Will Healy put the finishing touches on his inaugural recruiting class as the Charlotte 49ers added eight new faces to the gold mine, in addition to the 11 who signed in the early signing period.
The 2019 recruiting class consists of 14 high school signees, two JUCO transfers, and three four-year transfers. With 10 of the 19 hailing from North Carolina, and five of those coming from the Charlotte region, coach Healy and his staff are sticking to their promise of seizing the city.
“I want to make sure that we have the biggest buzz about Charlotte football.” Healy said at his NSD press conference. “We’re not going to take a back seat to anybody, we’re interested in building something people said you can’t build.”
While the 49ers recruiting class doesn’t rank at the top of C-USA, it does bring newfound energy to a program that’s ready to turn the corner.
Will Healy snagged the second highest ranked recruit in 49ers history in his first year at the helm, a 6’1” wide receiver, Noah Henderson hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. Henderson brings a 4.47 40-time and crisp route running skills to a young receiving corp where I expect he’ll push for playing time in his freshman year.
Two speedsters on the perimeter signed on Wednesday, the first being Micaleous Elder a three-star prospect. Elder is a 5’9” receiver with the skill-set to play in the slot or out wide, along with the ability and awareness to return kicks. The second is Jamel Brown, a two-star recruit from Las Vegas, Nevada. Brown played CB and RB in high school and is making the transition to WR for the 49ers.
Tight end Jaylan Williams from Acworth, Georgia, brings versatility and size to the offensive unit. Williams is 6’4” 220 lbs, and a force when it comes to run blocking.
Prince Bemah rounds out the high school prospects that signed on Wednesday. Bemah joins a stout 49er defense as a 6’1” LB from Gastonia, NC. Bemah was a centerpiece for the Hunter Huss defense, finishing with 140 tackles as a senior, and was a participant in the Shrine Bowl.
Brett Kean joins the 49ers quarterback room as a transfer from USF. Kean’s playing time has been spotty, but he has seen some meaningful reps in his time in South Florida. Kean was a three-star prospect coming out of high school and ended his career as a Bull with 333 yards and three touchdowns in 16 appearances. Kean now finds himself in a battle with former walk-on Chris Reynolds, and Evan Shirreffs, a grad-transfer from Miami.
I am so excited to announce my commitment to play football— Brett Kean (@bkeanqb4) January 28, 2019
at UNC Charlotte as a graduate transfer. I can not wait to get to work. If you haven’t heard of the 49ers I can promise you will soon. A new chapter has officially begun. #Goldstandard pic.twitter.com/PZp888RKFD
Spring practice starts on March 12th, and the 49ers spring game is set for April 13th. Things are changing in the Queen City, and fast.
“I am humbled, and I am hungry, and I am so blessed to be in this community.” Healy said. “I promise I will not let you down.”
Charlotte Football 2019 Recruiting Class
- 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
- Noah Henderson – WR, 6-1, 195 lbs, Nashville, TN
- Jaylan Williams – TE, 6-4, 220 lbs, Acworth, GA
- Micaleous Elder – WR, 5-9, 165, Murfreesboro, TN
- Jamel Brown – WR, 5-11, 192 lbs, Las Vegas, NV
- Prince Bemah – ILB, 5-11, 218 lbs, Gastonia, NC (Enrolled)
- Brett Kean – QB, 6-1, 221 lbs, Lakewood, Ohio
- Marquill Osborne – DB, 5-11, 188 lbs, Cornelius, NC (Enrolled)
- Brelin Fasion-Walden – LB, 6-1, 207 lbs, Greensboro, NC (Enrolled)