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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:02

BU Signs 29 New 'Cats on Signing Day

Coach Grossner and his staff put together a stellar class of 30 new Wildcats Coach Grossner and his staff put together a stellar class of 30 new Wildcats

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner and members of his coaching staff signed 29 new Wildcats from five different states on signing day to join the Baker family for the 2013 season.

"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.

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Hollis Birmingham | RB | 5-10 | 220 | Booker T. Washington HS | Tulsa, Okla.

"Hollis is a physical, downhill type runner with good feet," said Grossner.

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Parks Boeschen | TE | 6-3 | 230 | Rock Bridge HS | Columbia, Mo.

"Could be a sleeper in this class, has great footwork," said Grossner.

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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.

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Dvonte Brown | ATH | 6-1 | 195 | Tulsa Central HS | Tulsa, Okla.

“Dvonte has raw talent with good speed,” said Grossner.

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Jordan Brown | ATH | 5-8 | 190 | Lawrence HS | Lawrence, Kan.

Honorable Mention All-Sunflower League defensive back.

“Good football player,” said Grossner.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Raymond Jones | LB | 5-10 | 170 | Shawnee Heights HS | Tecumseh, Kan.

“Raymond will need to put on size and develop,” said Grossner.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

 -BAKER-

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