Chants hope to hit blackjack with impressive class of 21

ccufoot-mogliaCoastal Carolina Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced his 2015 recruiting class Wednesday.

The group of 21 features players from nine states, including nine from South Carolina. The group includes two, three-star recruits, five all-state selections and eight all-star bowl participants.

The Chants also fared well close to home – three from the Grand Strand: Conway offensive lineman Landon Jones, Georgetown defensive back Michael Billings, and Socastee tight end Max Kjosa and nine from the Palmetto State.

The group features seven offensive linemen, five defensive lineman, two quarterbacks and two tight ends as well as one linebacker, one long snapper and one kicker. See the complete list with full bios and vidoe links below:

Casey Barker
DL, 6-3, 235
Ponte Vedra, Fla. / Pont Vedra HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Selected to play in the Florida-Georgia Border War All-Star game … Led St. Johns County with 8.0 sacks and was fifth with 88 tackles, including 18 for losses … Added two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries with a touchdown … As a junior, had 59 tackles, including four sacks and 12 TFL, with two forced fumbles … Tabbed second team All-St. Johns County … Started 26 games at Ponte Vedra and played in every game from freshman to senior years.

Barker’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2155175/casey-barker

Peter Battaglia
OL, 6-4, 250
Syracuse, N.Y. / Christian Brothers HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Earned second team All-Section III and honorable mention All-League AA 1 … Led team to the Section III Class 2A championship his junior season … Christian Brothers reached the state regional final as a senior … Recorded 14 pancake blocks and anchored an offensive line that allowed the CBA backfield to accumulate 1,763 yards on the ground and 26 touchdowns …. Can play center, guard, tight end and long snapper.

Battaglia’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2780978/highlights/220626378

Michael Billings
DB, 6-0, 190
Georgetown, S.C. / Georgetown HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Played in the South Carolina North-South All-Star game … Scored twice in the 23-18 win – once by recovering a bad snap on a punt and once scooping and scoring off a blocked punt … Named to the WPDE All-Zone team … Piled up 895 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns … Added 278 receiving yards and one touchdown … Recorded 29 tackles and one fumble recovery on defense … As a junior, battled an injury but rushed for 540 yards and seven touchdowns in six games.

Billings’ Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1098878/michael-billings

Austin Bradley
QB, 6-3, 195
Orangeburg, S.C. / Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Threw for 2,504 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior … Named the HSSR.com AAA Player of the Week as he passed for 338 yards and five touchdowns in a 54-14 win over Hilton Head to secure a playoff spot for the Bruins … In the playoffs completed 29-of-48 passes for 369 yards and three scores in a loss to top-ranked Hartsville … A two-time, second team Orangeburg Times and Democrat All-Region selection … Prior to his senior season named to the Times and Democrat Elite 11 as he threw for over 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns in leading the Bruins to a second-place finish in Region 8-AAA as a junior … Four-year Honor Roll and member of the National Honor Society … Also plays baseball, earning team MVP as a junior.

Bradley’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3653831/abradleyqb15gmailcom-austin-bradley

Preston Carey
DB, 5-11, 175
Hagerstown, Md. / North Hagerstown HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: All-Washington County as both a defensive back and running back … First team All-MVAL as a running back and All-Herald-Mail as a defensive back … Added second team All-MVAL as a defensive back … Registered 26 tackles and four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns … Added 570 rushing yards with eight scores and 243 receiving yards with three TDs as a senior … Ranks third in school history in both points scored (160) and touchdowns (26) … Tallied 2,334 career all-purpose yards  and 10 career interceptions … Named to the Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 team after his junior season … Rushed 56 times for 570 yards and picking off four passes … Added four picks and 530 rushing yards as a sophomore.

Carey’s’ Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2061374/preston-carey

Jack Gorsline
OL, 6-3, 285
Christchurch, Va. / Christchurch School

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named first team VirginiaPreps.Com 2014 Private All-State and first team VISAA Division III All-State … Helped the Seahorses to a runner-up finish in the state championship … In his junior season, tabbed second team VISAA Division II All-State … A two-time first team All-Old Dominion Football Conference selection, once as an offensive lineman and once as a defensive lineman.

