GWU football adds 18
Gardner-Webb head football coach Carroll McCray announced an 18-man recruiting class on Wednesday, National Signing Day, with six enrolled for the spring semester.
The class includes student-athletes from seven states, American Samoa and Australia.
“We are excited about this group,” said McCray, who was introduced as head coach on January 28. “Coming in at the end of January, we sat down and evaluated the young men who had chosen Gardner-Webb prior to our arrival, and came away impressed with the quality of these guys on the field. The strong character we encountered when meeting with and speaking to them gave us a lot of confidence in the type of young men we are adding to the program. There is no doubt they will help us on and off the field.”
Three of the recruits – safety Spencer Havird (6-2, 185, El Cajon, Calif.), receiver Kalay Jones (6-2, 185, Union, S.C.) and linebacker Justin Miller (6-2, 210, Colorado Springs, Colo.) – earned All-State honors following the 2012 season.
Gardner-Webb added five defensive backs, six linemen – three on each side of the football – one linebacker and six offensive skill players.
Two of the lineman hail from outside the Continental United States. Defensive tackle Phillip Fata (6-3, 290, Jr.) played high school football at Samoana High in American Samoa before spending time at Golden West College in California.
Offensive tackle Jordan Stalker (6-5, 295, Fr.) is the first football player to sign with Gardner-Webb from Australia. He was a member of the IFAF World Development Team training camp and was courted by several major programs – including Hawaii, Colorado State and Georgia Tech.
2013 Recruiting Class
Thomas Adams * 6-1 * 180 * DB * Fr. * Memphis, Tenn. / Central HS
Collyn Anderson * 6-6 * 190 * QB * Fr. * Durham, N.C. / Hillside HS
Chase Arrington * 6-0 * 195 * QB * Fr. * Sanford, N.C. / Lee County HS
James “J.T.” Crosby * 6-2 * 275 * OL * So. * Catawba, S.C. / Lewisville HS / College of the Canyons
Phillip Fata * 6-3 * 290 * DT * Jr. * Utulei, American Samoa / Samoana HS / Golden West College
Angel Guzman * 5-10 * 175 * CB * Fr. * Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. / University School
Spencer Havird * 6-2 * 185 * DB * Fr. * El Cajon, Calif. / Valhalla HS
Charleston Higginbotham * 6-0 * 181 * CB * Jr. * Pearland, Texas / Pearland HS / Tyler JC
Russell Hughes * 6-4 * 275 * DL * Fr. * Gaffney, S.C. / Gaffney HS
Kalay Jones * 6-2 * 185 * WR * Fr. * Union, S.C. / Union County HS
Owen Lucas III * 5-11 * 185 * CB * Fr. * Durham, N.C. / Southern HS
Donovan Manning * 6-1 * 250 * DL * Fr. * Gaffney, S.C. / Gaffney HS
Justin Miller * 6-2 * 210 * LB * Fr. * Colorado Springs, Colo. / Classical Academy HS
Gabe Nold * 6-1 * 295 * OL * Fr. * Tampa, Fla. / Armwood HS
Garrett Pratt * 6-1 * 180 * WR * Fr. * Smithfield, N.C. / IMG (Fla.) Academy / Fork Union Military Academy
Jordan Stalker * 6-5 * 295 * OL * Fr. * Bulli, New South Wales, Australia / Wollongong AFC
Rodrick Talley * 5-10 * 200 * RB * Fr. * Laurens, S.C. / Laurens HS
Drake Wells * 5-8 * 170 * WR * Fr. * Candler, N.C. / Enka HS
*GWU Sports Information contributed to this report