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The following youngsters have signed to wear the beloved purple and gold of Western Carolina University!

Shamar Allen 6-3, 225, TE Asheville, N.C. A.C. Reynolds HS A two-time All-Western North Carolina honoree, as selected by the Asheville Citizen-Times ... Also named Northwestern 4-A All-Conference and honorable mention All-State ... Selected to play in the East-West All-Star game ... Named one of top 101 football players in North Carolina according to NCHSFootball.com ... Helped Reynolds to a 14-1 record and a state title with his blocking as the Rockets rushed for over 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns ... Caught five passes for 83 yards Was a three-year starter, serving last season as a team captain ... Prior to his senior season, named preseason All-State.


Francis Brown 5-10, 180, CB Camden, N.J. Hudson Valley CC / Camden HS Named second team All-Northeast Football Conference ... Tallied 40 tackles with a league-high five interceptions ... Added nine pass break-ups ... Named his conference?s player of the week after his game with Erie CC ... Had two interceptions, a pass break-up, four tackles ... Averaged 14.3 yards per punt return average and 28.3 yards per kickoff return ... At Camden High School, was a three-time all-conference quarterback.


Darvin Coffin 6-4, 265, DT Bethlehem, Pa. Lackawanna JC / Freedom HS Will have two years of eligibility at Western Carolina after playing two seasons at Lackawanna Junior College ... Named All-Mountain Valley Conference ... Helped Lackawanna to a 10-1 record and a berth to the Real Dairy Bowl ... Tallied 5.5 sacks ... Was a teammate of current Catamount and first team All-Southern Conference tight end Todd Bargella.




Eddie Cohen 6-1, 200, WR Hilton Head, S.C. Hilton Head HS Selected to play in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl ... As a senior, voted his team's MVP as well as all-area and all-region ... Caught 47 passes for 666 yards and 11 touchdowns ... Rushed 13 times for 250 yards ... Also an All-State basketball performer, earning Low Country Player of the Year honors as a junior.


Damien Dowell 5-9, 165, DB Gainesville, Ga. Gainesville HS A first team All-State selection ... Voted his team's Offensive MVP as a senior ... Helped Gainesville High to a final 3A state ranking of fourth as they posted a 13-1 record and reached the third round of the state playoffs, while winning conference and region titles ... Part of a school record-setting 4x100 relay team, running 42.1 in the state finals ... His relay team was region champions and state runners-up ... His father, John, played football at Chattanooga.


Mitchell Dukes 6-1, 175, Athlete Atlanta, Ga. North Atlanta HS Named first team All-City by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... Caught 80 passes for 1,129 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career ... As a senior, hauled in 41 passes for 829 yards and eight TDs ... On defense, registered 50 tackles with two interceptions ... Set a school records with his 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and accounting for 253 total yards in a single-game ... As a sophomore, caught 39 passes for 400 yards and four TDs to earn honorable mention All-City by the AJC.


Josh Durm 6-0, 185, Safety Franklin, N.C. Franklin HS Selected Player of the Year by WLOS-TV ... The Mountain Athletic 3-A Conference Player of the Year ... Named All-Western North Carolina by the Asheville Citizen-Times ... Two-time All-SMC ... Finished third in the North Carolina 3A Mr. Football voting ... Registered six interceptions and 80 tackles ... Rushed for 1,527 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior in helping his Panthers to an 11-2 record.


Corey Ellison 6-1, 310, DT New Bern, N.C. West Craven HS Named Associated Press All-State ... Was his area's Defensive Player of the Year ... Helped his team to a 34-4 record over his last three years, including consecutive years of going 12-2 and three conference titles ... Set a school record with 27 tackles in a game (versus New Bern) ... A two-time all-conference performer ... Tallied 503 career tackles, including 53 sacks, and one interception ... As a senior, had 151 stops with 18.5 sacks ... Had 11 sacks as a junior and 12.5 as a sophomore to earn his team?s Most Valuable Defensive Player award.