Gorsline’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2991757/jack-gorsline

Ethan Howard
OL, 6-6, 285
Brookwood, Ala. / Brookwood HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Helped Brookwood to gain more than 1,500 yards rushing and more than 1,600 yards passing … Led the team in pancake blocks and fewest sacks allowed as the offensive line allowed the fewest number of sacks in more than a decade … Team captain … Finalist for the Bryant Jordan Achievement Award, given annually by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

Howard’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3130005/ethan-howard

Landon Jones
OL, 6-6, 280
Conway, S.C. / Conway HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Played in the national Offense-Defense Diamonds in the Rough All-Star game … 2014 Toast of the Coast selection … A captain as a senior, graded out in the high 80s this season and recorded 55 knockdown blocks.

Jones’ Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2118799/landon-jones

Maxwell Kjosa
TE, 6-5, 235
Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Socastee HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named to the WPDE All-Zone and WBTW All-Blitz teams, while be tabbed the best tight end in the area by both … Caught 24 passes for 497 yards and seven touchdowns in the Braves’ triple-option offense … As a junior, tabbed second team Region VII-AAA as he had 12 receptions for 294 yards and five scores … Twice led Socastee in receptions and receiving yards and helped the Braves to a 19-5 record as a junior and senior, including a 12-1 mark in 2013.
Kjosa’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1700975/maxwell-kjosa

Connor Kubala
LS, 6-1, 225
Evans, Ga. / Lakeside HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Rated the 23rd-best long snapper in the nation by Chris Rubio … Selected to play for Team Georgia in the Border Bowl II (versus Team South Carolina) … Named honorable mention all-county … A three-year starter as the long snapper … Recorded over 200 snaps on punt and field goal teams without one bad snap or blocked kick or punt …  Received Lakeside’s Special Teams Player of the Year Award … Named one of the top long snappers in the state prior to his senior season … As a junior, named second team AAAAA All-State at Cedric Ogelsby Kicking Academy.

Kubala’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2469944/connor-kubala

Adam Lawhorn
OL, 6-2, 295
Blacksburg HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Earned all-region honors as a sophomore, junior and senior … Received the Blocking Award from the Spartanburg Touchdown Club in 2012 and 2014 … Graded out above 90 percent with 30 knockdown, pancake and domination blocks … Named to the HSSR.com South Carolina All-Rookie team as a sophomore.

Lawhorn’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2832847/adam-lawhorn

Jamarion McBride
OL, 6-1, 290
Simpsonville, S.C. / Hillcrest HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Selected to play in the South Carolina North-South All-Star game … First team AAAA All-State by HSSR.com … Led Hillcrest to 14-1 record a AAAA state championship … As the starting center and starting nose guard, McBride was a part of the school’s most stingy defenses and productive offenses in school history … Rams’ head coach Greg Porter said, “McBride is our best overall athlete” … Credited with 36 tackles, including 2.5 sacks and 12.0 for losses … Helped quarterback Colin Sneed throw for over 3,000 yards and 37 touchdowns and running backs Quintavis Ballenger and JD Ballenger rush for over 2,000 yards and 37 TDs.

McBride’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2149749/jamarion-mcbride

Clayton Osterloh
DL, 6-4, 215
Williamsburg, Va. / Warhill HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Second team All-Colonial Rivers Conference 25 selection … Led the team in sacks … Played quarterback and linebacker as a junior, ranking second in the conference in passing yards and ninth in tackles … Four-year letterman in lacrosse … Older brother Patrick is an offensive lineman at Virginia Tech.

