Three Raiders sign LOI

By Shawn Stinson

February 5, 2014

Shawn Stinson

Sports editior

ROCKINGHAM — Two are staying in state and the other is making the trek to California.

Darreal Chambers, Diquon Cox and Brent Flowers made their choices for college Wednesday morning in the school’s Media Center as part of Richmond Senior’s Signing Day activities.

Chambers signed with Elizabeth City State, Flowers inked with Fayetteville State and Cox elected to attend West Hills Community College in Coalinga, Calif.

Chambers selected ECSU over Averett, Campbell, Catawba and Presbyterian. Flowers picked FSU over Catawba, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, North Carolina A&T and UNC Pembroke.

An all-Southeastern Conference pick this season at defensive end, Chambers recorded 41 tackles and two sacks. Chambers said he knew almost right away he wanted to attend Elizabeth City State.

“It’s a real good school and they wanted me to play for them,” Chambers said. “They think I’m a hard worker and I’m determined to do what it takes to win a game.”

Chambers got the eyes of college scouts as a one-year starter after playing behind Devante Covington and Shydamion Ellerbe last season. Covington signed with South Carolina last season but didn’t qualify and is now attending Georgia Military College. Ellerbe elected to play basketball and went to Sandhills Community College.

“I knew what I could do I just needed a chance,” Chambers said. “It was hard playing behind Devante and Shy. I wanted to have a chance to play. I didn’t want to go to college and ride the bench.”

Flowers, who finished his career with 3,332 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, 2,172 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns, felt at ease when visiting Fayetteville State.

“When I went down there and was talking with (former Richmond player) Chris Diggs and it felt like home,” Flowers said. “His mother passed away recently and he said everyone there treated him like family. It’s close to home and my uncle visits the VA every week. He can give me money, food and buy me groceries.”

Flowers added his performance against Jack Britt really impressed the FSU coaching staff. Flowers rushed for a career-high 280 yards and six touchdowns. He set a school mark by accounting for eight touchdowns in a 62-37 win over the Buccaneers.

“The coaches were straight up,” he said. “They saw I could run and throw and I could come in and start. I will be going up there in July for school and to start looking at film and learning the office.”

Cox said his decision to head west was a result of waiting to see what was going to happen at Georgia Military College. Cox said he was the third running back on their list and if the others elected to go elsewhere, a spot with the Bulldogs would have opened up.

“Coach Hog (Paul Hoggard) told me to call out there and I did,” Cox said.

He added it will be the first time he has traveled to California.

“I am getting away from home and the furthest I have ever been before was New York,” Cox said. “I have family in Las Vegas but nobody out there. It makes me a little nervous going out there and I don’t know nobody there.”

Cox, a two-time Southeastern Conference selection, rushed for 2,762 yards and 34 touchdowns in his career.

Hoggard said he expects additional players to sign their letters of intent later in the year.

Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.