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Air Force football recruiting commits from the Class of 2018

December 20, 2017 Updated: February 7, 2018 at 11:17 am
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This is an updated list of Air Force commits from the Class of 2018 as compiled by The Gazette. The academy does not release a list of athletic recruits and inclusion on this list does not indicate that a player has signed with Air Force.

Players marked with an * have signed a nonbinding Certificate of Intent. The service academies do not participate in National Letters of Intent because of the admissions and appointment process.

Click on player names for video highlights.

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ALLEN ALOALI'I AMUIMUIA
6-2   -   305   -   OL   -   Little Rock, Ark. (Pulaski Academy)

Also an all-state wrestler. … Made headlines in Arkansas when he was ejected from a game as a junior for fighting and his mother, who saw it as her son wasn’t fighting but was simply trying to get the other player off of him, sued the state activities association to overturn a one-game suspension that resulted from the call. 

Twitter: @AllenAmuimuia

Committed:  July 29

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BROCK ASSEL
6-3   -   235   -   OL/LS   -   Clifton, Va. (Centreville HS)

His online profile indicates that he is ranked No. 9 in the country by Rubio Long Snapping. … Also reports a 31 on the ACT, 1,350 on SAT and a 3.8 GPA. … Also started as a center and tackle during high school career.

Twitter: @BrockAssel

Committed: June 24

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PATRICK ATKINSON
6-0   -   200   -   LB   -   Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair)

Air Force offered Atkinson, an avid hunter, on June 20 and he committed 12 days later … Posted an image of his ACT scores that included a 32 composite with 36 (perfect score) in math, a 35 in science and a 36 combined in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). … Has jumped 20 feet, 10 inches in long jump. … Ran a 4.47-second 40 at a Rice football camp. … Falcons were only Division I offer.

Twitter: @P_Atkinson26

Committed: July 1

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JERAMIAH BIRDSONG
6-3   -   170   -   WR/DB   -   Mount Juliet, Tenn.

Lists a 4.71 40-yard dash and 36-inch vertical. …. Played both ways for a team that went 10-1 and didn’t allow a point through the first six games. … An all-region selection.

Twitter: @jtbirdy19

Committed: Aug. 24

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RYAN BOOTH*
6-5   -   275   -   OL   -   San Antonio (Churchill HS)

Other offers included Army, Rice, Bowling Green and multiple Ivy League programs. … A first-team academic all-state selection. … Lists a 4.97 40-yard dash and 28-inch vertical. … Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 200 offensive tackle in the nation. … Also handles long-snapping. … Has earned accolades as an AAU basketball player.

Twitter: @ryanbooth__

Committed: Dec. 11

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JAKE BROOM
6-2   -   215   -   LB   -   Decatur, Ga.

Lists a 4.68 40-yard dash, 33-inch vertical and 505-pound squat. … All-county, metro and region selection. … In a recruiting profile he said what makes him stand out as a future college athlete is “fundamental tackling, a nonstop motor and GPA.”

Twitter: @JakeBroom_

Committed: Oct. 1

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AJ BURKHEAD
6-5   -   230   -   DE   -   Wilsonville, Ore.

Also had an offer from Nevada. … Lists a 4.8-second 40-yard dash. … Ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 33 recruit in Oregon.

Twitter: @AJ_Burkhead3

Committed: Dec. 14

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BLAKE CARETTE
6-3   -   280   -   OT   -   Centennial (Arapahoe HS)

The Denver Post named him to its all-Colorado football team, along with a bio stating: “As the linchpin of the Warriors’ line, the Air Force commitment displayed athleticism in space in Arapahoe’s counter-heavy offense, with the speed to get out on screens and a consistent physicality up to each and every whistle.” … Held an FBS offer from Idaho and a slew of FCS offers.

Twitter: @blake_carette

Committed: July 24

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CHASE CHANDLER
6-2   -   226   -   LB   -   Tacoma, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep)

Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 47 recruit in Washington and No. 139 inside linebacker in the nation. … Lists a 4.6 40-yard dash and 11.6 at 100 meters.

Twitter: @Chase18Chandler

Committed: Nov. 6

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AUSTON DEASON
6-1   -   175   -   CB   -   Pearland, Texas

Listed as a three-star athlete by 247 Sports. … Had offers from Army and Texas State. … Runs a Nike-verified 4.74 40-yard dash with a 35.2-inch vertical.

