Coastal Football Adds 22 on Early Signing Day
Conway, S.C. – In just the second year of the Early National Signing Day for football, the Coastal Carolina football program added a total of 22 student-athletes in the class of 2019 on Wednesday, Dec. 19, that will continue their academic and athletic careers at Coastal Carolina University.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am about our class for 2019. There are a couple of things that make me feel especially proud of the class and that is number one we spent a tremendous amount of time as a staff making sure that we were getting the types of guys with the character that we need in our program relative to our philosophy which is B.A.M. (Be A Man),” stated head coach Joe Moglia. “Those are the types of guys that we have done everything we can to recruit and we are confident that we got the right guys in regards to that.”
The December signing class includes a total of 10 offensive players, including five offensive linemen, 11 defensive players led by seven defensive backs, and an international kicker/punter from Australia.
2019 Early Signing Class
Myles Baker – Huntersville, N.C. / Hough HS * 5-10, 165, DB
Four-year letterwinner on the football field playing two seasons at Hough High School for head coach Matt Jenkins after two years at Newton-Conover High School in North Carolina Played cornerback, wide receiver and was the kick returner Totaled 91 tackles, including 71 solo stops, and 7.0 tackles for loss over 32 games played in his high school career Also posted 2.0 sacks from his defensive back position As a wideout over his first three years in high school, he caught 45 passes for 809 yards and seven touchdowns Averaged 18.0 yards per catch over his career Scored eight touchdowns his junior season in 2017 (four receiving, two rushing, one interception return, and one kick return) Helped to lead his team to an 11-3 overall and 5-2 conference record his senior season before falling in the quarterfinals of the 2018 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4AA State Playoffs to Vance High School Team was ranked as high as No. 11 in the state of North Carolina his senior season Plans to enroll at Coastal in January.
Nyronn Barr-Thomas – Deltona, Fla. / Evans HS * 6-3, 205, DE/LB
Played for two years at Evans High School in Orlando, Fla. for head coach Vernon Mitchell In the first seven games in 2018 as a senior, he totaled 33 tackles, 14.0 sacks, 24.0 tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries Finished his senior season with 19.5 sacks Ran a 4.38 40-time at a camp at Mercer University Also a standout track and field athlete Plans to enroll early at Coastal in January.
Aaron Bedgood – Richmond Hill, Ga. / Richmond Hill HS * 5-8, 165, WR
Two-star recruit at wide receiver by 247Sports Also a two-star recruit as an all-purpose back by Rivals An all-purpose back that played all over the field on offense at Richmond Hill High School for head coach Matt Lezotte Four-year letterwinner at Richmond Hill Missed most of his senior season in 2018 with a torn ACL Racked up 357 all-purpose yards, three touchdowns and threw for a score in just two games before suffering the injury in the first half of the third game of the year A 2017 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Football Class AAAAAA honorable mention selection Earned the MaxPreps Semper Fidelis Player of the Game award 23 times over his high school career – four times overall, eight times as the offensive player of the game and 11 times on special teams Recorded over 1,800 total yards in his high school career – 978 receiving, 762 rushing and 125 passing Also totaled 1,207 career kick return yards and 563 punt return yards Averaged 11.8 yards per catch with 83 receptions for 978 yards and 10 touchdowns in 32 games Also rushed for 114 times for 762 yards and eight scores for his career Helped guide his team to three-straight Georgia High School Association (GHSA) AAAAAA playoff appearances Played in the Georgia Elite Classic Sophomore Game in 2016, recording four receptions for 65 yards as a receiver for the Americans Team.
Davon Bomar – Havre De Grace, Md. / Bel Air HS * 6-3, 245, DE
Played both defensive end and tight end at Bel Air High School under head coach David Huryk in David Bomar his junior and season seasons Played his first two years at John Carrol High School Tabbed a 2018 Baltimore-area defensive player to watch by The Baltimore Sun prior to his senior season Selected to the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference – Chesapeake Division first team as a junior in 2017 Totaled 10 tackles in the season opener versus Charles Flowers Also registered eight tackles versus Edgewood and six tackles in the win over Fallston Scored a touchdown in the win over North Harford Lettered in track and field at John Carroll, throwing the shot put and discus.
Kieran Colahan – Earlville, Australia / University of Australia * Punter
Rated as a five-star punter by Ray Guy Kicking and ProKicker.com From Melbourne, Victoria, Australia where he attends the University of Australia Kicked and worked out with ProKick Australia, which also worked with Ray Guy Award winners in Michael Dickson of Texas (2017) and Mitch Wishnowsky of Utah (2016) Played in the Cairns & District Rugby League (C.D.R.L.) with the Southern Suburbs Club Team Won the Best Forward award at the age of 17 Was the team captain for the under 18-team Played in four championship games in the C.D.R.L. Represented the Athletics at the state level, where he was a club champion, a three-time school champion and also a three-time school champion in swimming.
