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Feb. 2, 2011

Signing Day Central

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio football program and head coach Frank Solich announced Wednesday that 24 newcomers will join its ranks next season. The class includes 21 incoming freshmen and three junior college transfers.

The class exhibits quite a bit of variety as the Bobcats will welcome student-athletes at nine different positions, including seven defensive linemen.

The class includes student-athletes from nine different states (and one from Washington, D.C.), including 11 from Ohio.

The Bobcats begin spring practice on March 28th, while their spring game will be April 16th.

2011 Ohio Football Recruiting Class
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last School
Devin Bass CB 5-10 175 Omaha, Neb./Millard North
Ronnie Bell QB 6-0 175 Fayetteville, Ga./Sandy Creek HS
Andrew Bennett DL 6-6 245 Erie, Pa./McDowell HS
Antwan Crutcher DL 6-1 278 Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville HS
Michael Curtis OL 6-5 315 Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka HS
Tony Davis DL 6-4 255 Wyoming, Ohio/Wyoming HS
Mose Denton CB 6-1 195 Lakewood, Ca./Mayfair HS/El Camino
Larenzo Fisher CB 5-11 170 Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy
Kyle Hammonds RB 5-8 180 Solon, Ohio/Solon HS
Justin Haser DL 6-5 260 Pittsburgh, Pa./North Alleghany HS
Jovon Johnson LB 6-0 215 Solon, Ohio/Solon HS
Tyler Knight TE 6-5 250 Leesburg, Ga./Lee County HS/Georgia Military
Mike Lucas OL 6-4 340 Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick HS
Aaron Macer S 6-1 185 Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS
Mike McQueen OL 6-7 278 Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights
Lucas Powell OL 6-4 294 Edgerton, KS/Gardner Edgerton HS
Eric Price DL 6-5 225 Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming HS
Brandon Purdum DL 6-4 250 London, Ohio/Jonathan Alder HS
Ben Russell LB 6-1 230 Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills HS
Landon Smith WR 6-0 190 Girard, Ohio/Girard HS
Brad Spivey DL 6-4 265 Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach HS/Georgia Military
Derrius Vick QB 6-2 190 Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southeast HS
Ian Wells CB 5-11 185 Dayton, Ohio/Stebbins HS
Jacob Welter OL 6-4 292 Danville, Ca./Monte Vista HS

Breakdown by Position
Defensive Line (7): Bennett, Crutcher, Davis, Haser, Price, Purdum, Spivey
Offensive Line (5): Curtis, Lucas, McQueen, Powell, Welter
Cornerback (4): Bass, Denton, Fisher, Wells
Linebacker (2): Johnson, Russell
Quarterback (2): Bell, Vick
Running Back (1): Hammonds
Safety (1): Macer
Tight End (1): Knight
Wide Receiver (1): Smith
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Breakdown by State
Ohio (11): Crutcher, Davis, Hammonds, Johnson, Macer, McQueen, Price, Purdum, Russell, Smith, Wells
California (2): Denton, Welter
Nebraska (2): Bass, Vick
Pennsylvania (2): Bennett, Haser
District of Columbia (1): Fisher
Georgia (1): Bell, Knight
Illinois (1): Lucas
Indiana (1): Curtis
Kansas (1): Powell
South Carolina (1): Spivey
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Breakdown by Previous School
High School (21): Bass, Bell, Bennett, Crutcher, Curtis, Davis, Fisher, Hammonds, Haser, Johnson, Lucas, Macer, McQueen, Powell, Price, Purdum, Russell, Smith, Vick, Wells, Welter
Junior College (3): Denton, Knight, Spivey

Player Biographies

Devin Bass
Cornerback
5'10, 175
Omaha, NE
Millard North

Prior to Ohio: Played wide receiver, cornerback and running back at Millard North...Picked off eight passes and had nine pass breakups as a senior, with 48 solo tackles...Also posted four rushing touchdowns and four touchdown catches on offense...Named All-Nebraska, Defensive Back of the Year and was a Class A defensive captain...Helped lead Millard North to a state championship...Lettered in football and track three times...Son of Tera Bass.

