Class of 2018 Early Signees for Charlotte 49ers Football

Class of 2018 Early Signees

December 20th was a busy day for Head Coach Brad Lambert and the Charlotte 49ers football staff. This date marked the inaugural early signing period for college football, which allowed high school student-athletes the opportunity to sign early for the first time. Junior College student-athletes have had the ability to sign mid-year for a while.

As of now Charlotte has the 118th overall class per 247sports.com. Please note they do not have WR Rico Arnold listed, who committed last year in the 2017 class as a greyshirt. When providing stats on the class, I’ll work from what 247 has listed.

Quick look at some numbers

11 High School signees
4 Junior College signees
2 Prep signees

4 signees out of North Carolina (I’ll loop Emmanuel White in here as he went to Victory Christian before 1 year of prep)
3 signees out of Georgia
3 signees out of Kansas (JUCOs)
2 signees out of South Carolina
2 signees out of Virginia
1 signee out of Tennessee
1 signee out of Maryland
1 signee out of Pennsylvania (JUCO)

Offensive signees

Terrick Smalls, ⭐⭐⭐ Running Back—Benedictine Military School (GA)—5’9, 199lbs
Offers: Appalachian State, Boston College, Eastern Kentucky and Mercer

Justin Jeffery, ⭐⭐⭐  Wide Receiver—Richmond Hill (GA)—6’1, 170lbs
Offers: Cincinnati, Alabama State, Central Michigan, Citadel, Eastern Kentucky, Elon, Florida Atlantic, Liberty, Mercer and Western Carolina

Chris Wiggins, ⭐⭐⭐ Wide Receiver—Grimsley (NC)—6’2, 190lbs
Offers: None listed

Brady Pope, ⭐⭐ Quarterback—South Iredell HS (NC)—6’3, 182lbs
Offers: None listed

Dalton Widner, ⭐⭐ Offensive Line—Gibbs (TN)—6’4, 280lbs
Offers: Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky, Elon, Navy and Samford

Jacob Hunt, ⭐⭐ Tight End—Darlington School (GA)—6’4, 255lbs
Offers: Ball State, Citadel, Georgia Southern, Holy Cross, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Stetson and Tulane

Malik Harkness, ⭐⭐ Offensive Line—Lugoff-Elgin (SC)—6’5, 280lbs
Offers: None

Jonathan Timmons, ⭐⭐ Offensive Line—Coffeyville CC (KS)—6’5, 335lbs
Offers: Indiana State and Troy

Moss Saccomanno, Tight End—Dodge City CC (KS)—6’5, 235lbs
Offers: None listed

Dominic Taylor, Offensive Line—Hutchinson CC (KS)—6’5, 280lbs
Offers: None listed

Defensive signees

Markees Watts, ⭐⭐ Linebacker—Lancaster (SC)—6’2, 215lbs
Offers: Appalachian State, James Madison and Wofford

Bryan Wallace, ⭐⭐ Defensive Line—Clarke County (VA)—6’5, 260lbs
Offers: None listed

Jonnie Pitman, ⭐⭐ Defensive Back—Potomac (MD)—5’11, 175lbs
Offers: Army, Fordham, Holy Cross, Monmouth, Navy, New Hampshire, Ohio and Youngstown State

Daymon (DJ) Anderson, ⭐⭐ Defensive Back—Lackawanna CC (PA)—6’0, 195lbs
Offers: None listed

Matt Martinez, Defensive Back—Mooresville (NC)—6’2, 175lbs
Offers: None listed

Damon Weldon, Defensive Line—Fork Union Military (VA)—6’5, 235lbs
Offers: None listed

Emmanuel White, Defensive Line—Georgia Prep Sports Academy (GA)—6’7, 235lbs
Offers: None listed

You can watch highlights from the signees here at the official signing day release from Charlotte49ers.com.

***Please note I have not combed through all the players twitter feeds to see all their offers, I’m just going off of what 247 has listed, which will catch a good bit of FBS offers***

My thoughts

17 (or 18) seems of guys in mid-year, however quite a few schools took more guys in than we did. This give us 7 or 8 spots to fill come February 7th when the regular signing periods arrives. I think our class is missing an experienced QB, that has clearly been an area where we have struggled offensively under Lambert. Asking a true Freshman in Pope or Redshirt Freshman in Mic Roof to step in to the QB spot and fix the offensive woes is probably not the solution. I feel we should target a JUCO or Graduate Transfer QB to push Klugh for the starting gig.

We do have 19 starters coming back, which is great theory, however we went 1-11 with those guys. I expect a lot of competition this Spring and Fall and to see a good bit of new starters come the 2018 campaign.

I’m a little surprised so far that we only brought in 4 JUCOs early, it’s win-or-go home for Lambert.

As always, stay tuned into @_agent49 for the latest in Charlotte 49ers news.

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