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Coach Will Healy, Charlotte 49ers prepare for early signing period

Tennessee defensive back Marquill Osborne (3) intercepts a pass intended for Kentucky wide receiver Tavin Richardson (11) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 24-7. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Tennessee defensive back Marquill Osborne (3) intercepts a pass intended for Kentucky wide receiver Tavin Richardson (11) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 24-7. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) AP

Wednesday is a big day for new Charlotte 49ers football coach Will Healy, who has been recruiting nonstop since he was hired Dec. 4.

It’s the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period, and Healy hopes at least seven players who have already given Charlotte verbal commitments will sign their letters-of-intent.

Here’s where Healy and the 49ers stand in a few key areas:

Recruiting

According to 247 Sports recruiting website, seven players have committed to Charlotte, which will have 12 returning starters from last season’s 5-7 team: inside linebacker Jaylon Sharpe (Rocky River High); cornerback Trey Bly (Myers Park); cornerback Kamron Love (Edmond, Okla.); athlete Tre Goode (Jamestown Ragsdale); offensive guard J.T. Middleton (Jefferson, Ga.); defensive end Michael Kelly (Graham); and outside linebacker Peter Agabe (Miami ASA College).

Sharpe, Bly and Love are all three-star rated players by 247.

Transfers

Two players who left the Carolinas to play for Power 5 programs announced on Twitter over the weekend they will transfer to Charlotte.

Defensive back Marquill Osborne (Hough High) began his career at Tennessee and will have one year of eligibility. Linebacker Brelin Faison-Walden (Greensboro Grimsley) is transferring from Penn State because of what he described on Twitter as “experiencing family health problems.” Faison-Walden has three years of eligibility remaining.

Whether Osborne and Faison-Walden can play next season is dependent on whether the NCAA grants them hardship waivers.

Assistants

Healy continues to move deliberately on assembling his staff and hasn’t made any official announcements yet. However, three assistants are on board, according to their Twitter accounts: quarterbacks coach Mark Carney, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Brandon Cooper and cornerbacks coach Eddie Hicks.

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