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Ohio Football Inks 22 on National Signing Day

Feb. 4, 2009

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio football program and head coach Frank Solich announced Wednesday that 22 newcomers will join its ranks next season. The class includes 20 incoming freshmen, one junior college transfer and one four-year transfer.

The class exhibits quite a bit of variety as the Bobcats will welcome student-athletes at 11 different positions, including five at the offensive line position.


The class includes players from 12 different states, led by Ohio's five.


At 6:00 p.m., Ohio Football will host its annual Signing Day reception. Join Coach Solich and the Bobcat assistant coaches as they give fans an inside scoop on our new Bobcats. The reception will be held on the second floor of Peden Tower and is open to Ohio Bobcat Club members and 2008 Football season ticket holders. Admission is free. For more information, please contact the Ohio Bobcat Club at 740-593-1176.


The Bobcats begin spring practice on March 30.


2009 Ohio Football Recruiting Class

Name                                 Pos.        Ht.       Wt.      Hometown/Last School

Skyler Allen                        OL           6'3       290      Mechanicsville, VA/Fork Union Military Academy

Phillip Bates                       QB           6'2       223      Omaha, NE/Iowa State/Omaha North HS

Ryan Boykin                       RB           6'2       205      Woodstock, GA/Etowah HS

James Davis                       OL           6'3       305      Omaha, NE/Omaha North HS

Greg Davison                     DE           6'1       230      Elyria, OH/Elyria HS        

Mario Dovell                       WR          6'0       185      Columbus, OH/Whetstone HS

Tim Edmond                       FB           6'0       240      Cincinnati, OH/LaSalle HS

Gary Fortune                      CB           6'0       155      Indian Head, MD/Henry Lackey HS         

Jeremy Green                     S             6'0       180      Keyser, WV/Keyser HS

Troy Hill                              TE           6'5       210      New Kensington, PA/Valley HS

Xavier Hughes                   S             6'1       170      Germantown, MD/Seneca Valley

Jeffrey Hutchison               TE           6'3       240      Boca Raton, FL/North Carolina Tech

Sam Johnson                     OL           6'3       305      Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union HS

Carl Jones                          DL           6'0       250      Arlington, TX/Sam Houston HS

Jonathan Lechner              OL           6'6       300      Omaha, NE/Omaha Creighton Prep

Kadre Pinder                      OL           6'2       325      Miramar, FL/Fort Scott C.C./Everglades HS

Nico Price                           FB           5'11     235      McKeesport, PA/McKeesport Area HS

Dylan Reda                        LB           6'3       225      San Juan Capistrano, CA/San Clemente HS

Jamil Shaw                         CB           6'0       183      Alexandria, VA/Fork Union Military Academy

John Taylor                        DL           6'5       275      North Olmsted, OH/North Olmsted HS

Tyler Tettleton                   QB           6'1       190      Norman, OK/Norman North HS

Jelani Woseley                   LB           6'2       205      Staten Island, NY/Fork Union Military Academy  


Breakdown by Position

Offensive Line (5): Allen, Davis, Johnson, Lechner, Pinder

Cornerback (2): Fortune, Shaw

Defensive Line (2): Jones, Taylor

Fullback (2): Edmond, Price

Linebacker (2): Reda, Woseley

Safety (2): Green, Hughes

Tight End (2): Hill, Hutchison

Quarterback (2): Bates, Tettleton

Defensive End (1): Davison

Running Back (1): Boykin

Wide Receiver (1): Dovell

Breakdown by State
Ohio (5): Davison, Dovell, Edmond, Johnson, Taylor

Nebraska (3): Bates, Davis, Lechner

Florida (2): Hutchison, Pinder

Maryland (2): Fortune, Hughes

Pennsylvania (2): Hill, Price

Virginia (2): Allen, Shaw

California (1): Reda

Georgia (1): Boykin

New York (1): Woseley

Oklahoma (1): Tettleton

Texas (1): Jones

West Virginia (1): Green


Breakdown by Previous School
High School (20): Allen, Boykin, Davis, Davison, Dovell, Edmond, Fortune, Green, Hill, Hughes, Hutchison, Johnson, Jones, Lechner, Price, Reda, Shaw, Taylor, Tettleton, Woseley

Junior College (1): Pinder

Four-Year Transfer (1): Bates


Player Biographies

Skyler Allen

Offensive Line                         

6'3, 290

Mechanicsville, VA

Fork Union Military Academy


High School: Three-time All-State and All-Prep...Played every position on the offensive line over the course of his prep career...Lettered in football and track...Has two sisters, Rachel (8) and Taylor (5) and one brother, Chase (8 months).


Phillip Bates


6'2, 223

Omaha, NE

Omaha North High School


At Iowa State: Played in four games at quarterback as a sophomore and completed 11 of 24 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns...Was the Cyclones' second-leading rusher with 166 yards...As a true freshman in 2007, Bates caught five passes for 73 yards while playing receiver...High School: Shattered the school record for passing yards with 2,963 in just two seasons...Single-season school record holder in passing yards (1,756)...Holds school record in all-purpose yards with 2,326...Completed 52.7 percent of his passes for 1,756 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior...Gained 517 yards on the ground and found the end zone nine times on 96 rushing attempts...Father played defensive back for the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs after starring at Nebraska as a fullback...Plans to major in Health Services Administration...Is the son of Phillip and Audrey Bates.


