Feb. 6, 2014. Appalachian State University football’s inaugural NCAA Division I FBS recruiting class is officially comprised of 27 student-athletes following Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The class of 27 includes five student-athletes that are already enrolled at Appalachian State and 22 that signed National Letters of Intent to attend Appalachian in the fall on Wednesday.
“National Signing Day is always an exciting day but it’s even more so today because these 27 young men make up the very first FBS class in Appalachian State history,” head coach Scott Satterfield said. “I think that we have a terrific class that will help us compete for Sun Belt championships on the field and represent Appalachian with class off the field. A lot of thanks and credit goes to our assistant coaches who put so much time and effort into pulling this group together. I can’t wait to get the whole group here and to start working with them on the field in August.”
2014 APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL SIGNEES
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
TOBIAS EDGE-CAMPBELL (OL, 6-2, 295, Raeford, N.C./Hoke County)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … played both offensive and defensive line as a prep at Hoke County, earning all-conference recognition at nose tackle as a senior … selected to play for North Carolina in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … coached by Milton Butts … chose Appalachian State over Charlotte, Furman, Florida A&M and North Carolina A&T.
CHANDLER GREER (OL, 6-5, 275, Knoxville, Tenn./Bearden)
Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … earned Tennessee 6A all-state recognition as an offensive lineman … two-way standout on the offensive and defensive lines … during final prep campaign, helped pave the way for running back Malachi Horton, who rushed for almost 900 yards, and quarterback Xavier Johnson, who passed for more than 1,400 yards and had eight rushing touchdowns … also recorded 41 tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack as a senior … coached by Brad Taylor … chose Appalachian State over Charlotte and Chattanooga.
MADISON MALONE (OL, 6-5, 280, Memphis, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian)
Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com … earned Tennessee Division 2-AA West all-region honors as a senior … named to the West Tennessee all-star team … earned team MVP honors as a senior … coached by Major Wright … chose Appalachian State over Southern Miss, Tulane, Furman and Murray State.
OWEN PAINTER (OL, 6-5, 270, Loganville, Ga./Grayson)
Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … named second-team all-Gwinnett County by Gwinnett Daily Post … recognized as one of Georgia’s top 10 offensive-line prospects … graded out at 93 percent as a senior with 56 pancake blocks … was a Gwinnett County all-star selection … coached by Mickey Conn … chose Appalachian State over Arkansas State, Georgia State, South Alabama and Western Kentucky.
MYKELTI ARMSTRONG (WR, 6-2, 180, Gastonia, N.C./Forestview)
Associated Press North Carolina 3A all-state honoree … Amassed 137 receptions for 2,288 yards and 33 touchdowns over junior and senior seasons, including 102 catches for 1,452 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior … gaudy numbers as a senior set single-season school records in all three categories and Gaston County records for receptions and receiving yards … added 364 kickoff-return yards (26.0 avg.), 150 punt-return yards (21.4 avg.) and 20 rushing yards (10.0 avg.) to finish with 1,986 all-purpose yards during his senior campaign … helped lead Forestview to the N.C. Class 3A state semifinals as a senior in 2013 … coached by Chris Medlin … chose Appalachian State over Ball State, Elon and Western Carolina.
DELTRON HOPKINS (WR, 5-8, 160, Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington)
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com … earned Florida 4A second-team all-state accolades as a senior … caught 72 passes for 1,530 yards and 22 touchdowns during prep career, including 39 receptions for 837 yards and nine scores as a senior … also rushed for a 30-yard touchdown and recorded 159 yards on kickoff returns during senior season, giving him 1,026 all-purpose yards … caught 10 touchdown passes as a junior … selected to participate in 2013 Miami-Dade vs. Team Florida all-star game … helped lead Booker T. Washington to back-to-back Florida 4A state championships (2012 and 2013) and top billing in several national polls following the completion of the 2013 campaign … caught six passes for 107 yards and scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass in 40-21 victory over Jacksonville Bolles in 2013 state title game, his final high-school contest … coached by Tim Harris … chose Appalachian State over Hawaii, Utah and Florida Atlantic.
ISAIAH LEWIS (WR, 5-10, 175, Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest)
Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … two-time South Carolina 1-AAAA all-region honoree … caught 38 passes for 528 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior … also recorded 22 tackles and an interception as a defensive back and totaled 312 yards on returns, including a 37.3-yard average and a touchdown as a kickoff returner … helped lead Hillcrest to an 11-3 overall record, a region championship and a berth in the S.C. AAAA state quarterfinals … coached by Greg Porter … chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Furman and South Carolina State.
