2016 Preseason All-Gridiron Team Announced

Carolina Gridiron is pleased to announce the 2016 preseason All-Gridiron team. Congratulations to each of the players chosen and best wishes for a successful 2016 season.

Check Out The Weekly Top 15 This Season

CarolinaGridiron.com releases Top 15 Rankings every week. Be sure to check back each Thursday duing the season to see where your favorite team is ranked.

College Football in North Carolina

Carolina Gridiron has expanded coverage to all Division I and II college football teams in the state of North Carolina. See how your favorite college team is doing on the gridiron this season.

Scrimmages and Jamborees

With your help, we were able to once again put together the most comprehensive statewide high school football jamboree/scrimmage list in North Carolina. Be sure to check back in 2017 for more scrimmages and jamborees.

Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings

The 2017 Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings will be released a few weeks into the high school football season. Be sure to check back to see where your team stacks up against the rest of the state.

Former Thomasville, Elon Standout Named Receivers Coach at ECU

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Keith Gaither has been named wide receivers coach at East Carolina according to an announcement from second-year head football coach Scottie Montgomery on Tuesday.

Gaither's acceptance of the position on the Pirates' staff follows a brief tenure as Temple's receivers coach and two-season stay at Army West Point. He brings 20 years of overall coaching experience to ECU, including six at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level and 12 in the state of North Carolina.

"Keith's background of success at all levels not only speaks highly of his coaching ability, but also his aptitude to understand, implement and value various offensive philosophies," Montgomery said. "His recruiting ties, especially across North Carolina, run deep and will impact our program significantly."

Before his Jan. 23, 2017 appointment to join the Owls' program, Gaither directed the Black Knights' receiving corps during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. His pass catchers stood fourth nationally in yards per reception with a 17.9 average last fall during Army's successful 8-5 campaign, which included a 21-17 win over Navy and a 38-31 overtime victory against North Texas in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

In his first year at West Point, Gaither coached Edgar Poe and DeAndre Bell to notable performances. Poe produced a trio of 100-yard receiving games and caught six touchdown passes, which was the most by a Black Knight since 2007, while Bell turned in career highs in receptions and yards as a senior.

Gaither was wide receivers coach at Ball State from 2011 to 2014 and helped guide the Cardinals to back-to-back bowl appearances following the 2012 (Beef 'O' Brady's) and 2013 (GoDaddy.com) seasons.

While on Pete Lembo's staff in Muncie, Gaither was responsible for a combined three All-Mid-American Conference first-team selections in 2012 and 2013, along with second-team and third-team All-MAC picks in 2014. One of his top pupils was Willie Snead, who set BSU single-season receiving records in yardage (1,516), catches (106) and touchdowns (15) in 2013.

Gaither also impacted his players off the field as Briggs Orsbon earned Capital One Academic All-America honors in 2011, while Connor Ryan was a Capitol One Academic All-District choice a year later. Orsbon completed his career as only the second receiver in Ball State history to record over 200 career catches.

During his two-year stint at Elon in 2009 and 2010, Gaither helped Terrell Hudgins establish 19 NCAA, Southern Conference and Phoenix records and to a runner-up finish in the voting for the 2009 Walter Payton Award, which formally recognizes the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Player-of-the-Year. Additionally, Gaither mentored All-America pass catcher and Baltimore Ravens draft pick Aaron Mellette while at Elon.

Gaither began his coaching career in 1997 as defensive backs coach at Greensboro (N.C.) College before moving to Tusculum (Tenn.) College for the 1998 and 1999 campaigns. Following a five-year run as an assistant at alma mater Thomasville (N.C.) High School, Gaither returned to the college ranks as Winston-Salem State's recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach from 2005 to 2008.

A four-year starter and two-time all-region performer as a member of the Phoenix secondary, Gaither earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Elon in 1997.

Gaither is married (Holly) and has four children - Jonesha, Akeem, Madison and Hazel.

2017 NC HS FB Scrimmage/Jamboree List

Welcome to our annual list of upcoming North Carolina High School Football Jamborees and Scrimmages.

Our goal every year with this list is to help boost exposure, interest, and attendance at these fun events.

Coaches and fans, if you want us to add your Jamboree/Scrimmage or know of one taking place, please add it by using the link below, contact us via e-mail at scrimmages@carolinagridiron.com, or reach out to either Brian Barnes (t: @NCGridironNews) or Justin Jones (t: @NCGridiron) on Twitter.

We are constantly adding to this list, especially as we get closer to scrimmage week. So be sure to check back often.

Add your scrimmage or jamboree here.

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2016-17 NCHSAA Head Football Coaching Changes

As of 4/17/17, 84 NCHSAA schools have made our Football Head Coaches changes list.

