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Girls basketball
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 51
Mooresville: 38

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 71
Hibriten: 18

Hickory: 62
Fred T. Foard: 23

Patton: 51
Watauga: 47

South Caldwell: 51
St. Stephens: 46, OT

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 79
Burns: 64

R-S Central: 73
East Burke: 37

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 60
Bunker Hill: 40

East Lincoln: 56
West Caldwell: 53

Maiden: 52
West Lincoln: 32

Newton-Conover: 48
Lincolnton: 43

Boys basketball
North Piedmont Conference:
Mooresville: 62
Alexander Central: 60

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 83
Hibriten: 67

Hickory: 60
Fred T. Foard: 38

Patton: 87
Watauga: 84

St. Stephens: 56
South Caldwell: 53

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Burns: 74
Draughn: 69

East Burke: 49
R-S Central: 44

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 80
Bandys: 56

East Lincoln: 88
West Caldwell: 69

Lincolnton: 68
Newton-Conover: 50

Maiden: 70
West Lincoln: 40

Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s furious second-half rally came up just short in an 87-76 loss to red-hot UL Lafayette on Thursday evening at the Holmes Center.

Appalachian State (6-16, 4-7 Sun Belt) trailed 52-35 at halftime and saw the deficit balloon to as large as 21 points early in the second half. However, on the strength of a 19-8 run, Appalachian pulled within four at 78-74 on Frank Eaves’ (Greensboro, N.C./Page) layup with 5:08 to go in the ballgame.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, they wouldn’t get any closer, as NBA prospect Shawn Long had slam dunks on back-to-back possessions down the stretch and UL Lafayette (13-9, 9-3 Sun Belt) closed the game on a 9-2 run to seal its eighth-straight win.

Long finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds (both game highs) to lead the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Thanks in large part to the 6-11, 241-pound Long, UL Lafayette outscored App State, 50-38, in the paint, which proved to be the difference in the 11-point game. The Ragin’ Cajuns also shot 52.5 percent from the field, including a 60-percent showing (18-of-30) in the first half.

True freshman Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) paced three Mountaineers in double-figures with 18 points. Eaves added 15 and sophomore Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) chipped in with 10 for Appalachian, which lost for the third time in four games.

The Mountaineers did win the rebounding battle against the Cajuns 44-40. Freshman Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) led the Apps with eight boards, while Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) finished with seven.

Appalachian State returns to action on Saturday when it hosts UL Monroe at the Holmes Center. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

If Appalachian State University women’s basketball (7-13, 4-7 SBC) wants to start the second half of the Sun Belt schedule off of the right foot, Thursday night was a great start.

Backed by a team-high 23 points from Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and 13 more from KeKe Cooper (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman), the Mountaineers defeated second-place UL Lafayette (16-5, 9-3 SBC), 76-59, in the Holmes Center.

Story scored her 23 points in various ways with six buckets, a pair of 3-pointers and a career-high nine free throws. She also played facilitator with six boards and a game-high five assists. Bouncing back from a scoreless night on Saturday night at South Alabama, Cooper was one point from tying her season high. The senior shot an efficient 5-for-8 from the field while grabbing six off the glass.

Jasmine Ogunjimi (Chicago, Ill./Hutchinson CC) also got in the on the action with a career-high nine points on 3-for-5 shooting from the floor. Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) also chipped in with nine as well. The duo of Mia Marshall (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) and Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) came off the bench and put forth valuable minutes, combining for 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting and 10 boards.

Appalachian also did an excellent job sharing the ball assisting on 17 of 25 (68 percent) of its field goals, which is the highest percentage of field goals assisted on this season. The Mountaineers also did a tremendous job at the line, shooting a season-best 22-for-27 (81.5 percent).

The Ragin’ Cajuns jumped out to their largest lead in the first quarter, 8-4, with 3:51 left. Appalachian would hit four of its final seven shots while taking a 13-12 advantage at the end of the opening period. Farrahn Wood (Forsyth Country Day/Kernersville, N.C.) drained a trifecta that started a 9-4 run before Cooper hit a pair of jumpers before the period ended.

