Graham Fisher, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound center/long snapper at Waynesville Tuscola High, was the first player Appalachian has offered this year, according to his mom, Vann. He accepted the scholarship in a heartbeat.
Fisher, who has 5.25-second speed in the 40-yard dash, had also been offered by VMI, and was setting up visits to Wofford and The Citadel. But all that ended when the Mountaineers—his favorite—offered.
Fisher has a 4.09 grade-point average, can bench-press 355 pounds and squat 520.
If you’re curious as to why ASU hasn’t offered more players, most of the FCS schools wait until the BCS schools have picked their classes, then move in. But Fisher, because of his height, wasn’t being recruited by the bigger schools.
So Appalachian jumped in.
BCS schools can have a total of 85 players on scholarship; FCS schools, 63.