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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Head coach Frank Solich announced the addition of 19 newcomers for next year's squad.
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Head coach Frank Solich announced the addition of 19 newcomers for next year's squad.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Feb. 1, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Football head coach Frank Solich announced Wednesday the addition of 19 newcomers, who join the squad next season. The class includes 15 incoming freshmen and four junior college transfers.

The 2012 class features student-athletes from 10 different positions. The also class includes student-athletes from eight different states, including seven from Ohio. In the last two years, the Bobcats have recruited 18 players from the state of Ohio.

The Bobcats begin spring practice on March 27th, while their spring game will be April 21st.

BREAKDOWN BY STATE

Ohio: 7

Florida: 3

Georgia: 3

Nebraska: 2

Iowa: 1

Mississippi: 1

New York: 1

Texas: 1

 

BREAKDOWN BY POSITION

Wide Receiver: 4

Athlete: 3

Defensive End: 3

Linebacker: 2

Offensive Line: 2

Defensive Line: 1

Quarterback: 1

Running Back: 1

Safety: 1

Tight End: 1

 

BREAKDOWN BY CLASS

Freshman: 15

Junior: 3

Sophomore: 1


Ty Branz

6-2 | 250 | Jr. | DE

York, Neb. | York High School/Iowa Western CC

Prior to Ohio: Spent the 2011 season at Iowa Western Community College where he earned received First Team All-Conference honors and Honorable Mention All-America honors as a defensive lineman... Earned All-Area and All-Conference honors in high school... Three-time letterwinner in football... He was also a four-year letterwinner in wrestling and track... Currently enrolled at Ohio University.

Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Burrow on Branz: "Ty is a really good player, who will be able to compete for a spot on the defensive line. He will also be able to provide depth during spring ball. He is a great pass rusher, who competes with high energy."

 

Trae Clark

6-3 | 350 | Fr. | DL

Cincinnati, Ohio | Colerain High School

Prior to Ohio: Exceptional size and quickness... Helped lead Colerain to the Second Round of OHSAA State Playoffs as a junior... Earned First Team All-League honors as a senior.

Offensive Line Coach Keven Lightner on Clark: "Trae is a massive human being, who has great quickness. He is very phyiscal and he comes from a great program. I really look forward to working with him in the future. "

 

Toran Davis

5-11 | 200 | Fr. | S

Lithonia, Ga. | Southwest DeKalb High School

Prior to Ohio: Earned First Team All-State as a senior... Was nominated as the Georgia State Player of the Year by WSB-TV... Earned the Regional Player of the Year Award after he tallied a team-high 75 tackles and 10 tackles for loss... Three-time All-Region, two-time All-County and two-time All-State honoree... Also saw significant time at running back where he rushed for 1,200 career yards, including 500 yards as a senior... Helped his team to state playoff runs as a sophomore, junior and senior seasons... Three-time letterwinner... Experienced a significant amount of success in the classroom as he was named to the honor roll all four years in high school.

Wide Receiver Coach Dwayne Dixon on Davis: "Toran is a very smart young man, who played quarterback. He played in the Georgia All-Star game where he made a lot of plays. He's going to be a strong asset for our program."

Tim Edmond

6-0 | 245 | So. | LB

Cincinnati, Ohio | La Salle High School | Hutchinson CC

Prior to Ohio: Arrives in Athens after he spent the 2011 season at Hutchinson CC... During his time at Hutchinson, Edmond was named First Team All-Conference after serving as the team captain... His 86-yard touchdown return was the longest in Hutchinson CC history... Received First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State honors as a senior... Three-time varsity letterwinner in football and track... Honor roll student... Was high school teammates with former Ohio Bobcat and current New York Jet Julian Posey... Currently enrolled at Ohio University.

Offensive Coordinator Tim Albin on Edmond: "Tim played running back in high school and is very athletic. He was highly recruited coming out of high school. He has a great ability to find the ball and make tackles. He's here now and will be able to take part in spring ball which will be huge for his development."

 

Nick Gibbons

6-4 | 308 | Fr. | OL

Stone Mountain, Ga. | Stephenson

Prior to Ohio: Played on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, seeing action at offensive and defensive tackle... Earned All-Region honors as a senior... Helped his team to a 9-2 record as a senior.

Wide Receivers Coach Dwayne Dixon on Gibbons: "Nick picks things up very quick. He is very athletic and he had a lot other schools that were interested in him. He finishes his blocks well and we're excited to have him."