Ronnie Bell
Quarterback
6'0, 175
Fayetteville, GA
Sandy Creek High School

Prior to Ohio: Played quarterback at Sandy Creek High School where he lead his team to two straight Georgia AAAA (2009) and AAA (2010) State Championships ... Held a record of 29-1 as a starter at Sandy Creek while passing for 4,675 yards with 32 pass touchdowns and 13 rushing touchdowns ... Broke 12 school records at Sandy Creek ... Named AP First team All-State Quarterback as a junior and senior ... Named MVP of 2009 State Championship game and 2010 AAA Offensive Player of the Year in Georgia ... Four-year letterwinner in football ... Son of Ronald and Gail Bell.

Andrew Bennett
Defensive Line
6'6, 245
Erie, PA
McDowell HS

Prior to Ohio: Played defensive end and offensive tackle at McDowell High School...Had 30 tackles as a sophomore, 35 as a junior and 70 during his senior campaign...Named first-team All-WIPAL and second-team All-Pennsylvania...Lettered in football three times, while also playing basketball and throwing the shot in track and field...Named a team captain...Son of John Bennett and Cindy Dance.

Antwan Crutcher
Defensive Line
6'1, 278
Cleveland, OH
Glenville High School

Prior to Ohio: Played defensive tackle at Glenville for Head Coach Ted Ginn Sr. ... Had 69 tackles (38 solo), including 23 for loss, 11 sacks and 19 hurries with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a junior...Tallied 53 tackles with 5.5 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss and one interception as a senior ... Named second-team All-District as a senior ... Helped high school to a 10-0 record in 2010 with a #4 National Ranking ... Ranked as the 66th best defensive tackle by ESPN as a senior ... Also wrestled at Glenville where he never lost in the Senate Athletic Conference in four years and holds the school's quickest pin with five seconds ... Merit Roll student in high school ... Son of Nateithel Hammond and Theresa Crutcher.

Michael Curtis
Offensive Line
6'5, 315
Mishawaka, IN
Mishawaka High School

Prior to Ohio: Played guard on the offensive line at Mishawaka High School ... Named Mr. Football in Indiana at Offensive Line position ... Named to AP First team All-State in junior and senior season ... Named team captain for senior season ... All-Conference player as a senior ... Helped team to sectional championships in 2009 and 2010 ... Blocked for a team rushing attack that gained 8,000 yards in his junior and senior year combined ... Three-year letterwinner in football and once in basketball ... Named Kiwanis Student Athlete of the Month in October 2010 ... Son of Bart and Sara Curtis.

Tony Davis
6'4, 255
Defensive Line
Wyoming, OH
Wyoming High School

Prior to Ohio: Played defensive line at Wyoming High School with fellow signee Eric Price ... Tallied 89 tackles and five sacks as a senior ... Named first-team All-Cincinnati Hills League, second-team All-Region, and third-team All-Ohio as a senior ... Helped lead team to two straight CHL Championships and a state semifinal in his junior season ... Three-time letter winner in football and basketball ... Son of Tony and Vanessa Davis.

Mose Denton
6'1, 195
Cornerback
Lakewood, CA
Mayfair High School/El Camino College

Prior to Ohio: Played safety, corner, wide receiver and kick returner at Mayfair High School...Lettered in football three times and basketball and track twice...Played at El Camino College for head coach John Featherstone...Registered 38 tackles (25 solo) during the 2010 season at El Camino, with a team-high seven pass breakups...Son of Bridget Manning-Denton.

Larenzo Fisher
5'11, 170
Cornerback
Washington, D.C.
Friendship Collegiate Academy

Prior to Ohio: Played wide receiver and defensive back at Friendship Collegiate Academy...Picked off three passes with 36 tackles during his senior year, while snaring 37 passes for 498 yards and five touchdowns on the offensive side...Captured first-team honors from the Washington Post and the Washington Independent...Lettered three times in football, baseball and track...Son of Larenzo Watts and Louisaer Fisher.

Kyle Hammonds
5'8, 180
Running Back
Solon, OH
Solon High School

Prior to Ohio: Played running back at Solon High School, the same school as fellow signee Jovon Johnson ... Tallied 1,340 yards with 20 touchdowns as a senior ... Rushed for 3,248 yards in high school career to go along with 53 touchdowns and 553 receiving yards ... Named first-team All-District and third team All-Ohio as a senior ... Helped lead team to two-straight regional runner-up finishes ... Three-year letterwinner in football and also lettered four times in track and two in basketball ... Merit Roll student in high school ... Son of Sidney and Carla Tyner.