Ryan Boykin

Running Back

6'2, 205

Woodstock, GA

Etowah High School


High School: Rushed for 1,757 yards, 18 touchdowns and averaged 6.6 yards per carry as a senior...Named Cherokee County Offensive Player of the Year and Cherokee County Offensive Player of the Week four times...Honorable Mention All-Georgia honoree...Voted team's Most Valuable Player...Led team to a 9-2 mark as a senior and the 5AAAAA Regional Championship...Is the son of Melvin and April Boykin.


James Davis

Offensive Line

6'3, 305

Omaha, NE

Omaha North High School


High School: Was named All-Division as a sophomore, junior and senior at left tackle...Named All-Metro as a junior in addition to honorable mention All-Nebraska honors...Named All-Metro and All-Nebraska as a senior while winning Nebraska's Offensive Lineman of the Year award...Helped lead his team to the district championship as a senior as it finished fourth in the state's final rankings...Lettered in football for three years, track and field for two and wrestling for one...Is the son of Sheila Davis.


Greg Davison

Defensive End

6'1, 230

Elyria, OH

Elyria High School


High School: Played fullback, I-back, defensive end and offensive tackle during his career...Amassed 59 tackles, including 23 tackles for loss, eight sacks and three forced fumbles defensively...Boasted career numbers of 101 tackles, 34 tackles for loss and 14 sacks on the defensive side, while rushing for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries...Graded out at 93 percent on the offensive line with 56 pancakes...Earned Lineman of the Year honors in addition to First-Team All-Northeast Ohio Conference, Lorrain County and second-team Northeast District honors at offensive tackle and defensive end...Lettered in football three years...Plans to major in Sports Management...Is the son of Robert and Darlene Sanders.


Mario Dovell

Wide Receiver

6'0, 185

Columbus, OH

Whetstone High School


High School: Played quarterback, kick returner, punt returner and free safety during his career...Had 1,300 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns while playing just six games as a senior due to injury...Amassed 1,000 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns as a junior...Two-time All-City and All-Central District honoree as a senior...Earned All-Ohio, All-City, All-Central District honors in track...Member of the Division 1 4x100 state champion relay team...Four-time letterwinner in football and three times in track...Is the son of Chris Dovell and Ed Washington.


Tim Edmond


6'0, 240

Cincinnati, OH

LaSalle High School


High School: Ran for 610 yards and six touchdowns on 115 carries as a senior...Posted 225 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown catches, which included an 87-yard reception...Named first-team All-Greater Catholic League as a senior...Lettered all four years in football...Plans to major in Communication...Is the son of Tim and Vershon Edmond.


Gary Fortune


6'0, 155

Indian Head, MD

Henry Lackey High School


High School: Played wide receiver and cornerback during his career...Named first-team All-Metro, All-Maryland, All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference and All-Beltway from DigitalSports.com at defensive back...Named the SMAC's Most Valuable Player...Played in the inaugural Maryland Crab Bowl All Star game...Is the son of Gary and Kathy Fortune.


Jeremy Green


6'0, 180

Keyser, WV

Keyser High School


High School: Played running back, wide receiver, kick returner, punt returner, defensive back and punter during his career...Amassed 689 rushing yards, 246 receiving yards, 252 punt return yards and 86 kick return yards with 13 total touchdowns as a senior to go with 37 tackles and five interceptions and one INT return for touchdown on the defensive side of the ball...Boasted career marks of 1,831 rushing yards, 437 receiving yards, 715 punt return yards and 212 kick return yards with 42 total touchdowns to go with 94 tackles, 14 interceptions and a pair of INT returns for touchdowns on defense...Named first-team All-West Virginia as a senior and second-team as a junior...First-team All-Potomac Valley Conference and All-Cumberland Area all four years...Selected to play in the West Virginia North-South All-Star Game...Plans to major in Communication...Is the son of Eve Green.


Troy Hill

Tight End

6'5, 210

New Kensington, PA

Valley High School


High School: Played tight end and defensive end during his career...Caught 28 passes for 468 yards as a senior, while making 54 tackles and 10 sacks on the defensive side of the ball...Two-time first-team All-Allegheny Conference honoree at tight end and second-team at defensive end...Named a first-team All-Star by the Valley News Dispatch...Team finished in the top three in the section in each of his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns...Second-team All-Pennsylvania in basketball as a junior...Lettered in basketball four years and football for three...Selected for African-American High School Achievement Award for Community Service...Is the son of Troy and Lisa Hill.


Xavier Hughes


6'1, 170

Silver Spring, MD

Seneca Valley High School


High School: Played wide receiver and free safety during his career...Recorded 55 tackles, including two for loss, with 10 pass deflections and three interceptions as a senior...Boasted career numbers of 192 tackles, 34 pass deflections and eight interceptions...Named All-Maryland, All-Montgomery County and All-Gazette as a senior...Named honorable mention All-Maryland, All-Montgomery County and All-Gazette as a junior...Named honorable mention All-Montgomery County as a sophomore...Led team to three county championships and two regional championships during his career...Plans to major in sports management...Is the son of Sherry Hughes and Warren White.


