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The Georgetown Tiger football staff is proud to announce the 29 members of the 2014 recruiting class, which all ink their commitment on national Signing Day this past week. The staff worked tirelessly in securing this next class and is excited that four states are represented: Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Alabama.
GC Coach Bill Cronin is pleased with the balance of the class, signing 17 offensive players and 12 defensive players. The most impressive stat of the day is that the class not only gets it done on the field, but in the classroom as well. The average grade point average is a 3.35 and the average ACT score is a 23 for the 2014 rookie class.
"We went after kids that fit the Tiger Tradition. First, we wanted good students. Second, we sought out the guys who have great character and a competitive spirit. Finally, we looked for strong football players that come from winning programs. We succeeded in doing that," Cronin said.
The Tigers signed nine offensive linemen to bolster a unit that is graduating seven seniors at the position. The signees bring a combination of size, athleticism and length to a group of good, young talent already in place.
"We added a few road-graders, a few athletes, and few long lean guys who will all develop and add variety to a good young group already in the program on the O-line," said recruiting coordinator Brian Landis.
At the offensive skill positions, the Tigers added a few game-breakers with great size/speed ratio in Holy Cross's Jalen Beal and Spencer County's Shawn Boykins. The Tigers also added solid playmakers in Campbell County's Jake Zabonick, and Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger's Gus Schrader. They bring versatility and the proper skill set that will allow them to fit well into the Tiger's offensive system.
"Beal and Boykins bring great size and explosive playmaking ability to the table," said Offensive Coordinator Eddie Eviston when asked about Beal and Boykins. "Beal is a guy we think can develop into the 'do-it-all' work-horse, and Boykins is probably the fastest kid on offense we brought in. Both have the speed to break it open at any time and should be fun to watch."
At the "superback" position, the Tigers needed to add depth to replace do-everything All-Conference player Zach Sowder. In doing so the Tigers landed a three-time state champion in Ft. Thomas Highlands' Zach Harris. Harris was a three-year starter for the Bluebirds. The Tigers also signed Khalil Frazier out of John Hardin (Louisville, Ky.) who runs with great power and speed for a player his size.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers landed depth at each position. The defensive line added depth to replace two graduating seniors. Defensive Coordinator Shan Housekeeper landed a big bodied athlete in Columbus (Ohio) Groveport's Cameron Oshodi to fill a need at nose guard and a long, lean, high-motor guy in Oldham County's Luke Collins. Oshodi is a great athlete for a big guy and Collins is "still a puppy but runs well and has great length for a DE."
Brian Randolph made plays on one of the premier high schools in Cincinnati Colerain. He comes from a similar scheme that will translate well to the Tigers defense. Austin Crank is a state champion from hometown Scott County High.
At the linebacker position, The Tigers landed a few tackling machines in Newport Central Catholic's Jack Sutkamp and Springboro's (Ohio) Austin Tarantino, and a player that does it all in Bob Jones High's (Madison, Ala.) Dylan Haraway.
"The passion these guys play with is infectious," Housekeeper said. "You can see it on film, and we saw it firsthand at many of the ball games we attended. The greatest compliment though, is the fact that the opposing high school coaches who faced these guys spoke so highly of them."
The secondary needed to replace a combined six years of experience and did so by adding solid players from great programs. Elijah Campbell and Dekota Jones are two corners from tradition rich Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Louisville St. Xavier, respectively. They are different types of players, as Campbell is a speed guy who can flat out fly and Jones being the more physical approach needed versus big receivers.
At the safety position, the Tigers landed great players from powerhouse programs in Highlands' (Ft. Thomas, Ky.) Thomas Wrobleski and John Hardin High School's (Louisville, Ky.) Dimitri Cooper.
Landis, also the defensive backs coach, is excited about the group.
"Wrobleski might be the most physical kid I watched on film this year," Landis said. "He plays angry, the type of kid that causes train wrecks when he tackles. Cooper has great upside. He is so athletic for his 6-foot-4 190 pound body. He runs extremely well and isn't afraid of the contact either. They are going to be fun to develop."
