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SW Ohio Produces Strong Talent for @OhioFootball

May 13, 2016

One thing the Ohio football program has been able to maintain over its years is a strong recruiting base and have had a lot of success recruiting the state of Ohio. On the Bobcats current roster there are 59 student-athletes that call the state of Ohio home. 

Southwest Ohio has always provided the Bobcats with some strong talent including five NFL players, two All-Americans and the All-Time tackles leader for the Bobcats.

"What I loved about Ohio was the relaxed family feel that it had and that's why I chose to go there," said former Bobcat wide receiver Bakari Bussey. Bussey hails from Cincinnati and had stints the NFL and CFL.

"I love Ohio because it's a brotherhood," said former Ohio cornerback Julian Posey (Cincinnati, Ohio). "We competed hard everyday in camp  and throughout the week in preparation for the opponent "Blade Sharpening Blade." On game day we all had one goal, spoke as one voice and moved and played as one heartbeat....to be champions."

Posey played in the NFL for the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings from 2011-14 before signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in 2014. He played in Hamilton for two seasons and signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2015 and remains on the team today.

"My time as a Bobcat was marked by hard work, great leadership, and close bonds formed with teammates and coaches," said former Bobcat offensive lineman Joe Flading. "The experiences I gained from the program have given me the courage and drive to further my education, and achieve success in all aspects of life. Flading hails from Anderson, Ohio and was an All-American and All-MAC selection while at Ohio. 

Mike Mangen played for Ohio from 1981-84 and is the career leader with 513 tackles. Mangen came to Ohio from Clayton, Ohio and was a captain for the Bobcats. Mike's brother Doug also played at Ohio from 1984-87 and is eighth in total tackles at 404.

His son, Troy Mangen is currently on the Bobcats roster and is slated to be the starting tight end next fall as a redshirt junior. Troy said "I chose Ohio because it felt like the perfect fit the first time I came here."

Most recently, Ian Wells, a Dayton, Ohio product was a second-team All-MAC selection and was signed by the Detroit Lions just last week.

Bobcat junior running back A.J. Ouellette (Covington, Ohio) said "Well one thing I like about the coaches is that they care about you as a person more than you as a player."

Senior quarterback JD Sprague (Cincinnati, Ohio)  said "When you join our program you become part of a second family, or home away from home."

John Frick was an All-American for Ohio in 1964 and played defensive line for the Bobcats in the early 60's. He was a member of the 1963 MAC Championships squad and was a first-team All-MAC selection. He was drafted by the New York Giants and has since been inducted into the Ohio Hall of Fame.

Redshirt junior defensive lineman Trent Smart (Wilmington, Ohio) said "Ohio university gives you the opportunity to determine your own self worth for the future."

Matt Muncy, played at Ohio from 2003-2006 and was a two-time first team All-MAC selection. Muncy logged 203 career solo tackles, which ranks second all-time at ohio,  and is ranked fourth all-time at Ohio with 39.5 career tackles for loss. Muncy went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL.

Ohio Greats From SW Ohio

Name Position Hometown Career Highlights
Bakari Bussey WR Cincinnati NFL, CFL
Joe Flading OL Anderson All-American
John Frick DL Wyoming All-American, NFL Draftee, AFL Draftee, Ohio Hall of Fame
Mike Mangen LB Clayton All-Time Leading Tackler
Matt Muncy LB Miamisburg NFL
Julian Posey CB Cincinnati NFL, CFL
Ian Wells CB Dayton NFL