The second quarter was dominated by defense as both squads shot under 40 percent. But it was the Mountaineers that was stingy, holding UL-L to 2-for-9 shooting (22.2 percent) and just seven points.

Following a layup from the visitors that cut the App State lead to two, 18-16, the Mountaineers held the Cajuns to a 3:39 scoring drought on five missed buckets. Appalachian sprinted to a six-point lead, 22-16, thanks to a pair of free throws from Cooper. Answered by two points at the charity stripe from UL-L, the Black and Gold endured a 7-1 spurt that gave the hosts a 29-19 lead going into the half. Ogunjimi spearheaded the run with a layup and a trey with 38 seconds left on the final possession of the first half.

Six different players scored for App State while assisting nine of 12 (75 percent) field goals. The 19 points scored by the Cajuns tied the lowest for any half this season.

With 6:50 left in the third period, Carter’s layup gave Appalachian its largest lead at the time at 12, 36-24. However, the Cajuns stormed back while hitting seven consecutive shots that turned into a 13-3 run to cut the App State advantage to two, 39-37, with 4:13 left in the period.

That would be the closest the Cajuns would get the rest of the contest. Started by an old-fashion 3-point play from Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph), the Apps hit seven straight foul shots to end the quarter with a 45-39 lead.

It was all App State in the final quarter, scoring an impressive 31 points on 10-for-15 (66.7 percent) shooting from the floor, including 11 points from Story.

A 12-4 push from the Apps while leading 45-41 cushioned the lead to 12, 57-45, with 5:09 left in the game. Appalachian continued to convert at the charity strip, hitting another stretch of seven in a row that played a pivotal part in the run.

The Mountaineers were never threatened for the rest of the contest, eventually running out to a 17-point lead after a Bassett-Smith layup in the final few seconds of the contest, capping off a 7-0 run and a 6-of-8 stretch to end the game.

KeKe Veal lead the visitors with a game-high 27 points on 9-for-18 shooting, but the rest of the Cajuns scored just 32 points on 13-for-36 (36.1 percent) shooting. Appalachian also held the edge in bench points, 18-8, and second chance points, 15-4.

Appalachian will look for its first weekend sweep in conference play on Saturday at 1 p.m. against UL Monroe in the Holmes Center.

Quotable
“ Today was a great team win. I’m really proud of how our team competed and found an excuse to win. We executed our offensive game plan and shared the basketball against a very tough Lafayette team. This was another step in the process.” - Head coach Angel Elderkin.

Tip-Ins
- Story scored in double figures for the eighth consecutive game.
- The threesome of Cooper, Bassett-Smith and Marshall combined for 25 points, 16 boards and 10-for-17 shooting from the field. In the setback, the posts scored just eight points on four buckets and 13 rebounds.
- Six of the Mountaineers wins are by double digits.
- Three of the Apps’ victories in conference play are against squads seeded higher.
- App State and UL-L are now tied all-time in the series history.
- Appalachian snapped a two-game slide at home in conference play.

Caldwell Communtiy College men's basketball team defeated Elite Skills Academy Thursday night 94-77 at home.

Jalin Alexander led the Cobras with 25 points. Jonathan Curtis added 18 in the win.

CCC&TI improves to 19-5 on the season. They will travel to Clinton Junior College on Saturday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has announced the first signees for the 2016 season.

Lenoir-Rhyne went in-state this year with North Carolina leading the way with 10 but the Bears also picked up recruits from Florida and Georgia (three each), Ohio (two), South Carolina and New Jersey (one each).

The Bears went 5-5 last year and led NCAA Division II in rushing offense for the third straight season, averaging 384.7 yards per game.

