Signing Day

2017 Ohio Football National Signing Day

Welcome to Signing Day Central, your home for information about the 2017 Ohio Football recruiting class. Highlights of each player who has signed with the Bobcats will be available on the Ohio Football Social Media Platforms and on the complete list below. Be sure to check back in throughout the day as more recruits are added.

Live Updates
Check back here for live updates throughout the day.
4:14 p.m. - Last signing of the day is DL Marcus Coleman, welcome to the family!
2:32 p.m. - A big offensive lineman added to the group, welcome to Ohio Jylton Tusha!
2:30 p.m. - Another wide receiver added to the mix, welcome to Isiah Cox!
12:22 p.m. - Added another defensive lineman, welcome to Ohio Juan Watkins!
11:47 a.m. - Another big time offensive lineman joining the Bobcats, welcome to the family Brett Kitrell!
10:59 a.m. - Picking up another DB and another Florida signee...welcoem to Ohio De'Vante Mitchell!
10:32 a.m. - Another in-state kid headed to Athens, welcome to the family Brevin Harris
9:50 a.m. - Second quarterback of the group comes to Ohio from Ontario, Canada. Welcome to the Family Nathan Rourke!
9:32 a.m. - Adding a RB to the group, Welcome to Ohio Julian Ross!
9:25 a.m. - Adding another defensive player to the list - welcome to the family TJ Robinson!
9:11 a.m. - Another Oklahoma native added to the group, welcome to Ohio DL Kaieem Caesar!
9:03 a.m. - Adding another WR to the group, welcome to Ohio KJ Minter!
8:54 a.m. - Welcome to the Family Hagen Meservy! OL from Jenks, Okla!
8:44 a.m. - Another big offensive lineman is coming to Ohio, Welcome to the Family Steven Hayes!
8:33 a.m. - Another DB added to the family, Welcome to Ohio Alvin Floyd!
8:01 a.m. - Our first Ohioan is in as the Bobcats welcome Tariq Drake from Labrae!
7:58 a.m. - Welcome to Ohio Samson Jackson! OL from Tarpon Springs, Fla!
7:47 a.m. - Ayoola Ogun-Semore is a Bobcat! DE from Hoschton, Ga.!
7:40 a.m. - Welcome to the Bobcat family WR Willie Cherry!
7:18 a.m. - Second signee in and our first offensive player welcome to the QB Bobcats Drew Keszei!
7:11 a.m. - Our first signee of the day is DB Marlin Brooks from Miami, Fla.!
7:00 a.m. - Signing day is officially open, will have our first signee shortly!
6:48 a.m. - We are here ready to bring you up to the minute info on the 2017 Ohio Football signing class.


2017 Newcomers

Marlin Brooks DB 5-10 165 Miami, Fla. (Coral Gables Senior)
Kaieem Caesar DL 6-2 280 Cache, Okla. (Cache)
Willie Cherry WR 6-1 195 Wichita Falls, Texas (Rider)
Isiah Cox WR 5-11 175 Jasper, Ala. (Walker)
Marcus Coleman DE 6-5 290 Upper Marlboro, Md. (Riverdale Baptist)
Tariq Drake DB 6-1 165 Leavittsburg, Ohio (Labrae)
Alvin Floyd DB 5-11 170 Miami, Fla. (North Miami Beach)
Brevin Harris WR 6-4 180 Creston, Ohio (Norwayne)
Steven Hayes OL 6-4 295 Dacula, Ga. (Hutchinson CC)
Samson Jackson OL 6-6 285 Tarpon Springs, Fla. (Palm Harbor)
Drew Keszei QB 6-1 185 Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead)
Brett Kitrell OL 6-4 280 Ashland, Neb. (Ashland-Greenwood)
Hagen Meservy OL 6-4 280 Jenks, Okla. (Jenks)
KJ Minter WR 6-1 186 Gainesville, Fla. (Gainesville)
De'Vante Mitchell DB 5-11 190 Hialeah, Fla. (Champagnat Catholic)
Amos Ogun-Semore DE 6-5 220 Dacula, Ga. (Mill Creek)
TJ Robinson LB 6-0 200 Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian)
Julian Ross RB 5-10 190 Kansas City, Mo. (Staley)
Nathan Rourke QB 6-3 210 Ontario, Canada (Fort Scott CC)
Jylton Tusha OL 6-5 290 Jacksonville, Fla. (University Christian)
Juan Watkins DL 6-5 220 Lusby, Md. (Patuxent)

Signee Bios

Meet The Players

Marlin Brooks
DB | 5-10 | 165
Coral Gables Senior High
Miami, Fla.

