2014 Football Recruiting Class Biographical Sketches
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Canton, Mich. (Iowa)
DB - 5-10, 170
Played Division 1 football at Iowa … Also played collegiately at Arizona Western ... Appeared in nine games for the Hawkeyes in 2012 as a defensive back … Earned first team all-state, all-metro and all-conference honors as a prep senior at Canton High School … Was a second team all-state pick as a prep junior ... Claimed first team all-conference and all-metro accolades as a junior ... Also received first team all-conference laurels as a sophomore ... Three-year varsity letterwinner as a wide receiver and defensive back ... Also used on punt and Kickoff returns ... Helped prep team advance to state playoffs four-straight seasons ... Team captain ... Totaled 891 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... Also had three punt returns for 104 yards and one touchdown ... Recorded 29 tackles on defense, with one interception return for a touchdown ... As a junior rushed 97 times for 1,106 yards, averaging 100.5 yards per game ... Also had three receptions for 97 yards and collected 35 tackles and one fumble recovery on defense.
Fairfield, Calif. (Western Michigan)
WR – 6-2, 212
Transfer receiver from Western Michigan University ... Did not see game action due to injury in 2013 ... Made Western Michigan debut in 2012 and played in 10 contests while making 27 receptions for 401 yards ... Averaged 14.9 yards per catch ... Scored five touchdowns ... Totaled nearly 500 all-purpose yards ... Had three catches for 50 yds at Illinois ... Totaled six catches for 122 yards against Buffalo ... Started all four years at wide receiver in high school at Fairfield (Calif.) ... Began collegiate career at American River JC ... Member of back-to-back conference championship teams in junior college ... Hauled in 39 catches for 554 yards and 11 scores in his JUCO career.
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Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West
Slot - 5-10, 175
Coached by Chad Hetlet … Earned MVP honors at the 2013 National Underclassmen Football Combine held in Northern Chicago … Guided team to an 11-2 overall record as a senior and the program's seventh consecutive state playoff appearance … Ran for more than 1,500 yards on the ground as a senior and scored nearly 30 touchdowns … Played in Illinois' second-largest division on a team that was ranked first in the state by Max Preps … Also hauled in 16 passes for 237 yards and two scores his final campaign … Claimed Suburban Life All-Area honors … Totaled 1,276 yards on the ground with 19 touchdowns as a junior in 2012 … Also caught four TD passes and had 500 yards receiving … Helped lead his squad to a state championship a year ago … Competed at running back, wide receiver and cornerback … Highly-touted recruit … Claimed all-state laurels.
OL - 6-5, 270
Competed in both football and basketball at Pendleton Heights … Played on both the offensive and defensive lines as a prep standout … Also has competed in track and field … Coached by John Broughton … Helped the Arabians to back-to-back sectional titles in his prep career … Multi-year starter on both sides of the ball … Played in all 10 games during the fall 2013 season … All-conference and all-area choice … Tabbed as one of state's top interior line prospects … Tallied more than 30 stops on the defensive side of the ball as a senior … Chosen as team's Most Outstanding Lineman Award recipient in his final prep campaign.
Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley
OL - 6-7, 310
Has significant size up front … Two-year starter on the varsity level at Waubonsie Valley High School … Has played at both offensive tackle and offensive guard … Helped lead squad to a 8-3 overall record as a senior in 2013 … Coached by Paul Murphy … Regarded as one of Illinois' top potential prospects along the offensive line … Led team to five wins in six conference games his final season … Also has competed in track and field.
OL - 6-2, 270
Led team to six wins in his final season … One of team's top performers … Regarded as one of area's top offensive line prospects … Has the ability to play multiple spots on the offensive line … Earned all-conference accolades for Fremd High School … Also competed in track and field … Played on both the offensive and defensive lines … Claimed all-area laurels … Multi-year starter with good size ... Finished his career as a Mid-Suburban league award recipient … Named to the Northwest All-Area squad … Started each of his final two seasons … Anchored an offensive line that ran for 2,891 yards in the 2013 season.