Jeffrey Hutchison

Tight End

6'3, 240

Boca Raton, FL

North Carolina Tech


High School: Played defensive end and tight end during his career...Also attended West Boca and Academic High Schools...Led his team to the third round of the playoffs...Is the son of Doug and Rooe Hutchison.


Samuel Johnson

Offensive Line

6'3, 305

Baltimore, OH

Liberty Union


High School: Played on the offensive and defensive line during his career...Two-time All-Conference, All-District and All-Fairfield County honoree...First-team All-Ohio at offensive line and honorable mention at defensive line...Also tabbed first-team All-Ohio on the offensive line by Rivals.com...Named the Lancaster Eagle Gazette's Offensive Player of the Year and to the Columbus Dispatch's All-Metro team...Led team to a 12-2 finish, while capturing the league, division and regional championship on its way to being a state semifinalist...Lettered for four years in football, three in baseball and one in wrestling...Named Academic All-State in football...Plans to major in Exercise Physiology...Is the son of Dan and Jill Johnson.


Carl Jones

Defensive Line

6'0, 250

Arlington, TX

Sam Houston High School


High School: Amassed 76 tackles, including seven sacks, 10 tackles for loss and four pass breakups as a senior...Named first-team All-District as a senior in addition to claiming the team's Defensive MVP honors...Named Dallas-Forth Worth's Sophomore of the Year...Is the son of Edward and Andrea Credit.


Jonathan Lechner

Offensive Line

6'6, 300

Omaha, NE

Omaha Creighton Prep


High School: Named All-Nebraska as a senior at his left tackle position...Powered his team to an 11-1 finish which included a district championship...Lettered in football and track (shot put) for three years...Is the son of Tedd Lechner and Laura LeBeau.


Kadre Pinder

Offensive Line

6'2, 325

Miramar, FL

Fort Scott C.C./Everglades High School


Originally signed with the Bobcats in 2007...At Fort Scott C.C.: Registered 18 tackles and one sack during his freshman season...High School: Played offensive and defensive line during his career...Lettered three times...Made 13 tackles, including 10 solo stops in 2006...Recorded 86 pancake blocks as a senior...Did not allow a sack in 2006...Participated in the BCAA Senior All-Star Classic...Helped Everglades to the 2005 and 2006 district championships...Is the son of Franka Saunders and Insley Pinder.


Nico Price


5'11, 235

McKeesport, PA

McKeesport Area High School


High School: Played fullback and inside linebacker during his career...Ran for 1,102 yards and recorded 101 tackles as a senior...Ran for 1,073 yards and recorded 72 tackles as a junior...Named to the McKeesport Daily News' Dynamic 33 twice, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22 and the Pittsburgh Tribune's Terrific 25...Named first-team All-Conference and second-team All-Pennsylvania at running back...Three-year starter at football and also wrestled...Plans to major in Business...Is the son of Linda Rochelle-Hewitt.


Dylan Reda


6'3, 225

San Juan Capistrano, CA

San Clemente High School


High School: Amassed 83 tackles, including six sacks as a senior...Registered 139 tackles, including 10 sacks for his career...Named All-Orange County, first-team All-South Coast League and the team's Defensive MVP...Named Linebacker MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine in June of 2007...Lettered in football twice...Plans to major in Broadcast Journalism...Is the son of Ken and Julie Reda.


Jamil Shaw


6'0, 183

Alexandria, VA

Fork Union Military Academy


High School: Played cornerback, safety and wide receiver during his career...Made 25 tackles and eight pass breakups as a senior...Made 54 tackles, one 36-yard fumble return for touchdown and two pass breakups as a junior...Named All-Virginia, All-Prep and All-Central Virginia...Lettered in track four times and football three...Honor Roll and Dean's List honoree...Is the son of John Shaw and Deborah Smith-Shaw.


John Taylor

Defensive Line

6'5, 275

North Olmsted, Ohio

North Olmsted High School


High School: Played offensive and defensive tackle during his career...Boasted career numbers (three years) of 86 solo tackles, 14.5 sacks, 37 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, four pass breakups, three blocked field goals and three blocked punts...Named All-Ohio...Named All-Conference three times and team MVP twice...Lettered in football four years, track three times and basketball twice...Is the son of Ruth Pekarik/Taylor.


Tyler Tettleton


6'1, 190

Norman, OK

Norman North High School


High School: Passed for 1,947 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior with 547 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground...Team finished in the quarterfinals three times and claimed the district championship in 2007...Is the of Sylvia and two-time All-Star Major League catcher Mickey Tettleton.


Jelani Woseley


6'2, 205

Staten Island, NY

Fork Union Military Academy


High School: Played quarterback during his career...Also attended New Dorp High School...Named All-Boro, All-City and All-New York...Claimed Staten Island Advance and New York Daily News All-Star honors...Lettered in football four times, track three times and baseball once...Is the son of Keith and Kim Woseley.