Lenoir-Rhyne is under the direction of first-year mentor Mike Kellar. The Bears’ annual spring game is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

2016 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Signees
Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Hometown (Previous School)
Chauncery Bowman, RB, 5-11, 185, Charlotte, N.C. (Mallard Creek HS)
Greg Brooks, DL, 6-3, 280, Walkertown, N.C. (Walkertown HS)
Anthony Brown, DB, 6-4, 195, Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin HS)
Matt Brown, TE, 6-3, 230, Franklin, Ga. (Heard HS)
Sam Camargo, TE, 6-3, 230, Kissimmee, Fla. (City of Life Christian Academy)
Richard Carpenter, DB, 5-10, 185, Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne HS)
Brandon Felton, DB, 6-1, 185, Wake Forest, N.C. (Heritage HS)
Dominique Green, DL, 6-0, 265, Hanahan, S.C. (Hanahan HS)
Isaiah Herring, DB, 5-10, 180, Apex, N.C. (Middle Creek HS)
Jordan Hightower, ATH, 5-9, 165, Bogart, Ga. (Prince Avenue Christian School)
Clayton Horn, LB, 6-1, 215, Mount Pleasant, N.C. (Mount Pleasant HS)
Tharon Ingram, DL, 6-2, 230, Charlotte, N.C. (Mallard Creek HS)
Jaquay Mitchell, WR, 5-11, 165, Bailey, N.C. (Southern Nash HS)
Ryan Newell, WR, 6-0, 180, Connelly Springs, N.C. (East Burke HS)
Landon Scott, DB, 5-9, 170, Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt HS)
Ricky Smith, DL, 6-1, 230, Charlotte, N.C. (Mallard Creek HS)
Samad Smith, DB, 6-4, 205, Paramus, N.J. (Paramus Catholic HS)
Deandre Steelman, LB, 5-11, 200, Orange Park, Fla. (Oakleaf HS)
Mikel Toliver, DE/OLB, 6-1, 220, Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne HS)
Jerry Wiley, DB, 6-1, 190, Wilson, N.C. (James B. Hunt HS)

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:52

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Lose at Catawba

The Catawba Men’s Basketball Team (10-11, 8-7) pulled out a 105-98 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (12-7, 7-7) on Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Goodman Gymnasium.

The Indians’ Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C.) finished with 29 points, a team-high, to go along with 10 rebounds while Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C.) added 17 points as five Catawba players scored in double figures on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost its third straight game despite a combined 60 points from senior guards Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.).

Palmore led all scorers with 33 points with eight rebounds while Perry totaled 27 points and hit seven treys despite the loss.

Catawba led by a 40-35 margin at halftime and won thanks to its performance from the free throw line. The Indians went 28-of-36 from the charity stripe and hit 22 free throws after halftime.

Catawba, winners of three straight games, also hit 52 percent (35-of-68) from the field and held a 44-35 edge in rebounding.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Tusculum at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium Saturday at 4:00 p.m

The Caldwell Community College Cobras men's basketball team defeated Southern Wesleyan JV 114-69 Wednesday night.

Jalin Alexander led all scorers with 21 points and AJ Sales had a season high 16 points.

Caldwell improves to 18-5 on the season.The Cobras will play again at home Thursday versus Elite Skills Academy at 7:30.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:01

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Falls at Catawba

The Catawba Women’s Basketball Team (11-10, 8-7) picked up its third straight victory with a 75-62 triumph over Lenoir-Rhyne (6-12, 5-9) in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday night at Goodman Gymnasium.

The Lady Indians’ were led by Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C.) with a game-high 20 points while Jada Huntley (Indian Trail, N.C.) added 17 points as Catawba avenged an earlier loss to the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its second straight loss, was paced by senior center Shelly Harper (Cincinnati, Ohio) with 17 points while senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) added 13 points but the Bears missed all nine three-point attempts on the night.

Catawba, which led the entire game, built an 18-point advantage – 65-47 with 8:34 left in the contest – on a lay-up by Johnson. The Lady Indians also forced the Bears into 17 turnovers.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added 12 points and eight rebounds and the Bears held a 42-39 advantage on the boards despite the setback.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Tusculum

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:00

CVCC Men's Basketball Downs Guilford Tech

Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team routed Guilford Tech 103-67 Wednesday night.

Four players scored in double figures for the Red Hawks. CVCC were led by JaQueaz Jackson and Kenny Lemon each with 15 points. Kenan Turpin and Jantzen Carter scored 13 points.

Ty Ireland and Emmanuel Wembi each had seven rebounds to pace CVCC.

With the win, CVCC improves to 16-7 overall and 9-3 in conference play. The Red Hawks face Richard Bland Saturday on the road.

