Five Forsyth County student-athletes signed Wednesday to kick off football's early signing period. Here's what each player's future college coach had to say.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe on Nicky Dalmolin
“I will say this individually about him, he was the first guy to commit to us and he was the first guy to send papers in today. So, I told him, ‘If you’re not first, you’re last.’ We’ve all heard that. Very versatile athlete.”
"He would be a lot like, I'd say (Carolina Panthers tight end Braxton) Devear is a good comparison — maybe Noah (Gray). I'm not trying to put pressure on him, but he's a very athletic guy. Loves to compete, lively. A lot of energy like Braxon Deaver had. So, yeah, he can do a lot of things for us."
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn on Ze’Vian Capers
“Really got a special skill set. This is a guy that I think is an impact player. (He’s) really smooth, runs very good routes, snatches the ball with his hands, keeps his feet on the ground. Really think this is a guy that could be an impact player. Really excited to have him.”
“If you look at our receivers, you know, we really wanted to get taller, bigger and longer, and so that’s what we did with this class with that.”
Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente on Jordan Brunson
“We feel like at running back we needed to get immediate help to go with our squad, and I think we did that.”
“Jordan is a little more developed already. He’s a 210-, 212-pound guy that’s pretty far along from a physical standpoint. So, we certainly did make a concerted effort to get bigger. We do have some smaller guys that I really, really like. I think we have a chance to have something really special back there with a couple different styles. I don’t want them to all look the same.”
Elon head coach Tony Trisciani on CJ Ford
“A physical linebacker who plays sideline to sideline.”
"We addressed our needs at all three levels on defense with two high-motor and disruptive defensive lineman, two athletic linebackers and two defensive backs with good length, speed and coverage skills.”
Trisciani also told The Times-News (Burlington, N.C.) Ford is a "highly instinctual linebacker with athleticism."
Austin Peay head coach Mark Hudspeth did not address Nick Carozza directly, but he did tell the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle the following:
“I think it sort of opened some people's eyes," Hudspeth said of Austin Peay’s 11-4 season. "We were already recruiting a lot of these guys, but I think maybe some of them said, 'Wow, let me sort of re-evaluate Austin Peay now.' I think that allowed us to get in to some living rooms that maybe we wouldn't have before."