The 49ers signed 19 players on Feb. 6th's 'National Signing Day' and added a 20th player: Georgia State transfer Mark Hogan, two days later. Check out the information below to review the signees, collect their background information and watch highlight videos.
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|Trent Bostick||WR||6-1||195||Rockingham, N.C.||Richmond Senior|
|Blake Brewer||K/P||6-1||185||Concord, N.C.||Cannon School|
|Justin Bridges-Thompson||OLB||6-3||210||Gaffney, S.C.||Spartanburg|
|Nick Carroll||DE||6-5||250||Cary, N.C.||Cardinal Gibbons|
|Caleb Clayton-Molby||H||6-2||240||Panama City Beach, Fla.||Arnold|
|Nolan Corpening||CB||5-10||170||Charlotte, N.C.||Vance|
|C.J. Crawford||H||6-2||236||Huntington, W. Va.||Huntington|
|Dustin Crouser||LB||6-3||225||Cross Lanes, W. Va.||George Washington|
|Chris Duffy||RB||5-11||190||Indian Trail, N.C.||Porter Ridge|
|Eugene German||OT||6-5||260||Martinsburg, W. Va.||Martinsburg|
|Nicholas Halmon||CB||5-11||187||Bamberg, S.C.||Bamberg Ehrhardt|
|Mark Hogan||LB||6-0||210||Matthews, N.C.||Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.)|
|Devon Johnson||DE||6-3||266||Aiken, S.C.||Aiken/Ga. Military|
|Tevin Lawshe||OG||6-4||272||Charlotte, N.C.||Mallard Creek|
|Martay Mattox||DB||6-2||192||Athens, Ga.||Clarke Central/East Mississippi C.C.|
|Devin Pearson||CB||5-11||185||Rock Hill, S.C.||South Pointe|
|Kalif Phillips||RB||5-11||185||Kannapolis, N.C.||A.L. Brown|
|Jordan Starnes||LB||6-3||230||Norwood, N.C.||South Stanly|
|Jachin Watkins||H||6-0||221||New Bern, N.C.||New Bern|
|James Williams||DB||5-11||170||South Central Los Angeles, Ca.||Carson|
|Jamar Winston||DE||6-8||240||Irmo, S.C.||Dutch Fork|
|Wolfgang Zacherl||OT||6-5||280||Raleigh, N.C.||Broughton|
****Signees added once NLI is received and cleared through the Charlotte 49ers Compliance Office
Helped head coach Paul Hoggard lead the Raiders to an 11-2 record. Was named all-Southeastern AAAA Conference in both 2011 and 2012. Richmond Senior's top receiver.
Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert: "Trent's a tall receiver that we're looking at to play on the outside. He's a long guy that's athletic and can go up and get the ball. He's got the whole package and we're looking for him to come in and do everything we ask our receiivers to do -- catch the ball, block. He comes from a Richmond Senior program that won 11 games last year -- so he understands what it takes to win."
Blake Brewer K/P Cannon School Concord, N.C. 6'1 195
A two-time all-state selection who was named a MaxPreps Air Force Jr. all-America. Was named the Oasis Shrine Classic Offensive Player of the Game. Hit 4 of 5 FGs as a senior and 33 of 36 kickoffs went for touchbacks for the Cougars. Hit 14 of 17 FGs as a junior, with a long of 52 yards. 44 of his 60 kickoffs were touchbacks. Averaged 37 yards on punts as both a junior and senior for coach Donnie Hayes.
Cannon High Coach Donnie Hayes: "It has been a pleasure coaching Blake for the last 4 seasons. During that time, I have been fortunate to have been witness to both his growth as a young man as well as a football player. Blake has been an important part of our football program here at Cannon, and while we are sad to see him leave us, we are very happy and excited for him as he continues onto the next phase of his academic and athletic career at Charlotte. The 49ers are getting a great kicker, but more importantly, they are getting an outstanding young man who is certain to represent both the team and the school in the best possible manner. The Cannon School Football family wishes Blake and the 49ers the best of luck!"
