by Mike Potter
N.C. Central coach Mose Rison has announced a 14-member football signing class, including a pair of transfers from Winston-Salem State.
Eligible to play in the fall after leaving WSSU, which is returning to NCAA Division II beginning in 2010-11, will be a pair of rising sophomores in defensive lineman Chase Tripp from Chocowinity and wideout Lamar Whidbee from Perquimans.
The two are among six North Carolinians in the class, which also includes three players from Georgia and two from Virginia.
"We are extremely excited about these young men," Rison (pictured) said in a press release issued by the school. "We'll be glad to get them here in August to see exactly where we are. We think some of these kids will have an opportunity as freshmen to make a contribution to this football program."
The Eagles' list includes nine offensive players and five on defense. The offensive group includes three linemen, three receivers and three running backs including a fullback. On defense, NCCU will have three new linebackers as well as a lineman and a safety.
"As we sat back as a coaching staff and accessed our needs, one of the positions we really needed to address was the offensive line, and we were able to do that," Rison said.
The other four in-state signees are wideout Dennis Alleyne of Winston-Salem Parkland, fullback Jordan Toomer of Gastonia Ashbrook, offensive lineman Darren Moore of Fayetteville Westover and free safety Ty Brown of Newton-Conover.
The newest Eagles from Georgia are running back Duval Smith of Roswell, wideout Shavarez Smith of McDonough Henry County and linebacker Ryker Goodell of Woodstock. From Virginia are linebackers Rasheen Person of Newport News Heritage and Demontray Ryland of Portsmouth I.C. Norcom.
The other two freshman signees are running back Andre Clarke from Mauldin, S.C., offensive lineman Dajuan Calloway from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville.
The Eagles have also signed offensive lineman Shaun Millien, a transfer from Dean (Junior) College in Franklin, Mass.