Ohio Football Announces 2003 Signees
Head Coach Brian Knorr inks 16 players to national letters-of-intent Wednesday.
Contact: Jim Stephan
Update No. 6/FINAL
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio has signed 16 players to national letters-of-intent, head football coach Brian Knorr announced Wednesday afternoon. Three of the players are junior college transfers, meaning they actually signed in December during an NCAA allowable period. The rest are high school seniors who had to wait until 7 a.m. this morning before officially declaring their intentions.
Biographies of the 2003 recruiting class follow:
Ryan Antle · TE · 6-4 ·250 · Wrightwood, Calif. (Serrano HS/Pasadena City College)
A junior college transfer who is already enrolled at Ohio (January’s winter quarter)… Attended Pasadena City College with fellow signee Andre’ Bradford… Played tight end and defensive end for coach Tom Maher at Pasadena City College this past year…Named first-team All-Mission Conference… Was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Freshman… Made 33 catches for 400 yards…Helped Serrano to back-to-back Mahave River League championships his junior and senior seasons… Earned first-team All-MRL honors… Totalled 49 catches for 720 yards in two years with the varsity… Also earned four letters each in basketball and baseball… Named to the Dean’s List at Pasadena City College, finishing with a 3.3 grade-point average.
Calvin Bell · LB · 6-2 · 210 · Miamisburg, Ohio (Miamisburg)
A second-team all-state selection as a senior at Miamisburg High School… Named first-team all-area twice and first-team all-league three straight years… Voted Mid Miami League Defensive Player-of-the-Year as a senior… Led the team in tackles as a sophomore, junior and senior… Picked up team awards for Defensive MVP and Most Outstanding Defensive Back his final two years… Also lettered in basketball.
Damion Booth · DB · 6-2 · 180 · Burlington, N. C. (Graham HS)
Earned three letters each in both football and basketball… An all-region honoree… Credited with 97 tackles and four interceptions as a senior… Selected to participate in the North Carolina East-West all-star game… Helped the Red Devils to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the sectional championship.
Ralph Bracamonte, Jr. · OL · 6-3 · 290 · San Pedro, Calif. (San Pedro HS/LA Harbor)
A junior college transfer who is expected to enroll at Ohio for spring quarter (March) and be eligible for spring practice… Named second-team All-America by JC Grid-Wire… Earned first-team All-Western State Conference and all-state honors for the Seahawks… Selected as All-Bay Area, all-conference and all-city while helping San Pedro to a 10-3 record as a senior… The team made the Los Angeles City semifinals… Led the team in pancakes his senior year…Also earned a letter in basketball.
Andre’ Bradford · DB · 5-11 · 187 · St. Louis, Mo. (Pattonville HS/Pasadena City College)
A junior college transfer who is already enrolled at Ohio (January’s winter quarter)… Attended Pasadena City College with fellow signee Ryan Antle this past season… Started his college career at North Dakota State City College of Science… Recorded 102 tackles, five sacks and one interception as a sophomore… A two-year letterman in both football and track at Pattonville High School…Credited with 85 tackles (40 solo) his senior season… Helped lead the Pirates to the Class 5A state championship game and an 11-3 record in 2000… Also earned two letters in track… Hold school records in the 100- and 200-meters, the 4x100- and 200 relays and the long jump… Named all-state, all-district and all-conference… A member of the honor roll.
Craig Donahue · K/P · 6-1 ·202 · Powell, Ohio (Olentangy HS)
Earned two letters each in football and baseball…Named All-Ohio Capital conference, all-central district, and all-city by the Columbus Dispatch… Voted Most Valuable Player for the Braves’ special teams… Made six field goals as a senior, including both attempts over 50 yards… Holds the school record with a 52-yarder… Hit 70 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks and had a 37-yard punting average… A scholar athlete and member of the honor roll.
Austen Everson · QB · 6-2 · 220 · Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood HS)
Named the Nashville Tennessean’s All-Midstate Player-of-the-Year… Was a finalist the Tennessee’s Mr. Football award and a two-time all-state selection… Most Valuable Player for Region 6-5A as a junior and senior… Recorded 5,700 yards of total offense during his career (3,800 passing, 1,900 rushing)… Responsible for 42 touchdowns (23 on the ground and 19 through the air)… Led Brentwood to its first-ever state championship last season, earning Most Valuable Offensive Player in the title game… Passed for 1,810 yards and six touchdowns as a senior…Completed 52.4 percent of his passes… Also ran for 1,009 yards… Earned three letters in baseball… Is a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.85 grade-point average.
Jonathan Hartsook · DB · 5-11 · 172 · Gahanna, Ohio (Lincoln HS)
A three-year letterman at Gahanna Lincoln… An honorable mention all-state selection… A two-time first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference pick… Named All-Central district twice, first-team as a senior and second-team as a junior… Helped the Lions to the conference title and a berth in the state playoffs in 2001 and the second round of the state playoffs in 2002… Recorded 94 tackles and 16 breakups as a senior… Took back his only interception for a touchdown… Finished his career with 167 tackles, 31 breakups and nine interceptions (two returned for touchdowns)… Voted a team captain… Also earned two letters in basketball.