Osterloh’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3020432/clayton-osterloh

Evan Rabon
PK/P, 6-0, 150
Florence, S.C. / South Florence HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named to the WPDE All-Zone and WBTW All-Blitz teams … Made 48-of-51 extra points and 12-of-20 field goals to score 84 points … Has made field goals and punted kicking both left and right footed and prefers right footed … Had 87 kickoffs and 77 touchbacks … Averaged 37.3 yards on his 40 punts … Played at Kings Academy through his junior season … Prior to his senior season was the top-rated kicker in South Carolina and 57th-best placekicker in the nation by recruiting analyst Chris Sailer … For his sophomore and junior years, made 14-of-18 field goals with a long of 47 … Averaged nearly 44 yards per punt … Also plays baseball.

Rabon’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2671136/evan-rabon

Noah Robison
OL, 6-6, 270
Derry, N.H. / Pinkerton Academy

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named All-New Hampshire by USATodayHSS.com … Selected to play in the New Hampshire East-West All-Star game … Led Pinkerton to a 12-0 record and a Division I state championship … Named Division 1 South All-Conference.

Robison’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4164923/noah-robison

Tyquan Ross
DL, 6-0, 280
Great Falls, S.C. / Great Falls HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: All-Region 3-1A, second team all-area from The Herald and first team 1A All-State as an offensive lineman from the classification’s coaches … Tallied 57 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks … Graded out at 90 for the 2014 season on offense … Ranks 12th in his senior class with a 4.1 GPA.

Ross’ Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TA-YFzUmpE

Chance Thrasher
QB, 6-3, 215
Suwanee, Ga. / Peachtree Ridge HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: A three-star recruit by ESPN/Scout.com and 247Sports.com … Rated the 47th-best quarterback in the nation by ESPN/Scout.com … Named honorable mention AAAAAA All-State and third team All-Gwinnett County … Completed 158-of-264 passes for 2,309 yards and 24 touchdowns with just five interceptions … Added 215 rushing yards with four scores … For his three-year career, threw for 4,833 yards and 44 TDs with just 13 picks … Named GwinetteSportsreport.com Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Lions to a 49-6 victory, throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns … Prior to his senior season was rated the top-rated, pro-style quarterback in Gwinnett County, ranking fourth in Georgia … Led his team to an 8-4 record as a junior in a region that featured some of the top teams in the AAAAAA classification.

Trasher’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1879363/chance-thrasher

Seamus Tully
DL, 6-2, 260
Bellows Falls, Vt. / New Hampton (N.H.) School

Prior to Coastal Carolina: An All-Evergreen League selection as both an offensive and defensive lineman … Led New Hampton to an 8-0 regular-season record … Credited with 27 tackles, including five sacks and 12 for losses with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … Also played linebacker … Transferred to New Hampton from Kimball Union Academy after Kimball Union dropped its football program … At a high school combine camp in 2012, was named the LB MVP and Strongest Man in the entire camp.

Tully’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2122579/seamus-tully

Fitz Wattley
LB, 5-11, 205
McEachern, Ga. / Powder Springs HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Selected to play in the Cobb All-Star Senior Bowl … First team All-Cobb County … Credited with 89 tackles, including 52 solo stops, with 10.0 sacks … Powders Springs was the top-ranked 6A team in the state in the 2014 preseason poll … Tallied 62 tackles, two sacks and an interception as a junior.

Wattley’s Video:  http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1426716/fitz-wattley

Tyler Wheeler
TE, 6-5, 225
Macon, Ga. / Westside HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Voted All-Region 2 AAA by the coaches … Caught 10 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns … Also a standout basketball player, averaging 14.5 points and 9.9 rebounds in his senior season.

Wheeler’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3495491/tyler-wheeler

Myles White
DL, 6-4, 225
Fort Dorchester, S.C. / Fort Dorchester HS

Prior to Coastal Carolina: A three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and rated the 20th-best overall prospect in the state and the 62nd-best strong-side defensive end in the nation … Selected to play in the South Carolina North-South All-Star game … Registered 88 tackles as a senior, including 40 solo, with 16 tackles for loss and five sacks … A two-time, first team All-County Line (Berkeley and Dorchester Counties) selection … Ranked the fifth-best defensive end in the state prior to his senior season.

White’s Video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2092032/myles-white

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