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Mack trucks in first recruiting class
N.C. Central lands 16 commitments on first day
 
Published Thursday, February 6, 2014 8:02 am
by Herbert L White

New N.C. Central football coach Jerry Mack didn’t waste time landing his first class of recruits.

Mack, who has hired in January, announced 16 signees on the first day recruits can sign National Letters of Intent. Among the Eagles’ class are 12 high school seniors and four junior college transfers.

“It’s a compliment to our coaching staff,” Mack said. “Our staff had long nights, scouring the nation for the type of student-athletes that are going to fit our system and continue to grow our program. Our staff did a great job of recognizing the type of student-athletes we want and building those relationships in a short time.”

NCCU’s class also has a home-grown flavor with 13 signees from North Carolina, a sign the Eagles are focused on in-state recruiting. Two are from Charlotte: West Mecklenburg High offensive tackle Sterlin Houston (6-4, 300) and Mallard Creek punter/kicker Nathaniel Tilque (6-2, 185). 

“That’s big,” said Mack. “I said when I was hired that I wanted to make a commitment to recruiting the state of North Carolina. I think this state has great football and I think it’s a little under-recruited. I want to make sure during my tenure here that we don’t under-recruit the state of North Carolina.”

NCCU addressed some needs in the secondary by signing four defensive backs as well four receivers. 

“From the receiver position, we wanted to make sure we put quality playmakers around our quarterback and our offensive line to play in space with tempo and speed,” Mack said. “From the defensive back standpoint, we’re changing our defensive scheme a little bit so we needed more secondary players that can run and play in space.”

The Eagles signed a pair of offensive linemen and two defensive linemen. 

“Up front, we wanted to add some depth and quality,” Mack said. “We need great pass rushers to get after the quarterback and some guys to stop the run. On the offensive line, we were young up front last year and these young men will add quality and length.”

NCCU opens its season on Aug. 30 at East Carolina.

Also: J.C. Smith's recruiting needs

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