Taj Henley · OLB · 6-1 · 203 · Richmond, Va. (George Wythe HS)
A four-year letterwinner in both football and basketball… Combined for 301 tackles and 32 sacks throughout his high school career… Enjoyed his best season as a junior with 113 tackles, 10 sacks, two interceptions and a pair of touchdowns… A two-time all-district selection… Named all-region and honorable mention All-Metro as a junior… Was the Bulldogs’ Defensive MVP his junior and senior seasons… Was a member of the all-academic team all four years of high school… President of his class each year… Named Youth of the Year by the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Virginia.
Theodore Jefferson · QB · 6-2 · 202 · Washington, D.C. (Fort Union Military Academy)
Earned all-prep, all-state, and second-team All-Central Virginia honors as a senior after leading FUMA to a 9-1 record and the state championship his senior year... Led the Central Virginia area his junior year with 1,540 yards and 15 touchdowns… Finished his career with 1,893 yards and 20 touchdowns through the air… Also rushed for 10 scores during his career, five each season… Earned two letters in basketball.
Kalvin McRae · RB · 5-11 · 195 · Decatur, Ga. (Avondale HS)
A four-year letterman, playing five different positions (quarterback, running back, wide receiver, linebacker and defensive back)… A first-team all-region selection as a senior… Was an all-county pick three times… A member the 100% Wrong Club of Atlanta’s Super 11 first team… Is likely to be voted team Most Valuable Player for a fourth straight time later this year… Rushed for 2,961 yards during his career, scoring 42 touchdowns… Missed the 1,000-yard plateau last season by just two yards… Had 99 of his 353 career tackles as a senior… Totaled 1,268 yards receiving during his career… Also lettered in wrestling (twice) and track (once)… Finished sixth in his weight class at the state tournament.
Matthew Miller · OL · 6-3 · 290 · Mechanicsville, Va. (Atlee, HS)
A four-year letterwinner in both football and track… Earned all-district honors on both sides of the line… Named second-team all-region and team MVP… Named to the Roanoke Times’ Top 50 players… A four-year member of the academic all-district team… A three-time outdoor state shotput champion.
Ivann Parker · DL · 6-1 · 280 · Woodbridge, Va. (Potomac Senior HS/Hargrave Military Academy)
Played at Hargrave Military Academy this past year, helping the Tigers to an 8-3 record… Attended Potomac Senior High School, where the Panthers captured the 2001 district championship… Also lettered in track and field… Earned All-America and all-state honors in the shotput.
William Brett Sykes · DL · 6-2 · 250 · Eastlake, Ohio (Eastlake North HS)
A three-year letterman at Eastlake North High School, where he played fullback and inside linebacker… A first-team all-conference selection as a junior and senior… Named second-team Division I All-Northeast Lakes District… Led the Rangers in rushing last year with 980 yards, while also adding 140 tackles… Scored 14 touchdowns… Rushed for 760 yards as a junior and 341 yards as a sophomore… Voted team MVP following the 2002 season… A member of the honor roll.
John Taylor · RB · 6-0 · 215 · Richmond, Va. (L.C. Bird HS)
An all-state, all-region and all-district selection for L.C. Bird High School… Named co-Offensive Player-of-the-Year by the Virginia High School Coaches Association… Earned Player-of-the-Year honors at the district and region levels… Selected as the Richmond Metro Player-of-the-Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch… Was the only player to be a first-team selection on both sides of the ball… Rushed for 1,898 yards (224 attempts) and 18 touchdowns as a senior… Recorded 135 tackles (27 for loss), four sacks and two interceptions… Blocked six kicks on special teams, four of which were returned for touchdowns… Had two defensive touchdowns as well… A first-team all-state selection in baseball… Will also participate on the diamond for the Bobcats.
Andrew Tyson · MLB · 6-2 · 225 · North Ridgeville, Ohio (North Ridgeville HS)
Earned three letters each in football and basketball and one in track… A first team All-Pioneer Conference and All-Lorain County selection as a senior… Honorable mention all-league and second-team all-conference sophomore and junior seasons… Earned second-team all-district honors in 2001… Recorded 167 tackles (45 solo) last year, including 18 for loss… Voted team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player the last two seasons… Served as the team’s punter, averaging 40.2 yards over 59 kicks… Son of former Bobcat Scott Tyson (1975-79).
Quotes from Head Coach Brian Knorr
“We are excited to be able to enhance our core group up front on the offensive and defensive lines. I think we have some big kids that will highlight the physical nature of our team. We signed two athletic quarterbacks who have a proven ability to throw the ball. Overall, this is a very good class. I need to commend Pete Germano for putting together another great class and thank assistants for their hard work in getting the players here.”