The Wildcats are coming off of a record breaking season in which they posted an 11-2 record, a school record for wins along with a NAIA-FCS postseason victory over Sterling, its first since 1993 and a HAAC regular season co-championship another first since 1993. Baker ended the season as the No. 5 ranked team in the country.
"We are honored to have 32 recruits join us in our 2014 recruiting class,‚ÄĚ Grossner said. ‚ÄúWe lost five Senior starters from last year with two on offense and two on defense and our punter.
‚ÄúWe feel like some of these guys can make an immediate impact for us in a lot of areas and we will probably add a few more signees, in the next couple of weeks. Our coaching staff, faculty, and admissions team did another outstanding job of showing these young men how Baker University is a truly special place. We are really excited about the 2014 football team.‚ÄĚ
For an in-depth look at the 32 new Wildcats please see below, included are video clips of some of the players and a quote on each from coach Grossner.
Andrew Augsberger | TE | 6-6 | 240 | Glendale CC | Phoenix, Ariz.
Augsberger was a starting tight end at Baker in 2012 and sat out the 2013 season.
‚ÄúAndrew will be a nice addition in 2014.‚ÄĚ
Justice Berry | WR | 6-2 | 215 | Indiana State University | Gardner, Kan.
Second Team All-Jayhawk Wide Receiver in high school.
‚ÄúJustice will go get the football and has a big body at wide receiver spot.‚ÄĚ
Logan Brettell | QB/K | 5-11 | 185 | Blue Valley HS | Overland Park, Kan.
All-EKL Special Teams Player of the Year‚Ä¶2013 State Champion.
‚ÄúLogan is a winner and all-around great athlete.‚ÄĚ
Cornell Brown | WR | 5-8 | 170 | Baldwin City HS | Baldwin City, Kan.
First Team All-League‚Ä¶Honorable Mention All-State‚Ä¶Preseason Max Preps 21st ranked player in state of Kansas.
‚ÄúCornell will be an exciting player for us.‚ÄĚ
Alec Bullimore | LB | 6-1 | 180 | Mid-Buchanan HS | St. Joseph, Mo.
First Team All-Conference WR‚Ä¶All-District WR
‚ÄúAlec is a good athlete who will have to put on some size.‚ÄĚ
Mason Camp | K | 6-0 | 175 | Enid HS | Enid, Okla.
All-District Special Teams Player of the Year
‚ÄúMason has a really strong leg and can get the ball up in the air.‚ÄĚ
Sam Clemens | WR | 5-8 | 165 | Enid HS | Enid, Okla.
‚ÄúSam is the brother of current BU running back McLain Clemens and is a very tough player.‚ÄĚ
DeAndre Fults | WR | 5-8 | 165 | Chapin, HS | El Paso, Texas
‚ÄúDeAndre was on the Baker squad in 2012 and redshirted and is now back ready to play in 2014 and is a playmaker on offense.‚ÄĚ
Abram Garcia | K | 6-3 | 215 | Brazosport HS | Freeport, Texas
First Team All-County kicker‚Ä¶Second Team All-District kicker.
‚ÄúAbram has a huge leg, especially when attempting field goals.‚ÄĚ
Jace Hale | OL | 5-11 | 290 | Waynesville Sr. HS | St. Robert, Mo.
Two-time All-Conference OL‚Ä¶Third Team All-State OL.
‚ÄúJace is an aggressive player that moves well for his size.‚ÄĚ
Tandy Hall | DE | 6-1 | 195 | Oak Grove HS | Oak Grove, Mo.
Second Team All-MRVC West DE
‚ÄúI like the way Tandy plays football and played for Baker Hall of Fame coach Charlie Richard‚Äô son Pat at Oak Grove HS.‚ÄĚ
Anthony Kubas | DB | 6-2 | 170 | Bonner Springs HS | Edwardsville, Kan.
‚ÄúAnthony is a long, athletic safety that hits hard.‚ÄĚ
Keith Loneker Jr. | LB | 6-2 | 220 | Free State HS | Lawrence, Kan.
All-Sunflower League linebacker‚Ä¶Honorable Mention All-Sunflower League WR‚Ä¶Honorable Mention All-State linebacker
‚ÄúWe anticipate Keith to be a great player for us and has been a big time linebacker.‚ÄĚ
Sawyer Meese | OL | 6-2 | 275 | Archbishop O‚ÄôHara HS | Independence, Mo.
