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Monday, 04 June 2012 15:56

Final Football Recruits

Entering his ninth season as Baker University head football coach, Mike Grossner has finalized his 2012 recruiting class.

“We could not be any happier about this signing class of 2012,” Grossner said. “We felt like we definitely needed some depth in certain areas, but our numbers were already very good. We did not anticipate this big of a class, but we were for sure not going to

close the door on any good student-athletes. These young men will make an impact in all areas of our football team.”

The Wildcats, 7-3 in 2011 for their fifth consecutive winning season, will open on Aug. 25 at Ottawa University.

Here’s the recruiting class at a glance:

Richard Alexander • OL, 6-3, 280, Olathe South HS • Olathe, Kan.
Honors: honorable mention all-Sunflower League, member of Class 6A state championship team
Coach’s comment: “Graduated early and joined team this spring. He has a chance to play early.”

Blaine Atchley • OL/DL, 6-1, 250, Tecumseh HS • Tecumseh, Okla.
Honors: all-district, all 4A All-Star, 4A-2 offensive lineman of the year
Coach’s comment: “Smart, tough offensive lineman. Needs a little size.”

Andrew Augsburger • TE, 6-5, 225 • Glendale (Ariz.) CC • Phoenix
Coach’s comment: “Can really run with great hands.”

Alex Baird • DB, 5-10, 170 • Blue Valley HS • Overland Park, Kan.
Honors: honorable mention all-East Kansas League
Coach’s comment: “Track guy with a lot of upside at corner.”

Dillon Baxter • Ath, 5-11, 210 • Southern Cal • Chula Vista, Calif.
Honors: National high school player of the year, No. 1 recruit in nation at running back
Coach’s comment: “Will make an immediate impact at multiple positions.”

Austin Bills • RB, 5-8, 180 • De Soto HS • Olathe, Kan.
Coach’s comment: “Walk-on who served in the armed forces.”

Levi Blaylock • OL/DL, 6-0, 260 • Newton HS • Newton, Kan.
Honors: second-team all-league
Coach’s comment: “Attended summer offensive lineman camp. We’ll see which side of ball he fits.”

Crosby Coleman • WR/6-6, 200 • Baker University • Kingsville, Mo.
Coach’s comment: “Returns to BU after a year off.”

Matt Corven • DB, 6-0, 205 • Glendale (Ariz.) CC • Glendale, Ariz.
Coach’s comment: “Set to arrive in fall. Great speed and physical.”

Sean Driskill • LB, 6-0, 185 • Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West • Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Coach’s comment: “Will need to keep developing as a linebacker.”

Sheldon Farrell • QB/P, 6-2, 180 • Buena Vista University • St. Joseph, Mo.
Coach’s comment: “Transfer who will compete at quarterback/punter.”

Taylor Files • Lee’s Summit West • Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Honors: three-year letterwinner, member of state championship team

Justin Fitzwater • OL, 6-3, 300 • Missouri Western • Liberty, Mo.
Coach’s comment: “Cousin of BU quarterback Jake Morse.”

Jared Fromm • OL, 6-0, 250 • Newton HS • Newton, Kan.
Honors: all-Class 5A
Coach’s comment: “Will compete at center right away.”

DeAndre Fults • RB, 5-9, 160 • Chapin HS • El Paso, Texas
Honors: all-city, all-district first team, El Paso All-Star Game
Coach’s comment: “Will provide speed in the backfield.”

Conner Hampton • DB, 6-2, 175 • Holton HS • Holton, Kan.
Honors: all-Big Seven League
Coach’s comment: “Physical defensive back who can run.”

Ryan Hicks • DL 6-0, 225, De Soto HS • Shawnee, Kan.
Honors: all-Kaw Valley League honorable mention
Coach’s comment: “Good get-off, will need to put on weight.”

Jeremy Immenschuh • Ath, 5-10, 180 • Perry-Lecompton HS • Perry, Kan.
Honors: two-time all-Big Seven League quarterback, Topeka Capital-Journal All-Class 4A state DB, Wichita Eagle All-Class 4A DB
Coach’s comment: “Big-time athlete. Will compete at wide receiver.”

David Johnson • DL, 6-2, 245 • Blue Springs HS • Blue Springs, Mo.
Honors: all-conference honorable mention
Coach’s comment: “Motor, will find a way to be successful.”

Jarrod Kaup • OL, 6-1, 245 • Eudora HS • Eudora, Kan.
Honors: first team all-league OL, honorable mention all-league DL
Coach’s comment: “Needs to add size to play up front.”

Dustin Keen • OL, 6-2, 265• Holton HS • Holton, Kan.
Honors: all-Jackson County OL, all-Big Seven League OL, honorable mention all-Class 4A OL
Coach’s comment: “Good run blocker, like his upside.”

Josh Kock • DL 5-10, 260 • Concordia HS • Concordia, Mo.
Honors: two-time first-team all-conference DL/OL, MFCA first-team all-state OL, sportswriters first-team all-state DL
Coach’s comment: “Athletic defensive lineman.”

Jesse LaMay • FB, 5-9, 185 • Wellsville HS • Wellsville, Kan.
Coach’s comment: “Tough kid, wrestler.”

Lucas Larkin • LB, 6-0, 220 • Maize HS • Wichita, Kan.