Here is a look at the entire class.
Edward Moore (DL, 6-2, 285 Louisville Male, Ky.) Edward was 2-year starter for the Male Bulldogs at DE. His senior season he recorded 70 tackles with 8 sacks. He was named First Team All-District, played in the Best of The Bluegrass and Kentucky-Tennessee all-star games. Edward was named MVP of his defensive line. His senior year Male finished 12-2, losing in the state semi-finals. During his senior year Male knocked off Louisville Trinity and Louisville St. Xavier two times each, the only time in state history that feat has been accomplished.
Austin Tarantino (LB, 5-11, 215, Springboro, Ohio) was a 3-year letterman. He was named 1st team All-GWOC. In his senior year, he was named Captain and was championed as Springboro's Strongest-Man. He led his team to a 10-0 record his junior year & 9-1 his senior year earning playoff bids both years. Austin also played 3 years of baseball for the Panthers.
Dylan Haraway (LB, 6-0, 195, Bob Jones High School, Ala.) was a 3-year varsity letterman and a two year starter. He started 27 straight games and was named team Captain in 2013. Dylan was given the Leadership Award as a senior and named Special Teams MVP as a junior. Here is a list of other accolades received: 6A Honorable Mention All-State, 6A Region 8 All-Region team, and the All-Tennessee Valley Team. He also was selected to play for the Alabama All-Star team in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game. Dylan led the 2013 team to the best season in school history; 11-2, a 5th straight region championship, and 3rd round of the playoffs. Haraway carries a 4.3 GPA.
Zach Harris (RB, 5-10, 205, Highland Heights, Ky.) was a 3-year starter at Highlands High School. He recorded 70 total touchdowns in his career with 33 coming during his senior season. He was named All-State honorable mention in both 2012 and 2013. He played in 4 straight State Championship games and won 3 State Titles. Highlands went 57-3 during Zach's high school career.
Dimitri Cooper (FS, 6-4, 190, Elizabethtown, Ky.) was a two-year starter at John Hardin High School playing FS and WR. He was a two year 1st Team All-Area Safety and 2nd Team All-Area Wide Receiver. He led his team to back-to-back district and regional championships. Dimitri plays basketball and runs track as well. He was a regional champion high jumper in 2013.
Bryan Randolph (DL/LB, 6-2, 240, Cincinnati, Ohio) was a 2-year letterman at Colerain High School, where he was one of team's leading tacklers. He helped lead his team to a 12-1 record his senior year. Colerain was crowned GMC champs all 4 years of Bryan's career. He was named a scholar-athlete 3 years in a row and was named All-GMC his senior year.
Tyler Schweitzer (OC, 6-1, 265, Alexandria, Ky.) was a 3-year starter and letterman at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Ky. In his time there, he won the O-Line MVP award, as well as 3 state titles. He was also named 2nd Team All-Northern Kentucky. He has a combined record of 57-3 at Highlands.
Jonathan Stocking (WR, 5-11, 170, La Grange, Ky.) was 2-year letterman at Oldham County High School, his Senior year at Oldham County he played WR, RB, CB, Safety and returned kicks. He was voted Team Captain and was awarded the Player of the Week award twice. Jonathan also ran track and competed in the 300 meter hurdles and the 4x100 meter relay team.
Matthew Brown (OL, 6-4, 290, Grove City, Ohio) lettered three years in football at Grove City High School. He earned 2nd Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-District honors. In addition to football Matthew played two seasons as center for the Grove City High School basketball program. This past year he picked up the shot put for the first time and placed first in the majority of his track meets earning a letter after just one season.
Clayton O'Neal (OL, 6-4, 250, Berea, Ky.) was a 2-year starter at Madison Southern High School. During Clayton's career he helped the football program go from a 2-10 record to a 10-2 record this past season. He led his team to the quarterfinals of state playoffs in 2013.
