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Ballard Announces Out-of-State Commitments for 2012 | Morehead

MoreheadMOREHEAD, Ky. — The Morehead State football program has added 30 newcomers from outside the state of Kentucky.  The list includes 14 players on offense, 15 on defense and one on special teams.

“We have attracted quality student-athletes from eight different states this year — and that’s exciting,” said Head Coach Matt Ballard, who enters his 19th season at Morehead State.  “There are a lot of terrific people and outstanding football players in this group of 30 from outside Kentucky.”

The Eagles open their 11-game schedule on Aug. 30 when Southern Virginia visits Jayne Stadium at 7 p.m. ET.  MSU begins its Pioneer Football League slate on Sept. 22 at Drake.

“These young men have certainly accomplished a lot in their high school careers,” Ballard said.  “This is a new chapter for all of them and it should be a fun one.  We are happy these individuals chose Morehead State for their college education and a quality football experience.  We look forward to watching these young men grow on and off the field.”

The addition of 44 newcomers — 14 from Kentucky and 30 from outside the state — puts Morehead State’s football roster at 112 entering the preseason.  The following is a list of out-of-state players who are joining the program:

Malik Adams — OL — 6-3 — 270 — Fr. — Riverside, Ohio (Stebbins) Named to the All-Central Buckeye Conference First Team as an offensive lineman his senior year.

Jonah Bettman — DL — 6-3 — 215 — Fr. — Cincinnati, Ohio (Sycamore)
Posted 35 tackles, including four sacks as a senior … One forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal … A Second-Team All-Greater Miami Conference selection.

Jackson Bland — DL — 6-3 — 245 — Fr. — Marietta, Ga. (Wheeler)
Tallied 54 tackles, including six sacks as a senior … Recorded three fumble recoveries and blocked one field goal … A First-Team All-County selection and two-time Offensive Player of the Week.

Quinn Bowling — OL — 6-3 — 270 — Fr. — Greenwood, Ind. (Center Grove) A First-Team All-County and First-Team All-District choice … Helped Center Grove win a 5A state championship in 2008.

Sam Caldera — WR — 6-1 — 165 — R-Fr. — Columbia, S.C. (Orangeburg Calhoun Prep)
Pulled in 30 receptions for 580 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior … Averaged 19.3 yards per catch, with a long of 50 yards … An all-region choice as a senior.

Dustin Casey — OL — 6-2 — 270 — Fr. — Jefferson, Ga. (Jefferson)
An All-Region Honorable Mention … Helped Jefferson to a regional championship … The sixth person from his high school to play college football.

Josh Curtis — WR — 6-2 — 200 — Fr. — Farmington, Mich. (Farmington)
Caught 30 passes for 600 yards and six touchdowns as a senior … Earned all-league and all-conference honors … Also named his team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player … An all-state choice as a junior in Nevada.

Jakey Dunagan — LS — 6-3 — 240 — Fr. — Monticello, Ga. (Piedmont Academy) A three-time all-region selection … An all-state pick as a junior and senior.

Justin Grier — DB — 6-0 — 175 — Fr. — Anniston, Ala. (Saks)
Collected 68 career tackles … Tallied six interceptions and five forced fumbles … Recorded 18 touchdowns and over 2,400 all-purpose yards … Managed 1,250 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior … Earned all-county honors … Selected Apex Academy Player of the Month … Named Abbey Carpet Floor Player of the Year his senior year.

Tony Hendrix — LB — 6-0 — 195 — Fr. — Cincinnati, Ohio (Princeton)
Posted three sacks as a senior … Recovered four fumbles and forced one … Picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown … An All-Greater Miami Conference First-Team selection … An all-city choice … Named Most Valuable Player and team captain his senior season.

Luke Keller — TE — 6-2 — 212 — Fr. — Lucasville, Ohio (Valley)
Named to the All-Ohio, All-Southern Ohio Conference and All-Division first teams as a senior … Named Division 5 Offensive Player of the Year his final year.

Zach Kolacki — DL — 6-1 — 270 — Fr. — Toledo, Ohio (St. Francis de Sales)
Recorded 50 tackles and five sacks as a senior … Forced three fumbles and recovered one … Blocked two kicks … A four-time All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference selection … Earned All-TRAC academic honors … Ranked among the top five rising offensive linemen his sophomore year … A team captain as a senior.

Brandon Louder — LB — 6-2 — 185 — Fr. — Marietta, Ga. (Kell)
Recorded 67 tackles, including 34 solo stops as a senior … Tallied seven tackles for loss … Posted two fumble recoveries and one interception.

