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Ohio Football Welcomes 22 Newcomers on Signing Day

Head coach Frank Solich

Feb. 6, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Football head coach Frank Solich announced Wednesday the addition of 22 newcomers as part of National Signing Day, who will join the squad next season. The class includes 20 incoming freshmen, one sophomore and one junior.

The 2013 class features student-athletes from nine different positions. The class also includes student-athletes from 11 different states and one from the American Samoa Island, including nine from Ohio. In the last three years, the Bobcats have recruited 27 players from the state of Ohio.

The Bobcats begin spring practice on March 13th, while their spring game will be held on April 13th, beginning at 2 p.m. inside Peden Stadium.

2013 Ohio Football Bios
Leon Alexander
S | 6-2 | 190
Detroit, Mich. | Martin Luther King High School

Prior to Ohio: Two-time All-City honoree... Earned All-State honorable mention honors following his senior year... Three-time letterwinner... Saw action on both sides of the ball... Logged 88 tackles and six interceptions in his career... Was named to Mick McCabe's Fab 50 Football recruits in the state of Michigan.

Personal: Born April 18, 1995... Son of James Leon Alexander Sr... Enjoys working out and music... Intends to major in Pre-Pharmacy.

Defensive backs coach Fred Reed on Alexander: "We evaluated Leon at both the Ohio State and Michigan State camps. He's a very good athlete and is very versatile. He's an excellent student and he has a tremendous upside."

Cleon Aloese
DL | 6-1 | 290
Pago Pago, A.S. | Tafuna High School

Prior to Ohio: Selected as a member of the All-Polynesian All-American Team... Two-year starter... Helped his team to the Island Championship title in 2012 and Runner-Up in 2011... Ranked as the No. 3on the island... Selected as a member of the American Samoa All-Star team that played a team of All-Stars from Hawaii in the annual Samoa Bowl... Game is played each year in American Samoa.

Personal: Born Nov. 11, 1995... Son of Puleai Abose and Ialoleua Polu... Has two older brothers - Carrington and Christopher.

Defensive line coach Jesse Williams on Aloese: "Cleon's recruitment proves that there are no geographic boundaries when it comes to looking for great players. He is one of the physically strongest guys for his age. He runs very well."

Tarell Basham
DE | 6-4 | 240
Rocky Mount, Va. | Franklin County High School | Hargrave Military Academy

Prior to Ohio: Recorded 16 sacks and 82 solo tackles throughout his career... Earned All-Region honors as a senior... Four-year varsity letter winner... Helped his team to an 8-3 record as a senior... Attended Hargrove Military Academy for Prep School and was coached by Troy Davis.

Personal: Born March 18, 1994... Son of Glenda Basham... Has three siblings... Had perfect attendance throughout high school... Undecided on a major... Enjoys playing Xbox... Is the first member of his family to ever attend college.

Quarterbacks coach Gerry Gdowski on Basham: "Tarell has a great frame and motor to become an outstanding player at defensive end."

Dorian Brown
RB | 5-11 | 195
Pittsburgh, Pa. | Baldwin High School

Prior to Ohio: Earned All-Southeastern Conference All-Conference honors as a running back following his sophomore, junior and senior seasons... Finished his career by playing in 26 games and rushed for 3,293 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry and scored 33 touchdowns... Earned a bid to the BIG 33 All-Star game... Named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22... Received Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 honors... Averaged 7.4 yards per carry and scored 12 touchdowns as a senior.

Personal: Born April 23, 1994... Son of Nikra Lewis... Has two younger brothers Jay and Anjol... Honor Roll Student... Won the fifth annual high school programming competition at Robert Morris University... Intends on majoring in Computer Science... Enjoys rapping, shooting videos, tweeter, playing sports, eating and studying.

Tight ends coach Brian Haines on Brown: "Dorian is a downhill runner that has enough speed to get to the edge. He has top notch blocking and receiving capabilities."