MONTEZ McGUIRE (WR, 6-1, 212, Beech Island, S.C./North Augusta/Georgia Military College)
Rated as a two-star prospect by 247Sports … caught 42 passes for 652 yards and five touchdowns in 19 games over two seasons at Georgia Military College … played in all 12 games as a sophomore in 2013, hauling in 27 receptions for 433 yards and four touchdowns to help lead GMC to an 11-0 regular season, No. 1 national ranking and appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship game (where it lost its only game of the campaign to No. 2-ranked East Mississippi C.C.) … had multiple catches in 6-of-12 games as a sophomore, including a eight receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns (all career highs) vs. juco national power Nassau C.C. … was selected to play in South Carolina North-South all-star game after high-school career at North Augusta H.S. … high-school teammate of Appalachian State sophomore OL Parker Collins … coached at Georgia Military by Bart Williams and at North Augusta by Dan Pippin … chose Appalachian State over South Alabama.
SHAEDON MEADORS (WR, 6-2, 180, Duncan, S.C./Byrnes)
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals.com and Scout.com … 2013 South Carolina Division I-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year … also earned all-state and all-region honors after catching 85 passes for 1,864 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior … one of only two wideouts on USA Today’s 2013 all-USA South Carolina team … totaled 133 receptions for 2,794 yards and 45 touchdowns over final two prep seasons … selected to represent South Carolina in 2013 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, where he caught three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown … helped lead Byrnes to 12-2 overall record and appearance in 2013 South Carolina I-AAAA state championship game as a senior … team went 12-2 and advanced to S.C. I-AAAA semifinals as a junior … coached by Bobby Bentley … chose Appalachian State over Rutgers, Old Dominion, Wake Forest, Charlotte, Marshall, Temple, Tulane, Toledo, Towson, Coastal Carolina and Chattanooga.
JORDAN NOIL (WR, 6-3, 195, Duluth, Ga./Norcross)
Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and a two-star prospect by 247Sports … earned second-team Georgia 7-AAAAAA all-region recognition as a senior … made mark primarily as a defensive back during prep career, totaling 103 tackles, two tackles for loss, 10 interceptions, 20 passes defended, three fumble recoveries and a whopping 267 interception-return yards (26.7 avg.) over his final two high-school campaigns … returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown as a senior … helped lead Norcross to a 29-2 overall record and back-to-back Georgia Class AAAAAA state championships in 2012 and 2013 … squad finished ranked No. 16 nationally following his junior season in 2012, when he earned all-county accolades … coached by Keith Maloof … high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Josh Boyd … chose Appalachian State over Maryland, Kansas State, Marshall, Georgia State, Western Kentucky, Charlotte and Buffalo.
JOSH BOYD (RB, 5-10, 180, Norcross, Ga./Norcross)
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com … earned Georgia 7-AAAAAA honorable-mention all-region recognition after rushing for 1,509 yards (6.3 avg.) and 14 touchdowns as a senior … in his only season at Norcross H.S., helped lead the Blue Devils to a 14-2 overall record and the 2013 Georgia Class AAAAAA state championship … rushed for 760 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior at South Gwinnett H.S. … selected to participate in the 2013 Rivalries of Gwinnett all-star game … coached by Keith Maloof … chose Appalachian State over Washington State, Air Force, Syracuse, Charlotte, Georgia State, South Alabama, UAB, UNLV, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Ohio and Buffalo.
JALIN MOORE (RB, 5-11, 190, Shelby, N.C./Crest)
Named South Mountain 2A/3A Conference Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference as a senior … rushed for 2,753 yards and 49 touchdowns over his final two prep seasons (7.6 avg.), including 1,456 yards and 23 scores as a senior (6.8 avg.) … also threw for two touchdowns during high-school career and caught a 65-yard touchdown pass during his final season … including nearly 500 kickoff-return yards as a senior, amassed 3,333 all-purpose yards during his prep career … 492 kickoff-return yards during senior campaign came on just 12 returns (41.0 avg.), including a 99-yard touchdown … led Crest to 14-2 record and appearance in 3-AA state championship game as a senior in 2013 and 10-3 record as a junior in 2012 … coached by Mark Barnes … chose Appalachian State over Charlotte, Wofford, Gardner-Webb and Southern.
