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Mark Dantonio Introduces 2007 Football Recruiting Class
 
 
 
Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio addresses the media during a press conference to introduce the 20 members of the 2007 recruiting class.
 
Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio addresses the media during a press conference to introduce the 20 members of the 2007 recruiting class.
 
 

Feb. 7, 2007

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Michigan State first-year head coach Mark Dantonio has announced his 2007 recruiting class. Below is a look at each of the signees:

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ANDRE ANDERSON
RB • 5-9 • 182
Barrington, Ill. (Barrington High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 49) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among the state's top 30 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 19) . . . earned first-team all-state (Class 8A) honors from the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and MaxPreps.com . . . second-team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune . . . selected Cook County All-Area MVP by The Daily Herald . . . received all-conference honors (Mid-Suburban League) from the Chicago Tribune . . . rushed for 2,131 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior . . . ran for 165 yards and a TD vs. Park Ridge Maine South . . . carried 27 times for 223 yards and scored four TDs vs. Oak Park River Forest in the first round of the 2006 Class 8A playoffs . . . also scored four rushing TDs vs. Conant . . . gained 1,850 rushing yards and scored 17 TDs as a junior . . . two-year starter for Coach Joe Sanchez at Barrington (Ill.) High School, helping the Broncos advance to the Class 8A quarterfinals in 2005 and 2006 . . . son of Andre and Debra Anderson . . . his cousin Damien Anderson played running back at Northwestern (1998-2001) . . . born June 24, 1988.

AARON BATES
P • 6-0 • 190
New Concord, Ohio (John Glenn High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to participate in June 2007 Ohio North-South Classic in Columbus . . . two-time first-team All-Ohio selection as the placekicker/punter . . . averaged 43.2 yards per punt as a senior . . . made nine field goals in 2006, including a school- and Muskingum Valley League-record 50-yarder vs. Tri-Valley . . . placed 85 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone in 2006 . . . also started at quarterback for Coach John Kelley at John Glenn High School in New Concord, Ohio . . . accounted for 844 total yards and six touchdowns in 2006 while helping the Muskies advance to the Division III playoffs . . . completed 50-of-110 passes (.455) for 775 yards, five TDs and two interceptions . . . hit 6-of-8 throws for 146 yards and two scores vs. Morgan . . . averaged 42.4 yards per punt as a junior . . . currently averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists for John Glenn's basketball team . . . has scored in double figures in 15 of 18 games in 2006-07 . . . owns a 4.0 grade-point average . . . member of the National Honor Society . . . competes in The Voice of Democracy . . . son of Jon and Mary Bates . . . born Sept. 25, 1988 . . . plans to major in business.

GARRETT CELEK
TE • 6-5 • 240
Cincinnati, Ohio (LaSalle High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among the state's top 50 seniors by Scout.com (No. 47) . . . honorable mention All-Southwest Ohio selection as a senior . . . two-time All-Greater Catholic League selection . . . two-year starter at left tackle for Coach Tom Grippa at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . also competes in track and field, ranking among the best discus throwers in Southwest Ohio . . . won the Greater Catholic League discus title as a junior . . . son of Steve and Debbie Celek . . . brother Brent earned four letters at Cincinnati (2003-06) where he became the Bearcats' career leader in receptions (88), receiving yards (1,114) and touchdowns (14) by a tight end . . . born May 29, 1988 . . . plans to pursue a degree in either education or business.

KIRK COUSINS
QB • 6-3 • 181
Holland, Mich. (Holland Christian High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the state's top 30 seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 10) and Rivals.com (No. 27) . . . honorable mention all-state selection in 2006 . . . honorable mention Academic All-State selection by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association . . . two-year starter at quarterback for Coach Tim Lont at Holland (Mich.) Christian High School where he set 35 school passing and total offense records (career, single-season and single-game marks) . . . named Area Player of the Year after completing 130-of-231 throws (.563) for 2,088 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior . . . all-conference quarterback led the Maroons to a program-best 7-3 record in 2006 while qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in school history . . . set school single-game passing records for completions (23), attempts (38) and yards (289) vs. Greenville in 2006 . . . had a school-record four TD passes vs. Reeths-Puffer as a senior . . . participated in the 2006 Top Flight Quarterback Camp . . . started six games at quarterback as a junior before being sidelined with a foot injury . . . hit 68-of-135 throws (.504) for 1,116 yards, 12 TDs and eight interceptions . . . completed 198-of-366 career passes (.541) for 3,204 yards, 40 TDs and 18 interceptions . . . threw three or more TD passes in nine of his 16 career games played . . . has earned all-conference honors in three sports: football, baseball (pitcher) and basketball . . . son of Don and MaryAnn Cousins . . . brother Kyle is a pitcher at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Mich.) . . . sports a 4.0 grade-point average in his core courses . . . plans to pursue a degree in medicine.