Jarid Brown
CB | 6-0 | 185
Huntingtown, Md. | Archbishop Carroll High School | Fork Union Military Academy

Prior to Ohio: Two-time WCAC All-Conference honoree... Posted 800 yards at wide receiver and had 14 touchdowns... Tallied six interceptions at cornerback... Rushed for over 600 yards as a quarterback during his junior year... Tossed 15 touchdowns for 1,300 yards... Four-year letterwinner... Attended Fork Union Military Academy and was coached by John Shuman.

Personal: Born June 14, 1994... Son of Tess Brown... One of six children in his family... Cousins with Joe Haden (Cleveland Browns) and Jordan Haden (Toledo Rockets)... Enjoys playing the drums... Plans to major in Sports Medicine.

Quarterbacks coach Gerry Gdowski on Brown: "He's a guy that has played a lot of different positions, which really shows his athletisim. There are not a lot of guys, who have been good enough to play both ways at Fork Union Military Academy."

Cedric Brown
WR | 6-1 | 185
Martinsburg, W. Va. | Martinsburg High School

Prior to Ohio: 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American... Played in the Semper Fidelis All-Star Game... Three-time All-State honoree... Three-time All-Conference honoree... Helped guide his team to three-consecutive West Virginia AAA State Championships... Was part of two teams that were ranked among the Top 200 high school teams in the nation... Finished his career with over 4,000 all-purpose yards... Logged 2,635 yards and 34 touchdowns in his career as a wide receiver... Averaged 6.1 yards per carry as a running back (530 yards) and scored nine touchdowns... Was a part of the West Virginia State Champion 4x400-meter relay team... Four-year letterwinner in football, three-year letterwinner in basketball, two-year letterwinner in baseball and two-year letterwinner in track and field... Has won a total of six state titles in football, baseball and track.

Personal: Born Sept. 8, 1994... Son of Debby and Todd Brown... One of four children... Was a member of the National Honor Society... Fellowship of Christian Athletes President... Served on his high school's student council... Enjoys playing video games, singing and physical training... Intends on majoring in Sports Administration.

Quarterbacks coach Gerry Gdowski on Brown: "He's had a ton of success. He comes from a very good program. He played both ways and made big plays. We really liked his personality and we feel he has great character."

Brendan Cope
WR | 6-3 | 185
Warren, Ohio | Howland High School

Prior to Ohio: Earned All-Northeast Ohio honors and All-Conference honors... Served as the team captain during his senior year... Saw significant action at running back, quarterback and wide receiver as a senior... Finished his senior season with 1,228 total yards and 12 touchdowns (616 receiving - six touchdowns, 530 passing - 5 touchdowns and 182 rushing - one touchdown)... Also averaged 42.8 yards per punt... Helped guide his team to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances... Competed on the high school basketball team where he earned All-Northeast Ohio honors as a senior and was named county player of the year.¬¬.. Three-year letterwinner In football, basketball and track.

Personal: Born March 6, 1995... Son of Craig and Jan Cope... Has two older siblings - Nathan and Kristen... Received the West Point Leadership Award... Was a four-year member of the student senate honor roll.

Tight ends coach Brian Haines on Cope: "Brendan has a ton of upside. He played a number of positions in high school. He also played three sports in high school and is very athletic. I see him as receiver, who will be able to get down field and get past defensive backs."

Tyree Graves
DL | 6-3 | 230
Clearwater, Fla. | Pinellas Park High School

Prior to Ohio: Earned All-State honors as a sophomore... Ranked as the No. 4 tight end during his sophomore and junior seasons... Received First Team All-State honors as a defensive end... Guided his team to the state playoffs in each of the past three seasons... Also played baseball and helped his team to a pair of district championships.

Personal: Born Nov. 11, 1994... Son of George Graves and Irene Johnson... Enjoys spending time with friends and family... Will be the first of four brothers to attend college.

Offensive line coach Keven Lightner on Graves: "Tyree is a multi-sport athlete, who is a big time talent. He will be a classic defensive end in our 4-3 scheme."