Twitter: @austonD_

Committed: Nov. 20

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R.J. DECKER*
6-4   -   280   -   TE/DL   -   Brownsville, Ind.

Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 41 recruit in Indiana. … Had an offer from Indiana State. … Had 36 catches for 647 yards and seven touchdowns as a tight end as a senior as his team went 11-2. … Has listed a 4.9 40-yard dash.

Twitter: @rekced87

Committed: Aug. 1

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DAVID EURE*
5-11   -   181   -   DB/WR   -   Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra)

Had an SEC offer from Vanderbilt and a Big Ten spot at Rutgers, as well as Navy and Mountain West offers from San Diego State, Nevada and San Jose State in the Mountain West and Columbia in the Ivy League.  … Took his official visit to Air Force on Nov. 30 and committed two days later. … Rated as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports and Rivals. … Lined up as a safety, receiver, running back and returned punts and kickoffs in high school, but seems to primarily be recruited as a cornerback.

Twitter: @D_BLACK__

Committed: Dec. 2

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D.J. FROST
6-2   -   185   -   WR/DB   -   Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South)

Lists a 4.5 40-yard dash and 36-inch vertical. … Caught 62 passes for 875 yards and nine touchdowns in career according to stats on MaxPreps. Also ran 48 times for 140 yards and a touchdown. … Longest catch went for 95 yards. … Blocked two field goals as a senior.

Twitter: @_djfrost_

Committed: Aug. 15

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NOAH GUNN*
6-4   -   290   -   OL/DE   -   Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 6 recruit in Idaho and No. 153 offensive guard recruit in the nation. …  Held an offer from Idaho. … First-team all-Idaho 5A selection from the Idaho Statesman, protecting a quarterback who threw for 3,423 yards and committed to Washington.

Twitter: @GunnNoah

Committed: June 24

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RILEY HANSEN*
6-4   -   285   -   OL   -   Apple Valley, Minn.

Lists a 5.7 40-yard dash, 25.5-inch vertical and 380-pound bench press. … Listed as the No. 31 recruit in Minnesota by 247 Sports. … Three-year high school starter who said he began playing football in third grade.

Twitter: @rileyhansen753

Committed: Nov. 7

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JONATHAN HARDING
6-5   -   270   -   OL   -   Lafayette, La. (St. Thomas More HS)

Lists a 4.9 40-yard dash, 25-inch vertical and 295-pound bench press. … High school coach described Harding as a big body with good feet and very smart. … Holds a 3.5 GPA. … Had offers from Louisiana, the Coast Guard Academy and Columbia.

Twitter: @18jharding

Committed: Nov. 8

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KOBY HAUSER
6-1   -   205   -   S   -   Westfield, Ind.

Also had an offer from Columbia and several other FCS programs. … All-state defensive back selection. … Lists a 4.59 40-yard dash, 34.1-inch vertical, 325-pound bench press and 405-pound squat. … Said in a recruiting profile, “I just flat out love to play football and I am willing to do whatever it takes to be the best.”

Twitter: @HauserKoby

Committed: June 30

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RYAN HAYDEN*
6-3   -   180   -   WR   -   Watertown, Wis.

Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 16 recruit in Wisconsin. … Lists a 4.6 40-yard dash and 31-7 vertical. … Caught 95 passes for 18 touchdowns and 1,620 yards as a junior in a spread, no-huddle offense. Finished his career with 172 catches (seventh in state history) for 2,463 yards and 27 touchdowns and the program reached the playoffs in all four of his seasons. … Only other offers came from Division II programs, but had interest from several FCS and FBS teams. … “He has phenomenal hands, he’s a good route runner and he competes well for the ball,” his high school coach told the Wisconsin State Journal. … Also plays baseball.

Twitter: @ry_hayden

Committed: Aug. 11

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KALEB HOLCOMB
6-4   -   255   -   TE/DE   -   Dublin, Ohio (Coffman HS)

Lists a 4.89-second 40 and a 33-inch vertical. … Has played guard, tackle and tight end on offense and defensive tackle and end. ... Had offer from Kent State and multiple FCS offers.