Prior to Ohio: Recorded 17 tackles and four pass breakups as a senior...also recorded two tackles for loss and 437 receiving yards for six touchdowns while leading Coral Gables Senior High to a 12-2 record and a third round playoff berth as team captain...two-star recruit by

Personal: Son of Jennifer Marin and Nathaniel Brooks

Kaieem Caesar

Kaieem Caesar
DL | 6-2 | 280
Cache, Okla.

Prior to Ohio: Played wide receiver, defensive end, tight end and fullback at Cache High School...recorded 236 yards while racking up 66 tackles and eight sacks...Named First Team All-State his senior year...earned All-District first team DE and WR...served as captain for one season...led his team to a 6-5 season with a playoff appearance his senior year...Named Class All-Star...also played basketball and ran track...two-star recruit by

Personal: Godson of Margaret Perry...born Nov. 9, 1998...planning on majoring in business.

Willie Cherry

Willie Cherry
WR | 6-1 | 197
Wichita Falls, Texas

Prior to Ohio: Played quarterback and wide receiver at Rider High School...holds three letters from Rider in football, basketball and track...earned All-State honors...led his team to a 5-6 season and a playoff appearance his senior year...served as captain for two years...earned MVP offensive player of the year...participated in "Teens make a difference"

Personal: Son of Willie Cherry Sr...Born Nov. 9, 1998.

Marcus Coleman

Marcus Coleman
DL | 6-5 | 295
Riverdale Baptist
Upper Marlboro, Md.

Prior to Ohio: Three-star recruit by 27 ranked player out of the state of Maryland...No. 98 defensive lineman in the country...led Riverdale Baptist to a 7-5 record...recorded 215 tackles, 17 sacks and one interception and four fumble recoveries...named All-Metro as a junior and was the Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior...lettered three times in football, once in track & field and once in baseball...

Personal: Son of Tonya Coleman...born July 17, 1998.

Isiah Cox
WR | 5-11 | 175
Jasper, Ala.

Prior to Ohio: Played wide receiver, defensive back and running back at Walker High School...had 993 yards and 24 touchdowns... three-time Big Play Player of the Year recipient...earned All-State twice...won wide receiver of the year award...served as captain for one season, leading his team to a 4-6 record...recorded 384 yards in one game which is second all-time in the state of Alabama.

Personal: Son of Alfreda and Cameron Cox... born March 11, 1999...plans to major in exercise science.

Tariq Drake

Tariq Drake
DB | 6-1 | 165
Leavittsburg, Ohio

Prior to Ohio: Four-year letterwinner at LaBrae high school where he led his team to back-to-back state playoff appearances for the first time in school history...Was named All-Country, First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Neo Inland Districr as a junior and senior while being named second Team All-State and WKBN Big 22 award winner as a senior...was a Trumbull County Player of the Year Nominee as a senior...racked up the second most receiving yards in a single-season at LaBrae with 747 his senior year...also scored 11 touchdowns and rushed for 418 yards...finished his career with the second most career receiving yards (1,586) and second most receptions (105) while also ranking third in most receptions in a season (46)...also logged 69 tackles, six tackles for loss, one forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, seven pass breakups and four interceptions one of which he returned for a touchdown as a senior...was also a four-year letterwinner in basketball, two year letterwinner in track and one-year in baseball.

Personal: Son of Charmaine and Chris Drake...born March 12, 1999.

Alvin Floyd II

Alvin Floyd II
DB | 5-11 | 175
North Miami Beach
North Miami Beach, Fla.

Prior to Ohio: Played wide receiver and safety at North Miami Beach Sr. High School...averaged 24 yards a catch with five touchdowns and recorded 50 solo tackles and four interceptions his senior year...selected to Miami Dolphins' Dack vs Broward All-Star high school game...led team to a 6-4 season, a playoff appearance and a district title during his senior season...served as captain for three years...part of a Volunteer Teen Committee.

Personal: Born Nov. 6, 1998...planning on majoring on exercise physiology...son of Latrina and Alvin Floyd.

