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MAC National Signing Day 2011: Examining The 13 Recruiting Classes

National Signing Day for the MAC isn't as fervent a day as it is for the larger schools, but there's still something to take away from all 13 classes. Because, hey, they're the future ... TODAY!

As expected, Toledo brought in the top-rated prospects, so now it's a matter of seeing if that means they'll return as MAC favorites instantly. Akron and EMU are looking for quick fixes, while CMU, Kent State, and Temple all stayed true to their home states. The jury's out on Miami and WMU, although Northern Illinois has some fantastic names — literally, names — coming their way.

Each school signed between 17 and 27 new faces for 2011. Roster information was gleaned from and all the regular school-specific websites. Maps (and most star ratings) are from Rivals. Paragraphs on each class (and the full list of signees) after the jump.


Andrew Bohan  OL 6-3 260 Avon Lake, Ohio (Avon Lake HS)
Karl Bostick  RB 5-9 200 Englewood, N.J. (Bergen Catholic HS)
Dylan Brumbaugh  OL 6-4 270 Green, Ohio (Green HS)
Bryce Cheek  DB 6-0 176 Lewis Center, Ohio (Olentangy HS)
John Clay  OL 6-3 340 East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis HS)
Bre' Ford  DB 5-11 200 Bethel Park, Pa. (Bethel Park HS)
A.J. Fox  PK 5-10 200 Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney HS)
Tyrell Goodman  QB 6-2 210 Yonkers, N.Y. (Archbishop Stepinac HS)
Cody Grice  FB 6-0 240 Akron, Ohio (Firestone HS)
John Griggs  DE 6-5 260 Piscataway, N.J. (Nassau CC/Piscataway HS)
Justin March  LB 6-0 207 Danville, Ill. (Danville HS)
Clayton Moore  QB 6-1 210 Louisville, Miss. (Gulf Coast CC (Miss.)/Louisville HS)
Devonte Morgan  DB 5-11 180 Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville HS)
Dajour Morris  DT 6-2 285 Johnstown, Pa. (Greater Johnstown HS)
Zach Paul*  P 6-4 205 Broadview Heights, Ohio (Padua HS)
Kyle Pohl  QB 6-3 205 Farmersville, Ohio (Valley View HS)
A.J. Price  WR 6-4 190 Reston, Va. (Dean College (Mass.)/South Lakes HS)
James Price  DT 6-2 285 Braddock, Pa. (Woodland Hills HS)
Vinnie Rizzo  OL 6-3 275 Manhasset, N.Y. (Nassau CC/Manhasset HS)
Johnny Robinson  DB 5-10 180 Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville HS)
Nick Rossi  FB/LB 6-0 230 Moosic, Pa. (Riverside HS)
Travis Switzer  OL 6-3 265 Lancaster, Pa. (Conestoga Valley HS)
Isaiah Williams  DE 6-3 250 Cleveland, Ohio (John Adams HS)
Tyler Williams  ATH 5-7 155 Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain HS)


Akron Map:


Paragraph: All north, all the time! The one southern dandy is quarterback Clayton Moore, who initially signed with Ole Miss then went the JuCo route before landing in Akron. Also of note is A.J. Price, a wide receiver who played at Penn State for one year, and John Griggs, a former tight end for Iowa from New Jersey who will play defensive end for Akron. At least Rob Ianello is marking his territory: six of his recruits are from the Cleveland or Akron/Canton area. Overall, a bang-up job for a 1-11 program who wants to rebuild quicker by snatching up some leftovers.


