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Feb. 1, 2006

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ERVIN BALDWIN
DE • 6-2 • 252
Oglethorpe, Ga. (Reedley College)

JUNIOR COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top JUCO prospects by Collegefootballnews.com (No. 12), Rivals.com (No. 30) and SuperPrep (No. 42) . . . rated among the nation's top JUCO defensive ends by Collegefootballnews.com (No. 3) . . . 2005 JUCO All-American . . . earned first-team All-California and first-team All-California Region 1 honors as a sophomore . . . named California Region 1 and Central Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 . . . two-time All-CVC selection for Coach Michael White at Reedley (Calif.) College . . . helped the Tigers win back-to-back CVC titles in 2004-05 . . . recorded 67 tackles as a sophomore, with 27.5 tackles for losses including 14.5 sacks . . . selected Region Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Macon County High School in Montezuma, Ga. . . . also garnered All-Middle Georgia honors in 2003 . . . runs 4.75 in the 40 . . . son of Annette Baldwin . . . born Aug. 25, 1986.

J'MICHAEL DEANE
DT • 6-5 • 295
Toronto, Ontario (Newtonbrook Secondary School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Spent the last two summers playing for the Metro Toronto Wildcats, coached by John Prisco, in the Ontario Varsity Football League . . . earned OVFL All-Star honors (Wettges Division) in 2005 after finishing third on the team in tackles (41.5), including 2.5 sacks . . . twice named Wildcat Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Halton and Wentworth) . . . anchored a front that garnered OVFL Defensive Line of the Week honors after recording a (21-0) shutout vs. Cambridge . . . contributed 11.5 tackles for the Wildcats in 2004, including 1.5 sacks . . . four-year starter for Coach Peter Bowman at Newtonbrook Secondary School in North York, Ontario . . . rated among the Top 10 Players to Watch (No. 8) in the Greater Toronto Area in 2004 . . . also ranked among the top 12 defensive ends in Ontario by All-Star Football and Weir's Magazine . . . selected first-team All-Star by the Toronto Star after registering 42 tackles in 2004, including eight sacks . . . runs 4.83 in the 40 . . . nicknamed "J-Mike" . . . son of Art and Sheryl Deane . . . born May 4, 1986.

JASON DIEHL
OL • 6-3 • 297
Wyantskill, N.Y. (Milford Academy)

Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 9, 2006, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top 20 prep school prospects by Scout.com (No. 18) and Rivals.com (No. 18) . . . started all 11 games at right guard in 2005 for Coach Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. . . . attended the same prep school that produced former Spartan offensive tackle Stefon Wheeler (2002-05) . . . two-way starter for Coach Tony Fruscio at Troy (N.Y.) High School . . . two-time Class AA all-state selection as a defensive tackle . . . two-time first-team all-area pick by The (Troy) Record . . . recorded 74 tackles (36 solos, 38 assists), including 11 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries and four forced fumbles as a senior . . . named 2003 Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year after registering 86 tackles (33 solos, 53 assists), including 22 for losses with 12 sacks, while helping the Flying Horses to the conference championship and a trip to the Class AA Super Bowl . . . attended Michigan State's 2004 summer football camp . . . runs 4.9 in the 40 . . . born Jan. 9, 1986 . . . majoring in horticulture.

