|Football signings shore up needs|
|JCSU adds kicker, DB from A.L. Brown|
|Published Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:11 pm|
Johnson C. Smith has created competition at kicker with its first batch of 2013 recruits.
The Golden Bulls signed Kannapolis A.L. Brown High kicker Erik Amaya to a National Letter of Intent last week, opening a contest with junior Alfred Ntiamoah, a junior college transfer who was signed last year.
Nine players were signed last week, to address areas of need, particularly running back, defensive end and secondary.
“We have recruited this year based on specific needs,” JCSU coach Steve Aycock said. “We still have a few more slots to fill, but I feel like we’re in a solid direction.”
Amaya connected on 70-of-73 extra points and 7-of-11 field goals as a with a long of 40 yards last year with the Wonders, who went 10-4. Ntiamoah made good on 38-of-41 extra points last year but was 3-of-9 on field goals with a long of 31 yards.
Another local signee was Jermany Hammond, who played receiver and safety at Monroe High. Hammond (6-0, 175 pounds) led the state with 10 interceptions and blocked 22 kicks. He also made 72 tackles with the Red Hawks in 2012, including 55 solo stops. Hammond, who caught 25 passes for 492 yards and six scores, is expected to play safety with the Golden Bulls.
“I wanted to continue to play football and see how college life is,” Hammond told the Enquirer-Journal newspaper of Monroe. “It’s a small school but they’re like a family. They’ll help you when you need help and they’ll take care of you.”
JCSU also added A.L. Brown safety J.P. Lott (5-9, 185), who was named all-South Piedmont Conference as a senior in addition to chipping in 433 yards and four touchdowns as the Wonders’ tailback.
“J.P. is so athletic he could be used on either side of the ball,” A.L. Brown coach Mike Newsome told the Independent Tribune of Kannapolis.
JCSU added a pair of defensive ends in Keanu Brown (6-3, 225) from Douglass High in Atlanta and Deondre Farrington (6-2, 240) from Pensacola (Fla.) High. The Golden Bulls have to replace their top pass-rusher, senior Derrick Johnson.
On offense, JCSU signed running backs Spencer Williams (5-10, 185) from M.L. King High in Lithonia, Ga., and Evan Jones (5-9, 180) from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson High. They’ll compete for playing time in a backfield that graduates 1,000-yard rusher Dedrick Anderson. Offensive linemen Tyron Lewis (6-2, 315) and Chazmon Capman (6-3, 280) also signed. Lewis played at Panama City (Fla.) Bay High; Chapman at Lithonia (Ga.) Arabia Mountain.
“My coaching staff and I continue to stay committed towards recruiting student-athletes with character and talent, and I think this is another class that fits that mold,” Aycock said. “We’re excited to see these guys compete and contribute to the success of the program being built.”
• West Charlotte’s Blake Porter signed a letter of intent to play football at Division I Hampton. The senior played offensive and defensive line with the Lions, who went 2-9. Porter (6-3, 285 pounds) was an all-I-Meck 4A selection and all-region selection. He was also named student-athlete of the year.
• Vance defensive back/running back Jerome Beatty signed with N.C. A&T, one of 12 Cougars to commit to colleges. Beatty was credited with 72 tackles for the Cougars, who went 9-4 last and advanced to the second round of the N.C. 4AA playoffs. Beatty broke up four passes, recovered a fumble, forced another and tallied four sacks as a senior.
• Victory Christian linebacker Travis Brown signed to play at Howard.
Brown, a 6-foot, 220-pounder, tallied eight tackles and a sack in the Oasis All-Star Shrine Bowl Classic for independent school standouts in November. “I chose Howard because of their strong academic program,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting a great education, playing all four years and winning a lot of games.”
As a senior, Brown was Victory Christian’s most valuable player and defensive MVP, the second year he earned the award. Brown also has a 3.5 grade point average.
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