Latest news: Jim Mason out at Albemarle, Owen George steps down at Asheboro, Northern Durham hires John Hammett, Donnie Kiefer retires from Central Cabarrus, Parkwood hires Tim Speakman, West Bladen's Todd Pait steps down, Rosman hires McMichael's Matt Stack, Polk brings back former coach Bruce Ollis, Seth Baxter leaves Eastern Randolph for Southwestern Randolph, West Stanly hires Brett Morton

SchoolOld CoachNew Coach
AlbemarleJim Masonvacant
Ardrey KellJoe EvansKyle Brey
AshbrookGreg HillBrian Andrews
AsheboroOwen Georgevacant
Bartlett YanceyDavid WeathersbyJoshua Brumfield
BeddingfieldTyrone JohnsonJames Ward
BunnDavid HowleDavid Weathersby
Cape HatterasTim Spruillvacant
CarverGermane CrowellGregory Scales
Central CabarrusDonnie Kiefervacant
CrestWill ClarkNick Eddins
CummingsJauron HolmanDerrick Jones
DavieDeVore Holman (1)Tim Devericks
East BurkeTom BrownMark Buffamoyer
East CarteretCaleb KingBJ Frazier
East DavidsonVance Hannervacant
East HendersonMac McMillanJustin Heatherly 
East LincolnMike ByusDavid Lubowicz
East MontgomeryBen HammerDavid Paddock
East RowanKenneth McClamrockvacant
East WakeJohn PoulnottSean Murphy
Eastern RandolphSeth Baxtervacant
EnloeDavid GreenKen Blocker
ErwinMike SextonRodney Pruett
FairmontMark HeilKevin Inman
FreedomBrandon AllenJim Bob Bryant
GaringerMelvin PetersonJeff Caldwell
GoldsboroBennett Johnsonvacant
Granville CentralJohn Hammettvacant
Green HopeKwame DixonDavid Green
Harnett CentralJoe Salas (2)Matthew Migliore
HavelockJim Bob BryantCaleb King
HickoryAllen WittenbergRussell Stone
IndependenceHal Brown (3)Mike Natoli
Jack BrittBrian RimpfBrian Randolph
James KenanKen Aventvacant
ManteoEddie TwyneSport Sawyer
McMichaelMatt Stackvacant
Mount TaborLaymarr Marshallvacant
North DavidsonMark HolcombBrian Flynn
North HendersonJustin ClarkZach Wilkins
North LincolnDavid ManessSteven Pack
North MecklenburgBrad BakerEric Morman
Northeast GuilfordJason LippardEarl Bates
Northern DurhamRJ WilsonJohn Hammett
Northern VanceCory Leavacant
Oak GroveNew SchoolMark Holcomb
OlympicKeith WilkesJason Fowler
OrangePat MoserVan Smith
ParkwoodLynn CobleTim Speakman
PenderBob ViaTim Smith
PerquimansAaron Burkevacant
PolkJamie ThompsonBruce Ollis
Red SpringsRon CookLawrence Ches
RichmondMike CastellanoBryan Till
Riverside-DurhamChris HowellCory Lea
RockinghamMichael GebbiaBrad Baker
Rocky RiverJason FowlerOrlando Gray
RosmanFreddie WhitmanMatt Stack
R-S CentralMike CheekBrad Hutchins
SalisburyRyan CrowderBrian Hinson
Smithfield-SelmaWes HillMichael Parrish
South PointMickey LinebergerAdam Hodge
Southeast GuilfordFritz HessenthalerKennedy Tinsley
Southern GuilfordEarl BatesJason Bradley
Southern LeeDon SimonKen Neal
Southern VanceLewis YoungDarry Ragland
Southwestern RandolphDanny AkinsSeth Baxter
Terry SanfordBryan TillBruce McClelland
Union PinesRyan RigganMatt Quinn
WakefieldRod SinkBrandon Kelley
Wallace-Rose HillJoey PriceKevin Motsinger
WashingtonSport SawyerJon Blank
West BladenTodd Paitvacant
West BrunswickEric Davisvacant
West CaldwellChip EnglishDeVore Holman
West CharlotteDaren Hart (4)Josh Harris
West JohnstonJimmy Williamsvacant
West MontgomeryNick EddinsVance Hanner
West StanlyEric MormanBrett Morton
Western GuilfordAdam ClayBryant Miller
Western HarnettJason FurrieRussell Taylor
WheatmoreJason Bradleyvacant
Winston-Salem PrepLamont ScalesDe'Ron Middleton

1. Resigned midseason
2. Interim coach, replaced Dave Thomas mid-season
3. Interim coach, replaced Scott Young prior to season
4. Resigned midseason

18 Football Players Join Appalachian State

Appalachian State signed 18 student-athletes as part of National Signing Day 2017 on Wednesday. Sixteen signees inked National Letters of Intent early Wednesday morning, joining a pair of early enrollees to complete the Mountaineers’ 2017 Signing Class.

“We’re extremely excited that these young men have joined our program and the Appalachian Family,” App State Head Coach Scott Satterfield said. “We’ve met a number of our needs with this signing class and we’re looking forward to seeing what these student-athletes can do on the field and in the classroom.”

App State signed another strong academic class, a group that collectively averaged a 3.47 GPA in high school.

“Academically, this is another very strong class,” Satterfield added. “We continue to try and identify top student-athletes that meet our high standards here at App. We want those kind of guys on our team.”

NOTES: Six players from South Carolina comprise a third of App’s signing class, followed by four each from Georgia and Florida, and three from North Carolina…The class features four DBs, three linebackers, two defensive linemen, two running backs, and one quarterback…Five signees – including all three WRs – played QB at some point in high school…OL signee Joe Hartung is from the same high school as App great and former NFL WR Armanti Edwards…Ryan Huff was the first signee at 7:04 a.m.