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Saginaw Valley State Football Announces 2018 Recruiting Class

Saginaw Valley State Football Announces 2018 Recruiting Class

UNIVERSITY CENTER -- SVSU head football coach Jim Collins has officially announced the addition of 33 student-athletes that will join the Cardinal football program, beginning in the fall of 2018.  

Coach Collins shared his thoughts on this year's class, which includes players from Michigan (19), Ohio (8), Indiana (3), Illinois (1) and North Carolina (1). 

"It is with great excitement that we announce the 2018 Recruiting Class. First of all, I would like to thank our coaching staff for all the hard work they put into making this recruiting class possible. The many hours of evaluation and the time spent building relationships with these student-athletes and their family members is what outstanding recruiting is all about. I also want to thank the entire campus community for all the contributions they make. We receive outstanding support from all of the great people in our admissions office who go the extra mile in making sure everyone who visits understands what SVSU is all about. I also thank the many faculty members and administrators who take time out of their day to sit down and talk about the outstanding programs we offer here academically. And last, but certainly not least, I want to acknowledge the great job that our players do in welcoming the prospective student-athletes into our program. 

Our goals with this recruiting class were the same as any other year; we look for outstanding student-athletes of character, who have the talent and work ethic to compete at a high level in the classroom and on the football field, and are passionate about our University and the football program. We feel very good about the men we have signed and look forward to working with them over the next 4-5 years. 

We are excited to report that these young men are true student-athletes and leaders, with many of them being eligible for SVSU academic scholarships and over two-thirds of this class having high school playoff experience under their belts.  

The recruiting focus this year started with the continued emphasis on building our team up front with linemen on both sides of the ball who have size, power, toughness, and quickness. We also targeted speed and playmaking ability at the skill and big skill positions. Finally, it was critical that we bring in a versatile and proven kicking specialist.  We feel very strongly that we have met our needs in every area and are enthusiastically awaiting the day these young men report for their first practice in August."

2018 Saginaw Valley State Football Schedule

Breakdown of recruits by state...

Michigan - 20

Ohio - 8

Indiana - 3

Illinois - 1

North Carolina - 1

2018 Signing Day Press Conference


2018 SVSU Football Recruiting Class

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Quarterbacks Height Weight Hometown Previous School  
Elijah Cunningham 6-2 175 Springboro, Ohio Bowling Green State University Graphic
Running Backs          
Moise Guerrier 5-8 197 Grand Rapids, Mich.  Forest Hills Central HS Graphic  
Wide Receivers          
Jalen Thomas 5-11 156 Sterling Heights, Mich. Henry Ford II HS Graphic  
Nick Whiteside 5-11 175 Auburn Hills, Mich. Avondale HS Graphic   
Jaylen Riley 5-10 175 Charlotte, N.C. Zebulon B. Vance HS Graphic   
James Schelke 5-11 175 Harbor Beach, Mich. Harbor Beach HS Graphic
Patrick Tesho 6-1 193 Royal Oak, Mich. Royal Oak HS Graphic
Connor Luksic 6-0 230 Springboro, Ohio Springboro HS Graphic   
Offensive Line          
Marcellus Anderson 6-4 344 Culver, Ind. Culver HS Graphic
Steven Worlds 6-2 259 Goshen, Ind. Goshen HS Graphic  
Jalen Howard 6-2 302 Redford, Mich. Thurston HS Graphic   
D.J. Summerville 6-1 267 Gainesville, Va. Southfield A&T HS Graphic   
Daniel Shaheen 6-2 243 Flushing, Mich. Flushing HS Graphic
Ben Spiker 6-3 275 Clarkston, Mich. Bridgton Academy Graphic
Tight Ends          
James Faulkner 6-2  210 Southfield, Mich.  West Bloomfield HS  Graphic
Jacob Dorn 6-2 243 St. Johns, Mich. St. Johns HS Graphic
Zach Jacobs 6-1 214 Frankenmuth, Mich. Frankenmuth HS Graphic
Chris Galloway 6-1 222 Yorkville, Ill. Yorkville HS Graphic   
Joe Poelking 6-0 213 Springboro, Ohio Springboro HS Graphic   
Quincy Dawson 6-1 200 Cincinnati, Ohio Princeton HS Graphic   
Joseph Wharton 6-0 204 Hammond, Ind. Morton HS Graphic   
Kyle Shrider 6-2 215 Edwardsburg, Mich. Edwardsburg HS Graphic
Defensive Backs          
Ben Reilly 6-0 178 Wixom, Mich.  Walled Lake Western HS Graphic   
Donovan Williams 6-1  171 Detroit, Mich. Cass Tech HS  Graphic   
Ross Garrett 5-11 172 Centerville, Ohio Centerville HS Graphic   
Chase Swoope 5-9 165 Southfield, Mich. West Bloomfield HS Graphic   
Keion Harris 5-10 170 Livonia, Mich. Livonia Franklin HS Graphic   
Defensive Line          
Macolm Boyd 6-3 215 Barberton, Ohio  Barberton HS  Graphic   
Hunter Sauve 6-4 272 Wyandotte, Mich. Wyandotte-Roosevelt HS Graphic   
Hayden Makad 6-3 232 Painesville, Ohio Perry HS Graphic   
Kyle Dotson  6-3 220 Portage, Mich. Portage Central HS Graphic   
Antonio Simley 6-1 255 Warren, Mich. Michigan Collegiate HS Graphic   
Cameron Piper 6-3  215 Springboro, Ohio Springboro HS  Graphic