February 1, 2012

Oilers Ink 33

Findlay, Ohio - The University of Findlay football program announced the signing of 33 student-athletes on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 as head coach Rob Keys and his staff unveiled their second recruiting class for the Oilers.

"We met a high percentage of our needs with this recruiting class," said head coach Rob Keys.  "We were much more specific in our recruiting this season compared to last year.  We had to recruit everyone last year, but we wanted to use this class to fill some holes."

The class features 20 defensive players and 13 offensive players from four states.  There are 28 players from Ohio, three from Michigan and one each from Indiana and Illinois.

On offense, the class is made up of five wide receivers, four tight ends, two quarterbacks, one running back and one offensive lineman while the defense consists of eight linebackers, seven defensive backs and five defensive linemen.

"We needed to find another running back along with some offensive lineman and tight ends on offense," said Keys.  "Defensively, we wanted to improve our athletic ability at the linebacker position.  We also wanted to get some bigger athletes in the secondary and along the defensive line."  We believe we met those needs with this class and will continue to recruit to add more depth."

Karvon Beamon
Hometown – Cincinnati, Ohio
Previous School – Oak Hills High School
Position – LB
Height, Weight – 6'3, 255

Bio Information – Named first team all-Greater Miami Conference as a senior…Tallied 65 tackles and six sacks as a senior.

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Greg Brown
Hometown – Fremont, Ohio
Previous School – Univ. of Michigan/Fremont Ross High School
Position – DB
Height, Weight – 5'10, 195

Bio Information – Played in three games for Michigan as a freshman…Was a first team all-Ohio pick as a senior (2010)…Twice named first team all-district (2009, 2010)…Named first team all-Greater Buckeye Conference…Rated as the 54th best prospect in Ohio as a senior according to Rivals…Scored 10 touchdowns on offense as a senior…Had 30 tackles and 5 interceptions on defense.

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T.K. Burk
Hometown – Avon, Ohio
Previous School – Avon Lake High School
Position – OL
Height, Weight – 6'5, 310

Bio Information – Named first team all-Southwestern Conference…Voted first team all-Lorain County…Was a second team all-district pick…Earned the 2011 Mike Medders Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award.

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Davonte Congress
Hometown – Cleveland, Ohio
Previous School – Glenville High School
Position – DB
Height, Weight – 6'1, 175

Bio Information – Named first team all-Cleveland Senate Athletic League.

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Brad Fenton
Hometown – Mt. Vernon, Ohio
Previous School – Mt. Vernon High School
Position – DB
Height, Weight – 6'3, 215

Bio Information – Named second team all-Ohio Capital Conference twice (2010, 2011)…Was a first team all-district pick.

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Ross Franklin
Hometown – Johnstown, Ohio
Previous School – Johnstown-Monroe High School
Position – RB
Height, Weight – 5'11, 210

Bio Information – Named first team all-Ohio as a senior (2011)…Was a second team all-Ohio pick as a junior (2010)…Tabbed the all-Metro Player of the Year…Named the Mid-Buckeye Conference Player of the Year (2011)…Selected as the player of the year for the Newark Advocate, Columbus Dispatch, Army National Guard and Muscle Milk…Voted first team all-district twice (2010, 2011)…Was a first team all-region pick twice (2010, 2011)…Tabbed first team all-MBC twice (2010, 2011)…Named the Region 11 Player of the Year (2010)…Led the state of Ohio in rushing twice (2010, 2011)…Set a new Ohio record with 3,472 yards rushing as a senior…Had 52 rushing touchdowns as a senior…Rushed for 2,183 yards as a junior…Ranked #4 nationally by MaxPreps in their running back rankings…Selected to play in the Ohio North/South All-Star Game.

