FSU Broncos National Signing Day
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The new Broncos are coming.
And you can find out all you need to know about them right here.
With the dawn of National Signing Day on Wednesday morning, the Broncos Blog on FSUBroncos.com will be your home to find out all the latest news and updates as soon as the information begins to come in about the newest recruits to sign with the Fayetteville State Broncos.
Check in throughout the day for instant updates, commentary and analysis about each signee’s background, his pedigree and what he brings to the Broncos program. Read coaches’ comments and personal highlights and get the inside scoop on where and how each new player will fit in on the Broncos’ roster.
Fayetteville State has won three CIAA Championships under head coach Kenny Phillips, including the 2009 title. The Broncos have finished at .500 or better in eight of Phillips’ 11 seasons at the helm and will enter the 2011 season after having won three straight games and four of their last five to close out the 2010 season.
* JOHN BROWN LB 6-2 225 SEVENTY-FIRST HIGH SCHOOL
BY THE NUMBERS: Perhaps the prize of the Broncos’ 2011 recruiting class; Brown headlined a stout defense at traditional powerhouse Seventy-First in Fayetteville; Seventy-First held opponents to around 10 ppg and Brown was a big reason why; Defensive MVP when Seventy-First won the state 4-A title in 2008; Four-year starter.
* KWAMERE BAILEY S 6-2 180 MANTEO HIGH SCHOOL
BY THE NUMBERS: Athletic safety who led Manteo High School with a staggering 134 tackles, 84 of which were unassisted; Averaged 9.6 tackles per game; Led team with 4 inteceptions, returning them for a combined 101 yards; Averaged 21.1 yards on kick returns; Led Manteo in rushing with 1,091 yards; Averaged11.4 yards per carry; Scored team-high 12 touchdowns; Had 7 receptions for 241 yards; Averaged 34.3 yards per catch; Caught 2 touchdowns; Brother Colon Bailey is a running back for FSU.
COACH’S COMMENTS: “Bailey’s a very physical, hard-working young man,” says FSU defensive backs coach David Bowser. “We’re excited to incorporate him into a young secondary and in special teams. I expect big things from him early, especially in special teams.
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* DONTE JOHNSON FS 6-1 180 CARY HIGH SCHOOL
* JALEN SOWELL ATH/QB 5-11 175 MONROE HIGH SCHOOL
BY THE NUMBERS: Athletic dual threat could be used in a variety of ways at FSU; Threw for 1,679 yards his senior year; Threw for 23 TDs against 17 INTs; Averaged 8.7 yards per carry; Recorded 33 total tackles, including 28 unassisted, as a free safety; Had 1 interception; Had six passes defended, ranking second on the team; Recovered two fumbles; Played for his father, Johnny Sowell, at Monroe High School.
HIGH SCHOOL COACH’S COMMENTS: “Jalen’s a great young man, and I’m not saying that just because he’s my son, but because of what he’s done here at school for the last four years,” says Monroe High School head coach Johnny Sowell. “He’s been around the program forever and understands what to do as a person and what to do on the football field. I’m very proud.”
* RICARDO WHITE ATH/RB/DB 5-11 185 MONROE HIGH SCHOOL
BY THE NUMBERS: A standout on both sides of the ball for 9-5 Monroe; Was second on team in rushing with 1,071 yards; Averaged 6.9 yards per carry; Scored seven TDs rushing; Had 8 receptions for 199 yards; Averaged 24.9 yards per reception; Had three TD catches; Athletic ball-hound who can win in coverage but is an above-average tackler as well; Among Monroe team leaders in total tackles, with 85; 50 of his tackles were unassisted; Averaged 6.1 tackles per game; Had 1.0 sacks in 2010-11; Had 1 interception; Three fumble recoveries; Caused two fumbles.
COACH’S COMMENTS: “He’s a very athetic running back who has outstanding speed,” says FSU offensive coordinator Dick Portee. “He can play both sides of the football, and plays both of them very well.”
HIGH SCHOOL COACH’S COMMENTS: “Ricardo’s well known for his defense, but this year he showed a little more as running back for us,” says Monroe High School head coach Johnny Sowell. “He can catch the ball, and he and Jalen have been playing together for many years, all the way back to youth leagues and middle school. They’re a good mix and worked out great for us.”
* TERRY CURRIE OL/DL 6-2 300 ST. PAULS HIGH SCHOOL
COACH’S COMMENTS: “He’s a big kid who’s also very explosive,” says FSU offensive line coach Gary Lowery. “He’s very intelligent and is dedicated to the game and is a student of the game. He’s a devastating blocker at the point of attack and is very aggressive.”
HIGH SCHOOL COACH’S COMMENTS: “At the beginning of the year, Terry made a commitment to try to earn the opportunity to play football at the college level,” says Trey Sasser, St.Pauls head coach. “He’s worked real hard and has done a lot to change his body. He’s gotten himself into great shape.”
* MICHAEL BRIDGEMAN ATH/QB 6-2 185 CAPE FEAR HIGH SCHOOL
BY THE NUMBERS: Averaged 121.5 yards passing per game; Capable of running to go with throwing ability; Father is a Fayetteville State alum.
COACH’S COMMENTS: “Bridgeman is an athletic, strong-armed kid,” says FSU OL coach Gary Lowery. “He’s very intelligent and picks up the game fairly easily.”