B.J. CUNNINGHAM
WR • 6-2 • 200
Westerville, Ohio (Westerville South High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among Ohio's top 50 seniors by Scout.com (No. 34) and Rivals.com (No. 38) . . . earned special mention on the Associated Press Division I All-Ohio team in 2006 . . . two-time all-district and all-conference selection . . . two-year starter for Coach Rocky Pentello at Westerville (Ohio) South High School . . . had 45 receptions for 770 yards (17.1 avg.) and nine touchdowns as a senior . . . caught seven passes for 116 yards and three scores vs. Dublin Coffman . . . scored on a 42-yard pass play and intercepted two passes vs. Mount Vernon . . . had seven catches for 140 yards and two TDs vs. Grove City . . . caught 45 passes for 700 yards (15.6 avg.) and 15 TDs as a junior . . . had 90 career receptions for 1,470 yards (16.3 avg.) and 24 TDs . . . three-year starter for Coach Ed Calo on the Wildcats' basketball team . . . had a 30-point, 16-rebound effort vs. Mount Vernon earlier this season . . . selected Ohio Capital Conference Central Division Player of the Year in 2005-06 . . . also has participated in track and field and soccer . . . son of Brian and Kim Cunningham . . . born May 29, 1989 . . . plans to major in communication.

MARK DELL
WR • 6-2 • 185
Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . rated among the country's top 150 players by ESPN.com (No. 103 on ESPN 150) . . . ranked among the nation's top wide receivers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 18), Rivals.com (No. 21) and Scout.com (No. 58) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by Scouts, Inc. (No. 11), SuperPrep (No. 32) and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 61) . . . rated the No. 1 wide receiver in the Midwest by PrepStar . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 7), Detroit Free Press (No. 8), Lansing State Journal (No. 11), The Detroit News (No. 14) and Scout.com (No. 14) . . . named to The Detroit News Dream Team and All-Metro North Team as a senior . . . two-year starter for Coach John Herrington at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Mich. . . . accounted for 1,491 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior . . . had 59 receptions for 1,235 yards (20.9 avg.) and 18 TDs . . . had six 100-yard receiving games in 2006 . . . caught 10 passes for 164 yards and three TDs vs. Adams . . . had five catches for 152 yards and three scores vs. Rochester . . . had six receptions for 134 yards and three TDs vs. Athens . . . recorded 31 tackles (23 solos, 8 assists) and four interceptions in 2006, returning one 34 yards for a score vs. Lahser . . . made a season-high six stops vs. Clarkston . . . returned five kickoffs for 179 yards (35.8 avg.), including a 90-yard runback for a TD vs. Ferndale . . . caught 40 passes for 885 yards (22.1 avg.) and 11 TDs as a junior . . . posted 35 tackles, five interceptions and seven pass break-ups in 2005 . . . also participated in basketball and track and field . . . son of Edwina Watts, Mark Dell Sr. and Tycie Dell . . . born May 28, 1989 . . . plans to major in business.

CHASE DUMPHORD
OL • 6-5 • 320
Paris, Ky. (Paris High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top offensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 48) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 53) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by Scouts, Inc. (No. 86) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Dixie Team and PrepStar's All-Southeast Team . . . ranked among Kentucky's top 10 seniors by SuperPrep (No. 5) and Scout.com (No. 6) . . . named to the Lexington Herald-Leader's Class of the Commonwealth (top 21 seniors) . . . first-team all-state selection by The Courier-Journal and Associated Press in 2006 . . . also earned all-district honors as a senior . . . three-year starter for Coach Brian Washington at Paris (Ky.) High School . . . led the team in pancake blocks while consistently grading out 90 percent or higher in 2006 . . . anchored an offensive line that helped produce a 1,000-yard rusher each of the last two seasons . . . saw action at offensive tackle, defensive end and tight end during his prep career . . . recorded 106 tackles and caught six passes as a sophomore . . . earned all-district and all-region honors in basketball after averaging a double-double (points and rebounds) in 2005-06 . . . son of James Dumphord . . . born March 25, 1989.