Appalachian State University football officially completed its class of 23 newcomers on Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The class of 24 includes two student-athletes that are already enrolled at Appalachian State and 21 that signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to attend Appalachian in the fall.

In addition to having the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in the Sun Belt Conference according to ESPN, Appalachian State has landed one of the most academically gifted group of newcomers in the nation. The average grade point average of the Mountaineers’ 23 newcomers is 3.533.

“We’re really excited to welcome these 23 young men to the Appalachian family,” head coach Scott Satterfield said. “In addition to being one of the most talented groups of football players that we have ever signed, it is a group that excels in the classroom with an average GPA above 3.5. We’re glad to already have two of these impressive student-athletes on campus and can’t wait to have the rest of the class join us this summer. I’m confident that this class will make App Nation proud with their achievements on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”

2016 APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL SIGNEES
K.J. Chamberlain (DB, 6-2, 194, Greenwood, S.C./Emerald)
Clifton Duck* (DB, 5-10, 175, Matthews, N.C./Butler)
Aris Duffey* (DB, 6-0, 185, St. Augustine, Fla./Nease)
Darrynton Evans (ATH, 5-11, 180, Oak Hill, Fla./New Smyrna Beach)
Jordan Fehr (OLB, 6-2, 215, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Cole Garrison (OL, 6-4, 280, Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville)
Devonte Harrison (DB, 6-1, 185, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)
Nate Haskins (OL, 6-5, 270, Orlando, Fla./Boone)
Jacob Huesman (QB, 6-3, 207, Bradenton, Fla./Braden River)
John “Baer” Hunter (DL, 6-3, 240, Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth)
Shemar Jean-Charles (DB, 5-11, 175, Miramar, Fla., Miramar)
Jeremy Level (DB, 6-2, 195, Greensboro, N.C./Page)
Matthew McClurg (DL, 6-5, 230, Alcoa, Tenn./Alcoa)
Mitchell McClurg (TE, 6-3, 226, Alcoa, Tenn./Alcoa)
Ryan Neuzil (OL, 6-3, 260, Bradenton, Fla./Braden River)
A’Darius Purifoy (ATH, 6-0, 180, Pensacola, Fla./West Florida Tech)
Crisjohn Roscoe (WR, 6-2, 200, Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher)
Kaiden Smith (DB, 6-1, 180, Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View)
Zac Thomas (QB, 6-2, 203, Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville)
Jalen Virgil (WR, 6-2, 205, Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View)
Matt Williams (OL, 6-6, 266, Lehigh Acres, Fla./Lehigh Senior)
Marcus Williams, Jr. (RB, 5-10, 190, Pinetops, N.C./Southwest Edgecombe)
Chris Willis (DL, 6-2, 230, Shelby, N.C./Crest)
* enrolled at Appalachian State for spring semester

K.J. CHAMBERLAIN (DB, 6-2, 194, Greenwood, S.C./Emerald)
Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com ... recorded 28 interceptions over final three high-school seasons, including a state-best 14 as a junior in 2014 ... made 46 tackles, recorded seven interceptions, broke up 11 passes and scored two touchdowns as a senior ... named all-region and was selected to the Greenwood Index-Journal all-Lakelands team ... helped lead Emerald to an 8-4 record and No. 80 ranking in the state of South Carolina in 2015 ... named team’s Most Oustanding Defensive Back and Most Improved Player ... participated in 2015 Shrine Bowl of the Carolina and returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown ... invited to attend 2015 Nike Football Opening Regional ... named Emerald’s Junior Varsity Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman in 2012 ... coached by Tim McMahon ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Charlotte, Colorado State, Old Dominion, Buffalo and Miami (Ohio).