New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln Way West
DL - 6-4, 205
Claimed all-area first team recognition … Also earned all-conference accolades … Chosen to area media "Super Team" for his efforts on the field … Played along both the offensive and defensive lines … Helped team to a 7-3 overall record in his junior season … Coached by Dave Ernst at the prep level … Earned Pepsi-Cola/Southtown Star All-Star laurels at Lincoln Way West … Talented prospect who was regarded as one of the top potential recruits in the area … Helped team to a state playoff appearance.
Robert Thomas III
RB – 5-9, 175
Tabbed as the Florida Class 8A State Player of the Year … One of eight finalists for Florida's 2013 Mr. Football honor … Ran for a state-leading 2,371 rushing yards with 30 TD's in 2013 … Averaged 10.3 yards per carry … Chosen as the Orlando Sentinel Ironman Player of the Year … Broke a 29-year metro conference record for rushing yards in a campaign … Totaled 230 carries on the ground as a senior … Named to 2013 Orlando Sentinel All-Area Offensive Team … All-State recipient … All-Metro honoree … Played both running back and defensive back in his prep career … Led team to a state runner-up finish and a 13-2 overall record … Helped Apopka establish a state single-season scoring record with 529 total points in 2013 … Was a member of the school's 2012 state championship team … Coached by Rick Darlington … Ran out of the tailback spot in the single wing … Became the school's first-ever 2,000 yard rusher in a season … Participated in the 2013 Nike Football Training Camp … Regarded as a top recruit by many services.
DB - 6-1, 180
Took part in an NFL High School Development Camp last summer … All-Conference honoree … One of state's top multi-sport athletes … Played both running back and defensive back at the prep level … Coached by Don Durrett … Honorable Mention Class A All-State basketball pick in 2012-13 … Was an All-Saginaw Valley League selection in basketball last year … Also has competed in track and field … Helped lead hoops team to a state title in 2012 … Tabbed among Detroit News' Preseason Top All-State performers this year on the hardwood … Has been a Saginaw News Dream Team honoree.
RB/DB - 6-3, 200
Chosen as the MLive Kalamazoo Player of the Year in 2013 … Played both running back and free safety … Ran for more than 1,300 yards and 20 scores last fall … Coached by Mick Enders … Tallied 30-plus stops and five interceptions on defense … Three-time all-conference honoree … Two-time team MVP … All-area choice on both sides of the ball … Academic Award recipient … Also has competed in track & field … Led team to conference, district & regional crowns in 2013 along with a 12-1 record … Kalamazoo Gazette Dream Team choice.
TE - 6-4, 250
Caught 19 passes for 377 yards as a senior while averaging nearly 20 yards per catch … Also hauled in five touchdown grabs … Had 62 stops on the defensive side of the ball, including 10 tackles for loss and 36 solo hits … Helped lead Madison to an 11-1 overall record in 2013 … Played both tight end and defensive tackle … Tabbed as one of Rising Stars Recruiting's Top Tight End Prospects in the class … All-State honoree by the Detroit Free Press & Detroit News … Chosen to Michigan Associated Press Division 5-6 Special Mention team … Led team to regional title game this past fall.
LB - 6-1, 200
Received strong Division I interest … One of Scout.com's top prospects in the class of 2014 … Had more than 60 tackles and an interception as a junior in 2012 at Clintondale … Led the Dragons to the playoffs for the second-straight year as a senior in 2013 … Coached by Dave Schindler … Competed at both linebacker and tight end on the prep level … Two-time all-conference honoree … Tabbed among Rising Stars' top 100 prospects in the state of Michigan … Multi-year starter … Led Clintondale to an unbeaten regular-season in each of his final two campaigns … All-area standout on the gridiron … Guided team to nine wins in 2013.
QB - 6-3, 190
One of West Michigan's top all-around athletes … Two-sport standout for the Vikings … Led Cadillac to its best season in school history as a senior with an 11-1 overall record … Helped squad set a school-record with 402 total points in 2013 … Dual-threat quarterback … Compiled 1,198 passing yards and 13 scores as a senior … Also ran for 1,454 yards and 24 TD's on 220 carries … Three-year starter at quarterback … Totaled more than 4,000 yards and 67 rushing touchdowns in his prep career … Threw for over 2,500 yards and 32 TD's at Cadillac … Rewrote the Cadillac record books … Also a talented basketball standout who guided Cadillac to the Class B State Semifinals as a junior in 2012-13 … All-State performer in football, basketball and track … Three-Time All-Conference honoree … Two-Time Team MVP … All-Area Dream Team captain … Two-Time All-State quarterback … Honor roll student … Regarded as one of West Michigan's top standouts in the Class of 2014 by Lake Michigan Football Report.