Luke Ellenberger – Pisgah Forest, N.C. / Brevard HS * 6-1, 185, DB
A two-star recruit at wide receiver by 247Sports Four-year letterwinner at Brevard High School under head coach Craig Pritchett playing both wide receiver and safety Listed as one of the top 10 recruits in Western North Carolina by the Asheville Citizen-Times prior to his senior season Two-time All-WNC honorable mention selection (2016 and 2017) by the Asheville Citizen-Times Earned the MaxPreps Semper Fidelis Player of the Game award 18 times over his high school career – seven times overall, three times as the offensive player of the game, four times on defense and four times on special teams Selected and participated in the Elite 11 Opening prior to his senior season Totaled 1,883 yards of total offense in his career Caught 115 passes for 1,823 yards and 18 touchdowns over 49 high school games Also rushed 15 times for 60 yards and a score for the Blue Devils Added 793 kick return yards, 121 punt return yards and 168 interception return yards for a total of 2,965 career all-purpose yards over his four-year high school career Totaled 259 total tackles, including 169 solo stops and 10.0 tackles for loss in his career Also recorded 28 pass breakups, 12 interceptions, four fumble recoveries and blocked three field goals Led the Blue Devils to an 11-4 overall record and to the 2018 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) semifinals before falling to No. 2 seeded Reidsville Hauled in 53 catches for 915 yards in 10 touchdowns his senior season Defensively, he totaled 107 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and five interceptions as a senior Had 46 catches for 677 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, adding 78 tackles and two interceptions on defense Also lettered in baseball, hitting over .300 as a junior, and wrestling ... Qualified for the 2A Western Regional Tournament his senior season at 197 pounds Brother, Tanner, plays football at Appalachian State.
Deon Fountain – Valdosta, Ga. / Brooks County HS * 5-11, 165, WR
Rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports Also ranked as a two-star recruit at wide receiver by Rivals Lettered four years at Brooks County High School for head coach Maurice Freeman, playing wide receiver, running back and safety Also returned kicks and punts A two-time 2-AA all-region selection Totaled 25 touchdowns over his four-year high school career, including scoring 16 touchdowns his senior season Recorded 2,295 all-purpose yards in his career – 1,425 receiving yards, 456 rushing yards, 295 punt return yards, 92 kick return yards, and 27 interception return yards Caught 112 passes for 1,425 yards and 16 touchdowns as a wideout in his career Also rushed 90 times for 456 yards and eight scores Named the WTXL Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Oct. 3, 2018 Helped lead Brooks County to the second round of the 2018 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AA state playoffs Led Brooks County to a 9-3 overall and 4-0 region record his senior season Hauled in 52 passes for 668 yards and nine touchdowns his senior year Also rushed 71 times for 407 yards and six scores, which included one 100-yard rushing game Guided the Trojans to the state semifinals his junior season with an 11-2 overall record in 2017, catching 34 passes for 500 yards and five touchdowns Also lettered in tennis as the No. 1 singles player and in track and field where he was a state qualifier in the long jump.
Jaden Gragg – Melbourne, Fla. / Eau Gallie HS * 6-0, 165, DB
A two-star recruit at wide receiver by Rivals A three-year letterwinner at wide receiver and defensive back for Eau Gallie High School and head coach Chris Sands Totaled 1,273 all-purpose yards in his high school career Caught 44 passes for 724 yards and 11 touchdowns, while also recording 254 kick return yards and 60 punt return yards in his career for the Commodores On defense, he recorded 88 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and seven pass breakups A four-time MaxPreps Player of the Game award winner in 2018 Led Eau Gallie to a 7-4 overall record in 2018 and led them back to the state playoffs for the first time since 2013 Hauled in 32 receptions for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season which ranked seventh overall in Brevard County Also rushed 10 times for 88 yards and a score Posted an interception return and kick return for a touchdown as well during his senior season Lettered in basketball and track and field Part of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished seventh in the Class 3A state championships in 2017.