Tate Leavitt
OL | 6-6 | 300
Thornville, Ohio | Sheridan High School

Prior to Ohio: Two-time All-MVL honoree... Earned Preseason All-Ohio honors... Registered 149 career pancake blocks in just two years... Helped his team a 9-2 season as a junior and a trip to the state playoffs... Two-time varsity letterwinner in football and basketball.

Personal: Born Dec. 28, 1994... Son of Jason Leavitt and Stephanie Pettit... One of five children... Undecided major.

Quarterbacks coach Gerry Gdowski on Leavitt: "Tate is a big athletic kid that we got to know fairly well because he was located so close to Ohio University. He is a guy that we feel can do all the things at the offensive line position."

Troy Mangen
TE | 6-5 | 237
Union, Ohio | Northmont High School

Prior to Ohio: Two-time All-League honoree at tight end... Helped lead his team to the co-division title following his senior year... Earned an invitation to the Ohio North-South All-Star game... Also played on the basketball and baseball team.

Personal: Born July 25, 1994... Son of Mike and Teri Mangen... Has one brother and one sister... Was a member of the National Honor Society... Four-year scholar athlete award winner... Intends on majoring in business... Both his father and uncle were captains of the Ohio University football team.

Defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow on Mangen: "Troy has the frame to grow into a big target for a tight end. We're excited that he is carrying on the family tradition here at Ohio University as both his dad and uncle were captains on the football team."

Cameron McLeod
DL | 6-3 | 285
McLain, Miss. | Greene County High School | Jones County Junior College

Prior to Ohio: Earned All-Area honors as a senior and voted as the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman by his teammates... Attended Jones County Junior College and was coached by former Alabama and New York Giants head coach Ray Perkins.

Personal: Born Sept. 15, 1992... Son Beverly McLeod... Has one brother and two older sisters... Enjoys fishing... Intends on majoring in Engineering.

Defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow on McLeod: "Cameron is an interior defensive lineman, who has the size to play the run and the speed and quickness to rush the passer. He should be able to contribute immediately."

Mason Morgan
TE | 6-5 | 230
Cincinnati, Ohio | Sycamore

Prior to Ohio: Two-time All-Conference honoree... Helped guide his team to the Ohio State Playoffs in both his junior and senior seasons... Averaged over 20 yards per catch in both his junior and senior seasons... Also played on the varsity basketball team.

Personal: Born Aug. 18, 1995... Son of Lisa and Eric Morgan... Has one older sister McKenzie... Enjoys working out and playing basketball... Undecided on a major.

Offensive line coach Keven Lightner: "Mason is a multi-sport athlete, who has very soft hands. He played in a very physical offensive. He will be a big-time tight end in our system."

Zach Murdock
OL | 6-4 | 285
Dublin, Ohio | Dublin Coffman High School

Prior to Ohio: Earned 2012 Ohio All-State Special Recognition honors... Named First Team All-District honors... OCC Conference Honorable Mention recipient... Selected J.J. Huddle All-Ohio Honorable Mention... Helped lead his squad to a 9-1 record and No. 9 Division I ranking in Ohio in 2012.

Personal: Born Nov. 9, 1994... Son of Patricia and John Murdock... Has one older brother Collin... Enjoys playing video games, basketball and going to the movies... Was part of the St. John's Church Young People's department... Intends on majoring in Communications and Sports Management.

Linebackers coach Ron Collins on Murdock: "Zach is a big athletic tackle that played at one of the best programs in the state of Ohio. Zach will be a great addition to our offensive line."

Quentin Poling
LB | 6-0 | 215
Spencerville, Ohio | Elida High School

Prior to Ohio: Finished his high school career with 509 tackles, 20 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and nine interceptions... Earned First Team All-Ohio in both his junior and senior seasons... Three-time All-Northwest Ohio honoree... Named Defensive Player of the Year in Northwest Ohio following his senior year... Three-time Western Buckeye League (WBL) recipient... Named the WBL Defensive Back of the Year after his senior year... Four-year letterwinner... Posted a combined record of 33-15 during his time on the varsity football team... Helped his squad to the state playoffs in each of his final three years in high school... Guided his team to a 10-4 record and a trip to the Ohio State Semifinals during his junior year... Also competed on the varsity Track and Wrestling.