LB – 5-10, 200
Talented West Michigan prospect … Regarded as one of state's top shot putters in track and field … Also has competed in basketball for Grand Rapids Union … Listed among the Lake Michigan Football Report's top prospects in the Class of 2014 …. Chosen as one of The D Zone's top potential collegiate players in this year's class … Totaled more than 100 tackles as a prep senior in 2013 and ranked among West Michigan's top tacklers … Received significant Division I recruiting interest as a linebacker … Multi-year starter … All-Conference and all-area choice … Claimed all-state accolades.
OL – 6-7, 310
Regarded as a top potential offensive line prospect … Listed among The D Zone's top "Great Lakes Recruits" in the Class of 2014 … Coached by Don Durrett … Competed on both the offensive and defensive lines … Multiple-year starter for Saginaw High School … Took part in an NFL Player Development Camp for high school standouts … Earned both all-area and all-conference honors during his prep gridiron career … Regarded as one of team's leaders in his senior campaign … Talented prospect coming out of the high school ranks.
OL - 6-3, 285
Helped lead Cass Tech to a 12-2 overall record during his senior campaign in 2013 … Played along both the offensive and defensive lines … Listed among Michigan's top line prospects in the class of 2014 … Earned All-Detroit accolades from the Detroit Free Press as a senior … Three-year starter for Cass Tech High School … Helped team claim back-to-back state championships on the prep level … Regarded as one of the state's top 10 prospects on the offensive line heading into his senior campaign … Also listed among The D Zone's top 15 seniors in the city of Detroit last fall … Has also competed in track and field … All-Conference and all-area choice … Earned All-Metro accolades from the Detroit News in 2013.
TE - 6-3, 230
Three-year starter at Portage Central High School … Two-time team captain … Was a three-year starter on the prep level … Two-time all-conference honoree … Also claimed all-area accolades each of his final two seasons … Chosen as team's Most Valuable Player on the defensive side of the ball ….Helped lead team to a 12-1 overall record in his final campaign … Also a talented athlete in basketball along with track and field … Played both tight end and defensive line on the prep level … Listed among the Lake Michigan Football Report's top players in the class of 2014 … Led team to a state semifinal appearance and regional title in his final season.
Slot - 5-11, 170
Highly-talented prep wide receiver … Coached by Tim Conley … Multi-year starter at Southfield High School … Chosen among Rising Stars' top potential prospects at his position … Regarded as one of Michigan's fastest players at the slot position … Helped Southfield to back-to-back seven win campaigns in each of his final two prep seasons … Tabbed among The D Zone's top prospects in the "Great Lakes Region" at wide receiver … Listed as an All-Oakland Activities Association gamebreaker selection for his talents … Finished as one of the top performers at the Adidas Showcase held in Detroit last fall.
Slot - 5-11, 165
Competed at both wide receiver and defensive back on the prep level … Had more than 700 all-purpose yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a junior in 2012 … Also totaled nearly 500 receiving yards with 60 tackles on the defensive side of the ball … Claimed team Defensive Player of the Year honors … Coached by Jason Carriveau … Led team to nine wins during the 2013 campaign along with a 7-2 league record … Three-year starter … Served as a team captain for both the Melvindale football and basketball teams … Earned Detroit Free Press All-Metro West recognition as a senior … Helped team to a district title in 2013 … Was a big-play target on the offensive side of the ball.
Novi/Detroit Catholic Central
DB - 5-10, 175
Played running back, cornerback and safety at Detroit Catholic Central … Was an all-catholic league honoree … Served as team captain … Earned Detroit News All-Metro North recognition … Coached by Tom Mach … Led team to 11 victories in the 2013 campaign … Multi-year starter for the Shamrocks … Earned all-conference and all-area recognition as a prep standout … Helped lead team to the state finals and posted 50 tackles along with three interceptions and four tackles for loss as a senior … Also ran for 141 yards and a score … Named to The D Zone Watch List for the class of 2014.