Ian Anderson 6-3 277 DL Greensboro, N.C. (Reagan)
Avery Bailey 6-1 190 DB/LB Cleveland, Ohio (St. Edward)
Horactio Banks 5-10 185 RB Chicago, Ill. (Simeon)
Julian Boyd 6-2 194 DL Roswell, Ga. (Roswell)
Christopher Calloway 5-11 187 DB Bradenton, Fla. (Palmetto)
Jahwan Edwards 5-10 232 RB Matthews, N.C. (Butler)
Bryan Ford 6-3 273 OT Southfield, Mich. (Southfield Christian)
Matt Fox 6-4 230 DE West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)
Trey Gardner 6-4 210 WR Petersburg, Va. (Dinwiddie)
Ben Ingle 6-1 214 OLB/SS West Harrison, Ind. (LaSalle)
Anthony Kukwa 6-3 217 TE/DE Perry, Ohio (Perry)
Nick Miles 6-2 255 DE Burlington, N.C. (Eastern Alamance)
Keenan Noel 6-1 255 FB Columbus, Ind. (North)
Jacolby Owens 6-3 205 WR South Holland, Ill. (Thornridge)
Tyler Rayburn 6-3 274 OL Columbus, Ind. (East)
Jalen Schlachter 6-5 301 OL Corunna, Mich. (Corunna)
Chris Shillings 6-1 200 WR Columbus, Ind. (North)
Willie Snead 5-11 182 WR Norton Shores, Mich. (Muskegon)
Trent Toothman 6-0 235 QB/LB Salem, Ohio (Salem)

Ball State Map


Paragraph: It's almost as if their new coach was recently employed in the Carolinas. Pete Lembo brought in three North Carolingians to Muncie with him. All of his signees are freshmen, and I'd like to gauge the interest on the full list of fans, but it appears that BSUfans, their top message board, has been down all day. Whammyburger.


Bryan Baird DE 6-4 227 Spring Valley, Ohio (Bellbrook)
Herve Coby WR 6-1 180 Delray Beach, Fla. (American Heritage)
Zach Colvin DE 6-4 260 Shorewood, Ill. (Minooka)
Fahn Cooper OL 6-5 300 Crystal Lake, Ill. (Crystal Lake South)
Diontre Delk WR 5-10 180 Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)
Travis Greene ATH 5-11 170 Carroll City, Fla. (Monsignor Edward Pace)
Shaquille "Shaq" Hall DE 6-3 225 Naples, Fla. (Palmetto Ridge)
Scott Hodges OL 6-7 297 Sacramento, Calif. (Carmichael Jesuit) (Sacramento City)
Jermal Hosley WR 5-9 180 Highland Park, Mich. (Highland Park)
Alex Huettel OL 6-4 290 Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North)
Darrell Hunter DB 5-10 175 West Palm Beach, Fla. (William T. Dwyer)
Matt Johnson QB 6-1 205 Harrisburg, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt)
Johnny Joseph DB 5-9 170 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Hunter Maynard DT 6-1 310 Ashville, Ohio (Bishop Watterson)
Christian Piazza OL 6-7 275 Ann Arbor, Mich. (Huron) (Fork Union Military Acad.)
Anthon Samuel RB 6-0 180 Opa Locka, Fla. (Monsignor Edward Pace)
Zach Steinmetz TE 6-4 240 Toledo, Ohio (Toledo St. Johns)
Brian Sutton DB 6-0 180 Fishers, Ind. (Fishers)
Tyler Tate K 6-1 185 Carroll, Ohio (Bloom-Carroll)
Dernard Turner DB 6-0 180 Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington)
Dominique Wharton OL 6-3 300 Brooklyn, NY (Beach Channel) (ASA College of Excellence)

Bowling Green Map


Paragraph: They sure seem to like South Florida. Seven of their recruits hail from America's Phallic State. Overall, Dave Clawson went heavy on offensive linemen: five total, three of which were gathered from junior college. He did not bring in a single linebacker by trade, however. The big draw was Herve Coby, a wide receiver who chose BG over West Virginia and Michigan State. Clawson clearly focused on offense first, which is this team's style, always and forever, amen.