Brevin Harris

Brevin Harris
WR | 6-4 | 185
Creston, Ohio

Prior to Ohio: Played wide receiver and corner back at Norwayne High School...had 234 rushing yards, 891 receiving yards and 556 kick return yards during his career including 755 receiving yards and 289 return yards as a senior...also recorded four career interceptions...was named Second Team All-State, First Team All-District and First Team All-Conference as a senior...led team to a 11-2 record and WCAL Championship while finished as the regional runner-up his senior year...four-year letterwinner in football and track...also lettered twice in basketball .

Personal: Son of Kyle Tackett...has one brother, Kaleb Harris (21)...born April 28 1998...planning on majoring in Animal Nutrition.

Steven Hayes

Steven Hayes
OL | 6-4 | 290
Hutchinson Community College
Dacula, Ga.

Prior to Ohio: Named First Team All-JayHawk and Second Team All-American at Hutchinson Community College as a true freshman...two-star recruit by No. 34 offensive tackle in the country.

Personal: Born June 9, 1997... Son of Steven and Jennifer Hayes...plans to major in Criminal Justice.

Samson Jackson

Samson Jackson
OL | 6-6 | 300
Palm Harbor University
Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Prior to Ohio: First Team All-Big County Preps, Second Team All-Pinellas County, Third Team All-Tampa Bay, and was also a Pinellas County All-Star...two-star recruit by 100 pancake blocks during his high school career including 60 as a senior...was on Honor Roll and an Honor Student in the Center for Wellness and Medical Professions... three-year varsity letterman.

Personal: Born November 10, 1998...son of Trivie and Samuel Jackson...plans to major in Nursing.

Drew Keszei

Drew Keszei
QB | 6-1 | 200
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Prior to Ohio: Played quarterback at Homestead High School...passed for 2,748 yards and had 3,521 yards of total offense while also rushing for 773 yards in 2015...was named 2015 Second Team All-Conference and the 2015 First Team All-State...led his team to a 2015 Sectional Championship was named the First Team All-Conference as a punter in 2014...served as team captain...four-year honor roll student...three-star recruit by year letter winner

Personal: Born Jan. 8, 1999......son of Jim and Jill Keszei...plans on majoring in business.

Brett Kitrell

Brett Kitrell
OL | 6-4 | 280
Ashland, Neb.

Prior to Ohio: Four-year letterwinner at Ashland-Greenwood where he was named All-State twice including being named the captain of the All-State squad...twice named Offensive Lineman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year...was a Super State and Super Six Top Players in the State selection...Shrine Bowl nominee and served as captain for two years...also lettered four years in track...finished second in the state meet with a 57-6 shot put throw and a 177-5 discus throw.

Personal: Son of Barry and Amy Kitrell...father Barry played fullback for Coach Solich at Nebraska...born Jan. 26, 1999...plans on majoring in exercise science.

Hagen Meservy

Hagen Meservy
OL | 6-3 | 280
Tulsa, Okla.

Prior to Ohio: Played at Jenks High School... was on the All-State OFBCA list...named to the OFBCA All-Star...named to the Vype top 100 players in state twice...four-year starter...Second Team All-World by the Tulsa World...three time lineman of the week recipient... two-star recruit from his team to an 11-1 season with a trip to the state semi-finals his senior year...lettered four years in football.

Personal: Son of Ranny and Angie Meservy... born Feb. 25, 1999.

K.J. Minter Jr.

K.J. Minter Jr.
WR | 6-3 | 210
North Marion
Gainesville, Fla.

Prior to Ohio: Played quarterback at North Marion High School earning three varsity letters...threw for 1,246 yards and 13 touchdowns while also rushing for 886 yards and 13 touchdowns...passed for 3,301 career yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,250 yards and 25 touchdowns...named Offensive Player of the Year as a senior after being named First Team All-Area...was a Second Team All-Area selection as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore...led his team to a 4-5 record and a playoff appearance his senior year...served as captain for two years...two-star recruit by .

Personal: Son of Kenneth Minter senior and Yonne Baskin...born Nov. 15, 1997.

De'Vante Mitchell

De'Vante Mitchell
DB | 5-10 | 195
Champagnat Catholic
Kissimee, Fla.

Prior to Ohio: Was a captain for four years on his high school team... First Team All-State, as well as First Team All-County...Led Champagnat Catholic to the State Championship game... Finished his career with 140 total tackles, 25 passes defended, 10 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and seven blocked punts.