Personal: Born Aug. 17, 1994... Son of Kenneth and Marisha Poling... One of five children... Member of the National Honors Society... Served as his class Vice President... Enjoys Kayaking, fishing, hunting and playing basketball... Intends on majoring in Pre-Exercise Physiology.

Defensive backs Fred Reed on Poling: "Quentin was very impressive physically when he came to our offseason camp. He runs very well and is very intelligent and we're happy to have him on our team."

Tony Porter
DL | 6-0 | 280
Lawrenceville, Ga. | Peachtree Ridge High School

Prior to Ohio: Finished his career with 128 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks... Selected to the Georgia North-South and Gwinnett County All-Star Games... Received 2012 Georgia 6A Region Seven First Team honors... Awarded Gwinnett County Second Team All-County accolades... Four-year letterwinner... Was awarded the 2012 Peachtree Ridge Defensive Lineman Player of the Year... Finished his senior year with 36 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks... Named to the 2011 Georgia AT&T Junior Bowl... Helped guide his high school team to an 8-3 record following his junior year... Also competed in track where he earned two varsity letters.

Personal: Born Sept. 9, 1993... Son of Sabrina and Christopher... Enjoys volunteering with youth football, hanging out with friends and family and playing Xbox... Intends on majoring in Education.

Offensive coordinator Tim Albin on Porter: "Tony had a tremendous high school career and he will be a great addition for our program. He is one of the top players in the state of Georgia and is a tremendous athlete."

Corey Quallen
S | 6-2 | 205
Mason, Ohio | Mason High School

Prior to Ohio: Two-time All GMC honoree... Three-year letterwinner... Helped his team six wins as a senior... Also played on the high school baseball team.

Personal: Born April 30, 1995... Son of Amy and Darian Quallen... Has one brother - Cameron... Enjoys fishing and drawing.

Offensive line coach Keven Lightner on Quallen: "Corey is a multi-sport athlete, who we think can come in and help us right away on special teams. He is one of the best tacklers that we saw on film during the recruiting process."

Casey Sayles
DE | 6-3 | 260
Omaha, Neb. | Omaha North High School

Prior to Ohio: Named First Team Super All-State... Helped team finish State Runner-up in the Nebraska State Playoffs as well as finishing ranked No. 2 in the state... Finished with 76 career tackles and five sacks ... Earned All-State honors in baseball ... Three-year letter winner in baseball and football.

Personal: Son of Gary and Lori Sayles ... Born on Sept. 4, 1995 ... Has one older sister, Stephanie ... Plans to major in Criminal Justice.

Defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow on Sayles: "Casey is a very athletic/big guy. He was a great player for Omaha North on both sides of the ball. His size, speed and quickness is everything we're looking for in that position."

Trent Smart
DE | 6-3 | 240
Wilmington, Ohio | Clinton Massie High School

Prior to Ohio: Named All-Ohio Division IV Defensive Player of the Year his senior season ... Anthony Munoz Foundation Division four Defensive Player of the Year ... Associated Press Division four Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year ... All-Ohio first team defense ... Second-team All-State ... Received Vince Lombardi Award for County's top Lineman ... All-Tri-State Football Second team defense ... Max-Preps All-American Second team Defense ... First-team All-South Central Ohio League ... Selected to North-South All-Star Game... Finished with 80 career tackles, 9 sacks, 19 tackles- for-loss and one interception ... Recorded 10 catches for 200 yards and four touchdowns ... Helped team capture the Division four State Championship in his final season ... Second team All-League in basketball ...Three-year letter winner in football ... four-year letter winner in basketball ... two year letter winner in baseball ...Successful outside of the classroom as well, earning a 3.33 GPA.

