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Charlotte Football Recruiting: An early glance at the 2019 recruiting class

Will Healy’s highly touted recruiting abilities are being put to the test.

NCAA Football: Charlotte at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Since taking the reins on December 4th, Will Healy has made it clear that his goal is to make recruiting in the Charlotte area his top priority. When coaching changes take place, it is expected that some of the former commits will search elsewhere for a new collegiate home, but Charlotte’s 2019 class has stayed relatively true.

Two highly touted North Carolina natives have announced their intention of transferring to the 49ers for this coming season.

Marquill Osborne – After 3 years in the SEC with Tennessee, Osborne is returning home for his final year of eligibility. Osborne’s playing time was spotty with the Volunteers, but the 5’11 DB made various impact plays in his time on the field.

Brelin Faison-Walden – Following his redshirt freshman season at Penn State, Faison-Walden announced earlier this week that his three remaining years of eligibility will be exercised in the Queen City. The Greensboro native and former 3-star recruit held offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, and others before committing to the Nittany Lions to play Linebacker in 2017.

The Charlotte defense returns 9 of the 11 starters from the 2018 season but will be without former defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. Replacing LB Juwan Foggie and DB Ed Rolle is the tallest task defensively for Healy and the newly implemented staff.

Following a 22-commit class in 2018, Charlotte has 11 current commits for the 2019 season. Although a smaller class decreases the 49ers’ position in the rankings, the current commitments aren’t lacking talent.

Charlotte’s class currently ranks 122nd in the nation and 13th in C-USA for 2019.

The highest ranked recruit in this class is Rocky River’s Jaylon Sharpe, followed by Trey Bly, son of CFB Hall-of-Famer Dre Bly.

Jaylon Sharpe – The 6’3” LB from Rocky River received a three-star evaluation from 247 Sports and ESPN. He finished with 127 tackles (90 solo) in his senior season with the Ravens.

Trey Bly – While only 5’8”, the three-star recruit from Myers Park is a force in the secondary. Bly finished his senior season with seven interceptions, and two punts returned for scores with the Mustangs.

It’s an exciting time for the 49ers and new head honcho Will Healy. Replacing departing talent is always tough, but it’s time for Healy to write the first chapter in his tenure in the Queen City.

Check back for additional updates as the dominoes continue to fall.

Southern Miss v Charlotte Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images

Recruiting class as it stands today:

  • Peter Agabe – OLB, 6-2, 215 lbs, North Miami Beach, FL
  • Trey Bly – CB, 5-8, 150 lbs, Charlotte, NC
  • Tre Goode – WR, 6-3, 185 lbs, Jamestown, NC
  • Jaxon Hughes – DE, 6-5, 243 lbs, Greensboro, NC
  • Yontez Jarrell – OT, 6-6, 265 lbs, Jacksonville, FL
  • Michael Kelly – DE, 6-3, 225 lbs, Graham, NC
  • Quinton Patten – WR, 6-0, 185 lbs, Blythewood, SC
  • Rhett Read – TE, 6-4, 230 lbs, Brenham, TX
  • Solomon Rogers – CB, 6-0, 180 lbs, Rolesville, NC
  • Jaylon Sharpe – ILB, 6-2 225 lbs, Charlotte, NC
  • Bryson Whitehead – CB, 5-11, 180 lbs, Cornelius, NC