Western Carolina’s football program has completed its recruiting following National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
“National Signing Day is always an exciting time for the lifeblood of any football program,” Coach Mark Speir said. “We signed a very solid class of student-athletes who will help the future progress of this program. We were able to address the needs on offense, defense and in the kicking game. We can’t wait to get this group in camp and watch them work.”
Following is a brief look at those who have inked with the Catamounts since the early signing period in December.
Aaron Gethers, defensive back, 5-10, 185, Blythewood, South Carolina, Boston College, Bishop McDevitt High: Played in four games as a redshirt freshman for Boston College in 2019; all-conference as a high school junior with 30 tackles and three interceptions.
Jaquarius Guinn, defensive end, 6-2, 295, Clover (S.C.) High: Named 5-A all-state; selected for South Carolina’s North-South game.
Keenan Hambrick, wide receiver, 6-3, 195, Athens (Ala.) High: Caught 24 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns as a junior and verbally committed to Kansas; also, participates in basketball and track.
Raekwon Heath, wide receiver, 6-2, 185, Independence (Kan.) Community College, Irmo (S.C.) High: Caught 23 passes for 372 yards and three TDs as a sophomore at Independence; also played basketball in high school and was named 5-A all-state.
Kason Lincke, quarterback, 6-1, 200, Mobile (Ala.) Christian High: Played three years at Pace High in Florida before transferring to Mobile Christian as a senior; threw for 5,969 yards and 57 TDs and rushed for 2,348 yards and 21 TDs in his career; passed for 2,112 yards and ran for 1,008 yards as a senior.
Nigel Manns, linebacker, 6-1, 220, Byron, Georgia, Peach County High: Played linebacker and running back in high school; also runs track.
Jaylen Moore, linebacker, 6-2, 225, Greenville, Hardin Valley (Tenn.) Academy: Two-time all-region selection; had 105 tackles, including 35 solos, as a junior.
Tyree Nelson, running back, 5-10, 200, Atlanta, Georgia, Mays High: Three-time all-region selection; rushed for 813 yards on 121 carries with 11 touchdowns before a leg injury as a senior; had more than 1,000 yards rushing as a sophomore; also runs track.
JaKobe Quillen, wide receiver, 6-3, 190, Florence, South Carolina, Wilson High: Caught 104 passes for 1,662 yards and 21 TDs in his four-year career; had 62 catches for 937 yards and 14 TDs as a senior; selected for South Carolina’s North-South game.
Paxton Robertson, kicker, 6-0, 200, Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic High: Two-time all-state selection; averaged 39.5 yards per punt as a senior and connected on 45 of 47 extra points and five of nine field goals; set state record for most consecutive extra points in a season (59) as a sophomore.
Mikai Stanley, running back, 6-2, 235, Wilmington, New Hanover High: Rushed for 1,340 yards and 18 TDs in 139 carries as a senior; named area and conference offensive player of the year; also plays basketball.