Sean Mardis — FB — 5-10 — 185 — Fr. — Hoover, Ala. (Spain Park)
Ran 234 times for 1,930 yards in his career (8.25 ypr) … Added 219 receiving yards and two touchdowns … Tallied 47 tackles on defense, plus two interceptions and two fumble recoveries … Named to the ESPN Rise Nike Combine All-Star Team as a senior … Won the Junior Varsity Metro 100 meter championship in 2010.

Isaiah Mitchell — SLOT — 6-0 — 185 — Fr. — Cincinnati, Ohio (Shroder) A first-team selection on special teams as a senior.

Nick Morrison — LB — 6-3 — 220 — Fr. — Land O Lake, Fla. (Sunlake)
Compiled 366 career tackles … Recorded 10 sacks, nine fumble recoveries, one interception and one blocked kick … Named All-State Honorable Mention as a senior … Selected as the Conference Defensive Player of the Year … Earned District 10 6A Player of the Year accolades … An all-conference, all-district and all-county choice.

Darius Pritchett — WR — 6-3 — 195 — Fr. — Cincinnati, Ohio (Princeton)
Collected 13 receptions for 275 yards and five touchdowns as a senior … Averaged 21.2 yards per catch … Earned All-Greater Miami Conference Second-Team accolades … An honor roll student.

Jake Raymond — SLOT — 5-8 — 170 — Fr. — Pickerington, Ohio (Central)
Recorded 46 catches for 737 yards and five touchdowns as a senior … Averaged 16 yards per catch … Named to the All-Ohio Capital Conference Second Team as a junior and a senior … Owns school records for most goals and assists in a lacrosse season.

Micah Reed — FB — 5-10 — 190 — Fr. — Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) Played football at Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga.

Brandon Reeves — FB — 5-11 — 190 — Fr. — Deer Park, Ohio (Deer Park)
Rushed for 2,074 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior … Averaged 7.6 yards per rush … Compiled 480 receiving yards and four touchdowns … Named to the All-Great Northern League Second Team.

Jeremy Robinson — DB — 6-1 — 175 — Fr. — Cincinnati, Ohio (Princeton) Managed a 47-yard interception return his senior campaign … Earned his school’s merit award that same year.

Rayquan Sam — DB — 5-10 — 170 — Fr. — Norcross, Ga. (Meadowcreek)
Posted 46 tackles and two interceptions as a senior … Tallied four fumble recoveries and blocked three kicks … Caught four passes for 80 yards and one touchdown … Named Player of the Month twice.

Jeff Schmidt — LB — 6-0 — 210 — Fr. — Coconut, Fla. (Monarch)
Posted 179 career tackles, including 11 sacks … Picked off two passes and recovered four fumbles … Blocked two kicks … A team caption and Most Valuable Player as a senior … An All-Broward County Honorable Mention his final year … Started the Broward All-Star game at linebacker.

Alex Sealy — SLOT — 6-0 — 175 — Fr. — Fairhope, Ala. (Fairhope)
Recorded 24 catches for 350 yards and three touchdowns as a senior … Averaged 14 yards per catch … A National Honor Society member.

Jarrett Smart — LB — 6-1 — 220 — Fr. — Attica, Ind. (Attica)
Posted 461 career tackles … Recorded six sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions … Rushed for 4,706 career yards and 57 touchdowns … Averaged 109 yards per game on the ground … Caught 31 passes for 438 yards and eight touchdowns … Averaged 14 yards per catch … An All-Wabash River Conference selection three times … Named to Indiana Coaches Football Association All-State teams on three occasions.

Jorge Soba — DL — 6-2 — 270 — Fr. — Tampa, Fla. (Sickles) Tallied 36 tackles, including three sacks as a senior.

Terell Stanford — SLOT — 5-9 — 175 — Fr. — Hilliard, Ohio (Bradley)
Rushed for 807 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior … Pulled in 14 passes for 226 yards and two scores … Named his team’s Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … Earned All-League First-Team and All-District Second-Team honors.

Trey Watkins — DB — 5-11 — 190 — Fr. — Cincinnati, Ohio (Princeton)
Collected three interceptions for 119 yards as a senior … Earned the Greater Miami Conference’s academic award … Named his team’s Most Valuable Player.

Russell Wilson — LB — 6-0 — 190 — Fr. — Savannah, Ga. (Savannah Christian Prep)
Helped his team to a Class A state championship in 2011 … Named to the All-Greater Savannah Team … Earned all-region honors as a junior and senior.

Nick Wrightsel — LB — 6-1 — 220 — Fr. — Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Alder)
Recorded 350 career tackles … Tallied 19 sacks, three fumble recoveries and one interception … Rushed 76 times for 535 yards and nine touchdowns …. Named All-Ohio and All-Central District as a senior … Earned All-Madison County honors three times … A team captain … Set a school record in the shot put.

 

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