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Bobcats Ink 23 for 2007

OHIOBOBCATS.COM The 2007 class marks Head Coach Frank Solich's third group of recruits.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
The 2007 class marks Head Coach Frank Solich's third group of recruits.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Feb. 7, 2007

Video of 2007 Recruiting Class

Video of Signing Day Press Conference

Press Conference Transcript

ATHENS,Ohio - Head Coach Frank Solich and the Ohio football staff have announced that 23 players have made commitments to play for the Bobcats in 2007. The class includes 20 incoming freshmen, two junior college players and a four-year transfer.

With five players, the offensive line ranks as the most heavily recruited position in 2007. The defensive line is next with four new players each. Ohio also received commitments from three linebackers, three running backs, two defensive backs, two quarterbacks, two wide receivers, one tight end and one kicker.

The class includes players from 10 different states. Of the 20 players that will enter the 2007 season as freshmen, 10 of them are from Ohio. It is the third straight year that the Bobcats have received commitments from at least 10 Ohio natives.

The Bobcats begin spring practice on March 26.

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Breakdown by Position
Cornerback (2): Billy Gonzales, Kenny Jackson

Defensive Line (4): John Flowers, Jeff King, Curtis Meyers, Kadre Pinder

Kicker (1): Michael Braunstein

Linebacker (3): Jay Edwards, Errik Ejike, Noah Keller

Offensive Line (5): Joe Flading, Dustin Laudermilch, Marcus O'Hara, Chris Spegal, A.J. Strum

Quarterback (2): Theo Scott, Brian Sweeney

Running Back (3): Vince Davidson, Donte Harden, Robert Hightower

Tight End (1): Zac Clark

Wide Receiver (2): LaVon Brazil, Riley Dunlop

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Breakdown by State
Ohio (10): Zac Clark (Grove City), Riley Dunlop (Liberty Township), Jay Edwards (Nelsonville), Joe Flading (Cincinnati), John Flowers (Lancaster), Robert Hightower (Youngstown), Kenny Jackson (Liberty), Jeff King (Cincinnati), Curtis Meyers (Harrison), Marcus O'Hara (Hubbard)

Arizona (1): Michael Braunstein (Gilbert)

California (1): Theo Scott (Long Beach)

Florida (2): LaVon Brazill (Lantana), Kadre Pinder (Miramar)

Nebraska (1): Noah Keller (Kearney)

New Jersey (1): Vince Davidson (Dayton)

Pennsylvania (4): Donte Harden (Erie), Chris Spegal (Bethel Park), A.J. Strum (Delmont), Brian Sweeney (Beaver Falls)

Texas (1): Errik Ejike (Tyler)

Washington (1): Billy Gonzales (Bonney Lake)

West Virginia (1): Dustin Laudermilch (Morgantown)

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Breakdown by Previous School:
High School (18): LaVon Brazill (Lake Worth), Zac Clark (Grove City), Ricky Dunlop (Lakota East), Jay Edwards (Nelsonville-York), Joe Flading (Anderson), John Flowers (Lancaster), Billy Gonzales (Auburn Riverside), Donte Harden (Strong Vincent), Kenny Jackson (Liberty), Noah Keller (Kearney), Jeff King (Wyoming), Dustin Laudermilch (Morgantown), Curtis Meyers (Harrison), Marcus O'Hara (Hubbard), Kadre Pinder (Everglades), Chris Spegal (Bethel Park), A.J. Strum (Franklin Regional), Brian Sweeney (Blackhawk)

Military/Prep School (2): Robert Hightower (Milford Academy), Vince Davidson (Harmony Community School)

Junior College (2): Errik Ejike (Kilgore), Theo Scott (Los Angeles Southwest)

Four-Year College (1): Michael Braunstein (Washington)

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PLAYER BIOGRAPHIES

Michael Braunstein
Kicker
5-6/198
Gilbert, Ariz.
Gilbert HS/University of Washington