CLIFTON DUCK (DB, 5-10, 175, Matthews, N.C./Butler)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports ... four-year starter at North Carolina 4-AA powerhouse Butler H.S. ... helped lead Butler to double-digit wins during each of his four high-school seasons, including a perfect 15-0 campaign that was capped by a state championship and No. 3 national ranking as a freshman in 2012 ... intercepted a pass in 2012 N.C. 4-A state title game ... versatile athlete recorded five interceptions to go along with 10.3 yards per rush, 15.0 yards per reception and 23.7 yards per punt return as a senior in 2015 ... scored five touchdowns as a senior in ‘15 — two receiving, one rushing, one punt return and one interception return ... turned in the best performance of his senior season in the opening round of the 4-AA state playoffs versus Providence when he set up three touchdowns with long punt returns, including a 61-yarder that he took back for a score, and an interception in a 52-3 win ... named second-team all-state as a junior in 2014 ... three-time all-conference selection ... honored as Butler’s best DB three-straight seasons ... coached by Brian Hales ... chose Appalachian State over Toledo.

ARIS DUFFEY (DB, 6-0, 185, St. Augustine, Fla./Nease)
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... four-year letterwinner ... recorded 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a blocked punt from his safety position as a senior in 2015, en route to being named St. Johns County Defensive Player of the Year by St. Augustine Record ... first-team all-county selection ... named honorable-mention all-First Coast by Jacksonville Times-Union ... helped lead Nease to a 7-4 record as a senior in 2015, including a 4-0 record in district play and the school’s first district championship in eight years ... headlined Nease’s district-championship squad by anchoring a defense that surrendered just 211.2 yards per game in ‘15 ... turned in one of the finest performances of his prep career with eight tackles and one tackle for loss in a 23-20 overtime win over rival St. Augustine during his senior campaign, a victory that snapped St. Augustine’s 50-game district winning streak ... coached by Tim Krause ... was also a part of River City Kings 7-vs.-7 team that qualified for IMG National Championship ... versatile athlete also lettered in track and field and lacrosse ... chose Appalachian State over Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, Troy, South Alabama, Old Dominion and Bowling Green ... intends to major in biomedical engineering ... father, Anthony, was a track all-American at the University of Arkansas.

DARRYNTON EVANS (ATH, 5-11, 180, Oak Hill, Fla./New Smyrna Beach)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... named honorable-mention 6A all-state ... first-team all-area honoree ... rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns over final two high-school seasons despite missing six games due to injury ... recorded 940 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in just seven games as a senior ... had a breakout campaign as a junior in 2014, rushing for nearly 700 yards and 16 touchdowns before suffering a broken thumb injury that forced him to miss of the final three games of the season ... ranked No. 25 in Orlando Sentinel 2016 Central Florida Super60 ... team captain and two-time team MVP ... participated in Central Florida East-West all-star game ... honor roll student and member of National Honor Society ... coached by Kevin Hubbard ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Georgia State, UL Monroe, Air Force, Army West Point, USF, Old Dominion, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Massachusetts and Western Michigan.

JORDAN FEHR (OLB, 6-2, 215, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... two-time first-team all-South Meck 8 Conference honoree ... versatile athlete recorded 101 tackles (74 solo), 10 tackles for loss, two interceptions, five passes defended and one fumble recovery on defense, six receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown on offense and blocked two kicks (one punt and one field goal) on special teams as a senior in 2015 ... finished prep career with 314 total tackles (198 solo, 116 assisted), 16 tackles for loss, six sacks, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... Played 12 games his senior year to help the Panthers to a 5-7 record, ranking 83rd in N.C. ... named team’s Most Valuable Linebacker Award as a sophomore ... coached by Brad Bowels ... chose Appalachian State over Harvard, Furman, Fordham and Gardner-Webb.

COLE GARRISON (OL, 6-4, 280, Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... first-team all-region honoree ... did not allow a sack as a senior ... helped lead Pinson to a 15-1 record, an appearance in the Alabama 6A state championship game and No. 99 national ranking as a senior in 2015 ... Clay-Chalkville went 30-1 over his final two high-school campaigns and won the Alabama 6A state title as a junior in 2014 ... invited to participate in 2015 AHSAA Alabama-Mississippi all-star game ... coached by Jerry Hood ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia State and New Mexico.

DEVONTE HARRISON (DB, 6-1, 185, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... versatile athlete played safety and running back during prep career ... helped lead Sandalwood to a 9-3 record and No. 86 ranking in the state of Florida as a senior ... coached by Adam Geis ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern and Army West Point.

