NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) - National signing day is always a big day for college coaches, high school football players around the nation and their parents.
At Old Dominion,where Coach Bobby Wilder begins to build a Division 1-A program, 34 players were signed, six of whom are from Hampton Roads.
Wilder's record-breaking offense made it easy to land several highly recruited wide receivers, running backs and a new young quarterback from Texas.
Oscar Smith players Kanyia Anderson and Melvin Vaughn, Atavius Matthews, and Richie Station from Phoebus, along with Hampton safety Daquin Moore hope to make Old Dominion's defense better.
Moving up to Conference USA was a big plus.
"The step up actually helped me because now I can go play big time football in my own area," said Daquin Moore, who signed with Old Dominion.
2013 ODU Football Recruiting Class:
Ely Anderson* OL 6-5 285 Santa Rosa, Calif. Santa Rosa JC
Kanyia Anderson* DE 6-2 215 Chesapeake, Va. Oscar Smith
T.J. Armstrong* LB 6-2 225 Clarion, Pa. Clarion Area
Anthony Bonett WR 6-0 190 Moorestown, N.J. Moorestown
Cam Boyd RB 5-6 180 Dumfries, Va. Forest Park/West Hills CC (Calif.)
Kyle Bottoms* OL 6-4 300 Klein, Texas Blinn College (Texas)
Jude Brenya DE 6-3 235 Cranberry, N.J. Hightstown
Wesley Bullock Jr. RB 5-7 155 Tampa, Fla. H.B. Plant
Cullen Casey DT 6-3 280 Rochester, N.Y. McQuaid Jesuit
Sandy Chapman CB 5-10 150 Raleigh, N.C. Southeast Raleigh
Rashaad Coward DL 6-5 285 Brooklyn, N.Y. Sheepshead Bay
Nick England WR 6-0 175 Suwanee, Ga. Collins Hill/FIU
Davis Farmer OL 6-5 290 Leesville, S.C. Gilbert
Tyler Fisher OT 6-3 295 Richmond, Va. Salisbury (Conn.)
Jai Franklin DT 6-3 275 Upper Marlboro, Md. Dr. Henry A. Wise
Malik Gumbs* DT 6-1 275 Matawan, N.J. Nassau CC
Eric Hampson OL 6-5 315 Largo, Fla. Pinellas Park
Gerard Johnson WR 5-9 174 Richmond, Va. Meadowbrook
Atavius Matthews LB 6-1 220 Hampton, Va. Phoebus
Shane McCarley QB 6-0 195 Manvel, Texas Manvel
Daquin Moore S 6-3 195 Hampton, Va. Hampton HS
Malik Moseley RB 5-11 195 Greensboro, N.C. Southern Guilford
Jevon Neal* CB 5-9 190 Austin, Texas Blinn College (Texas)
Kevin Privott WR 6-1 175 Ahoskie, N.C. Hertford County
Gary Scruggs* DE 6-1 260 Glassboro, N.J. ASA College
Gerard Shillow Jr. TE 6-3 245 Round Rock, Texas Stony Point/Navarro College (Texas)
D.J. Simon* LB 6-1 220 Cosciana, Texas Navarro College (Texas)
Chris Smith* DT 6-2 300 Santa Rosa, Calif. Santa Rosa JC
Richie Staton LB 6-1 225 Hampton, Va. Phoebus
Rob Thompson* CB 6-1 175 Hammonton, N.J. St. Joseph
Melvin Vaughn WR 6-2 220 Chesapeake, Va. Oscar Smith
Jake Walsh P 6-5 210 Victoria, Australia Ivanhoe Grammar/LaTrobe (Australia)
Scott Wiggins * DE 6-2 225 Roselle, N.J. Fork Union Military Academy (Virginia)
Aaron Young CB 5-11 180 Washington, D.C. Archbishop Carroll
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