A trio of three-star talents, Terrence Upshaw (Duluth, Ga./Northview), Anthony Covington (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) and Dante Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Southeast), have all signed to play for Appalachian State, according to a release issued by the school's official Web site.
Upshaw, the nation's No. 59-rated running back, was previously committed to both South Alabama and Samford before inking with the Mountaineers. He was also offered by Buffalo and Vanderbilt. ESPN, which considers Upshaw a BCS talent, writes in his evaluation, "Upshaw is a very productive all-purpose running back that plays bigger than his size." He rushed for 1,267 yards and scored 31 total touchdowns as a senior.
Covington was originally slated to play for Pittsburgh. The No. 51-rated safety also claimed offers from East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami-FL, Minnesota, Mississippi State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest. ESPN likes his instincts and ability to support the run.
Jones is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver who selected the Mountaineers over a scholarship offer from Duke. ESPN describes him as, "a hands catcher, capable of getting off the turf to make the high out of the frame reception; is quicker than fast after the catch, demonstrating the ability to make first tacklers miss in space."
Appalachian State, which won three consecutive FCS Titles from 2005 - '07 and posted another top 10 season in 2013, signed 16 players for this recruiting cycle.