For the second consecutive year, local North Carolina recruits stood out in Elon football team's 2016 recruiting class. Of the 22 recruits, a record high for third year head coach Rich Skrosky, 11 hail from the state of North Carolina. The other 11 come from parts of the northeast, mid-atlantic and southeast regions of the country.

"I am excited about the signing of another quality class as we continue to bring the football program back to national prominence," said Skrosky. "As was the plan from the start, it is another large class; that together with the 2015 class will be the cornerstone of our future success. Beyond the productivity they achieved in high school and their measurables they bring to our program, I am just as excited about the character and leadership qualities of these young men. From a position standpoint, it is a well-rounded group that adds overall quality and depth to our roster. I am extremely proud of our staff for the amount of effort put forth to getting to this day."

The Phoenix added depth to a young offense with the addition of 11 players ranging from lineman, receivers, running backs and a single quarterback. Nine players were added to the defensive side of the ball, in addition to two specialists.

Full Elon Football 2016 Recruiting Class:


Name Pos. Hometown / High School (Previous School)
Jeremiah Bridges WR Powder Springs, Ga. / Hillgrove
Stephen Copeland LB Virginia Beach, Va. / Kellam
Brelynd Cyphers RB Virginia Beach, Va. / Green Run
Michael Ebaugh DL Boone, N.C. / Watauga
Matt Foster TE Williamsville, N.Y. / Williamsville South
Seth Harrell QB Byfield, Mass. / Governor's Academy
Karl Hofmeister OL Fayetteville, N.C. / Jack Britt
Tre Marsh WR Greensboro, N.C. / Northern Guilford
De'Sean McNair RB Jacksonville, Fla. / Ribault
Khalil Moore DB Charlotte, N.C. / Davidson Day
Chad Nelson OL Dunwoody, Ga. / Saint Pius X
Alex Parker TE Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Chrisitan
Jack Pawloski K/P Florence, S.C. / Wilson
Daniel Reid-Bennett DB Lexington, N.C. / Lexington
Marshall Simmons LS Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Country Day
T.J. Speight LB Wilson, N.C. / Hunt
Cole Taylor WR Marietta, Ga. / Lassiter
Pete Townsend OL Lumberton, N.C. / Lumberton
Martel Waugh DL McDonough, Ga. / Eagle's Landing
Zavier Williams DB Ellendwood, Ga. Cedar Grove
Marcus Willoughby DL Durham, N.C. / Durham Riverside
Cameron Wright LB Hudson, N.C. / South Caldwell