Justin Haser
6'5, 260
Defensive Line
Pittsburgh, PA
North Alleghany High School

Prior to Ohio: Played defensive line and offensive tackle for North Alleghany High School ... Tallied 62 tackles, 9.5 sacks and one interception as a senior ... Made 106 career tackles with 15.5 sacks at North Alleghany ... Named first-team All-Pennsylvania, Co-Player of the Year by the PA Sportswriters Association and was selected to the Big 33 Game, which features top high school players from Ohio and Pennsylvania...Named Quad A Defensive Player of the Year ... Helped lead team to a #36 National Ranking by Maxpreps.com, and a WPIAL Quad A Championship ... Two-time letterwinner in football and volleyball ... Son of David and Janet Haser.

Jovon Johnson 6'0, 215 Linebacker Solon, OH Solon High School

Prior to Ohio: Played linebacker and fullback at Solon High School, the same school as fellow signee Kyle Hammonds ... Totaled 99 tackles along with 11 sacks and two interceptions and ran for 313 yards with two touchdowns as a senior ... Tallied 207 tackles in high school career with 28 sacks ... Named All-Conference as a senior ... Helped lead his team to two-straight regional final games ... Three-year letterwinner in football ... Son of Roosevelt and Jomia Johnson.

Tyler Knight
6'5, 250
Tight End
Leesburg, GA
Lee County High School/Georgia Military College

Prior to Ohio: Played tight end, left tackle, right tackle, defensive end, linebacker, strong safety, defensive tackle and kicker at Lee County High School ... Named MVP of the Georgia v. Florida game as a senior where he caught seven passes for 87 yards ... Three-year letterwinner in football and baseball ... As a baseball player, held the lowest ERA in school history at 0.40 ... Played at Georgia Military College out of high school for head coach Bert Williams, the same college that produced fellow signee Brad Spivey and current Bobcat Jerry Gross ... Named a junior college All-American ... Tallied 100 yards in sophomore season at GMC ... Intends to major in marketing ... Son of Amy Wooten.

Mike Lucas
6'4, 340
Offensive Line
Chicago, IL
Saint Patrick High School

Prior to Ohio: Played offensive line at St. Patrick High School ... Name second-team All-Illinois ... Two-time All-Conference ... Three-time letterwinner in football ... Son of Keith and Teresa Lucas.

Aaron Macer
6'1, 185
Safety
Twinsburg, OH
Twinsburg High School

Prior to Ohio: Played quarterback and free safety at Twinsburg High School, the same school that produced current Ohio kicker Matt Weller ... Tallied six rushing touchdowns along with 596 passing yards and three passing touchdowns and, on defense, made 25 tackles with one interception and one forced fumble as a senior ... In high school career, he rushed for 1,091 yards with 12 touchdowns along with 57 tackles and three interceptions ... Named All-District quarterback as a senior ... NOC River Offensive Player of the year as a senior ... Nominated to compete in the North-South All-Star Game at Ohio Stadium ... Three-year letterwinner in football, two years in basketball and four in track ... Honor Roll student in high school ... Son of Rick and Pam Macer.

Mike McQueen
6'7, 278
Offensive Line
Garfield Heights, OH
Garfield Heights

Prior to Ohio: Played offensive (right tackle) and defensive line at Garfield Heights High School...Earned All-Conference honors at both football and basketball...Graded out at 95 percent in run blocking and 91 percent in pass blocking...Earned second-team All-Conference honors...Also played power forward and center on the basketball team where he earned all-league honors as well and has powered the team to a 14-0 record to this point in the season...Honor Roll student...Son of Paul McQueen Sr. and Denise West.

Lucas Powell
6'4, 294
Offensive Line
Edgerton, KS
Gardner Edgerton High School

Prior to Ohio: Played offensive line and center at Gardner Edgerton High School ... Named first-team 5A All-State, All-State Top 22, Rivals Kansas All-State first team, Kansas City All-Metro Top 11 and was ranked as the #27 Center in the country by Rivals.com as a senior ... Selected to play in the 2010 Kansas Shrine Bowl ... Helped lead team to a Kansas 5A State Runner-up and a #24 National Ranking by USA Today as a senior ... Named to the All-State Academic team as a junior ... Three-year letterwinner in football and once in wrestling ... Son of Kit and Debbie Powell.

Eric Price
6'5, 225
Defensive Line
Cincinnati, OH
Wyoming High School

Prior to Ohio: Played linebacker and defensive line at Wyoming High School with fellow signee Tony Davis ... Tallied 61 tackles and two sacks as a senior ... Helped lead team to two-straight Cincinnati Hills League Championships and a state semifinal as a junior ... Named first-team All-League and second team All-Region as a senior ... Three-year letterwinner in football and basketball ... Son of James Price and Susan Larkins.

