Signings bring area coaches high hopes for future
Posted February 6, 2013
Wednesday is the first day high school football players can sign their letter of intent and a lot of work from players and coaches goes into making this day.
Piecing together an incoming class puzzle is typically a year-long process. So, with only a fraction of the time, one can only imagine how many of NC State first year coach Dave Doeren's daytime minutes were spent on the phone playing catchup.
"It was tough because it was all by phone for awhile, because of the dead period going on," said Doeren. "I was able to get out a few days before the dead period started. So, we look forward to selling it for 12 months, instead of six weeks."
The result, a very respectable class of 25, mostly three-star recruits, including nine in-state prep standouts who put pen to paper.
"At the end of the day, I want to coach guys who want to be at State," said Doeren. "Who believe in me, believe in our coaches, believe in this university and our vision, and that's what we ended up with."
And while the "snowflake" rankings may not blow anyway, Coach Doeren wants player development to be just as much of a point of pride as recruiting. Taking some of these three-star signees and transforming them into 5-star athletes by the time they graduate.
In Chapel Hill the biggest question is who is going to replace star running back Gio Bernard. Larry Fedora hopes he has the answer in the 2013 signing class with T.J. Logan, a running back from Northern Guilford High School, who is the star of the Heels recruiting class. In the NCHSAA State Championship game alone, Logan had over 500 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.
“We considered him to be the best player in the state of North Carolina. We’re just really excited about him," said Fedora. "One thing about that kid, from the day he committed he was solid as a rock even though every school in the country was in there trying to jump all over him."
As it Fedora’s first full year he’s had to put together a recruiting class, he has high hopes for the players who signed.
"I think this group is going to be the basis for multiple championships here at North Carolina,” said Fedora.
Not everything went the way the Tar Heel coaching staff wanted Wednesday, one of Fedora’s earliest commitments Korrin Wiggins out of Hillside High School ended up signing with Clemson.
Down the road, the Blue Devils bring in a 20-man class described as playmakers by head coach David Cutcliffe. And the Blue Devils first bowl appearance in 17 years certainly helped recruiting.
“I think what it did is we were able to get some kids that we might not have gotten otherwise, and I thought that it helped us finish this class off and I’m happy we waited and had room for some of them in the end,” said Cutcliffe.