Jesse Back, OL, 6-4, 290, Fr., Cincinnati, OH, LaSalle HS
Marqus Baker, DB, 5-10, 180, Fr., Tampa, FL, Robinson, HS
Gabriel Barbe, OL, 6-6, 305, Fr., Montreal, Quebec, CEGEP du Vieux
Robert Blodgett, OL, 6-5, 305, Fr., Lima, NY, Honeoye Falls-Lima HS
Khari Brown, LB, 6-1, 225, Fr., Upper Marlboro, MD, Bishop McNamara HS
Mike Brown, DB  5-11, 185, Fr., Pickerington, OH, Pickerington HS
Wyatt Cahill, DL, 6-4, 265, Jr., Tempe, AZ, Corona del Sol HS/Scottsdale CC
Patrick Clarke, PK, 6-3, 190, Fr., New Castle, DE, Delaware Military Academy/Hargrave Military
Tony Daniel, QB, 6-5, 200, Fr., Hiram, GA, South Paulding HS
Joe Felicia, DL, 6-4, 260, Fr., Marcellus, NY, Marcellus HS
Dillon Guy, OL, 6-5, 290, Fr., Hamilton, Ontario, Waterdown District HS/Champlain Regional
John Kling, OL, 6-7, 280, Fr., Cheektowaga, NY, Depew HS
Joe Licata, QB, 6-3, 205, Fr., Williamsville, NY, Williamsville South HS
Kyndal Minniefield, DB, 5-11, 180, Fr., Daphne, AL, Daphne HS
Kendall Patterson, DL, 6-3, 285, Fr., Abingdon, MD, DeMatha Catholic HS
Dale Stewart, RB, 5-11, 185, Fr., Niagara Falls, NY, Niagara Falls HS
Brandon Tammaro, LB, 6-3, 225, Fr., Plymouth, MI, Detroit Central Catholic
Anthone Taylor, RB, 5-10, 210, Fr., Huber Heights, OH, Wayne HS
Matt Weiser, TE, 6-5, 225, Fr., Womelsdorf, PA, Conrad Weiser HS
Ron Willoughby, WR, 6-4, 190, Fr., Avon Lake, OH, Avon Lake HS

Buffalo Map


Paragraph: Hey, Rivals? Wanna update your map a little? They did sign 20 guys, and admittedly a couple of their new blood will emigrate from Canada, but there are people from all over here. But at least the map gives us a good cross-section that Jeff Quinn decided to trickle into Ohio and get some guys from marquee schools like LaSalle. They bagged eight linemen overall (offense and defense), which'll help them win that battle of the trenches in the hopes of making everyone better. Hey, this was the team that probably got worse as the season moved on. Whatever works.


Ramadan Ahmeti    OL    6-6   280   Lansing, Mich./Waverly HS   
Stefon Armstead   DB    5-11  175   Southfield, Mich./Southfield Lathrup HS 
Nick Beamish      OL    6-3   280   Riverview, Mich./Riverview Community HS 
Josh Carter RB/DB 5-11  195   South Haven, Mich./South Haven HS 
Jarret Chapman    DB    5-11  180   Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron HS 
Titus Davis WR    6-2   180   Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton-Warrenville South HS  
Dorian Dawson     DL    6-1   258   Los Angeles, Calif./Saint John Bosco HS
Brett Egnatuk*    LB    6-1   215   Rockford, Mich./Rockford HS
Andrew Flory      WR    6-0   170   Miramar, Fla./American Heritage Plantation HS
Anthony Garland   RB    6-1   215   Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale HS
Tim Hamilton      LB    6-1   240   Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice HS
Curtis Huge P     6-0   180   Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield College
Shafer Johnson    DL    6-1   300   Southfield, Mich./Southfield Christian HS
Jesse Kroll WR    6-3   210   Algoma, Wis./Algoma HS
Cody Lopez  LB    6-1   215   Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North HS 
Matt Losiniecki   DL    6-3   270   Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha West HS
Ben McCord  TE    6-3   210   Warren, Mich./Cousino HS
Dennis Nalor      DB    6-0   180   Miami, Fla./Miami Central HS
Alex Niznak QB    6-3   220   Ithaca, Mich./Ithaca HS
Ryan Petro  LB    6-2   210   Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs HS
Ben Randle  TE    6-5   250   Rodney, Mich./Big Rapids HS
Kenny Rogers      OL    6-6   268   Dimondale, Mich./Holt HS
Blake Serpa DE    6-3   230   Sugar Grove, Ill./Kaneland HS
Austin White      RB    6-0   200   Livonia, Mich./Stevenson HS 
Courtney Williams WR/DB 6-1   212   Melvindale, Mich./Melvindale HS
Jason Wilson      WR    6-0   178   Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington HS
Denzel Wimberly   ATH   5-9 1/2     198   Pompano Beach, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS

