|JCSU adds O-line, linebacker depth|
|3 guards, 2 OLBs sign letters of intent|
|Published Thursday, March 6, 2014 6:09 am|
Johnson C. Smith’s first group of football recruits leans toward offensive guards and defense.
Of the eight signees announced by head coach Steve Aycock, three are offensive linemen: Guards Czar Smith (6-1, 289) of Edna Karr (La.) High, Ladrius Bright (6-0, 305) of Charles Drew High in Atlanta and Jordan Shaw (6-2, 280) of Westlake High in Atlanta, a second-team all-Region 3 6A pick.
They’ll add depth to a unit that loses four starters to graduation.
The Golden Bulls added help for a defense that allowed 383.3 yards a game last season and struggled to stop opponents late. JCSU signed outside linebackers Xavier White of Pensacola (Fla.) High and Rontavious Belcher of BEST Academy in Atlanta to a group that took major hits because of injuries last season and loses a pair of starters. White (5-11, 200 pounds) was an honorable mention all-Panhandle Elite pick and was named to the Subway All-Star team. Belcher, 5-11, 210 pounds, was named to the 4AAA all-region squad at linebacker and also played running back, fullback and tight end.
The Golden Bulls added defensive linemen Marcus Bullock from Largo (Md.) High and Jamaal Tutt from Atlanta’s Chamblee High to a unit that generated 44 sacks in 2013, including a school record 14 against Davidson. Bullock (6-2, 270) played defensive tackle in high school and was named honorable mention 1A/2A all-state and all Prince George’s County.
Tutt, a 6-0, 230-pound defensive end, racked up 39 tackles (29 solo) in his senior campaign. He was was named to the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game.
The lone signee from North Carolina is Daryl Napper, a defensive back from Winston-Salem Carver High. Napper, 5-11, 170, played cornerback and strong safety for the Yellowjackets, who went 11-2 and advanced to the second round of the N.C. 4A playoffs last year. He runs a reported 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash and was a member of the track and field team.
JCSU went 5-5 last year after starting 4-1.
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