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Daniel Gusching
Hometown – Minster, Ohio
Previous School – Minster High School
Position – LB
Height, Weight – 6'3, 220

Bio Information – Named first team all-Ohio…Was named the Ohio Division IV Co-Defensive Player of the Year…Selected as the Midwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year…Was a first team all-MAC pick...Tabbed first team all-Miami Valley…Selected as the Miami Valley Defensive Player of the Year…Tabbed the Northwest District Player of the Year…Named first team all-district…Voted the Muscle Milk Defensive Player of the Year…Was named honorable mention all-MAC as a receiver…Holds school records for most receptions in a career and most receptions in a season.

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Luke Hampton
Hometown – Columbus, Ind.
Previous School – Columbus East High School
Position – WR
Height, Weight – 5'11, 170

Bio Information – Named first team all-Indiana…Was an all-Indiana academic pick…Voted first team all-conference and first team all-area…Caught 47 balls for 986 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior.

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Anthony Howard
Hometown – Cleveland, Ohio
Previous School – Cleveland John F. Kennedy High School
Position – DB
Height, Weight – 6'2, 185

Bio Information – Named all-Cleveland Senate Athletic League…Was the class salutatorian.

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Saivon Jefferson
Hometown – Cleveland, Ohio
Previous School – Cleveland John F. Kennedy High School
Position – DL
Height, Weight – 6'2, 315

Bio Information – Named first team all-Cleveland Senate Athletic League twice (2010, 2011)…Registered 63 tackles, 8 tackles for a loss and 3 sacks as a senior…Named to the 2011 Northeast Ohio Thanksgiving All-Star Classic.

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Evan Lese
Hometown – Westerville, Ohio
Previous School – Westerville South High School
Position – DB
Height, Weight – 6'1, 175

Bio Information – Three-year starter…Led the team with a 25-yard punt return average…Led the team with a 37-yard kick return average…Had 85 tackles and three interceptions as a senior.

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Ryan Mayfield
Hometown – Springfield, Ohio
Previous School – Springfield Shawnee High School
Position – LB
Height, Weight – 6'1, 200

Bio Information – Named first team all-Central Buckeye Conference as a senior…Was a second team all-County pick…Voted second team all-district…Named second team all-Dayton Daily News…Member of Shawnee's state runner-up team.

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Austin Reichert
Hometown – Van Wert, Ohio
Previous School – Van Wert High School
Position – DE
Height, Weight – 6'3, 225

Bio Information – Named first team all-Western Buckeye League twice (2010, 2011)…Tabbed honorable mention all-Northwest District twice (2010, 2011)…Had 81 tackles and seven sacks as a senior.

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Cole Stalker
Hometown – West Chester, Ohio
Previous School – Lakota West High School
Position – LB
Height, Weight – 6'1, 210

Bio Information – Named academic all-conference three times in football and basketball…Recipient of the Anthony Munoz Scholar Athlete Award…Named first team all-conference in basketball…Was an all-county pick in both football and basketball…Tabbed honorable mention all-district.

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Dennis Austin
Hometown – Cincinnati, Ohio
Previous School – Wyoming High School
Position – DE
Height, Weight – 6'2, 200

Bio Information – Named first team all-conference…Was a first team all-Southwest Ohio pick…Named second team all-district…Recorded 99 tackles and 7 sacks.

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Dylan Blunk
Hometown – Findlay, Ohio
Previous School – Findlay High School
Position – WR
Height, Weight – 5'10, 180

Bio Information – Named first team all-Three Rivers Athletic Conference as a senior…Was a first team all-district pick.

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Justin Browning
Hometown – Detroit, Mich.
Previous School – De La Salle High School
Position – DB
Height, Weight – 5'7, 175

Bio Information – Won three letters…Named all-Catholic League…Led his team to three district championships and one regional title.

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Spencer Cooper
Hometown – Ashland, Ohio
Previous School – Ashland High School
Position – LB
Height, Weight – 5'11, 185

Bio Information – Tallied 77 tackles, 2 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries as a senior.

