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Signing Day

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Signing Day 2011: Tracking Baker’s newest football class

Signing Day

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team proudly announced the signing of 32 student-athletes for the 2011-12-football season.

Nearly all the Wildcats‘ players committed early in the recruiting process, thus allowing the coaching staff to concentrate on the areas where they needed an immediate impact.

“Our staff is extremely excited about our incoming class,” said head coach Mike Grossner. Five of the guys will join us during the spring, and we still have quite a few opportunities out there on the table. As always; our staff, faculty, support staff, and players did a great job in showing these young men our great Baker University pride!”

A look at the players:

Jesse Austin | Baldwin City, Kan. | OL | 6’5 | 305
Coaches Comment: “He has great upside and great talent”
Honors: 2011 Kansas Shrine Bowl, 2nd team all-Frontier League

Corey Bailey | Camden, Ark. | WR | 6’2 | 195
Coaches Comment: “Will be an impact player for us.”

Garrett Berger | Tulsa, Okla. | LB | 5’10 | 180
Coaches Comment: “Real tough kid with a 3.25 GPA”
Honors: All-district LB

Deron Bruce | Olathe, Kan. | LB | 6’4 | 227
Coaches Comment: “Great length, will make an impact for us.”

Trent Callender | Wamego, Kan. | FB | 5’9 | 205
Coaches Comment: “Will compete at FB/LB and comes in with a 3.71 GPA.”

Tanner Clark | Holton, Kan. | OL | 6’1 | 243
Coaches Comment: “Athletic O-Lineman with a 3.85 GPA.”
Honors: Two-time all-Big 7

Logan DeGraeve | DeSoto, Kan. | WR | 6’0 | 175
Coaches Comment: “Tough kid, will compete immediately. Also has a 4.0 GPA”
Honors: State Champion Power Lifter

Ryan Good | Amsterdam, Mo. | ATH | 6’1 | 190
Coaches Comment: “Good athlete, RB/DE with a 3.5 GPA.”
Honors: Three-time 1st team all-district (RB/DE) two time 1st team all-state (RB/DE)

Dominique Haskett | Red Oak, Texas | LB | 6’1 | 230
Coaches Comment: “He will be coming in as a walk on.”

Jake Heller | Lenexa, Kan. | QB | 6’1 | 280
Coaches Comment: “Led his team is #1 passing in 4A high school and total offense. Also has a 3.5 GPA.”
Honors: Honorable Mention 4A all-state

TJ Holtrop | Phoenix, Ariz. | TE | 6’3 | 215
Coaches Comment: “Has great hands and runs well.”
Honors: 1st team all-league (5A)

Austin Hooten | Kansas City, Mo. | DL | 6’2 | 225
Coaches Comment: “Can play a few positions and comes in with a 3.76 GPA.”
Honors: 2nd team all-suburban east (DL).

Ethan Johnson | Garden City, Mo. | DL | 6’0 | 200
Coaches Comment: “He will need to develop, but comes in with a 3.4 GPA.”
Honors: 1st team all-league (LB), 2nd team all-league (OL)

Justin McCandless | Lawrence, Kan. | OL | 6’3 | 280
Coaches Comment: “Will be a real good player, comes in with a 3.71 GPA.”
Honors: 1st team all-Sunflower League, 1st team all-area LJW, 1st team 6A all-state.

Taylor McDonald | Adrian, Mo. | LB | 6’0 | 230
Coaches Comment: “Needs to improve his speed, comes in with a 3.4 GPA.”

Gunnar McKenna | Holton, Kan. | DB | 5’8 | 180
Coaches Comment: “Tough competitor, has a 3.35 GPA.”
Honors: 3 time all-big 7 RB, 2010 as DB. 1st team 4A all-state RB.

Bradford Nelson | Kansas City, Mo. | WR |  | 6’3 | 175
Coaches Comment: “Long athletic walk on.”

Cale Nieder | Lawrence, Kan. | OL | 6’1 | 235
Coaches Comment: “Has a motor with good feet and a 3.1 GPA.”

Andrew Parish | Chanute, Kan. | K | 5’10 | 170
Coaches Comment: “Good leg with a 3.44 GPA.”

Dylan Perry | Lawrence, Kan. | WR | 6’0 | 175
Coaches Comment: “Super athlete with speed and a 3.2 GPA.”
Honors: 2011 Kansas Shrine Bowl, 2nd team all-Sunflower League

Spencer Polen | Carrollton, Mo. | OL | 6’3 | 240
Coaches Comment: “Great feet, and has a 3.1 GPA. His dad was a football player at Baker.”

Travis Ray | Peculiar, Mo. | DL | 6’0 | 275
Coaches Comment: “Had 32 tackles for a loss last season! Also comes in with a 3.5 GPA.”
Honors: 1st team all-suburban gold, 2nd team all-state (6A)

Joe Riordan | Lawrence, Kan. | LB | 5’11 | 220
Coaches Comment: “Tough kid and plays hard.”

Colter Schacher | Harrisonville, Mo. | DE | 6’2 | 220
Coaches Comment: “Can play on both sides of the ball and comes to us with a 3.6 GPA.”
Honors: 1st team all-league

Cy Stallard | Cleveland, Okla. | WR | 5’11 | 180
Coaches Comment: “Comes in as a track guy, a real good athlete with a 3.2 GPA.”
Honors: WR of the Year (4A-2), all-state (4A).

Taylor Stuart | Lawrence, Kan. | TE | 6’1 | 220
Coaches Comment: “Tough and physical kid with a 3.27 GPA.”
Honors: 2010 Dick Dively Award

Sam Todd | Olathe, Kan. | LB | 5’9 | 200
Coaches Comment: “Good player with a dad that’s a football Alum! Comes in with a 3.98 GPA.”
Honors: 1st team all-city LB, 2nd team all-Sunflower League

Alen Troyer | Garnett, Kan. | RB | 5’10 | 185
Coaches Comment: “Athletic but needs to add a little bit of size. Comes to us with a 3.75 GPA.”
Honors: 1st team all-league RB/LB, 1st team all-state RB Kansas Preps

Bryan Williams | Pinetop, Ariz. | P/QB | 6’3 | 195
Coaches Comment: “Will redshirt this season, his dad is a football alum! Bryan comes in with a 3.8 GPA.”

Cedric Williams | Grandview, Mo. | DB | 5’9 | 150
Coaches Comment: “Grandview High School Team MVP that comes to us with a 3.1 GPA.”
Honors: 2nd team all-suburban east

Christopher Witcig | Kansas City, Mo. | ATH | 6’2 | 180
Coaches Comment: “Long and athletic WR/LB.”
Honors: 2nd team all-suburban east WR.

Nicholas Wolfe | Noel, Mo. | FB | 6’0 | 225
Coaches Comment: “Great fullback, the guy is a bull. Comes to us with a 3.8 GPA
Honors: KURM Radio Dream Team, 2nd team all-area.

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