Saturdays Charlotte-N.C. Central football game at Richardson Stadium will be a homecoming of sorts for some of the Eagles.
Twelve players on N.C. Centrals roster, including five starters, played high school football in Charlotte, far more than any other single place. And interim coach Dwayne Foster would love to see those numbers increase for the MEACs Eagles (1-1).
We recruit the Charlotte area hard, and weve got to get down there as much as we can because there are so many good players, Foster said. Its a talent-laden place, so need to get as many players as we can out of there.
Proof of N.C. Centrals commitment to recruiting in Charlotte is the football camp the Eagles conduct each summer at Rocky River High. Thats allowed N.C. Central to target recruits early and stay in contact throughout their high school careers.
Five from the area start for the Eagles: Junior receiver DeMario Johnson (South Mecklenburg), sophomore running back Deyonta Wright (Myers Park), junior cornerback Cameron Hughes (Hopewell), junior free safety Sayyid Muhammad (Olympic) and senior punter Matthew Cornelius (Butler).
The Eagles won their first game of the season last week, 23-20, in overtime against Division II St. Augustines of the CIAA. It was the first career coaching victory for Foster, who replaced Henry Frazier III in August after Frazier was fired following an arrest for violating a domestic violence protective order.
It was a tough situation, but it was a pretty smooth transition, said Foster, who is in his third season with the Eagles and was Fraziers assistant. We didnt have to make any changes in the defensive or offensive coordinators and all the terminology remained the same. The team has stayed focused and has gotten into a routine.
Would Foster like to be named coach on a permanent basis?
I would love to remain as coach at N.C. Central, he said.
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