"We are excited about the 29 student-athletes we have signed today," said Grossner. "Our staff did a great job of evaluation, recruiting, and closing the deal on these great young men. Our school support system in admissions, players, dining services, and faculty; were once again instrumental in representing our great institution during this recruiting process. Our thanks go out to all areas! We still have a few guys making some final decisions on their future, and hope to add a few more to our program. What an impressive group of young men joining our Wildcat family today!"
For an in-depth look at the 29 new Wildcats please read below, included are video clips of some of the players.
Nick Becker | DE | 6-2 | 230 | Eudora HS | Eudora, Kan.
Two-time First-Team All-League defensive lineman...First-Team All-League offensive lineman...All-Simone Team...First-Team Topeka Capital Journal All-State tight end...2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl.
"Can be an immediate impact player on defense and runs well," said Grossner.
Hollis Birmingham | RB | 5-10 | 220 | Booker T. Washington HS | Tulsa, Okla.
"Hollis is a physical, downhill type runner with good feet," said Grossner.
Parks Boeschen | TE | 6-3 | 230 | Rock Bridge HS | Columbia, Mo.
"Could be a sleeper in this class, has great footwork," said Grossner.
Deontai Bradford | DL | 5-10 | 255 | Tulsa Central HS | Tulsa, Okla.
First-Team All-District defensive lineman...Down Under Impact Player of the Year defensive lineman.
"Runs well and utilizes his hands well at the line of scrimmage," said Grossner.
Dvonte Brown | ATH | 6-1 | 195 | Tulsa Central HS | Tulsa, Okla.
“Dvonte has raw talent with good speed,” said Grossner.
Jordan Brown | ATH | 5-8 | 190 | Lawrence HS | Lawrence, Kan.
Honorable Mention All-Sunflower League defensive back.
“Good football player,” said Grossner.
Kharon Brown | DL | 5-10 | 245 | Lawrence HS | Lawrence, Kan.
First-Team All-Sunflower League defensive lineman…First-Team All-State defensive lineman…Honorable Mention All-State offensive lineman.
“Great football player with terrific motor, has an infectious personality,” said Grossner.
Kyle Burdick | OL | 6-2 | 240 | Blue Springs South HS | Blue Springs, Mo.
Honorable Mention All-Conference offensive lineman.
“High motor athlete with a nice frame,” said Grossner.
Matt Bush | LB | 6-1 | 195 | Rock Bridge HS | Columbia, Mo.
First-Team All-District linebacker…First-Team All-Area linebacker.
“Will make an immediate impact, also a pole vaulter,” said Grossner.
Josh Chalker | DB | 6-0 | 175 | Blue Valley HS | Overland Park, Kan.
EKL Honorable Mention
“Hard working athlete, also a track and field athlete,” said Grossner.
Nick Frank | DB | 5-8 | 170 | Grandview HS | Grandview, Mo.
Honorable Mention All-Conference defensive back.
“Nick is a tough guy, will hit you hard,” said Grossner.
Knute Holden | FB | 5-10 | 210 | Mill Valley HS | Shawnee, Kan.
Honorable Mention All-Area OL
“He will begin his career here at Baker as a fullback,” said Grossner.
Tye Hughes | WR | 6-0 | 170 | Free State HS | Lawrence, Kan.
First-Team All-Sunflower League wide receiver…Honorable Mention All-State wide receiver.
“Polished wide receiver, will have a chance to play early,” said Grossner.
Drew Huttinger | DB | 6-0 | 178 | St. Mary’s HS | Independence, Mo.
Second-Team All-Conference running back.
“Good athlete, will need to develop as a defensive back,” said Grossner.
Hayden Jenkins | DB | 5-9 | 165 | Washburn Rural HS | Topeka, Kan.
All-City Honorable Mention defensive back.
“Hayden is a scrappy player that will develop for us,” said Grossner.
Raymond Jones | LB | 5-10 | 170 | Shawnee Heights HS | Tecumseh, Kan.
“Raymond will need to put on size and develop,” said Grossner.
Xavier Lewis | WR | 5-11 | 170 | Baker University | Orlando, Fla.
“Returns after sitting out 2012 season, great athlete,” said Grossner.
Michael Lisher | OL | 6-3 | 285 | Washburn University | Lawrence, Kan.
Two-time First Team All-League, All-Metro and All-State offensive lineman…First-Team All-League defensive lineman…Kansas Shrine Bowl Captain.
“Michael is a player we coveted out of high school and will fill a needed position,” said Grossner.
Adam Lomenick | QB | 6-0 | 185 | Bristow HS | Bristow, Okla.
Valedictorian at Bristow HS...All-District quarterback.
"Adam is an athletic quarterback and will also play catcher on our baseball squad," said Grossner.
Sione Maumau | DL | 5-11 | 235 | Valor Christian HS | Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Honorable Mention All-Colorado offensive lineman
"Great blood lines, he will develop into a good football player,” said Grossner.
Bryan Nugent | LB | 5-10 | 185 | Blue Valley HS | Overland Park, Kan.
EKL Honorable Mention linebacker.
“Bryan was coached by Baker alum Eric Driskell and is a very tough football player,” said Grossner.
Preston Randolph | DB | 6-2 | 200 | Coffeyville CC | Lawrence, Kan.
First-Team All-Sunflower League defensive back…First-Team All-State defensive back…Second-Team All-Jayhawk Conference defensive back.
“Preston will add smarts, toughness and length to our secondary,” said Grossner.
Keizon Reed | FB| 5-7 | 225 | Tulsa Central HS | Tulsa, Okla.
First-Team All-District running back.
“Keizon is a very good athlete for his size,” said Grossner.
Morgan Roth | TE | 6-2 | 220 | Osawatomie HS | Osawatomie, Kan.
“We will look for him to develop as a tight end,” said Grossner.
Taylor Stuart | TE | 6-2 | 228 | Coffeyville CC | Lawrence, Kan.
First-Team All-Sunflower League tight end…Honorable Mention All-State tight end.
“Returns to Baker after signing with us in 2011,” said Grossner.
Camren Torneden | RB | 5-7 | 190 | University of Central Missouri | Lawrence, Kan.
First-Team All-Sunflower League quarterback and kick returner…First-Team All-Metro quarterback and kick returner…First-Team All-State quarterback and kick returner...Sunflower League All-Decade Team quarterback.
“Camren is a stud, we will find a way to get him the football,” said Grossner.
Birdsong Warren | ATH | 6-2 | 175 | Lee’s Summit West HS | Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Honorable Mention All-Conference wide receiver.
“He is a special teams demon, athletic and physical,” said Grossner.
Sam Wescott | LB | 6-0 | 195 | Kapaun Mt. Carmel HS | Wichita, Kan.
Honorable Mention All-State 5A linebacker…Second-Team All-Greater Wichita Area League linebacker.
“Sam is a good linebacker and should be able to help on special teams early,” said Grossner.
Nadir Zayyad | DL | 6-0 | 260 | Blue Valley West HS | Overland Park, Kan.
First-Team All-EKL Conference…Honorable Mention All-Metro.
“Uses his hands well on the line of scrimmage, he is also a good wrestler,” said Grossner.
The Wildcats are coming off of a season in which they went 8-3 and qualified for the NAIA FCS Playoffs for the second time since 2008. Baker also featured 19 Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference players, 10 NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes, one Capital One-CoSIDA Academic All-District performer and one NAIA AFCA All-American.