2015 Western Michigan Football Recruiting

WMU's 2014 recruiting class was the best the MAC had ever seen. Can P.J. Fleck pull a repeat in 2015? Follow all the news about Western Michigan's 2015 recruiting class here: offers, commitments, interviews, signings. We'll have it all for you all year long.

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S Richie Kittles Flips From WMU to FAU

This afternoon the Broncos lost a commitment from their 2015 recruiting class. Safety Richie Kittles decided to flip his commitment from Western Michigan to Florida Atlantic. Kittles is a 3-star safety prospect who decided to stay closer to home as he is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kittles is a big loss for the Broncos, however as they have been able to do in the past, they will recover. It will be interesting to see who the Broncos target next to fill Kittles' spot in their 2015 recruiting class.

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2015 ATH DeLano Madison Makes 22 Commits For WMU

It's been quite a week on the recruiting trail for WMU.

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2015 ATH Keishawn Watson Talks WMU Commitment

Find out why the Illinois native picked WMU, and more.

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WMU Adds Commitment From 2015 ATH Samuel Beal

PJ Fleck does it again.

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WMU Lands CB Davontae Ginwright

Cornerback Davontae Ginwright chooses Western Michigan over fellow MAC schools, Akron and Toledo.

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Broncos land 3-star RB Davon Tucker

The Broncos land another highly touted 3-star recruit, running back Davon Tucker.

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Which school will land 3-star QB Lloyd Yates?

Quarterback Lloyd Yates lists Akron and Northern Illinois among his top schools to date.

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Broncos Land Record-Breaking ATH Alex Grace

Just over a week ago Western Michigan gained another class of 2015 commitment from Alex Grace. Grace, a 6-foot-1 200 pound athlete, plays both running back and linebacker for Swan Valley in Saginaw, Michigan.

Grace is a well-known name among people who follow high school football in the state of Michigan and for good reason. Grace finished his junior year with 2,952 yards, breaking the single season rushing record in the state of Michigan. He also added an impressive 26 touchdowns to his junior year stat sheet. Unfortunately these superb statistics didn't turn into many offers for Grace as he chose Western Michigan over his only other offer, Central Michigan.

Grace is rated a 2-star recruit by 247Sports and he seems to be a good under the radar find for Coach Fleck and his staff. Grace could play either running back or linebacker at the next level, either way look for him to make an immediate impact whichever side of the football he is on.

Want to see what a record breaking running back looks like? Check out Grace's Hudl highlights here:

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S Pat Nelson Plans On Committing Soon, But Where?

Pat Nelson plans on committing soon and many MAC schools are in the hunt.

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Broncos Get Commitment From DE Tony Balabani

Earlier this month, Western Michigan and Coach Fleck added another 2015 recruit to their quickly growing class. This time it was defensive end Tony Balabani from Macomb, Michigan. Balabani stands at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds and currently attends Dakota High School.

Balabani is rated as a 2-star recruit, however, he is considered to be a top 85 defensive end nationally according to 247Sports. He chose Western Michigan over an offer from Buffalo, who produced a recent top five NFL Draft pick, Khalil Mack. With Balabani's relentless play, he is a guy who can come in and make an immediate impact on the Bronco's defensive line. Balabani has all the tools necessary to develop into a nightmare for opposing MAC offensive linemen and Broncos fans have reason to be excited for his arrival.

The commitment of Tony Balabani has allowed Western Michigan to sustain its recent recruiting success and fans are hoping it will pay off for them down the line. Although it will still be another year before Balabani puts on a Broncos uniform, check out his Hudl highlights in the meantime:

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Broncos land versatile ATH Anton Curtis

In early June Western Michigan received another solid class of 2015 commitment, this time it was from athlete Anton Curtis. Curtis is a six-foot-three 170 pound recruit from Detroit, Michigan who plays a variety of positions for his high school team, East English Village Prep.

These positions include quarterback, wide receiver, and corner back. Even though Curtis plays a pretty solid quarterback and displays superb elusiveness in the pocket, it is expected that he will play either wide receiver or corner back for the Broncos.

Curtis is rated a 2-star recruit by both 247Sports and Rivals.com, choosing Western Michigan over offers from Central Michigan and Toledo.

Curtis is a guy who will be able to use his combination of height and speed(4.48 40 yard dash) to become a nightmare for MAC opponents. Anton Curtis is very capable of helping the Broncos immediately, it is just up to the coaching staff to decide what position they think he can make the greatest impact. Check out his Hudl highlights below:

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WMU Commit Giovanni Ricci Could Be A TD Machine

The Western Michigan Broncos' 10th commitment of 2015 is Loveland, Ohio wide receiver Giovanni Ricci.

The 6-foot-4, 195 pound wideout committed to the Broncos in late May. WMU was his only offer, but Ricci is considered a 2-star prospect (247Sports Composite) and a Top 75 prospect in the talent rich state of Ohio.

With his large frame, Ricci has the potential to develop into a red zone threat, and should be capable of going over the middle routinely. Unlike the Broncos' first wide receiver commit in this class, Cash Conder, Ricci isn't exceptionally explosive, but there's no denying he has the potential to be a steal for the Broncos.

Check out his highlights, courtesy of Hudl:

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A Quick Look At WMU Commit LB Paul Engram

Last year P.J. Fleck overtook Toledo head coach Matt Campbell as the conference's top recruiter. But this year, Fleck managed to take it a step further and flip one of Campbell's commits to WMU.

Paul Engram, a 6-foot, 205 pound linebacker from Detroit, had committed to the Rockets on April 5, 2014, but a little more than a month later the 2-star linebacker (247Sports Composite) flipped his commitment to Western Michigan.

