PAINESVILLE, Ohio (May 8, 2009) - The Lake Erie College football team, led by head coach Mark McNellie, recently announced its recruiting class for the upcoming 2009 season. A total of 35 student-athletes have made commitments to the two-year old varsity Storm program that went 3-8 in 2008 as a first-year varsity competitor, as well as a first-year NCAA Division II provisional member.
"We are excited to have a great mix of local standouts and great players from around the region," said McNellie. "We feel this class addresses our potential needs and allows us to continue building quality depth across the board. We are still working on several impact players who could bolster this already strong group."
Lake Erie is currently awaiting full approval into Division II, in addition to approval into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), which could come as early as June.
Following is a list of the 35 student-athletes who have committed to Lake Erie College for the 2009-10 academic year:
Jordan Barbina Union Local
"Jordan is an outstanding quarterback with huge upsides. He should provide competition at the QB spot, but is capable of playing a variety of positions."
Ben Bryan Carrollton
"Ben is a hard-working defensive lineman who finds a way to the football. He should work at the defensive end for the Storm."
Schyler Chappell Kirtland
"Schyler was a two-way standout for Kirtland High School. He's a solid technician with a mean streak and will compete for a spot on the offensive line."
Tyler Collins Eastlake North
"Tyler is a rangy local defensive standout who makes plays on defense. He should compete at the outside linebacker position."
Devon Coman Akron North
"Devon is a multi-talented prospect who has highlights on both sides of the ball. He will be expected to make an impact as an offensive skill guy."
Jevon Cook Brush
"Jevon is a quick and athletic defensive back. He has outstanding coverage and ball skills. He makes plays on defense and is also an outstanding wrestler."
Donta Covington Akron North
"Donta is an athlete. He could be a factor at a number of positions. He's excelled as a running back, receiver, defensive back and kick returner."
Bill Desiderio Iroquois Central
"Bill is a physical, hard-nosed linebacker. He enjoys playing defense. He will compete at inside linebacker positions."
Brendan Gallagher Aurora
"Brendan is another outstanding quarterback with many intangibles. He led Aurora High School to a State Championship while playing on a torn ACL. He's a tough, gritty leader."
Mark Gehrisch Eastlake North
"Mark is a play-making linebacker. He runs very well and finds a way to the football. He could compete at all of the linebacker slots."
Zane Huston Bellvue
"Zane is a versatile defensive football player. He's excelled as both linebacker and defensive lineman and fits well with Lake Erie's defensive scheme."
Cody Kaser Wooster Tri-Way
"Cody is an outstanding offensive lineman that plays big. He has the size and the ability to compete for time on the Storm offensive line."
Ricky Kaydo Edgewood
"Ricky is a versatile wide receiver. He runs great routes and has the size to give some defenses match-up problems. He also catches the ball well in traffic."
Nick Krantz Mentor
"Nick is a versatile defensive back prospect. He's played both safety and corner. He has the unique skill set that will allow him to compete at several secondary spots."
Wayne Kresek Independence
"Wayne should add needed depth to the Storm offensive line. He can play center and guard. He's consistent, steady and gets the job done."
Bryant Laparo Bellvue
"Bryant is big, physical and athletic. He has the ability to dominate the line of scrimmage. He runs extremely well for a big man."
Taylor Leppla Cambridge
"Taylor is an athletic defensive football player. He runs exceptionally well and is a play maker in the defensive side of the ball."
Clay Lust Olentangy
"Clay is a linebacker prospect with excellent size and skills. He could play inside or outside and could eventually grow into a defensive end."
Ricky Manco Brunswick
"Ricky is a big, rangy athlete who has excelled at quarterback and defensive back. He could eventually become a fast, athletic outside linebacker."
Sam Marcotte Chardon
"Sam is a local football and soccer standout. He's an exceptional kicker and punter. He has a big, consistent leg and should bring consistency to the kicking game."
Joseph Nagle Newbury
"Joseph is a hard-working running back. He has great vision and determination. He should benefit from our system and offensive line."
Jake Nicol Delaware Hayes
"Jake is a skilled receiver and play maker. He should fit nicely into our system. He should compete for time as a slot receiver."
Russell Paugh Beaver Local
"Russell has the frame to be a big-time player. He could play on either side of the ball and will compete initially on the defensive line."
Parris Perdue McKeesport HS
"Parris is a shut-down corner. He has great size and athletic skills for a defensive back. He should be a factor in the secondary immediately."
Neil Perko Kirtland
"Neil is an athletic and versatile player from Kirtland High School's State Runners-Up team. He could play multiple positions on the offensive side of the ball for the Storm."
Jordan Sandidge Madison
"Jordan is a talented, local running back prospect. He led Madison High School to State Playoffs as a senior. He runs with power, as well as speed. He should be a good fit in the Lake Erie offense."
Joseph Siefer Sylvania
"Joseph is an athletic tight end with wide receiver skills. He can also flex out and work at receiver. He played on a State Championship team."
Bryan Standiford Cambridge
"Bryan is a big and consistent offensive lineman. He's a smart football player who gets the job done. He's also an outstanding student."
De'Ante Starks Warren Harding
"De'Ante is an offensive center prospect. He has the size and ability to dominate. He will help to fill the need at the center position."
Mike Thomas McDonald
"Mike is a productive athlete with great ball skills. He makes plays with the ball in his hands. He should compete as a slot receiver."
Michael Tirone Montour HS
"Michael is a talented linebacker prospect. He's a play maker on the defensive side of the ball. He finds a way to get to the football."
Andre Wells Villa Angela St.
Joseph's HS RB/DB
"Andre is a talented local prospect. He's very productive as a quarterback, running back and defensive back." He's a game breaker and could compete for time at several positions."
Dylan White Brockport HS
"Dylan is a two-way standout from New York. He has excelled at tight end and defensive end. He will also play lacrosse for Lake Erie."
Ben Wolf Mount Gilead
"Ben is a a big, aggressive, physical lineman. He's an excellent run blocker with an excellent point of attack. He will compete at offensive tackle."
Joseph Zigler Newton Falls
"Joseph is a big play guy. He's played well at receiver and defensive back and will initially compete for time in the Storm secondary."
Additional student-athletes will be added to this list which can also be found as a link on the Storm football web page at: http://www.lec.edu/athletics/football/signings. Comments are from Storm head coach Mark McNellie.