HIGH SCHOOL COACH’S COMMENTS: “Michael’s got great leadership abilities and capabilities,” says Bobby Bennett, the Cape Fear head coach. “He takes responsibility for what happens with the offense, and I have no doubt that he can develop into a nice quarterback at Fayetteville State. He’s a great decision-maker, he’s got a strong arm and he can make the short throws and the deep throws. He’s a smart kid who understands and recognizes blocking schemes and protections.”
BY THE NUMBERS: Led Bertie in rushing with 590 yards on the ground; Averaged 6.5 yards per carry; Led team with seven rushing touchdowns; Speedster ran a 10.6-second 100-yard dash; Will likely be asked to play receiver at FSU.
COACH’S COMMENTS: “Rascoe can really stretch the field and will be one of the taller receivers we have,” says FSU wide receivers coach Wayman Westbrooks. “He’ll learn from our older guys that have been around here and will definitely complement our other receivers like LaMarcus Bond and Warren Johnson.”
*TYREL BRYANT-DOVE ATH 6-1 190 SEVENTY-FIRST HIGH SCHOOL
COACH’S COMMENTS: He’s an explosive back, and I’ve seen him play well on both sides of the ball,” says FSU wide receivers coach Wayman Westbrooks. “He has a lot of good instincts and is a hometown kid. It’s always god to have hometown guys in the program.”
* DARIUS MOODY WR 5-7 151 BERTIE HIGH SCHOOL
BY THE NUMBERS: Speedster ran a 10.5-second 100-yard dash; Rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown last year; Averaged 5.4 yards per carry; Expected to find playing time as a slot receiver at FSU.
COACH’S COMMENTS: “Moody can definitely come in and learn from our older guys, which will definitely benefit him,” says FSU wide receivers coach Wayman Westbrooks. “He’s a shifty back that can make a lot of things happen with the ball in his hands.”
*RODNEY AVERY OL 6-1 302 E.E. SMITH
COACH’S COMMENTS: “Avery brings a local influence and he’s got a chance to develop into a great offensive lineman at FSU,” says FSU line coach Gary Lowery. “He has a lot of upside and a lot of room to grow. He’s able to run-block and pass-block and has unlimited upside.”
*DEMETRIUS BRIGGS OL 6-3 321 E.E. SMITH
COACH’S COMMENTS: “Another local product who can help provide more of a base in the Fayetteville area,” says FSU OL coach Gary Lowery. “He’s a great interior blocker who can come in and compete for some playing time. He needs to develop a little more on his pass blocking, but he has tremendous upside.”
* JEFF SIMS QB 6-5 185 BEN L. SMITH HIGH SCHOOL
BY THE NUMBERS: Led Ben L. Smith in passing with 1,805 yards in 2010; Threw for 20 TDs against just 9 INTs; Averaged 164.1 yards per game.
COACH’S COMMENTS: “He’s a tall, athletic quarterback who has the potential to really grow into the position,” says FSU recruiting coordinator David Bowser. “He’s a really good kid who played in a system at Ben L. Smith that is very similar to what we do here at FSU.”
* JUDD MORENO C 6-1 260 JACK BRITT HIGH SCHOOL
COACH’S COMMENTS: “Moreno’s a solid player to anchor the offensive line and play center,” says FSU recruiting coordinator David Bowser. “He comes from one of the best programs in the state and is a great student who also has a great understanding for the game.”
* JARRAN REED DL 6-3 275 GOLDSBORO HIGH SCHOOL
BY THE NUMBERS: Another strong signing for the Broncos; Led 10-win Goldsboro with 118 tackles; Averaged nearly 10 tackles per game; Led team in sacks with 4.0; Had one fumble recovery; Caused one fumble; Blocked one field goal.
COACH’S COMMENTS: “Defensive linemen can be hard to find at any level, but I felt like if we could get Reed that we could add him to the guys we have now,” says FSU head coach Kenny Phillips. ”I think he can be an impact player for us. He’s very athletic and could be a great football player here.”
COACH’S COMMENTS: “He’s a tenacious defender,” FSU defensive line coach Damien Adams says of Reed. “He plays with a lot of enthusiasm and displays a high level of leadership on the field. He could be one to have an immediate impact.”
HIGH SCHOOL COACH’S COMMENTS: “I think Fayetteville State is getting an exceptional defensive lineman in Jarran,” says Goldsboro head coach Eric Reid. “He’s a game-changer, a Division-1 caliber athlete that brings size, speed and a nose for the football to the line. I think he can make an instant impact on the defensive line, and I believe he can become something special in that environment. And with that coaching staff, he is only going to get better. We’re excited that he’s going to Fayetteville State, staying close to Goldsboro, and we’re going to fill up the stadium with Goldsboro people.”
*MICHAEL SYKES DB 6-1 175 GOLDSBORO HIGH SCHOOL
BY THE NUMBERS: Finished 10-win season with 77 tackles, ranking among the team leaders; 46 tackles were solo; Had a season-high 12 tackles in 35-13 win over C.B. Aycock; Led team with 3 interceptions and 5 passes defended; Led team with two fumbles recoveries; Brother Jacob plays at Virginia Tech.
COACH’S COMMENTS: “Sykes is a very intelligent football player who has great range on the field,” says FSU defensive backs coach David Bowser. “He has great ball skills and is a very tough kid. I expect him to make an early impact for us.”
HIGH SCHOOL COACH’S COMMENTS: “Sykes is a very smart individual who has a nose for the football,” says Goldsboro head coach Eric Reid. “He’s an unbelievable cover guy who reads offenses very well. He’ll be a very good talent in the Broncos’ secondary. I think he has a bright future.”