CONWAY - Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced his 2014 recruiting class Wednesday.
The group of 13 features eight players that earned all-state and an additional three named all-region. Also, five recruits were part of teams that reached their state's semifinals or better, including two state champions and two runners-up. The class came from seven different states, including three recruits each from Georgia and Florida, with five offensive players, five defensive players and three athletes.
Coastal Carolina 2014 Football Recruiting Class
|Name||Ht.||Wt.||Pos.||Hometown/Previous School||Player Highlight Video|
|Omar Black||6-2||190||WR||Marietta, Ga. / Hillgrove HS||Video|
|Anthony Chesley||6-0||165||DB||Brandywine, Md. / Gwynn Park HS||Video|
|Aaron Donalson||6-2||204||LB||Syracuse, N.Y. / Christian Brothers Academy||Video|
|Jack Flood||6-5||285||OL||Miami, Fla. / Belen Jesuit HS||Video|
|Hunter Floyd||6-5||250||OL||Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Myrtle Beach HS||Video|
|Christian Gill||6-4||240||DT||Navarre, Fla. / Navarra HS||Video|
|Dae'quan Harrison||5-10||165||CB||Kissimee, Fla. / Osceola HS||Video|
|James Heft||6-2||185||Ath||Covingston, Ga. / Young Americans Christian HS||Video|
|Alex Johnson||6-4||245||OL||Rochester, N.Y. / Brighton HS||Video|
|Isaac Martin||5-10||190||RB||Clayton, N.C. / Cleveland HS||Video Currently Unavailable|
|Alex McLaughlin||5-11||180||DB||Littleton, Mass. / Littleton HS||Video|
|Sedrick Palmer||5-10||210||LB||McDonough, Ga. / Eagles Landing HS||Video|
|Josh Stilley||6-1||195||QB||Cornelius, N.C. / William A. Hough HS||Video|
|Delano Walters||5-9||155||Ath||Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Socastee HS||Video|
WR, 6-2, 190
Marietta, Ga. / Hillgrove HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named first team All-Region 4-AAAAAA ... Caught 44 passes for 497 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Participated in the Cobb All-Star Bowl VII ... Ranked 224th-best overall prospect in the nation and the 37th-best receiver by CoachScout.com ... As a junior, caught 19 passes for 279 yards and three scores.
DB, 6-0, 165
Brandywine, Md. / Gwynn Park HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Tabbed first team Maryland 1A/2A All-State as a senior and honorable mention as a junior ... Second team All-Gazette Prince George's County team and All-Met ... As a senior, had five interceptions, six PBUs and four fumble recoveries ... Opponents completed just two passes against him ... Had nine career interceptions, six fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and two defensive TDs ... Played in the Chick-fil-A Challenge, a senior All-Star game between Prince George's County and Southern Maryland Athletic Conference ... Led the Yellow Jackets to an 11-1 record, falling in the second round (region final) of the state championship ... Also runs track ... Four year Honor Roll member.
LB, 6-2, 205
Syracuse, N.Y. / Christian Brothers Academy
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named to the New York State Sports Writers Association 2A All-State team as a defensive back ... Led his team to the Section III Class 2A championship ... Named All-Central New York and all-league as a senior and junior ... Also played wide receiver ... As a junior and playing defensive end, recorded 80 tackles, 13 sacks, five forced fumbles, eight pass break-ups and one safety.
OL, 6-5, 285
Miami, Fla. / Belen Jesuit HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named third team 8A All-State ... Played in the Nike/TOC Dade County vs Florida All-Star Game ... Earned second team All-Dade County ... registered 85 pancake blocks as a senior ... Led team to an 8-4 record ... Also plays lacrosse.
OL, 6-5, 250
Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Myrtle Beach HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: First team All-Region VII-AAA ... As a senior, played center for the 2013 2A state champion Seahawks ... Anchored an offensive line that allowed sophomore running back Brandon Sinclair to rush for a Grand Strand-best 1,886 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns ... Also provided protection for sophomore quarterback Drayton Arnold, who threw for 2,170 yards and 30 scores ... Played tight end as a junior and has played guard and long snapper.
DL, 6-4, 240
Navarre, Fla. / Navarre HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Selected Associate Press first team 6A All-State and first team All-Panhandle ... Played in the Florida East-West All-Star game ... Tallied 96 tackles and eight sacks as a senior ... Team reached the state semifinals in 2013 ... Prior to his senior season, named the Northwest Florida Daily News Dandy Dozen ... Second team Pensacola News Journal All-Area as a junior and honorable mention 6A All-State ... Helped the Panthers to a 12-2 record ... Also a track and field athlete.
DB, 5-10, 165
Kissimmee, Fla. / Osceola HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Third team All-State and second team All-Central Florida as an athlete by FloridaHSFootball.com ... 2013 Osceola News-Gazette Football Offensive Player of the Year, playing quarterback, Selected to play in the Central Florida All-Star Game ... Led the Kowboys to back-to-back 7A state semifinal appearances and the team was 24-4 over his final two seasons ... As senior, lost in the semifinal game despite touchdown runs of 78 and 58 yards as well as a 65-yard TD completion and finishing with 202 rushing yards ... Caught a two-point conversion and added a 78-yard kickoff return versus Lakeland in the quarterfinals ... For the season, had 813 yards rushing and six touchdowns, averaging 6.5 yards per carry, and passed for another 640 yards and six touchdowns as the Kowboys compiled an 11-3 record and reached the state semifinals for the second year in a row ... As a junior, also threw for 640 yards with 11 TDs
Ath., 6-2, 185
Covington, Ga. / Young Americans Christian HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: First team All-State as a senior, junior and sophomore ... Ranked 38th in the state in rushing as a senior with 1,192 yards in nine games (132.4 per game) with 10 touchdowns ... Added 391 passing yards, 112 receiving yards (three receptions with two scores) and 49 tackles ... Named his team's offensive and defensive MVP as a junior and senior and defensive MVP as a sophomore ... Has a 3.85 GPA and is a member of the BETA club and National Honor Society.
