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February 5, 2014

ASU signs 27, Satterfield targets southeast region

Appalachian State head football coach Scott Satterfield announced Wednesday the signing of 27 student athletes that will make up the school's first recruiting class as an FBS program.

"I think the class that we got is a solid class," said Satterfield. "I think that our guys can come in and help us early."

The level of competition may be changing for the Mountaineers, but one thing that hasn't is where the players are coming to Boone from. All 27 players are from the southeast region with Georgia having the most players at 12 and four in North Carolina.

"We love to start in North Carolina first and try to sign as many as we can out of the state," he said.

Satterfield mentioned several challenges he and the staff faced such as the competition with other North Carolina schools, signing enough players to get to the new roster size, and the 30 day dead period.

The team signed players at every position except kicker and punter while also addressing one of the team's biggest position needs by signing six wide receivers. Satterfield noted that there will be a likely chance that some of those will play a major impact early. Those receivers could play a lot of minutes while many of the "skill" players could see playing time of some sort as early as the season opener against Michigan.

"Some of these players are going to have to come in and help us right away," he said.

Getting playing time right away was one of Satterfield's key selling points to the players he was recruiting.

Balance

The new recruiting class is well balanced with 14 offensive players and 13 defensive players. Wide receivers led all positions with six signees, followed by four offensive linemen, and three safeties.

Importance of staying local

Recruiting players close to home gives the added incentive of greater chances for family to see them play whether in Boone or on the road within the conference.

Satterfield believes that is a prime recruiting tool for some of the area's top prospects.

"The region is huge for us."


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