ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University signed 21 student-athletes to national letters-of-intent on the first day of the football signing period, head coach Brian Knorr announced today.
The class includes two junior college transfers, a mid-year transfer and 18 high school seniors. The state of Ohio was most represented with seven players in the class while players from Virginia, California, Kentucky, Georgia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas and Louisiana were also on the list.
"I want to commend the job of recruiting coordinator Pete Germano and all of our assistants," Knorr said about his first full recruiting class. "We have addressed the area that in the Mid-American Conference needs to be addressed every year - depth at the skill positions. We feel we have some outstanding talent coming in plus we picked up a couple of sleepers. Having a full recruiting season, we targeted some new areas - Texas and Virginia, for example - but we continued to make Ohio our No. 1 recruiting area."
Richmond, Va. (Highland Springs)
San Diego, Calif. (San Diego/Mesa College)
Walton, Ky. (Simon Kenton)
Kennesaw, Ga. (Harrison)
Hamilton, Ohio (Hamilton)
Parkersburg, W. Va. (Parkersburg)
McMurray, Pa. (Peter Township)
Stephen "Bo" Lebherz
Encinitas, Calif. (La Costa Canyon/Mesa College)
Lexington, Ky. (Lafayette)
Columbus, Ohio (Northland)
Paducah, Ky. (Tilghman)
Philippi, W. Va. (Philip Barbour)
Miamisburg, Ohio (Miamisburg)
Kent, Ohio (Roosevelt)
Stetsonville, Wis. (Medford Area)
Harvey, Ill. (Thornton)
Canton, Ohio (McKinley)
Lafayette, La. (St. Thomas More/Fork Union)
Vandalia, Ohio (Butler)
Beaumont, Texas (Ozen)
Wellston, Ohio (Wellston)
2002 Ohio Football Signees
Aaron Bryant, OL, 6-3, 285, Richmond, Va. (Highland Springs)
Played offensive guard for Coach Scott Burton at Highland Springs High School? A two-time second-team all-district selection? Named honorable mention all-metro? Helped his team to a second-place finish in the region? Finished fifth in the state in Division 5? Also participated in track (shotput/discus).
Chris Collins, DL, 6-4, 250, San Diego, Calif. (San Diego HS/Mesa College)
One of two junior college transfers in the 2002 recruiting class? Will enroll at Ohio for spring quarter and be eligible for spring practice? A teammate of Bobcat signee Bo Lebherz at Mesa College? Voted team captain? A two-time All-Foothills Conference selection at defensive end? Recorded 33 tackles as a sophomore? Added nine tackles for loss and five sacks? Intercepted one pass, while registering 12 quarterback hurries? Played three sports at San Diego High School... Earned three letters in football and two each in baseball and wrestling? A first-team All-Central League selection in 1999.
Matt Coppage, OL, 6-4, 260, Walton, Ky. (Simon Kenton)
Played both offensive and defensive lineman at Kenton High School? An all-state selection on the offensive line? Named first team All-Western Kentucky and all-district? Selected as an all-star by both the Kentucky Post and the Kentucky Enquirer? Voted team Most Valuable Player and a team captain? Helped Kenton to the state playoff and a final ranking of seventh in the state? Led the team with 32 pancakes ? Recorded 38 tackles and three sacks as a senior? Lettered three years in football and one in track? A member of the Dean's List and the Honor Roll.
Phillip Fountain, DE/FB, 6-1, 225, Kennesaw, Ga. (Harrison)
A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter for Harrison High School? Also lettered twice in basketball and once in track? Rushed for 487 yards on 67 carries as a senior? Also had 45 tackles and four sacks? Helped the Hoyas to the Class AAAAA state championship game as a junior and the second round of the state playoffs in 2001.
Bryant Jackson, DB, 6-0, 180, Hamilton, Ohio (Hamilton)
A three-year letterwinner for Hamilton High School? Named first team All-Greater Miami Conference, first team All-Butler County and first-team All Greater Cincinnati? Was a second-team All-Southwest Ohio? Named a team captain and Most Valuable Back? Made 153 tackles during his career? Added seven interceptions and 14 pass breakups? Rushed for 650 yards and six touchdowns? Returned punts and kicks as well? Added two letters each in basketball and track.
