NGU Football inks 18 for 2019 recruiting cycle

NGU Football inks 18 for 2019 recruiting cycle
Friday, February 8, 2019
NGU Football inks 18 for 2019 recruiting cycle
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Tigerville - A year's worth of off the field work culminated on Wednesday evening with North Greenville football signing more than 16 - players on National Signing Day as well as two during the December early signing period. 

NGU's coaching staff nailed down a solid group of future Crusaders on February 6th, filling several of the team's needs including adding depth across the offensive and defensive lines, help in both backfields while also inking several playmakers at the wide receiver and running back. Coach Farrington and his staff also signed a pair of quarterbacks including former four-star prospect Logan Byrd who enrolled at the beginning of the semester. 

In all, 18 of the players signed on Wednesday were from the state of South Carolina including four guys from the upstate. "I am very pleased with the 2019 #KN19GHTLIFE class. Our coaches did an outstanding job recruiting these outstanding young men," remarked head coach Jeff Farrington as the day drew to a close. "We are excited to get these men on campus. 

#KN19GHTLIFE POSITION BREAKDOWN

Coach Farrington and his staff focused heavily on filling needs across the offensive and defensive front this recruiting cycle. In all, FOUR offensive lineman will be added to the roster in 2019, addressing needs both on the inside and outside at the tackle spots. Defensively, THREE defensive linemen were brought in this year, including Rodney Evans, a rare early enrollee at the Division II level. Evans checked in at the beginning of January for the spring semester. 

NGU's wide receivers took a big hit this season with the loss of three seniors who will graduate in May. The staff came through inking a pair of speeders who possess big-play ability and the threat of stretching the field. Also, a plus to the 2019 signing class is a pair of big-bodied tight ends who can reel in a pass but can also help up front in the run game and in pass protection. 

Crusader fans could see a few new faces in the offensive backfield this season with the signing of a pair of quarterbacks and an explosive option at tailback. As mentioned, the Crusaders added some big-time depth to the quarterback position when Logan Byrd signed on with NGU in December and will bring another veteran presence to the group along with familiar face Donnie Baker. 

At running back, Te'Meric Williams is a local guy who played at Greer High School. He will bring an explosive presence to the backfield but is also an option in short yardage situations. 

Defensive coordinator Greg Harris and the defensive staff also filled some gaps with talent from around the state. The group scored a pair of versatile linebackers this cycle and also got some help in the backfield taking in a safety in Ethan Alexander who also played at Greer High School. 

"We addressed several needs this year with the additions of a transfer QB in Logan Byrd and Rodney Evans, an early enrollee on the defensive line. We filled some spots on both lines, including the offensive line and signed a few solid players on the defensive line."

#KN19GHTLIFE SIGNING DAY HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Among the players signed this season, two played for the state of South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl including Ta'Meric Williams and Quendarius Jefferson. 
  • Six of the 2019 recruits also played in South Carolina's North vs. South All-Star game including the defensive Most Valuable Player for the North team in Ethan Alexander. 
  • Of the 18 players signed this year, only two hale from out of state (Georgia & North Carolina) with four of the in-state signees from around the Upstate of South Carolina. 

POSITION BREAKDOWN BY NUMBER 

Position #Signed
Offensive Line Four
Defensive Line Three
Quarterbacks Two
Wide Receivers Two
Running Backs One
Tight Ends Two
Linebackers Two
Safeties  One

 

#KN19GHTLIFE | NGU FOOTBALL CLASS OF 2023 (CLICK THE PLAYER NAME FOR MORE INFORMATION

NAME

POSITION

HOMETOWN

HIGH SCHOOL/PREVIOUS

Ethan Alexander

Safety

Greer, S.C. 

Greer High School

Logan Byrd

Quarterback

Kathleen, GA

UNC-Chapel Hill

Kemarkio Cloud

Tight End

Lancaster, S.C. 

Lancaster High School

De'Iveon Donald

Linebacker

Due West, S.C. 

Dixie High School

Rodney Evans

Defensive Line

Southern Pines, N.C. 

Pinecrest High School

Adam Foxx         

Defensive Line

Rock Hill, S.C. 

South Pointe High School 

Braden Gravely

Offensive Line

Sunset, S.C. 

Pickens High School

Cleburne Gray

Tight End

Lexington, S.C. 

River Bluff High School 

Matthew Huff

Wide Receiver

Greer, S.C. 

Greer High School 

Quendarius Jefferson

Wide Receiver

Simpsonville, S.C. 

Hillcrest High School 

Braedan Loper

Offensive Line

Greer, S.C. 

Eastside High School

Dewaun McCullum

Wide Receiver

Nations Ford, S.C. 

Nations Ford High School 

Parker Northern

Offensive Line

Union, S.C. 

Union High School 

Julius Thompson

Defensive End

Greenville, S.C. 

Southside Christian High School 

Lane Towery

Offensive Line

York, S.C. 

York High School 

Eric Tuttle

Quarterback

Moncks Corner, S.C. 

Berkeley High School 

Xavion Washington

Linebacker

Charleston, S.C. 

First Baptist High School 

Te'Meric Williams

Running Back

Greer, S.C. 

Greer High School