Mark Dantonio Introduces 2009 Recruiting Class
 
 
 

 

 
 

Feb. 4, 2009

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio announced his 2009 recruiting class Wednesday afternoon at a press conference inside the Skandalaris Center. Below is a look at each of the signees:


NamePos.Ht.Wt.Hometown (High School)
Denicos AllenS5-10205Hamilton, Ohio (Hamilton)
Edwin BakerRB5-10205Highland Park, Mich. (Oak Park)
David BarrentOT6-8295Clive, Iowa (Valley)
Larry CaperRB5-11215Battle Creek, Mich. (Battle Creek Central)
Henry ConwayOT6-6300Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights)
Dana DixonCB6-3180Detroit, Mich. (Renaissance)
Denzel DroneDE6-2230Plant City, Fla. (Plant City)
Bennie FowlerWR6-2200Bloomfield, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Dan FranceDT6-5275North Royalton, Ohio (North Royalton)
Corey FreemanDE6-3235Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)
Jeremy GainerLB6-1215Detroit, Mich. (Clarenceville)
TyQuan HammockLB6-1220Fort Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Luers)
Derek HoebingTE6-5245Vermilion, Ohio (Vermilion)
Jairus JonesS6-1195Tampa, Fla. (Wharton)
Nate KlattOL6-4290Clinton, Ohio (Northwest)
Andrew MaxwellQB6-3190Midland, Mich. (Midland)
Kevin MumaK6-0170Troy, Mich. (Troy)
Chris NormanLB6-2222Detroit, Mich. (Renaissance)
Micajah ReynoldsOL6-5315Lansing, Mich. (Sexton)
Dion SimsTE6-6240Pittsfield Township, Mich. (Orchard Lake St. Mary's)
Donald SpencerWR6-4199Ypsilanti, Mich. (Ypsilanti)
Blake TreadwellDT6-3270East Lansing, Mich. (East Lansing)
Patrick WhiteWR/CB5-11173Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington Central)

2009 Michigan State Football Recruiting Class Quick Facts:

National Rankings
• Max Preps/Tom Lemming: No. 12
• PrepStar: No. 15
• Rivals.com: No. 16
• Scouts, Inc.: No. 21

Recruiting Breakdown by State
• Michigan: 12
• Ohio: 7
• Florida: 2
• Indiana: 1
• Iowa: 1

Team Rankings by Position
• Tight End: Rivals.com No. 3
• Offensive Line: Rivals.com No. 4, Scout.com No. 12
• Linebacker: Rivals.com No. 8, Scout.com No. 11
• Running Back: Rivals.com No. 10, Scout.com No. 14
• Wide Receiver: Rivals.com No. 15, Scout.com No. 15

DENICOS ALLEN
S • 5-10 • 205 • Hamilton, Ohio
Hamilton High School • Coach Jim Place

Allen Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to SuperPrep's All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among the Midwest's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 80) . . . ranked among the nation's top linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 39) . . . listed among the state's top prospects by Ohio High Magazine (No. 13) and Rivals.com (No. 35) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 Classic . . . first-team All-Ohio (Division I) selection by the Associated Press . . . selected Ohio Defensive Player of the Year by TriStateFootball.com . . . earned AP All-Southwest District first-team honors . . . voted Southwest District (Division I) Co-Defensive Player of the Year . . . also named Butler County and Greater Miami Conference Defensive Player of the Year . . . three-year starter at linebacker for Coach Jim Place at Hamilton (Ohio) High School . . . 2008 team MVP recorded 158 tackles (111 solos, 47 assists) . . . produced 26 tackles for loss as a senior, including 12 sacks . . . also credited with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts . . . posted 21 tackles each vs. Lakota East and Middletown . . . also recorded six tackles for loss vs. Middletown, including three sacks . . . earned first-team All-GMC honors as a junior after registering 147 stops (115 solos, 32 assists) . . . tallied 11 tackles for loss in 2007, including three sacks . . . made 415 career tackles (301 solos, 114 assists), with 47 resulting in losses including 19 sacks . . . had four career interceptions, returning two for touchdowns . . . returned 15 kickoffs for 395 career yards (26.3 avg.) and one score . . . three-year letterman in wrestling, winning two district titles . . . expects to become a four-year letterman in track . . . helped the Big Blue's 4x400 relay place in the state finals . . . son of Eric Fleetwood and Sharelle Allen . . . born Aug. 9, 1990 . . . plans to major in business.

