Coastal’s 11: Moglia’s first class is quality over quantity

New Coastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia and his staff signed 11 players on Wednesday, a small recruiting class by comparison but one he feels is heavy on quality over quantity.

“We are not going to worry about whether we get the maximum number of players this year,” Moglia said during his first press conference since his hiring in December. “In fact, that would be a mistake. … (but) I couldn’t be more excited about the quality of the class.”

Quality and quantity aside, Moglia and his staff did vastly expanded the traditional boundaries of Coastal’s recruiting base. The Chanticleers signed four players from Pennsylvania, one from Connecticut and one from Missouri.

Monsignor Bonner High (Colingdale, Pa.) offensive lineman Dominic DiGalbo (6-foot-4, 270-pounds); West Catholic (Philadelphia) wide receiver Bruce Mapp (6-1, 170); Unionville (Pa.) athlete Richard Sampson (6-2, 195) and Lackawanna (Pa.) Junior College running back Lorenzo Taliaferro signed with the Chants from the Keystone State.

New London (Conn.) High offensive lineman Voghens Larrieux (6-5, 265) and Christian Brothers (St. Louis) quarterback Dalton Demos also signed with the Chants on Wednesday. Demos was recruited through a connection with assistant coach Brock Olivo, a former standout running back at Missouri. The influx of talent from the southeastern Pennsylvania area is likely attributed to assistant coach Brandon Noble, who has ties to the area.

The Chants did score several players from their traditional recruiting base of the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia- Marcus Crowder, a 6-1, 290-pound defensive lineman from Eastern Alamance High in Mebane, N.C.; Kamron Summers (5-11, 180), a defensive back out of West Iredell High in Statesville, N.C.; Roderick Holder (6-3, 225), a defensive lineman out of Indian River High in Chesapeake, Va.; Andre Johnson (5-11, 220), a running back from Buford (Ga.) High; and Clark Krimmer  (6-3 , 225), a linebacker  out of Houston County (Kathleen, Ga.) High.

“Our staff did a remarkable job given the time constraints we were working with,” Moglia said. “… I’m not disappointed in the numbers. I am disappointed by the fact that there were none from South Carolina.”

Moglia said there were “three to five” verbal commitments from the previous staff that decided not to come to Coastal because “they had concerns they wouldn’t be treated well by the new staff.” He said they were able to keep two early commitments, although none were from the Palmetto State.

Moglia said there are a few more possible additions to the class but nothing imminent. He likes the idea of keeping some scholarships open in case a few blue chips who fell through the cracks become available after Signing Day.

2012 Coastal Carolina Football Signing Class
Name     Pos.     Ht.     Wt.     Hometown / Previous School(s)
Marcus Crowder     DL     6-1     290     Mebane, N.C. / Eastern Alamance HS
Dalton Demos     QB     6-5     195     Chesterfield, Mo. / Christian Brothers HS
Dominic DiGalbo     OL     6-4     270     Colingdale, Pa. / Monsignor Bonner HS
Roderick Holder     DL     6-3     225     Chesapeake, Va. / Indian River
Andre’ Johnson     RB     5-11     220     Buford, Ga. / Buford HS
Clark Krimmer     LB     6-3     225     Kathleen, Ga. / Houston County HS
Voghens Larrieux     OL     6-5     265     New London, Conn. / New London HS
Bruce Mapp     WR     6-1     170     Philadelphia, Pa. / West Philadelphia Catholic
Richie Sampson     Ath.     6-2     195     Kennett Square, Pa. / Unionville HS
Kamron Summers     DB     5-11     180     Statesville, N.C. / West Iredell HS
* Lorenzo Taliaferro RB    6-2     230     Virginia Beach, Va. / Lackawanna (Pa.) JC

* – will be listed as a junior, playing two years at JuCo with a redshirt season still available

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