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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Frank Solich and his staff have 20 commitments for 2006.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
Frank Solich and his staff have 20 commitments for 2006.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Feb. 1, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - With the addition of 16 players on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Ohio football team has now signed a total of 20 new student-athletes for the 2006 season.

In addition to Wednesday's signees, the 2006 class includes four players that joined the team in January -- Chris Garrett (ATH), Alan Goff (DE), Ernie Hodge (DE) and Horace Hubbard (DT).

With four commitments each, the wide receiver and defensive end positions were the most heavily recruited. Ohio also inked three offensive linemen, two tight ends, two defensive tackles and two athletes. The Bobcats added one player at running back, cornerback and linebacker.

The group of 20 includes 13 high school players, four military/prep school players, two junior college transfers and one four-year transfer.

2006 Ohio Football Signing Class

Jacob Black
Offensive Line
6-5/295
Washington Court House, Ohio
Miami Trace H.S.

High School: Lettered four times at Miami Trace ... Was a two-time first-team all-conference performer ... Also named first-team all-district twice ... Earned all-state accolades twice, once as a second-team selection and once as a special mention pick ... Recorded 108 total tackles, including 10 for a loss in his scholastic career ... Also kicked off 78 times in his career ... Was his team's long snapper ... Helped Miami Trace to three league championships and two playoff appearances ... Also lettered three times in track and once in basketball ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Joe and Debbie Black ... Born Dec. 2, 1987.

Cole Bunner
Offensive Line
6-5/302
Omaha, Neb.
Mount Michael H.S.

High School: Lettered three times at Mount Michael ... Named to the Omaha World Herald's Class B All-State Team in 2005 ... Was an honorable mention all-state pick in 2004 ... Named all-district in 2004 ... Also played defense, making 39 tackles, including three sacks in 2004 ... Lettered three times in basketball and four times in track ... Personal: Academic interest is sports medicine ... Son of Krissy Brand ... Born Nov. 15, 1987.

Kody Carr
Tight End
6-5/200
Dublin, Ohio
Dublin Jerome H.S.

High School: Lettered twice at Dublin Jerome ... Was a two-year starter on both offense and defense ... Was an All-Ohio Capital Conference and All-Central District selection as a defensive end ... Had 16 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown ... Made 84 tackles, including nine for a loss, and recovered three fumbles ... Helped Dublin Jerome to the state playoffs ... Was also an all-conference basketball player ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Doug and Kim Carr ... Born March 22, 1988.

Pete D'Aguanno
Offensive Line
6-2/289
Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Fox Lane H.S./Salisbury School (Conn.)

At Salisbury: Played one year at Salisbury ... Named first-team All-New England Prep League ... Recorded 85 pancake blocks in five games ... Did not allow a sack or a tackle all season ... Had 22 tackles and one sack on defense ... High School: Played three seasons at Fox Lane ... Three-year starter on both offense and defense ... Named first-team all-state, all-section and all-league in 2004 ... Also a first-team All-Tri-State Area selection ... Named to the Westchester Journal News "Super 11" Team ... Had 150 pancake blocks in nine games ... Did not allow a sack in 2004 ... Recorded 76 tackles and 10 sacks on defense ... Also lettered twice in lacrosse ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Peter and Patty D'Aguanno ... Born Oct. 16, 1986.

Donovan Fletcher
Athlete
6-1/190
Youngstown, Ohio
Liberty H.S.
High School: Lettered twice as a free safety and wide receiver at Liberty ... Was an honorable mention all-state pick as a senior ... Made 79 tackles and recorded a 77-yard interception return for a score in 2005 ... On offense, made 22 catches for 413 yards as a senior ... Had a career-long catch of 73 yards ... Helped the Leopards to a perfect 10-0 regular season and a playoff berth in 2005 ... Lettered four times in track and twice in basketball ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Vikki and Carl Fletcher ... Born March 20, 1988 ... High school teammate of fellow Ohio recruit, Robert Hightower.

