From The Fairmont Times

FSC Signs Three Grid Recruits

By Duane Cochran

Fairmont State's football team has announced the signing of three more recruits for the 2002 season. The Falcons have landed a trio of in-state players including Buckhannon-Upshur's Jeremiah McCourt, Lewis County's Dustin Cogar and Calhoun County's Evan Cunningham. McCourt, a 6-2, 270-pounder, was a standout offensive lineman for the Buccaneers. He's a first-team All-North Central Athletic Conference selection as a offensive lineman and received honorable mention Class AAA All-State. McCourt was listed in Who's Who Among American High School Student-Athletes for the past four years and will take part this summer in the annual North-South All-Star Classic in Charleston.

"Jeremiah is the kind of guy that we want to get a ton of," said FSC coach Rusty Elliott. "He's a West Virginia kid, born and raised here and he's coached by a Fairmont guy Eddie Vincent, who's doing a great job down in Buckhannon. "Jeremiah knows what hard work is all about. He's worked hard his whole career to get what he's gotten. We expect him to come in here, work hard to get himself acclimated to the college game and who knows he may end up being another Tom McIntosh for us and start for four years. He's a good player from a good program."

Cogar is a 6-foot, 225-pound offensive/defensive lineman who also served as a long snapper for Lewis County. He was a captain for the Minutemen this past fall and was a second-team All-Big 10 Conference selection on both offense and defense. He's also the younger brother of FSC senior starting quarterback Brice Cogar.

"We know Brice and what type of person and player he is and we feel like Dustin follows that same line," said Elliott. "The Cogars are great competitors. Brice has shown us since day one a willingness to compete and do anything to get on the field. We expect Dustin to be the same type of player. "He's a hard-nosed kid and we expect him to come in this fall and fight, scratch and work to get a starting spot." Cunningham is a 6-1, 200-pound linebacker from Calhoun County. He's a four-year letterman, who recorded 100-plus tackles both his sophomore and junior years. He had 80 tackles this past fall, but missed two-and-a-half games due to an injury.

Cunningham is a first-team All-Little Kanawha Conference selection at linebacker and a first-team Mid-Ohio Valley choice at the same position. He also received honorable mention All-State honors.

"We've had some luck here recently with kids from Calhoun and Clay County," said Elliott. "They're tough, hard-working kids who appreciate the chance to play college football and attend school at one of the better institutions.

"Evan wants to get a degree first and I like that, but he also wants to play four more years of football and when you watch him on tape he runs around and just smacks people. He loves the game and he loves contact. He's the type of player I love to coach. We'll make a living on kids who are 6-foot, 190 to 6-2, 210 or 215 who can run and are physical. We like defenders like that. We want our defenders to be fast and physical and we feel like he's going to fit right into that mold. He comes to us with good credentials from high school and we're looking forward to working with him and getting him adjusted to the game at the college level."

Story created Wednesday, May 29, 2002.

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