NATE HASKINS (OL, 6-5, 270, Orlando, Fla./Boone)
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... tabbed as one of the top 150 offensive tackles in the nation by 247Sports ... named to Florida’s 8-A all-state team ... selected to participate in 2015 Central Florida all-star game ... coached by Andy Johnson ... chose Appalachian State over FlU, Old Dominion and Eastern Michigan.

JACOB HUESMAN (QB, 6-3, 207, Bradenton, Fla./Braden River)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... named honorable-mention Florida 7-A all-state as a senior ... tabbed as the Sarasota Herald-Tribune 2015 Offensive Player of the Year ... two-time all-conference performer and team MVP ... completed 105-of-159 passes (66.0 percent) for 1,593 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions in 10 games as a senior, good for a 120.3 pass-efficiency rating ... team went 23-2 and didn’t lose a regular-season game in his two seasons as a starter ... led Braden River to Florida 7-A state semifinals for the first time in school history and No. 14 overall ranking in the state of Florida in 2015 ... attended 2015 Nike Football Opening Regional ... coached by Curt Bradley ... high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Ryan Neuzil ... chose Appalachian State over FIU and North Dakota State.

JOHN “BAER” HUNTER (DL, 6-3, 240, Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... all-conference honoree ... major cog in West Forsyth defense that surrendered less than 20 points per game as a senior in 2015 ... helped lead team to 10-4 record, a share of Central Piedmont 4A conference championship, appearance in North Carolina 4AA regional semifinals and No. 19 overall state ranking in 2015 ... helped lead N.C. to victory over South Carolina in 2015 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... coached by Adrian Snow ... chose Appalachian State over Toledo, Navy, Army West Point, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio).

SHEMAR JEAN-CHARLES (DB, 5-11, 175, Miramar, Fla./Miramar)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... named second-team all-Broward County by Miami Herald as a senior ... selected to represent Broward County in the 2015 Dade vs. Broward all-star football game ... coached by Pierre Senatus ... chose Appalachian State over Cincinnati, FIU, Tulane, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio).

JEREMY LEVEL (DB, 6-2, 195, Greensboro, N.C./Page)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... all-conference honoree ... recorded six interceptions, 53 tackles (48 solo) and two blocked punts as a senior ... helped lead Page to a 13-3 record, appearance in the North Carolina 4AA state championship game and No. 5 overall state ranking in 2015 ... finished prep career with 120 total tackles (86 solo), one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries ... coached by Kevin Gillespie ... chose Appalachian State over Illinois, Army West Point and Miami (Ohio).

MATTHEW McCLURG (DL, 6-5, 230, Alcoa, Tenn./Alcoa)
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... unanimous all-state honoree as a senior, including recognition on USA Today’s 2015 all-Tennessee team ... finalist for 2015 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award in the Linebacker of the Year classification ... recorded 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and 12 quarterback hurries as a senior ... helped lead Alcoa to consecutive state championship game appearances in his two years as a starter, including a 14-1 record and 3-A state title as a senior in 2015 ... selected to participate in Tennessee-Kentucky 2015 Border Bowl ... coached by Gary Rankin ... twin brother, Mitchell, is also an Appalachian State signee ... chose Appalachian State over Navy, Air Force, Army West Point, Memphis, UCF, Charlotte, Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Ohio.

MITCHELL McCLURG (TE, 6-3, 226, Alcoa, Tenn./Alcoa)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at tight end and linebacker ... helped lead Alcoa to consecutive state championship game appearances over his final two prep seasons, including a 14-1 record and 3-A state title as a senior in 2015 ... coached by Gary Rankin ... twin brother, Matthew, is also an Appalachian State signee ... chose Appalachian State over Navy, Air Force, Army West Point and Eastern Michigan.

RYAN NEUZIL (OL, 6-3, 260, Bradenton, Fla./Braden River)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... first-team all-district and all-area selection as a tight end ... caught 26 passes for 470 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... recorded 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack on defense ... also served as team’s punter, averaging 45 yards per kick ... helped lead Braden River to a 13-1 record, the school’s first-ever appearance in the Florida 7-A state semifinals and No. 14 overall ranking in the state of Florida as a senior in 2015 ... coached by Curt Bradley ... high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Jacob Huesman ... chose Appalachian State over Air Force and Army West Point.