EDWIN BAKER
RB • 5-10 • 205 • Highland Park, Mich.
Oak Park High School • Coach Tim Hopkins

Baker Highlights

Edwin Baker is one of the top 10 running backs in the nation according to Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, Max Emfinger Recruiting and Rivals.com. [Photo by Domenic Centofanti]


HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but sat out the game with a knee injury . . . named to PrepStar's Dream Team . . . also earned All-America honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and SuperPrep . . . rated among the nation's top prospects by MaxPreps.com (No. 31), Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 35), PrepStar (No. 42), Rivals.com (No. 57), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 95) and ESPNU (No. 113) . . . ranked among the nation's top running backs by Tom Lemming (No. 5), Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 5), Rivals.com (No. 6), Scouts, Inc. (No. 11), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 11), SuperPrep (No. 15) and Scout.com (No. 20) . . . listed among the Midwest's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 15) . . . rated among the state's top prospects by Rivals.com (No. 2), Lansing State Journal (No. 3), The Detroit News (No. 4) and Detroit Free Press (No. 7) . . . played for Coach Tim Hopkins at Oak Park (Mich.) High School . . . carried 77 times for 863 yards (11.2 avg.) as a senior despite missing four games with a hyper-extended knee . . . ran for 236 yards vs. Southfield Lathrup . . . gained a career-best 462 yards vs. Royal Oak . . . rushed 113 times for 1,295 yards (11.5 avg.) and eight touchdowns as a junior . . . recorded four 200-yard rushing games in 2007, including a season-high 280 yards and two TDs on 29 attempts vs. West Bloomfield . . . picked up 230 yards and scored twice on 15 carries vs. Troy, including an 81-yard TD run . . . son of Edwin McDonald and Dashia Baker . . . born June 1, 1991 . . . plans to major in criminal justice.

DAVID BARRENT
OT • 6-8 • 295 • Clive, Iowa
Valley High School • Coach Gary Swenson

Barrent Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Represented the West Team in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas . . . named to PrepStar's Dream Team . . . also earned All-America honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and SuperPrep . . . rated among the nation's top prospects by ESPNU (No. 70), Rivals.com (No. 85), PrepStar (No. 85), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 91) and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 156) . . . listed among the Midwest's top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 6) . . . ranked among the Midlands' top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 18) . . . rated among the country's top offensive linemen by CFN.com (No. 14) and SuperPrep (No. 27) . . . listed among the nation's top offensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 9) and Scout.com (No. 27) . . . ranked among the country's top left tackles by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 15) . . . rated the state's No. 1 overall prospect by Rivals.com . . . two-year starter for Coach Gary Swenson at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa . . . earned consensus first-team all-state honors as a senior . . . two-time all-city selection . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Tigers rush for more than 3,100 yards en route to the 2008 Class 4A state championship (14-0 record) . . . started all 13 games as a junior for a team that finished 12-1 while advancing to the state semifinals . . . also participates in track and field, competing in the shot and discus . . . son of Rich and Laura Barrent . . . born July 24, 1990 . . . sports a 3.8 grade-point average . . . plans to major in mechanical engineering.

LARRY CAPER
RB • 5-11 • 215 • Battle Creek, Mich.
Battle Creek Central High School • Coach Doug Bess

Caper Highlights

Named an All-American by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, SuperPrep and PrepStar, Larry Caper is one of the top 100 prospects in the nation and rushed for 1,726 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior at Battle Creek Central High School. [Photo by Battle Creek Enquirer]


HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American . . . listed among the nation's top 100 prospects by PrepStar (No. 94) . . . ranked among the Midwest's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 10) and the Detroit Free Press (No. 20) . . . rated among the country's top running backs by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 4), SuperPrep (No. 12), Scouts, Inc. (No. 21), Tom Lemming (No. 27), Rivals.com (No. 28) and Scout.com (No. 35) . . . listed among the state's top 10 prospects by The Detroit News (No. 3), Detroit Free Press (No. 6), Lansing State Journal (No. 6) and Rivals.com (No. 7) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Game . . . Associated Press Division 1-2 All-State selection . . . named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team . . . four-year starter for Coach Doug Bess at Battle Creek (Mich.) Central High School . . . rushed 271 times for 1,726 yards (6.4 avg.) and 20 touchdowns as a senior . . . recorded nine 100-yard rushing games in 2008, including the last seven games in a row . . . carried 27 times for 242 yards and four TDs vs. Grand Ledge in the opening round of the 2008 Division 1 playoffs . . . scored on runs of 1, 36, 65 and 6 yards vs. Grand Ledge . . . gained a season-high 302 yards on 25 attempts and scored three TDs vs. Loy Norrix . . . rushed 46 times for 243 yards and three scores vs. Kalamazoo Central . . . returned three kickoffs for 120 yards (40.0 avg.) in 2008, including a 50-yard runback vs. Lumen Christi . . . carried 160 times for 1,473 yards (9.2 avg.) and 14 TDs as a junior . . . produced a school-record 4,226 career rushing yards . . . son of Larry Sr. and Darlene Caper . . . born Sept. 12, 1991 . . . plans to major in business.

HENRY CONWAY
OT • 6-6 • 300 • Shaker Heights, Ohio
Shaker Heights High School • Coach Anthony Watkins

Conway Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top left offensive tackles by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 20) . . . ranked among the country's top offensive tackles by Rivals.com (No. 78) . . . listed among the nation's top offensive guards by Scouts, Inc. (No. 39) . . . two-year starter for Coach Anthony Watkins at Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School . . . earned special mention on the Associated Press Division I All-Ohio Team as a senior . . . first-team AP Northeast Lakes All-District selection in 2008 . . . produced an average blocking grade of 90 percent while recording 30 pancake blocks . . . posted a career-best 10 pancakes vs. Chardon . . . also participates in track and field, competing in the shot put . . . won Lake Area League championship in the shot put as a junior, advancing to the district and regional finals . . . son of Henry Conway and Kathleen Moss . . . born Jan. 31, 1991 . . . no-preference major.