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Brad Dotson
Hometown – Piqua, Ohio
Previous School – Piqua High School
Position – LB
Height, Weight – 5'10, 205

Bio Information – Named first team all-Greater Western Ohio Conference…Was a first team all-Dayton Daily News pick…Tabbed honorable mention all-district…Tallied 112 tackles as a senior.

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Taylor Hardy
Hometown – Lewis Center, Ohio
Previous School – Olentangy Orange High School
Position – TE
Height, Weight – 6'2, 215

Bio Information – Was an honorable mention all-conference pick…Won three letters in football, three in lacrosse and four in hockey.

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Jack Homan
Hometown – Maria Stein, Ohio
Previous School – Marion Local High School
Position – DE
Height, Weight – 6'3, 215

Bio Information – Won a state title…Named second team all-district…Was a second team all-Midwest Athletic Conference pick.

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Trae Honeycutt
Hometown – Piqua, Ohio
Previous School – Piqua High School
Position – WR
Height, Weight – 5'10, 175

Bio Information – Named second team all-Greater Western Ohio Conference twice (2010, 2011).

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Jonathan Kloepfer
Hometown – Vanlue, Ohio
Previous School – Vanlue High School
Position – TE
Height, Weight – 6'4, 210

Bio Information – Named second team all-Blanchard Valley Conference…Was an honorable mention all-district pick.

Nick Longenbarger
Hometown – Toledo, Ohio
Previous School – Whitmer High School
Position – TE
Height, Weight – 6'2, 220

Bio Information – Voted first team all-Three Rivers Athletic Conference (2011)…Was an honorable mention all-district pick.

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Justin Miller
Hometown – Hicksville, Ohio
Previous School – Hicksville High School
Position – QB
Height, Weight – 6'0, 185

Bio Information – Was a third team all-Ohio pick…Named first team all-conference on defense and second team all-conference on offense…Voted all-district…Rushed for 1,286 yards and 18 touchdowns…Threw for 1,220 yards and 16 touchdowns…Had 55 tackles and 7 interceptions.

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Brandon Pummill
Hometown – Piqua, Ohio
Previous School – Piqua High School
Position – LB
Height, Weight – 5'10, 205

Bio Information – Was an all-conference wrestler…Won the Special Teams Award.

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Evan Rinke
Hometown – Canton, Mich.
Previous School – Canton High School
Position – WR
Height, Weight – 5'11, 180

Bio Information – Lettered in football and baseball…Holds a Canton H.S. record for most receiving yards in a game (174)…Led the team in receiving as a senior.

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Nathan Ritzler
Hometown – Tiffin, Ohio
Previous School – Tiffin Calvert High School
Position – QB
Height, Weight – 5'10, 165

Bio Information – Named honorable mention all-district…Threw for 948 yards and three touchdowns as a senior…Tallied 175 carries for 1,369 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Dan Romigh
Hometown – Holt, Mich.
Previous School – Holt High School
Position – TE
Height, Weight – 6'3, 225

Bio Information – Named all-Capital Area Activities Conference twice (2010, 2011).

Marcus Staples
Hometown – Cincinnati, Ohio
Previous School – Oak Hills High School
Position – WR
Height, Weight – 6'2, 185

Bio Information – Registered 22 receptions for 290 yards.

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Tylor Trautwein
Hometown – Fremont, Ohio
Previous School – Ashland Univ./Fremont Ross High School
Position – DB
Height, Weight – 5'11, 190

Bio Information – Named first team all-Ohio as a senior…Named the Greater Buckeye Conference Running Back of the Year…Was a first team all-district pick.

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Jake Voegtle
Hometown – Hanover Park, Ill.
Previous School – Hoffman Estates High School
Position – DE
Height, Weight – 6'0, 255

Bio Information – Named honorable mention all-conference.

Bobby Young-Brooks
Hometown – Eastwood, Ohio
Previous School – Eastwood High School
Position – LB
Height, Weight – 5'11, 195

Bio Information – Named special mention all-Ohio…Was a first team all-Northern Buckeye Conference pick…Named first team all-district…Had 86 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a senior.