DAVID DURAN
TE • 6-5 • 235
Marietta, Ga. (Kell High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top tight ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 48) and Scout.com (No. 71) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Team . . . rated among Georgia's top 75 seniors by Scout.com (No. 74) . . . one of six tight ends listed among the Best of the Rest in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . three-year starter for Coach Irv Sigler at Kell High School in Marietta, Ga. . . . served as team captain in 2006 and presented the Perseverance Award by the coaching staff . . . two-way starter as a junior and senior, playing both tight end and defensive end . . . had 16 catches for 151 yards (9.4 avg.) and one touchdown in 2006 . . . set career highs with six receptions for 76 yards vs. Marietta, including a TD grab . . . made 15 tackles as a senior, with two for losses including a sack . . . credited with five quarterback pressures and one interception . . . a sprained ankle limited his playing time and production in 2005-06 . . . started 10 games at outside linebacker as a sophomore . . . son of David and Beth Duran . . . born July 13, 1989 . . . plans to major in secondary education.

JOEL FOREMAN
OL • 6-3 • 291
Highland, Mich. (Milford High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among the state's top 30 seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 19) and The Detroit News (No. 26) . . . earned first-team all-state (Division 1) honors from the Detroit Free Press . . . selected all-area by The Oakland Press and All-Metro North by The Detroit News . . . named Kensington Valley Conference Offensive MVP in 2006 . . . three-year starter on both sides of the football for Coach Pat Fox at Milford High School in Highland, Mich. . . . served as the team's offensive captain as a senior . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Mavericks rush for 3,300 yards in 2006 . . . helped Milford roll up some impressive single-game rushing totals, including 365 yards vs. Brighton, 355 vs. Flint Carman-Ainsworth and 290 vs. Rockford . . . recorded 42 tackles as a senior, including seven sacks . . . earned all-area and all-league honors as a junior . . . key figure on an offensive line that helped produce four 1,000-yard rushers over the last three seasons . . . registered 105 career tackles, including 17 sacks . . . also lettered in track and field . . . son of Rick and Boni Foreman . . . born Sept. 13, 1988 . . . plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice.

ANTONIO JEREMIAH
DL • 6-5 • 295
Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Darby High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in June 2007 Ohio North-South Classic in Columbus . . . participated in the 2007 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top defensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 14) and Rivals.com (No. 15) . . . rated among the nation's top defensive linemen by SuperPrep (No. 42) . . . listed among the country's top defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 30) . . . ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 25), Scouts, Inc. (No. 34) and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 74) . . . rated among the state's top 10 seniors by Scout.com (No. 5) . . . named Associated Press Division I All-Ohio (first team) . . . earned first-team all-district and first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference honors . . . three-year starter for Coach Paul Jenne at Hilliard (Ohio) Darby High School . . . recorded 78 tackles, including six sacks, as a senior . . . produced 80 tackles, including eight sacks, as a junior . . . finished sixth in the heavyweight division at the (Division I) state wrestling meet as a junior . . . compiled a 34-8 record as a heavyweight for Coach John Riggs . . . son of Lisa Ford . . . born Oct. 9, 1988.

ISHMYL JOHNSON
DL • 6-5 • 260
Rahway, N.J. (Milford Academy)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top 50 prep school prospects by Rivals.com (No. 37) . . . rated among the country's top defensive ends by Scout.com (No. 64) . . . played for Coach Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., where he finished third on the Falcon defense in production points . . . recorded 26 tackles (12 solos, 14 assists) in 2006, with seven resulting in losses including five sacks, while helping the Falcons to a 7-3 record . . . credited with nine quarterback hurries and recovered three fumbles in 2006 . . . two-year starter at both defensive end and tight end for Coach Gary Mobley at Rahway (N.J.) High School where he helped the Indians to a combined record of 16-6 . . . earned all-area, all-county and All-Group 2 honors as a senior . . . posted 60 tackles in 2005, with 18 resulting in losses including nine sacks . . . forced four fumbles and recovered two . . . four-year starter for the Rahway basketball team . . . earned All-Group 2 third-team honors after averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds as a senior . . . son of Paulette Johnson . . . born April 16, 1987.

GREG JONES
LB • 6-1 • 220
Cincinnati, Ohio (Archbishop Moeller High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the country's top strong-side linebackers by Scouts.com (No. 24) . . . ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 36) . . . also listed among the country's top defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 97) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among Ohio's top 50 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 16) and Scout.com (No. 26) . . . earned special mention on the all-state team in 2006 . . . first-team all-district and all-city pick as a senior . . . two-time All-Greater Catholic League selection for Coach Bob Crable at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . led the Crusaders in tackles as a senior, with 53 (35 solos, 36 assists). . . recorded 23 tackles for losses (110 yards) in 2006, including 11.5 sacks (78) . . . posted a career-best five sacks vs. Elder . . . also produced five tackles for losses vs. LaSalle . . . finished fourth on the team in tackles as a junior, with 42 (29 solos, 26 assists) . . . registered 13 tackles for losses (44 yards) in 2005, including three sacks (16) . . . son of Greg and Beverly Jones . . . born Oct. 5, 1988 . . . plans to pursue a degree in engineering.

