take the top off of a defense."