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Several Division I-AA programs made quite a splash locally on signing day.
Out of the Pioneer League the Butler Bulldogs reeled in an array of players who come from winning programs and played an awful lot of games/snaps at the varsity level during their careers.
When you look at the troops headed to Dayton it is a very cerebral bunch. There are kids who have the potential to be very good coaches after their careers are over. We wouldn’t expect anything less from a Flyer program that sees successful alums Jason Krause (Fairfield), Rick Haynes (Lakota East), Rodney Roberts (Franklin), Marcus Colvin (Chaminade Julienne) and Jim Place (Withrow) (to name a few), who are currently manning the sidelines in Southwest Ohio.
Indiana State inked a trio of Colerain Cardinals - Chris Davis, Lonnell Brown and DeJuan Lang plus the TriState’s interception lead in Tyler Lee from Xenia. Any way you cut the Sycamores became much more exciting with a quartet that can change a contest on any given snap.
Here is a look at the area’s Division I-AA signees:
Pioneer League (PL)
Butler: Justin Crull (Kings) – DB; Ben Racke (Simon Kenton) – OL; Ben Versoza (Turpin) - TE/LB; Nick Weaver (CHCA) - WR/DB; Brad Weber (Ryle) - OL
Davidson: Eric Haas (Walnut Hills) - OL/DL
Dayton: Blake Bir (CovCath) – QB; Gus Madden (Ross) – LB; Ben Pendery (Lakota West) – OL; Graham Peters (Loveland) – RB; Thomas Vogele (McNicholas) - WR/DB
Morehead State: Dominic Iori (St. Xavier) – DB; Jaylen Mayo (Mason) – WR; Darien McDowell (Oak Hills) - DB
Valparaiso: Jake Newman (Lawrenceburg) – PK; Connor Rettig (Centerville) - OL
Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)
Youngstown State: Ricky Davis (Fenwick) – QB, Cole Newsome (Wayne) - OL
Indiana State: Lonnell Brown (Colerain) – DB; Chris Davis (Colerain) – WR, DeJuan Lang (Colerain ) – DB; Tyler Lee (Xenia) - WR/DB
Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)
Eastern Kentucky: Max Nussbaum (Beechwood) - RB/LB (PWO)
Tennessee Tech: Trey Thompson (LaSalle) – LB
Northeast Conference (NEC)
Robert Morris: Blake Chambliss (Moeller) – OL; Drew Garbenis (Lakota West) – OL; Logan Kelleher (Moeller) - DB
Georgia Southern: Alfred Ramsby (Colerain) – QB; Keith Rucker (Moeller) - TE
Follow along with where all of the local players are heading with our COMMITMENT TRACKER.
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