Justin Frady 6-7, 270, OL Bessemer City, N.C. Bessemer City HS Only played football for his senior season, but was still a top prospect in the South ... Is a standout performer on the baseball field, earning All-Gaston Gazette honors as a junior ... Batted .390 with three home runs and 17 RBI as his team's first baseman/designated hitter.


Felipe Foster 6-2, 280, DT Athens, Ga. Clarke Central HS A first team All-Northeast Georgia pick ... Tabbed honorable mention All-State by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... Received his team's Barry Malcolm Lineman Award after getting 65 tackles, including seven sacks, and three fumble recoveries as a senior ... Had 50 tackles and four sacks as junior, while registering 105 stops and two sacks as a sophomore ... Also a standout wrestler, winning a region title as a junior and finishing second in the region and third in the state as a sophomore.


Shelton Gaffney 6-2, 220, LB Gaffney, S.C. Gaffney HS A two-time first team all-region pick ... Also earned his team's ... Best Linebacker award twice ... Registered 137 total hits as a senior and 237 for his career ... Tallied 12 tackles for loss as a senior, including four sacks, with 12 quarterback hurries, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery ... As a junior, had 101 stops, including 10 for losses, with a blocked field goal, four caused fumbles and a fumble recovery.


Calvin Guinyard 6-4, 180, Athlete Cordova, S.C. Edisto HS Named South Carolina 2-A All-State as a defensive back ... Selected to play in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl ... All-region and Times and Democrat All-Area pick ... Tallied 75 tackles as a senior ... Had four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown ... Rushed for 676 yards and seven touchdowns, while piling up 265 receiving yards on 19 catches and two scores ... Amassed 1,396 total yards of offense ... Orangeburg Touchdown Club Player of the Week ... Served as his team?s kick and punt returner, returning three kicks for scores ... Named a team captain ... An All-State selection in basketball.


Russell Hemby 6-1, 190, QB Orangeburg, S.C. Orangeburg-Wilkerson HS Rated the 30th-best quarterback in the nation according to Rivals100.com and was ranked among the nation?s top 25 in the nation in the Athlon preseason edition ... An All-State, all-region and all-area pick ... Named to the Charlotte Observer Top 50 High School Prospects ? Selected to play in the South Carolina North/South All-Star game ... As a senior, threw for over 1,700 yards with 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions ... Rushed for over 300 yards as well ... As a junior, completed 185 of 303 passes for 1825 yards with 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions ? Rushed 64 times for 403 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging 6.3 yards per carry


Michael Hines 6-3, 190, WR Asheville, N.C. Asheville HS Named to the Asheville Citizen-Times All-Western North Carolina team ... Tabbed Mountain Athletic 3-A All-Conference ... Selected to play in the East-West All-Star game ... As a senior, caught 35 passes for 600 yards and seven touchdowns in helping his Cougars post an 11-3 record and reach the 3-A semifinals ... On defense, registered 41 tackles and picked off five passes ... As a junior, caught 47 passes for 700-plus yards and 12 TDs ... Added three interceptions on defense ... Also an all-conference selection for his basketball team.


Robert Hooper 6-5, 270, DT Charlotte, N.C. Olympic HS Finalist for the Charlotte Observer Defensive Player of the Year Award ... First Team All-Southwestern 4A Conference ... Won his team's "Fighting Trojan Award" ... A two-way starter for Olympic High ... Registered 75 tackles, including eight for losses, and three caused fumbles as a senior.


Chris Kirkland 6-3, 175, QB Cherokee, N.C. Cherokee HS As a senior, named honorable mention All-Smoky Mountain Conference as he led the Braves to the North Carolina Class A quarterfinals ... Led Cherokee to the Class A state semifinals as a junior, earning All-Smoky Mountain Conference and honorable mention All-Western North Carolina honors ... Played for former WCU defensive back and assistant coach Al "Mutt" DeGraffenreid


John Martin 6-3, 290, DL Cherokee, N.C. Cherokee HS A two-time All-Western North Carolina honoree, as selected by the Asheville Citizen-Times ... The ACT described him as a "dominate blocker" ... Also a two-time All-Smoky Mountain Conference pick as well as the league's two-time Lineman of the Year ... Was a preseason All-State pick ... Helped Cherokee to a Class A state semifinals as a junior ... As a senior, his blocking allowed the Braves to rush for more than 3,000 yards and pass for over 1,500 ... Played for former WCU defensive back and assistant coach Al "Mutt" DeGraffenreid.


