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2019 MAC National Signing Day Recap

The MAC rounded out its recruiting classes for 2019 on Wednesday.

James H. Jimenez

After the early signing period, most of the MAC had their recruiting classes for 2019 figured out but the picture became a little clearer after Wednesday’s National Signing Day deadline as teams rounded out their classes with even more talented recruits. Miami didn’t add any more recruits on NSD (it already had 29 in it’s 2019 class) but everybody made some moves yesterday. Who did your team get at the eleventh hour of the recruiting cycle? Let’s find out.


Randy Cochran, DB, 6-0, 175, Doraville, Ga., Norcross HS

Jordan Daniels, OL, 6-5, 275, Huntersville, NC., North Mecklenburg HS

Adetutu Daranijo, DB, 5-10, 200, Fort Lauderdale, Fl., St. Thomas Aquinas HS

Zach Gibson, QB, 6-3, 215, Alpharetta, Ga., Johns Creek HS

Xavior Gray, OL, 6-9, 315, Massillon, Ohio, Jackson HS

Peter Hayes-Patrick, RB, 6-0, 204, Orlando, Fl., Winter Park HS

Caleb Herring, OL, 6-7, 320, Lakewood, Oh., St. Edward HS

Daniel Lavelle, DL, 6-4, 260, Forsyth, Ga., Mary Persons HS

Quevan Lawson, LB, 6-4, 225, Ashburn, Ga., Tuner County HS

Kyshad Mack, DB, 6-1, 200, Massillon, Oh., Massillon Washington HS

Michael Mathison, WR, 5-10, 175, Covington, Ga., Newton HS

Tyson McDonald, DB, 6-2, 195, Corona, Ca., Eleanor Roosevelt HS

Owen Murphy, OL, 6-6, 270, Cleveland, Oh., St. Ignatius HS

Julian Richardson, LB, 6-2, 210, Albany, Ga., Westover HS

Kyle Romenick, P, 6-2, 220, Fort Mill, SC., Fort Mill HS

Michael Scott, LB, 6-3, 230, Tallahassee, Fl., North Florida Christian HS, Iowa Western CC