Brandon Purdum
6'4, 250
Defensive Line
London, OH
Jonathan Alder High School

Prior to Ohio: Played offensive tackle, defensive tackle and end at Jonathan Alder High School ... Named team captain as a senior ... All-District first team, All-Ohio first team and All-County as a senior ... All-Ohio honorable mention as a junior ... Tallied 19 tackles, 18 assists and one sack along with 36 pancake blocks and no sacks allowed as a senior ... Total of 53 tackles and four sacks in high school career ... Helped lead team to a 9-1 season and the district semifinals ... Three-time letterwinner in football and basketball and four in track ... Named a team captain of the basketball team as a senior ... Named Field Events and Boys Track MVP at Alder High School as a junior ... All-County in track and field as well as the District Shot Put and Discus Champion as a junior ... Honor Roll student in high school ... Son of B.J. and Ginna Purdum.

Ben Russell
6'1, 230
Linebacker
Cincinnati, OH
Oak Hills High School

Prior to Ohio: Played linebacker at Oak Hills High School where he tallied 248 tackles with 9.5 sacks and six forced fumbles ... Named top recruit in the MAC by ESPN in 2011 ... Named first-team All-Conference and All-District ... Three-year letterwinner in football and once in baseball ... Intends to major in business ... Son of Joe and Melinda Russell.

Landon Smith
6'0, 190
Wide Receiver
Girard, OH
Girard High School

Prior to Ohio: Played wide receiver at Girard High School ... Caught 47 passes for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior ... Named All-State first team in junior and senior seasons ... Caught 84 passes for 2,150 yards and 29 touchdowns over the course of his career ... Three-year letterwinner in football and track ... Son of Alvin and Shirley Smith.

Brad Spivey
6'4, 265
Defensive Line
Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach High School/Georgia Military College

Prior to Ohio: Played linebacker, defensive end and tight end at Myrtle Beach High School ... Tallied 190 tackles and 10 sacks along with five catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns ... Named to All-State team as a senior ... Helped team to a state championship as a senior ... Two-year letterwinner in football and three years in basketball ... Averaged 13 points a game with seven rebounds in basketball as a senior ... Also named to All-Region team in basketball ... A member of the National Honor Society in high school ... Attended Georgia Military College and played for head coach Bert Williams out of high school, the same college as fellow signee Tyler Knight and current Bobcat Jerry Gross ... Tallied 70 tackles and 10 sacks in freshman season ... Son of Brad Spivey Sr. and Cheryl Herriott.

Derrius Vick
6'2, 190
Quarterback
Lincoln, NE
Lincoln Southeast High School

Prior to Ohio: Played quarterback, defensive back, safety, punter and kicker at Lincoln Southeast High School ... Tallied 2,725 passing yards with 22 passing touchdowns along with 471 yards rushing and 14 rushing touchdowns in high school career ... Totaled 1,411 passing yards with 12 touchdown passes and 225 yards rushing to go along with eight rushing touchdowns as a senior ... Named Super State first team, All-Conference, and All-City as a senior ... Member of the All-Nebraska second team as a junior ... Helped lead team to a State semifinal appearance as a senior and two-straight conference championships ... Four-time letterwinner in football and basketball ... Basketball Super State first team, All-Nebraska first team, All-Conference and All-City as a junior ... Son of Derrick and Lori Vick.

Ian Wells
5'11, 185
Cornerback
Dayton, OH
Stebbins High School

Prior to Ohio: Played cornerback, strong safety, punt and kick returner and running back at Stebbins High School ... Tallied four pass breakups, two interceptions, 27 tackles and one sack as a senior, along with 12 rushes for 60 yards and one touchdown in just four games due to injury ... Honor Roll Student in high school ... Four-year letterwinner in football and once in track ... Son of Kevin and Diana Wells.

Jacob Welter
6'4, 292
Offensive Line
Danville, CA
Monte Vista High School

Prior to Ohio: Played offensive guard at Monte Vista High School ... Nominated to Army All-American Game and Named to the ESPN RISE ALL-Nike Camp first team as a senior ... Named team captain as a senior ... Named first-team Golden State and first-team All-League and All-Section as a senior ...Three-year letterwinner in football and once in track ... Son of Tom and Louise Welter.

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