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College football recruiting ramps up for area’s rising senior players


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Many high school football players are heading to campuses and officials visits across the next couple of months as recruiting heats up.

Some of the standouts have wide-ranging lists of potential college destinations.

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Among the most highly-recruited is Cummings High School’s Jonathan Paylor.  [See separate story as this week’s Sunday Sports Special.]

• Southern Alamance running backs Logan Foust and Jackson Parrish are hitting the college circuit hard prior to their senior seasons. They both gained more than 1,200 rushing yards last year.

Foust, who said his college role might come on defense as a safety, has been invited to camps at Appalachian State, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest.

Logan Foust after a Southern victory last fall.

Parrish’s camps list includes stops at Appalachian State, Davidson, Elon, Harvard, James Madison, and Richmond. By last month, he had offers from Division II Catawba and UNC Pembroke.


  • Among the busiest players on the camps circuit might be rising Williams junior Dan Mahan, a quarterback who has been prominent on recruiting charts.
Williams’ rising senior Dan Mahan.

The busy June schedule – and some might come in July – for Mahan includes camps at Appalachian State, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Liberty, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami (Ohio), and James Madison.

“It will be a packed June,” Mahan said. “It will be exciting. I like the exposure.”

This comes on the backside of Williams’ spring practice sessions last month. Mahan and receiver Cam’ron Jones were main attractions.


“It has been great for our team because there are college coaches here,” Williams coach Patrick Stokes said. “It elevates everybody’s focus. We’re very blessed that they’ve been coming by.”

  • Eastern Alamance running backs Josh Murray, a rising senior, and Tyrek Samuel, a rising junior, have gained attention along with senior-to-be quarterback Jason Ball.
    Eastern Running Back Josh Murray after a game last fall.
    Tyrek Samuel after an Eastern Alamance practice last fall.
    Eastern quarterback Jason Ball after game last fall. 

    Ball’s list of camp stops includes Appalachian State, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State and The Citadel.

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