A’DARIUS PURIFOY (ATH, 6-0, 180, Pensacola, Fla./West Florida Tech)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... tabbed as a 2015 “Super Senior” by Pensacola News Journal ... attended 2015 Nike Football Opening Regional ... coached by Harry Lees ... chose Appalachian State over South Alabama, Charlotte, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, USF and Kent State.

CRISJOHN ROSCOE (WR, 6-2, 200, Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... named first-team all-conference and honorable-mention all-region as a senior in 2015 ... served as team captain ... coached by Josh Corey ... chose Appalachian State over Furman.

KAIDEN SMITH (DB, 6-1, 180, Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... two-time second-team all-region performer ... honorable-mention all-county ... named Gwinnett County Touchdown Club Player of the Month for Sept. 2015 ... earned Mountain View scholar-athlete award for 2015-16 and is expected to graduate with honors ... coached by Nick Bach ... high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Jalen Virgil ... chose Appalachian State over Mercer.

ZAC THOMAS (QB, 6-2, 203, Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... named honorable-mention 7-A all-state as a senior ... two-time member of Trussville Tribune all-Tribune team ... completed 267-of-437 passes (61.1 percent) for 3,675 yards and 25 touchdowns as a three-year starter ... finished prep career with more than 6,000 yards of total offense in 31 games ... completed 103-of-169 passes (60.9 percent) for 1,461 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for 829 yards and five scores before sustaining a season-ending leg injury after just nine games as a senior ... rushed for 1,137 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games as a junior ... coached by Josh Floyd ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Arkansas State, Georgia State, UL Monroe, South Alabama, Troy, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky and Akron.

JALEN VIRGIL (WR, 6-2, 205, Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... first-team all-region honoree ... recorded 41 catches for 614 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... selected to play in the Gwinnett County all-star game and made three catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns ... is also a track standout ... finished second at the Georgia Class AAAAAA state championships and won the Gwinnett County title as a junior in the 100-meter dash (10.45 seconds) ... intends to participate in track and field at Appalachian State ... coached by Nick Bach ... high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Kaiden Smith ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina, Middle Tennessee and Old Dominion.

MARCUS WILLIAMS, JR. (RB, 5-10, 190, Pinetops, N.C./Southwest Edgecombe)
Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports ... area Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-area honoree as a senior ... ran for 2,379 yards and 36 touchdowns and caught nine passes for 210 yards and two more scores during final prep campaign ... averaged 8.5 yards per rush and 158.6 rushing yards per game as a senior ... also rushed for three two-point conversions, recorded eight tackles as a cornerback as a senior ... averaged 31.6 yards per kickoff return over final two prep seasons ... helped lead Southwest Edgecombe to a 13-2 record, North Carolina 2-A state semifinal appearance and No. 70 overall state ranking in 2015 ... coached by J.C. Cobb ... chose Appalachian State over Duke.

MATT WILLIAMS (OL, 6-6, 266, Lehigh Acres, Fla./Lehigh)
Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports ... earned second-team all-area recognition as a senior ... selected to the 2015 Rotary South all-star team ... ranked as the No. 9 recruit in southwest Florida by the Fort Myers News-Press ... coached by James Chaney ... chose Appalachian State over Louisville, Indiana, Iowa State, Marshall, Western Kentucky, USF and Tulane.

CHRIS WILLIS (DL, 6-2, 230, Shelby, N.C./Crest)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... earned all-conference, all-county and honorable-mention all-state recognition after posting 116 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a senior ... recorded 351 total tackles, 63 tackles for loss and 25 sacks, seven fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles during his three-year prep career ... was 6-for-6 on PAT attempts as a sophomore ... helped lead Shelby to a 45-2 record, three-straight North Carolina 2-A state championship game appearances (2013-15) and back-to-back state titles (2014-15) ... coached by Will Clark ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Army West Point, Toledo, Tulane and Miami (Ohio).

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