Central Michigan Map


Paragraph: NOBODY FROM OHIO. THIS MEANS SOMETHING. That, or Dan Enos is blending the Chippewa tradition with Michigan, Michigan, Michigan. Sixteen of his 27 guys are from the Wolverine State, and one of the gets includes tight end Ben McCord, who originally signed with Ball State until the Stan Parrish firing changed everything. This could be a really interesting class for CMU, because although Michigan and Michigan State are going to have the better overall strength of recruits, there is always the chance that some of them may fall through the cracks.


Tyler Allen, RB, 5-8, 173, Fr.-Fr., Lansing, Mich.-Eastern
Dylan Brooks, TE, 6-3, 233, Fr.-Fr., Stevensville, Mich.-Lakeshore
Ryan Brumfield, RB, 5-9, 172, Fr.-Fr., Chester Springs, Pa.-Owen J. Robert
Sean Cotton, SAF, 6-1, 211, Fr.-Fr., Maywood, Ill.-Walther Lutheran
Rickie Crouch, SAF, 5-11, 189, Jr.-Jr., Valencia, Calif.-Valencia-Southwestern-San Bernardino Valley Community College
Justin Cudworth, LB, 5-11, 208, Jr.-Jr., Santa Clarita, Calif.-Agoura-College of the Canyons
Chris Dunlap, CB, 5-8, 183, Jr.-Jr., Pasadena, Calif.-John Muir-East Los Angeles College
Devin Henderson, DE, 6-2, 280, Jr.-Jr., Northbrook, Ill.-Glenbrook South-Harper Junior College
Bronson Hill, RB, 5-10, 200, Fr.-Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.-Catholic Central
Mark Iannotti, QB, 6-2, 215, Fr.-Fr., Schaumburg, Ill.-Schaumburg
Kevin Johnson, SAF, 5-11, 180, Fr.-Fr., McKeesport, Pa.-McKeesport
Sean Kurtz, LB, 5-11, 228, Jr.-Jr., Anaheim, Calif.-Canyon-Santa Ana Community College
Bryan Pali, SAF, 6-0, 198, Jr.-Jr., Kamehameha, Hawai'i-Kamehameha Schools Maui-Orange Coast Community College (Calif.)
Marlon Pollard, CB, 6-0, 166, Jr.-So., San Bernardino, Calif.-Cajon-UCLA
Blake Poole, LB, 6-3, 221, Jr.-Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.-Esperanza-Santa Ana Community College
Demarius Reed, WR, 5-10, 156, Fr.-Fr., Chicago, Ill.-Simeon Academy
Tyreese Russell, TE, 6-3, 216, Fr.-Fr., Melrose Park, Ill.-Walther Lutheran
Darius Scott, CB, 5-8, 154, Fr.-Fr., Chicago, Ill.-Simeon Academy
Kris Strange, DB, 5-11, 170, Fr.-Fr., Pickerington, Ohio-Central
Tyrone Taylor, DB, 5-11, 176, Jr.-Jr., Harbor City, Calif.-Cerritos College

Eastern Michigan Map


Paragraph: What stuck out here was: 20 recruits, nine junior college transfers. When a team like Ron English's finishes 2-10, the immediate way to inch them closer to contention is to bring in veterans. He went all the way to California (and Hawaii!) to get the seasoned gridiron competitors into Ypsilanti. The lone three-star recruit, safety Sean Cotton, was received only after he couldn't get into Northwestern. Boy, do they need the defense.