Personal: Born October 13, 1997... Son of Michell Dolce and James Mitchell.

Ayoola Ogun-Semore

Ayoola Ogun-Semore
DL | 6-5 | 240
Mill Creek
Dacula, Ga.

Prior to Ohio: Two-year letter winner at Mill Creek High School...had 66 career tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and two touchdowns during his career at Mill Creek...named Second Team All-Region and All-County and was an honorable mention All-County and All-State selection...led his team to a 13-1 record as a senior including a No. 3 ranking in Georgia...was the regional sack leader and team captain as a senior.

Personal: son of Ade Gabriel Ogunsemore and Wonmie Ogunsemore...born Nov. 2, 1998, plans to major in Mechanical/Chemical Engineering.

T.J. Robinson

T.J. Robinson
LB | 6-0 | 210
Trinity Christian Academy
Jacksonville, Fla.

Prior to Ohio: Four-year letterwinner at Trinity Christian Academy where he earned Class 3A All-State Honorable Mention... led his high school to an 11-3 record and served as captain as a junior and a senior...two-star recruit by

Personal: Son of Candice and Terry Robinson...born April 20, 1999...played high school football with current Bobcat Javon Hagan...plans to major in sports management.

Julian Ross

Julian Ross
RB | 5-10 | 190
Kansas City, Mo.

Prior to Ohio:Prior to Ohio: Four-year letterwinner at Staley High School...2016 Simone Award winner...KC Star All-Metro Player of the Year...KC Star All-Metro First Team running back...First Team All-USA Missouri running back...1st team All-State...First Team All-District...Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference and led his team to Conference and District Championships while the team advanced to the State Semifinals...had 3,300 rushing yards and 56 touchdowns as a senior including 2,257 yards and 41 touchdowns his senior year...set records for most career touchdowns, most rushing yards in a single game, most touchdowns and most yards in a season ... also earned four letters in track & field.

Personal: Son of Dana Carter...has five brothers...born Nov. 18, 1998...planning on majoring in criminology.

Nathan Rourke

Nathan Rourke
QB | 6-2 | 215
Fort Scott CC
Ontario, Canada

Prior to Ohio: Played one year at Fort Scott Community College where he played in all 11 games last season leading the Greyhounds to a 4-7 record...threw for 2,367 yards and 18 touchdowns...rushed for three touchdowns and was named First Team All-KJCCC...played his senior year of high school at Edgewood Academy in Elwood, Ala. going 13-0 and winning the AA Alabama State Championship...threw for 3,779 yards and 59 touchdowns while rushing for seven more touchdowns as a senior...played his first three years of high school football at Holy Trinity High School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada...lead Holy Trinity to its first OFSAA Bowl Championship in 2014.

Personal: Born May 24, 1998...pursuing a major in secondary education and integrated social studies...son of Larry and Robyn Rourke.

Jylton Tusha

Jylton Tusha
OL | 6-5 | 290
University Christian
Jacksonville, Fla.

Prior to Ohio: Two-time state champ at University Christian school in Jacksonville, Fla...Blue & Grey All-American...First Team All-State...ESPN ranked 14th-best center in the country and three-star recruit by as the No. 15 tackle in Florida by Down Under Florida selection...Super 24 selection Florida Times Union...First Team All-Area...included in Florida Times Union Top 40 players...earned letters in basketball, baseball and football...two-year captain where he led his team to a 11-3 record as a junior and 10-2 record as a senior.

Personal: Son of Anton and Gjyljana...pursuing a major in criminal justice...nickname is the Albanian Bear.

Juan Watkins

Juan Watkins
DL | 6-4 | 220
Lusby, Md.

Prior to Ohio: Awarded Maryland All-State Associated Press DE his junior and senior seasons...Washington Post All-Met Second Team DE...Southern Maryland Conference First Team DE sophomore, junior and senior...Calvert Recorder All-County Team DE as a sophomore, junior and senior...led Patuxent High School to a State Championship as a junior...also reached Regional Finals during sophomore and junior seasons...recorded 278 tackles during his career including 60 tackles for loss and 19 sacks...also had 54 catches for 930 yards and eight touchdowns as a tight end...led team to a 10-2 record as a captain his senior year...lettered three times in football and three times in basketball.

Personal: Son of Juan and Monique Watkins... plans to major in Sports Management...born Aug. 21, 1999.