On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Coastal Carolina Head Football Coach Joe Moglia announced the 2018 recruiting class, which included 16 recruits announcing their commitment on National Signing Day 2018.
There are 34 student-athletes that have made their commitment to play college football at Coastal Carolina, 18 of which committed during the Early Signing Period back on Dec. 20, 2017.
Moglia gave his thoughts on the new recruiting class.
“I feel very good about our recruiting class,” said Moglia. “We do things differently here at Coastal Carolina when it comes to recruiting. There are a couple things we do here that no one else in the country does. One of the things is that we don’t have any rules, so the whole Be A Man standard is a part of this. So, from day one when we are recruiting someone, we make it very clear to that athlete is that BAM is not about “being a man” or being “some tough guy”, it is about someone who stands on their own two feet, treats everyone with respect, accepts responsibility and understands the consequences for their actions. This is why character is so important and why we look for it in a recruit.”
While three players from the combined signings of December and February have not had their positions established on the team, there was more of an offensive push in this recruiting class with at least 20 recruits having signed as an offensive player.
Ten of the new signees are either a tight end or a wide receiver, which shows that the Chanticleers are looking to add more depth to their wide receiving core after losing Bruce Mapp in 2016 and Chris Jones in 2017.
Mapp and Jones combined for nearly 4,000 receiving yards in their time at Coastal Carolina and a combined number of 30 touchdowns in their illustrious careers. And with Omar Black and Malcolm Williams being the only senior wide receivers that played all 12 games last season, receivers are something the team needs.
Moglia talked about the process of getting so many recruits at one position and what he intends to do.
“We weren’t necessarily trying to single out a certain position,” said Moglia. “As we were recruiting, there were some guys in those positions who we thought could be great players for us one day and we thought it would benefit us if we made that investment now, rather than later.”
Coastal Carolina opens their spring practice on Saturday, Feb. 24 and the 2018 Spring Game will commence on Friday, Apr. 6. A time for the Spring Game has yet to be determined.
Coastal Carolina opens their 2018 season on the road in Columbia, SC to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, Sep. 1 and the team’s first home game will be the following Saturday, Sep. 8 as the Chanticleers take on Campbell. Kickoff times have yet to be determined.