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:
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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