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National Signing Day was good to Bobby Carroll’s York Comprehensive High School football team.
The Cougars have seven players who are college-bound, three to Appalachian State University.
“Today is a great day to be a Cougar,” assistant principal Christopher Black said to a large National Signing Day gathering in the YCHS auditorium.
Carroll echoed Black’s sentiments, lauding the Cougar seniors for success on the gridiron and in the classroom.
“We have four others on the cutting edge, awaiting paper work and test scores that will determine their college acceptance,” Carroll said. “Recruiting doesn’t end on National Signing Day. It extends beyond NSD for some recruits.”
Carroll said a ton of work went into the process of sending more than 200 video highlights to colleges and universities across the country.
“It’s the most highlights we’ve sent since I’ve been coaching,” he said. “I want to thank the assistant coaches for their help in promoting our football players.”
Three Cougar players are Appalachian State-bound, including Lee Wright and twin brothers Beau and Hunter Nunn.
Wright, the son of Mary Wright, was a Shrine Bowl participant as well as receiving the prestigious Bronko Nagurszki Award presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
He knows the game is faster at the college level.
“I will play outside linebacker at Appalachian State,” Wright said. “I would rather play defense. I prefer to react on the field instead of assignment football, but would play running back if asked to.”
Wright likes the App State campus and its winning history in football.
“The facilities are nice, locker rooms, dressing rooms, dorms,” he said. “It’s a great football atmosphere. They want to win.”
The identical Nunn twins, Beau and Hunter, whose parents are Jason Munn and Shannon Callahan, will accompany Wright to ASU.
Beau Nunn, who was a North-South All-Star participant, is primed for his chance to play at the next level.
“If I am physically able to compete at the college level my freshman year, I will become part of the program during the coming season,” he said. “If not, they will declare me a red shirt to become bigger, faster and stronger .”
Nunn said a big part of his decision to attend ASU is the opportunity to play with his twin brother, Hunter, and Wright.
“Hunter and me have played football since the seventh-grade,” Beau Nunn recalled.
Hunter Nunn is a preferred walk-on at ASU.
“I will work hard to show the coaches there that I have what it takes to compete at the college level,” he said. “It’ll be good to be with my brother, Beau, and Lee. I really like Appalachian State. The campus is awesome.”
Nunn said tight end is the position the Mountaineer coaches will need him to play.
“It’s mostly the position I’ve always played,” he added. “I’ve played some wide receiver.”
Cougar mainstay Chad Hill has signed to play for the U.S. Air Force Academy, a tradition-rich military school in Colorado Springs.
“I love it at the Air Force Academy,” said Hill, the son of Boysie and Catherine Hill. “I thought the campus and facilities were amazing when I visited the school.”
Hill said playing football for the Cougars prepared him for the college level.
He is about to embrace the Air Force Academy and everything it stands for.
“Playing Division 1 football at one of the military academies is a great opportunity,” he said. “They take pride in everything they do and prepare you for life. I look forward to playing football for Air Force in Colorado Springs.”
Spencer Carroll, a three-year starter at quarterback for the Cougars and the son of Bobby and Sherry Carroll, is about to embark on a unique experience at Limestone College in nearby Gaffney.
“Having the opportunity to play football at the college level is an honor and a privilege, a dream come true, especially at a school that’s never had a football team,” Carroll said. “We will determine the direction the program takes and will become the tradition the next four years.”
Said Carroll, an all-region selection, “Without the support of my family, teammates and friends, this opportunity would not be possible.”
Carroll cherishes the father-son experience on the gridiron in Cougar Country.
“Playing football for my dad was an amazing experience,” he said. “He held me accountable like all of the other players. His work ethic rubbed off on me growing up and playing football under him. My dad made me a student of the game.”
Romonique Mobley, the son of Brenda Mobley and an all-area selection, will play football at Hutchison Community College in Kansas.
“It’s a good deal,” explained Mobley. “I will play two years there, then transfer to a four-year school.”
Mobley is expected to play free safety at Hutchison.
“Free safety has added responsibilities,” said the Cougar defensive stalwart. “You cover more of the field.”
Mobley understands the challenge of competing at the next level. “I will do what it takes to get it done and move on to a four-year school,” he said.
Shamal Sanders, the son of Mary and Donnie Chalk, is readying for his next challenge at North Greenville University.
“North Greenville is a good school,” said Sanders. “I have been on campus and like the environment there.”
Sanders, who played defensive end for the Cougars, is expected to play outside linebacker at North Greenville. “I will work hard to compete for early playing time,” he said.
Like other college-bound YCHS football players, Sanders said playing for the Cougars helped prepare him for college ball. “I learned a lot about the game from the Cougar coaches,” he said.