Terrell Bates, RB, 5-9, 205, Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edward
Jason Bitsko, OL, 6-4, 260, Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne
Tristin Boykin, RB, 6-0, 188, Centerville, Ohio/Centerville
Josh Boyle, ATH, 5-10, 165, Venice, Fla./Venice
Trayion Durham, RB, 6-2, 240, Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain
Chris Humphrey, WR, 6-1, 175, Solon, Ohio/Solon
Joe Kenn, LB, 5-10, 205, Gilbert, Ariz./Perry
C.J. Malauulu, LB, 6-1, 235, Oceanside, Calif./El Camino/Palomar C.C.
Jeremy McCoy, WR, 6-2, 189, Columbus, Ohio/Marion-Franklin
Chevin Meadows, CB, 5-11, 185, Akron, Ohio/Buchtel
Andre Parker, LB, 6-1, 215, Ruckersville, Va./Fork Union
Kyle Payton, TE, 6-3, 245, Dublin, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson
Anthony Pruitt, DE, 6-3, 270, Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison
Evan Shimensky*, QB, 5-11, 182, Kent, Ohio/Kent Roosevelt
Luke Smurthwaite, QB, 6-2, 190, Grove City, Ohio/Grove City
Devante' Strickland, SS, 6-2, 215, Columbus, Ohio/Marion-Franklin
Jordan Tarver, QB, 5-11, 195, Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
Nate Terhune, DE, 6-4, 230, Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Orange

Kent State Map


Paragraph: Kent State's hogging all the Ohio players that CMU doesn't want. Darrell Hazell said this was on purpose to get so many Buckeyes, and it shows. The class leans offensively, which was to be expected for the team struggling to move the ball, and they did make one nice splash: Trayion Durham, the second-highest-rated fullback.


Name, Position, Height, Weight, Hometown, High School
Sean Breard, LB, 6-4, 210, Frisco, TX (Little Elm)
Trevan Brown, OL, 6-4, 250, Florence, KY (Boone County)
Brison Burris, S, 5-10, 175, Humble, TX (Humble)
Tre Clifton, LB, 6-0, 205, South Bend, IN (Clay)
Chrishawn Dupuy, S, 5-8, 170, Slidell, LA (Salmen)
David Frazier, WR, 6-0, 170, Columbia, SC (Irmo)
Andrew Gudeman, TE, 6-4, 225, Greenwood, IN (Center Grove)
Alvonta Jenkins, WR, 6-0, 205, Camden, SC (Camden)
Tim Johnson, LB, 6-2, 210, New Orleans, LA (Edna Karr)
Jarrell Jones, CB, 5-10, 170, Columbus, OH (Northland)
Drew Kummer, QB, 6-3, 205, Cincinnati, OH (LaSalle)
Zach Lewis, OL, 6-4.5, 255, Mount Prospect, IL (Prospect)
Marcus Matthews, OL, 6-4, 293, Manassas, VA (Osbourn)
Dawan Scott, RB, 6-0, 175, Columbia, SC (Irmo)
Spencer Treadwell, RB, 5-11, 175, East Lansing, MI (East Lansing)
Tyler Tucker, "Athlete", 6-2, 210, East Lansing, MI (East Lansing)
Justin Wiley, RB, 5-11, 185, Erie, PA (Cathedral Prep)

Miami Map


Paragraph: Definitely the most scattered map of the conference, and you can see Don Treadwell's mark by shipping down some products from Lansing. But overall, color me unimpressed with the overall class here. The good news is that the team is already very young and — oh, right — they did win the MAC last year. They'll be fine for now, so don't read too much into this even in a transitional year.