DANA DIXON
CB • 6-3 • 180 • Detroit, Mich.
Renaissance High School • Coach Antonio Watts

Dixon Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 70) . . . rated among the nation's top safeties by Rivals.com (No. 70) . . . ranked among the state's top prospects by The Detroit News (No. 17), Lansing State Journal (No. 21), Rivals.com (No. 25) and Detroit Free Press (No. 27) . . . first-team All-Detroit selection by the Detroit Free Press . . . played for Coach Antonio Watts at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Mich. . . . recorded 38 tackles (14 solos, 24 assists) and six interceptions as a senior . . . didn't allow a touchdown pass in 2008 . . . posted two interceptions each vs. Denby Tech and Pershing . . . matched his career high with nine tackles (7 solos, 2 assists) vs. Ford to go along with an interception . . . made eight stops (4 solos, 4 assists) and picked off a pass vs. Mumford . . . caught 14 passes for 222 yards (15.9 avg.) and one touchdown as a senior . . . averaged 34.6 yards on 20 punts in 2008, including a season-long 45-yarder . . . registered 39 tackles (14 solos, 25 assists) and two interceptions as a junior . . . had a career-best nine stops vs. Denby Tech in 2007 . . . also had 10 receptions for 189 yards (18.9 avg.) and two TDs as a junior . . . averaged 34.1 yards on 28 punts in 2007, including a career-long 69-yarder and 10 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line . . . contributed 25 tackles (10 solos, 15 assists) as a sophomore . . . high school teammate of Spartan football signee Chris Norman . . . member of Renaissance's state-record 4x100 relay . . . son of Susan Dixon . . . born May 16, 1991 . . . plans to major in business/finance.

DENZEL DRONE
DE • 6-2 • 230 Plant City, Fla.
Plant City High School • Coach Jason Strunk

Drone Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top rush defensive ends by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 12) . . . rated among the country's top strongside linebackers by Scouts.com (No. 64) . . . listed among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 75) . . . represented the East Team in the 2008 Hillsborough County All-Star Game . . . three-year starter at Plant City (Fla.) High School where he played for Kevin Kelley (2006-07) and Jason Strunk (2008) . . . spent two seasons at defensive end before moving to outside linebacker for his senior year . . . two-time honorable mention All-Hillsborough County selection by The Tampa Tribune . . . earned second-team All-Western Conference (Federal Division) honors as a senior . . . posted 22 tackles, including six sacks, and two interceptions in 2008 . . . also recovered five fumbles as a senior . . . made five stops each vs. Blake and Newsome . . . had three tackles plus forced and recovered two fumbles in a 12-9 victory over Riverview . . . had two catches for 20 yards as a tight end in 2008 . . . returned a kickoff 50 yards vs. Brandon . . . first-team All-Western Conference (Federal Division) selection as a junior after recording 93 tackles, with 46 resulting in losses including 11 sacks . . . named Plant City's Co-Outstanding Defensive Player in 2007 . . . also credited with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior . . . caught two passes for 36 yards in 2007 . . . averaged 4.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists for Coach Dale Chambers during the Raiders' 2007-08 basketball season . . . son of Damandyln Drone . . . born March 9, 1990 . . . no-preference major.

BENNIE FOWLER
WR • 6-2 • 200 • Bloomfield, Mich.
Detroit Country Day • Coach Dan MacLean

Fowler Highlights

Bennie Fowler, who is ranked among the top 100 wide receivers in the nation by Scouts, Inc., accounted for 1,478 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior in leading Detroit Country Day to the 2008 Michigan Division 4 state championship game. [Photo by Detroit Free Press]


HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 72) . . . rated among the nation's top wide receivers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 80) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 15), Rivals.com (No. 15), The Detroit News (No. 16) and Detroit Free Press (No. 16) . . . named to the Detroit Free Press All-State Team (Division 4) . . . honorable mention all-state selection as an all-purpose player by the Associated Press . . . selected to the All-County Dream Team by The Oakland Press and All-North Team by The Detroit News . . . two-year starter for Coach Dan MacLean at Detroit Country Day High School in Beverly Hills, Mich., helping the Yellow Jackets advance to the 2008 Division 4 state championship game . . . accounted for 1,478 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior . . . had 32 receptions for 683 yards (21.3 avg.) and six TDs in 2008 . . . rushed 52 times for 455 yards (8.8 avg.) and eight TDs as a senior . . . contributed 16 tackles, including three sacks, and three pass break-ups in 2008 . . . returned five punts for 218 yards (43.5 avg.), including an 80-yarder for a score vs. Dearborn . . . also returned five kickoffs for 122 yards (24.4 avg.) . . . produced 160 all-purpose yards (11 rushes for 76 yards and 5 catches for 84 yards) vs. Holland Christian in the 2008 state championship game . . . accounted for 265 all-purpose yards and scored three rushing TDs vs. Muskegon Heights in the state semifinals . . . caught four passes for 109 yards and a score vs. Ottawa Hills, including a 73-yard grab . . . had 12 receptions for 265 yards (22.1 avg.) and four TDs as a junior . . . sidelined for five games during the 2007 campaign with a broken collarbone . . . caught 44 career passes for 903 yards (20.5 avg.) and 10 TDs . . . rushed 58 times for 542 career yards (9.3 avg.) and nine TDs . . . won the Oakland County 100-meter and state long jump titles in 2008 . . . member of the Yellow Jackets' 2007 state championship basketball team . . . son of Bennie Fowler Jr. and Teresa Gueyser . . . born June 10, 1991 . . . plans to major in business/management.