ASHTON LEGGETT
RB • 5-11 • 220
Muskegon, Mich. (Muskegon High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top fullbacks by Scouts, Inc. (No. 17) and Scout.com (No. 30) . . . listed among the Midwest's top 130 prospects by SuperPrep (No. 92) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among the state's top 30 seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 15), Rivals.com (No. 21), Lansing State Journal (No. 22) and The Detroit News (No. 28) . . . named to The Detroit News Dream Team in 2006 . . . first-team all-state (Division 2) selection by the Detroit Free Press . . . two-year starter for Coach Tony Annese at Muskegon (Mich.) High School . . . rushed for a school-record 2,013 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior while helping the Big Reds to a perfect 14-0 record and the state Division 2 championship . . . recorded 12 100-yard rushing games in 2006 . . . gained 57 yards in the state championship game vs. Warren DeLaSalle, including a 2-yard TD run that gave the Big Reds the lead for good at 26-23 late in the third quarter . . . ran for a career-best 288 yards and five TDs vs. Mona Shores . . . rushed for 1,273 yards and 27 TDs as a junior . . . set Muskegon career records for rushing yards (3,286) and rushing TDs (59) . . . nephew of Thelma Bacchus . . . born March 15, 1989 . . . plans to major in business.

JARED McGAHA
OL • 6-6 • 275
Powell, Tenn. (Powell High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top offensive tackles by Rivals.com (No. 67) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 80) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Team . . . ranked among Tennessee's top 25 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 16) . . . nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl . . . three-year starter for Coach Matt Lowe at Powell (Tenn.) High School, helping the Panthers to a combined record of 20-15 . . . selected to The Tennessean's 2006 Dream Team . . . named to the Associated Press Class 4A all-state team . . . two-time all-region, All-Knoxville and Knoxville News Sentinel All-PrepXtra (first team) selection . . . utilized as a two-way player as a senior, starting at offensive tackle and defensive end . . . recorded 42 tackles in 2006, with six resulting in losses including two sacks . . . anchored an offensive line that helped a running back reach the 2,000-yard career rushing milestone in 2006 and a quarterback become the Panthers' career total offense leader in 2005 . . . received honorable mention all-state honors as a junior . . . also lettered in basketball . . . son of Tony and Denise McGaha . . . born Dec. 13, 1988 . . . plans to major in journalism.

KEVIN PICKELMAN
TE • 6-3 • 240
Marshall, Mich. (Marshall High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Invited to represent the West in the 2007 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game . . . ranked among the nation's top inside linebackers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 53) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 25) and The Detroit News (No. 56) . . . earned special mention on the Associated Press all-state team in 2006 . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press . . . three-time all-area choice . . . three-time all-conference selection at both tight end and linebacker . . . four-year starter for Coach Rich Hulkow at Marshall (Mich.) High School . . . named team MVP after recording 105 tackles (56 solos, 49 assists) as a senior, including 18 for losses . . . intercepted two passes in 2006, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles . . . had 12 receptions for 168 yards (14.0 avg.) and one score as a senior . . . became the Redhawks' all-time leader in tackles with 287 . . . son of Dale and Mary Joe Pickelman . . . born Feb. 2, 1988 . . . plans to major in kinesiology.

ARTHUR RAY JR.
OL • 6-3 • 294
Chicago, Ill. (Mount Carmel High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top offensive guards by Scout.com (No. 37), Rivals.com (No. 55) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 55) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 63) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 9) and Scout.com (No. 11) . . . two-year starter for Coach Frank Lenti at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, Ill., where he helped the Caravan to a combined record of 25-3, including back-to-back trips to the state finals . . . first-team (Class 8A) all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune . . . also earned all-area honors . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Caravan average 222.2 rushing yards and 30.5 points per game en route to a 12-2 record in 2006 . . . son of Arthur Ray Sr. and Adrian Ray . . . born May 26, 1989 . . . plans to major in computer science.