Cameron Clinton-Earl, DE, 6-1, 240, Fr., Milwaukee, Wis. (Hamilton HS)
Aidan Conlon, OL, 6-3, 290, Fr., Flossmoor, Ill. (Homewood-Flossmoor HS)
Jhony Faustin, CB, 5-10, 170, So., Naples, Fla. (Lely HS/Ellsworth CC)            
Mason Fuller, DT, 6-3, 297, Fr., Chicago, Ill. (Urban Prep)
Khambrel Garland, S, 6-1, 200, Fr., Deerfield Beach, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)          
Matthew Killian, OL, 6-6, 300, Fr., O'Fallon, Mo. (Francis Howell HS)
Rasheen Lemon, S, 6-1, 185, Fr., Chicago, Ill. (Proviso West HS)
Tommylee Lewis, WR/RS, 5-8, 170, Fr., Riviera Beach, Fla. (W.T. Dwyer HS)
Paris Logan, CB, 5-10, 175, Fr., Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge HS)
Devonte' Majors, TE, 6-2, 215, Fr., O'Fallon, Mo. (Fort Zumwalt West HS)
Boomer Mays, DS/LB, 6-1, 225, Fr., Lawrence, Kan. (Eudora HS)
Matt McIntosh, QB, 6-2, 185, Fr., Evansville, Ind. (Reitz HS)
Jason Meehan, LB, 6-2, 225, Fr., St. Louis, Mo. (Webster Groves HS)
Tré Moore, S, 5-11, 196, Fr., Dayton, Ohio (Wayne HS)
Michael Neal, CB, 5-10, 175, Fr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Ely HS)
Videl Nelson, OLB, 6-2, 215, Fr., Kansas City, Mo. (Staley HS)
Andrew Ness, OL, 6-4, 290, Fr., O'Fallon, Mo. (Christian Brothers College HS)
A.J. Sebastiano, WR/RS, 6-1, 190, Fr., Coconut Creek, Fla. (North Broward Prep HS)
Leighton Settle, RB, 5-10, 190, So., Madison, Wis. (Madison West HS/Fresno City CC)
Kevin Tennenbaum, TE, 6-5, 225, Fr., Buffalo Grove, Ill. (Buffalo Grove HS)
Tyler Wedel, P/ATH, 6-0, 180, Fr., McFarland, Wis. (McFarland HS)
Jamal Womble, RB, 5-11, 235, Jr., Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena HS/Hutchinson CC)

Northern Illinois Map


Paragraph: Without a doubt, NIU recruited the best names, and I don't know if that was Dave Doeren's first order of business, but bravo. Boomer Mays: excellent bombastic football name. Tommylee Lewis. Loved him in The Fugitive. Somebody named "Womble." That'll be fun to say. They haven't gotten confirmation from Wonderful Terry yet, but there's still time.


Devin Bass, CB, 5-10, 175, Omaha, Neb./Millard North
Ronnie Bell, QB, 6-0, 175, Fayetteville, Ga./Sandy Creek HS          
Andrew Bennett, DL, 6-6, 245, Erie, Pa./McDowell HS
Antwan Crutcher, DL, 6-1, 278, Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville HS
Michael Curtis, OL, 6-5, 315, Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka HS
Tony Davis, DL, 6-4, 255, Wyoming, Ohio/Wyoming HS
Mose Denton, CB, 6-1, 195, Lakewood, Ca./Mayfair HS/El Camino
Larenzo Fisher, CB, 5-11, 170, Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy
Kyle Hammonds, RB, 5-8, 180, Solon, Ohio/Solon HS
Justin Haser, DL, 6-5, 260, Pittsburgh, Pa./North Alleghany HS
Jovon Johnson, LB, 6-0, 215, Solon, Ohio/Solon HS
Tyler Knight, TE, 6-5, 250, Leesburg, Ga./Lee County HS/Georgia Military
Mike Lucas, OL, 6-4, 340, Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick HS
Aaron Macer, S, 6-1, 185, Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS
Mike McQueen, OL, 6-7, 278, Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights
Lucas Powell, OL, 6-4, 294, Edgerton, KS/Gardner Edgerton HS
Eric Price, DL, 6-5, 225, Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming HS
Brandon Purdum, DL, 6-4, 250, London, Ohio/Jonathan Alder HS
Ben Russell, LB, 6-1, 230, Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills HS
Landon Smith, WR, 6-0, 190, Girard, Ohio/Girard HS
Brad Spivey, DL, 6-4, 265, Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach HS/Georgia Military
Derrius Vick, QB, 6-2, 190, Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southeast HS
Ian Wells, CB, 5-11, 185, Dayton, Ohio/Stebbins HS
Jacob Welter, OL, 6-4, 292, Danville, Ca./Monte Vista HS



Paragraph: Curious emphasis: defensive line and defense in general. They took a couple quarterbacks, one of them named Derrius Vick (unrelated), a guy from Nebraska, Frank Solich's former stomping grounds. They only selected one receiver and one running back. The quarterback spot is probably the largest unknown on this team, though. Will Phil Bates suffice?