Jarrett Guest – Marietta, Ga. / Kennesaw Mountain * 6-3, 170, QB
A three-star quarterback recruit in the class of 2019 by ESPN Rated a two-star pro-style quarterback recruit by 247Sports A three-year starter for Kennesaw Mountain and head coach Caleb Carmean Holds KMHS school records in season passing yards, season touchdown passes, all-time passing yards and all-time passing touchdowns Named to the 3-AAAAAAA all-region team his senior season Had 10 carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns in his final high school game Named the MaxPreps Semper Fidelis Player of the Game versus Woodstock his junior season Threw for 1,537 yards and 18 touchdowns his junior season Also rushed 90 times for 264 yards and three touchdowns his junior year Threw for 1,221 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016 Also a member of the baseball team Struck out 10 batters in a no-hitter versus Newton on the mound as a junior.
Quewon Hilliard – Fayetteville, N.C. / Trinity Christian Academy * 6-2, 235, DE
Lettered for four years at Trinity Christian Academy under head coach Chuck Webster in Fayetteville, N.C. Started at linebacker and also lined up at tight end and fullback on offense Registered 52 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions in just seven games his senior season, leading Trinity Christian to the NCISAA 11-Man Football Playoffs Division I state tournament Led the Crusaders with 100 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks his junior season, in which Trinity Christian went 10-1 overall and advanced to the NCISAA state semifinals Totaled 34 tackles and 5.0 sacks as a sophomore after playing in just three games as a freshman due to an injury Also lettered in track and field for the Crusaders.
KJ Johnson II – Buford, Ga. / Buford HS * 6-1, 185, DB
A three-star recruit as an athlete by 247Sports and Rivals Played defensive back and wide receiver at powerhouse Buford High School for John Ford in Georgia Named 8-AAAAA all-region honorable mention at defensive back his senior season Helped lead his team to a 10-3 overall, a 5-0 regional record and to the third round of the 2018 Georgia High School Association AAAAA state playoffs as a senior Helped to headline a Wolves’ defense that held opponents to just 1,799 total yards on the season and an average of 12.4 points per game in 2018 Led the Wolves to the semifinals of the 2017 GHSA AAAAA state championship tournament with an 11-2 record his junior season Recovered a fumble in the semifinals game versus Rome in 2017 Finished as the state runner-up in the AAAAA state championship title game in 2016 as a sophomore Also played baseball for the Wolves.
JT Killen – Lake Wyle, S.C. / Charlotte Christian School * 6-3, 215, LB
Hails from Lake Wylie, S.C. Played linebacker at Charlotte Christian School for head coach Jason Estep A three-year starter on defense Two-time all-state selection Totaled 320 tackles, 36.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks over his high school career Also added an interception, three fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles His Knights’ team went 31-3 over his three years as a starter (2016-18) Led Charlotte Christian to back-to-back NCISAA 11-Man Football Division I state championship titles and a pair of top-five state rankings over his last two years (2017 and 2018) Helped guide the Knights to a state runner-up finish as a sophomore in 2016 A second-team all-state selection his senior season when he totaled 101 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, an interception, and three passes defended A first-team all-state pick in 2017 as a junior, recording 147 total tackles, including 86 solo stops, and 17.0 tackles for loss Also lettered in baseball, hitting over .300 as a junior and sophomore A left-handed pitcher on the mound that has posted eight wins and a 2.65 ERA over two years on the varsity baseball team Led the Knights to back-to-back CISAA conference titles in 2017 and 2018 Plans to play baseball at Coastal.
Enock Makonzo – LaChine, Quebec, Canada / New Mexico Military Institute * 5-11, 195, DB
Originally from Quebec, Canada Named one of 35 safeties to watch nationally in the NJCAA by JCGridiron.com Tabbed second-team all-SWJCFC in 2018 as a sophomore Played in 18 games, recording 105 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks over two years at New Mexico Military Institute for head coach Joe Forchtner Also had one forced fumble and one interception from his safety position Totaled a team-high 71 tackles and 10.0 tackles for loss in 2018 Posted a career-high 16.0 tackles in the win over Air Force Prep (Sept. 15) Also registered double-digit tackles versus Cisco College (Oct. 6) and at Navarro College (Oct. 13) Played prep football for CEGEP Du Vieux Montreal in Canada Chosen to play for Team Canada versus Team USA in the International Bowl in 2015 Plans to enroll at Coastal in January.