Clayton Lewis • OL, 6-2, 270 • Blue Springs South • Blue Springs, Mo.
Honors: first-team all-Suburban Six League OL, first-team all area OL, member of state championship team
Coach’s comment: “State champion, good run blocker.”

Jacob Lewis • LB, 5-10, 190 • Chillicothe HS • Chillicothe, Mo.
Honors: first-team all-conference DB, KMZU dream team
Coach’s comment: “Physical player, will probably play outside linebacker.”

Jalen Lynk • DB, 5-11, 170 • Olathe North HS • Olathe, Kan.
Coach’s comment: “Athletic and long, can play outside linebacker.”

Nick Marra • QB, 6-1, 180 • DAnza JC • Gilroy, Calif.
Coach’s comment: “Good athletic quarterback; will fit in well.”

Jesse Matthews • QB, 6-1, 185 • Edmond North HS • Edmond, Okla.
Honors: back of the year 6A-2, all-conference and all-district QB
Coach’s comment: “Track guy, good instincts at QB position.”

Connor Middleton • DB/RB, 5-9, 180 • Olathe Northwest HS • Olathe, Kan.
Honors: first-team all-Sunflower League running back, all-Class 6A, Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Game
Coach’s comment: “Tough football player, state champion wrestler.”

Avery Parker • DB, 5-8, 150 • Olathe Northwest HS • Olathe, Kan.
Honors: honorable mention all-Sunflower League DB
Coach’s comment: “Track guy, will provide depth in secondary.”

Tucker Pauley • LB, 5-9, 190 • Grain Valley HS • Grain Valley, Mo.
Honors: first-team all-area LB, two-time first-team all-conference LB, two-time KMZU Dream Team, all-state LB
Coach’s comment: “Good linebacker, plays with great instincts.”

Rolando Perez • K, 5-11, 193 • Clint HS • El Paso, Texas
Honors: first-team all-district, El Paso All-Star Game
Coach’s comment: “Great leg, has a bright future.”

Luke Polen • TE, 6-3, 220 • Carrollton HS • Carrollton, Mo.
Honors: second-team MRVC all-conference OL
Coach’s comment: “Physical player, brother plays at Baker.”

Ryan Powe • OL, 6-6, 278 • Franklin HS • El Paso, Texas
Honors: El Paso All-Star Game
Coach’s comment: “Big frame and athletic. Will be a good player.”

Adonis Powell • RB, 5-10, 175 • JM Hanks HS • El Paso, Texas
Honors: El Paso All-Star Game
Coach’s comment: “Great speed, good runner with vision.”

Jimmy Pruitt • DB, 5-10, 190 • Presbyterian University • Orlando, Fla.
Coach’s comment: “Transfer defensive back, can play all four positions.”

Thomas Shefelton • LS, 6-0, 190 • Dodge City CC • Junction City, Kan.
Coach’s comment: “Experienced long snapper.”

Tyler Sheppard • OL/DL, 5-10, 240 • Locust Grove HS • Locust Grove, Okla.
Honors: honorable mention all-conference and all-district
Coach’s comment: “Needs to develop as a football player.”

Nick Shondell • DL, 5-11, 235 • Bishop Miege HS • Roeland Park, Kan.
Honors: honorable mention all-league OL/DL
Coach’s comment: “Nick will be a good football player at our level.”

Duane Sims • DB, 5-9, 170 • Hutchinson CC • Wichita, Kan.
Honors: honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference DB
Coach’s comment: “Great feet. Will compete at free safety.”

Greg Snell • OL, 6-4, 245• Eudora HS • Eudora, Kan.
Honors: first-team all-state, Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Game
Coach’s comment: “Can really run. Needs weight and technique.”

Beau Soucie • WR, 6-0, 175 • Piper HS • Kansas City, Kan.
Honors: second-team all-Kaw Valley League WR
Coach’s comment: “Good frame, will develop into a nice wide receiver.”

Caleb Stainaker • DE, 6-0, 225, Southmoore HS • Oklahoma City
Honors: voted outstanding lineman for team
Coach’s comment: “Big time motor, good football player.”

Mike Stevenson • DB, 5-11, 170 • Baker University • Edmond, Okla.
Coach’s comment: “Returns to BU after leading team in interceptions in 2010.”

Scott Stigger • DE, 6-2, 230 • Foothill HS • Henderson, Nev.
Coach’s comment: “Will get after it. Wrestler with good speed.”

Daniel Sumler • LS/FB, 5-11, 205• McDonald County HS • Anderson, Mo.
Honors: second-team all-area OL, honorable mention all-district OL
Coach’s comment: “Position change in college, long snapper.”

Terrance Taylor • DB, 5-10, 180 • Texas College • Tulsa, Okla.
Coach’s comment: “Could be an impact player in secondary.”

Michael Thomason • WR, 6-1, 178 • St. Mary HS • Independence, Mo.
Honors: two-year all-conference WR/DB
Coach’s comment: “Nice frame, needs to develop.”

Myron Tipton • DL/LS, 6-1, 245 • Olathe East HS • Overland Park, Kan.
Honors: two-time All-Sunflower League OL/DL, undefeated wrestler
Coach’s comment: “Can be a great one. Good long snapper.”

Devario Washington • WR, 5-9, 195 • Greenville Tech. • Greenville, S.C.
Coach’s comment: walk-on wide receiver

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