HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Spring Valley rising senior offensive lineman Trevor “Shaq” Stacy added his name to what has become a growing list of West Virginia football players who are playing or will play for Charlotte at the Division I level.
Stacy, who committed to Charlotte last week, stands in at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds.
“He’s been on the radar as a college prospect and has started for us since he was a freshman,” Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess said. “Trevor was getting a lot of attention, about every Ivy League school had offered him a spot. He’s a super intelligent kid.”
Charlotte just completed its first football season as an FCS Independent, going 5-6 last year. The 49ers will eventually make the jump to Conference USA for football in 2015.
“He had been getting attention from several MAC schools as well,” Dingess continued. “Purdue was showing some interest in him of late as well. He wants to be an engineer and Charlotte has a great engineering school. He went down there, felt comfortable with the staff and the facilities were great. When they pulled the trigger and made the offer to him, it was a no-brainer for him. He’s had Charlotte at the top of his list through the entire recruiting process.”
Stacy joins South Charleston running back/linebacker A.D. Cunningham in Charlotte’s 2015 recruiting class. Instate products Dustin Crouser (George Washington) and Eugene German (Martinsburg) were also a part of Charlotte’s 2013 recruiting class, along with C.J. Crawford (Huntington) and Payton Thomson (Greenbrier East) who were a part of Charlotte’s roster this past year as well.
West Virginia connections also are prominent on Charlotte’s coaching staff, including former Spring Valley head coach Phil Ratliff (2000-2003) who is now the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator with the 49ers.
“We had a prior relationship with Coach Ratliff, I was an assistant under him and we have a great relationship with him,” Dingess said. “There are some good D-I kids here in this state. You have to go around and find them, and Coach Ratliff has those connections and prior relationships with coaches here. Our kids are getting honest looks from Charlotte and they’re getting a shot.”
Stacy has been named first team all-state in both of the past two seasons with the Timberwolves.
“For a kid his size, he moves so well. He has great hips and explodes off the football,” Dingess said. “He’s able to drive and pancake kids like I’ve not seen in a long time. He has a lot of natural strength and big hands on him. I’m just anxious to see what he turns into once he gets to the college level.”
Stacy’s teammate, 6-foot-5, 300 pound offensive lineman Alex Locklear, could also be making a college decision in the coming weeks – he has offers from Marshall, James Madison and Holy Cross.
“He has camps coming up in the next couple of weeks with Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest,” Dingess said. “He’s getting close to being able to commit, he wants to see what these next camps hold for him.”