February 6, 2013

Football Inks 26 in Ostrowsky’s Second Recruiting Class

Wildcats sign 26 to NLI.
Wildcats sign 26 to NLI.

PRESS CONFERENCE

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013 SIGNEES WITH MID-YEAR TRANSERS

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University head football coach Chris Ostrowsky announces his second recruiting class today (Feb. 6) as 26 future NMU student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent on the first day of the signing period.

“Signing day is the end of a long process for players, parents and coaches,” Ostrowsky said. “We have recruited some of the most celebrated players in Michigan, Florida and Illinois. We recruited high school team captains who are top academic students and have played for some of the premier programs in the nation like St. Thomas Aquinas and Cass Tech.”

The class consists of players from Michigan (16), Florida (5) and Illinois (5). Kyle Root (Brimley, Mich./Sault Area) and Jared Vuksan (Gladstone, Mich./Gladstone) represent Upper Peninsula recruits.

“As a staff, we have worked extremely hard day and night to accomplish our objective, which is to have one of the top recruiting classes in America on the Division II level,” added Ostrowsky. “We felt it was critical to follow last year’s class with another stellar group and believe we have done so when this group of players arrives on campus. Today is a great day to be a Wildcat.”

NMU finished 4-7 overall and 3-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2012, winning three of its final five games. The Wildcats finished tied for 11th in the GLIAC and had 12 seniors end their football careers.

Listed below are the individuals signed on the first day of the signing period.

Name

Pos.

Height

Weight

Hometown / High School / Previous College or University

Shaye Brown

QB

6-4

205

Fenton, Mich. / Linden

Deionte Bruton

CB

5-10

170

Detroit, Mich. / Ecorse

Josh Crim

OL

6-6

290

Lansing, Mich. / Eastern

Darius Danzy

CB

5-10

175

Southfield, Mich. / Southfield Senior

Jake Gierlak

ATH

5-10

165

Algonquin, Ill. / Harry D. Jacobs

Cornell Gilmore

DT

6-0

260

Miami, Fla. / Miami Palmetto

Dominick Hamilton

DL

6-1

317

Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech

DeMarco Haynes

WR

5-7

150

Hollywood, Fla. / Chaminade Madonna

Sherman Hodges

WR

6-2

168

Muskegon, Mich. / Muskegon

Dan Hugan

SR

5-11

175

Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron

Rodney Lamar

DE

6-2

239

Pompano Beach, Fla. / Ely / Florida Atlantic University

Marcus Lee

LB

6-1

220

Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bolingbrook / College of DuPage

John Oberheide

K/P

5-9

200

Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South

Ross Querro

LB

6-0

215

Armada, Mich. / Armada

Kyle Root

HB

6-0

210

Brimley, Mich. / Sault Area

Patrick Ryan

S

6-1

181

Linden, Mich. / Linden

Connor Schrader

RB

5-9

205

Lake Zurich, Ill. / Lake Zurich Senior

Joseph Short

RB

5-10

190

Chicago, Ill. / Chicago Bulls College Prep

Marcus Smith

SR

5-9

175

Muskegon, Mich. / Muskegon

Jalen Stovall

SR

5-9

160

Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood

Marcus Tucker

WR

6-0

190

Flint, Mich. / Grand Blanc / Mott Community College

Jared Vuksan

DE

6-1

220

Gladstone, Mich. / Gladstone Area

Mark Walker

S

5-11

165

Delray Beach. Fla. / North Broward

Cedric Washington

DT

6-0

270

Flint, Mich. / Flint Southwestern Academy

Chris Washington

CB

6-0

190

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas

JaMarco Willingham

DL

6-2

245

Livonia, Mich. / Benjamin Franklin

Shaye Brown | video

Fenton, Mich.
Linden High School
Quarterback
6-4, 205

-Team captain, all-state, all-conference, second team all-area, Tri-County player of the year

Deionte Bruton | video
Detroit, Mich.
Ecorse High School
Cornerback
5-10, 170

-All-conference, all-metro

Josh Crim | video
Lansing, Mich.
Eastern High School
Offensive Line
6-6, 290

-All-conference

Darius Danzy | video
Southfield, Mich.
Southfield Senior High School
Cornerback
5-10, 175

-All-conference, all-metro, honorable mention Detroit Free Press all-state

Jake Gierlak | video
Algonquin, Ill.
Harry D. Jacobs High School
Athlete
5-10, 165

-Two-time all-conference, two-time all-area, team captain.