 

Davon Henry

6-2 | 232 | Fr. | ATH

Round Rock, Texas | Hyde Park Baptist High School

Prior to Ohio: Started on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball... Earned Second Team All-State honors at defensive end during his junior and senior seasons... He also earned Third Team All-State honors at tight end... In the classroom he was named to the All-State Academic team.

Defensive Line Coach Jesse Williams on Henry: "Davon is a great student-athlete, who excelled on both sides of the ball and he has unlimited potential."

 

Kurt Laseak

6-4 | 225 | Fr. | DE

Mentor, Ohio |  Mentor High School

Prior to Ohio: Helped his team to back-to-back OHSAA State Playoff appearances... During his senior season, he helped lead his team the state quarterfinals... Two-time All-State honoree, earning First Team honors as a senior and Second Team honors as a junior... Earned First Team All-District honors during his junior and senior seasons... Recorded 125 total tackles, 10 pass breakups and six tackles for loss as a senior... Three-time varsity letterwinner.

Defensive Line Coach Jesse Williams on Laseak: "Kurt has a great motor and he loves to play the game. He has great length we expect him to be a great edge rusher."

 

Chris Murray

5-10 | 185 | Fr. | WR

Tampa, Fla. | King High School

Prior to Ohio: Played on both sides of the ball, seeing action at wide receiver and defensive back, while earning time on special teams... Earned First Team All-State following his senior... Was named the Florida High School All-Star game Most Valuable Player... Concluded his high school career with 59 receptions, 1,176 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Offensive Line Coach Keven Lightner on Murray: "When we were recruiting him he reminded us a lot of LaVon Brazill. He is a very explosive player and he has tremendous ability to make plays after the catch. He had lot of BCS offers and we're happy to have him."

 

Daz'mond Patterson

5-7 | 180 | Fr. | RB

Plant City, Fla. | Plant City High School

Prior to Ohio: Earned Second Team All-State honors during his junior and senior seasons... Selected as the team's Most Valuable Player and the Offensive MVP following his junior season... Surpassed 1,500 all-purpose yards as a senior, averaging 9.6 yards per touch... Surpassed 2,000 all-purpose yards as a junior... Four-year letterwinner... Successful in the classroom as he received the school's Scholar Athlete Award as held a 4.87 grade point average... Member of the National Honor Society... Currently enrolled at Ohio University.

Offensive Line Coach Keven Lightner on Patterson: "Daz'mond is another big-play guy. He is very difficult to tackle in the open field. He is a great kick and punt return man. He is a high character guy, who graduated early to come to school. He has great vision and he does a great job of setting up his blocks which turn into big plays."

 

Jordan Reid

6-2 | 190 | Fr. | WR

Stone Mountain, Ga. | Parkview High School

Prior to Ohio: Played offense, defense and special teams, earning time at wide receiver, cornerback and kick returner... Earned Second Team All-County during his senior season... Surpassed 500 yards receiving... Earned Blue Chip Player of the Week twice during the 2011 season... Also starred on the basketball team as he two varsity letters.

Offensive Coordinator Tim Albin on Reid: "Very athletic receiver and we think his best ball is ahead of him. He has great hands. He'll be able to stretch the field vertically for us which will give us some additional big play potential."

 

Mike Roberts

6-4 | 245 | Fr. | ATH

Cleveland, Ohio | St. Benedictine High School

Prior to Ohio: Saw time on both offense and defense where played tight end and defensive end... Finished his high school career with over 100 catches... Earned First Team All-State honors as a senior... Three-year varsity letterwinner.

Tight Ends Coach Brian Haines on Roberts: "Mike is a good kid that we have been recruiting for a while. He has great size and he is someone that can really help open our playbook."

 

Malik Rodriguez

6-2 | 200 | Fr. | WR

Brooklyn, N.Y. | Poly Prep Country Day School

Prior to Ohio: Played all four years on the varsity squad... Named to the MSG Varsity All-City following his senior season... Voted as one of the Top 50 players at the MSG level... Selected to the MSG All-Metro Team Secondary Watch List... Took second at the 2012 United States Indoor meet in the 55-meter dash.

Defensive Back Coach Fred Reed on Rodriguez: "Malik is someone we identified at summer camp where he did an excellent job of competing. He will add some size and will be great in the redzone. He is a very versatile athlete."

