PAINESVILLE, OHIO - The Lake Erie College football team inked
seven student-athletes to letters of intent on National Signing Day
Wednesday (Feb. 3). The seven represent the first members of
the Storm's 2010 recruiting class.
"Very excited about this group of incoming student-athletes,"
said head coach Mark McNellie. "We feel that
we were able to address some areas of need and develop more depth
with our team. And we are still working on a couple of high-level
prospects to round out this class."
Highlighting the group is defensive lineman Ty Law
(Madison, Ohio/Madison), the Lake County Defensive
Player of the Year, and fellow All-Ohio selections
cornerback Cory Harris (Zanesville,
Ohio/Zanesville) and linebacker Marcus Rogers
(Kent, Ohio/Theodore Roosevelt).
Safeties Isaiah Allison (Akron, Ohio/North) and
Dylon Leymon (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls)
will bring talented and speed to the defensive backfield.
Five of the seven signees come from the
defensive side of the ball.
"We looked to improve the overall athletic ability of our team,
particularly on the back end of the defense. I feel like we've
begun to address that with this class."
On offense, the Storm added some depth to the offensive line
with Austin Pickens (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland
Heights). Playmaker Tom Jackson (Hubbard,
Ohio/Hubbard) should compete for time at wide receiver
The 2010 season will be Lake Erie's third varsity season and
first as a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference (GLIAC). The Storm posted a 7-4 record in 2009,
its second and final year as a Division II independent.
Here is a complete run down on the 2010 Storm Football Signing
Isaiah Allison - S
6-2, 190 lbs.
A second-team All-Akron City Series selection at North, where he
was a high school teammate of current Storm running back Donta
Convington and receiver DaVon Coman. "Isaiah is a very
gifted athlete," said McNellie. "He can cover a lot of ground
in the secondary and will compete at the safety position."
Cory Harris - CB
6-0, 180 lbs.
A two-time first-team all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference,
district and region selection as well as twice named All-Ohio
Division II special mention. Recorded five interceptions his
last two years while also scoring eight touchdowns as a receiver on
offense and another as a kick returner. "Cory is a two-way
star," McNellie said. "He has great speed at the receiver
position and can lock down opponents at corner. He is also a
very physical run defender."
Tom Jackson - WR
6-1, 170 lbs.
A first-team All All-American Conference and all-county player,
Jackson scored eight touchdowns and added four interceptions on
defense as a senior to help lead the Eagles into the
playoffs. "Tommy is a very smooth playmaker with the ability
to get behind the defense and make big plays," McNellie said. "He
can make tacklers miss and should compete at receiver for us."
Ty Law - DL
6-1, 240 lbs.
Named the Lake County Defensive Player of the Year by
the Lake County Touchdown Club, Law was a first-team All-Premier
Athletic Conference and special mention All-Ohio Division II as a
senior. "Ty will bring an athletic and physical presence to
our defensive front," said McNellie. "He can dominate against both
the run and the pass equally."
Dylon Leymon - S
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga
A converted quarterback, Leymon was a first-team All-Northeast
Ohio Conference selection and led the Black Tigers in rushing,
passing and total touchdowns each of the last two seasons.
"Dylon is a great athlete with a strong football mind," McNellie
said. "He will bring size and athleticism to the defensive
Austin Pickens - OL
6-4, 250 lbs.
A three-year starter at center for the Tigers. Pickens earned
All-Lake Erie League Honorable Mention in 2009. "Austin is
very athletic with a lot of room to grow into his frame, McNellie
said. "He can play a variety of positions on the line and his
versatility will provide depth at different spots."
Marcus Rogers - LB
6-1, 215 lbs.
A first-team All-Portage Trail Conference and all-district pick,
Rogers received honorable mention All-Ohio honors in 2009.
"Marcus is a hard-nosed run defender who has the athletic ability
to cover receivers in pass defense," said McNellie. "We expect him
to compete for a spot at multiple linebacker spots."