Cameron Oshodi (DL, 6-2, 280, Groveport, Ohio) lettered three years in high school at OL/DL. Cameron was named 2nd Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-District. He also lettered in baseball during his high school career.
Jalen Beal (RB, 6-0, 198, Covington, Ky.) was a 3-year starter at Covington Holy Cross High School. During his sophomore season Jalen had over 500 yards rushing, over 800 yards receiving, scored 20 touchdowns, and defensively accumulated 3 interceptions along with 68 tackles, which helped lead his team to the 2011 Class 2A state championship. In Jalen's senior season he rushed for 1,354 yards with 17 touchdowns and 50 tackles. In his spare time Jalen loves to hunt and fish.
Nick Kathman (OL, 6-4, 265, Erlanger, Ky.) was a 2-year starter at Covington Catholic High School. He received Academic All-State Honorable Mention and was named to the 2nd Team NKFCA All-Star team. Nick helped lead the Colonels to a 10-3 record in 2013. He also competed in two seasons of Track and Field throwing the discus and shot put. Nick enjoys heavy metal music and playing his electric guitars.
Nevan Johnson (OL 6-4, 290, Raceland, Ky.) was a 4-year letterman and 3-year starter at Raceland High School. As a senior he helped lead the Rams to the District Championship and the first Regional Championship in school history. Nevan earned All-District honors, was named to the First Team all Eastern Kentucky Conference Team and to the First Team All-Area Team for North-Eastern Kentucky. Nevan also played two years of Varsity Basketball, was on the Weightlifting Team four years, was on the Academic Team for four years and is getting ready to enter his fifth year of Varsity Track.
Thomas Wrobleski (S, 6-0, 180, Fort Thomas, Ky.) was a 3-year starter at Highlands High School. He helped lead his team to the 4A State Championship game each year, which saw Highlands winning State his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. He was named Defensive MVP his senior year.
Elijah Campbell (DB, 5-9, 165, Cincinnati, Ohio) is a 2-year letter winner for perennial Division 1 power Colerain High School. He helped lead his team to a record of 24-2 over the last two seasons. He was a valuable contributor as both a cornerback and special team's player. Elijah is also an accomplished track runner, recording times of 10.9 in the 100M's, and an honor-roll student.
Jake Zabonick (WR/Returner, 6-0, 185, Alexandria, Ky.) was a 3-year starter at Campbell County High School. In the 2012 season, he had 1000+ all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named to the NKY All Star team and made 1st Team NKFAC twice in his career. He helped lead his team to back-to-back 6A district champs in 2011 and 2012. Jake also runs track and holds two school records in the 100 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay.
Gus Schrader (WR, 6-1, 184, Fort Wayne, Ind.) was a three year varsity player at Bishop Dwenger High School. During the 2012 season, he had 65 tackles as a safety, which tied for fourth on the team. In the 2013 4A State Championship game, he had 7 catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns. The 2013 Bishop Dwenger football team had an 11-4 record. He was a four-year varsity track athlete and a two- year sprint captain. He ran the 300 m hurdles and the 4x100 m relay, which captured a school record.
Dekota Jones (CB/SS, 5-9, 193, Louisville, Ky.) was a 3-year starting Cornerback/ Safety. During his sophomore year he racked up 20 tackles and 1 interception against Cincinnati St.X. His junior campaign recorded him 54 tackles and 4 sacks. In his senior season, Dekota had 48 tackles and 3 interceptions and was selected as 1st Team All-District. He played in the East-West game and the Best of the Bluegrass all-star games.
Blake Ellis (WR/FS, 6-1, 185, Russell Co. Ky.) was a 4-year starter who helped the Lakers to a 37-10 record which included two district championships ('12 &'13). His junior year he accumulated 44 receptions for 825 yds. He moved to quarterback his senior season and rushed for 1016 yards and passed for 574 yards while scoring 24 touchdowns. Defensively Blake led the team in interceptions his junior (5) and senior (6) seasons and was second on the team with 82 tackles his senior year. He was named 3rd Team Courier-Journal All State as a safety.
