EMU Football Recruiting Update for 2016 Class

It’ll be here before you know it – National Signing Day is Feb. 3 and it’s like Christmas morning for college football programs across the country.

Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton and his staff have been hot on the recruiting trail since the conclusion of the 2015 season, and have racked up a total of 16 athletes thus far to come play for EMU in the fall.

The offensive line essentially has to be replace as EMU loses all five starting offensive lineman from a year ago, so the position becomes one of desperate need for EMU.

A couple of offensive line transfers will join the program, one of them being Dan Samuelson from the University of Michigan, who will not be eligible to play until the 2017 season. Jimmy Leatiota from San Mateo, Calif. will also transfer to EMU after playing at the College of San Mateo. Leatiota played center on the offensive line and will be eligible to play immediately.

Below is a list of the current players committed to Eastern Michigan followed by class of 2016 athletes that have yet to commit to a school.

EMU Football 2016 Commitments:

CB Davis, Rashon – St. Louis, MO – Christian Brother High School – 6’0 170lbs.

OL Donnellon, Jake – Ann Arbor, MI – Gabriel Richard High School – 6’5 260lbs.

FS Knight, Qwuantrezz – Havana, FL – East Gadsden High School – 6’1 190lbs.

FS McGill, Kevin – Waldorf, MD – Westlake High School – 6’2 190lbs.

OL Nielsen, Steven – LaPorte, IN – LaLumiere High School – 6’8 321lbs.

DE Parker, Aaron – Brandywine, MD – Gwynn Park High School – 6’3 195lbs.

CB Phelps, Jalen – Powder Springs, GA – Hillgrove High School – 5’10 171lbs.

LB Roberts, Maximilian – Salisbury, CT – Salisbury High School – 6’1 231lbs.

RB/WR Sexton, Matthew – Clinton, MI – Clinton High School – 5’11 170lbs.

QB Stiebeling, Isaac – Fort Wayne, IN – Snider High School – 6’4 205lbs.

OL VanHoeven, Mike – Paw Paw, MI – Paw Paw High School – 6’5 285lbs.

RB/CB Wade, Tre’Von – Toledo, OH – Toledo Central Catholic – 5’10 170lbs.

WR Wilkes, Josh – Rock Hill, SC – South Pointe High School – 6’2 180lbs.

DE Williams, Justice – Belleville, MI – Belleville High School – 6’5 217lbs.


(JUCO) OL Leatiota, Jimmy – San Mateo, CA – Wilcox High School – 6’3 290lbs.

(UofM) OL Samuelson, Mike – Plymouth, IN – Plymouth High School – 6’5 289lbs.

Commitments by state:

Michigan (MI): 4

Indiana (IN): 3 (including 1 transfer)

Maryland (MD): 2

Ohio (OH): 1

South Carolina (SC): 1

Missouri (MO): 1

Florida (FL): 1

Connecticut (CT): 1

Georgia (GA): 1

California (CA): 1 (JUCO)

Class of 2016 - Uncommitted Players with Offers from EMU:

OL Brys, Jonathan – Jackson, MI – Jackson Lumen Christi High School – 6’6 260lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Louisville, Louisiana Lafayette

FS/RB Calhoun, Vincent – Middletown, OH – Middletown High School – 6’0 179lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Kent State, Eastern Kentucky

CB/WR Cheevers, Hamp – Trenton, FL – Trenton High School – 5’11 165lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Marshall, Mercer, Buffalo, Idaho, Florida A&M, Kansas, North Carolina Central, Tennessee-Martin, Massachusetts

LB Cochran, Jalen – Canton, MI – Canton High School – 6’4 235lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Miami (OH), Bowling Green, Buffalo, Ball State, Central Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Toledo, Western Michigan, Arkansas

WR Corley, Donnie – Detroit, MI – Martin Luther King High School – 6’3 185lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia, Arkansas, LSU, Miami, Maryland, Minnesota, NC State, Nebraska, Penn State, Oklahoma, Purdue, Ole Miss, Central Michigan, Florida State, Cincinnati, Ohio, Toledo, Wake Forest, Texas, Pittsburgh