CONNER DIXON
QB • 6-4 • 182
South Park, Pa. (South Park High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top quarterbacks by Rivals.com (No. 17) and Scouts Inc. (No. 37) . . . rated among Pennsylvania's top 30 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 30) . . . invited to play in the June 2006 Big 33 Football Classic . . . compiled a 25-2 record (.926) as a two-year starter for Coach Tom Loughran at South Park (Pa.) High School . . . Associated Press Class AA all-state selection as a senior . . . named AP Class AA Player of the Year after accounting for 2,208 total yards and 29 touchdowns in 2005 . . . completed 78-of-150 throws (.520) for 1,868 yards, 20 TDs and 10 interceptions as a senior . . . rushed for 340 yards (92 carries) and nine TDs in 2005 . . . recorded 21 tackles (15 solos, 6 assists) and four interceptions as a senior . . . also returned four punts for 70 yards (17.5 avg.), including a 41-yard return vs. Northgate . . . accounted for 215 total yards and three scores in South Park's 28-17 victory over Wilson Area in the 2005 Class AA championship game as the Eagles became just the second team in PIAA history to finish a perfect 16-0 . . . his 80-yard TD strike to Brandon Detwiler vs. Wilson Area proved to be the game winner . . . threw for a season-high 221 yards and one score vs. Greensburg Central Catholic in the District 7 title game and his interception on the final play sealed South Park's 24-20 victory . . . threw three TD passes each vs. Mohawk Area and Biglerville . . . hit 8-of-10 tosses for 198 yards and two TDs vs. Sto-Rox . . . registered a season-best seven tackles vs. Seton LaSalle . . . passed for more than 800 yards and eight TDs as a junior while leading the Eagles to a 9-2 record . . . member of the South Park basketball team . . . runs 4.45 in the 40 . . . attended Michigan State's 2005 summer football camp . . . son of Ed Dixon and Nancy DeMedio . . . born Sept. 10, 1987.

CHARLIE GANTT
TE • 6-4 • 241
Farmington Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top tight ends by Rivals.com (No. 14), PrepStar (No. 14), Collegefootballnews.com (No. 21) and Scouts Inc. (No. 24) . . . listed among the Midwest's top 75 prospects by SuperPrep (No. 75) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 4), the Lansing State Journal (No. 7) and The Detroit News (No. 9) . . . two-way player for Coach Al Fracassa at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. . . . known primarily for his blocking skills, but still managed 10 catches for 139 yards (13.9 avg.) and four touchdowns as a senior . . . also started at linebacker during the second half of the 2005 season, recording 37.5 tackles and an interception . . . produced four tackles for losses as a senior, including two sacks . . . his 9-yard TD grab from Andy Lentz late in the second quarter proved to be the game winner in the Warriors' 14-7 victory over Hudsonville in the 2005 Division 2 state championship game . . . also posted five tackles (3 solos, 2 assists), including one for a loss, vs. Hudsonville . . . former high school teammate of current Spartan linebacker Adam Decker . . . runs 4.7 in the 40 . . . son of Robert Gantt and Kathleen Murphy . . . born Dec. 31, 1987.

SAM GARDNER
TE • 6-6 • 253
Lexington, Ky. (Henry Clay High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top 25 tight ends by Scouts Inc. (No. 25) . . . ranked among Kentucky's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 6) and Rivals.com (No. 14) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Dixie Team . . . member of the Tremendous 26, a preseason list of the state's top prospects compiled by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association . . . three-year starter for Coach Sam Simpson at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky. . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The (Louisville) Courier-Journal in 2005 . . . earned all-district and all-conference honors as a senior . . . caught 36 passes for 390 yards (10.8 avg.) and nine touchdowns in 2005 . . . also recorded 24 tackles in spot duty at defensive end . . . had two TD catches each vs. Bell County and Whitley County . . . had 29 receptions for 303 yards (10.4 avg.) as a junior . . . runs 4.75 in the 40 . . . son of Michael and Cynthia Gardner . . . born July 14, 1988.

ERIC GORDON
LB • 6-0 • 210
Traverse City, Mich. (Traverse City West High School)

Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 9, 2006, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top 20 inside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 13) . . . ranked among the state's top 10 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 2), the Lansing State Journal (No. 2), The Detroit News (No. 3) and Detroit Free Press (No. 9) . . . nominated to play in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl . . . earned all-state honors from the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press . . . named to The Detroit News Dream Team . . . recorded 124 tackles as a senior, including 21 for losses and five sacks . . . also credited with six forced fumbles and five pass break-ups in 2005 . . . rushed for 950 yards on 108 carries and scored 13 touchdowns as a senior . . . turned in his best all-around performance of the 2005 season in the state playoffs vs. Rockford, registering 12 tackles and gaining 126 yards on 17 carries, including a 53-yard TD run to open the fourth quarter . . . rushed for 110 yards and two TDs on nine attempts vs. Alpena . . . ran for 150 yards and two scores on 17 carries vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill . . scored two rushing TDs vs. Marquette, including a 73-yarder . . . three-year starter for Coach Matt Prisk at Traverse City (Mich.) West High School, helping the Titans to three-straight play-off appearances . . . led the team in tackles (126) and rushing (450 yards) as a junior . . . set school career records for tackles (335), tackles for losses (51) and forced fumbles (10) . . . his prep career totals include 1,400 rushing yards (152 carries) and 23 TDs . . . graduated from Traverse City West with a 3.4 grade-point average . . . attended Michigan State's 2005 summer football camp . . . his grandfather, Don Dohoney (1951-53), played end for Coach Biggie Munn at Michigan State, earning All-America honors in 1953 . . . runs 4.57 in the 40 . . . born Aug. 22, 1987 . . . majoring in accounting.

ASHTON HENDERSON
DB • 5-11 • 186
Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top 60 cornerbacks by Rivals.com (No. 57) . . . PrepStar all-region selection . . . nominated for Wendy's High School Heisman in 2005 . . . earned all-district, all-area and all-region honors as a senior for Coach Kyle Rice at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla. . . . recorded 41 tackles, including three for losses, four interceptions and nine pass break-ups in 2005 . . . also credited with one caused fumble, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick . . . had 18 receptions for 298 yards (16.6 avg.) and four touchdowns as a senior . . . played his best all-around game vs. Godby in 2005, registering nine tackles, an interception and two pass break-ups while scoring a touchdown and a two-point conversion . . . also competes in track . . . runs 4.43 in the 40 . . . member of the National Honor Society . . .son of Admiral and Jackie Henderson . . . born Feb. 12, 1988.

MARCUS HYDE
DB • 6-0 • 184
Fostoria, Ohio (Fostoria High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Two-way all-star for Coach Tom Grine at Fostoria (Ohio) High School . . . Associated Press Division III All-Ohio (first-team) selection in 2005 . . . earned first-team All-Northern Ohio League honors as a senior . . . named Northwest District Player of the Year in 2005 after producing 1,993 total yards (249.1 per game) and 25 touchdowns in just eight games . . . completed 83-of-135 passes (.615) for 1,078 yards and 13 TDs while helping the Redmen to a 6-4 record as a senior . . . rushed for 915 yards and 12 scores in 2005 . . . recorded 71 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass break-ups, plus forced five fumbles as a senior . . . started the last five games of the 2004 season at quarterback . . . played the first five games of the 2003 season at tailback before being sidelined for the remainder of his sophomore year with a collarbone injury . . . attends the same high school that produced former Spartan defensive back Richard Newsome (1997-2000) . . . also participates in basketball and baseball . . . runs 4.5 in the 40 . . . son of Pam Hampton . . . born Sept. 7, 1988.

RODERICK JENRETTE
S • 6-1 • 191
Tampa, Fla. (Chamberlain High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Produced 11 tackles in the 2005 Hillsborough County All-Star Game, played in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. . . . honorable mention All-Suncoast selection by the St. Petersburg Times in 2005 . . earned first-team All-Hillsborough County honors from the St. Petersburg Times as a senior . . . three-year starter for Coach Billy Turner at Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla. . . . recorded 73 tackles in nine games as a senior, including six sacks . . . averaged nearly 8.0 yards per carry while rushing for 450 yards and five touchdowns in 2005 . . . tallied 110 tackles as a junior, including three sacks . . . also competes in track as a sprinter . . . son of Eunice Coleman . . . born Sept. 15, 1987.