Chris Garrett
Athlete
5-8/177
Bristow, Va.
Stonewall Jackson H.S./Fork Union Military Academy

Joined the Bobcats in January 2006 ... At Fork Union: Part of Ohio's 2005 signing class, but instead attended Fork Union last season ... Totaled 500 yards rushing and scored six receiving touchdowns in his one season ... Ran back two punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns ... High School: Ran for 1,389 yards and finished his scholastic career as the school's all-time leading rusher with more than 4,000 yards ... Was his district's player of the year in 2004 ... Named first-team all-region and all-district as both a wide receiver and defensive back ... Also lettered in track ... Personal: Undecided on major ... son of Alfreda Brown and Christopher Garrett ... Grew up in Utica, N.Y. before attending high school in Virginia ... Born on Feb. 11, 1987.

Stafford Gatling
Linebacker
6-3/200
Burlington, N.C.
Hugh M. Cummings H.S.

High School: Lettered three times at Cummings ... Was a two-time all-conference selection ... Named all-region ... Made 112 tackles, including 31 for a loss in his senior season ... Had 16 sacks, three interceptions and six forced fumbles that season ... Also blocked three punts ... Helped his team to three state playoff berths, including a runner-up finish in 2003 and a semifinal appearance in 2004 ... Also lettered three times in basketball and three times in track ... Personal: Academic interest is business ... Son of Vonda and Stafford Gatling ... Born March 18, 1988.

Alan Goff
Defensive End
6-4/263
Escondido, Calif.
San Pasqual H.S./College of the Desert

Joined the Bobcats in January 2006 ... At College of the Desert: Registered 27 sacks in his 19 games with the Roadrunners ... Recorded 12 sacks in nine games in 2003 ... Missed most of the 2004 season with an injury, but still managed to pick up five sacks in two games ... After receiving a medical hardship in 2005, totaled 10 sacks in eight games ... Was named a first-team junior college Scholar-Athlete All-American in 2005 by the website jcgridwire.com ... High School: Lettered twice at San Pasqual ... Was the defensive captain and defensive MVP as a senior ... Also lettered in wrestling and track ... Personal: Majoring in biology ... Son of Dale and Linda Goff ... Born July 2, 1985.

Robert Hightower
Running Back
5-11/190
Youngstown, Ohio
Liberty H.S.

High School: Lettered twice at Liberty ... Named first-team all-conference in 2005 ... Was named Liberty's team MVP ... Was an honorable mention all-state selection as a senior ... Ran 127 times for 1,539 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2005 ... Caught nine passes for 175 yards and two scores ... Also returned kicks and punts ... On defense, made 39 tackles, including four sacks ... Had two interceptions, including one for a touchdown ... Helped the Leopards to a perfect 10-0 regular season and a playoff berth in 2005 ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Vicky Hightower and Robert Wigfall ... Born Feb. 3, 1988 ... High school teammate of fellow Ohio recruit, Donovan Fletcher.

Ernie Hodge
Defensive End
6-1/245
Dublin, Va.
Pulaski County H.S./Hargrave Military Academy

Joined the Bobcats in January 2006 ... At Hargrave: Registered 25 tackles, five sacks and led the team in tackles for loss in 2005 ... Played with fellow Bobcat Horace Hubbard ... High School: Lettered in football, basketball and track at Pulaski County ... Totaled 275 tackles, 30 sacks and recorded four interceptions ... Had 110 tackles and 15 sacks as a senior ... Was named a first-team all-state, all-region and all-conference selection ... Also a second-team all-state pick in basketball ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Ernest and Charlotte Hodge ... Born Oct. 30, 1986.

Horace Hubbard
Defensive Tackle
6-4/240
Gretna, Va.
Gretna H.S./Hargrave Military Academy

Joined the Bobcats in January 2006 ... At Hargrave: Recorded 40 tackles and had 7.5 sacks in 2005 ... High School: Lettered in football and basketball at Gretna ... Was a two-time first-team all-state pick ... Led the squad to consecutive state titles ... Recorded 94 tackles, 16 sacks, four interceptions and scored three defensive touchdowns as a senior ... . Amassed more than 300 tackles, 44 sacks, eight interceptions and scored six defensive touchdowns for his career ... Was also a two-time all-state performer in basketball ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Deloris Hubbard and Horace Clark ... Born July 3, 1986.

