NC State, UNC, Duke football announce 2014 signees
Posted February 5, 2014
Updated February 6, 2014
NC State, Duke and North Carolina announced their 2014-15 incoming football class Wednesday as students across the country signed their letters of intent.
The Blue Devils class includes two quarterbacks, seven backs and nine linemen. Duke’s in-state prospects include quarterback Johnathan Lloyd (Graham), lineman Trip McNeill (Advance) and back Shaun Wilson (Charlotte).
The class is highlighted by the No. 14 center in the country per Rivals.com Zach Harmon (Central Catholic, Ohio), the No. 14 ranked quarterback by ESPN.com Nicodem Pierre from Coral Reef in Miami and the No. 33 cornerback as listed by Rivals.com Alonzo Saxton II out of Columbus, Ohio.
Doeren unveiled a 33-player class with 18 players from North Carolina on his second national signing day with the Wolfpack. The class was ranked No. 26 nationally by Scout.com and No. 30 by Rivals.com, both marking N.C. State's highest-rated haul since 2005. The list included nine players from Rivals' list of top-30 instate recruits.
One of those in-state prospects was Hunt High School defensive back Dexter Wright. According to Rivals.com, Wright is a three-star defensive back and is ranked the No. 27 player in the state of North Carolina. Wright is joined by in-state prospect Southern Durham wide receiver Maurice Trowell. Trowell helped lead Southern Durham to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-AA state championship, posting over 1,000 receiving yards, including 198 yards and two touchdowns in the state championship game.
Another in-state student-athlete also signed with NC State Hillside High School three star safety Kalen McCain.
North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora announced a class of 22 players, Rivals.com rated it the 20th-best class in the nation while Scout.com had it pegged at No. 31. Key signee Charlotte running back Elijah Hood was North Carolina's AP prep player of the year and enrolled in January.
Ravenscroft tight end Avery Edwards also signed his letter of intent to play football at UNC. Edwards is a three-star prospect and rated as the 25th best tight end in the class of 2014. Joining Edwards from the state of North Carolina is Providence wide receiver Austin Proehl, Northside-Jacksonville wide receiver Josh Cabrera, Bunn place kicker Freeman Jones and Olympic defensive lineman Robert Dinkins.