MARQUETTE/HOUGHTON — The Northern Michigan football team held a special press conference today to announce the newest members of the football team and head coach Chris Ostrowsky talked about what kind of players he wanted to bring in.
“We signed 17 guys that were captains on their teams. 32 of the 35 are all-conference players. 25 were all-state and seven of them were state champions. We wanted winners and when you talk about a state champion captain, you’re talking about a young man that understands what it takes to win and understands the sacrifice,” Ostrowsky said.
Among the new recruits were a few local players, including Marquette’s Scott Tripp and Escanaba’s Logan Lamb.
“I think Logan as well as Scott bring a workman-like attitude. They go to work. They do the things they need to do to be successful. They’re great character players. Brett Johnson, who plays defensive line for Munising, I thought was clearly the cream of the crop this season. We’re excited for Brett and his family. They committed really early in the process. And Jacob LaFevebre from Iron Mountain and he’s got unbelievable upside at 6’4″ 215-220 on his visit, defensive end and we’re really excited to have him as well,” said Ostrowsky.
Michigan Tech brought in 29 new recruits for the upcoming season. Head coach Tom Kearly gave us his assessment of this year’s class.
“I thought our staff did a very good job, which they have in recent memory, of finding the young person that fits the Tech mold. That student-before-athlete plays out and everyone says that but it really plays out at Michigan Tech. If a young person is not going to be a student, then they’re not going to have a chance to be a student athlete. And our staff I think did a great job of identifying those people that would come to Tech and have success in the classroom and were also very good football players,” Kearly said.
MTU brought in players from all across the Great Lakes, including two local players who come from very successful programs.
“We did have a couple of young people. Ozzy Corp from Ishpeming that had a unique distinction. He played in 20 state tournament games, which means you can only play five to get to the state championship so he played in the state championship game all four years of his high school career and won three state championships. We did have some ties to Michigan Tech which always helps. A local kid Lucas Klein, his dad Ken Klein coached with us for a number of years and stayed quite close to the program and Lucas is going to play with us as a defensive lineman,” Kearly said.
Among the other local players to sign with MTU were Munising’s Ian McInnis and Westwood’s Brandon Benda.