The Loyola, Michigan native also holds an offer from Eastern Illinois. He's considered a Top-50 prospect in the state of Michigan.

Despite his smaller frame for a middle linebacker, Engram packs a mighty punch when he hits. He has good instincts, and wraps up while driving through the ball carrier well, but the smaller frame combine with less than ideal agility and athleticism are likely why he's not ranked higher and seeing more offers. That said, he certainly has potential, and with a college strength and conditioning program could easily bulk up while improving his agility..

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DT Daniel Jackson Becomes A Bronco

Earlier this month, Western Michigan received another 2015 commitment from defensive tackle, Daniel Jackson. Jackson, a 2 star recruit according to 247Sports, attends Plainfield East high school in Plainfield, Illinois.

Jackson, a six-foot-three 250 pound defensive tackle, has a very high motor and never gives up on a play. Jackson; play did not go unnoticed as he chose Western Michigan over an offer from Ball State and interest from Central Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and Northern Illinois.

Western Michigan currently has four defensive line commitments in the class of 2015 which  will help to rejuvenate a program that struggled in about every facet last season. However with their recent recruiting success, especially on the defensive line, the future looks bright in Kalamazoo.

Check out Jackson's Hudl highlights here:

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WMU Beats Out Power 5 Schools For Richie Kittles

WMU has historically done well with recruiting Florida compared to other MAC schools, but with P.J. Fleck's prolific recruiting abilities, the Broncos have kicked it up a notch in the sunshine state.

With a verbal commitment from 3-star defensive back Richie Kittles, the Broncos have once again snuck down South and came away with an undervalued talent with fantastic upside. At just 5-foot-10, 173 pounds the Fort Lauderdale, Florida native is currently listed as a safety, but has potential as a corner at the next level as well.

Kittles actually chose the Broncos over offers from bigger schools, such as Syracuse and Cincinnati. The 10th commitment in WMU's 2015 class, Kittles is considered a Top 100 safety prospect, per 247Sports.

Check out Kittles' highlights courtesy of Hudl:
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WMU's 3-Star QB Commit Is A Proven Winner

In early May the Western Michigan Broncos got a commitment from 2015 quarterback prospect Jon Wassink, the ninth commitment for the Broncos at the time.

Wassink, a 6-foot-2 190-pound pro-style quarterback from Grand Rapids, Michigan chose the Broncos over offers interest from Michigan and Michigan State. Ranked 3 stars (247Sports Composite), Wassink is considered a Top 25 prospect in the state of Michigan, and a solid in-state grab for P.J. Fleck's WMU Broncos.

Wassink has all the intangibles of a pro-style quarterback—strong arm, solid pocket presence, good read of the field—but he's also got an impressive resume that few prep quarterbacks can compare too. Wassink has played in two consecutive State Championship games for South Christian High School. He's also deceptively elusive, and racked up nearly 1,000 yards on the ground as a junior despite being a pocket passer.

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Broncos land TE Darion King

The Broncos added another highly touted recruit to their 2015 class, this time it's tight end Darion King. King, a 3 star recruit according to 247Sports, attends Case High School in Racine, Wisconsin.

King is listed as six-foot-five and 235 pounds and possesses all the tools to become an effective tight end in the MAC. He chose the Broncos over an offer from Eastern Michigan and was also garnering interest from Central Michigan, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin.

Although King is being recruited as a tight end, he plays defensive end for his high school team showing that his versatility and willingness to do whatever is necessary to help his team succeed.

Something that is definitely worth noting is that King not only excels on the football field.  He also is an excellent student as he currently has a 3.5 GPA.

Western Michigan fans have many reasons to be excited about this commitment from such a well rounded student-athlete. Although King won't be on campus for a while, those eager fans can check out his Hudl highlights below:

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3 Star RB Flips From Broncos to Cardinals

Gilbert has rushed for over 3,100 yards combined the past two seasons.

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Strapped In: 2015 WMU Commit Donte Horton

P.J. Fleck is known for hauling in some impressive young talent with his recruiting efforts, but with 2015 commit Donte Horton he also landed an impressive young man.

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Strapped In: Cash Conder Pledges to WMU

The Broncos went down south to get a verbal commitment out of possession receiver Cash Conder. Read about the unusual circumstances that led to Fleck and Conder crossing paths.

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Strapped In: John Keenoy Commits To WMU

John Keenoy becomes the second player from East Kentwood H.S. to commit to Western Michigan during P.J. Fleck's young tenure. Keenoy, a consensus 3-star ranking on multiple recruiting sites, brings versatility along the offensive line for the Broncos.

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Strapped In: Connor Guzy Talks WMU Commitment

Western Michigan commit Connor Guzy cited the coaching staff and early playing time as to reasons why he chose the Broncos.

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Strapped In: Jamal Brown Talks WMU Commitment

Not only are the Broncos getting an incredible football player in Jamal Brown, but they’re also getting an incredible person who has already persevered through a lot. Read about Brown’s incredible story, and why he chose Western Michigan below.

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Strapped In: Parker Underwood Talks WMU Commitment

The Western Michigan Broncos filled an important void by strengthening their depth at the tight end position, by getting a verbal commitment from East Lansing, MI native Parker Underwood.

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Strapped In: LB Junior McMullen Talks WMU Commit

Hustle Belt caught up with 2015 WMU commit Junior McMullen to talk his commitment to the Broncos, an upcoming visit to Kalamazoo and the recent uptick in interest he's received from other schools since committing to WMU.

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