NIKIA CATHEY (ATH, 5-9, 177, Memphis, Tenn./Westwood)
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com … named Tennessee Class 3A first-team all-state as a senior … four-year starter amassed 47 receptions for 996 yards and eight touchdowns during prep career, including 17 catches for 336 yards and three scores during senior campaign … also rushed for more than 500 yards had more than 2,000 combined return yards over his high-school career … intercepted four passes as a junior in 2012 and averaged nearly 32 yards per INT return … coached by Anthony Jones … chose Appalachian State over Indiana, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and UAB.
J.P. CARUSO (QB, 6-1, 207, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens)
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com … threw for 2,169 yards and 21 touchdowns over his final two seasons at Palm Beach Gardens H.S. … amassed 1,123 passing yards, eight touchdown passes, 78 rushing yards and a touchdown run as a senior in 2013, leading his squad to a district championship and the Florida 8A state semifinals … was named first-team all-conference after his 82 completions, 1,123 passing yards and eight touchdown passes all nearly doubled his closest counterpart … passed for 1,046 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior to lift his team to a regional-quarterfinal appearance … broke every passing record at Palm Beach Gardens, which were previously held by former Florida and Marshall star and Cincinnati Bengal Eric Kresser (who has also worked with Caruso as a personal quarterback coach) … rated as football-rich Palm Beach County’s top pocket passer by Palm Beach Post … coached by Rob Freeman … chose Appalachian State over Air Force, Florida Atlantic and Wake Forest.
BRANDON WALTON (TE, 6-6, 220, Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton)
Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … was a two-way standout as a tight end and defensive end … all-region and all-county honoree … as a senior, caught five passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns on offense while amassing 50 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble, an interception that he returned 31 yards for a score, two pass breakups and a blocked kick on defense … helped lead his team to a 13-2 overall record and berth in 2013 Georgia AAAA state championship game during final prep season … hauled in 30 receptions for 356 yards and three touchdowns as a junior in 2012 … earned first-team all-area honors as a junior and senior … was a two-time Football University youth all-American … coached by Rayvan Teague … chose Appalachian State over Illinois, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Georgia State, Akron and Charlotte.
CURTISS BENTON (DL, 6-3, 245, Covington, Ga./Alcovy)
Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … earned Georgia Class AAAAAA second-team all-state honors as a senior … also recognized as a 2-AAAAAA first-team all-region performer and the 2013 Netwon County Defensive Player of the Year by Newton Citizen … amassed 96 tackles (77 solo), 25 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery (which he returned for a touchdown) and a safety during final prep season … named defensive MVP for the South team in the 2013 Georgia North-South All-Star Football Classic … coached by Kirk Hoffman … high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Okon Godwin … chose Appalachian State over Marshall, Charleston Southern and Kennesaw State.
ALANMICHEAL HARKNESS (DL, 6-3, 235, Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King)
Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals.com and Scout.com … helped lead team to 7-4 record as a senior … was part of the top-ranked defense in the state of Georgia … named team’s Defensive MVP as a senior … served as a team captain his final year … coached by Cortez Allen … chose Appalachian State over East Carolina, Kansas State, Arkansas State, Connecticut, Middle Tennessee, UAB and Western Kentucky.
MYQUON STOUT (DL, 6-1, 260, China Grove, N.C./Jesse C. Carson)
Rated as a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … named North Carolina 3-A first-team all-state by NCPreps.com, first-team all-region by Charlotte Observer and first-team all-county by Salisbury Post … selected to represent N.C. in 2013 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … coached by Joe Pinyan … is also a standout in basketball (three-year starter) and track and field (3-A state champion in shot put) … chose Appalachian State over East Carolina, Charlotte and Furman.
ERIC BOGGS (ILB, 6-3, 235, Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path)
Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … was a two-way standout as a linebacker and tight end … earned South Carolina Class AAA all-state recognition at tight end as a senior … earned first-team all-region honors at linebacker and second-team accolades at tight end as a junior … selected to participate in 2013 South Carolina North-South all-star game as a linebacker … amassed 169 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and seven blocked kicks over final two prep seasons, including 77 tackles, 10 TFL, four sacks, three INT, four FF, two FR and six blocks as a senior … also caught 16 passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns over final two campaigns, highlighted by 10 receptions for 282 yards and two scores as a senior … coached by Russell Blackston … chose Appalachian State over Charlotte, Wofford, Charleston Southern, Presbyterian and Mercer.
