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Mining NC for football talent

Theres' gold in them thar hills!Back when Scott Satterfield was introduced as the new head football coach at App State, one of his announced priorities was recruiting.

Specifically, he wants to own the old North State.

“We’re still going to hit this (Southeast) region pretty hard, I just don’t want to miss anybody that’s in the state of North Carolina,” Satterfield said. “This is our state, our home state. We’ve got to do our due diligence in this state. I’m going to put every staff member in this state, they’re all going to have an area. We’re going to comb the whole state.”

But so far NC remains off the signee radar. And this ain’t a slam at Satterfield.

Cause, for whatever the reason, in-state football players just don’t stay in the state.

Back on signing day in February, a reported 73 NC high school players announced an FBS choice.

According to a quick count on the various Rival commitment lists, less than half – about 35 – are staying home.

East Carolina led the way with 11 signees, followed by NC State (9) and the Skirts (7).

Meanwhile, at the SoCon level, there were 32 players signed from North Carolina. Number of them going to App State?

3.

Wofford and The Citadel matched that total, while the ‘Whee led the league in NCers with 13. Elon signed 8.

So far for 2014, App State reportedly has at least 10 signees set. Number from NC?

2.

UNC Charlotte, which starts play this season as an FCS independent, announced 13 players from NC in its inaugural recruiting class. The second class, which came after the C-USA invite, drew 10.

It appears North Carolina has the FBS talent. It ranked 11th in FBS signees back in February (though accounting for state population that drops to 31st).

Which raises the difficulty of Satterfield achieving his goal of out-recruiting his in-state peers. With more than half the state’s talent leaving the borders, what impact will adding two new FBSers to the five established programs have on the kids that want to stay?

Some ACCers can promise … possibly with a straight face … BCS title aspirations. ECU can point to a new era in a new league. Duke can promise good seats at basketball games. And UNC can just say, “you might be the first 49er to ever __________!”

What does App State have to offer? What’s the marketing plane plan?

Let’s hear some pitches!

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