Football - Fri, Mar. 11, 2011
The Tiger football team has announced its 2011 signing class, signing 31 new recruits. The class includes players from Ohio, Georgia, Indiana, Texas and Kentucky. Of the 31 recruits who have signed letters of intent, the Tigers signed 12 offensive players and 19 defensive players. Recruiting Coordinator Brian Landis is pleased with the student athletes that have committed.
"We wanted to make a big splash here in our home state, and felt like we accomplished that," Landis said of the 19 Tiger prospects from the Bluegrass.
"We are also extremely excited about the kids we landed from out of state as well. We had some definite areas of need, areas that we needed to address heavily, and we succeeded in doing so."
The Tigers are coming off their 16th conference title and their 16th appearance in the NAIA playoffs. Head Coach Bill Cronin is pleased with results of this class.
"In order for us to continue moving forward, we really needed to sign some key players in key positions. The staff did a great job evaluating talent, finding the right fit and then developing relationships with the guys," Cronin said. "We like where we stand going into spring ball, both with the returning veterans and the quality of athletes we have coming in. Now we need to get to work and develop the talents of these young men."
Adam Campbell, Scott High School (KY) 5-10 195, FB
Coaches Comments - Adam played mainly linebacker in high school. He is coming off season-ending knee injury from early in season, but will be ready to compete for the Tigers this fall. A player that is very aggressive and passionate toward the game.
Alex Connelly, Covington Catholic High School (KY) 6-4 180, WR
Alex is a good all-around athlete who also excels in basketball, and is a state champion in the high jump for his high school. He is a receiver who will go up and catch the ball.
Alex Newton, Mason County High School (KY) 6-3 285, OL
Newton is a very aggressive football player who gets off the ball and delivers a punch. He can play guard or tackle at the college level, and with a good summer could play a role as a freshman.
Damian Oden, Holmes High School (KY) 5-10 170, DB
Damian can play a variety of skilled positions on either side of the ball. Good quickness and speed and has a very good football intelligence. He will begin his college career as a corner back for the Tigers.
Jordan Oppenheimer, Boone County High School (KY) 6-0 215, FB
Jordan is a very physical runner who can also catch the ball. His tough and aggressive attitude will enhance our abilities at the fullback position.
Arthur Pollard, Darlington School (GA) 6-0, 205 LB
Arthur has great speed with a great motor. His athleticism can allow him to play in a couple of positions for the Tigers. Look for Arthur to contribute on special teams early.
Neal Pawsat, Mason County High School (KY) 6-3 220, QB
Neal is coming off a knee injury that occurred while playing defense in the playoffs during his senior season. He is a big, strong and athletic quarterback who can make all the throws. His ability to make decisions is very impressive and allows him to compete early for the Tigers.
David Robason, Wakeland High School (TX) 5-10 195, FB
David has good quickness and is a powerful runner. His ability to block out of the backfield will be an asset to the Tiger offense.
Michael Sherrard, Scott High School (KY) 6-2 225, DE
Michael is a former All-State swimming champion, who has a tremendous work ethic. He is a relentless pass rusher who will be a threat off the edge.
Alex Slabaugh, Covington Catholic High School (KY) 5-9 170, RB
Alex has good strength and speed for his size. He is a very competitive player who has the ability to make big plays in the open field.
Ryan Zumdick, Dixie Heights High School (KY) 6-0 225, LB
Ryan is a very physical, downhill hitter on defense. He runs well to the ball and should be a great asset to the Tiger special teams early in his career.
Micah Charlton, Avon Lake High School (OH) 6-3 265, OL
Micah is an All-State offensive guard and two-year starter for the Division I school in Cleveland, OH. He is very physical player at the point of attack and can run. Micah can also play defensive line.
Zach Cox, LaSalle High School (OH) 6-1 190, DB
Zach is a three-year starter for the Lancers who played cornerback his final two years in high school. He was an All-GCL conference player with good speed and excellent ball skills.
Brandon Kemp, Evansville Reitz High School (IN) 6-3 245, LB
Brandon was a three-year starter, team captain and an All-State player in Indiana. He is a very physical and strong player who can also fit as a defensive lineman for the Tigers.
Thomas Reuss, Oak Hills High School (OH) 6-3 217, LB
Thomas led his team in tackles for a loss and sacks in 2010. He is a great player coming off the edge of the offense and was picked as an All-Conference player of the GMC in Cincinnati.
Alex Saulsbury, Oak Hills High School (OH) 5-10 175, CB
Alex is an All-Conference defensive back who blocked nine kicks in just his senior season. He is a quality defensive back showing good speed and quickness in open field.
Demonte Smith, Warren Central High School (KY) 5-9 215, LB
Demonte is a three-year starter and team captain for the Dragons. He was voted to the All-State team because of his downhill aggressiveness on the field. Demonte has the ability to play offense as well.
