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Bethune-Cookman University’s football program announced the signing of 28 student-athletes on Wednesday, National Signing Day. The Signing Day headquarters was at B-CU’s Michael & Libby Johnson Center for Civic Engagement.
Coach Terry Sims, who was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Coach of the Year last year during his first year leading the Wildcats, said he feels “great about this year’s class.’’ The class was announced as one of the largest in recent memory for the Wildcats.
Sims remarked, “It’s an overall aggressive, talented, fast class that will certainly help us moving forward in Daytona Beach. They should help in our attempts not only to win the MEAC, but earn a spot in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.”
B-CU signed nine defensive backs, seven offensive linemen and five receivers in the class of 28.
“I feel like every need that we wanted to address was filled in those particular positions,” Sims stated. “The coaches did an excellent job evaluating and securing what we feel is an exciting and brilliant 2016 signing class.”
Twenty-two of the players are from Florida. They include four players that signed consecutively within minutes of each other from the highly respected Raines High School in Jacksonville.
“Florida always has great talent, and we think that’s always an added bonus when we recruit and stay at home, if you will,” admitted Sims. “I think that’s what has allowed Bethune-Cookman to consistently be a league title contender for a number of years, stretching back to even the days in the SIAC, (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and now the MEAC for over three decades.”
Reflecting on 2015
When speaking of how the 2015 season aided in the efforts of this year’s signing class, his first at the helm in Daytona Beach, affected the incoming class, Sims was quick to respond highly of his student-athletes and coaching staff.
“I thought with it being our second class, and being able to show kids our philosophy and style after a year of coaching, that it added to the way were able to recruit and approach this year’s class,” Sims added. “And, obviously, winning a share of the league title and just missing out on an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs helps as well. I think this really adds to what we hope will be a great 2016 football season.”
Bethune-Cookman concluded its last season with a 9-2 record along with being Florida Classic champs again. The team also snagged a share of the MEAC championship with co-champions North Carolina A&T (9-2) and North Carolina Central (8-3).
However, Bethune-Cookman and its fellow MEAC co-champs were all shut out of the 2015 Football Championship Subdivision (FSC) playoffs.
Information for this story came from B-CU Athletics.