Keyshawn Swanson, DB, 5-11, 180, Pensacola, Fl., West Florida HS

Corey Thomas, DB, 6-5, 200, Pittsburgh, Pa., Penn Hills HS

Jarred Uran, LB, 6-2, 195, Cincinnati, Oh., La Salle HS

Kevin Walls, WR, 6-6, 215, Westlake, Oh., Westlake HS

AJ Watts, DB, 6-1 208, Columbus, Ga., Carver HS

Demetrick Watts II, LB, 6-3, 230, Riverside, Ca., Hillcrest HS, Humboldt State

Bryce Wilson, DL, 6-3, 275, Lilburn, Ga., Parkview HS

Ball State

Chandler Crite, ATH, 6-0, 175, Lebanon, Tenn., Lebanon HS

Bowling Green

Andrew Bench, DE, 6-5, 220, Genoa, Oh., Genoa Area HS

Austin Dorris, TE, 6-5, 252, Shadyside, Oh., Indiana University

Anthony Johnson, DE, 6-4, 255, Cleveland, Oh., Cleveland Heights HS

Christian Sims, TE, 6-3, 210, Norcross, Ga., Norcross HS

Davin Wilson, DB, 5-11, 175. Moreno Valley, Ca., Rancho Verde HS


Jordan Avissey, DE, 6-5, 250, France

Ron Cook Jr., ATH, 5-8, 185, Washington, DC, St. John’s College HS

Mark Davis, CB, 6-2, 175, Bradenton, Fl., Braden River HS

Daniel Lee, WR, 6-0, 195, Cisco, Tx., Cisco JC

Larry Rembert, WR, 6-1, 180, Tucson, Az., Pima CC

Tyrece Woods, DT, 6-2, 255, Belleville, Mi., Belleville HS

Central Michigan

Jacques Bristol, DT, 6-1, 286, Sarasota, Fl., Booker HS

Jake Dominguez, OG, 6-5, 300, Los Altos, Ca., Foothill College

Luke Elzinga, P, 6-4, 197, Grand Rapids, Mi., Grand Rapids Christian HS

Delyantel Powell-Woods, OT, 6-5, 285, Bluefield, WV, Bluefield HS

Fred Stokes, DE, 6-5, 200, Lombard, Il., Montini Catholic HS

Eastern Michigan

John Branham Jr., RB, 5-10, 218, Columbus, Oh. Northland HS

Noah Cameron, WR, 6-1, 185, Kokomo, In., Kokomo HS

Sam Jackson, S, 6-0, 210, Troy, Oh. Troy HS

Christopher Kaminski, QB, 6-3, 205, South Lyon, Mi., South Lyon HS

Alvinoski Lafleur, CB, 6-0, 180, Coffeyville, Ks., Coffeyville CC

Jose Ramirez, DT, 6-3, 195, Riverside, Ca., Riverside CC

Caleb Richwine, K, 6-2, 175, Carlisle, Pa., Carlisle Area HS

Tyler Shaw, LS, 6-2, 220, Burlington, Wi., Catholic Central HS

Tony Trabold, K, 5-8, 155, Joliet, Il., Citrus College

Kent State

Joachim Bangda, RB, 5-10, 215, Baltimore, Md., St. Frances Academy

Brandon Coleman, RB, 6-1, 215, Columbia Station, Oh., Columbia HS

Sekou Diaby, DE, 6-3, 255, Dodge City, Ks., Dodge City CC

Brad George, LS, 5-9, 205, Wheaton, Il., Wheaton Warrenville HS

Colt Jennings, DE, 6-3, 225, Cleveland, Oh., Padua Franciscan HS

Quentin Jones, DT, 6-3, 320, Tallahassee, Fl., Godby HS

Elijah Lamptey, OT, 6-5, 265, Chicago, Il., Leo Catholic HS

Mario Nunez, CB, 6-1, 173, Kennesaw, Ga., Harrison HS

Prince Okituama, DE, 6-7, 235, Newark, NJ., West Side HS

Ja’Shaun Poke, CB, 5-10, 175, Hampton, Ga., Dutchtown HS

Northern Illinois

James Ester, DE, 6-3, 230, Detroit, Mi., Cass Tech HS

J.J. Lippe, OG, 6-4, 275, Milwaukee, Wi., Whitefish Bay HS

Mohamed Toure, WR, 6-3, 190, Irvington, NJ., Irvington HS


Tristian Vandenberg, K, 6-4, 225, Buffalo, NY., Canisius HS


Darius Alexander, DE, 6-5, 216, Ft. Wayne, In., Wayne HS

Terrel Ferrell, WR, 5-11, 187, Valrico, Fl., Bloomingdale HS

Micah Kelly, RB, 5-10, 190, Pascagoula, Ms., Ocean Springs HS

Jerjuan Newton, ATH, 6-0, 170, Clearwater, Fl., Clearwater Central Catholic HS

Western Michigan

Marshawn Kneeland, DE, 6-4, 240, Grand Rapids, Mi., Godwin Heights Senior HS

Joe Misak, DE/LB, 6-2, 200+, Mattawan, Mi., Mattawan HS

Eric Wenzel, QB, 6-1, 185, Kalamazoo, Mi., Hackett Catholic Central HS


The Tom Arth era at Akron is off to a nice start at Akron with 23 signees in his first class with a pair of highly touted RBs in Hayes-Patrick and Thomas. 14 defensive recruits were signed as well so it will be interesting to see what the new-look Zips have in store for 2019. BG bolstered its depth on both sides of the line of scrimmage, which was definitely needed and Norris may end up being a huge get for the Falcons. Buffalo will continue to be Buffalo with two JUCO WRs but picking up a recruit from France (a country that’s getting more and more interested in American football) is a curious move.

Jim McElwain and CMU fortified the depth up front, and it will be interesting to see how the McElwain era plays outs considering his success at Colorado State and mixed results at Florida. With a pair of JUCO defenders, EMU will look to be a tough out in the MAC in 2019 as it also squared away its special teams for the forseeable future. KSU invested a lot in shoring up its depth on defense and it will be 1-2 more years before we get to see Sean Lewis’s squad become competitive. The rich got a little bit richer as Toledo picked up more skill players to round out the recruiting process for 2019. Time will tell how these classes will pan out but every team in the MAC is feeling optimistic about their prospects right now, and that’s a good place to be at this time of the year.