Grayson McCall – Indian Trail, N.C. / Porter Ridge HS * 6-3, 200, QB
Rated a three-star dual-threat quarterback recruit by 247Sports Also a two-star recruit as a dual-threat quarterback by Rivals A three-year starter at quarterback for Porter Ridge High School under head coach Michael Hertz Named the 2017 Southwestern 4A Player of the Year as a junior A two-time Southwestern 4A first-team all-conference selection (20017 and 2018) Named All-UCHSF first team in 2018, second team in 2017 and earned honorable mention honors as a sophomore in 2016 Completed 50 percent of his passes and threw for over 3,863 yards and 34 touchdowns for his high school career Also rushed for 3,003 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Pirates Led his high school team to a 10-5 overall record and a spot in the 2018 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4A state championship semifinals game his senior season, throwing for 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for 1,460 yards and 21 scores Recorded six 100-plus rushing yard games as a senior Threw for 13 touchdowns and 1,414 yards in 2017 as a junior, while also rushing for 907 yards and 12 touchdowns Helped the team improve from 1-10 his freshman year to three-straight NCHSAA 4A state playoff appearances from 2016-18 His five rushing touchdowns in the third round of the playoffs versus West Mecklenburg in 2018 is tied for the second-most rushing touchdowns in a single game in Union County High School football history Also lettered in basketball for the Pirates Joining fellow high school teammate and offensive lineman Will McDonald at Coastal.
Will McDonald – Matthews, N.C. / Porter Ridge HS * 6-2, 300, OL
Lettered in football at Porter Ridge High School for head coach Michael Hertz Played on both the offensive and defensive lines Participated in the Blue-Grey All-American Combine in the spring of 2018 prior to his senior season Team captain his senior year and a three-year starter up front for the Pirates Earned a spot on the 2017 Associated Press North Carolina all-state football team as a junior A two-time Southwestern 4A all-conference first team selection (2017 and 2018) as an offensive lineman Also a two-time All-UCHSF first-team selection Anchored the offensive line to help lead the team to a 10-5 overall record and a spot in the 2018 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4A state championship semifinals game Posted a season-high 13 pancake blocks in the quarterfinals of the state championship tournament versus West Mecklenburg Totaled 172 pancake blocks over his 39 games on the offensive line for the Pirates Also recorded 14 tackles, 3.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles for loss on the defensive line his senior year in 2018 As a junior, he opened holes for two 1,000 yard rushers and blocked for 5,539 yards of offense and 56 touchdowns in 2017 Blocked for the 2017 Southwestern 4A Player of the Year in quarterback Grayson McCall, also a Coastal Carolina signee, and the 2018 Southwestern 4A Player of the Year in running back Jaylen Coleman.
Isaac Owusu-Appiah – Manassas, Va. / Osbourn Park Senior HS * 6-4, 255, OL
Lettered for two seasons at Osbourn Park Senior High School for head coach Dan Evans in Manassas, Va., playing on the offensive and defensive lines Made the transition to the offensive line his senior season Totaled 43 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovered and 10 games his senior year Had a season-high nine tackles versus Osbourn (Nov. 2) Recorded 3.5 tackles for loss in the win over Gar-Field (Oct. 5).
Coleman Reich – High Point, N.C. / Ledford Senior HS * 6-0, 185, DB
A three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 59 overall prospect in the class of 2019 in the state of North Carolina by 247Sports Also rated a three-star recruit as an athlete by Rivals and ESPN A 2018 NCPreps Pre-Season All-State Football Team selection prior to his senior season A four-year starter for Ledford Senior High School and head coach Chris Adams A key part of the senior class that is the winningest group of players in Ledford Senior High School history with 40 wins from 2015-18 Primarily lined up as a defensive back, but also played running back, wide receiver, and quarterback Set the single-season interception record at Ledford with eight interceptions his freshman season Recorded 267 total tackles, including 217 solo stops, and 4.0 tackles for loss in 50 games played at Ledford Also had 15 interceptions, four pass breakups, five fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles on defense Registered 3,993 total all-purpose yards over his high school career – 351 rushing, 2,025 receiving, 665 kick return, 807 punt return, and 145 interception return yards – as well as 30 touchdowns A team captain his senior season that led his team to an overall 13-2 record, a perfect 9-0 conference record and all the way to the semifinals of the 2018 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA0 2AA state championship playoffs Recorded 70 total tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, four interceptions and four pass breakups his senior year on defense Totaled 35 catches for 585 yards and five touchdowns and rushed 14 times for 125 yards and a score on offense as a senior Also returned 34 punts for 480 yards and had 11 kick returns for 272 yards on the season in 2018 Led the Panthers to nine-win seasons in 2015, 2016 and 2017 Posted 46 tackles and two interceptions in nine games his junior season while also totaling 810 yards of total offense with 217 rushing yards and 593 receiving yards Had 840 receiving yards on 42 catches and 63 tackles with three interceptions as a sophomore Was near the top of the team in tackles with 88 stops as a freshman A member of the baseball and track and field teams An all-conference performer in track that runs the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and is the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relay teams Selected for the Elite Middle School All-Star Game Intends to enroll at Coastal in January.