‚ÄúSawyer will provide depth at OL.‚ÄĚ
Bradyn Meyer | DB | 5-11 | 175 | Yukon HS | Yukon, Okla.
First Team All-District LB‚Ä¶First Team All-MAC Conference LB
‚ÄúBradyn will play at safety for us and is a very tough player.‚ÄĚ
Tywonn Moss | WR | 6-3 | 160 | Conroe HS | Conroe, Texas
‚ÄúTywonn will be a great wide receiver at Baker and is an aggressive player.‚ÄĚ
Trace Oliver | DB | 6-1 | 175 | Blue Springs HS | Blue Springs, Mo.
Helped lead Blue Springs HS to a state championship in 2012 and 2013
‚ÄúTrace will provide depth in our secondary and is a proven winner.‚ÄĚ
Cory Peoples | DL | 6-3 | 275 | Ottawa HS | Ottawa, Kan.
‚ÄúCory has a chance to be a really great player.‚ÄĚ
Justin Periman | TE | 6-3 | 240 | Gardner-Edgerton HS | Gardner, Kan.
Two-time Honorable Mention EKL
‚ÄúJustin is the sleeper of this group of recruits and is very fast.‚ÄĚ
Jaylen Rose | Ath | 6-0 | 210 | Lyndon B. Johnson HS | Austin, Texas
First Team All-Conference WR and LB
‚ÄúGreat athlete and son of one of the best wide receivers in Baker history, Jimmie Rose.‚ÄĚ
Clay Sears | DL | 5-11 | 255 | Independence HS | Independence, Kan.
Two-time All-Area OL and DL‚Ä¶Two-time All-Conference DL and OL‚Ä¶Honorable Mention All-State OL
‚ÄúClay will develop into a good defensive lineman.‚ÄĚ
Austin Shrout | OL | 6-0 | 260 | Blue Springs South HS | Blue Springs, Mo.
State champion in 2011.
‚ÄúAustin comes from a good program at Blue Springs South and will develop into a solid player.‚ÄĚ
Eli Stout | RB | 5-7 | 175 | Rock Bridge Senior HS | Columbia, Mo.
First Team All-District RB
‚ÄúEli is a tough running back and played for a state championship in high school.‚ÄĚ
Luke Taylor | RB | 5-10 | 205 | Shawnee Mission East HS | Leawood, Kan.
First Team All-Sunflower League...Honorable Mention All-State.
‚ÄúLuke is a big running back that can play many positions.‚ÄĚ
JT Tucker | LB | 5-10 | 220 | Lamar HS | Lamar, Mo.
Two-time First Team All-District‚Ä¶Two-time First Team All-Conference‚Ä¶First Team All-State
‚ÄúJT is an impressive three-time state champion at middle linebacker.‚ÄĚ
Lucas Werner | DB | 5-11 | 180 | Free State HS | Lawrence, Kan.
Honorable Mention All-Sunflower League linebacker.
‚ÄúLucas led his team in tackling and will develop into a safety for us.‚ÄĚ
Jess Westmoreland | OL | 6-2 | 290 | Hutchinson CC | Hutchinson Kan.
Second Team All-KJCCC offensive lineman
‚ÄúJess was recruited by Baker out of high school and was a state champion and we‚Äôre glad he has joined our squad.‚ÄĚ
Kyle Wittman | OL | 6-1 | 280 | Lawrence HS | Lawrence, Kan.
First Team All- Sunflower League OL‚Ä¶Honorable Mention All-State DL
‚ÄúKyle will get in the mix soon and is a high motor player.‚ÄĚ
Blake Winslow | LB | 6-0 | 215 | Free State HS | Lawrence, Kan.
Honorable Mention All-Sunflower League LB and WR
‚ÄúBlake is a tough and talented player.‚ÄĚ
Mac Yust | OL | 6-2 | 250 | Seneca HS | Seneca, Mo.
Two-time All-Area OL and DL‚Ä¶All-District OL and DL‚Ä¶First Team All-State OL
‚ÄúMac will work to become a big and rugged offensive lineman.‚ÄĚ
Jake Zieler | DB | 6-4 | 200 | St. Johns HS | St. John‚Äôs, Ariz.
Two-time All-Conference‚Ä¶Two-time All-State‚Ä¶Arizona State Player of the Year
‚ÄúJake will join us in 2016 after a serving a church mission.‚ÄĚ
Andrew Zietlow | LB | 5-11 | 205 | McPherson HS | McPherson, Kan.
"Andrew will look to play at linebacker or fullback for us at our level."