At Washington: Played three seasons for the Huskies ... Made 10-of-12 field goal attempts in 2006 and was 32-of-32 PATs ... Led the team with 62 points on the season ... Named honorable mention All-Pac-10 ... Went 3-for-3 on field goals against Arizona State including a career-long 47-yarder ... Was 2-for-2 against Oklahoma and USC ... Named honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 ... Appeared in four games in 2005, all on kickoffs ... Earned Academic All-Pac-10 honorable mention ... Shared kicking duties in 2004, converting on 3-of-7 field goal attempts and 11-of-12 PATs ... Finished third on the team with 20 points ... Hit a season-long 29-yard field goal and four PATs against UCLA ... An Academic All-Pac-10 honorable mention choice ... Played in two games in 2003 before redshirting ... High School: Was a kicker and punter for Gilbert High School ... Was 21-of-30 on field goal attempts in his career ... Career-long 54-yard field goal was a school record ... Averaged 41.4 yards per punt in 2002 with a school-record punt of 62 yards ... Made 71-of-74 career PAT attempts ... Recorded a touchback on 95 percent of his kickoffs ... Scored a touchdown on a 54-yard fake in 10-7 win over Horizon ... An honorable mention all-state selection as a senior ... Was a second-team pick following his junior season ... A first-team all-region choice in 2001 ... Selected by the Tacoma News Tribune for its Western 100 Team ... Rated the sixth-best player in the state of Arizona by SuperPrep ... Ranked third among kickers by Rivals.com ... Named to PrepStar's All-West Region team ... Also lettered in soccer ... Personal: Already earned his bachelor's degree from Washington ... Will be enrolled in Ohio's MBA/Sports Administration master's program in the spring quarter ... Son of Paul and Soo Braunstein.

LaVon Brazill
Wide Receiver
5-10/172
Lantana, Fla.
Lake Worth HS
High School:
Lettered once at Lake Worth ... Caught 23 passes for 615 yards and eight touchdowns in 2006 ... Also played defense, recording 44 tackles and three interceptions ... Named team MVP and earned first-team all-conference accolades ...An All-Palm Beach County selection ... Personal: Undecided on a major ... Son of Rena Brazill ... Legal guardians are Charles and Tara Brown.

Zac Clark
Tight End
6-3/236
Grove City, Ohio
Grove City HS
High School:
Lettered two times at Grove City ... Tallied 19 receptions for 234 yards and six touchdowns in 2006 ... Also played defense and recorded 30 tackles, four for a loss, with two sacks and two forced fumbles ... A second-team all-district selection ... An honor roll member at Grove City ... Also lettered in basketball ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Jay and Paula Clark.

Vince Davidson
Running Back
5-11/190
Dayton, N.J.
South Brunswick HS/Harmony Community School
At Harmony Community:
Ran for 600 yards and three touchdowns in 2006 ... High School: Lettered three times at South Brunswick ... Amassed 2,001 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns his senior season ... Finished his career with 3,300 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns ... An all-state selection as a senior ... Finished his career as the school's career rushing and scoring record holder ... Named district player of the year ... Also lettered in track ... Personal: Academic interest is business ... Son of Vince and Dawn Davidson.

Riley Dunlop
Wide Receiver
6-1/169
Liberty Twp, Ohio
Lakota East HS
High School:
Lettered twice at Lakota East ... Totaled 67 career receptions for 1,083 yards ... Had 24 receptions for 304 yards as a senior ... Returned 21 punts for 291 yards in 2006 ... Also returned eight kicks for 228 yards ... Earned second-team All-Greater Miami Conference accolades in 2005 and 2006 ... Was an All-Southwest Ohio Honorable Mention selection ... Won the Time Warner Roadrunner Speedster Award ... Earned the Senior Sportsmanship Award as voted on by his teammates ... Won the 2006 Lakota East Character Award ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Dan and Brenda Dunlop.

Jay Edwards
Outside Linebacker
6-0/195
Nelsonville, Ohio
Nelsonville-York HS
High School:
Lettered four times at Nelsonville-York ... Recorded 87 tackles and three interceptions in 2006 ... A first-team all-state selection ... Earned first-team All-Tri-Valley Conference honors three times ... Named conference MVP and district MVP playing quarterback and linebacker ... Led team to four conference titles and four state playoff appearances ... Went 30-14 overall as a starter and 20-0 in conference action ... Passed for 2,398 career yards and totaled 2,770 career rushing yards ... Was a four-time conference all-academic selection ... Also lettered in track and baseball ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Jim and Jolinda Edwards.

Errik Ejike
Outside Linebacker
6-2/205
Tyler, Texas
Tyler Lee HS/Kilgore College
At Kilgore College:
Led the team and ranked fourth in the conference with 94 tackles in 2006 ... Also recorded two interceptions ... Earned All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference Honorable Mention accolades ... Named conference player of the week with a nine-tackle, one-interception performance against Trinity Valley on Oct. 14, 2006 ... Posted 23 tackles and one interception in 2005 ... High School: Led his team to the 5A Division I state championship ... Also lettered in track ... Personal: Majoring in health service administration ... Son of Celestine and Maricia Ejike.

Joe Flading
Offensive Lineman
6-4/241
Cincinnati, Ohio
Anderson HS
High School:
Lettered twice for Anderson ... Earned second-team All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference honors ... Helped team to a 7-3 record and a conference co-championship ... Was invited to play in the Cincinnati East/West High School All-Star Game ... Has earned academic honors in every quarter of high school ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Joe and Kathy Flading.