CHRIS D. RUCKER
WR • 5-10 • 172
Detroit, Mich. (Detroit Country Day School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to SuperPrep's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among the state's top 25 seniors by the Scout.com (No. 20), Lansing State Journal (No. 21), The Detroit News (No. 24) and Detroit Free Press (No. 24) . . . earned all-state honors from The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press . . . two-time Dream Team selection by The Oakland Press . . . named All-Metro North by The Detroit News . . . three-year starter for Coach Dan MacLean at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Mich. . . . selected the team's Offensive MVP each of the last two seasons . . . rushed 62 times for 640 yards (10.3 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior . . . carried seven times for 145 yards and two scores vs. Monroe . . . scored on a 52-yard run vs. Romulus . . . accounted for three TDs vs. Clarenceville . . . had 27 receptions for 514 yards (19.0 avg.) and six TDs in 2006 . . . caught six passes for 128 yards and two TDs vs. Flint Kearsley . . . his 24-yard TD grab with :08 left vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central tied the game and the extra point gave the Yellowjackets a 23-22 victory . . . recorded 60 tackles and two interceptions as a senior, returning one pick for a score . . . posted a career-best 12 solo tackles vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central . . . second-team all-state selection as a junior . . . produced 10 plays resulting in gains of 70 yards or longer during his career . . . scored on two pass plays that covered 99 yards . . . his prep career rushing totals include 81 carries for 976 yards (12.0 avg.) and 10 TDs . . . had 72 career receptions for 1,578 yards (21.9 avg.) and 16 scores . . . registered 153 career tackles and eight interceptions, returning two for TDs . . . also competes in track as a sprinter . . . Division 3 state 100-meter champion in 2006 . . . anchored 4x100 (43.37) and 4x200 (1:27.29) relays that won state titles . . . school record-holder in 100 meters (10.5) . . . participated in basketball as a freshman and sophomore . . . son of Demetrius and Lashawn Rucker . . . born Jan. 10, 1989 . . . plans to major in business.

CHRIS L. RUCKER DB • 6-2 • 185 Warren, Ohio (Warren G. Harding High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top cornerbacks by Rivals.com (No. 48) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among Ohio's top 50 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 35) and Scout.com (No. 40) . . . three-year starter for Coach Thom McDaniels at Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio . . . earned Northeast Inland All-District honors (first team) in 2006 . . . had 35 receptions for 521 yards (14.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns as a senior . . . recorded four interceptions and six pass break-ups in 2006 . . . returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score in the Region I, Division I title game vs. Mentor . . . caught five passes for 76 yards and a TD vs. Wilson . . . his 74-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter vs. Akron Buchtel gave the Raiders a 20-13 victory . . . had two TD catches and an interception vs. Cleveland JFK . . . son of Hank and Gloria Powell . . . born Oct. 12, 1988 . . . plans to major in criminal justice.

RYAN WHEAT
DL • 6-5 • 308
Flint, Mich. (Carman-Ainsworth High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top defensive tackles by Rivals.com (No. 48) and Scout.com (No. 55) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 55) and SuperPrep (No. 66) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . listed among the state's top 30 seniors by The Detroit News (No. 12), Lansing State Journal (No. 17), Scout.com (No. 17), Rivals.com (No. 24) and Detroit Free Press (No. 29) . . . Dream Team selection by both The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press . . . three-year starter for Coach Jerry Parker at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Mich. . . . recorded 56 tackles, including 13.5 sacks, and 13 quarterback hurries as a senior . . . also forced two fumbles . . . consistently graded out near 90 percent on his blocking assignments as an offensive tackle . . . did not allow a sack in 2006 . . . son of Donald Wheat and Allyson Jones . . . born Nov. 19, 1988 . . . plans to pursue a degree in either criminal justice or education.

OREN WILSON
DL • 6-3 • 290
Teaneck, N.J. (Harmony Community School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top 50 prep school prospects by Rivals.com (No. 38) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . attended Harmony Community School in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2006 . . . saw action at defensive tackle, defensive end and center for Coach David Pool . . . recorded 48 tackles (28 solos, 20 assists) in 2006, with 13 resulting in losses including five sacks, while helping Harmony post a perfect 10-0 record . . . originally signed a National Letter of Intent with Cincinnati in 2006 . . . rated among New Jersey's top 50 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 32) in 2005 . . . participated in the U.S. Army All-American Combine . . . four-year starter for Coach Dennis Heck at Teaneck (N.J.) High School . . . two-time All-Northern New Jersey (first team) selection . . . two-time all-city and all-area pick . . . earned all-conference honors four years in a row . . . posted more than 80 tackles as a senior, including eight sacks . . . registered 70 tackles as a junior, including 10 sacks . . . son of Oren Wilson and Michelle Bullock . . . his uncle Bernard Wilson played wide receiver at Michigan State (1985-88) . . . born March 5, 1988.

 

 

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