Meet The Signing Day Class Of 2005

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JAMES ARNOLD
5-10, 170
Athlete
Mocksville, N.C.
Davie

Goes by nickname of "Cooter" • Student Sports Magazine All-America • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl Team •Named first-team all-state by the Associated Press at both tailback and defensive back • Only player to be on both offensive and defensive all-state team • Earned league offensive Player of the Year honors in 2003 and 2004 • Three-time all-conference • Ranked the No. 17 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Played quarterback, running back, punter and defensive back in high school • Finished his high school career with 5,172 yards and 67 touchdowns, both school records • As a senior, he gained 2,316 yards on the ground and scored 30 touchdowns • Picked off 10 passes, returning two for game-winning touchdowns as a senior • Had nine interceptions, including two for touchdowns as a junior • Selected to the Winston-Salem Journal's All-Northwest Team as a running back as a junior • Rushed for 1,778 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior • Was the 2003 offensive player of the year in the Central Piedmont 4-A •First name is James, but goes by "Cooter" •Coached by Doug Illing •Son of James and Sonya Arnold • Born January 11, 1987.

ANDRE BARBOUR
6-6, 270
Offensive Lineman
Savannah, Ga.
North Springs (Atlanta) High School

Offensive lineman who started at North Springs High School but transferred to Beach High School in Savannah during his senior season • Has played just three years of football • Two-year starter at right tackle • Recorded 15 pancakes, gave up only two sacks • Ranked among the top 100 players in Georgia by Rivals.com •Coached by Gary McCoy at North Springs • Plays on the basketball team • Son of Andre Barbour and Mignon Hale • Born on April 12, 1987.

ANDRE COLEMAN
6-1, 185
Defensive Back
Miami, Fla.
Norland

High school teammate of signee Garrett White and Dwight Flukerberry • Posted 28 tackles, had five interceptions, seven pass breakups and two fumble recoveries • Also rank back four kickoffs for touchdowns • Caught 10 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns • Honorable-mention All-Dade County • Invited to play in the Dade-Broward County All-Star Game • Earned the team's Mike McKenzie Outstanding Defensive Back Award • Coached by Nigel Dunn • Son of Janice Coleman • Born on June 3, 1986.

BRYAN DIXON
5-11, 185
Defensive Back
Tabor City, N.C.
South Columbus

Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl Team • Ranked the No. 20 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Four-year starter at running back and cornerback • Also returned kicks • Rushed for 1,028 yards and scored 16 touchdowns as a senior • Also had 17 receptions for 516 yards and eight touchdowns at wide receiver • Played cornerback in the Shrine Bowl game • Had 62 tackles and six interceptions as a junior • Also rushed for 976 yards and had 720 yards receiving • Earned all-conference honors as a junior • Coached by Joey Price •Son of Willie and Bertha Dixon • Born on September 26, 1986.

DIRK ENGRAM
5-10, 170
Wide Receiver
College Park, Ga.
North Clayton

Also goes by "Tony" • Led North Clayton to a 10-1 record as a senior • Had 1,200 yards receiving and scored 16 touchdowns • Four-year starter at receiver and defensive back • Also returns kicks • Scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns and two on punt returns • Coached by Don Shockley •Son of Angela and Dirk Engram • Born on July 22, 1987.

DWIGHT FLUKERBERRY
6-2, 190
Safety
Miami, Fla.
Norland High School

High school teammate of signee Garrett White • Played quarterback, safety, wide receiver and running back • Made 26 tackles, rushed for three touchdowns, passed for another and returned a punt and an interception for touchdowns • Three-year starter who helped lead Norland to the state title as a sophomore •Averaged double figures in basketball • Coached by Nigel Dunn • Son of Desiree Bratton and Bartimez Berry • Born on February 5, 1987.