 

Jake Schany

6-2 | 210 | Fr. | LB

Blair, Neb. | Blair High School

Prior to Ohio: Posted an impressive senior season where he was named All-State, All-Conference, All-Area and All-District... Helped his team to the state quarterfinals and a No. 4 final ranking of No. 4 in Class B Football...  Played both linebacker and running back... As a senior he rushed for 1,302 yards (7.9 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns... On the defensive side of the ball, he led the team with 81 tackles... Finished his career with 31 rushing touchdowns and 206 tackles... Strong student in the classroom as he was a two-time All-State and All-Conference Academic honoree.

Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Burrow on Schany: "Jake is a very good athlete, who can play both sides of the ball. He has great physical instincts for the linebacker position. He is very smart and he played on a good team in high school."

 

Sebastian Smith

6-2 | 180 | Fr. | ATH

Columbus, Ohio | Pickerington Central High School

Prior to Ohio:  Three-year starter at safety and wide receiver... Was four-year letterwinner... Helped his team to a 9-0 regular season record and appearance in the OHSAA State Championship game... Was named MVP of the state championship after he hauled in four receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown on offense and 10 tackles on defense... Also competed in track and field.

Linebackers Coach Ron Collins on Smith: "Sebastian comes from an excellent football program. He's been a guy that we've been after since last spring. We all thought that he was one of the best players on the team."

 

John Tanner

6-4 | 240 | Fr. | TE

Cincinnati, Ohio | Moeller High School

Prior to Ohio: Served as team captain during his senior year... Three-year starter and three-year letterwinner... Earned First Team All-GCL honors... Received All-Southwest Ohio District honors... Named to the Cincinnati Enquirer All Star Team... Earned All-State Academic honors... Also earned two varsity letters in Baseball.

Offensive Line Coach Keven Lightner on Tanner: "Jon is a phyiscal, tough and nasty player. He is an athletic tight end, who is very smart. He does a great job of finishing his blocks. He comes from a great high school program and is very well coached."


Troy Watson

6-6 | 280 | Fr. | OL

Aurora, Ohio | Aurora High School

Prior to Ohio: Named First Team All-State, First Team All-Northeast Ohio Inland, First All-Conference following his senior year... Selected as the Offensive Line Most Valuable Player... Helped his team to the 2011 Regional Championship and an appearance in the Final Four... Participated in the 2011 North vs. South All-Star Game... Successful in the classroom as well as he was named to the Honor Roll throughout his high school career... Served as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leader and took part in the Freshman mentorship program.

Offensive Line Coach Keven Lightner on Watson: "Troy is a big, athletic tackle who is very intelligent. I am very excited to coach him. He was one of our first committements and he has been a big part of our recruiting process."

Matt Waters

6-0 | 205 | Jr. | WR

Council Bluffs, Iowa | Saint Albert High School 

Iowa Western CC

Prior to Ohio: Spent the 2011 season at Iowa Western CC where he was named First Team All-Conference... During his prep career at Saint Albert High School, he helped his squad earn two Iowa State titles, playing both wide receiver and quarterback... Was selected as a two-time First Team All-State honoree... Earned four varsity letters in football and basketball... Was teammates with fellow newcomer Tyler Branz... Currently enrolled at Ohio University.

Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Burrow on Waters: "Matt came from a strong junior college program and we hope he can come in and compete from the start. He is a high character type of guy and he is very smart. He will be able to provide depth for us during spring ball."

 

Wade Wells

6-3 | 235 | Jr. | DE

Gautier, Miss. | Ocean Springs High School | MGCCC

Prior to Ohio: Played at MGCCC this past season... Concluded his prep career at Ocean Spring High School where he was three-year letterwinner at linebacker... Named the state's Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior... Currently enrolled at Ohio University.

Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Burrow on Wells: "Wade was a linebacker in high school and he was one of the best players in the state of Mississippi as a senior. His best asset is rushing the passer. He plays with a lot of energy and I am excited to work with him."

 

Greg Windham

6-1 | 217 | Fr. | QB

Tampa, Fla. | King High School

Prior to Ohio: Four-year varsity letterwinner at quarterback... Earned First Team All-County honors and was named Conference Player of the Year following his senior season... Finished his career with 5,590 yards passing and 22 touchdowns... Honor Roll student in the classroom...Was high school teammates with newcomer Christopher Murray.

Offensive Line Coach Keven Lightner on Windham: "His nickname is the "Gunslinger" and it fits him well because he has an outstanding arm. He is very phyiscal and very smart, but the thing that impresses me the most about him is his leadership."