Billy Johnson, OLB, 6-3, 208, Parkersburg, W. Va. (Parkersburg)
A two-year letterwinner at Parkersburg High School? Earned all-state honors twice? Was captain of the Mid-Ohio Valley defense? Also played tight end and defensive end? Helped the Big Red to a 12-2 record and the AAA state championship his senior year? Finished with 19 sacks as a junior, then added 16 as a senior.
John Knabb, OL, 6-3, 280, McMurray, Pa. (Peters Township)
Started 30 straight games at center for Peters Township? A two time all-conference selection? Named to the Washington Observer all-district team as both a junior and senior? Earned three straight letters? A member of the high honor roll? Was a Wendy's High School Heisman Award nominee? Also earned letters in wrestling (two), track (three) and indoor track (one).
Stephen "Bo" Lebherz, DB, 6-0, 195, Encinitas, Calif. (La Costa Canyon HS/Mesa College)
One of two junior college players in the recruiting class? Enrolled at Ohio for the winter quarter and will participate in spring practice? Junior college teammate of Bobcat signee Chris Collins at Mesa College? A two-time all-conference selection? Named the team's top freshman in 2000 and the Defensive Player-of-the-Year as a sophomore? Had 89 tackles and six interceptions during the 2001 campaign? Lettered in football and track in high school.
Roger Lewis, LB, 6-2, 215, Lexington, Ky. (Lafayette)
Earned three letters at Lafayette High School? Earned honorable mention all-state honor as a senior? Selected first team all-city? Voted team Most Valuable Player, Defensive Most Valuable Player and a captain? Recorded 132 tackles (68 solo) as a senior? Started high school career at Oklahoma City's Putnam City North? Helped the Generals to 7-4 and 9-3 finishes? Earned single letters in wrestling and track.
Corey Logan, TE/LB, 6-3, 220, Columbus, Ohio (Northland)
A three-year letterwinner in both football and track at Northland High School? Earned all-city and all-district honors? Played linebacker and tight end for the Vikings? Caught 15 passes for 640 yards? Tallied 97 tackles (34 for loss), nine sacks and two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball? Was a team "Iron Man" award winner three straight years? Played on the basketball team as a freshman.
Ahmona Maxwell, WR, 6-1, 170, Paducah, Ky. (Tilghman)
A three-year letterman at Tilghman High School? Played wide receiver, quarterback and defensive back during his career? Also returned punts and kicks? A first-team all-state selection as a senior and a second-team pick as a junior? Chosen All-Western Kentucky three times? Named the Class 3A Player-of-the-Year? Listed as one of the top 30 defensive backs in the nation by Street and Smith's magazine? Won 12 local Most Valuable Player awards? Had 64 receptions for 1,073 yards and 15 touchdowns his senior season? Made seven interceptions and 81 tackles? Finished his career with 126 catches for 1,973 yards and 32 scores? Totalled 228 tackles and 20 picks? Enjoyed his best effort in the final game of his career - 14 catches, 254 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions?. Earned four letters in track? Helped his team to the 2001 state championship by winning the 400 meters? A member of the honor roll all four years? Elected to the student council twice.
Scott Mayle, ATH, 6-1, 175, Philippi, W. Va. (Philip Barbour)
A four-sport athlete at Philip Barbour High School... Earned three letters in football and track, two in basketball and one in baseball? Was the Big 10 Conference Co-Player-of the-Year in 2000 and 2001? Earned all-state and all-state special honorable mention during his career? Carried 157 times for 1,809 yards as a senior? Finished his career with 284 career for 3,788 yards? Helped the Colts to a third-place finish in the conference and a No. 13 ranking in the state.
Matt Muncy, LB, 6-2, 210, Miamisburg, Ohio (Miamisburg)
A four-year letterwinner at Miamisburg? An honorable mention All-Ohio selection in Division I? Named first-team All-Southwest Ohio as a senior and second team as a sophomore and junior? Was the MML Offensive Most Valuable Player his last two years? The Vikings were the conference champions the last two seasons, advancing to the state playoffs in 2000? Rushed for 1,480 yards as a senior? Also earned four letters in basketball and two in baseball? A member of the Honor Roll and a Renaissance Scholar.