KYLE JOLLY
6-6, 280
Offensive Lineman
Powhatan, Va.
Blessed Sacarament

Ranked among the top 30 players in Virginia by SuperPrep • Three-year starter on offense and defense at tight end and defensive tackle • Earned all-state private school honors as a tight end and defensive tackle • Named first-team All-Richmond Metro • Caught 15 passes with five touchdowns and registered 70 tackles as a senior • Voted team MVP and offensive MVP • Named first-team All Virginia Commonwealth Conference tight end and first-team All-VCC defensive tackle • First-team All Metro Offensive Tackle as selected by Richmond Times Dispatch • Team won the Virginia Division I championship as a junior • Thought to be the first player from Powhatan County to receive a Divison I-A scholarship • Outstanding youth swimmer • Coached by Mike Henderson •Son of Eric Jolly • Born on July 22, 1987.

JORDAN HEMBY
5-10, 176
Defensive Back
Morganton, N.C.
Freedom

Considered the best defensive back in North Carolina • Did not play cornerback full-time until his senior year • Ranked the No. 18 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 23 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Led Freedom to an 8-3 record as a senior with seven interceptions •Also returned kicks and rushed for 750 yards • Coached by Tim McMahon •Played at the same high school as former Tar Heels Leon Johnson and Landon Mariani •Son of Jas and Irene Hemby • Born on July 21, 1987.

DARRIUS MASSENBURG
6-4, 255,
Defensive End
Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
Roanoke Rapids

Named first-team all-state by the Associated Press and NCPreps.com • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl Team •Ranked the No. 15 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep and The Charlotte Observer • Ranked among the top 30 in North Carolina by Rivals.com • As a senior, had 68 tackles, seven sacks, four blocked punts, one interception and two fumble recoveries • Also had three receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns • Two-time team defensive MVP • Named the Northern Carolina Conference Lineman of the Year in 2004 • Earned all-area and all-conference honors as a junior and senior • Had 118 tackles and three punt blocks as a junior • Posted 103 tackles, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a sophomore • Finished his career with 284 tackles, seven blocked punts and five interceptions • Roanoke Valley Defensive Player of the Year in 2003 • Coached by Tim Bennett • Three-time all-conference basketball player • 2004 Homecoming King • Son of Tina Debro • Born on June 19, 1987.

MARK PASCHAL
6-0, 220
Linebacker
Charlotte, N.C.
Charlotte Latin

Led Latin to two consecutive independent school state championships • Ranked the No. 10 fullback in the country by Rivals.com • Ranked the No. 19 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Played both running back and linebacker • Rushed for more than 1,300 yards and scored 22 touchdowns on offense as a senior and had 100 tackles on defense • Rushed for 1,397 yards and 26 touchdowns, averaging nearly nine yards per carry, as a junior • Also amassed over 100 tackles that season • Coached by Larry McNulty •Son of Jeanne and Doug Paschal • His father, Doug, was a four-year letterwinner in football from 1976-79 • Doug played two seasons in the NFL • Born on September 9, 1986.

RICHARD QUINN
6-3, 215
Tight End
Maple Heights, Ohio
Maple Heights

Enrolled at North Carolina in January, 2005 • Ranked the No. 15 tight end in the country by Rivals.com • Member of SuperPrep's All-Midwest Team • Two-time all-conference and all-district selection • Led Maple Heights to a 10-2 record and a berth in the playoffs as a senior • Team offensive MVP • Had 32 catches for 468 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior • Caught 12 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown as a junior •Coached by Jeff Rotsky •Played two seasons at Butler High School in Huntsville, Ala., before moving to Ohio during his sophomore year • Also played basketball and was the top rebounder in the conference in 2004 • Son of Yolanda and Richards Quinn, Sr. • Born on September 6, 1986.

GARRETT REYNOLDS
6-7, 275
Offensive Lineman
Knoxville, Tenn.
Carter

Ranked among the top 15 players in Tennessee by Rivals.com and SuperPrep • Named all-state at defensive tackle in 4-A schools •Associated Press honorable-mention all-state selection on offense • Three-year starter on both the offensive line and defensive line • Had four sacks and 76 tackles on defense as a senior •Coached by Heath Woods • Son of Art and Janet Reynolds • His father, Art, and uncle, Jack, played football at Tennessee • Art played linebacker at UT in 1971-73 spent one year in the World Football League in 1974 in Charlotte • Jack, nicknamed "Hacksaw," played linebacker at UT in 1967-69 and played 15 seasons in the NFL • Born on July 1, 1987.