ABRE LEGGINS
DT • 6-3 • 310
Orlando, Fla. (Maynard Evans High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played in the 2005 Florida North-South All-Star Classic in Jacksonville, Fla. . . . ranked among the nation's top offensive guards by Rivals.com (No. 35) . . . PrepStar All-Southeast Region selection . . . rated among Florida's top 100 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 70) . . . honorable mention All-Orange County pick by the Orlando Sentinel as a senior . . . named to the 2005 preseason All-Friday Night Football (FNF) Team . . . two-way lineman for Coach Max Purcell at Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Fla. . . . recorded 40 tackles as a senior, including six sacks, and caused two fumbles . . . plays power forward for the Trojans' basketball team . . . son of Sanya McIntyre Spivey . . . born Nov. 14, 198 . . . sports a 3.2 grade-point average.

VAUGHN MARTIN
DT • 6-3 • 323
London, Ontario (South Secondary School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Represented Team Canada in the 2006 NFL Global Junior Championship in Detroit . . . named to the NFL Global Junior Championship X All-Tournament Team after helping Team Canada to a perfect 5-0 record, including five shutouts . . . ranked fourth on Team Canada in tackles with 9.5 (9 solos, 1 assist) . . . produced four tackles for losses (12 yards) in the tournament, including two sacks (9 yards) . . . recorded three solo hits, including a 4-yard sack, in Team Canada's 10-0 victory over Team U.S.A. in the championship game . . . made three solo stops, including one for a loss, in a third-round game vs. Team U.S.A. . . . registered his first sack of the tournament in the opening-round game vs. Team Japan . . . spent the last two summers playing for the Forest City Thunderbirds in the Central Ontario Football League . . . three-year starter for Coach Mike Stenning at South Secondary School in London, Ontario . . . ranked among the top 12 defensive ends in Ontario by All-Star Football and Weir's Magazine . . . posted 90 tackles in 2004, including five for losses . . . saw action at defensive end, defensive tackle and fullback in high school . . . played against current Spartan Tom Kaczmarek in high school . . . son of Doreen Francis . . . born Dec. 30, 1989 in Jamaica.

JON MISCH
LB • 6-2 • 210
Waterford, Mich. (Orchard Lake St. Mary's)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 21), Detroit Free Press (No. 25) and The Detroit News (No. 38) . . . 2005 all-state selection by both The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press . . . named to The Detroit News All-Metro and All-Metro North Teams as a senior . . . also earned All-Catholic (Central Division) honors in 2005 . . . played for Coach George Porritt at St. Mary's Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Mich. . . . recorded 122 tackles, including 15 sacks, in 12 games as a senior . . . intercepted two passes in 2005, returning one for a touchdown . . . also forced eight fumbles and blocked a field-goal attempt as a senior . . . his sack that resulted in a fumble that he recovered late in the fourth quarter vs. Brother Rice preserved the Eaglets' 24-21 victory in 2005 . . . serves as captain of the St. Mary's wrestling team . . . runs 4.7 in the 40 . . . son of Lori Misch . . . born March 29, 1988.

COLIN NEELY
DE • 6-1 • 234
Bethlehem, Pa. (Freedom High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Invited to play in the June 2006 Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Game in Altoona . . . ranked among the nation's top defensive ends by Scouts Inc. (No. 24) and Collegefootballnews.com (No. 45) . . . rated among the nation's top inside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 33) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Northeast Team . . . earned all-region honors from PrepStar . . . listed among Pennsylvania's top 50 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 29) and SuperPrep (No. 32) . . . Associated Press Class AAAA first-team all-state selection in 2005 . . . three-year starter at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa., where he played for Jim Morgans (2003-04) and Jason Roeder (2005) . . . recorded 70 tackles as a senior, including eight sacks . . . had six catches for 37 yards vs. Liberty in 2005, including a 13-yard touchdown grab . . . made 29 tackles as a junior, including four sacks . . . caught 17 passes for 268 yards (15.8 avg.) and two TDs in 2004 . . . runs 4.7 in the 40 . . . son of Mylinda Coleman . . . born Oct. 3, 1987.

