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Football Adds OL Dallen Jones and Brock Merritt to 2014 Recruiting Class

Chants 2014 Recruiting Class Stands at 17

       

Head coach Joe Moglia

Head coach Joe Moglia

Feb. 27, 2014

CONWAY - Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced the addition of offensive linemen Dallen Jones (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes HS) and Brock Merritt (Longwood, Fla./Lyman HS) to the 2014 recruiting class.


Dallen Jones
OL, 6-1, 250
Duncan, S.C. / Byrnes HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: A second team GoUpstate.com All-Area selection and two-time All-Region II-4A ... Graded out at 85 percent with five bulldozers, 14 knockdowns and five pancakes ... Helped the Rebels post a 12-2 record, including 7-0 conference mark, and reach the state semifinals ... Helped Byrnes score 107 touchdowns and provided protection for Shuler Bentley, who was the state's Gatorade Player of the Year and threw for 5,032 yards with 71 touchdowns in 2013.


Brock Merritt
OL, 6-8, 285
Longwood, Fla. / Lyman HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Selected to play for the East squad in the Central Florida All-Star Game ... Honorable mention on the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Super60 ... Tabbed All-District 9 as voted by the Seminole and Volusia County coaches ... First team All-Seminole Athletic Conference ... Prior to his senior season, the Orlando Sentinel named Merritt one of the top five offensive linemen in Central Florida and the Miami Herald placed him on the All-Orlando Team in its preseason preview ... Also participates in track and field in the shot put and discus.

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
Dallen Jones 6-1 250 OL Duncan, S.C. / Byrnes 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
Brock Merritt 6-6 285 OL Longwood, Fla. / Lyman 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
Ja'ree Tolbert 6-2 270 DL Miami, Fla. / Miami Springs Senior HS Video
Delano Walters 5-9 155 Ath Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Socastee HS Video


Omar Black
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.


Anthony Chesley
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. 


Aaron Donalson
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. 


Jack Flood
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.


Hunter Floyd
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.


Christian Gill
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.


Dae'quan Harrison
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


James Heft
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.


Alex Johnson
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.


Dallen Jones
OL, 6-1, 250
Duncan, S.C. / Byrnes HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: A second team GoUpstate.com All-Area selection and two-time All-Region II-4A ... Graded out at 85 percent with five bulldozers, 14 knockdowns and five pancakes ... Helped the Rebels post a 12-2 record, including 7-0 conference mark, and reach the state semifinals ... Helped Byrnes score 107 touchdowns and provided protection for Shuler Bentley, who was the state's Gatorade Player of the Year and threw for 5,032 yards with 71 touchdowns in 2013.


Isaac Martin
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


Alex McLaughlin
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.


Brock Merritt
OL, 6-8, 285
Longwood, Fla. / Lyman HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Selected to play for the East squad in the Central Florida All-Star Game ... Honorable mention on the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Super60 ... Tabbed All-District 9 as voted by the Seminole and Volusia County coaches ... First team All-Seminole Athletic Conference ... Prior to his senior season, the Orlando Sentinel named Merritt one of the top five offensive linemen in Central Florida and the Miami Herald placed him on the All-Orlando Team in its preseason preview ... Also participates in track and field in the shot put and discus.


Sedrick Palmer
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.


Josh Stilley
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.


Ja'ree Tolbert
DL, 6-2, 270
Miami, Fla. / Miami Springs Senior HS
Prior to Coastal Carolina: First name is pronounced Juh-RAY ... Two-time All-Dade County honorable mention selection ... sfhighschoolsports.com said of Tolbert, "a prospect who flew under the statewide radar screen much of his career" ... Played in the TruSports Dade County Public vs Private Schools All-Star game ... Prior to his senior season, the Miami Herald listed Tolbert as one of the top nine defensive linemen in Dade County ... Led the Hawks to a 7-5 overall record and 5-1 conference mark before falling to national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in the first round of the playoffs ... As a junior, tallied 40 tackles and nine sacks.


Delano Walters
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.