Devon Daniel, Bowling Green High School (KY) 6-0 185, CB
Devon is an aggressive defensive back who was a three-year starter at Bowling Green High School. He has excellent man-to-man skill and tackles in the open field very well. He should add much athleticism to the Tiger special teams quickly.
Nate Letton, Lexington Catholic (KY) 6-4 210, LB
Nate was a four-year starter and captain for Lexington Catholic High School. He brings a very aggressive style of play along with tremendous savvy about the game. Nate's passion on the field is easily seen and should be a big contribution to the Tiger special teams.
Nick Ford, Madison Central High School (KY) 6-2 200, QB/Athlete
Nick has been an all-around athlete for the Indians of Madison Central High School. He can play offense or defense and in several different roles. His toughness and competiveness should give him the ability to be a fine player for the Tigers.
Michael Winkler, Bryan Station High School (KY) 5-9 170, Athlete
Michael is a player who can fit into many positions on the football field. Quickness and speed are strengths but his savvy will benefit him the most. Look for Michael to be a good sound special team player early in his college career.
Matt McCoy, Wyoming High School (OH) 6-4 275, OL
Matt was a first-team all Southwest Ohio and a second-team All-State selection. He is extremely athletic for a big man. He runs very well and has good feet. Matt plays with good leverage and is very physical at the point of attack.
Nick Seither, Hamilton Badin High School (OH) 6-3 240, DL
Nick was the recipient of the Anthony Munoz Award for Best Defensive Lineman in Ohio, the Defensive Player of the Year in Butler County, the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Greater Catholic League, second-team All-State, and first-team all GCL. Nick is a very aggressive, physical player who has a tremendous motor. He has the ability to play the run as well as rush the quarterback.
Tanner Staiger, Lakota East High School (OH) 6-3, 235, DL
Tanner was named to the First-Team All Greater Miami Conference. He was All-District and nominated for the Southwest Ohio All-Star game. He is very aggressive and a technically sound ball player. He plays with outstanding leverage, and uses his hands very well.
Mike Stenger, Clinton Massie High School (OH), 6-3 285, OL/DL
"Big" Mike has good feet for his size and outstanding strength. The Clarksville, Ohio native is also a wrestler in the heavyweight division. He placed fifth in the state in 2011. Mike has great strength at the point of attack, uses his feet and hands well to overpower his opponent.
Dylan Sims, Oldham Co. High School (KY) 6-2 230, LB
With Dylan's production and his leadership at the linebacker position, we are really looking forward to having him as a part of our tradition. Dylan brings a lot of tangible and intangible talents to the Tiger Program.
Andrew Polston, Saint Xavier High School (KY) 6-5 255, DE
Andrew has a rare combination of size and athletic ability. He has great drive and work ethic that will help propel him to become a really good football player for the next four years.
Jerrod Combs, Oldham Co. High School (KY) 6-2 225, LB/Punter
Jerrod brings many things as he joins the Tiger tradition. He not only has great ability and potential as a linebacker, he also has great potential as a punter as well.
Walter Richardson, Winton Woods High School (OH) 6-2 212, OLB
Walter has a very high ceiling. In high school, he played mostly defensive line. With his size and speed, he projects as an outside linebacker for the Tigers. He has the ability to rush the quarterback off the edge very well. Walter was third-team team All Ohio, and won a state championship in 2009.
Matt Ayers, South Paulding High School (GA) 6-1 160, ATH
Matt is a very athletic kid who excelled on both sides of the ball for the South Paulding High School. The Tigers expect him to contribute early in the return game and add very solid depth to either corner or wide receiver.
Nick Marks, College of DuPage (IL) 6-5 270, DL
Nick played both OL and DL in college. At DuPage, Nick played offensive tackle. Prior to that, Nick played defensive line in high school and at the college ranks. Nick has outstanding feet and good size. He will contribute early for the Tigers at defensive line.
Bo Lockard, Simon Kenton High School (KY) 6-2 230, LB
Bo was a tackling machine and a major contributor for the Simon Kenton Pioneers. He is expected to contribute on special teams early and develop into a solid performer on the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers.
Jack Coorts, Lone Oak High School (KY)
Jack holds national records in the kicking game and was a starter on the offensive line for Lone Oak. He will compete at kicker for the Tigers and develop as an offensive lineman.
Dylan Ellis, St. Xavier High School (OH)
Dylan played defensive lineman for a state powerhouse out of Cincinnati, Ohio. He will add depth at the defensive line for the Tigers and is expected to get an early shot at special teams.
Clay Kesterson, Male High School (KY)
Clay was a very solid wide receiver prospect for Male High School. He runs exceptional routes and has very sure hands. Clay was the go to receiver for Male, catching anything thrown his way. He will get the opportunity to develop as a wide receiver for the Tigers.