WSSU Football Adds Trio; Three More Student-Athletes Sign National Letters Of Intent

Feb. 4, 2010

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Thomas Jefferson once said “I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” WSSU head football coach Connell Maynor and his coaching staff, through their perseverance and hard work in recruiting, continued their string of good luck on Thursday morning as they announced that three more student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play football for the Rams. 


Combined with the 11 exceptional student-athletes that announced their decisions to attend WSSU on Wednesday, the Rams now have a recruiting class that totals 14 newcomers.


Announcing their decisions on Thursday were:


Vernon Brandon, a 5-11, 185-pound quarterback from Hoke County High School in Raeford, N.C.  An outstanding athlete Clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40 yard dash with a vertical leap of 36 inches, Brandon can stay in the pocket and throw and is athletic and mobile enough to get out of trouble if pressured.  An All-Conference, All-County and All-Region selection, Brandon completed 173 of his 338 pass attempts for 2,620 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior.  He is the son of Anthony and Sherika Wright.


Davin Gray, a 6-3, 310-pound defensive lineman from Robert B. Glenn High School in Kernersville, N.C.  Gray helped to lead Glenn HS to a 6-4 record his senior season en route to 62 total tackles and 10 sacks.  A pure athlete, Gray will immediately add depth to the Rams’ defensive front as he is both strong enough to go through opposing lineman and fast enough to go around them.  Born August 5, 1992 he is the son of Matilda and Henry Gray, Jr.   


Damontra Yates, a 6-2, 180-pound wide receiver/free safety from Red Springs High School in Fayetteville, N.C.  A former quarterback, Yates excelled in both his junior and senior seasons for the Red Devils.  A two-sport athlete who also stars on the basketball court at Red Springs HS, Yates plans to study Business Administration at WSSU.  He is the son of Aarin and Tereda Yates. 


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