App State signs 27 grid recruits
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Appalachian State football coach Scott Satterfield knew there would be holes in the Mountaineers' receiving corps when the 2013 season was over.
Getting a fresh set of receivers was a top priority for Satterfield. So, out of 27 new recruits that were announced to the media at a news conference Wednesday, six of them were receivers.
They ranged in size from 6-foot-3 Jordan Noll to 5-8 Deltron Hopkins. They also landed 6-2 Shaedon Meaders, who visited Rutgers over the weekend, but honored his earlier commitment to the Mountaineers.
Appalachian State also signed 6-6 tight end Brandon Walton, who was often used at Carrollton (Ga.) High school flanked away from the offensive line.
Satterfield said the Mountaineers had to replace players such as Tony Washington and Anthony Peacock, the two top receivers from last season. App State also had to replace Sean Price, who was dismissed from the team during the season for disciplinary reasons.
"Wide receiver was a big need for us," Satterfield said. "We needed to get some players at that position to help after losing what we lost last year with the big time production from those players."
Appalachian State signed just four players -- offensive lineman Tobias Edge-Campbell (Hoke High School), receiver Mykelti Armstrong (Forestview), running back Josh Boyd (Crest) and defensive lineman Myquon Stout (Jesse C. Carson) -- from North Carolina. The Mountaineers kept their sights on players from the Southeast by signing 12 players from Georgia, five players from South Carolina, three players from Tennessee and three from Florida.
"That's pretty much predominately where we've gotten our players from in the past," Satterfield said. "We have good relationships with the high school coaches in that area, so we're excited about getting players from those particular areas."
Satterfield said when he took the job following the 2012 season that he wanted to emphasize recruiting in North Carolina, but competition from other programs, including Charlotte, was fierce.
"We tried to sign as many as we can from out of the state," Satterfield said. "We ended up signing four, which is obviously a challenge when you have as many schools and you do in this state. Everybody is trying to get the same players, so it's a challenge."
Appalachian State signed four offensive linemen and three defensive linemen. The Mountaineers also picked up two inside linebackers, two outside linebackers, two cornerbacks and three safeties.
Offensively, the Mountaineers signed one quarterback, J.P. Caruso, from Palm Springs, Fla. He enrolled at App State for spring semester and will participate in spring practice. Edge-Campbell, inside linebacker Devan Stringer safety A.J. Howard and cornerback Jordan Ford did the same.
App State inked two running backs and Nikia Cathey, a 5-9 slotback who was listed as an athlete. He could see time on the special teams returning kicks and punts.
"We pretty much met all of our needs," Satterfield said. "We signed a player at every position with the exception of a kicker or punter. We're happy with what we have coming back, so we didn't get any others out of that position."
Appalachian State, which is making the move to the FBS Sun Belt Conference from the FCS Southern Conference this fall, went after about 300 recruits. They had to deal with a new 30-day "dead period," a time when coaches are not allowed to contact recruits more than one phone call per week. That dead period was extended from two to four weeks during a time that bridged the end of December into January.
Then the Mountaineers also had to contend with BCS team poaching recruits. The Mountaineers had a verbal commitment from receiver Rashad Canty from Riverdale, Ga., but he changed his mind and signed with Vanderbilt.
"The last two weeks are really when the crunch time is coming down," Satterfield said. "The kids start to feel a little bit of the pressure. Also, a lot of the colleges felt the pressure as well. If a school loses a couple of kids and they're going to start coming after some other guys and it becomes a poaching war. The bigger schools are going to try to come down and looking at the mid-major guys who are committed and trying to entice them to come in on a visit and see if they can sway them away."
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School (Previous College)
Tobias Edge-Campbell* OL 6-2 295 Raeford, N.C. Hoke County
Chandler Greer OL 6-5 275 Knoxville, Tenn. Bearden
Madison Malone OL 6-5 280 Memphis, Tenn. Briarcrest Christian
Owen Painter OL 6-5 270 Loganville, Ga. Grayson
Mykelti Armstrong WR 6-2 180 Gastonia, N.C. Forestview
Deltron Hopkins WR 5-8 160 Miami, Fla. Booker T. Washington
Isaiah Lewis WR 5-10 175 Simpsonville, S.C. Hillcrest
Montez McGuire^ WR 6-1 212 Beech Island, S.C. North Augusta (Georgia Military College)
Shaedon Meadors WR 6-2 180 Duncan, S.C. Byrnes
Jordan Noil WR 6-3 195 Duluth, Ga. Norcross
Josh Boyd RB 5-10 180 Norcross, Ga. Norcross
Jalin Moore RB 5-11 190 Shelby, N.C. Crest
Nikia Cathey ATH 5-9 177 Memphis, Tenn. Westwood
J.P. Caruso* QB 6-1 207 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Palm Beach Gardens
Brandon Walton TE 6-6 220 Carrollton, Ga. Carrollton
Curtiss Benson DL 6-3 245 Covington, Ga. Alcovy
Alanmicheal Harkness DL 6-3 235 Lithonia, Ga. Martin Luther King
Myquon Stout DL 6-1 260 China Grove, N.C. Jesse C. Carson
Eric Boggs ILB 6-3 235 Belton, S.C. Belton-Honea Path
Devan Stringer* ILB 5-11 195 Gainesville, Ga. Gainesville
Teh'Ron Fuller OLB 6-2 205 Fort Myers, Fla. South Fort Myers
Okon Godwin OLB 6-2 230 Covington, Ga. Alcovy
Austin Exford S 6-2 195 Snellville, Ga. Shiloh
A.J. Howard* S 5-11 180 Hamilton, Ga. Harris County
Junior Sigalo S 6-0 185 Lithonia, Ga. Arabia Mountain
Jordan Ford*^ CB 6-2 185 Calhoun Falls, S.C. Calhoun Falls Charter School (Monroe Coll.)
Latrell Gibbs CB 5-10 170 Kennesaw, Ga. North Cobb
* enrolled at Appalachian State for spring semester
^ junior-college transfer has two seasons of eligibility remaining