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Harding hires prep football coach, who will have Quavaris Crouch, nation's top player

Harding High RB Quavaris Crouch is the nation's No. 1 running back recruit in the Class of 2019. He’s now also the nation’s top overall prospect regardless of class.
Harding High RB Quavaris Crouch is the nation's No. 1 running back recruit in the Class of 2019. He’s now also the nation’s top overall prospect regardless of class. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Robert Cross is the new head football coach at Harding.

Cross replaces Sam Greiner, who led the Rams to the 2017 N.C. 4A state championship. It was Harding's first state championship in 64 years.

Greiner left Harding to take the head football job at Hickory RIdge High School in Harrisburg in March.

At Harding, Greiner took a team that was 1-10 his first season in 2015 and took it to the playoffs in 2016. Harding finished 5-7 in 2016 and made the playoffs for the first time in six years. In 2017, Harding finished 14-1 and won its first state championship since 1953.

Next fall, the Rams are scheduled to return several Division I recruits, including junior running back/linebacker Quavaris Crouch, the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2019.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates

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