Will Robertson – Acworth, Ga. / Etowah HS * 6-6, 275, OL
Rated as a two-star recruit by 247Sports Played on the offensive and defensive lines at Etowah High School for head coach Dave Svehla his senior season Tabbed Region 4-AAAAAAA honorable mention his senior year Also played two years of football at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga., strictly on the defensive line.
Kameren Stewart – Irmo, S.C. / Dutch Fork HS * 6-6, 240, OL
Rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports Rated as the No. 20 prospect in the state of South Carolina by Rivals Selected and played for South Carolina in the 2018 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Played for head coach Tom Knotts at Dutch Fork High School Helped Dutch Fork win three-straight South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) Class AAAAA state championship titles (2016, 2017 and 2018) His team went 41-1 overall in his three years as a member of the Silver Foxes Led Dutch Fork to a perfect 13-0 record, a third-straight Class AAAAA state championship title and a No. 1 ranking in the state of South Carolina his senior season Dutch Fork finished the 2018 season ranked No. 24 nationally Was part of an offensive line that cleared the way for a rushing attack that rushed for 3,003 yards, an average of 231.0 yards per game, and 56 touchdowns on the season his senior year Blocked for a trio of quarterbacks that totaled 4,077 yards through the air, an average of 313.6 passing yards per game, and 47 touchdowns.
Mateo Sudipo – Wake Forest, N.C. / Wake Forest * 6-1, 185, DB
Two-year letterwinner for Wake Forest High School and head coach Reggie Lucas A North Carolina Shrine Bowl team selection Outstanding athlete that started his senior season at cornerback and wide receiver, but moved to quarterback midway through the season to help move the ball down the field Led his team to its third-straight state title and fifth title game appearance in 2018, going 14-0 overall and ranking No. 1 in the state of North Carolina Was key in helping the Cougars extend their winning streak to 45-straight games Was named the state championship game MVP with an interception on defense which he returned 46 yards to set up the Cougars’ lone touchdown drive Also had a pass breakup and completed 8-of-15 passes for 71 yards in the title game Completed 39-of-69 pass attempts (56.5 percent) for 779 yards and 11 touchdowns while at quarterback Also rushed 24 times for 144 yards and five scores As a wideout, he caught five passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns in a run-heavy wing-T offense over his two years on the varsity team Returned four kickoffs for 175 yards and one touchdown On defense, he recorded 55 tackles, 29 solo stops, five interceptions, 18 pass breakups and blocked two punts in two years as a defensive back Played two seasons (2015 and 2016) as the starting quarterback on the JV team and never lost a game Also lettered in basketball for the Cougars.
Reese White – Sandy Springs, Ga. / Riverwood * 5-10, 195, RB
A three-star recruit by 247Sports Named the 2018 Georgia 6-AAAAA Player of the Year his senior season A two-time 6-AAAAA all-region team selection (2017 and 2018) and an honorable mention in 2016 Played running back and safety at Riverwood International Charter School in Atlanta, Ga. for three years under head coach Robert Edwards Recorded 34 touchdowns and 3,145 rushing yards for his high school career Posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons on the ground as a junior and senior Carried the ball 176 times for 1,771 yards and 21 touchdowns his senior season Averaged 10.1 yards per carry, 161.0 yards per game and totaled nine 100-plus yard rushing games in 2018 as a senior Also had 13 catches for 193 yards and seven kick returns for 157 yards in his final season at Riverwood Led the Raiders to an 8-3 overall record and to the first round of the 2018 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) AAAAA state championship playoffs Named to the AAAAA all-region first team as a running back in 2017 as a junior when he rushed 121 times for 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns Tabbed an AAAAA Region 6 honorable mention as a defensive back his sophomore season where he had 52 tackles, 30 solo stops, and six pass breakups Also had 54 carries for 363 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore Totaled four kick returns for 93 yards, an average of 23.3 yards per return in 2016.
Donnell Wilson – Whiteville, N.C. / Whiteville HS * 6-5, 290, OL
Rated as a two-star offensive line recruit by 247Sports Also a two-star recruit at defensive end by Rivals Four-year letterwinner on the football field at Whiteville High School for head coach JP Price Played on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Wolfpack Saw time at both tackle and guard on the offensive line Led his team to the state playoff championship tournament all four years Named to the All-Three Rivers all-conference team as a senior after earning all-conference honorable mention accolades as a junior Helped lead Whiteville to a 9-3 overall record, a 7-2 conference record and its second-straight North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 2A state championship playoff appearance his senior season A key cog in the offensive unit that led the Wolfpack to an 11-2 overall record, an 8-1 conference record and to the second round of the 2A state championship tournament in 2017 as a junior.