RICHIE RICH
5-9, 181
Running Back
Marietta, Ga.
Wheeler

Ranked the No. 5 all-purpose back by Rivals.com • Member of the Atlanta Journal's Super Southern 100 • Ranked the No. 15 player in Georgia by Rivals.com • Ranked the No. 24 player in Georgia by SuperPrep • Rushed for nearly 1,000 yards in his senior season and scored five touchdowns • Gained 1,454 yards on the ground and scored 12 touchdowns as a junior • Also played defensive back • Coached by Chuck Goddard • Son of Windell and Taryn Rich • Born on February 17, 1987.

BOBBY ROME
5-11, 220
Athlete
Norfolk, Va.
Granby

Four-year starter at quarterback • Granby finished 7-3 in 2004 and won the Eastern District •Ranked among the top 25 players in Virginia by The Roanoke Times • Ranked among the top 35 players in Virginia by SuperPrep • Second-team All-Tidewater • Passed for 1,726 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior • Passed for 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior, despite playing just eight games due to an ankle injury •Coached by Dave Hudak •Played at the same high school as former Carolina first-team All-ACC safety Dexter Reid •Son of Dolphine and Bobby Rome, Sr. • Born on April 29, 1986.

CAMERON SEXTON
6-1, 170
Quarterback
Laurinburg, N.C.
Scotland County

Participated in bowl practices with the Tar Heels in December and has already enrolled at North Carolina •SuperPrep All-America •Ranked the No. 6 quarterback in the country by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com • Ranked the No. 2 quarterback in North Carolina and the No. 8 player overall in the state by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 9 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Completed 153 of 271 passes for 2,379 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior as the Scots went 7-5 and advanced to the state playoffs • Passed for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior • Was 335 of 670 for 5,165 yards and 38 touchdowns in his career • Coached by Mark Barnes •Grew up in Durham, attending Hope Valley Elementary School • Son of Patti and Brent Sexton • His father played at Elon and spent three season at defensive back with the Pittsburgh Steelers • Born on October 2, 1986.

AARON STAHL
6-3, 280
Defensive Lineman
Venice, Fla.
Venice

Ranked among the top 100 playes in Florida by SuperPrep • Three-year starter on both the defensive and offensive lines at Venice • Earned all-state and all-conference honors • Coached by Nick Coleman •Son of Patricia and Michael Stahl • Born on December 23, 1986.

NICK STARCEVIC
6-2, 235
Fullback
Charlotte, N.C.
Charlotte Catholic

Played fullback and linebacker in high school • Ranked one of the top 35 players in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Led Charlotte Catholic to perfect 16-0 record and 2-AA state title • In state championship game (14-7 win over Western Alamance at Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium), earned game MVP honors after rushing 20 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns while catching one pass for 22 yards • Scored the game-winning touchdown with just 1:00 remaining in the fourth quarter • Also credited with seven tackles on defense in that game • Gained 1,994 yards on 222 carries and scored 30 touchdowns as a senior Also caught two touchdown passes • Made 60 tackles at defensive end • Rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a junior and helped Catholic finish 12-4 in the class 2-A •Coached by Jim Oddo •Son of Meg and Michael Starcevic • Born on February 17, 1987.

JERMAINE STRONG
5-10, 170
Defensive Back
Shelby, N.C.
Crest/Fork Union

Two-year starter at Shelby High School • Helped Crest win the 3-A state championship as a senior in 2004 and earned all-conference honors • Caught a 67-yard pass for a touchdown and set up a score with a 33-yard reception in the title game •Coached by John Shuman at Fork Union •Son of Pia Strong and Tyrone Beam • Born on May 26, 1985.