Cornell Gilmore | video
Miami, Fla.
Miami Palmetto Senior High School
Defensive Tackle
6-0, 260

Dominick Hamilton | video
Detroit, Mich.
Cass Tech High School
Defensive Line
6-1, 317

-First team all-metro

DeMarco Haynes | video
Hollywood, Fla.
Chaminade Madonna
Wide Receiver
5-7, 150

-All-Broward County honorable mention

Sherman Hodges | video
Muskegon, Mich.
Muskegon High School
Wide Receiver
6-2, 168

-All-conference defensive back

Dan Hugan | video
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Huron High School
Slot Receiver
5-11, 175

-First team all-Southeastern Conference Red, first team all-county, first team All-Ann Arbor, team, MVP, all-Southeastern Conference third team

Rodney Lamar | video
Pompano Beach, Fla.
Ely High School
Florida Atlantic University
Defensive End
6-2, 239

-Played at Rochester Community and Technical College in 2010 and was a squad member at Florida Atlantic University

Marcus Lee | video
Bolingbrook, Ill.
Bolingbrook High School
College of DuPage
Linebacker
6-1, 220

-Played linebacker at the College of Dupage

John Oberheide | video
Park Ridge, Ill.
Maine South High School
Kicker / Punter
5-9, 200

-All-conference

Ross Querro | video
Armada, Mich.
Armada High School
Linebacker
6-0, 215

-Second team all-county, first team all-conference

Kyle Root | video
Brimley, Mich.
Sault Area High School
Halfback
6-0, 210

-First team all-U.P. running back, team MVP

Patrick Ryan | video
Linden, Mich.
Linden High School
Safety
6-1, 181

-Two-time all-conference, two star Rivals rating

Connor Schrader | video
Lake Zurich, Ill.
Lake Zurich Senior High School
Running Back
5-9, 205

-All-state, all-area, all-conference

Joseph Short | video
Chicago, Ill.
Chicago Bulls College Prep
Running Back
5-10, 190

-All-city, all-conference running back and strong safety

Marcus Smith | video
Muskegon, Mich.
Muskegon High School
Slot Receiver
5-9, 175

-University of Michigan football camp MVP, member of Midwest Elite 7 on 7 National Team, OK Black first team all-conference, Muskegon Chronicle second team all-area, LakeMichiganFootballReport.com second team, LocalSportsJournal.com first team

Jalen Stovall | video
Kentwood, Mich.
East Kentwood High School
Slot Receiver
5-9, 160

-All-conference, all-state

Marcus Tucker | video
Flint, Mich.
Grand Blanc High School
Mott Community College
Wide Receiver
6-0, 190          

-Played basketball at Lake Michigan College in 2011-12 and club football at the University of Michigan-Flint

Jared Vuksan | video
Gladstone, Mich.
Gladstone Area High School
Defensive End
6-1, 220

Mark Walker | video
Delray Beach, Fla.
North Broward High School
Safety
5-11, 165

-Team defensive player of the year

Cedric Washington | video
Flint, Mich.
Flint Southwestern Academy
Defensive Tackle
6-0, 270

-First team all-conference, first team all-city

Chris Washington | video
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Cornerback
6-0, 190

JaMarco Willingham | video
Livonia, Mich.
Benjamin Franklin High School
Defensive Line
6-2, 245

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