OGEMDI NWAGBUO
DT • 6-4 • 287
San Diego, Calif. (Southwestern College)

Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 9, 2006, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . JUNIOR COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Earned second-team All-Foothill Conference honors in 2005, playing for Coach Mike Pompa at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif. . . . recorded 55 tackles as a sophomore, including 10 sacks . . . anchored a defensive line that helped the Jaguars rank third in the Foothill Conference in rushing defense, allowing 132.7 yards per game . . . posted seven tackles, including two sacks, in the season finale vs. San Bernardino . . . produced a career-high nine stops, including one sack, vs. Victor Valley . . . blocked a field-goal attempt vs. College of the Desert that was returned for a touchdown . . . sat out the entire 2004 season . . . started nine games (seven games at defensive end and two at defensive tackle) as a true freshman . . . registered 45 tackles in 2003, including five sacks . . . scored his first collegiate touchdown vs. San Bernardino, recovering a fumble in the end zone early in the second quarter . . . played only one season of varsity football for Coach Karl Danielson at Mt. Miguel High School in Spring Valley, Calif. . . . born Dec. 24, 1985.

PATRICK RIGAN
DE • 6-5 • 230
Traverse City, Mich. (St. Francis High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top defensive ends by Rivals.com (No. 23) and Scouts Inc. (No. 68) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 79) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 3), the Lansing State Journal (No. 5), Detroit Free Press (No. 7) and The Detroit News (No. 13) . . . three-year starter for Coach Josh Sellers at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Mich., where he helped the Gladiators win two state championships (2003 and 2005) . . . Associated Press Class C all-state selection in 2005 . . . recorded 107 tackles (48 solos, 59 assists), including seven sacks, three interceptions and three pass break-ups as a senior . . . also caught 21 passes for 272 yards (12.9 avg.) and six touchdowns in 2005 . . . posted 75 stops (36 solos, 39 assists), including two sacks, despite being slowed by injuries (foot and shoulder) as a junior . . . registered 75 tackles (31 solos, 44 assists), including four sacks, and 12 pass break-ups as a sophomore . . . his prep career totals include 257 tackles, 13 sacks and five interceptions . . . attended Michigan State's 2005 summer football camp . . . plays center on the Gladiators' basketball team . . . son of Doug and Patricia Rigan . . . born June 19, 1987.

JOSH ROUSE
LB • 6-3 • 202
Newtown, Conn. (Valley Forge Military Academy)

Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 9, 2006, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Two-way starter (tight end and linebacker) and captain for Coach Dennis Orlando at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa. . . . recorded 96 tackles, including 35 for losses with five sacks, while helping Valley Forge to an 8-0 record in 2005 - its first undefeated season in 16 years . . . attended the same prep school that produced former Spartan All-America linebacker Julian Peterson (San Francisco 49ers) . . . two-year lettermen for Coach Ken Roberts at Newtown (Conn.) High School . . . started the first five games of 2004 at quarterback for the Nighthawks before a nagging ankle injury limited his playing time for the remainder of the season . . . sat out four games in 2003 due to transfer rules . . . in less than two full seasons, he completed 40-of-110 passes (.364) for 586 yards and five touchdowns . . . played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Conn. . . . runs 4.6 in the 40 . . . born Sept. 25, 1986 . . . majoring in general management.