Twitter: @KalebHolcomb

Committed: Nov. 10

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BRICE HONAKER
6-1   -   175   -   K/P   -   Howe, Texas (Trinity HS)

Kicker also had an offer from Army. … Kohl’s Professional Camps had this to say: “He moved into the 5 star category at the Texas Showcase. … Honaker can hit 70 yard KOs and 60 yard FGs.”

Twitter: @BriceHonaker

Committed: June 28

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CALEB HUMPHREY*
6-3    -   186   -   OLB/DB   -   Phoenix (Desert Vista)

Has Nike-verified height/weight, 4.6 40-yard dash, 26.7-inch vertical and a 68.61 Nike Football Rating. … Invited to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl

Twitter: @calebtitan10

Committed: Dec. 2

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CALEB JACKSON
5-11   -   185   -   CB   -   Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice)

Member of the National Honor Society with a 3.72 GPA. Held Ivy League offers from Brown, Columbia and Cornell. … A standout baseball player who was ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 1 outfielder in Michigan. … Described his ideal college program to Prep Baseball Report in November 2016 as, “a place that provides mentorship that will help me to continue to grow into a great man that can one day help change the world.”

Twitter: @Caleb_Jackson18

Committed: Dec. 1

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Kane is pictured to the right

CHRIS KANE
6-5   -   225   -   TE   -   San Clemente, Calif.

Three-star commit according to 247Sports and Scout. … Chose Air Force over Wyoming, Florida International, Kent State and several FCS offers. … Also plays basketball.

Twitter: @kane_chris88

Committed: Dec. 14

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DALTON KING
6-3   -   220   -   TE/DE   -   Lebanon, Tenn.

Lists a 4.8-second 40-yard dash and 30-inch vertical. … Co-Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in his region. … Told Tennessee High School Football of his commitment, “When it comes down to it, life is about much more than the game of football. I am privileged that it has opened the doors it has and I’ll be forever grateful to help serve our country.” … Also plays basketball.

Twitter: @kingdalton15

Committed: Nov. 8

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CADEN KOTTER
6-5   -   185   -   WR   -   Vincennes, Ind.

Also had an offer from Army. … All-state selection. … Lists a 4.53 40-yard dash, 30-inch vertical and 16 reps of 186 pounds on bench press. … Also runs track, posting personal records of 11.1 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 22.81 in the 200 and 52.14 in the 400. Best long jump is 21-5.

Twitter: @Ckott15

Committed: N/A

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CARTER KUEHL
5-7   -   172   -   RB   -   Meridian, Idaho (Rocky Mountain HS)

Ran a Nike-verified 4.59 40-yard dash with a 38.4-inch vertical. … Competes in track, with personal bests of 21.45 in the 200 and 10.65 in the 100, capturing Idaho 5A state titles in both during his junior year. … Also a soccer standout. … Ran for 1,987 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior.

Twitter: N/A

Committed: July 23

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JOSH LIFSON
6-4   -   210   -   TE   -   Louisville, Ky. (Kentucky Country Day School)

Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 23 recruit in Kentucky. … Made a one-handed catch on a deep ball while falling backward that would have landed on any highlight reel. … Ran a Nike-verified 5.01 40-yard dash with a 32.9-inch vertical.

Twitter: @JoshLifson

Committed: July 27

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ALEX LUEDEKE*
6-4   -   212   -   TE   -   Holly Springs, N.C.

Lists a 4.77 40-yard dash, 31-inch vertical and performed 17 reps of 185 pounds in the bench press. … Displays a physical knack for taking on would-be tacklers. … Received offer from Air Force on May 22 and committed the following month after his official visit.

Twitter: @Aluedeke66

Committed: Oct. 28

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MAX MASSINGALE
5-11   -   185   -   QB/DB   -   Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro)

Dual-threat quarterback had offers from Army and Navy. Air Force was his first offer in February 2017. … Committed on June 26. … He started 28 straight games for a high school program that has won five straight Arizona 4A state titles. … In the championship game he rushed for two touchdowns, threw for two scores and completed 13-of-18 passes for 231 yards. Afterward, he told, Arizona Central, “I think my legacy, aside from football, is just being a good guy, a leader and leaving this program in good hands, making sure the morals and values that we really take pride in at Saguaro continue on.” … As a senior threw for 3,345 yards and 34 touchdowns while running for 682 and 12 scores.