OL, 6-4, 245
Rochester, N.Y. / Brighton HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Recorded 27 pancake blocks ... On defense, was credited with five sacks ... Helped Brighton win the Class A Connors and Ferris Bowl over Irondequoit ... Paved the way for Brighton to rush for 1,685 yards - gaining at least 100 yards in all but one game - and pass for 1,781 yards.
RB, 5-10, 195
Clayton, N.C. / Cleveland HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Selected to play in the 77th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... Named the Two Rivers 3A Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... Set Cleveland High School standards for career records with 5,451 career rushing yards (three seasons), 81 touchdowns and 31 wins ... Led the Rams to the semifinals as he rushed for 1,837 yards on 302 carries with 31 touchdowns, adding eight two-point conversions ... Ran for 404 yards, one of the top 15 single-game efforts in North Carolina High School Athletic Association history, and scored five touchdowns in a game against Southern Wayne ... Also had rushing games of 263 and 247 yards as a senior ... As a junior, ran for 2,185 yards - 17th-best total in the state - on 225 attempts with 28 touchdowns ... As a sophomore, Martin rushed for almost 1,200 yards and helped carry the Rams to the state semifinals in the team's first year as a varsity program ... Has a 4.3 GPA
DB, 5-11, 180
Littleton, Mass. / Liittleton HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named to the Massachusetts Football Coaches State "Super 26" All-State team as a defensive back ...Earned a spot on the Telegram & Gazette Super Team and 2013 GoLocal Worcester football All Stars as a linebacker ... His skills at quarterback led Littleton coach Mike Lynn to change its wing-t offense to to a fast-paced spread system that has become one of the most prolific in the state, leading the Tigers (13-0) to the 2013 Division 6 Super Bowl state championship ... Accounted for 225 yards and two scores in the title game ... Helped Little score a Central Mass record 543 points ... Had 129 rushes for 1,304 yards and 19 scores as a senior ... Completed 82 of 140 passes for 1,478 yards and 17 TDs ... Added 24 tackles and four interceptions on defense ... Tabbed the Lowell Sun's 2012 Mid-Wach Division D MVP, the Division 6 Overall MVP ... Also a standout baseball player ... As a junior hit .433 with three homers and 27 RBI while posting a 6-0 record on the mound with a 0.70 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 36.2 innings ... Named 2011 Mid-Wach Division C MVP in baseball.
LB, 5-10, 210
McDonough, Ga. / Eagle's Landing Christian Academy
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Tabbed Atlanta Journal Constitution 4A All-State as a linebacker, All-Southside Area as an athlete ...Named second team Class 4A All-State by Georgia Sports Writers Association as a linebacker ... Participated in the Georgia Rising Seniors Top 100 All-Star game ... Logged 84 tackles, including 45 solo, with seven tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception ... Rushed for 747 yards and nine touchdowns on 131 attempts ... Also caught 11 passes for 233 yards and a score ... According to the Henry County Herald, sacrificed being the "go-to guy" at Henry County High in order to transfer to Eagle's Landing and help childhood friend and fellow senior tailback Corey Holloway push toward a berth in the state playoffs and finish a school-best 8-3 ... Prior to his senior season, named to the Atlanta NeighborNewspapers.com SUPER 7 ... As a junior, rushed for 1,100 yards in just six games and considered one of the area's top running backs at Henry County HS ... Selected to play in the 2012 Georgia Junior Bowl.
QB, 6-1, 195
Cornelius, N.C. / William A. Hough HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Two-time IMECK 4A All-Conference ... Tabbed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools MECKA 8 All-Conference as a senior ... Threw for 2,274 yards (115-for-196) and 25 touchdowns as a senior ... Led school to a 10-2 record and reached the first round of the playoffs ... As a junior, completed 123-of-249 passes for 2,103 yards with 19 scores ... Led the Huskies to a 9-3 record and the fledgling school's first playoff appearance .. For his four-year career, completed 352-of-699 passes for 5,650 yards and 52 TDs.
Ath., 5-9, 155
Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Socastee HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named first team All-Region VII-AAA and WPDE All-Zone Team ... Ranked second among Grand Strand athletes as he rushed for 1,469 yards on 167 attempts (8.8 avg.) and 16 touchdowns as a senior (one spot ahead of teammate Hunter Renfro's 1,421 yards) ... Helped the Braves to a 12-1 record and win region titles in 2012 and '13 while reaching the AAA Final 8 both seasons ... Named WMBF Athlete of the Week (Oct. 31) ... Rushed for 110 yards and added 61 receiving yards versus Marlboro County in a third-round playoff loss ... Rushed for 270 yards and two scores versus Hilton Head in a playoff win ... Had an 88-yard kickoff return in the regular-season finale ... As a junior, rushed for 487 yards and five touchdowns while adding another 100 yards and two scores receiving.