Football adds 19 signees

J'Ron Erby, Assistant Sports Editor

The Wayne State College football team had 19 student athletes sign a letter of intent to play for the program, last Wednesday on signing day.

“We felt good about the direction we went with the class this year,” said recruiting coordinator Mike Aldrich.

The 2015 class includes 17 high school signees and two college transfers.

With Preseason All-American defensive end Jeff Vandentop, and NSIC standout Abram Walker both graduating, the Wildcats needed to add more depth on the defensive line. They met that need, adding 6 defensive linemen.

One of which is a transfer, Rakeem Williams, from West Los Angeles College, who may have an impact right away for the Wildcats.

Defensively, the ‘Cats are also bringing in three linebackers, as well as three defensive backs.

Losing two All-Conference wide-outs, and the bulk of their receiving core, the Wildcats countered that by signing three wide receivers. They also brought in one quarterback, running back, tight end, and an offensive lineman.

Offensive coordinator Logan Masters believes Weber State transfer Joe Rosario “can step in and help the ‘Cats immediately on the offensive line.

“Hopefully there’s some other guys that can step in and surprise us like Lane Yates did last year,” Masters said.

The ‘Cats signed eight players from Nebraska, five from Iowa, two from California and one each from Minnesota, South Dakota, Alaska, and Florida.

“We went virtually coast-to-coast to find the guys we want,” Coach Aldrich added.

Though signing day has passed there are a few players the Wildcats are still talking to who they hope to sign and help the program in the future. The Wildcats look to build on their 2014 season in which they finished 5-6.