RB - 6-0, 215
Tabbed as one of the top running back prospects in the state of Michigan by Rivals.com … Led team to a 10-2 overall record as a prep senior at Farmington Hills Harrison … Received significant Division I recruiting interest … Tallied more than 1,200 yards on the ground as a sophomore … Coached by John Herrington … Played both running back, safety and linebacker in high school … Three-year starter in the offensive backfield … Earned Detroit Free Press All-Metro North First Team honors … One of the area's top running backs with 1,146 yards and 23 scores in 2013 on 174 carries … Had 50 tackles and two interceptions as a linebacker on the defensive side of the ball … Finished his career among the top rushers in school history with nearly 3,000 yards … Claimed Associated Press Division 1-2 All-State accolades.
OL - 6-2, 260
Helped lead Detroit Loyola to a 13-1 overall record in his final season … Played both linebacker and along the defensive line as a prep standout … Also saw action along the offensive line … Chosen as one of Rivals.com's top interior line prospects during his high school career … Led Detroit Loyola to a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 7 State Championship game appearance in 2013 … Claimed Detroit News All-Metro Detroit recognition in his final season … Coached by John Calahan … Earned All-Catholic League honors … Multi-year starter for Detroit Loyola.
DL - 6-2, 225
Three-year starter on the prep level … Also a talented wrestler … Regarded as one of Southwest Michigan's top prospects at his position … Three-time all-conference and all-area choice … Totaled more than 50 tackles with five quarterback sacks as a junior in 2012 … Helped lead Dowagiac to back-to-back state playoff appearances … Coached by Mike Stanger … Three-year starter on the defensive side of the ball … Led team to a Wolverine Conference championship as a junior … Picked as one of the top prospects on the west side of the state by the Lake Michigan Football Report … Played both tight end and defensive end … Tabbed as one of state's top speed rushers from the edge … Helped team win seven games last fall.
LB - 5-10, 190
Claimed Detroit Free Press All-East First Team honors as a senior in 2013 … Was named to the Division 4 All-State team in his final season … Claimed all-county recognition along with being chosen as the conference Most Valuable Player Award recipient two-straight years … Competed at both running back and linebacker on the prep level … Three-year varsity standout … Totaled 1,144 yards on the ground along with 20 TD's as a junior … Also made 118 total tackles with two sacks in 2012 … Led team to a 9-1 record in 2013 … Guided team to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons his final two years … Totaled 91 tackles, four sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions with eight forced fumbles as a senior … Also ran for 879 yards and 15 TD's last fall … Received strong Division I recruiting interest … Regarded as one of Metro Detroit's top backs in his prep career.
DL - 6-2, 285
Talented athlete … Coached by Dennis Reinhart … Also competed in basketball … Claimed all-conference accolades in both football and basketball … Three-year starter … Has played both running back and defensive tackle on the prep level at Montrose … Helped his squad advance to the state semifinals as a senior in 2013 … Led Montrose to the regional title game as a junior along with a second-straight league championship … Prep teammate of fellow Bulldog recruit Malik Taylor … Attained honorable mention all-state laurels … His performance helped team achieve 12 wins in 2013.
LB - 6-1, 200
High-level prospect who received strong Division I recruiting interest … Talented linebacker who makes big plays … Listed among the Lake Michigan Football Report's top prospects in the class of 2014 … Coached by Shane Fairfield … Found on The D Zone's Watch List for the class of 2014 … Helped lead Muskegon to a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 2 State Runner-Up finish in 2013 … All-Conference and all-area choice … Multi-year starter for the Big Reds on the gridiron … Led team to 12 victories in his final season.
TE - 6-4, 250
Received significant Division I recruiting interest … Played tight end at the prep level … Led Portage Central to the Division 2 State Semifinals in 2013 … Also has competed in basketball … Earned all-conference accolades … Named to the Lake Michigan Football Report's All-Lake Team as a senior … Helped Portage Central post a 12-1 overall record this past fall in his final campaign … Multi-year starter … All-Area honoree.
Detroit/Martin Luther King
DB - 5-11, 165
Claimed Detroit All-Metro accolades as a senior last fall … Led Martin Luther King to the Detroit Public School League title game … Played both wide receiver and defensive back … Earned all-area honors along with all-conference recognition … Talented athlete … Helped his squad to a 10-2 overall record and a Division 2 State Semifinal appearance in 2013 … Caught 27 passes and scored six touchdowns as a senior … Also had 28 tackles and three interceptions … Scored two 60-yard TD's in the city title game.