Personal: Son of Randy Smart ... Born on July 7, 1994 ... Has two sisters and one brother ... Nicole, Kayla and Ryan ... Hobbies include spending time with friends, playing basketball and volleyball ... Expects to major in Business.

Offensive line coach Keven Lightner on Smart: "We saw Trent at camps over the summer and loved his talent. We think he will be a great pass rusher in our defensive scheme. He played on some great teams in high school, so he knows what it takes to win. He is a very humble kid despite all of his awards after his senior season."

Dyquan Stewart
CB | 5-9 | 175
Stafford, Va. | Mountain View High School | Fork Union Military Academy

Prior to Ohio: Recorded 96 tackles and two interceptions throughout his career...Two-time All-County and All-State ... Helped his squad to an 8-3 mark his senior season ... Also did well in the classroom, being named to the Honor Roll his senior year...Three year letterman in football.

Personal: Born on Jan. 28, 1994 ... Son of Trinette and George Cheeks ... Second youngest in a family of six children ... Hobbies include playing football and video games ... Major is undecided

Quarterbacks coach Gerry Gdowski on Stewart: "The thing that stands out about Dyquan is how hard he plays. He has a great motor to get to the football. He is a very physical player and he is a great tackler for a young kid."

Watson Tautuiaki
DL | 6-2 | 290
Sacramento, Ca. | Elk Grove High School | LA Harbor College

Prior to Ohio: Helped lead his team to a 12-1 finish en route to capturing a division championship... Named First team All-Division ... First team All-Conference...Second team All -State ... Varsity letter winner in wrestling and track and field

Personal: Born on June 3, 1994 ... Son of Dominic and Tupov Kuresa ... Youngest of six siblings ... Hobbies include hanging out with family and friends... Nickname is Bam Bam ... Intends to major in Criminal Justice

Defensive line coach Jesse Williams on Tautuiaki: "Watson is a player that has great ability that can provide us depth. He can play either position inside. He is a smart player that qualified academically out of high school. Anytime you can get a player out of junior college you are ahead of the game."

Durrell Wood
OL | 6-3 | 325
Columbus, Ohio | Groveport Madison High School

Prior to Ohio: Served as the team captain at Groveport Madison ... Named All-Conference Second Team and All-District honors ... Was named the National Underclassmen Most Valuable Offensive Lineman.

Personal: Son of Ricky Wood and Kelly Bristol ... Born on April 22, 1995 ... Has two older brothers, Darius and Jalen ... Hobbies including playing basketball, lifting weights and drawing ... Expects to major in Business Computer Programming /Sports Management.

Linebackers coach Ron Collins on Wood: "Durrell is a big, physical, run-blocking guard that will fit into our style of offense. Durrell has all the intangibles that we look for in a player. He is smart, hard working and a great person."

Justin Wyatt
WR | 6-1 | 185
Lawrenceville, Ga. | Collins Hill High School

Prior to Ohio: Rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com... Selected as team's Most Valuable Player his freshman season ... Finished career with 132 catches for 1848 yards to go along with 17 receiving touchdowns ... Logged 409 yards on 24 carries, averaging a staggering 17 yards per carry and five touchdowns ... Returned a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown ... Tallied 165 career tackles and 11 sacks, including 19 tackles-for-loss ... Was an All-Honorable Mention honoree... Named Pre-Season First team All-State...Selected to the National Underclassmen All-American game...Helped team to a third place finish in the Georgia State playoffs ... Four -year letter winner in football and one in basketball.

Personal: Born on Jan. 21, 1995 ... Son of Lawanda Wyatt ... Has an older sister, Shamya ... Hobbies include hanging out with friends, watching and playing football, playing Call-of-Duty and socializing...Played against current Ohio wide receiver Jordan Reid in high school ... Plans to major in Sports Psychology

Offensive coordinator coach Tim Albin on Wyatt: "Justin is an outstanding athlete, who had a great deal of success during his high school career and we couldn't be more excited to have him join our program."