Marcquis Parham, DB, 5-11, 175, Kent, Ohio (Roosevelt)
An all-conference selection at Roosevelt High School? Voted a team captain senior season? Registered 143 tackles (11 for loss) during his career? Made five interceptions and 21 pass breakups? 11 tackles for loss.
Tyler Russ, DB, 6-1, 195, Stetsonville, Wis. (Medford Area)
Brother of Bobcat assistant coach Steve Russ? A three-time all-state selection at Medford Area High School? Also earned all-region honors three years?. Named conference MVP and conference Offensive MVP? Recorded 33 touchdowns this season to finish his career with 72? Amassed over 7,000 all-purpose yards over his career? Helped his team to a 9-2 record as a senior? The Red Raiders are three-time defending conference championship and ended 2001 as the seventh-ranked team in the state? Earned four letters each in football, basketball and track? A member of the National Honor Society who ranks in the top 20% percent of his class.
Frank Sanders, DB, 6-0, 185, Harvey, Ill. (Thornton)
Will be the fifth player from Thornton High School to play for the Bobcats, joining former teammates Dontrell Jackson, Tierra Pought, Brian Ingram and Stafford Owens? Played both cornerback and free safety for the Wildcats? Earned All-SICA Blue Conference honors as a senior? A preseason all-area selection? Helped his team to the SICA Blue Conference title? A member of the High Honor Roll? Serves on the student council and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Tremaine Suggs, DB, 6-0, 185, Canton, Ohio (McKinley)
A three-year letterman at Canton McKinley? Earned all-conference and all county honors as a senior? Recorded 38 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups in 2001? Selected to participate in the East-West All-Star Game.
Spencer Tatum, ATH, 6-1, 205, Lafayette, La. (St. Thomas More HS/Fork Union)
Enrolled at Ohio for the winter quarter and has been a part of the Bobcats' offseason program? Attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy last year, starting at running back and outside linebacker... Rushed for 890 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also making 65 tackles? Saw limited action his senior year of high school while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament? Surgery was performed by renowned sports orthopedist Dr. James Andrews? Was St. Thomas More High School's leading rusher and tackler as a junior, earning all-district and All-Acadiana honors.
Cole Wesley, DL, 6-4, 270, Vandalia, Ohio (Butler)
A three-year letterwinner at Butler High School? Earned all-conference honors three times and All-Southwest District kudos twice? A special mention all-state selection? Totalled 225 tackles (26 for loss) during his career? Added 14 sacks, six fumble recoveries and an interception? Named the team's Best Defensive Lineman twice? Served as a team captain his senior season? Helped his team steadily improve from its first-ever playoff berth in 1999 to a berth in the regional finalist in 2000 to a position as state semifinalist last year? A member of the Academic Honor Roll.
Thomas Wright, DB, 5-11, 175, Beaumont, Texas (Ozen)
A four-sport athlete at Ozen High School? Lettered twice in football, three times in track and once each in baseball and basketball? A second-team all-state and first-team all-district selection following his senior season? Helped his team to a 7-4 record and a berth in the state playoffs in 2000? The Panthers were district champions his sophomore year and district co-champions as a junior? Had four interceptions? Is the point guard for the basketball team, currently ranked 10th in the nation.
Brad Young, RB, 6-1, 215, Wellston, Ohio (Wellston)
A four-year letterman at Wellston High School? Earned first team all-state and all-district honors as a junior and senior? Named the Tri-Valley Conference Offensive Player-of-the-year in 2001 after leading his team to an 8-2 record and the league title? An all-conference selection three times? Was Offensive Player-of-the-Year for the Southeast District as a junior? Voted team Most Valuable Player twice and served as a team captain? Scored 40 touchdowns his senior year? Rushed for 2,046 yards and 32 scores on 231 carries? Took three kickoffs and one punt to paydirt? Finished his career with 5,749 yards rushing and 92 touchdowns? Will participate in the North-South All-Star game this summer? Also earned letters in track (four), basketball (three) and baseball (one)? An honor roll student.