By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
February 7, 2014
CHAPMANVILLE — It was a big day at Chapmanville Regional High School on Wednesday afternoon as three of its football players signed national letters of intent.
Seniors Brady Cox and Tyler Brewster signed with Division II West Virginia State. Senior Gabe Maynard inked with Glenville State, another Division II school in the Mountain East Conference.
Cox, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end, was Chapmanville’s leading receiver in 2013 as he grabbed 48 passes for 746 yards and had eight touchdowns. He averaged 15.5 yards per catch and also played in the Tiger secondary.
Maynard and Brewster were two-way linemen for Chapmanville.
All three players were named to the All-Cardinal Conference team.
“This is what it’s all about, getting these kids in school and letting them play a little more football,” Tigers’ football coach George Barker said. “We always tell them that you are only guaranteed 10 games a year. Now, they get a chance to play some more so I think that’s great.”
Barker said all three players are better suited for offense at the collegiate level.
“You just never know which way they are going to go but I think Brady is more of an offensive player,” Barker said. “He’s got great ball skills. Once he gets into a program with a great weight program he will be fine. I think Brewster and Gabe are great offensive players. These three kids could have an immediate impact. They have adequate size and abilities. They can play and their football IQ’s are high. This is the icing on the cake so to speak.”
Maynard said he’s happy to go to Glenville State.
“I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to play,” Maynard said. “I thank God for all of the opportunities that have been given to me. I’m just happy to be part of a new family and to begin a new chapter in my life. I want to study education and I’d like to eventually teach and coach at the high school level.”
Cox said he’s pleased to be a West Virginia Yellow Jacket.
“This is a big deal because they say nobody around here goes anywhere,” Cox said. “I want to go play college football. That’s what I want to do. I’m planning on studying criminal justice.”
Brewster, a 6-4, 285-pounder, said he can’t wait to go to State.
“It’s pretty exciting. It’s been our dream — all three of us to play college ball,” Brewster said. “I want to study criminal justice there.”
West Virginia State University head football coach Jon Anderson announced the signing of 29 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent or Offers of Admission Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.
“I cannot complement this coaching staff enough on their tireless pursuit of excellence in everything they do,” Anderson said. “They worked extremely hard to find the best student-athletes to wear the Black and Gold.”
The Yellow Jackets will be adding players from Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C. as well as six from West Virginia.
“This signing class was possible due to the commitment of the entire campus community to be student-centered in everything we do,” Anderson said. “A special thank-you to our faculty who gave their time to promote their academic programs to our families who visited campus. Without them, this would not have been possible. This is going to be a special class for State football. With an entire recruiting season available, we were able to recruit the best and the brightest out of our region.”
This is the second signing class for Anderson who was named WVSU head coach in December of 2012.
“The Class of 2014 accomplished our major recruiting objective which was to sign the very best talent available without sacrificing our academic and character expectations,” Anderson said.