In order to get the talent that we needed for Coach Kill's first "real" class, he had to venture out in to the states surrounding Illinois. We managed to grab a couple of the best prospects in Wisconsin and also a player from Ohio, Indiana and a surprise commit from a player out of St. Louis, MO. WR Ashford and DT Anderson highlight these players that decided to stay in the Midwest.
WR Perez Ashford
Shaker Heights (OH) Shaker
5'10" 180 lbs
40 time: 4.47 secs
Bench max: 270 lbs
Squat max: 350 lbs
Shuttle: 4.13 secs
Other offers: Iowa, Syracuse, Bowling Green, Ball State, Ohio & Toledo
Ashford played the hat game between us and Toledo. I'm glad he made the right choice. Perez Ashford not only boosts our WR corps immediately, but will provide a boost to our return game if he continues to play special teams. My favorite thing about Ashford is this quote by his HS Coach Anthony Watkins:
"In the three years he played varsity I can honestly say he dropped two passes," Watkins said.
DT Zach Anderson
Other offers: Indiana, Iowa State, Ball State, Western Michigan, East Carolina & Wyoming
Youtube (pinning a guy in 7 secs!):
Why he committed:
"They really wanted me right from the beginning," Anderson said. "I'll never forget that. I'll never let them down." "They're a young team, and they want me to play right away," Anderson said. "I'm going to work my butt off right away and try to get that starting job."
"They really wanted me right from the beginning," Anderson said. "I'll never forget that. I'll never let them down."
"They're a young team, and they want me to play right away," Anderson said. "I'm going to work my butt off right away and try to get that starting job."
Anyone will tell you that Defensive Line is one of the toughest prospects to recruit out of High School. He was also a stud in Wrestling and Track & Field as Coach Kill explains:
"He can dunk a basketball. He's third in the nation in greco[-roman] wrestling so you know he knows how to use his hands. He's got great feet, great explosion."
Zach Anderson has the size and athleticism to lead the D-Line for the next few years.
OT Jared Volk
Hartland (WI) Arrowhead
6'3" 287 lbs
40 time: 5.25 secs
Bench max: 325 lbs
Squad max: 535 lbs
Dead lift max: 535 lbs
Power clean max: 265 lbs
Other offers: North Dakota, North Dakota State & Illinois State
Jared Volk is one of those Wisconsin guys with great size. He adds immediate depth and size to our offensive line.
OG Matt Krempel
Columbus (IN) Columbus North
6'4" 290 lbs
40 time: 5.5 secs
Bench reps: 21
Squat max: 425 lbs
Shuttle: 4.59 secs
Other offers: Indiana State
Being projected as a Guard on the college level, Krempel may have to lose some weight and work on his mobility if he wants to see some early playing time.
OLB Tyrone Clark
St. Louis (MO) Mehlville
5'11" 205 lbs
Clark is that do-it-all player that Kill is consistenly looking for. He played safety and running back, as he is projected at OLB for the Huskies.
Next up: Recruits that will have to get used to Dekalb's weather...