LB - 6-4, 200
Carried the ball 115 times for more than 900 yards and 17 scores as a senior … Played both running back and outside linebacker for Taylor Truman High School … Was an All-State honoree … Helped lead squad to a first-round playoff victory and a 8-3 overall record last fall … Regarded as one of the top players in the Downriver League his final two prep seasons … All-State Dream Team honoree by the Detroit News … Four-year varsity standout … Scored 14 two-point conversions as a senior … Had 68 tackles with eight tackles for loss, one sack and an interception his final season … Coached by Eric Stiegel … Received Division I recruiting offers.
Novi/Detroit Catholic Central
DL - 6-5, 350
Earned Rivals First Team All-Elite honors … Chosen to the 2014 Impact Player Selection Team … Helped lead Detroit Catholic Central to three state championship game appearances … Twice helped his squad claim both district and regional titles during his prep career … Claimed defensive line MVP award honors at the Rivals Big-Man Elite Camp and the Adidas Invitational … Received strong Division I recruiting interest … Tabbed among the top 150 players in Michigan's class of 2014 … Competed on both the offensive and defensive lines … All-Conference and all-area choice … Featured among Rising Stars' top 100 prospects in this year's class … Helped team win fifth consecutive district title last fall while posting 11 victories on the season.
Clinton Township/Chippewa Valley
OL - 6-4, 285
Played along the offensive and defensive lines … Three-year varsity contributor … Also served as team's long snapper at the prep level … Started every game on the offensive line his final three prep seasons … Competed in basketball as well … Was a first team All-Macomb County choice … Claimed Detroit News All-Metro East honors … Picked up Detroit Free Press All-East First Team recognition … Coached by Scott Merchant … Key member of team that won nine games in 2013.
LB - 6-0, 210
Earned All-Metro West honors as a prep senior … Served as team captain for a team that finished with an 8-3 overall record in his final campaign … Earned The D Zone All-State accolades on the defensive side of the ball … Totaled 72 tackles with three sacks, six fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and two interceptions as a senior … Had 64 tackles with two fumbles forced in his junior season … Claimed honorable mention all-state laurels … Younger brother of 2013 Ferris State recruit Dalvin Rubens … All-Conference and all-area choice … Multi-year starter on the defensive side of the ball.
OL - 6-4, 270
Claimed all-conference accolades along the offensive line … Also has competed in track and field … Talented prospect with potential on the offensive line … Listed among The D Zone's top prospects in the class of 2014 … All-Area and all-conference selection on the gridiron … Played on both sides of the line of scrimmage … Multi-year starter along the line of scrimmage during his prep career … Touted prospect with the ability to develop into a key player along the offensive line in his collegiate career.
WR – 6-2, 205
Helped his squad advance to the state semifinals as a senior in 2013 … Led Montrose to the regional title game as a junior along with a second-straight league championship … Prep teammate of fellow Bulldog recruit Jimmie Hodge … Two-year varsity standout … Played both running back and wide receiver … Totaled 690 receiving yards on 34 catches as a junior in 2012 … Also ran for more than 300 yards a year ago … Began his prep career at Flint Southwestern … Coached by Dennis Reinhart … Tabbed among Michigan's top 150 players in the class of 2014 … Received all-state honors from multiple sources, including first team recognition by the Michigan Associated Press … Also has competed in basketball … Two-Time all-conference and all-area recipient … Helped lead team to 12 victories as a senior.
RB – 6-1, 220
Four-year letterwinner … Coached by Derek Pennington … All-State running back … Rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore and junior … Injured during his senior campaign … Was both an all-conference and all-area selection during his prep career … Also played linebacker at Zeeland East …Received WZZM MVP recognition as player of the week honoree … Three-year starter … Led Zeeland East to an unbeaten regular-season as a junior … Received USA Today recognition for a national play of the week in his prep career … Tabbed among the Michigan players to watch as a prepster … Regarded as one of West Michigan's top standouts … Listed as one of the top five players in West Michigan entering his senior campaign … Among The D Zone's top prospects in the state.