ATH/CB Foster, Jaylan – Duncan, SC – Byrnes High School – 5’11 190lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Elon, Citadel, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Gardner-Webb, Charleston Southern, South Carolina State

OL Foster, Sean – Mundelein, IL – Carmel Catholic High School – 6’8 285lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Purdue, Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Buffalo, Maryland, NC State, Nevada, Northern Illinois, Rutgers, Syracuse, Toledo, Miami (OH), Kentucky, Cal, Duke

WR Fink, Josh – Coppell, TX – Coppell High School – 6’1 180lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Louisiana Monroe, Davidson, Columbia, Colgate

RB/FS Fugate, Jacione – Hampton, VA –Kecoughtan High School – 5’11 185lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Old Dominion, Towson, Charlotte, Delaware State, Hampton, Norfolk State

DL/TE Grant, Nathan – Frisco, TX – Hebron High School – 6’4 225lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Central Arkansas, Abilene Christian

OL Harper, Darius – Springfield, OH – Springfield High School – 6’8 265lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kent State, Kansas, Maryland, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Miami (OH)

DT Lemoto, David – Canoga Park, CA – Los Angeles Valley College – 6’2 310lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan

CB McCloud, Nick – Rock Hill, SC – South Pointe High School – 6’1 175lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, NC State, ECU, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State, UCLA, West Virginia, Michigan State, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Marshall, Miami (OH)

ATH/FS Moran, Josh – Alpharetta, GA – Milton High School – 6’2 200lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Navy, West Virginia, Cal, Air Force, Appalachian State, Ohio, USF, Toledo, Yale, Louisville, Columbia, Campbell, William and Mary, North Carolina, Minnesota, Arkansas State, Furman, James Madison, Richmond, SMU, Utah State, Western Kentucky, Holy Cross, Middle Tennessee State, Troy

OL Perry III, Michael – Memphis, TN – Memphis Academy – 6’2 310lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Memphis, Missouri, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Jacksonville State, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri State, Tennessee, Tennessee State, Central Arkansas, Appalachian State

QB/TE/DL Poljan, Tony – Lansing, MI – Lansing Catholic High School – 6’7 235lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Nebraska, Buffalo, Toledo, Oklahoma State, Iowa State

LB/ATH Posey, Armani – Detroit, MI – Martin Luther King High School – 6’1 200lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Davenport, Tuskegee

LB Rechsteiner, Bronson – Woodstock, GA – Etowah High School – 6’0 205lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Akron, Tennessee Tech, Southern Illinois, Savannah State, Coastal Carolina, Presbyterian, Elon, Samford, East Tennessee State, Towson, Charlotte, Kennesaw State, Citadel, Charleston Southern, Jacksonville State, Illinois State, Murray State

FS Riley, Chris – Naples, FL – Naples High School – 6’3 185lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Air Force, Cornell, Penn, Yale, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Harvard, Columbia, Wake Forest

WR/TE Robb, Mike – Midland, MI – Midland H. H. Dow High School – 6’6 215lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Miami (OH), Illinois State

CB Saba, Warren – Cleveland, OH – Benedictine High School – 5’10 170lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan

ATH Smith, Marquis – Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti High School – 6’0 170lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Kansas, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Ball State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Western Michigan,

FS/SS Trego, Kyle – Pleasant Hill, CA – Diablo Valley College – 6’0 195lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan

OL Tribble, Lucas – Southlake, TX – Southlake High School – 6’4 270lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Purdue, Liberty, Dartmouth, Kansas State, Toledo, Nevada, Central Arkansas, Missouri State, Yale, Illinois State

OL Woodard, Dustin – Chandler, AZ – Chandler High School – 6’5 285lbs.

Offers: Eastern Michigan, Army, Hawaii, New Mexico State, Memphis, Weber State, Northern Arizona, San Diego, Air Force, Adams State,

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