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FERRIS STATE SIGNS 19 TO NATIONAL LETTERS-OF-INTENT

Bulldogs' Recruiting Class Is Well-Balanced One; 18 Are In-State Prep Recruits

The Ferris State University football program has signed a total of 19 student-athletes, which includes 18 from the high school ranks, to National Letters-of-Intent this Wednesday (Feb. 7) as Bulldog head coach Jeff Pierce and his staff unveiled FSU's 2007 recruiting class.

“We have a talented athletic class who possess exceptional character,” said Pierce, who embarks on 13th year at Ferris State this upcoming fall and is the program’s all-time winningest coach. “I believe this group of men will really help keep Ferris State as a contender in one of the nation's top (NCAA) Division II conferences."

“They have not only produced on the playing field, but are also fine students as the combined overall grade point average of this group is a 3.10,” added Pierce.

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The 2007 Ferris State football recruiting class features a well-balanced group of student-athletes.

The Bulldogs' recruiting class is a well-balanced one with eight individuals on offense and 10 on the defensive side of the ball to go along with a kicker-punter in Dusty Greenbury (Birmingham/Brother Rice).

On offense, Ferris State will be bringing in four interior linemen - Andrew Grimes (Augusta/Richland Gull Lake), Richard Rosenberg (Traverse City/West), Collin Schook (Battle Creek/Pennfield), and Samual Tabor (Sand Lake/Cedar Springs). The Bulldogs also secured the services of quarterback Thomas Schneider (Jerome/Addison), who's one of the state's elite wrestlers and an outstanding student. Wide receiver Anre' Goree and slot back Timothy Hogue, teammates on 2006 Division 6 state champion runner up Inkster, will also don the crimson and gold. Tailback Leondre Cobb (Griffith, Ind.), like Goree and Hogue, is also known for his speed and quickness.

"We were able to attract a number of real playmakers, which should fit well into our the type of (spread) offense we have," said Pierce. "To be competitive in our conference, you need skill players to make things happen."

Defensively, Pierce and his staff landed four linemen in tackles Muneer Bawayeh (Dearborn/Fordson) and Nathan Pursell (Ada/Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central) along with ends Mark Lomasney (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern) and Wayne Pritchett (Detroit/Martin Luther King). FSU also netted a trio of linebackers - Steven Battaglia (Sterling Heights/Stevenson), Christopher Kurbel (Midland/Dow), and Akelius Liggins (Flint/Central). The Bulldogs addressed the secondary with the additions of defensive backs Eric Andrews (Detroit/Martin Luther King), Russell Weatherspoon (Detroit/Pershing), and Terrell Heggins (Lansing/Everett) via Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.

"All around, it's a good group of players," said Pierce about the defensive newcomers. "Collectively, they all have great mobility. With the surface (turf) we have, it's imperative we get guys who can move from sideline-to-sideline and up-and-down the field."

The Bulldogs turned in their best season since 1996 at 8-3-0 overall for the 2006 campaign, which included a third-place 7-3-0 record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

2007 Ferris State University Football Signees

Name
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Hometown/High School (Junior College)
Head Coach (Junior College Coach)

Eric Andrews

DB

6-0

195

Detroit/Martin Luther King

James Reynolds

Steve Battaglia

LB

6-1

215

Sterling Heights/Stevenson

Rick Bye

Muneer Bawayeh

DL

6-4

225

Dearborn/Fordson

Jeff Stergalas

Leondre Cobb

TB

6-0

190

Griffith, Ind.

Russ Radtke

Anre' Goree

WR

5-11

180

Inkster

Greg Carter

Dusty Greenbury

K-P

6-2

205

Birmingham/Brother Rice

Al Fracassa

Andrew Grimes

OL

6-2

245

Augusta/Richland Gull Lake

Mark Blaesser

Terrell Heggins

DB

5-11

213

Lansing/Everett (Grand Rapids C.C.)

Marcelle Carruthers (Jim Schulte)

Timothy Hogue

RB

5-7

165

Dearborn/Inkster

Greg Carter

Christopher Kurbel

LB

6-1

220

Midland/Dow

Kurt Faust

Akelius Liggins

LB

5-10

205

Flint/Central

James Hurd

Mark Lomasney

DE

6-4

225

Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern

Tim McGee

Wayne Pritchett

DE

6-1

200

Detroit/Martin Luther King

James Reynolds

Nathan Pursell

DL

6-1

255

Ada/Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central

Russ Erander

Richard Rosenberg

OL

6-7

270

Traverse City/West

Matt Prisk

Thomas Schneider

QB

6-0

195

Jerome/Addison

Mark Beougher

Colin Schook

OL

6-3

260

Battle Creek/Pennfield

Nick Koenigsknecht

Samual Tabor

OL

6-4

235

Sand Lake/Cedar Springs

Brian Busen

Russell Weatherspoon

DB

5-10

165

Detroit/Pershing

Carl Hankins

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