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Charlotte football welcomes ‘Fresh Walters’ among new signees

Roger “Fresh” Walters, who grew up on the Seminole Tribe’s reservation in Fort Pierce, is among 12 players from the class of 2022 signed by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte football team. (Courtesy photo)

As he described each of his dozen new signees, University of North Carolina at Charlotte football coach Will Healy said there’s a lot to like about Roger “Fresh” Walters.

“A special athlete” who doesn’t lack confidence is how Healy described Walters, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior wide receiver and ESPN three-star recruit. In addition to being one of the Treasure Coast’s top scoring threats, Walters also excelled on defense as a cornerback and on special teams as returner in his two seasons at Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie.  

Walters, the son of Seminole tribal member Sheree Sneed, spent much of his youth living on the Seminole Tribe’s Fort Pierce Reservation, known as Chupco’s Landing. He now lives in Port St. Lucie; his next stop for school will be Charlotte and Division I football in the American Athletic Conference (AAC).

(From Charlotte Athletics)

In a post on Twitter, Walters thanked God and his high school coaches, including head coach Josh Watkins and assistants Aaron Gluff and Trey Page.

“Without them, I wouldn’t be here,” Walters posted.

He also praised Healy and Charlotte’s wide receivers coach Perry Parks “…for this great opportunity. They believed in me and they were the first to believe in me.”

Healy spoke about his incoming recruits Wednesday in a video on Charlotte’s website on national signing day’s first day for its early period signees in football. He caught a preview of what Walters brings to the football field earlier this year.  

“He came to camp for us this past summer and we fell in love with him there,” Healy said. “Just a competitive leader that people follow. [He] has an incredible amount of athletic ability. It’s fun to watch him play both football and basketball; [he’s] also a track guy.”

Healy saw firsthand the dynamic that Walters possesses on a basketball court.

“An unbelievable basketball player. I got a chance to go down and watch him play basketball and he was dunking on everybody,” he said.

Indeed, Walters is a proven scorer who can provide highlight-reel material. He averaged more than 17 points a game last year.

Similarly, Walters put up big numbers on the grid iron this season with a team-high nine touchdown catches. He’s also an elusive kick/punt returner, having returned a few for touchdowns in his career. Healy said in a Tweet that Walters “brings some explosiveness and versatility.”

A signing ceremony with Walters and family members is scheduled to be held in February.

Charlotte went 5-7 this season and did not qualify for a bowl. The 49ers started fast with a 3-1 mark that included a win against Duke. They split against two South Florida teams, notching a win against Florida International in Miami but then suffering a lopsided loss to Florida Atlantic that started a 1-5 slump to finish the season. Charlotte is among six schools, including FAU, that departed Conference USA this year and are now newcomers in the AAC. The 49ers’ 2022 schedule includes non-conference games against Maryland and South Carolina, according to fbsschedules.com.

As for basketball, Walters has picked up where he left off last season. He is again averaging 17 points a game and has helped Centennial to an undefeated record through nine games. The winning streak remained alive thanks to his game-high 20 points in a 63-60 win against Central-Fort Pierce on Dec. 10.

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Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at kevinjohnson@semtribe.com.
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