For the past three seasons, Charlottesville native Christian Asher has made his biggest impact for the Woodberry Forest football team on offense.
But Asher says he will switch to the defensive side of the ball at UNC Charlotte, where he signed Wednesday to play football in college. And it's a move he's excited about.
"It's interesting. It's definitely, it'll be different. But I've always had kind of a mean streak in me," Asher said with a laugh Wednesday morning. "So I'm excited to really kind of see what it's like to be on that side of the ball."
Both Rivals and 247Sports graded the 6-1, 212-lb. Asher as a two-star athlete coming out of Woodberry Forest. As a senior in 2013, he led the Tigers with 394 receiving yards on 25 catches, and tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches. Asher said he expected to play either strong safety or outside linebacker at Charlotte.
"I mean, this is a huge blessing. It's always been a dream of mine to go play Division I football," he said. "My dad played Division I football. So it's really just, it's really just a huge blessing to be able to do this."
The Charlotte program just played its inaugural season of college football in 2013. The 49ers are set to join Conference USA for the 2015 season.
Asher had been committed to the 49ers since early September. He also had a scholarship offer from Massachusetts, and said Wake Forest, NC State, and Cincinnati were among the other programs that had given him looks.
"You put in so much work every day. And you always want to do your best," Asher said. "It's a lot of pressure a lot of the time, but to really see it pay off today, it just feels really good. It's a lot of pressure off my shoulders, and I'm just excited for the future, really."