Twitter: @MaxMassingale

Committed: June 26

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BRAYDEN MATHIS
6-2   -   215   -   LB   -   China Spring, Texas

Other offers from FCS programs Davidson and Incarnate Word. … Plays second base in baseball. … Established a program mark with 178 tackles during his sophomore season. … Plans to major in engineering.

Twitter: @BraydenMathis18

Committed: Aug. 2

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GREG MAY
6-6   -   267   -   OL   -   Weston, Fla. (Cypress Bay)

Other offers included Central Florida and Columbia. … Lists a 5.04 40-yard dash, 29-inch vertical and 425-pound deadlift. … His offer from Air Force came on Nov. 18.

Twitter: @GregMay55

Committed: Nov. 28

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CLAY MAYER
6-2   -   210   -   WR/OLB   -   Indianapolis (Brebeuf Jesuit)

Lists a 4.56 40-yard dash and 36.5-inch vertical. … Strength numbers include a 415-pound squat and 265 clean. … Recruiting coach was Ron Vanderlinden. … Attended camp at Air Force this past summer, which set in motion an offer and commitment.

Twitter: @clay_mayer6

Committed: Aug. 9

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JACKSON McDOWELL
6-3   -   280   -   OL   -   Missouri City, Texas (Ridge Point HS)   -  

Had offer from Navy and Stephen F. Austin. … Offers from Air Force and Navy, which came 11 days later, occurred in May. … Has a Nike-verified vertical leap of 26.5 inches. Lists a 5.0 40-yard dash, 415-pound squat and 265 clean.

Twitter: @j_mcdowell_

Committed: Aug. 24

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T.J. MEDINA
6-1   -   225   -   LB   -   San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (J Serra Catholic)

Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 133 inside linebacker in the nation. … Had a hosts of FCS offers and an invitation from California as a preferred walk-on. … Lists a 3.7 GPA and 30 ACT. … Made 86 tackles as a senior. … Lists a 4.72 40-yard dash, 29-inch vertical and 325-pound clean.

Twitter: @tjmedina24

Committed: Dec. 16

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GARY MOSSOP Jr.*
6-0   -   190   -   DB   -   Broken Arrow, Okla.

Three-star recruit according to 247 Sports. … Lists a 4.51 40-yard dash and 38.8-inch vertical.  … Had offers from Army and Navy. … Plans to study electrical engineering and would like to work at Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma. … According to statistics in the Tulsa World, Mossop had 57 tackles as a senior with 15 passes broken up, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. … Also plays tennis.

Twitter: @gmossop_jr

Committed: Dec. 6

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BRODERIC ODOM*
6-1   -   210   -   LB   -   Wynnewood, Okla.

Nephew of Missouri coach Barry Odom. … Made 239 tackles with 17 sacks over his junior and senior seasons. … His father won a national championship at East Central University and two uncles played collegiately as well, one Oklahoma and Barry at Missouri. … Older brother, Baron, plays at Oklahoma State.

Twitter: @brodericvaughn

Committed: Dec. 1

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DARIUS PENTON
5-10   -   170   -   CB   -   Suwanee, Ga. (Collins Hill HS)   -  

Lists a 4.5 40-yard dash with 32.5-inch vertical and a 400-pound squat. … Was credited with 19 passes defended in statistics on MaxPreps. … Had an Ivy League offer from Cornell.

Twitter: @DariusPenton

Committed: Aug. 16

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COLE RAGAN*
6-3   -   258   -   OL/DL   -   Whitehouse, Ohio (Anthony Wayne HS)

Played both ways on a team that made it to the Ohio semifinals. … Had 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and three forced fumbles. … Lists a 4.98 40-yard dash and 500-pound squat. … Also competes in track and wrestling.

Twitter: @coleragan1

Committed: July 24

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MICHAEL RIEGE
6-4   -   230   -   DE   -   Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)

Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 19 recruit in Wisconsin. … Lists a 4.9 40-yard dash. … Other offers were from FCS or Division II programs. … Also plays basketball.

Twitter: @michaelriege

Committed: Nov. 15

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MALIK RODGERS
5-9   -   165   -   WR   -   Pearland, Texas (Shadow Creek)

Three-star recruit according to 247 Sports and Rivals. … Had offers from San Diego State, Army, Tulsa, Texas-San Antonio and several from the Ivy League. … Academic all-state selection along with team MVP and Outstanding Offensive Player. … Lists a 4.51 40-yard dash and 33-inch vertical.