Kris Luchsinger
Defensive End
6-3/234
Dublin, Ohio
Bishop Watterson

High School: Lettered two times at Bishop Watterson ... Named first-team all-state as a senior ... Named District Player of the Year ... Was a first-team all-conference pick ... Earned All-Central Ohio by the Agonis Club of Columbus ... Named his team's hardest hitter ... Recorded 104 tackles, including 12 sacks and 15 tackles for loss in 2005 ... Registered 202 career tackles ... Had 27 sacks and 25 tackles for loss in his career ... Helped Bishop Watterson to a division championship and a state playoff semifinal berth ... Also lettered in wrestling three times ... Was the MVP of the U.S. under-19 rugby team ... Had the opportunity to play rugby in Ireland, but chose to attend Ohio instead ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Sandra Ganim and Don Luchsinger ... Born April 10, 1988.

Terrence McCrae
Wide Receiver
6-4/205
Vanderbilt, Pa.
Connellsville H.S.

High School: Lettered three times at Connellsville ... Named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-Class AAAA team as a defensive back .... Named first-team all-conference Earned all-county accolades from the Fayette County Coaches Association in 2004 and 2005... Made 33 catches for 651 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior ... Also ran the ball six times for 207 yards and a touchdown ... Made seven interceptions as a senior ... Named Connellsville's offensive and defensive MVP ... Ranked among Pennsylvania's top 50 by Scout.com (34th), Rivals.com (38th) and SuperPrep.com (22nd) ... Also lettered in basketball four times ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Eric and Annette McCrae ... Born Jan. 10, 1988.

Robert Mercer
Wide Receiver
6-5/185
Cleveland, Ohio
Warrensville Heights H.S./Harmony Community School

At Harmonty Community: Played one year at Harmony Community ... Also played basketball ... High School: Attended Warrensville Heights, the same school that produced fellow Bobcat recruit Marcellis Williamson ... Personal: Academic interest is physical therapy ... Son of Monica Willis-Jackson and Robert Mercer ... Born Nov. 21, 1986.

Andrew Mooney
Tight End
6-3/233
Lubbock, Texas
Monterey H.S./New Mexico State

At New Mexico State: Played two seasons for the Aggies ... Was a second-team Sporting News Freshmen All-America selection by the Sporting News in 2004 ... Caught 27 passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman ... Was third on the team in receptions and receiving yards ... Was a second-team All-Sun Belt Conference pick as a freshman ... Had eight games with at least two catches ... Had a career-high eight catches for 88 yards against North Texas ... Had a career-best 95 yards against UL Lafayette ... Played in two games as a sophomore, recording two catches ... High School: Lettered twice at Monterey ... Was a first-team All-District 2-5A selection and an all-city pick as a senior ... Named to the Lubbock Avalanche Journal South Plains Super Team ... Caught 24 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns as a senior ... Helped the Plainsmen to back-to-back Class 5A regional semifinals ... Personal: Academic interest is education ... Son of Ed and Sharon Mooney ... Father played linebacker at Texas Tech and in the NFL with the Lions and Colts from 1968-73 ... Two of his older sisters played volleyball at Texas Tech ... Two other sisters played basketball on the college level, one at Baylor and the other at Lubbock Christian University ... Born August 5, 1985.

Chido Nwokocha
Wide Receiver
6-0/190
Elk Grove, Calif.
Laguna Creek H.S./Sacramento City College

At Sacramento City: Played two seasons for the Panthers .... Was an All-Nor Cal Conference pick both seasons ... Chosen to the preseason all-state team in 2005 ... Had 119 catches for 1,665 yards and 14 touchdowns in his junior college career ... Caught 56 passes for 693 yards and seven touchdowns in 2004 ... Improved those numbers to 63 catches for 972 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore ... Ranked ninth among all California junior college players with 6.3 catches per game in 2005 ... High School: Lettered twice at Laguna Creek ... Made 35 catches for 632 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... Was an honorable mention all-city selection ... Helped his squad to the Delta League championship and the state playoffs ... Also lettered in basketball twice ... Personal: Full name is Chidozie ... Academic interest is communications ... Son of Syringa and Florence Nwokocha ... Born May 17, 1986.

Julian Posey
Cornerback
5-11/175
Cincinnati, Ohio
LaSalle H.S.

High School: Lettered twice at LaSalle .... Named first-team All-Greater Catholic League South ... Was a Division I all-district honorable mention ... Named honorable mention all-area by the Cincinnati Enquirer ... Had 107 tackles, including 15 for a loss, and two interceptions as a senior ... Tallied 174 tackles and five interceptions for his career ... Also averaged 7.0 yards per carry with two rushing touchdowns for his scholastic career ... Had five receptions for 120 yards and three touchdowns in 2005 ... Lettered in track three times ... Earned first-team all-conference, all-city and all-division accolades on the track ... Personal: Academic interest is physical therapy ... Son of Julie Posey ... Born July 17, 1988.