Robbie Anderson, WR, Fr., 6-3, 180, Davie, Fla., South Plantation
Nainy Bah , WR, Fr., 6-2, 184, Clinton, Conn., Morgan School
Antonio Belt, WR, Fr., 6-0, 170, Forestville, Md., Forestville Military Academy / Fork Union
Brandon Chudnoff , LB, Fr., 6-2, 228, Philadelphia, Pa., George Washington
Daquan Cooper , WR, Fr., 5-10, 161, Philadelphia, Pa., George Washington
Malcolm Eugene, WR, Jr., 6-4, 205, Huntington, N.Y., Elwood-John Glenn / ASA College
Jalen Fitzpatrick, QB, Fr., 5-11, 180, Harrisburg, Pa., Harrisburg
Clinton Granger, QB, So., 6-3, 235, Philadelphia, Pa., George Washington / Pierce College
Kenneth Harper, SS, Fr., 6-0, 215, Gainesville, Fla., Buchholz
Tyron Harris, WR, Jr., 6-3, 195, Lindenwold, N.J., Lindenwold / Pierce College   
Chris Hutton, DB, Fr., 5-10, 185, Sicklerville, N.J., Paul VI
Cory Johnson, DT, Fr., 6-3, 285, Chambersburg, Pa., Chambersburg Area
Eric Lofton, OL, Fr., 6-5, 280, Lumberton, N.J., Rancocas Valley
Praise Martin-Oguike, LB, Fr., 6-1, 220, Sewaren, N.J., Woodbridge
Jacob Quinn, OL, Fr., 6-5, 245, Wilmington, Del., St. Mark's
Spencer Reid, RB, Fr., 5-10, 205, Villanova, Pa., Harriton
Raysean Richardson, LB, Fr., 6-1, 210, Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith
Nate Smith, LB, Fr., 6-0, 220, Highland Park, N.J., Highland Park / Fork Union
Hershey Walton, OL, Fr., 6-4, 320, Reading, Pa., Reading / Fork Union
Khadeem Wilson, DE, Fr., 6-3, 240, Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony's

Temple Map


Paragraph: As if you couldn't tell this was an East coast team in the guise of a Midwestern conference: every one of their signees is relatively close to an ocean. Much has been gabbed about Steve Addazio's recruiting prowess, but my favorite of his picks has to be wide receiver Antonio Belt. Way to hustle.


