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."
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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|Elijah Cunningham||6-2||175||Springboro, Ohio||Bowling Green State University||Graphic|
|Moise Guerrier||5-8||197||Grand Rapids, Mich.||Forest Hills Central HS||Graphic|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|