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UNC at Pembroke receives five more football national Letters-of-Intent

Posted Thursday, April 6, 2006

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Pembroke, NC - Pete Shinnick, the head football coach at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, announced Thursday afternoon the signing of five prep stars to National Letters-of-Intent. Alexander Croteau’, Morris McLaughlin, Kenneth Ngwu Jr., Joshua Thorckmorton and Woody Wilson Jr., join Jerry Jones and Brandon McLaurin as members of the Braves’ first-ever recruiting class.

“These five young men have made a decision that will impact their lives and the future of Braves Football,” commented Shinnick. “We are excited to have each of these players as members of the first recruiting class at UNCP. They are exactly what we are looking for: talented athletes who want to excel on the field and in the classroom.”

Croteau’, 5-7, 182-pound running back, played his prep football at Franklin High School in Franklin, NC where he was a four-year member of the Panthers’ football team. He ran for 1,801 yards as a senior and 3,304 yards during his career, while scoring 44 touchdowns in his final two seasons. Croteau’, an all-state performer in 2005, set a new Franklin record with 29 rushing TDs in a single-season, while also finding the endzone a record five times in a single game. Croteau spent two seasons on the basketball team and one on the track squad as well.

McLaughlin, a 6-0, 250-pound defensive lineman, played for Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City, NC and was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2004 and again in 2005. He was also named a team captain by his teammates as a senior, while leading the team in tackles with 75. McLaughlin is a three-time All-Chatham County selection as well as a two-time All-Yadkin Valley Conference performer.

Ngwu, a 6-2, 265-pound offensive/defensive lineman, played two seasons of prep ball at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. As a junior Ngwu helped lead the Wildcats to an undefeated season and a Cap 6 Conference title, while also leading Millbrook back to the state playoffs in 2005.

Throckmorton, a 6-4, 210-pound tight end, is the third player from South View High School in Hope Mills, NC to sign with the Braves as both Jones and McLaurin played at South View. Throckmorton, whose cousin Jordan Swain played football at West Point, played three seasons for coach Randy Ledford and lettered all three seasons, while being selected to the Two Rivers All-Conference squad.

Wilson, a 5-10, 180-pound safety/wide receiver, is from New Bern, NC and played four years at New Bern High School where he was also a member of the baseball team. Wilson was named to the Coastal 8 All-Conference team in 2004 and 2005, while also being tabbed all-area in 2004 and 2005. He earned MVP honors in 2004 and was the Red Zone Player of the Year in 2004. He was also an all-conference and all-area performer on the baseball diamond.

Each of these signees will enroll at UNC Pembroke and will redshirt in their first year as they prepare for the Braves’ first football game in September of 2007.

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