DAN FRANCE
DT • 6-5 • 275 • North Royalton, Ohio
North Royalton High School • Coach Nick Ciulli

France Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top strongside defensive ends by Rivals.com (No. 21) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 108) . . . listed among Ohio's top seniors by The Plain Dealer (No. 13) and Rivals.com (No. 22) . . . rated the state's best blocker among tight ends by OhioVarsity.com . . . also ranked among the state's top tight ends by OhioVarsity.com (No. 6 overall) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Ohio North-South All-Star Classic . . . three-year starter for Coach Nick Ciulli at North Royalton (Ohio) High School . . . honorable mention Associated Press Northeast Lakes All-District (Division I) selection as a senior . . . sidelined for five games in 2008 with a broken hand . . . earned second-team All-Ohio and first-team All-Northeast Ohio Conference (Lake Division) honors as a junior . . . made 150 combined tackles over his junior and senior seasons, including 13 sacks . . . recorded a career-best four sacks vs. Revere in 2007 . . . three-year starter for the North Royalton basketball team . . . currently averaging 13.2 points and 8.4 rebounds for the Bears . . . scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter of a 72-69 victory over Lakewood earlier this season . . . AP Northeast Lakes All-District first-team selection in basketball as a junior . . . son of John and Judy France . . . born April 1, 1991 . . . sports a 3.5 grade-point average . . . plans to major in business/marketing.

COREY FREEMAN
DE • 6-3 • 235 • Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Cleveland Heights High School • Coach Jeff Rotsky

Freeman Highlights

Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 12, 2009, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . earned first-team All-Ohio, first-team all-district and first-team All-Lake Erie League honors in 2007 . . . recorded 91 tackles as a senior, with 30 resulting in losses including 14.5 sacks . . . also blocked four field goals, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble in 2007 . . . four-year letterman for Coach Jeff Rotsky at Cleveland Heights (Ohio) High School . . . originally signed a National Letter of Intent to attend West Virginia coming out of high school . . . born Sept. 22, 1989 . . . son of Pamela Sloan and nephew of Calvin Locke . . . no-preference major.

JEREMY GAINER
LB • 6-1 • 215 • Detroit, Mich.
Clarenceville High School • Coach Ryan Irish

Gainer Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 59) . . . ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 15) and Tom Lemming (No. 24) . . . rated among the country's top weakside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 24) . . . listed among the state's top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 10), Lansing State Journal (No. 13) and The Detroit News (No. 14) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Game . . . named to The Detroit News (Division 5-6) and Detroit Free Press (Division 5) All-State Teams . . . selected to The Detroit News All-Metro West and Detroit Free Press All-West Teams . . . three-year starter for Coach Ryan Irish at Clarenceville High School in Livonia, Mich. . . . two-time Metro Conference Defensive MVP . . . recorded 100 tackles in 2008, with 15 resulting in losses including five sacks, and forced five fumbles . . . had 12 catches for 225 yards (18.8 avg.) as a senior . . . rushed 45 times for 375 yards (8.3 avg.) in 2008 . . . accounted for six total touchdowns as a senior . . . registered 97 tackles and seven interceptions in 2007 . . . also credited with nine forced fumbles as a junior . . . scored 10 total TDs in 2007 . . . his career totals include 238 tackles, eight sacks, seven interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and 18 total TDs . . . four-year letterman in both basketball and track . . . his 10.9 in the 100 ranks among the best times in Trojan track history . . . son of Jerome and Kimberly Gainer . . . born April 8, 1991 . . . sports a 3.3 grade-point average . . . plans to major in business/management.

TYQUAN HAMMOCK
LB • 6-1 • 220 • Fort Wayne, Ind.
Bishop Luers High School • Coach Matt Lindsay

Hammock Highlights

TyQuan Hammock set a school record with 32 sacks, breaking the mark previously held by Anthony Spencer (Dallas Cowboys). One of the top linebacker recruits in the country, Hammock was rated the No. 7 senior in the state of Indiana by Rivals.com. [Photo by Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette]


HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Tom Lemming (No. 19) . . . rated among the country's top strongside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 25) . . . listed among the nation's top inside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 36) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 45) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 56) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 7) . . . featured on the 2008 Butkus Award High School Watch List . . . four-year starter for Coach Matt Lindsay at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. . . . two-time Associated Press All-State (Class 2A) selection . . . two-time Top 50 All-State selection by the Indiana Football Coaches Association . . . named to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's All-Northeast Team . . . two-time All-Summit Athletic Conference pick . . . recorded 113 tackles, four fumble recoveries and an interception as a senior . . . posted 21 tackles for loss, including 7.5 sacks, in 2008 . . . played his best all-around game of the 2008 season vs. Fort Wayne Snider, posting 15 tackles including four sacks . . . produced 145 tackles as a junior, including 13 sacks . . . made 434 career tackles . . . set school record with 32 career sacks, breaking the mark previously held by Anthony Spencer (Dallas Cowboys) . . . also has lettered in baseball and wrestling for the Knights . . . hit .261 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 31 games for the 2008 Class 2A state championship team . . . batted .357 with three homers and 11 RBI in 11 games as a sophomore . . . son of Lawrence and Scherry Hammock . . . born Feb. 25, 1991 . . . plans to major in communication.

DEREK HOEBING
TE • 6-5 • 245 • Vermilion, Ohio
Vermilion High School • Coach Frank Horvath

Hoebing Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top tight ends by Scout.com (No. 64) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among the state's top tight ends by OhioVarsity.com (No. 9) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Ohio North-South All-Star Classic . . . three-year starter at tight end and outside linebacker for Coach Frank Horvath at Vermilion (Ohio) High School . . . honorable mention All-Ohio selection in 2008 . . . earned first-team All-West Shore Conference, first-team All-Lorain County and first-team Associated Press Northeast Lakes All-District (Division III) honors as a senior . . . selected as the team's Lineman of the Year in 2008 . . . recorded 44 tackles as a senior . . . had 15 receptions for 135 yards (9.0 avg.) in 2008 . . . credited with 130 career tackles . . . three-year letterman on the Vermilion basketball team . . . currently averaging 9.3 points and 12.4 rebounds for the Sailors . . . son of Danielle Hoebing . . . born Jan. 4, 1991 . . . member of the National Honor Society . . . no-preference major.

JAIRUS JONES
S • 6-1 • 195 • Tampa, Fla.
Wharton High School • Coach David Mitchell

Jones Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top safeties by Scouts, Inc. (No. 37) and Scout.com (No. 83) . . . rated among the country's top athletes by Rivals.com (No. 73) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Dixie Team . . . listed among Florida's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 81) . . . three-year starter for Coach David Mitchell at Wharton High School in Tampa, Fla. . . . Class 5A first-team all-state selection in 2008 . . . first-team All-Hillsborough County pick by The Tampa Tribune as a senior . . . represented the East Team in the 2008 Hillsborough County All-Star Game . . . two-time first-team All-Western Conference selection . . . led the county with 188 tackles (124 solos, 64 assists) as a senior . . . also led the Wildcats with four interceptions and four blocked kicks (three fields goals and a punt) in 2008 . . . recorded double-figure tackles in all 12 games as a senior, including a season-high 20 stops vs. Riverview . . . made 19 tackles each vs. Alonso, Mitchell and Armwood . . . accounted for 1,636 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns in 2008 . . . had 46 receptions for 842 yards (18.3 avg.) and 12 TDs as a senior . . . posted four 100-yard receiving games in 2008, including the last three contests . . . caught six passes for 153 yards and two scores vs. Chamberlain . . . had six catches for 113 yards each vs. Alonso (2 TDs) and Middleton (TD) . . . had a career-best seven receptions for 138 yards vs. Gaither . . . rushed 16 times for 127 yards (7.9 avg.) and six TDs as a senior . . . played a solid all-around game in a 28-21 victory over Wesley Chapel in 2008, registering 14 tackles, two fourth-quarter interceptions and scoring twice (TD reception and run) . . . scored four TDs each vs. Alonso and Plant City . . . returned 20 punts for 298 yards (14.9 avg.) and 11 kickoffs for 284 yards (25.8 avg.) as a senior . . . earned third-team all-state and second-team All-Hillsborough County honors as a junior after recording 89 tackles (56 solos, 33 assists) and an interception . . . produced 1,070 all-purpose yards and five TDs in 2007 . . . rushed for 332 yards and three TDs on 60 carries as a junior despite being slowed by a shoulder injury . . . had 14 catches for 300 yards (21.4 avg.) and two scores in 2007 . . . third-team all-state choice as a sophomore . . . burst onto the prep scene with a 71-yard punt return for a TD and a 64-yard interception return for another score vs. Wesley Chapel in 2006 . . . son of James Jones and Sheilia Perry-Jones . . . father James played fullback for the National Football League's Detroit Lions (1983-88) . . . born June 6, 1990 . . . plans to major in business.

