February 3, 2011

Cardinals Sign 37 Athletes To National Letters of Intent

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University head football coach Jim Collins announced today (Feb. 3) that 37 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play football for the Cardinals in 2011.  "We are extremely excited about the talent we are bringing in for the 2011 season," Collins said.  "We targeted specific positions and individuals, looking to build talent and depth, and I feel that we accomplished this.  This class is filled with explosive playmakers, dominating blockers and relentless defenders.  Most importantly, these are all men of high character with impressive academic credentials."

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Click here to watch  Signing Day Press Conference 


Name                          Position    Hometown (High School)
Bryan Bell                    OL            Wolverine Lake, Mich. / Walled Lake Central
Blake Blackwell            WR            Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech HS
Trevor Blattner             LB             Battle Creek, Mich. / Harper Creek HS
Zachary Boersma         RB             Holland, Mich. / West Ottawa HS
Tejay Boes                   DT             Bluffton, Ohio / Pandora Gilboa HS
Alex Brouwer               OL             Williamston, Mich. / Williamston HS
David Brown                DL             Pontiac, Mich. / Country Day HS
Zane Brugger               LB             Byron, Mich. / Byron HS
Nick Brunner               OL             Toledo, Ohio / St. John's HS
Cody Call                     LB             Saginaw, Mich. / Swan Valley HS
Jake Fallon                   LB             Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Cathloic Central HS
Jake Georgakopoulos    LB             Fenton, Mich. / Fenton HS
Kyle Grummet             OL             Ionia, Mich. / Ionia HS
Caleb Higbie                ATH/QB      DeWitt, Mich. / DeWitt HS
Jacob Higbie                WR            DeWitt, Mich. / DeWitt HS
Brandon Hughes          RB            Macomb, Mich. / Dakota HS
Deon Jobe                   WR            East Grand Rapids, Mich. / E Grand Rapids HS
Brett Koch                   OL            Dearborn, Mich. / Edsel Ford HS
Tyler Lemke                OL            Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant HS
Ben Merbler                 QB            Canton, Mich. / Canton HS
Dylan Monette             WR            Williamston, Mich. / Williamston HS
Keith Moore                 QB            Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech HS
Josh Nolen                   DB            Canton, Mich. / Canton HS
Justin Pettenger          RB            Freeland, Mich. / Freeland HS
Tyler Pratt                   DE            Rockford, Mich. / Rockford HS
Abiodun Sanusi            OL            Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech HS
Mac Schaper                TE            Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central HS
Stan Scott                   DL            Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe South HS
Sekou Shorter             DB            Redford, Mich. / Cass Tech HS
Alec Smith                  WR/P        Grand Haven, Mich. / Grand Haven HS
Keenan Smith             WR            Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech HS
Scott Stanford             K              Novi, Mich. / Novi HS
Blake McGhee             OL             Lake Orion, Mich. / Lake Orion HS
Nick Thomas               DB            Holt, Mich. / Holt HS
Neil Vanderlaan           WR           Rockford, Mich. / Rockford HS
Mike Weeks                WR           Cadillac, Mich. / Cadillac HS
Sean Wren                 WR           Mason, Mich. / Mason HS

By Position:
Quarterback (3)
Caleb Higbie               ATH/QB    DeWitt, Mich. / DeWitt HS
Ben Merbler                QB           Canton, Mich. / Canton HS
Keith Moore                QB           Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech HS

Running Backs (3)
Zachary Boersma        RB            Holland, Mich. / West Ottawa HS
Brandon Hughes          RB            Macomb, Mich. / Dakota HS
Justin Pettenger          RB            Freeland, Mich. / Freeland HS

Wide Receivers (9)
Blake Blackwell          WR            Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech HS
Jacob Higbie              WR            DeWitt, Mich. / DeWitt HS
Deon Jobe                 WR            East Grand Rapids, Mich. / E Grand Rapids HS
Dylan Monette           WR            Williamston, Mich. / Williamston HS
Alec Smith                WR/P          Grand Haven, Mich. / Grand Haven HS
Keenan Smith            WR            Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech HS
Neil Vanderlaan          WR            Rockford, Mich. / Rockford HS
Mike Weeks               WR            Cadillac, Mich. / Cadillac HS
Sean Wren                WR            Mason, Mich. / Mason HS

Offensive Linemen (8)
Bryan Bell                  OL            Wolverine Lake, Mich. / Walled Lake Central
Alex Brouwer             OL             Williamston, Mich. / Williamston HS
Nick Brunner             OL             Toledo, Ohio / St. John's HS
Kyle Grummet           OL             Ionia, Mich. / Ionia HS
Brett Koch                 OL             Dearborn, Mich. / Edsel Ford HS
Tyler Lemke               OL             Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant HS
Abiodun Sanusi          OL             Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech HS
Blake McGhee            OL             Lake Orion, Mich. / Lake Orion HS

Defensive Linemen (3)
Tejay Boes                 DT            Bluffton, Ohio / Pandora Gilboa HS
David Brown              DL            Pontiac, Mich. / Country Day HS
Stan Scott                 DL            Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe South HS

Linebackers (5)
Trevor Blattner           LB            Battle Creek, Mich. / Harper Creek HS
Zane Brugger             LB            Byron, Mich. / Byron HS
Cody Call                   LB            Saginaw, Mich. / Swan Valley HS
Jake Fallon                 LB            Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Cathloic Central HS
Jake Georgakopoulos  LB            Fenton, Mich. / Fenton HS

Defensive Backs (3)
Josh Nolen                DB            Canton, Mich. / Canton HS
Sekou Shorter           DB            Redford, Mich. / Cass Tech HS
Nick Thomas             DB            Holt, Mich. / Holt HS

Defensive End (1)
Tyler Pratt                 DE            Rockford, Mich. / Rockford HS

Kickers (1)
Scott Stanford             K            Novi, Mich. / Novi HS

Tight Ends (1)
Mac Schaper              TE            Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central HS


By State
Michigan: 35
Ohio:  2