John Flowers
Defensive Lineman
6-3/255
Lancaster, Ohio
Lancaster HS
High School:
Lettered three times at Lancaster ... Recorded 22 tackles and two sacks in 2006 ... Earned first-team all-county and first-team all-district accolades ... Was a second team honorable mention all-state selection ... Helped team to a 10-0 record in the regular season and the Ohio Capital Conference championship ... An honor roll member ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Gregg and Jennifer Flowers ... Mother, Jennifer, also attended Ohio.

Billy Gonzales
Cornerback
5-11/167
Bonney Lake, Wash.
Auburn Riverside HS
High School:
Lettered three times at Auburn Riverside ... Named first-team All-South Puget Sound League as both a defensive back and wide receiver in 2006 ... First-team all-state defensive back and honorable mention wide receiver ... Rated as one of Washington's top 100 football recruits ... On offense, caught 20 passes for 430 yards ... Posted 586 all-purpose yards with four touchdowns in 2006 ... Also lettered in track and basketball ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Olivia Aguilar.

Donte Harden
Running Back
5-11/180
Erie, Pa.
Strong Vincent HS
High School:
Lettered four times at Strong Vincent ... Carried 374 times for 3,068 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career ... Caught 16 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns ... Also played defense, recording 178 tackles and four sacks in his career ... Region 6 Player of the Year in 2006 ... Second-team all-state pick as a junior ... First-team all-district and all-region selection as a junior and senior ... Set the school single-season rushing record with 1,538 yards ... His 3,068 career rushing yards are also a school record ... Also lettered in track and basketball ... Personal: Academic interest is pharmacy ... Son of Tonya Harden.

Robert Hightower
Running Back
5-11/190
Youngstown, Ohio
Liberty HS/Milford Academy
At Milford Academy:
Played running back and punted at Milford Academy in New York in 2006 ... High School: Lettered twice at Liberty ... Named first-team all-conference in 2005 ... Was named Liberty's team MVP ... Was an honorable mention all-state selection as a senior ... Ran 127 times for 1,539 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2005 ... Caught nine passes for 175 yards and two scores ... Also returned kicks and punts ... On defense, made 39 tackles, including four sacks ... Had two interceptions, including one for a touchdown ... Helped the Leopards to a perfect 10-0 regular season and a playoff berth in 2005 ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Vicky Hightower and Robert Wigfall ... High school teammate of current Bobcat, Donovan Fletcher, and fellow Ohio recruit, Kenny Jackson.

Kenny Jackson
Cornerback
5-8/148
Youngstown, Ohio
Liberty HS
High School:
Lettered one year at Liberty ... Recorded six interceptions in 2006 and returned three of them for touchdowns ... Also returned four punts and two kicks for touchdowns ... First-team all-county and first-team All-Trumbull Athletic Conference in 2006 ... Led team to a 9-1 record and the state playoffs as a senior ... Also lettered in track, basketball and baseball ... Personal: Academic interest is communications ... Son of Donna Gibson and Kenny Jackson ... High school teammate of current Bobcat, Donovan Fletcher, and fellow Ohio recruit, Robert Hightower.

Noah Keller
Middle Linebacker
6-1/226
Kearney, Neb.
Kearney HS
High School:
Lettered three times at Kearney ... Recorded 204 total tackles, including 82 solos, in 13 games as a senior ... Finished the 2006 season with 15 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and two interceptions ... Posted 182 solo tackles and 236 assists in his career with 14 sacks and three interceptions ... As a fullback, carried the ball 98 times for 700 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... Named captain of the 2006 all-state team ... Named Nebraska Defensive Player of the Year by the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star ... Was the Kearney Hub Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... Earned recognition as a CBS Sportsline Prepstar All-American ... Named a Nike second-team All-American ... A first-team all-conference and all-district selection ... Led team to a 12-1 record and a state championship in 2006 ... Helped Kearney to a 31-5 record during his career ... Also lettered in track ... Was the 2006 all-class state shot put champion ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of R.J. and Terri Keller.

Jeff King
Defensive Lineman
6-0/277
Cincinnati, Ohio
Wyoming HS
High School:
Lettered four times at Wyoming ... Totaled 61 career tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior ... An all-state selection following his senior season ... Earned first-team all-conference, all-league, all-city, and all-district accolades as a senior ... Was an All-Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association First Team selection ... Was an all-league academic award winner all four seasons ... Received the National Football Foundation Anthony Munoz Defensive Lineman of the Year award ... Selected as team's most valuable offensive player as a senior and team's most valuable underclassman as a junior ... Named a Cincinnati Enquirer player to watch as a junior and senior ... Played 95 percent of his team's offensive and defensive snaps during his final three seasons ... Also lettered in track ... Won the league and district shot put titles as a junior ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Jeff and Kathy King.