NATE KLATT
OL • 6-4 • 290 • Clinton, Ohio
Northwest High School • Coach Vic Whiting

Klatt Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top centers by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 4), Rivals.com (No. 5), Scout.com (No. 9) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 14) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 96) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 16) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 Classic . . . three-year starter at center for Coach Vic Whiting at Northwest High School in Canal Fulton, Ohio . . . two-time Associated Press Division III All-Ohio (first-team) selection . . . two-time AP Northeast Inland All-District and All-Northeastern Buckeye Conference selection . . . first-team All-Stark County pick in 2008 . . . recorded 77 pancake blocks as a senior while anchoring an offensive line that helped the Indians average 340.0 rushing yards per game . . . didn't allow a sack in 2008 while producing an average blocking grade of 92 percent . . . named team MVP as a junior . . . also has lettered in baseball (2005-06), track (2008-09) and weightlifting (2005-09) . . . son of Dan and Mary Klatt . . . born Aug. 4, 1990 . . . earned a spot on the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association 2008 All-Academic Team thanks to his 3.95 grade-point average . . . plans to major in business.

ANDREW MAXWELL
QB • 6-3 • 190 • Midland, Mich.
Midland High School • Coaches Terry Wilczek, Eric Methner

Maxwell Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top pro-style quarterbacks by Rivals.com (No. 9) . . . rated among the country's top drop-back quarterbacks by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 18) . . . listed among the nation's top quarterbacks by Scouts, Inc. (No. 18) and Scout.com (No. 36) . . . ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 54) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 4), Rivals.com (No. 4), The Detroit News (No. 5) and Lansing State Journal (No. 7) . . . received Associated Press All-State special mention in 2008 . . . first-team All-Saginaw Valley League selection as a senior . . . started 45 of 48 career varsity games played at Midland (Mich.) High School . . . played for both Terry Wilczek and Eric Methner at Midland . . . completed 151-of-254 throws (.594) for 2,032 yards, 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2008 while leading the Chemics to a 10-2 record . . . recorded two 200-yard passing games as a senior . . . hit 27-of-48 passes for 270 yards, three TDs and one interception vs. Davison in the 2008 regional final . . . threw for 172 yards and four scores in a 43-40 victory over Flint Southwestern . . . connected on 16-of-21 tosses for 188 yards and three TDs vs. Flint Central . . . completed 12-of-14 throws for 174 yards and five TDs vs. Flint Northern . . . participated in the 2008 Nike Elite 11 Quarterback Camp . . . hit 134-of-262 passes (.510) for 2,024 yards, 18 TDs and seven interceptions as a junior while leading Midland to the Division 2 state championship game . . . set 14 school single-game, single-season and career passing records . . . completed 387-of-778 career passes (.497) for 5,488 yards, 54 TDs and 34 interceptions . . . also lettered in track and field, advancing to the Division 2 state finals in the high jump as a junior . . . son of Mark and Karen Maxwell . . . born Jan. 7, 1991 . . . sports a 4.55 grade-point average and ranks in the top 10 percent of his class . . . member of the National Honor Society . . . serves as president of the Midland student council . . . plans to major in communication/journalism.

KEVIN MUMA
K • 6-0 • 170 • Troy, Mich.
Troy High School • Coach Gary Griffith

Muma Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PARADE All-American . . . selected Division 1-2 first-team all-state by The Detroit News and Associated Press . . . named to the All-County Dream Team by The Oakland Press . . . selected to play in the 2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Game . . . starting quarterback also handled the punting, placekicking and kickoffs chores for Coach Gary Griffith at Troy (Mich.) High School . . . accounted for 1,404 total yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior . . . completed 46 percent of his passes for 966 yards, six TDs and eight interceptions in 2008 . . . rushed for 438 yards and five scores as a senior . . . led the Colts in scoring with 99 points in 2008 . . . converted 12-of-19 field-goal attempts (.632) as a senior, including a school-record 52-yarder, and made 33-of-35 extra-point tries (.943) . . . 43 of his 55 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks (.782) . . . averaged 37.4 yards on 28 punts in 2008, including nine kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line . . . hit a career-long 53-yard punt vs. Southfield . . . produced 281 total yards and two TDs vs. Clarkston . . . threw for a career-best 184 yards and a TD plus rushed 18 times for 97 yards and another score vs. Clarkston . . . ran for a career-high 120 yards and two TDs on 17 carries vs. Southfield . . . scored a career-high 19 points vs. Oak Park . . . matched his career high with three field goals in a 23-22 victory over West Bloomfield . . . scored 48 points as a junior, hitting 12-of-22 field-goal attempts (.545) and 48-of-50 PATS (.960) . . . made a career high three field goals vs. Clarkston . . . averaged 33.3 yards on 30 punts, including 17 kicks down inside the opponent's 20 . . . averaged 56.7 yards on 75 kickoffs, producing 48 touchbacks . . . his prep career totals include 24-of-41 field-goal attempts (.585) and 81-of-85 PATS (.953) . . . 91 of his 130 career kickoffs resulted in touchbacks (.700) . . two-year starter at point guard for the Colts' basketball team . . . also lettered in track, competing in the distance races . . . son on Bruce and Lisa Muma . . . born Nov. 2, 1990 . . . plans to major in business management.