DEVAN STRINGER (ILB, 5-11, 195, Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports … recorded 152 total tackles (84 solo, 68 assisted), four sacks, six tackles for loss, five interceptions (which he returned for a total of 119 yards), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as a senior in 2013 … helped lead Gainesville to a 12-2 record, including an 8-0 region record and regional championship, and an appearance in the Georgia AAAAA state semifinals as a senior … was named the 2013 Region 8-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year following the impressive senior campaign … coached by Bruce Miller … chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern and Jacksonville State.
TEH’RON FULLER (OLB, 6-2, 205, Fort Myers, Fla./South Fort Myers)
Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Scout.com … named first-team all-area and all-region and was an honorable-mention Florida 6A all-state selection as a senior … recorded 43 tackles and four interceptions — returning three for touchdowns and averaging 42 yards per return — during final prep season … helped lead squad to 20-6 overall record and appearances in Florida 6A regional semifinals (2012) and regional finals (2013) over final two campaigns … coached by Grant Redhead … chose Appalachian State over Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Bowling Green and Ball State.
OKON GODWIN (OLB, 6-2, 230, Covington, Ga./Alcovy)
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com … two-time all-region honoree … recorded 80 tackles (53 solo) and six tackles for loss as a senior … also intercepted five passes, returning two for touchdowns, during final prep campaign … selected to participate for the East team in D.L. Scott Coalition Bowl Senior All-Star Game at the Georgia Dome in 2013 … coached by Kirk Hoffman … high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Curtiss Benson … chose Appalachian State over Air Force and Marshall.
AUSTIN EXFORD (S, 6-2, 195, Snellville, Ga./Shiloh)
Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … amassed 90 tackles, six tackles for loss, an interception and two pass breakups as a senior … was a 2013 all-Gwinnett County selection and a Gwinnett County all-star … coached by Troy Hobbs … chose Appalachian State over Presbyterian and Western Carolina.
A.J. HOWARD (S, 5-11, 180, Hamilton, Ga./Harris County)
Rated as a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … two-way player amassed 162 tackles and eight interceptions that he returned for more than 200 yards and one touchdown on defense and 83 receptions for over 800 yards and four touchdowns during his prep career … was a first-team all-region and all-Bi-City honoree … earned Harris County’s Iron Man award as a junior and senior … invited to participate in Georgia North-South all-star game … also lettered in basketball and track and field … coached by Tommy Parks … chose Appalachian State over Western Kentucky.
JUNIOR SIGALO (S, 6-0, 185, Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain)
Rated as a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … earned all-Dekalb County recognition as a senior … played for his home state in the Florida/Georgia All-Star game … amassed 117 tackles as a senior (76 solo, 41 assists), two sacks, five tackles for loss and seven interceptions as a senior … also forced five fumbles and recovered three … coached by longtime NFL running back Stanley Pritchett … chose Appalachian State over Indiana, North Carolina A&T, Alabama State and Kennesaw State.
JORDAN FORD (CB, 6-2, 185, Jr., Calhoun Falls, S.C./Calhoun Falls Charter School/Monroe College)
Rated as a two-star prospect by 247Sports … was limited to just seven games in two seasons at Monroe College (New Rochelle, N.Y.) but made the most of his time on the field with 24 tackles, eight pass breakups, an interception and a tackle for loss … was a four-year letterwinner at Calhoun Falls Charter School, where he earned all-conference and all-area recognition as a senior … also earned three letters in basketball and two in track and field … coached at Monroe by Terry King and at Calhoun Falls by Mike Craigo … chose Appalachian State over Bowling Green, Temple and Idaho.
LATRELL GIBBS (CB, 5-10, 170, Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb)
Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com … named first-team Georgia Class AAAAAA all-state by Georgia Sportswriters Association and first-team all-Atlanta Metro by Atlanta Journal-Constitution … amassed 106 tackles and four interceptions over final two prep seasons, including 52 tackles, a tackle for loss and two INT as a senior … recorded a 55-yard punt return during final prep season … also made an impact on offense as a senior, catching 25 passes for 345 yards and a touchdown … coached by Shane Queen … chose Appalachian State over Air Force, Temple, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Chattanooga and Coastal Carolina.