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

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