Justin Bridges-Thompson OLB Spartanburg High School Gaffney, S.C. 6'3 210
Rated as the 39th safety prospect in the country (rivals.com). Named to Palmetto's MaxPreps preseason all-State team. Member of the 2012 U.S. National Team that competed for the IFAF Under-19 World Championship this past summer. Started in Tuesday's 2013 International Bowl in Austin, Texas for USA vs. The World. Named all-Region for Region 2 4A. Recorded 63 tackles as a senior with six for a loss, three forced fumbles and two recoveries. Vikings' Captain Award and Defensive MVP for coach Freddie Brown.
Spartanburg High School coach Freddie Brown: "Justin is an amazing young person that has strong faith, mental toughness, clearly defined goals, tremendous work ethic, and most importantly strong family support. These attributes will allow Justin to excel in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. I applaud Coach Lambert and his staff for recruiting high character and talented players to Charlotte. I know that players with these qualities will make us all excited and proud."
Nick Carroll DE Cardinal Gibbons High School Cary, N.C. 6'5 250
Led the Crusaders to four straight conference titles and an overall conference record of 24-0. Went 11-1 as a senior for coach Steven Wright, reaching the second round of the playoffs after an undefeated regular season. A two-time all-conference and all-Metro selection. Also named all-High school OT team. Preseason all-state choice was the Crusaders Defensive Line Player of the Year. Had 28 sacks, 64 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles.
Cardinal Gibbons High School coach Steven Wright: "Nick is a tremendous young man with a ton of athletic talent. Charlotte is going to be a great fit as he looks to develop himself both in the classroom and on the field."
Nolan Corpening CB Vance High School Charlotte, N.C. 5'10 170
A two-time all-conference cornerback for the Cougars. Named co-MVP for head coach Keith Wilkes after leading Cougars to a 9-4 record and a trip to the second round of the playoffs. Also ran track and was an academic all-conference performer.
Vance High School coach Keith Wilkes: "Nolan is a fine young man. A great student first and a leader on and off the field."
Dustin Crouser LB George Washington High School Cross Lanes, W. Va. 6'3 225
A two-time first team all-state linebacker who led Patriots to back-to-back final four finishes in the state championship. Went 10-3 with a state semifinal finish as a senior and 13-2 as state runner-up as a junior. A three-time first team all-MSAC Conference and first team all-Kanawha Valley star. A two-time Huff Award runner-up as the Best Defensive Player in the state. Had 87 tackles, 14.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks through eight games a a senior, before injury. Added 3 forced fumbles. Also rushed for 489 yards and 8 touchdowns.
George Washington High School coach Steve Edwards, Jr.: "Dustin had an outstanding high school career and has an excellent work ethic. He not only was a dominating force on the field but he was just as dominating in the classroom. Dustin is a great young man with a bright future and we all are looking forward to him contributing to the 49ers success."
Chris Duffy RB Porter Ridge High School Indian Trail, N.C. 5'11 190
Key to Pirates back-to-back runs to the state championship game. 2011 and 2012 Southern Carolina Conference champs, West Region champs and state runner-up Was an AP all-state defensive back and also earned NC Preps all-stete honors. Al-SCC Offensive Player of the Year. Union County Weekly Offensive MVP, Enquirer Journal County Player of the Year and all-Unioncountyfootball.com Player of the Year. Scored 45 touchdowns and ran for 2469 yards. Pirates went 27-3 under head coach Blair Hardin.
Porter Ridge High School coach Blair Hardin: "Chris is the ultimate competitor. He is a very physical player and brings his work hat to practice every day. His leadership qualities and passion for football are going to make him a great contributor to the 49er way."
Eugene German OT Martinsburg High School Martinsburg, W. Va. 6'5 260
A first team all-state selection for head coach Dave Walker. Helped the Bulldogs to a 13-1 record and a State Championship. Hunt Award Winner as state Lineman of the Year. Honor roll student.
Martinsburg High School coach David Walker: "Eugene German is a special person. He is extremely hard working and dedicated. He is a great player with a team-first attitude. He is a person of high character and extremely coachable. He has the total package, character, talent, intellect and work ethic!"
Nicholas Halmon SS Bamberg Ehrhardt High School Bamberg, S.C. 5'11 187
Keyed back-to-back Region Championships in 2010 and 2011 for the Red Raiders, who posted a 35-5 record in his three years as a starter. Posted a 13-1 record and a Lower State title in 2010 and had consecutive 11-2 seasons in 2011 and 2012. A two-time all-Region choice, he earned all-state honors as a senior for coach Kevin Crosby. Played in South Carolina's North-South All-Star game. Named all-Area in each of those three seasons. Had a 3.2 GPA.
Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert: "Nicholas is a very good athlete that we think can play both corner or safety. He fit in our philosophy of guys that can play more than one position. He runs extremely well and at the same time is a real physical, contact player. Excited to getting him started and having an impact on our secondary. "
Mark Hogan LB Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) High Matthews, N.C. 6'0 210
A transfer from Georgia State where he was a three-year starter and is the leading tackler in GSU history. Has 157 career tackles, including 10.5 for a loss. Was Panther's first scholarship football player. Named 2012 Capital One Academic all-district First Team. Posted a season-high nine tackles and a forced fumble at Tennessee in 2012 and had 7 tackles at Alabama in 2010. Career-high 14 tackles, including one for loss at Old Dominion, 2010. Outfielder on Panthers' baseball team.
Tevin Lawshe OG Mallard Creek High School Charlotte, N.C. 6'4 272
A three-year varsity lettermen who led the Mavericks to a 38-4 record in those three years: 13-1 in 2010, 13-1 in 2011 and 12-2 in 2012. An all-conference and all Mecklenburg County choice, he was named to the NC Preps all-State team. Team captain for head coach Mike Palmieri was named a Rivals.com 3-Star Athlete. A-B Honor Roll in three semesters.
Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert: "Tevin's a really athletic offensive lineman. He fits in the mold of what we're looking for in our offensive line with his ability to move and get downfield. Obviously, big that he's right here in our backyard. He committed early and is very excited about our program. He comes from a program that produces a lot of collegiate players and we're excited about getting another local guy to join nour program."
Devon Johnson DE Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. 6'3 266
A transfer from Georgia Military College. Played WR coming out of high school. An all-state choice for Aiken High School for coach Carey Johnson. The Defensive MVP of the Region and all-Region choice. Also named all-area for the Green Hornets.
Georgia Military College coach Bert Williams: "I think the 49ers are getting a really good defensive lineman in Devon Johnson and one with a large amount of upside potential. Devon runs exceptionally well for a defensive lineman and is good when the play is run at him as well as when he is on the backside due to his speed. Devon played a lot of linebacker in high school, so he is still learning some of the fundamental skills to go along with his impressive athletic ability and size. He will get better every day he is at Charlotte."
Martay Mattox DB Clarke Central High School Athens, Ga. 6'2 192
Transfer from East Mississippi Community College who had originally signed with South Carolina. Played at South Carolina as a defensive back. Played wide receiver at EMCC, scoring six touchdowns and averaging 13.6 yards per catch (43 catches; 583 yards). Played under coach Leroy Ryals for the Gladiators at Clarke Central. Was coached by 49ers running backs coach Damien Gary, who was an assistant coach at Clarke Central. Gary attended Clarke Central as well.
Clarke Central High School coach Leroy Ryals: "I'm so proud of Martay and how he has taken advantage of the gifts that God has given him."
Devin Pearson CB South Pointe High School Rock Hill, S.C. 5'11 185
2011 3A Player of the Year for the Stallion's State Championship team (14-1), while earning all-state honors. Went 12-2 in 2012 and won city and region championship. 2010 State Runner-up. Played in the North-South All-Star Game. Three-time all-Area and all-Region star. Honor Roll student.
South Pointe High School coach Strait Herron: "Devin has been an irreplaceable fixture for our football team for the past three years. It is easy to see his value when we recognize that he led our team to the SC state championship at QB as a sophomore. Devin is a very intelligent student but also a very intelligent football player with great instincts. However, his greatest attribute is his competitive nature. He knows what it takes to win and refuses to give any less than what it takes to be successful."
Kalif Phillips RB A.L. Brown High School Kannapolis, N.C. 5'11 185
Rushed for over 2500 yards. Named all-Conference for head coach Mike Newsome. Wonders went 10-3 in his senior year. Was named MVP of the annual Concord-Kannapolis rivalry game. Played in the annual Shrine Bowl. Mentors elementary school kids.
A.L. Brown High School coach Mike Newsome: "Kalif Phillips is a tremendous football player and the perfect fit for Charlotte football. He has the ability to set records that will not be broken for a long time. On top of his football attributes he is a fine young man that 49er Nation will be proud to call one of their own."
