2.5.14 FOOTBALL: Karras Announces Recruiting Class

Football, 2014-02-05

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) Walsh University Head Football Coach Ted Karras has received (27) commitments to play for the Cavaliers.  These student-athletes either signed a National Letter of Intent or a Letter of Commitment accompanied by their tuition deposit on Wednesday. Karras, who will be in his second season in the fall of 2014, is extremely pleased with the class. "Through our recruiting process we found that these exceptional student-athletes truly wanted to be at Walsh and build something," exclaimed Karras. "My staff and I are excited that these fine young men and their families have decided to join us at Walsh in our quest to become one of the elite programs in the highly competitive GLIAC and NCAA ll."

Jared Brandewie… (QB, 6-4, 210, Columbus, OH/Bishop Hartley).... played for Brad Burchfield…  special mention All-District '12 & '13, honorable mention All-Metro '13; 2,809 Career passing yards; 37 career TD Passes… is the son of Kelly and Thomas Brandewie… plans to major in biology/pre-physical therapy

Devin Brown… (QB, 6-2, 175, Massillon, OH/Washington)… played for Jason Hall… one year and three TD passes… is the son of Jaime and Larry Brown… plans to major in pre-med

Spencer Chapman… (DL, 6-3, 220, Newark, OH/Newark Catholic)… played for Bill Franks… second-team LCL, first-team Central District and special mention All-Ohio… is the son of Cathy Pintz and Dale Chapman… is undecided on major

Dametrious Clark… (RB, 5-11, 190, Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson)… played for Brian White… first-team All-Ohio… South All- Star Selection(Ohio vs. Michigan), OCC First-Team Award, Dispatch All-Metro Football Team, HSGC Ohio second-team Running Back, rushed for 2,005 yards, 20 TDs… is the son of Dawn and John Clark… plans to major in early childhood education

Macklin Coleman… (TE, 6-3, 215, Mogadore, OH/Field)… played for Matt Furino... 2013: first-team All PTC... 2012: second-team All-PTC... three-year letter winner... Team Captain... is the son of Beth and Donald Coleman... plans to major in criminal justice

Dylan Dussault… (WR, 6-4, 195, Alden, NY/Alden Central)… played for Dick Diminico… first-team all-league, All-Western New York...  Team Defensive MVP... is the son of June and Brian Dussault... plans to major in sport management

Mitchell Farmer… (DL, 6-6, 220, Cincinnati, OH/Turpin)… played for Rob Stoll… Team Captain; four-year academic honor roll; Football leadership award; Homecoming King… is the son of Pam and Matt Farmer… plans to major in exercise science…

Brady Foust… (DL, 6-4, 275, Dover, OH/HS)… played for Dan Ifft… first-team region, second-team All-Inland District… earned three letters… is the son of Carie and Matt Foust… plans to major in environmental science

Nicholas Gabel… (DL, 6-2, 260, Massillon, OH/Jackson)… played for Beau Balderson… first-team All-Federal league, second-team All-Region… All-Stark County, Canton Repository All-Star Team, WHBC Team MVP… Team Captain… is the son of Joseph Gabel Sr. … plans to major in biology/pre-physical therapy

Kalvin Gordon… (RB, 5-11, 185, Mansfield, OH/Madison Comprehensive)… played for Sean Conway… first-team All North Conference, All-OCC, and All-News Journal, second Team Northwest District... scholar-athlete… is the son of Felicia and Kalvin Gordon… plans to major in sports management

David Gresham… (OL, 6-6, 295, Clinton, OH/Manchester)… played for Jim France… is the son of Kim and Trent Gresham… plans to major in secondary education

Domenic Grosso… (DL, 6-2, 245, Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban)… played for Timothy Tyrell… three-Year letter winner… Team Captain… honorable mention All-District… second-team All North Coast League… is the son of Rita and Jim Grosso… plans to major in biology

Dario Jukic… (OL, 6-4, 325, Eastlake, OH/North)… played for George Burich… All-News-Herald Team… attended NFL HSPD Leadership Camp… is the son of Barb and Ante Jukic… plans to major in business/accounting

Austin Kimble… (OL, 6-4, 270, Zanesville, OH/HS)… played for Chad Grandstaff… second-team All-Ohio… is the son of Robin Kimble… undecided on major

