Chuck Martin capped off an impressive first recruiting class on Wednesday with the addition of 26 recruits to the RedHawks program. Check out the full list of recruits below.
|Carter Masek||Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids)||ILB||3-star||6'2''/220||Yes|
|Ian Leever||Loveland, Ohio (Loveland)||OL||3-star||6'6''/295||Yes|
|Ryan Mullen||Lake Villa, Illinois (Lakes Community)||OL||3-star||6'3''/270||Yes|
|Matt Skibinski||Livonia, Michigan (Churchill)||OL||3-star||6'5''/269||Yes|
|Jack Schroer||New Albany, Ohio (New Albany)||DT||2-star||6'5''/242||Yes|
|Nate Trawick||Richmond, Indiana (Richmond)||DT||3-star||6'1''/295||Yes|
|Sam McCollum||Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Coffman)||OL||2-star||6'4''/273||Yes|
|Billy Bahl||Woodstock, Illinois (Marian Central Catholic)||QB-PRO||3-star||6'4''/210||Yes|
|Cedric Asseh||Loganville, Georgia (Grayson)||WR||2-star||6'2''/180||Yes|
|Maurice Thomas||Oxford, Ohio (Talawanda)||RB||3-star||6'0''/170||Yes|
|McKenzie Thomas||Oxford, Ohio (Talawanda)||DB||NR||6'0''/185||Yes|
|Leonard Ross||La Grange, Illinois (Lyons Township)||RB||3-star||6'0''/195||Yes|
|Isaiah Hill||Duncan, South Carolina (Byrnes)||RB||2-star||6'0''/205||Yes|
|Joshua Allen||Charlotte, North Carolina (Victory Christian Center)||RB||3-star||5'11''/185||Yes|
|Jordan Hardwick||St. Louis, Missouri (St. John Vianney)||DE||3-star||6'4''/230||Yes|
|Sam Murrer||Alexandria, Kentucky (Covington Catholic)||OT||2-star||6'5''/285||Yes|
|Allan Koikoi||Baltimore, Maryland (St. Paul's School)||CB||2-star||5'11''/175||Yes|
|Luke Mayock||Sugar Land, Texas (Clements)||WR||2-star||6'3''/175||Yes|
|James Gardner||Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Fort Lauderdale)||WR||3-star||6'4''/190||Yes|
|Quinn Calcagno||Wheaton, Illinois (St. Francis)||DE||3-star||6'6''/220||Yes|
|Dean Lemon||Dayton, Ohio (Archbishop Alter)||DE||2-star||6'3''/230||Yes|
|Nick Dowd||Westfield, Indiana (Westfield)||K/P||NR||Yes|
|Junior McMullen||Oak Park, Michigan (Oak Park)||OLB||3-star||6'2''/215||Yes|
|Alexx Zielinski||Brighton, Michigan (Brighton)||TE||2-star||6'5''/230||Yes|
|De’Andre Montgomery||Hampton, Georgia (Dutchtown)||DB||NR||6'5''/230||Yes|
Glen Ellyn, Illinois (Glenbard West)
The player with the most star potential is quarterback Billy Bahl. Bahl chose the RedHawks over offers from Akron, Ball State, Buffalo, CMU, UConn, Ohio, Rutgers, Toledo, WMU, and Wyoming. Bahl is a big armed quarterback who possesses poise in the pocket as well. Bahl will compete for playing time the moment he arrives on campus.
Wide receiver James Gardner is a player who could become Billy Bahl's favorite target over their time at Miami. At 6-foot-4, Gardner is a playmaker who will be able to step in and play right away for the RedHawks. Luke Mayock is another wide receiver that has nice potential although he may not see the field immediately during his time at Miami.
Maurice Thomas, Leonard Ross, Isaiah Hill, and Joshua Allen are all talented running backs who bring some offensive firepower to this class. It's realistic to expect at least one of these guys to see playing time next season, however I also expect at one of these backs to play defensive back at the next level. Summer practices will be critical to help the coaching staff make these decisions.
The late pickup of linebacker Junior McMullen gave this class a huge boost. McMullen, a former WMU commit chose Miami over high interest from Indiana as well as reported offers from Akron, Appalachian State, Bowling Green, CMU, Cincinnati, EMU, NIU, and Toledo. McMullen will be teaming up with other impact guys like Jordan Hardwick, Dean Lemon, and Nathan Trawick on the defensive side of the ball for the next four years.
Tight end Alexx Zielinski was a nice signing day surprise for the RedHawks as he will be another much needed big red-zone target.
Overall, this group of guys have the potential to grow into something special during their time at Miami and with coach Martin at the helm, the future is bright in Oxford.