Jordan Starnes LB South Stanly High School Norwood, N.C. 6'3 230
Stanly County Defensive Player of the Year as a senior was named to the NC Preps 1A all-State Team. Was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl. Named all-conference and all-county at two different positions (LB; TE). Also named all-county and all-conference as a sophomore and junior. Member of South Stanly State Championships baseball team (30-4). All-state baseball player as a junior and all-conference basketball star as a sophomore.
South Stanly High School coach Tasker Fleming: "Jordan Starnes is a special player. He won the "team before self" award this year because he was willing to do whatever was asked - and then some. He punted (averaging 42 yards per punt.) He played Tight End and averaged 22 yards per reception. He played will-backer and had 4 interceptions - all while leading the defense. He was a student of the game - studying opponents' film like a defensive coordinator. It paid off with 18 wins in his last two seasons in a program that had won 3 games his sophomore season. He was a three year all-conference player and a Shrine Bowl linebacker for the NC squad. He will be missed on Fridays in Norwood, but we as a school and staff are looking forward to many exciting Saturdays watching Jordan at Charlotte."
Jachin Watkins RB New Bern High School New Bern, N.C. 6-0 221
Led Bears to an unbeaten 15-0 mark and the state championship. Named MVP of the State Championship game, after scoring 4 TD's. Participated in annual Shrine Bowl. Named first team all-conference and first team all-Area for head coach Bobby Curlings. National Honor Society member.
New Bern High School coach Bobby Curlings: "During his tenure as a varsity player for us, he helped lead the team to an impressive 40-3 record. He capped off his career by being named the offensive MVP of our state championship game while pushing this year's record to a perfect 15-0. He is a leader on the field, in the classroom, and in the community and is a young man of high character. He will be quick to make a positive impact on the 49ers football program, as well as the Charlotte campus."
James Williams DB Carson High School South Central Los Angeles, Ca. 5'11 170
Transfer from Golden West Community College. Played in 9 games as a freshman and three games as a sophomore while battling injury. 23 career tackles, including six solo tackles as a frehman. Recovered a fumble. Led Carson Colts to an 11-3 record in 2007-08, including an unbeaten 5-0 Marin League mark. Colts were ranked #52 in California under head coach Mike Christensen. Went 5-6 in 2008-09. Had 25 tackles in 2007-08 with five sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Numbers jumped to 76 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss in 2008-09. Won team's Iron Man Award and Coaches' Award in 2008-09.
Golden West Community College coach Nick Mitchell: "James is a versatile athlete who can run, tackle and play the ball with the best of them."
Jamar Winston DE Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. 6'8 240
Starred on the Dutch Fork's Lower State Championship team that finished as the state runner-up. Posted 11-4 record on the way to a Region Championship. All-state player named Best Lower State AAAA Lineman. All-Region choice participated in the Shrine Bowl. Named the Dutch Fork Most Valuable Lineman and the Palmetto Champions Lineman of the Year. Also starts for the basketball team.
Dutch Fork High School coach Tom Knotts: "Jamar is an athletic 6'8" young man with long arms whose football future is entirely in front of him. Once he grows into his body, the sky will be the limit for him. He can run, he can jump, and he loves the weight room. He's the basketball team's starting center. He is very coachable. With patience, the 49er football staff will have an outstanding DE that can defend the run and rush the passer."
Wolfgang Zacherl OT Needham Broughton High School Raleigh, N.C. 6'5 280
Two-time all-conference selection for the Capitals. Named to the 2011 all-Triangle team. The 2011 Broughton High Defensive Player of the Year and the 2012 Coaches' 4-Star Award for head coach Chris Martin. Honor roll student in every semester of his four-year career.
Needham Broughton High School coach Chris Martin: "Wolfgang is a great student athlete and will do whatever the program needs. We will miss him. His athletic ability and character are the reasons he is going to play at Charlotte."
Signing Day Chalk Talk:
The Charlotte 49ers hosted the second annual Football Signing Day Chalk Talk Reception, Thursday, Feb. 7 in the 3rd Floor Salons of the Barnhardt Student Activity Center/Halton Arena.
Head coach Brad Lambert and his staff were on hand to discuss the 49ers second recruiting class as the program continues its drive towards its inaugural season in the fall of 2013.