|Charlotte 49ers fit 2019 football recruit class into small window|
|Healy adds five players on National Signing Day|
|Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4:00 pm|
|Marquill Osborne, a Hough High graduate and former Tennessee defensive back, is enrolled at Charlotte.|
Will Healy wants it to be cool to play for the Charlotte 49ers.
Charlotte’s new coach continued to stress the importance of the culture the program needs in order to establish and ultimately maintain success at today’s National Signing Day press conference. Healy’s first class consists of 19 players, five of whom signed today, and three who enrolled in January. Linebackers Prince Bemah of Gastonia Hunter Huss High and Penn State transfer Brelin Faison-Walden from Greensboro, as well as Hough alumnus Marquill Osborne, a 5-foot-11 defensive back who transferred from Tennessee, signal a shift in the type of player Charlotte can recruit.
“[Osborne] has made it cool to come play football at Charlotte,” Healy said. “You saw him jump on board, and that created a buzz, and now you’re getting a lot more attention.”
Aside from the three defensive players, Charlotte recruited for offense, with Healy emphasizing a need for speed.
“Obviously speed was something that we wanted to go after heavily, and I think we hit home runs with those,” Healy said. “Obviously the three guys for us who are already here and enrolled were great additions for us as well and have been everything we hoped they would be and more.”
Healy, who replaced Brad Lambert on Dec. 5, had a small recruiting window he described as a “best available” scenario.
“When you get into it as late as we have, you are trying to make sure that you have a chance to evaluate the character of the guys, make sure they fit where you want your culture to be,” Healy said. “This February signing day was a really good indication for our players of what we are looking for. The players on your current roster always look at who you’ve signed, and who you are bringing in to say, ‘this is what the expectation is as a coach.’”
While Healy already has his eyes on 2020 recruiting, he noted the importance of spring ball and having a chance to bond with his current roster. Drills begin on campus on March 12 and the spring game is April 13 at 4 p.m. Healy intends to hold scrimmages on Saturdays at 9 a.m.
“Winter conditioning will be really important,” he said. “We’ll get a chance to see our guys move around and see where we feel really good about players, where we may be lacking, and still need to go find some guys to plug some holes. We’ll see them respond to some adversity. I think they will see a little bit of the culture change when we go out there on Tuesday morning and have our first mat drill.”
Charlotte 49ers National Signing Day football signees by position, previous school (in parentheses) and hometown:
Jamel Brown, 5-11, (Desert Pines) Desert Pines, Nevada
Micaleous Elder, 5-9, (Blackman), Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Noah Henderson, 6-1, (Christ Presbyterian Academy), Nashville, Tennessee
Brett Kean, 6-foot-1, (South Florida), Lakewood, Ohio
Jaylan Williams, 6-foot-4, (Allatoona) Acworth, Georgia
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