CHRIS NORMAN
LB • 6-2 • 222 • Detroit, Mich.
Renaissance High School • Coach Antonio Watts

Norman Highlights

Chris Norman, a high school finalist for the 2008 Butkus Award, is rated the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report. [Photo by Gary Malerba]


HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top prospects by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 36) . . . rated among the country's top outside linebackers by Tom Lemming (No. 3), Rivals.com (No. 6) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 28) . . . listed among the nation's top strongside linebackers by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 8) and Scout.com (No. 8) . . . ranked among the country's top linebackers by SuperPrep (No. 27) . . . named high school finalist for the 2008 Butkus Award . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 18) . . . listed among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 2), Rivals.com (No. 3), Detroit Free Press (No. 3) and The Detroit News (No. 10) . . . three-year starter for Coach Antonio Watts at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Mich. . . . Associated Press Division 5-6 All-State first-team selection in 2008 . . . first-team All-Detroit pick by the Detroit Free Press as a senior . . . recorded 109 tackles (51 solos, 58 assists) in 2008, with 34 resulting in losses including 6.5 sacks (58 yards) . . . posted double-figure tackles in six games as a senior . . . registered 15 tackles vs. Detroit Central, including two sacks (13 yards) . . . made 14 stops and recovered a fumble in a 20-0 victory over Denby Tech . . . produced a career-best 18 tackles vs. Mumford, including two sacks (19 yards) . . . credited with 13 stops, including a sack, and a fumble recovery vs. Detroit Pershing . . . recorded 97 tackles, three interceptions and five pass break-ups as a junior while anchoring a Phoenix defensive unit that allowed just 12 points per game . . . notched 19 tackles for loss in 2007, including seven sacks . . . contributed 42 tackles (13 solos, 29 assists) as a sophomore . . . produced double-digit tackles in 11 career games . . . also lettered in track and field . . . son of Ronnette Black . . . born May 31, 1991 . . . sports a 3.2 grade-point average . . . plans to major in business.

MICAJAH REYNOLDS
OL • 6-5 • 315 • Lansing, Mich.
Sexton High School • Coach Dan Boggan

Reynolds Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top offensive guards by Scouts, Inc. (No. 33), Rivals.com (No. 59) and Scout.com (No. 78) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 86) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 11), Lansing State Journal (No. 17), The Detroit News (No. 18) and Rivals.com (No. 20) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Game . . . two-year, two-way starter for Coach Dan Boggan at Sexton High School in Lansing, Mich. . . . named to the Detroit Free Press and Lansing State Journal Dream Teams in 2008 . . . first-team Associated Press Division 3-4 All-State selection as a senior . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Big Reds average 260 rushing yards and 27.5 points per game in 2008 . . . recorded 37 pancake blocks as a senior . . . saw action in six games at defensive tackle in 2008 and produced 40 tackles, including three sacks . . . also recovered three fumbles as a senior . . . earned all-league honors in 2007 after helping Sexton average 31 points per game en route to an 8-4 record . . . didn't allow a sack as a junior . . . son of Roosevelt Nix and Delilah Reynolds . . . born Jan. 24, 1991 . . . plans to major in business.

DION SIMS
TE • 6-6 • 245 • Pittsfield Township, Mich.
Orchard Lake St. Mary's • Coach George Porritt

Sims Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American . . . listed among the nation's top 100 prospects by PrepStar (No. 54) . . . ranked among the country's top tight ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 5), Rivals.com (No. 5) and Scout.com (No. 29) . . . also rated among the nation's top pass-catching tight ends by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 20) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by the Detroit Free Press (No. 10) and SuperPrep (No. 24). . . ranked among the state's top seniors by The Detroit News (No. 2), Lansing State Journal (No. 4), Detroit Free Press (No. 5) and Rivals.com (No. 8) . . . played for Coach George Porritt at Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's . . . suffered a knee injury in the 2008 season opener and missed the next seven games . . . played in only two games as a senior and had four catches for 86 yards (21.5 avg.) and one touchdown . . . earned first-team all-state, first-team all-area and first-team All-Oakland County honors in 2007 . . . named first-team All-North as a linebacker by The Detroit News . . . also selected second-team all-metro as a linebacker . . . led the Eaglets in receptions as a junior with 29 for 604 yards (20.8 avg.) and three TDs . . . 11 of his 29 catches resulted in gains of 20 or more yards . . . recorded 39.5 tackles in 2007, with seven resulting in losses including 2.5 sacks . . . caught six passes for 64 yards vs. East Grand Rapids . . . produced a season-high 7.5 tackles vs. Renaissance, with 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage including 1.5 sacks . . . had five catches for 83 yards vs. Detroit Catholic Central . . . caught two passes for 121 yards vs. Divine Child . . . returned a fumble 28 yards for a score vs. Toledo St. Francis . . . also ranked among Oakland County's Top 50 basketball players by The Oakland Press (No. 3) . . . son of Donald Sims and Classie Massey . . . born Feb. 18, 1991 . . . plans to major in business.