Twitter: @_malikrodgers

Committed: Sept. 1

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JAKE RUDOLPH*
5-11   -   210   -   RB/LB   -   Roswell, Ga. (Blessed Trinity HS)

Stats posted to MaxPreps show he made 271 tackles in high school (157 solo), including 22.5 for loss and seven sacks. Also averaged 5.9 yards on 124 carries. … His team won the AAA state championship. … Lists a 4.85 40, 30-inch vertical. Strength numbers include 500-pound squat, 300 bench and 315 power clean.

Twitter: @JakeRudoIph

Committed: June 22

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ANTONIO SMITH
6-5   -   220   -   DE   -   Westerville, Ohio (Westerville South)

Had offers from multiple MAC programs (initially committing to Bowling Green) and Navy. … Lists a 4.7 40-yard dash, 31-inch vertical and 300-pound bench press. … Also a state-champion basketball player. … Lists himself as an outside linebacker.

Twitter: @antoniovsmith

Committed: Dec. 2

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JAKE SPIEWAK
6-4   -   200   -   WR/TE   -   Centerville, Ohio

Second-team all-state selection. … Caught 66 passes for 1,009 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, becoming the first player in program history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards. … Other offer came from Georgetown. … The final two answers he gave to an Athlete of the Week Q&A with the Dayton Daily News will appeal to Air Force fans. No. 1: Best thing about football: “The brotherhood you build with all your teammates.” No. 2: In 10 years, I hope to be… “serving in the Air Force.”

Twitter: @jmspiewak

Committed: Nov. 5

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SYLO STATON
6-1   -   185   -   QB/DB   -   Las Vegas (Spring Valley HS)

Lists a 4.51 40-yard dash and 36-inch vertical. … Highlight video shows a dual-threat quarterback who made multiple big plays on the ground. … Recruiting sites indicate he’s likely to be looked at as a safety. … Invited to play in the All-American Blue-Grey Bowl.

Twitter: @SyloStaton14

Committed: Nov. 16

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JAYLEN THOMAS
5-11   -   200   -   RB/DB   -   Colorado Springs (Vista Ridge)

Was a 5A/4A Gazette Preps Peak Performers first-team selection after shifting from running back to quarterback and carrying the team offensively with 10 touchdowns (vs. three interceptions) and 971 rushing yards with 10 scores. He also had four receiving touchdowns. … Lists a 35.5-inch vertical and 27 reps of 185 pounds in the bench press.

Twitter: @JaylenT11

Committed: Nov. 17

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BRAXTON WHITNEY
6-2   -   225   -   LB   -   Provo, Utah (Timpview HS)

Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 35 recruit in Utah and the No. 118 inside linebacker nationally. … Other offers included UNLV and Navy. … Limited to four games as a senior because of an injury. … Among the strongest players in the class with a 405-pound bench press, 315 clean and 500 squat.

Twitter: @whitney_braxton

Committed: Oct. 28

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ERIC WILLS*
6-1   -   190   -   WR/DB   -   Cincinnati (Archbishop Moeller HS)

Ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at Ohio State’s camp. … Reports a 34.5-inch vertical and 505-pound squat. … Video shows he lined up at a variety positions on defense and what stood out as much as his long touchdown catches was the speed on defense to run down opponents from the other side of the field. … Also had an offer from Indiana State.

Twitter: @EricWillsWR

Committed: Aug. 21

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MAX WITTWER*
6-2   -   192   -   QB   -   Shelby Township, Mich. (Eisenhower)

Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 66 recruit in Michigan and No. 81 dual-threat quarterback nationally. … Had an FBS offer from Eastern Michigan in the MAC. … Ran a Nike-verified 5.05 40-yard dash with a 31.7-inch vertical.  … A three-year starter at quarterback.

Twitter: @MaxWittwer_

Committed: Dec. 10

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JACK WOFFORD*
6-3   -   305   -   OL   -   Altamonte Springs, Fla. (Lake Brantly)

Other FBS offers included Appalachian State, Middle Tennessee State, Troy and Kent State. … Lists a 5.28 40-yard dash and 29-inch vertical. … 4.3 GPA, 1,340 SAT, 32 ACT.

Twitter: @JPLXXIV

Committed: Sept. 25

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