Ethan Edwards (OL, 6-3, 240, Christian County HS, Hopkinsville, Ky.) played offensive/defensive line and was also the long snapper at Christian County. He is a 4-year letterman and was the only 4-year starter on the team in his graduating class. Ethan is a 2-time All-WKC Honorable Mention, 3-time All-KNE Honorable Mention and made All-State Honorable Mention his senior year.
Mac Boggs (OL/DL, 6'4, 260, Raceland, KY) was a 4-year starter at Raceland-Worthington High School. Mac was named All-EKC Lineman of the Year and, for the third time in his high school career, was named to the All-EKC First-Team. He helped lead his team to its first Regional Championship in school history in 2013. Mac also throws shot put and discus as a member of the Track and Field team.
Jack Sutkamp (LB, 6-1, 210, Ft. Thomas, KY) was a 2-way starter for Newport Central Catholic High School. He broke his high school's Single Season Tackles record with 215 tackles his senior year. He was named 1st Team All-NKY and Honorable Mention All-State. Jack also rushed for 445 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Kyler Kendall (OL, 6-1, 250, Princeton, Ky.) a 4-year starter at Caldwell County High school. This past season his team went 12-1, losing in the regional finals. Kyler's junior year his team was the 2A State runner-ups. He received All-WKC honors, Paducah Sun all Region Team, and Kentucky New Era 1st Team.
Khalil Frazier (RB, 5-8, 195, Elizabethtown, Ky.) was a 3-year starter at John Hardin High school. During his senior season he rushed for a over 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns, He received All-area, All-district, and Honorable Mention All-State. As a junior he had a little over 800 yards and 10 touchdowns, he also started defense at outside linebacker had over 40 tackles on the year. His junior year received all area running back and punter and 2nd team All State punter.
Luke Collins, (DE, 6-3, 220, Westport, Ky.) Lettered sophomore, junior and senior years at Oldham County High School, Regular Season 2013 Senior Stats: 39 solo tackles, 18 assists, for total of 57. Pass Rush: 11 hurry ups, 15 QB knockdowns, and 8 sacks. Finished All-District DE junior and senior years. Voted Team Captain Senior Year. Also played offensive Left Tackle.
Shawn Boykin, (RB, 6-1, 185, Taylorsville, Ky.) was a 4-year starter at Spencer County High School. During his senior season, he averaged 94 yards per game and over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. He also ended the year with 343 receiving along with three touchdowns, and eleven rushing touchdowns. He was ranked in the top 15 for rushing yards in the state. He participated in the 2013 Bluegrass Bowl . He also participates in Track where he has placed in the State track meet for three years and placed seventh fastest in the 100 meter dash this past spring.
Eric Eichler (QB, 6-1, 195, Cincinnati, Ohio) 3-year varsity starter at Lakota East High School. During his senior season he was named captain and 1st team all GMC QB while also being named honorable mention for All-Southwest Ohio. He had 766 rushing yards his senior year and led Lakota East to their first ever playoff win/appearance his junior year. Throughout his three years as a starter Eichler accounted for 45 total touchdowns and was named the tri-state player of the week his junior year. Eric was apart of the all academic team and member of Lakota East's student athlete leadership team all three years.
The Tigers have added a few recent commits to the 2014 class. They are:
Chris Barbato, OL, Palmetto Bay, Fla.
Chandler Blackburn, LB , Caldwell Co., Ky.
Austin Crank, DL, Scott Co., Ky.
Ben DeLisle, OL, Delta HS, Ind.
Kelsey Coslett, LB, Evansville Reitz, Ind.
Peyton Griffee, OL, Christian Academy of Louisville, Ky.
DaJuan Kincade, CB, Fern Creek HS, Ky.
Conner Ford, ATH, Pineville HS, Ky.
Dalton Ledbetter, OL, Pineville, Ky.
Paul White, WR, Central HS, Ky.