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Charlotte 49ers football goes for fit with 2021 recruiting class
11 of 17 signees are three-star prospects
 
Published Wednesday, December 16, 2020 11:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

CHARLOTTE ATHLETICS
The Charlotte 49ers signed 17 players for its 2021 recruit class, including 11 three-star prospects.

Recruiting players to fit and enhance Charlotte 49ers football is Will Healy’s priority.

Charlotte announced the signing 17 high school players on the opening day of the sports’ national signing period. Eleven recruits were rated three-star prospects by 247Sports Composite, with an additional signee rated a three-star prospect by ESPN.com. Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina produced two three-star recruits each, with the others representing Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Healy said this class will provide the 49ers with quality depth as well as competition at varying positions. They signed eight offensive players and eight defensive, a punter and a player who can play both on the offensive and defensive lines.

“The biggest thing for us was finding the right kind of culture fits, and in a year where you don’t have official visits, in a year where you don’t have them coming to your games every Saturday and you can’t necessarily develop the same in-person relationship, I think our staff has done a tremendous job of making sure we get the background information that we need to be able to sign the right type of guys,” Healy said. “We may make some mistakes if you’ve got a guy who doesn’t have senior film or didn’t play a senior season – the evaluation process will be more difficult. However, we cannot take somebody that is not going to be the right type of person in this program.”

The 2021 class includes Tyson Clawson, a 6-foot, 209-pound defensive end from Independence High and three-star prospect according to EPSN. Clawson, a two-year varsity player heading into the 2021 spring season, has 135 career tackles, including 85 as a junior. Eighteen of his 34 tackles for loss were also as a junior, and he produced 23.5 sacks over the last two seasons. Clawson also earned first team all-Southwestern 4A in 2019.

All three of Charlotte’s signed defensive ends are three-star recruits. Miguel Jackson is a 6-foot-1, 240-pounder from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania who attended Pine-Richland High, where he was a three-year starter on offense and defense.  Pine-Richland won the 2020 state championship with an 11-0 season, and Jackson leaves the program as the school’s all-time sacks leader with 36. Miles Posey heads to Charlotte from Yorktown, Virginia, where he attended Life Christian Academy. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was a linebacker and defensive end in high school.

Another Charlotte three-star recruit is 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman Knox Boyd of Denton, Texas. The 8-2 Wildcats are still seeking the 2020 state 6A Division II title. They were runner-up in 2019 with a 14-2 record.

Jarius Mack (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) is a three-star wide receiver from Athens, Georgia who attended Clarke Central High, the 2020 AAAAA Region 8 champs (6-0; 8-3 overall). Mack is a three-year varsity player. As a junior, he accounted for 1,250 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns, and 869 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He was also the point guard on basketball team.

Steven Park (6-2, 170), a three-star safety from Tampa, Florida, was a two-year starter at Tampa Bay Tech. He reached the 2020 Florida’s Class 7A state regional finals and went 8-4 in consecutive years with the Titans. He had 63 tackles as a senior, and 132 career tackles, five interceptions as a senior, a fumble recovery and blocked field goal. He also returned an interception for a touchdown.

Defensive tackle Isaiah Potts is another North Carolina recruit. At 6-2 and 300 pounds, the three-star recruit will play his senior season at Pine Forest High in Fayetteville this spring. He spent the 2019 season at Peddie School, which went 8-0 and won the Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship in Hightstown, New Jersey. He had 61 tackles, eight tackles for loss, six sacks and 13 quarterback hurries.

A look at the rest of the 2021 signing class:

  • B.J. Ragland (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) is a three-star recruit from Chattanooga, Tennessee who played offensive and defensive line. He was named 3A All-State at Red Bank High twice and made it to the 2020 Division I 3A state semifinals. Ragland also threw discus and shot put in track and field.
  • Chavion Smith, a three-star recruit, is a 5-9, 195-pound running back at Statesville High. Smith scored nine touchdowns and averaged 10.2 yards per carry last year but suffered a season-ending injury in the fifth game. He spent three years on the Greyhounds’ varsity.
  • Elijah Spencer is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Dutch Fork High. The Irmo, South Carolina three-star recruit spent three seasons playing varsity, winning state titles each season, and helping the Silver Foxes win 50 straight games. During a 10-0 2020 season, he had 44 catches for 858 yards and 12 touchdowns. Smith was also a high jumper on the track and field team.
  • Three-star offensive lineman Trevor Timmons (6-foot-2, 275 pounds) was named to the Midlands Area Watch List prior to the 2020 season as a top 10 offensive lineman in the Columbia area. He heads to Charlotte from Blythewood High in Blythewood, South Carolina.
  • Colin Weber is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end from Hopkins, Michigan. The three-star recruit was named to the 2019 first team all-state for Division Five. He is a four-year football and basketball varsity player, earning all-conference and all-state for both sports. For the Hopkins High Vikings, he had 17 receptions for 362 yards and six touchdowns, as well as 49 carries for 374 carries and three touchdowns his senior season.
  • Charlotte’s only signed quarterback is 6-foot-2, 205-pound Xavier Williams from Moultrie, Georgia. The three-star dual threat quarterback is from Colquitt County High, where he led the Packers to a regional title before suffering a season-ending injury. He completed 73-of-188 passes for 1,085 yards and 14 touchdowns while also tallying 51 carries for 424 yards and five touchdowns. He attended Ola High School in McDonough, Georgia as a junior.
  • D.J. Brown is a two-star recruit from Memphis University School in Tennessee. The 6-foot, 235-pound linebacker spent three years as a varsity player, where 81 of his 154 career tackles occurred as a junior. His junior season also included 16 tackles four loss, four sacks and four quarterback hurries.
  • Cam Burden (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) is also a linebacker from Tennessee (Sevierville). He was a 2019 first-team all-state selection by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and 2020 Region 2-3A Defensive Player of the Year. Alcoa High has won six straight state titles, two of which Burden was part of. Prior to joining the Tornadoes, he played quarterback at Sevier County High.
  • Douglas Newsome is a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback from Orange, Virginia, where he attends Orange County High. His junior season included 21 tackles, two tackles for loss and two interceptions.
  • Bailey Rice is Charlotte’s only international signing. The 6-foot, 200-pound punter is from Melbourne, Australia. He played four years in the Australian Football League, including 11 games with the St. Kilda Saints in 2018. His father, Dean Rice, played for Carlton and St. Kilda.

 

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