Barnes, Jordan, LB, 6-1, 240, So., Fort Wayne, IN-Homestead/Western Oklahoma C.C.
Cameron, Kyle, C, 6-2, 280, Fr., Toledo, OH-Central Catholic
Detmer, Jeremiah, PK, 5-8, 170, Fr., Hilliard, OH-Davidson
Dukes, Chris, CB, 5-9, 182, Fr., Cincinnati, OH-Colerian
Emilien, Vladimir, S, 6-1, 204, Jr., Lauderhill, FL -Plantation/Michigan
Gibbs, Keenen, DL, 6-3, 270, Fr., Cincinnati, OH-LaSalle
Gilbert, Antwan, RB, 5-10, 170, Fr., Dayton, OH-Trotwood Madison
Gilbert, Gabe, LB, 6-1, 230, Fr., Green Springs, OH-Clyde
Haden, Jordan, DB, 5-11, 200, So., Fort Washington, MD-Friendly/Florida
Haden, Josh, RB, 5-8, 195, Jr., Fort Washington, MD-Friendly/Prince George's C.C.
James, John, CB, 5-11, 163, Fr., Cleveland, OH-John Adams
Key, Noah, DB, 6-0, 180, Fr., Columbus, OH-Bishop Hartley
Kratch, Colby, TE, 6-4, 245, Jr., Watertown, MN-Watertown-Mayer/N. Dakota St. Coll. of Science
Lewis, Phil, DL, 6-3, 285, Jr., Grosse Pointe, MI-South/Grand Rapids C.C.
Neal, Matt, DL, 6-3, 280, Fr., Merrillville, IN- Merrillville
Norrils, Eddie, DB, 6-0, 185, Fr., Toledo, OH-St. John's
Olack, Justin, WR, 6-4, 210, Fr., Shadyside, OH-Massillon Washington                 
Perchinske, Collin, OL, 6-5, 265, Fr., Cleveland, OH-Padua Franciscan
Russell, Alonzo, WR, 6-4, 190, Fr., Washington, D.C.-H.D. Woodson/Milford (NY) Academy
Sturdivant, Andre, DL, 6-3, 265, Fr., Cleveland, OH-Glenville
Suggs, Keith, CB, 5-10, 175, Fr., Indianapolis, IN-Ben David
Sylvestre, Junior, DB, 6-0, 195, Fr., Hollywood, FL-South Brown
Voss, Trent, LB, 6-3, 210, Fr., East Grand Rapids, MI-East Grand Rapids
Walton, Robert, RB, 5-9, 185, Fr., Cleveland, OH-Glenville
Wilcher, Kishon, CB, 5-7, 168, Fr., Detroit, MI-Cass Tech
Wirth, Ethan, OL, 6-6, 280, Fr., Williamston, MI- Williamston
Wisniewski, Paul, OL, 6-4, 295, Fr., Carol Stream, IL-Glenbard North

Toledo Map


Paragraph: Yes, I'll go with the mob and assert this the most impressive grouping of new football players in the MAC. It's not even close, really. Andre Sturdivant and Robert Walton were teammates from Cleveland who decided to surprise the Rockets with their agreement. Conventional wisdom had Sturdivant, a four-star defensive end, going to Penn State. But Tim Beckman must've done something right to bring him in. Also, I'm pretty stoked about the map having four recruits from far-away places that form a kicky rhombus.


Rontavious Atkins, SS, 5-11, 175, Pahokee, Fla. (Pahokee)
Eric Boyden, TE, 6-3, 236, Hamilton Square, N.J. (Notre Dame)
Devon Brant, ILB, 5-11, 224, Ocala, Fla. (North Marion)
Donald Celiscar, SS, 5-10, 175, Winter Haven, Fla. (Winter Haven)
Justin Currie, SS, 6-2, 192, Big Rapids, Mich. (Big Rapids)
Nicholas Dance, LB, 6-0, 210, Nashville, Tenn. (Pearl-Cohn)
Tyler Hrycak, QB, 6-2, 186, Wilmington, Del. (St. Marks / Valley Forge Military)
Trevor Ishmael, SS, 5-11, 185, Miami, Fla. (North Miami Beach)
John Jackson, OG, 6-3, 309, Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical)
Timmy Keith, WR, 6-0, 181, Manassas, Va. (Osbourn)
James Kristof, OG, 6-4, 303, Lake Barrington, Ill. (Barrington)
Jarrell McKinney, DE, 6-5, 220, Detroit, Mich. (Cody)
Dustin Pringle, OG, 6-5, 285, Beaver Hills, Pa. (Blackhawk)
Kendrick Roberts, WR, 6-3, 190, Flint, Mich. (Southwestern Academy)
Cleveland Smith, ILB, 6-2, 230, North Miami Beach, Fla. (North Miami Beach)
Damian "Tank" Thomas, DT, 6-1, 287, Pace, Fla. (Pace)
Travis Turner, OL, 6-5, 275, Miami, Fla. (North Miami Beach)

Western Michigan Map


Paragraph: Now THAT is what you call going heavy on the Floridians. Heck, they signed twice as many from the Sunshine State (eight) than they did Michigan (four). What's up with that? Hopefully the formula works for Bill Cubit, whose job has to be hanging in the balane. One dude they stole away from an AQ conference was Rontavious Atkins, who scuttled away from South Florida because he couldn't get his ACT together. But it sounds like some commits were lost at the 11th hour, so this probably wasn't the way it was supposed to be, landing only 19 new Broncos.