BOONE — Seven of Appalachian State football’s 2018 recruits are officially enrolled and taking classes in the spring semester, according to the team.
The early enrolling class is one of the biggest the ASU Football team has had. Players who enroll early get to go through spring practice and the full off-season strength program before the rest of the Class of 2018 arrive in the summer.
The early enrollees include dual-threat quarterback Stephon Brown (6-5, 220) from Kernersville Gleen. Brown played in the 2017 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Brown will have one wide receiver to go with him in Richard Tucker (6-0, 190) from Campobello, S.C., who broke several receiving records at Chapman High School that were previously held by ASU alumnus Anthony Smith, who played for the Mountaineers from 1989-92.
One lineman joins the group in projected offensive tackle Luke Burnette (6-4, 250) from Sun Valley in Monroe. Burnette played defensive end and tight end in high school and finished with over 1,000 yards receiving.
A tight end rounds out the early enrollees on the offensive side of the ball as Trey Ross (6-2, 230) from Sophia, N.C., and Randleman High School is now on the team.
The secondary will have a new face in spring practice as cornerback A.J. Beach — CB (5-10, 165) from Smyrna, Ga., and Georgia Military College joins the team. Georgia Military College has seen a steady stream of players go to ASU in recent years, such as Tee Sims, Zy Letman and Dezmin Reed.
A pair of outside linebackers joined the Mountaineers in Trey Cobb (6-2, 210) from Waycross, Ga., and Tyler Bird (6-1, 210) from Acworth, Ga.
All of the players are true freshmen, with the exception of the Junior College transfer Beach, who will be a sophomore.
Previous early enrollees include Clifton Duck in 2016, who the following season was named 2016 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and to the USA Today’s Freshman All-America Team and the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team.
Along with the seven early enrollees, ASU signed 17 players in the new early signing period, which went from Dec. 20-22, who are expected on campus over the summer. The regular signing period, which could see additional signees added to the class, begins on Feb. 7.