DONALD SPENCER
WR • 6-4 • 199 • Ypsilanti, Mich.
Ypsilanti High School • Coach David Poole

Spencer Highlights

Donald Spencer earned a spot on SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams. [Photo by Leisa Thompson, The Ann Arbor News]


Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 12, 2009, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top flankers by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 20) . . . rated among the country's top wide receivers by Rivals.com (No. 37) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 50) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 65) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 9), Rivals.com (No. 11), The Detroit News (No. 13) and Detroit Free Press (No. 17) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Game . . . three-year starter for Coach David Poole at Ypsilanti (Mich.) High School, helping the Braves to a combined record of 21-8 (.724) . . . named to the Detroit Free Press Division 2 All-State Team as a defensive back in 2008 . . . honorable mention Associated Press All-State selection as an all-purpose player . . . also earned all-conference and all-county recognition as a senior . . . caught at least one pass in 19 consecutive games . . . had 27 receptions for 303 yards (11.2 avg.) and four touchdowns in 2008 . . . caught two passes for 70 yards and a score vs. Highland Park . . . had four catches for 50 yards and two TDs vs. Romulus . . . had four receptions for 73 yards vs. Milan . . . threw a 64-yard TD pass in the 2008 season finale vs. Dexter . . . recorded 14.5 tackles and three interceptions as a senior . . . caught 18 passes for 335 yards (18.6 avg.) and five scores as a junior . . . had three catches for 93 yards and a TD vs. Dexter in 2007 . . . produced a career-best 29 tackles (17 solos, 12 assists) as a junior . . . had three receptions for 40 yards (13.3 avg.) as a sophomore . . . contributed 25 tackles (7 solos, 18 assists) and an interception in 2006 . . . three-year letterman in track and field . . . finished 10th in the high jump on the Braves' 2008 Division 2 state championship team . . . also won two letters in basketball . . . son of Donald Spencer Sr. and Kathi Weathers . . . born Jan. 18, 1991 . . . majoring in criminal justice.

BLAKE TREADWELL
DT • 6-3 • 270 • East Lansing, Mich.
East Lansing High School • Coach Bill Feraco

Treadwell Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top centers by Rivals.com (No. 3) and Scout.com (No. 4) . . . rated among the country's top offensive guards by Scouts, Inc. (No. 48) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 37) . . . ranked among the state's top 10 seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 2), Lansing State Journal (No. 5), The Detroit News (No. 8) and Rivals.com (No. 9) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Game . . . two-year, two-way starter for Coach Bill Feraco at East Lansing (Mich.) High School, helping the Trojans win back-to-back Division 3 district titles . . . first-team Associated Press Division 3-4 All-State selection as a senior . . . named Area Defensive Player of the Year by the Lansing State Journal . . . anchored an East Lansing defensive unit that allowed just 14.3 points per game in 2008 . . . recorded 69 tackles as a senior, with 15 resulting in losses including six sacks . . . post six tackles vs. DeWitt, including a 5-yard sack . . . made six stops vs. Owosso, including an 8-yard sack . . . registered a season-best eight tackles vs. Flint Carmen-Ainsworth, including three for losses with a sack, and recovered a fumble . . . received AP Division 3-4 All-State special mention as a junior . . . averaged better than seven tackles per game in 2007 . . . produced 13 tackles for loss as a junior, including six sacks . . . left tackle played a key role on an offensive line that helped the Trojans average 341.0 total yards and 27.4 points per game in 2007 . . . credited with 176 career tackles, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries . . . his career defensive totals include 28 tackles for loss, including 12 sacks . . . two-time letterman in track and field, qualifying for the state meet in the shot put . . . also lettered in basketball . . . son of Don and Lola Treadwell . . . born Oct. 29, 1990 . . . no-preference major.

PATRICK WHITE
WR/CB • 5-11 • 173 • Pickerington, Ohio
Pickerington Central High School • Coach Jay Sharrett

White Highlights

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 12, 2009, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top wide receivers by Rivals.com (No. 56) . . . rated among the country's top cornerbacks by Scouts, Inc. (No. 69) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 68) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 25) . . . rated among the state's top 10 cornerbacks by OhioVarsity.com (No. 5) . . . four-year starter for Coach Jay Sharrett at Pickerington (Ohio) Central High School, helping the Tigers to a combined record of 24-2 over his junior and senior seasons . . . two-time first-team Associated Press Central All-District selection . . . selected Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year as a senior . . . also earned first-team all-conference, all-county and all-metro honors . . . led the team with 43 receptions for 637 yards (14.8 avg.) and six touchdowns in 2008 . . . recorded 58 tackles, four interceptions and 23 pass break-ups as a senior . . . had five catches for 42 yards and an interception vs. Cincinnati Elder in the Division I state semifinals . . . scored on a 38-yard reception off a fake punt in the Tigers' 7-3 victory over Hilliard Davidson in the regional championship game . . . returned a missed field goal 97 yards for a TD vs. Groveport Madison . . . had four receptions for 78 yards vs. Springfield, including a 44-yard TD grab . . . caught 41 passes for 464 yards (11.3 avg.) and three scores as a junior . . . registered 42 tackles, 26 pass break-ups and a fumble recovery in 2007 . . . had three interceptions as a junior, returning one 47 yards for a TD . . . set 19 school single-game, single-season and career records (including 100 career receptions) . . . three-year letterman in track . . . son of Terry White and Pamela Banks . . . born Dec. 19, 1990 . . . majoring in pre-medical.