Cameron Melson 6-3, 275, DL Lilburn, Ga. Greater Atlanta Christian High School A first team All-Gwinnett County and all-region selection ... Also named honorable mention All-State ... Tallied 91 tackles as a senior, including nine tackles for loss ... On offense, was credited with 78 "pancake" blocks ... Led GAC to a 13-2 record and the 2A state championship game In his four years, GAC won three region titles and one second-place finish ... The program posted a four-year record of 41-10 ... As a junior, registered 82 tackles, including eight sacks ... His brother plays offensive line at Hardin University.


Ryan Nesby 6-0, 170, DB Asheville, N.C. T.C. Roberson Tabbed first team All-State ... Selected to play in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl ... Was twice named to the Asheville Citizen-Times All-Western North Carolina team ... Also a two-time Mountain Athletic 3-A All-Conference pick ... Recorded 109 tackles with five interceptions, four forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and one fumble recovery ... On offense, rushed 10 times for 109 yards and a touchdown, while catching 19 passes for 350 yards and two touchdowns ... Also returned a punt for a TD and threw one TD pass ... Set Roberson records with eight career interceptions as well as establishing school records in touchdown receptions, blocked kicks and punt returns


Wendell Singletary 6-7, 280, OL Whiteville, N.C. Southwest Mississippi CC / West Columbus HS Played one season at Southwest Mississippi Community College and will have three seasons of eligibility at Western Carolina ... Tallied 15 tackles with two sacks ... In high school, was tabbed first team All-State at West Columbus HS ... All-Columbus county first team on offensive and defensive line as a senior ... Led the team in sacks (10), tackles for loss (13) and tackles as a senior ... Also averaged six pancake blocks per game on the offensive line ... Had experience as defensive end, offensive tackle and tight end in his high school career ... Played tight end and defensive end as a junior ... Third on the team in sacks and tackles for loss as a junior ... Named "Most Improved" on the football team as a sophomore ... As a member of the basketball team, was a second team All-State selection, while earning first team all-conference honors ... Signed with Clemson out of high school ... Brother of former WCU defensive lineman Maris Singletary.


Nicholas Wishart 5-8, 190, RB Toronto, Ontario Central Tech HS Came to Western Carolina in January of 2003 and will participate in spring drills ... Will have five years to play four for the Catamounts ... Graduated from Central Tech in the spring of 2002 ... Was an all-star selection by both the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun ... Tabbed Running Back of the Year in Ontario three times ... In 2002, named one of the top three running backs in Canada ... Rushed for 1,523 yards as a senior with 17 touchdowns ... Set a school record by rushing for 297 yards in a game ... Played for Team Canada in an international all-star tournament in 2002.


Phillip Young 6-1, 260, DT Gainesville, Ga. Gainesville HS A first team 3A All-State ... Tabbed his area's Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... As a senior, registered 110 tackles, including 91 solo stops ... Added 15 sacks, caused four fumbles, recovered three fumbles, blocked a punt and blocked a field goal ... Helped his team to a final 3A state ranking of fourth as they posted a 13-1 record and reached the third round of the state playoffs, while winning conference and region titles ... Had four sacks in a game as a junior en route to earning all-area and his team?s Defensive Player of the Year honor.



Good job Coach Briggs and staff!! "Defend the mountains!" GO CATS!! 04-cheers
02-05-2003 07:23 PM
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We'll just have to wait and see how slow the 300 pound lard asses are. :>) :wave: :wave:
02-06-2003 05:30 PM
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Bring on September! I'm ready for some FOOTBALL!!!!!

Way to go Cats!
02-06-2003 05:51 PM
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Now is that any way to talk about the lineman ASU recruited?! :D 03-razz GO CATS!!
02-06-2003 07:43 PM
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