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Aggies Announce Signing Day Class

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 02/06/2013
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North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway speaks during the Aggies National Signing Day Party Wednesday night at the Bryan Fitness and Wellness Center. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
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GREENSBORO - North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway released his initial signees on Wednesday with a heavy concentration on offensive linemen.

The Aggies announced the signing of five offensive linemen and a tight end. They also signed five linebackers, three defensive backs, three wide receivers, three defensive linemen and two running backs. Broadway, who led the Aggies to their first winning season in nine years this past fall, says winning was a big help.

"I was talking to my staff as we were looking at our board," said Broadway. "It's totally different than it was even last year this time with the number of kids we had in our program. We're moving in the right direction, and winning helps. We heard from a number of recruits who said it appeared we had the program moving in the right direction in terms of wins and losses."

The Aggies head into the season without all-time leading rusher Mike Mayhew, but do return four starters along the offensive line, including first-team All-MEAC tackle William Ray Robinson III. Defensively, they return nine players from a defensive thanked ranked No. 2 in Division I-FCS.

"On paper, it's a good class," said Broadway. "We met a lot of our needs. What scares me is, if you listen to all these experts, they say it's not who you sign, but it is your junior and senior class that makes a difference. We're not going to have a junior class, so hopefully these young men can come in, develop and start making an impact early. If they are able to do that, then we will be okay."

The Aggies signees include:

Marcus Albert
Outside Linebacker
6-0, 205, College Park, Ga.

Banneker High School     

He has a 37-inch vertical and a 59-inch swingspan. He rushed for 1,072 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. He made 57 tackles, two interceptions, forced two fumbles, recovered three and had a sack as a junior.

Jerome Beatty
5-10, 170, Charlotte, N.C.
Vance High School

He was named to the All-Mecklenburg County second-team defense. He made four pass breakups, recovered a fumble, caused a fumble and had four sacks as a senior.

Tarik Cohen
Running Back
5-8, 170, Bunn, N.C.

Cohen rushed for 808 yards, including 252 yards in a playoff win against North Brunswick. He also scored 17 touchdowns and averaged 9.18 yards per carry. He had three touchdown receptions and returned three kicks for touchdowns. 

Wes Cole
Offensive Lineman
6-6, 330, Norwood, N.C.

Jireh Prep

He played his high school football at South Stanley. He brings with him tremendous size and strength. He played at Jireh Prep last season, and was one of nine players to earn a Division I scholarship from Jireh last season.

Xavier Griffin

Wide Receiver
6-2, 190, New Castle, Del.

Fork Union Prep

He originally committed to N.C. State out of high school. He made 30 receptions for 645 yards and eight touchdowns his junior year at New Castle High School. He was ranked among the top-5 players in Delaware as a senior in high school.

Malik Hampton-Prioleau
Defensive Lineman
6-4, 250, Greensboro, N.C.
Northern Guilford High School

His defensive presence helped Northern Guilford win its third straight Class 3-AA NCHSAA State Championship.

Dwayne Johnson
Outside Linebacker
6-0, 200, Jacksonville, N.C.

Northside High School

Johnson was named to the 2012 All-Area team after helping Northside to a 15-1 record. He was also the 2012 All-Area Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,661 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Charlie Jones
Tight End
6-4, 260, Greensboro, N.C.
Hargrave Prep (Va.)

He is the only tight end in the Aggies 2013 class. He attended nearby Grimsley High School and had several offers from Division I institutions.

Denzel Keyes

Wide Receiver
6-4, 210, Kinston, N.C.

Kinston High School

He made 39 receptions for 646 yards and 13 touchdowns. He led the Kinston Vikings to a 7-5 record. He was an all-conference selection in the Class 2A Eastern Plains conference.

Zerius Lockhart
6-0, 180, Auburn, Ala.

Auburn High School

Lockhart made 97 tackles, including 57 solo stops. He had three tackles for loss, four pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries. Offensively, he made 34 receptions for 610 yards and seven touchdowns.

Darriel Mack

Offensive Lineman
6-4, 280, Marlboro, S.C.

Marlboro County High School

A big aggressive offensive lineman the Aggies had to battle S.C. State and others to sign. He led the way for an offense that averaged 165.8 yards rushing per game and 185.4 yards passing per game. The Marlboro offense also averaged 30.8 points per game.

Tard McCoy
5-11, 185, Boca Raton, La.

Boca Raton High School

He played quarterback and defensive back at Boca Raton. He possesses tremendous speed and should be an asset in the Aggies defensive backfield.

Josh Mattocks
Offensive Lineman
6-3, 325, Swansboro, N.C.
Swansboro High School

He played center in high school. He led Swansboro to a 7-5 record. He also played defensive line, and was named Max Preps Player of the Week after making nine tackles and an interception.

Rayshaun Mayfield
6-2, 215, Greensboro, N.C.
Grimsley High School

He played at nearby Grimsley. He made 80 solo and 50 assisted tackles with eight sacks and two forced fumbles. He was an all-conference selection.

Kenneth Melton
Defensive End
6-2, 215, Elizabeth City, N.C.
Northeastern High School

Melton earned all-conference honors as a senior. He also made All-Area after making 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks and 79 tackles.

Brandon Parker
Offensive Lineman
6-7, 275, Kannapolis, N.C.
A.L. Brown High School

Parker led his team to an 8-4 record as a senior. He ranked 46th in the state by Max Preps. His team averaged 287 yards rushing per game, and completed 62.4 percent of its passes.

Daniel Robinson
Running Back
5-10, 195, Lumberton, N.C.
Lumberton High School

He rushed for 757 yards as a junior. He averaged 4.73 yards per carry and scored eight total touchdowns. He runs a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash.

D'Anthony Ross

Defensive Lineman
6-2, 255, Atlanta, Ga.
Grady High School

He was named the conference's Most Outstanding Lineman from 2009-11. He was also a Chick-fil-Bowl All-Academic MVP. He averaged 3.0 pancake blocks per game from his left tackle position.

Justin Smith
6-2, 225, Garland, N.C.

Union High School

Smith made 8.5 tackles per game. He also recorded 11 sacks and 93 tackles, including 70 solo tackles. Smith also scored twice, while leading Union to a 7-6 record.

Joseph Spann
Wide Receiver

5-10, 175, McDonough, Ga.

Ola High School

He made 15 all-purpose touchdowns as a senior.

Lorenz Suttles
Outside Linebacker
6-2, 190, Dallas, Ga.
East Paulding High School

Suttles was named Region 5-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at East Paulding High School.

Reginald Tyler
Offensive Lineman
6-3, 295, Kenansville, N.C.
James Kenan High School

Tyler played guard, center and offensive tackle at Kenan. Kenan went 13-1 Tyler's season, and Tyler helped KHS rush for 302.7 yards per game. 

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