ENRIQUE SHAW
DB • 6-1 • 188
Lexington, Ky. (Lafayette High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among Kentucky's top 20 seniors by SuperPrep (No. 17) and Rivals.com (No. 19) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Dixie Team . . . earned All-Southeast Region honors from PrepStar . . . second-team all-state selection by The (Louisville) Courier-Journal in 2005 . . . member of the Tremendous 26, a preseason list of the state's top prospects compiled by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association . . . three-year starter for Coach Mike Harmon at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Ky. . . . produced 100 all-purpose yards per game and scored a team-best eight touchdowns in 2005 . . . rushed for 341 yards (27 carries) and four TDs as a senior . . . had 32 catches for 332 yards (10.4 avg.) and two TDs in 2005 . . . recorded 36 tackles, two interceptions and forced two fumbles as a senior . . . registered 7.5 tackles for losses in 2005, including three sacks . . . returned a fumble 16 yards for a TD vs. Jeffersontown as a senior . . . accounted for two scores vs. Henry Clay in 2005, including a 75-yard TD run and an 11-yard TD grab . . . his father Eric played linebacker for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals (1992-94) . . . runs 4.55 in the 40 . . .son of Eric Shaw . . . born Aug. 9, 1987.

JOHN STIPEK
DT • 6-5 • 250
Macomb Township, Mich. (Dakota High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top defensive ends by Scouts Inc. (No. 40) . . . ranked among the state's top 20 seniors by The Detroit News (No. 11), Detroit Free Press (No. 14), Lansing State Journal (No. 14) and Rivals.com (No. 15) . . . Associated Press Class A all-state selection in 2005 . . . garnered All-Metro and All-Metro East honors from The Detroit News as a senior . . . three-year starter and two-year captain for Coach Mike Giannone at Dakota High School in Macomb, Mich. . . . helped the Cougars earn back-to-back trips to the state semifinals in 2004-05 . . . two-way starter saw action at offensive guard and defensive end . . . recorded 59 tackles, including 15 sacks, as a senior . . . returned an interception for a touchdown in 2005 . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The Detroit News in 2004 . . . attends the same high school that produced current Spartan offensive guard Kyle Cook . . . runs 4.8 in the 40 . . . son of Robert and Susan Stipek . . . born Oct. 2, 1987.

BRETT SWENSON
K • 5-8 • 151
Pompano Beach, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top five kickers by Rivals.com (No. 4) and Scout.com (No. 4) . . . Class 5A second-team all-state selection in 2005 by the Florida Sports Writers Association . . . first-team all-county pick by the Sun-Sentinel as a senior for Coach George Smith at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . scored 81 points in 2005, converting 7-of-11 field-goal attempts (.636) and 60-of-61 extra-point tries (.983) . . . 57 of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks in 2005 . . . earned Class 3A second-team all-state honors as a junior from the FSWA . . . first-team All-Broward County selection by The Miami Herald in 2004 . . . accounted for 44 points as a junior at Cardinal Gibbons, hitting 9-of-11 field-goal attempts (.818) and 17-of-18 PATs (.944) . . . connected on three field-goal attempts from 40-plus yards in 2004, including a career-best 45-yarder . . . 19 of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks as a junior . . . two-year starter for Coach Mike Morrill at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . his prep career totals include 16-of-22 field goals (.727), 77-of-79 PATs (.975) and 76 touchbacks . . . member of the National Society of High School Scholars . . . son of Gary and Celia Swenson . . . born Feb. 10, 1988.

DEVIN THOMAS
WR • 6-2 • 213
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Coffeyville Community College)

Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 9, 2006, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . has three years of eligibility remaining (three for three) . . . JUNIOR COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top 20 JUCO prospects by Rivals.com (No. 15) and Fab50recruiting.com . . . earned second-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors in 2005 . . . played for Coach Jeff Leiker at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College where he helped the Red Ravens to a 9-3 record in 2005 and a No. 9 ranking in the final NJCAA Poll . . . led the Red Ravens in receptions with 33 for 674 yards (20.4 avg.) and five touchdowns as a red-shirt freshman . . . finished No. 7 in receiving yards in NJCAA Region VI (61.3 per game) . . . his 1,161 all-purpose yards ranked second on the team . . . ranked No. 10 in the region in all-purpose yards, averaging 105.5 per game . . . returned 15 kickoffs for 339 yards (22.6 avg.), including a season-long 41-yarder . . . returned three punts for 92 yards (30.7 avg.) . . . gained 56 yards on five rushes (11.2 avg.) . . . had two catches for 38 yards vs. Georgia Military in the Golden Isles Bowl Classic, including a 29-yard TD grab from Trent Stepps in the second quarter . . . named NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week after hauling in five passes for 167 yards (33.4 avg.) and two TDs in Coffeyville's 40-26 second-round play-off win over No. 7 Garden City . . . returned two punts for 91 yards vs. Fort Scott, including a season-long 50-yarder in the second quarter that set up a touchdown . . . earned Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for his Sept. 10 performance vs. Hutchinson . . . caught two passes for 74 yards vs. Hutchinson, including a 24-yard TD reception from Woody Wilson and a 50-yard grab that set up another score . . . had four receptions for 116 yards (29.0 avg.) vs. Highland, scoring on TD strikes of 43 and 56 yards from Wilson . . . redshirted in 2004 . . . attended the same junior college that produced current Spartan wide receiver Kerry Reed . . . played against Spartan signee Nehemiah Warrick (Hutchinson) in junior college . . . two-year starter for Coach Tim Baechler at Canton (Mich.) High School . . . Detroit Free Press all-state (Division 1) selection in 2003 . . . earned second-team All-Metro honors from The Detroit News as a senior . . . named to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press All-West Teams in 2003 . . . intercepted six passes as a senior, returning one 54 yards for a TD vs. Livonia Churchill . . . accounted for more than 1,000 all-purpose yards and 18 TDs in 2003 . . . rushed for nearly 600 yards in 2003 . . . had 17 receptions for 440 yards (25.9 avg.) as a senior . . . began his prep football career at Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron . . . born Nov. 15, 1986.

KEN TINNEY
DB • 6-1 • 185
Ansonia, Conn. (Milford Academy)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's Top 20 prep school prospects by Rivals.com (No. 20) . . . accounted for 2,378 total yards and 27 touchdowns as a two-year starter at quarterback for Coach Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. . . . completed 52-of-103 throws (.505) for 843 yards and six TDs in 2005 while leading the Falcons to a 9-2 record . . . rushed for 533 yards (63 carries) and four scores in 2005 . . . also caught seven passes for 135 yards (19.3 avg.) and one TD in 2005 . . . produced 276 total yards vs. Army Prep, including an 84-yard TD run . . . threw two TD passes and ran for another score vs. St. John Fisher JV . . . scored on a 45-yard reception vs. Lehigh JV . . . joins prep school teammate Jason Diehl in signing 2006 National Letter of Intent with Michigan State . . . three-time all-state and all-conference selection for Coach Jack Hunt at Ansonia (Conn.) High School . . . named Connecticut's Player of the Year in 2003 by the New Haven Register . . . led the Chargers to back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2002-03 . . . ran for 218 yards and two scores, plus threw a TD pass in Ansonia's 55-0 victory over Cromwell in the 2003 Class S title game . . . voted MVP of the 2002 state championship game after rushing for 123 yards (21 attempts), including a 3-yard TD run, and returning an interception 36 yards for another score in a 44-14 victory over Notre Dame-Fairfield . . . carried the ball 10 times for 212 yards and three TDs - all in the first half - in the Chargers' 2002 semifinal win over Immaculate . . . runs 4.39 in the 40 . . . born April 18, 1986.

NEHEMIAH WARRICK
S • 6-1 • 198
Bradenton, Fla. (Hutchinson Community College)

Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 9, 2006, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . JUNIOR COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: NJCAA first-team All-American . . . rated among the nation's top 50 JUCO prospects by Rivals.com (No. 50) . . . earned first-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors as a sophomore for Coach Craig Jersild at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. . . ranked as the Blue Dragons' second-leading tackler in 2005, with 60 total tackles (46 solos, 14 assists) . . . recorded two interceptions and eight pass break-ups as a sophomore . . . started the 2005 season as a cornerback before making the transition to safety . . . posted nine tackles each vs. Dodge City (Oct. 23) and Coffeyville . . . made seven stops each vs. Butler and Air Force Prep . . . named NJCAA Co-Defensive Player of the Week after compiling seven tackles, including six solos, two interceptions and two pass break-ups in a 28-12 victory over Independence . . . also accounted for 131 all-purpose yards vs. Independence, returning a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter . . . produced eight tackles and recovered a fumble vs. Fort Scott . . . registered a career-high 10 tackles in the season opener vs. Dodge City . . . returned seven kickoffs vs. 208 yards . . . ranked third in NJCAA Region VI in kickoff returns, averaging 29.7 yards . . . returned two punts for 38 yards (19.0 avg.) . . . also caught three passes for 57 yards (19.0 avg.) . . . former walk-on had 36 receptions for 516 yards (14.3 avg.) and four TDs in 2004 . . . had four catches for 85 yards vs. Highland (Oct. 24), with three grabs resulting in scores . . . caught seven passes for a career-high 127 yards vs. Highland (Sept. 11) . . . had a career-best eight receptions for 45 yards vs. Independence . . . played against Spartan signee Devin Thomas (Coffeyville) in junior college . . . former high school teammate of current Spartan defensive back SirDarean Adams at Bayshore in Bradenton, Fla. . . . born June 26, 1985.

DAVID WILLIAMS
WR • 5-9 • 165
Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Invited to play in the June 2006 Big 33 Football Classic . . . named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" Team . . . accounted for 1,538 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior for Coach Terry Smith at Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pa. . . . caught 21 passes for 600 yards (28.6 avg.) and eight TDs in 2005 . . . rushed for 224 yards (32 carries) and five TDs as a senior . . . returned 16 kickoffs for 478 yards (29.9 avg.) and two scores, plus 12 punts for 236 yards (19.7 avg.) and three TDs in 2005 . . . his scoring plays covered an average of 48 yards as a senior . . . turned in his best performance of the 2005 season in the Gators' 31-16 victory over Bethel Park in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs when he rushed for 180 yards and four TDs while filling in for injured quarterback Aaron Smith . . . finished third on the team in receptions as a junior, with 13 for 293 yards (22.5 avg.) and six TDs . . . had two TD grabs each vs. Fox Chapel (31 and 35 yards) and Connellsville (28 and 25 yards) in 2004 . . . also competes in basketball and track . . . runs 4.4 in the 40 . . . nicknamed "D-Willy" . . . son of Glen and Shawn Williams . . . born Sept. 4, 1988.

T.J. WiLLIAMS
WR • 6-3 • 182
Tallahassee, Fla. (Fork Union Military Academy)

Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 9, 2006, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top 20 postgraduate prospects by Scout.com (No. 16) . . . played for Coach John Shuman at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy in 2005 where he caught 22 passes for 478 yards (21.7 avg.) and nine touchdowns . . . also saw action at cornerback in 2005 and intercepted four passes . . . attended the same prep school that produced former Spartan receiver Plaxico Burress (New York Giants) . . . originally signed with Clemson in 2005, coming out of Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla., where he played for Coach Wade Rollinson . . . participated in the 2004 California-Florida Bowl . . . rated among the nation's top 50 wide receivers by Rivals.com (No. 39) and Collegefootballnews.com (No. 50) . . . ranked among Florida's top 100 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 59) and SuperPrep (No. 79) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Dixie Team . . . had 37 receptions for 740 yards (20.0 avg.) and 11 TDs as a senior . . . also recorded 23 tackles, three interceptions and 10 pass break-ups in 2004 . . . caught 45 passes for over 1,000 yards and 11 TDs as a junior . . . made 24 tackles and three interceptions in 2003 . . . runs 4.4 in the 40 . . . his brother, Antonio Cromartie, played cornerback at Florida State (2003-05) . . . given name is Tyres Williams Jr. . . . born July 10, 1986 . . . no-preference major.

 

 

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