Nicholas Leasure… (WR, 6-1, 175, Lexington, OH/HS)… played for Dan Studer… two-year letter winner in football and basketball... Honor Roll student and perfect attendance is the son of Tina and Derek Leasure… plans to major in business and accounting

Iman Lowery… (DB, 6-1, 190, Columbus, OH/Independence)… played for Maurice Douglas…first-team All-City, All-Metro, and All-District… third-team All-Ohio… four-year letter winner… is the son of DeLana Russell and Herbert Lowery… plans to major in pre-physical therapy

Josh Lyon… (QB, 6-3, 210, Canton, OH/South)… played for Moe Daniska… first-team All-NBC… second-team All-Inland District… three-year letter winner… is the son of Jan and Bob Lyon… plans to major in business management

Chandler Martinez… (OL, 6-0, 275, Wadsworth, OH/HS)… played for Greg Dennison… first-team All-Suburban League… Captain of football and track teams… Delegate: Buckeye Boys State… is the son of Jennifer Martinez and Brian Buckley… plans to major in finance/accounting

Jacob Mize… (OL, 6-4, 255, Greenfield, IN/Greenfield Central)… played for Roger Dodson… 2011/2012 All-Hancock County… 2011/2012 first-Team All-Conference… 2012 Team Offensive Lineman of the Year… 2013 Team Captain… is the son of Melissa and Harold Mize… plans to major in business

Aidan O’Neill… (OL, 6-6, 305, Noblesville, IN/Cathedral)… played for Rick Streiff… National Honor Society… five-time Lineman of the week… played for 2013 Indiana Class 5A State Champions… is the son of Karen and Bob O’Neill… plans to major in pre-physical therapy

Glenn Phillips… (DL, 6-4, 250, Mansfield, OH/Madison Comprehensive)… played for Sean Conway… second-team All-OCC… honorable mention All-District… is the son of Heather and Jack Phillips… plans to major in criminal justice

Hunter Reichenbach… (DL, 6-4, 240, Massillon, OH/Jackson)… played for Beau Balderson… 2013 Team Captain… Sportsmanship Award… named the Polar Bears Most Improved Player… is the son of Joni and Glen Reichenbach… plans to major in pre-nursing

Nick Sanchez… (LB, 6-2, 215, Niles, OH/McKinley)… played for Brian Shaner… twice named first-team All-American Conference, All-Trumbull County… two-time Team Captain… honorable mention All-NE Ohio…  200 career tackles… is the son of Chris and Jess Bianco… is undecided on a major

Zach Scheetz… (OL, 6-4, 255, Canfield, OH/Ursuline)… played for Larry Kempe… Honor Student… four-year letter winner… is the son of Melissa and Jerome Scheetz… plans to major in biology/pre-med

Dylan Smilie… (LB, 6-1, 220, Normal, IL/Normal Community West)… played for Darren Hess… two-year letter winner… U.S. Army HS All-American Combine selection… FBU National Top Gun Selection… three-sport athlete… is the son of Terry and Keith Smilie… plans to major in integrated language arts

Andrew Sparks… (WR, 5-10, 170, Columbus, OH/St. Frances DeSales)… played for Ryan Wiggins… two-year starter… Rivals VTO 100 Offense MVP, Rivals Under Armour showcase invitee, NFTC invitee… led team in catches and yards senior year… is the nephew of Debbie Graham and Rick Sparks… plans to major in pre-nursing

Shaun Traine… (DL, 6-1, 255, Avon, OH/HS)… played for Mike Elder… Team MVP & Captain… first-team All-West Shore… All-County… received the Lombardi Award(Top D-Lineman in Lorain County)… played in the North/South All-Star game… is the son of Maureen and Jeff Traine… plans to major in pre-pharmacy

The following athletes are already enrolled at Walsh...

Johnny Chowoe… (DT, 6-0, 240, Pickerington, OH/Central)

Pat DePizzo… (WR, 6-3, 200, Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney/Waynesburg)

James O’Neal… (RB, 5-10, 180, LaPorte, IN/HS/Louisville)

Gary Ransom… (LB, 6-0,220, Zanesville, OH/HS/University of Akron)

Further commitments will be announced when they are received.

Walsh opens the 2014 season on September 6, at home, against Tiffin University.

 

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