Camels announce first recruiting class under Minter

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

First-year Campbell head football coach Mike Minter announced the Camels’ 2013 recruiting class Thursday morning.

“There are a lot of great football players in this group,” said Minter. “I’m really excited because we got the number one guy that we wanted at every position we targeted. I’m just ecstatic that we were able to get the caliber of guys that we got in here for our first recruiting class.”

The 16-member group features nine from North Carolina, three from South Carolina, three from Virginia and one from Tennessee.

“We wanted to get faster on defense, and I think we did that,” added Minter. “We have a couple of guys that play corner and some safety that I think can come in and make an impact. Our linebacker, Darren Flowers, brings that intensity and size that you want in a linebacker. I’m excited about the speed and athleticism that we’ve added on defense.”

“Offensively, we wanted to continue to build our offensive line,” said Minter. “I want this to be a big, physical football team. We were able to get some offensive linemen in that I think will be very good football players. I’m excited about our big tight end, Sheldon Williams, that I think will add that dynamic force for us on the edge. He can split out and create a hard matchup for a safety or a linebacker. He can also set the edge when you run the football. We knew we wanted a young quarterback to be able to come in and compete, and we got that with David Salmon.”

This is the seventh signing class for Campbell’s football program, which heads into its sixth season of competition in the Division I era. The Fighting Camels will kick off the 2013 season on Aug. 31 at UNC Charlotte.

“It’s a lot of pressure that’s gone now that our first class is done and ready to come to Buies Creek,” said Minter. “I really just tip my hat to my coaches. They did a great job, coming in here in December and hitting the recruiting trail hard for the last two months. The coaches deserve all the credit for what they did with this recruiting class.”

At quarterback, the Camels bring in Salmon, from Middle Creek High School in Apex, and Brian Hudson, a transfer from Liberty from Stafford, Va.

On the offensive line, the incoming class is Blake Aaron and Ryan Dowell, both from Middle Creek, Andrew Franklin, from Enka, Josh Hutto, from Ashland, Va., and Trevor Sheets, from Providence High in Charlotte. Running back Keith Goss, from Columbia, S.C., and tight end Sheldon Williams from First Assembly Christian in Concord complete the offensive recruits.

In the secondary, the Camels bring in Chris Beaty, from North Cabarras High, J'Wan Lewis, from Bunn High, Tre Webster, from Johnson City, Tenn., and Tony McWhite, from Columbia, S.C. Flowers, from Oscar Smith in Chesapeake, Va., is the only linebacker in the new class. Defensive lineman Mark Greico, from Gilbert, S.C., and kicker Bryce Thompson, a transfer from Towson who's hometown is Charlotte, round out the class.