Dustin Laudermilch
Offensive Lineman
6-3/317
Morgantown, W.Va.
Morgantown HS
High School:
Lettered three times at Morgantown ... Earned all-conference honors and was an all-state honorable mention pick ... Was a Dominion Post Top 20 selection ... Helped his team to a 38-3 career record and two state championships ... Also played defense and recorded 59 tackles with three sacks as a senior ... Also lettered once as a pitcher in baseball ... Personal: Academic interest is exercise physiology ... Guardians are Amy (sister) and Aaron Nething.

Curtis Meyers
Defensive End
6-2/243
Harrison, Ohio
Harrison HS
High School:
Lettered four times at Harrison ... Recorded 112 tackles, 14 for a loss, with six sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior ... His 33 career tackles for a loss was second in school history behind only his older brother Jordan, a current Bobcat linebacker ... Finished fifth in school history with 293 career tackles ... Named Southwest Ohio Division II Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 ... Cincinnati Enquirer Division II Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Earned first-team Division II all-state accolades ... Named the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Earned the Anthony Munoz Foundation Division II Defensive Lineman of the Year award ... Named team MVP and helped team to conference co-championship as a senior ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Rhonda and Mark Meyers.

Marcus O'Hara
Offensive Lineman
6-6/310
Hubbard, Ohio
Hubbard HS
High School:
Lettered twice at Hubbard ... Recorded an 83-percent blocking efficiency rating with 33 pancakes ... Earned first-team all-conference and first-team all-county accolades as a senior ... Named best offensive lineman in Mahoning Valley ... Helped team to league championship and regional semifinals ... Personal: Academic interest is aviation ... Son of Nancy O'Hara.

Kadre Pinder
Defensive Lineman
6-3/283
Miramar, Fla.
Everglades HS
High School:
Lettered three times ... Played both offensive and defensive tackle at Everglades ... 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 ... Personal: Academic interest is criminal justice ... Son of Betty Saunders and Insley Pinder.

Theo Scott
Quarterback
6-1/187
Long Beach, Calif.
Long Beach Poly HS/California/Los Angeles Southwest College
At Los Angeles Southwest:
Started nine games in 2006 ... Completed 52.4 percent of his passes (110-of-210) for 1,179 yards and five touchdowns in 2006 ... Recorded an efficiency rating of 101.68 ... Rushed 60 times for 129 yards and one touchdown ... At Cal: Redshirted in 2005 while playing on the Bears' scout team ... High School: Completed 135-of-231 (58.4 percent) passes for 1,921 yards and 23 touchdowns his senior season ... Threw just 10 interceptions in 231 attempts his senior year ... Recorded a quarterback rating of 101 ... Also posted 16 rushing attempts for 138 yards and one touchdown as a senior ... Helped the team to a 12-1 record in 2004 ... Completed 31-of-49 passes (63.3-percent) for 471 yards and four touchdowns as a junior ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of Theodis and Linda Scott.

Chris Spegal
Offensive Lineman
6-6/294
Bethel Park, Pa.
Bethel Park HS
High School:
Lettered two times at Bethel Park ... Second-team all-conference selection ... Holds the school power clean record of 405 pounds ... A member of the school honor roll ... Personal: Academic interest is electrical engineering ... Son of Steven and Mary Spegal.

A.J. Strum
Offensive Lineman
6-5/292
Delmont, Pa.
Franklin Regional HS
High School:
Lettered three times at Franklin Regional ... Earned first-team All-Greater Allegheny Conference accolades as a junior and senior ... Named honorable mention all-state in 2006 ... Earned team MVP and lineman of the year honors as a senior ... Was a third team all-state selection as a junior ... Helped team to a 15-1 record, WPIAL and PIAA championships in 2005 ... Team went 10-2 andadvanced to the WPIAL Semifinals in 2006 ... Also lettered in lacrosse ... Personal: Academic interest is biology/zoology ... Son of Jeff and Rhonda Strum.

Brian Sweeney
Quarterback
6-2/192
Beaver Falls, Pa.
Blackhawk HS
High School:
Lettered two times at Blackhawk ... Completed 119-of-215 passes (55.4 percent) for 1,693 yards as a senior ... Threw for 18 touchdowns and ran for three more in 2006 ... Was a first-team All-Parkway Conference selection and team offensive player of the year ... Named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" and the Pitt Tribune Review "Terrific 25" ... Won the Beaver County Times Player of the Year award ... Led team to a conference championship with an 11-2 record and fifth-place finish in the state ... Also lettered in basketball ... Personal: Undecided on major ... Son of James and Maddalyn Sweeney.