Football signing day 2017
The Eastern Michigan University football team officially signed 21 new student-athletes to its letters of intent to join the football team at a special signing day event on Feb. 1.
Of the 21 players, four are already on campus. Junior college transfers Sam Dervil, Shaq Jones and Tyler LaBarbera, as well as freshman early-enrollee Sidy Sow from Quebec.
Of the notable signees on Wednesday, Jairus Grissom from River Rouge leads the way as a three-star quarterback. Grissom has been recruited and made offers by Rutgers, Wake Forest and a few other power five football programs.
A surprise was the last player to sign his letter of intent: Jeff Hubbard. Hubbard had originally been a Colorado State commit but backed out of his commitment about 10 days before signing day to reopen his recruitment before signing day.
One of the more interesting signees was Ville Valesti who is originally from Finland. He played for the Finnish national team in the 2013-15 seasons
Five more players are included in the recruiting class as they enrolled in the fall. Included in this are wide receivers Johnnie Niupalau and Antoine Porter who are junior college transfers. This made the whole class a total of 26.
Name Pos HT WT Hometown,High School
Blake Bogan DB 6-2 190 Grand Blanc, Mich.Grand Blanc
Desean Boyd LB 6-1 214 Detroit, Mich.Cass Technical
Bobby Brown DB 6-1 175 Gibsonton, Fla.East Bay
Sam Dervil OL 6-5 300 Miami, Fla.Miami Northwestern
Carthell Flowers DB 6-2 195 Syracuse, N.Y.Nottingham
Jairus Grissom QB 6-2 204 Dearborn Heights, Mich.River Rouge
Jeff Hubbard DB 5-11 185 Atlanta, Ga.Woodward Academy
CJ Hunt DL 6-1 275 Avon, Ind.Avon
Preston Hutchinson QB 6-2 195 Mason, Ohio, Mason
Greg Jean WR 5-11 164 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Boyd Anderson
Shaq Jones DB 6-1 198 Philadelphia, Pa.Imhotep Charter
Desmond Kelly DL 6-1 295 Baltimore, Md.Overlea
Jesse Kelly K 6-0 195 Ventura, Calif.St. Bonaventure
Tyler LaBarbera DL 6-2 310 Elk Grove Village, Ill.James B. Conant
Terry Myrick LB 6-0 210 Austell, Ga.Woodward Academy
Johnnie Niupalau WR 6-0 228 San Mateo, Calif.San Mateo
Karmi Mackey RB 6-1 210 Seffner, Fla.Seffner Christian Academy
Gunnar Oakes TE 6-5 210 Swanton, Ohio. Swanton
Antoine Porter WR 5-8 185 San Francisco, Calif.Mission
Dan Samuelson OL 6-5 297 Plymouth, Ind.Plymouth
Sidy Sow OL 6-5 315 Bromont, QuebecJ-H Leclerc-Champlain Lennoxville
Russ Vaden DB 6-3 195 Louisville, Ky.Moore
Ville Valasti DL 6-5 260 Helsinki, FinlandItakeskuksen Iukio
Sal Velasquez LB 6-1 225 La Puente, Calif.Bishop Amat
Quian Williams WR 5-11 170 Moore, Okla.Southmoore