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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:39

Baker Adds 32 New ‘Cats on Signing Day

Coach Grossner and his staff signed 32 new recruits on today's 2014 signing day Coach Grossner and his staff signed 32 new recruits on today's 2014 signing day

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – 2013 HAAC Coach of the Year Mike Grossner and his coaching staff announce the signing of 32 new Wildcats to the nationally ranked Baker University football program.

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,” Grossner said. “We lost five Senior starters from last year with two on offense and two on defense and our punter.

“We 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.” 

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.

“Andrew will be a nice addition in 2014.”

Justice Berry | WR | 6-2 | 215 | Indiana State University | Gardner, Kan.

Second Team All-Jayhawk Wide Receiver in high school.

“Justice will go get the football and has a big body at wide receiver spot.”

Logan Brettell | QB/K | 5-11 | 185 | Blue Valley HS | Overland Park, Kan.

All-EKL Special Teams Player of the Year…2013 State Champion.

“Logan is a winner and all-around great athlete.”

VIDEO CLIP

Cornell Brown | WR | 5-8 | 170 | Baldwin City HS | Baldwin City, Kan.

First Team All-League…Honorable Mention All-State…Preseason Max Preps 21st ranked player in state of Kansas.

“Cornell will be an exciting player for us.”

VIDEO CLIP

Alec Bullimore | LB | 6-1 | 180 | Mid-Buchanan HS | St. Joseph, Mo.

First Team All-Conference WR…All-District WR

“Alec is a good athlete who will have to put on some size.”

VIDEO CLIP

Mason Camp | K | 6-0 | 175 | Enid HS | Enid, Okla.

All-District Special Teams Player of the Year

“Mason has a really strong leg and can get the ball up in the air.”

VIDEO CLIP

Sam Clemens | WR | 5-8 | 165 | Enid HS | Enid, Okla.

All-District LB

“Sam is the brother of current BU running back McLain Clemens and is a very tough player.”

VIDEO CLIP

DeAndre Fults | WR | 5-8 | 165 | Chapin, HS | El Paso, Texas

“DeAndre was on the Baker squad in 2012 and redshirted and is now back ready to play in 2014 and is a playmaker on offense.”

Abram Garcia | K | 6-3 | 215 | Brazosport HS | Freeport, Texas

First Team All-County kicker…Second Team All-District kicker.

“Abram has a huge leg, especially when attempting field goals.”

Jace Hale | OL | 5-11 | 290 | Waynesville Sr. HS | St. Robert, Mo.

Two-time All-Conference OL…Third Team All-State OL.

“Jace is an aggressive player that moves well for his size.”

VIDEO CLIP

Tandy Hall | DE | 6-1 | 195 | Oak Grove HS | Oak Grove, Mo.

Second Team All-MRVC West DE

“I like the way Tandy plays football and played for Baker Hall of Fame coach Charlie Richard’ son Pat at Oak Grove HS.”

VIDEO CLIP

Anthony Kubas | DB | 6-2 | 170 | Bonner Springs HS | Edwardsville, Kan.

“Anthony is a long, athletic safety that hits hard.”

VIDEO CLIP

Keith Loneker Jr. | LB | 6-2 | 220 | Free State HS | Lawrence, Kan.

All-Sunflower League linebacker…Honorable Mention All-Sunflower League WR…Honorable Mention All-State linebacker

“We anticipate Keith to be a great player for us and has been a big time linebacker.”

VIDEO CLIP

Sawyer Meese | OL | 6-2 | 275 | Archbishop O’Hara HS | Independence, Mo.

“Sawyer will provide depth at OL.”

VIDEO CLIP

Bradyn Meyer | DB | 5-11 | 175 | Yukon HS | Yukon, Okla.

First Team All-District LB…First Team All-MAC Conference LB

“Bradyn will play at safety for us and is a very tough player.”

VIDEO CLIP

Tywonn Moss | WR | 6-3 | 160 | Conroe HS | Conroe, Texas

“Tywonn will be a great wide receiver at Baker and is an aggressive player.”

VIDEO CLIP

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

“Trace will provide depth in our secondary and is a proven winner.”

VIDEO CLIP

Cory Peoples | DL | 6-3 | 275 | Ottawa HS | Ottawa, Kan.

“Cory has a chance to be a really great player.”

VIDEO CLIP

Justin Periman | TE | 6-3 | 240 | Gardner-Edgerton HS | Gardner, Kan.

Two-time Honorable Mention EKL

“Justin is the sleeper of this group of recruits and is very fast.”

VIDEO CLIP

Jaylen Rose | Ath | 6-0 | 210 | Lyndon B. Johnson HS | Austin, Texas

First Team All-Conference WR and LB

“Great athlete and son of one of the best wide receivers in Baker history, Jimmie Rose.”

VIDEO CLIP

Clay Sears | DL | 5-11 | 255 | Independence HS | Independence, Kan.

Two-time All-Area OL and DL…Two-time All-Conference DL and OL…Honorable Mention All-State OL

“Clay will develop into a good defensive lineman.”

VIDEO CLIP

Austin Shrout | OL | 6-0 | 260 | Blue Springs South HS | Blue Springs, Mo.

State champion in 2011.

“Austin comes from a good program at Blue Springs South and will develop into a solid player.”

Eli Stout | RB | 5-7 | 175 | Rock Bridge Senior HS | Columbia, Mo.

First Team All-District RB

“Eli is a tough running back and played for a state championship in high school.”

VIDEO CLIP

Luke Taylor | RB | 5-10 | 205 | Shawnee Mission East HS | Leawood, Kan.

First Team All-Sunflower League...Honorable Mention All-State.

“Luke is a big running back that can play many positions.”

VIDEO CLIP

JT Tucker | LB | 5-10 | 220 | Lamar HS | Lamar, Mo.

Two-time First Team All-District…Two-time First Team All-Conference…First Team All-State

“JT is an impressive three-time state champion at middle linebacker.”

VIDEO CLIP

Lucas Werner | DB | 5-11 | 180 | Free State HS | Lawrence, Kan.

Honorable Mention All-Sunflower League linebacker.

“Lucas led his team in tackling and will develop into a safety for us.”

VIDEO CLIP

Jess Westmoreland | OL | 6-2 | 290 | Hutchinson CC | Hutchinson Kan.

Second Team All-KJCCC offensive lineman

“Jess was recruited by Baker out of high school and was a state champion and we’re glad he has joined our squad.”

VIDEO CLIP

Kyle Wittman | OL | 6-1 | 280 | Lawrence HS | Lawrence, Kan.

First Team All- Sunflower League OL…Honorable Mention All-State DL

“Kyle will get in the mix soon and is a high motor player.”

VIDEO CLIP

Blake Winslow | LB | 6-0 | 215 | Free State HS | Lawrence, Kan.

Honorable Mention All-Sunflower League LB and WR

“Blake is a tough and talented player.”

VIDEO CLIP

Mac Yust | OL | 6-2 | 250 | Seneca HS | Seneca, Mo.

Two-time All-Area OL and DL…All-District OL and DL…First Team All-State OL

“Mac will work to become a big and rugged offensive lineman.”

VIDEO CLIP

Jake Zieler | DB | 6-4 | 200 | St. Johns HS | St. John’s, Ariz.

Two-time All-Conference…Two-time All-State…Arizona State Player of the Year

“Jake will join us in 2016 after a serving a church mission.”

VIDEO CLIP

Andrew Zietlow | LB | 5-11 | 205 | McPherson HS | McPherson, Kan.

"Andrew will look to play at linebacker or fullback for us at our level."

VIDEO CLIP

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