BRANDON TATE
6-1, 182
Wide Receiver
Burlington, N.C.
Cummings

Had 66 receptions for 1,213 yards and 18 touchdowns in 15 games as a senior • Also returned kicks and played defensive back •Had 22 catches for 496 yards (22.5 per catch) and eight touchdowns as a junior • Helped lead Cummings to the state finals in 2003 and the semifinals in 2004 • Burlington Times-News All-Area selection • member of the Greensboro News & Record All-Area Team • Earned all-conference honors • Three-year starter in football and basketball • Coached by Steve Johnson • Plays guard on the basketball team and helped lead Cummings to the state title as a junior • Son of Lesley and Barry Tate, Sr. • His brother, Barry, plays football at Lenoir-Rhyne College • Born on October 5, 1987.

CAMARON THOMAS
6-4, 315
Defensive Tackle
Robbins, N.C.
North Moore

Ranked the No. 16 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Ranked the No. 19 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Played both defensive tackle and fullback in high school • Ran for 798 yards and 12 touchdowns on 130 carries as a senior • Led the team with 50 tackles as junior • Rushed for 600 yards and six touchdowns as a fullback as a junior • Coached by Bryan Lee •Also played basketball • Nickname is "Cam" • Son of Janet and Milton Person and Ronnie Thomas • Born on December 12, 1986.

KENTON THORNTON
6-5, 225
Wide Receiver
Dallas, Texas
St. Mark's HS/Blair Academy (N.J.)

Played high school at St. Mark's in Dallas before attending Prep School at Blair Academy • Named the New Jersey Prep Player of the Year in 2004 • Ranked one of the top 50 athletes in the country in 2004 by Rivals.com • Also one of the top 100 players in Texas by Rivals.com • Although Blair Academy was primarily a running team, he still caught 28 passes for 518 yards and four touchdowns • Also rushed for 40 yards and scored a touchdown • Returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns • Also played safety and returned two interceptions for touchdowns • Of his 10 touchdowns, nine were 27 yards or more • Had 59 tackles at defensive back, including 33 primary, one sack, two caused fumbles and one recovered fumble • His brother, Kalen, plays linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys • His brother, Kyle, is a freshman lineman at Texas • His father, Bruce, played four years in the NFL and two in the USFL • Also plays basketball • Son of Bruce Thornton and Denise Levert • Born on May 13, 1986.

KENNEDY TINSLEY
6-0, 210
Running Back
Greensboro, N.C.
Dudley

Had 165 carries for 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns leading Dudley to the Class 3-AA state final despite ankle injuries • Also caught 15 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns • Coached by Stephen Davis •Son of Anthony Tinsley • Born on December 4, 1986.

GARRETT WHITE
6-2, 230
Linebacker
Miami, Fla.
Norland High School

High school teammate of signee Dwight Flukerberry • Three-year starter who helped lead Norland to the state title as a sophomore •Ranked among the top 100 players in Florida by Rivals.com • Ranked among the top 75 outside linebackers in the country by Rivals.com • Ranked by the Miami Herald as one of the top 25 Miami-Dade prospects • All-Dade County • Participated in the Dade-Broward County All-Star Game • Third-team all-state selection • Made 93 tackles and nine sacks, broke up four passes, forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass for a touchdown as a senior • Coached by Nigel Dunn •Son of Deborah Dorsett and Monday Wilson • Born on September 5, 1986.

E.J. WILSON
6-2, 235
Linebacker
Lawrenceville, Va.
Brunswick

Ranked the No. 26 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times • Ranked among the top 35 players in Virginia by SuperPrep • Played numerous positions as a senior due to the youth of the team, which featured only five upperclassmen • First-team all-district wide receiver and defensive back • First-team all-region wide receiver, second-team all-region defensive back • All-state selection at wide receiver • Averaged 32.1 yards per reception and caught six touchdown passes in 2004 • Also played some running back and quarterback • Rushed for four touchdowns and averaged 7.5 yards per carry • Threw for two touchdowns at quarterback • Averaged 7.7 tackles per game while playing defensive back, linebacker and free safety as a senior • All-state performer in 300-meter hurdles • Played forward on the state champion basketball team • Has a 4.2 GPA • Coached by Harold Williams • Son of Helen and Earl Wilson, Sr. • Born on October 28, 1987.

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