Taylor Price
Wide Receiver
6-0/193
Hilliard, Ohio
Hilliard Darby H.S.

High School: Three-year starter at Hilliard Darby ... Named honorable mention all-district as a senior ... Was second-team all-conference as a junior ... Made 30 catches for 400 yards ... Had 52 tackles and two interceptions as a junior ... Also blocked five kicks that season ... Lettered once in baseball ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Kim Price ... Born Oct. 8, 1987.

Pete Reese
Defensive End
6-4/260
Toledo, Ohio
Scott H.S.

High School: Three-year letterwinner at Scott ... Named all-city and all-district as a senior ... Also earned honorable mention all-state honors ... Named to the All-Toledo Blade Team in 2005 ... Made 25 tackles, including eight sacks as a senior ... Also lettered twice in basketball ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Pete and Robin Reese ... born April 25, 1988.

Marcellis Williamson
Defensive Tackle
6-1/320
Warrensville Heights, Ohio
Warrensville Heights H.S.

High School: Four-year letterwinner at Warrensville Heights ... First-team all-state as a senior ... Also earned all-district and All-Cuyahoga County honors ... Was a three-time all-conference pick ... Named his conference's lineman of the year ... Made 57 tackles, including nine sacks as a senior ... Caused eight fumbles and blocked two field goals in 2005 ... On offense, recorded 30 pancake blocks and graded out at 89 percent from his guard position ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Brian and Alaias Perkins ... Born Feb. 28, 1988 ... High school coach, Devlin Culliver, played defensive back for the Bobcats from 1986-89.

Breakdown by Position
Athlete (2): Donovan Fletcher, Christopher Garrett

Defensive Back (1): Julian Posey

Defensive End (4): Alan Goff, Ernie Hodge, Kris Luchsinger, Pete Reese

Defensive Tackle (2): Horace Hubbard, Marcellis Williamson

Linebacker (1): Stafford Gatling

Offensive Line (3): Jacob Black, Cole Bunner, Pete D'Aguanno

Running Back (1): Robert Hightower

Tight End (2): Kody Carr, Andrew Mooney

Wide Receiver (4): Terrence McCrae, Robert Mercer, Chido Nwokocha, Taylor Price

Breakdown by State
Ohio (10): Jacob Black (Washington Court House), Kody Carr (Dublin), Donovan Fletcher (Youngstown), Robert Hightower (Youngstown), Kris Luchsinger (Dublin), Robert Mercer (Cleveland), Julian Posey (Cincinnati), Taylor Price (Hilliard), Pete Reese (Toledo), Marcellis Williamson (Warrensville Heights)

California (2): Alan Goff (Escondido), Chido Nwokocha (Elk Grove)

Nebraska (1): Cole Bunner (Omaha)

New York (1): Pete D'Aguanno (Pound Ridge)

North Carolina (1): Stafford Gatling (Burlington)

Pennsylvania (1): Terrence McCrae (Vanderbilt)

Texas (1): Andrew Mooney (Lubbock)

Virginia (3): Christopher Garrett (Bristow), Ernie Hodge (Dublin), Horace Hubbard (Gretna)

Breakdown by Previous School:
High School (12): Jacob Black (Miami Trace), Cole Bunner (Mount Michael), Kody Carr (Dublin Jerome), Donovan Fletcher (Liberty), Stafford Gatling (Hugh M. Cummings), Robert Hightower (Liberty), Kris Luchsinger (Bishop Watterson), Terrence McCrae (Connellsville), Julian Posey (Cincinnati), Taylor Price (Hilliard Darby), Pete Reese (Scott), Marcellis Williamson (Warrensville Heights)

Military/Prep School (5): Pete D'Aguanno (Salisbury School), Christopher Garrett (Fork Union Military Academy), Ernie Hodge (Hargrave Military Academy), Horace Hubbard (Hargrave Military Academy), Robert Mercer (Harmony Community),

Junior College (2): Alan Goff (College of the Desert), Chido Nwokocha (Sacramento City College)

Four-Year College (1): Andrew Mooney (New Mexico State)