Courtesy of NMU Athletics
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan head football coach Chris Ostrowsky announced his first recruiting class today (Feb. 1) as 26 future NMU student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent on the first day of the signing period.
“I’m thrilled with what’s gone on here during the last eight weeks,” Ostrowsky said. “I’m lucky to have great assistants that helped create a template and follow it. We went out and aggressively pursued the top players in our target four states. We wanted symmetry with the class and got 13 on offense and 13 on defense.”
The class consists of players from Michigan (20), Wisconsin (3), Illinois (2) and New Jersey (1). The lone Upper Peninsula recruit is Austin Young from Escanaba.
“We want to be cautiously optimistic and we got the football players that we wanted,” Ostrowsky added.
Ostrowsky was named the 21st head coach of the NMU football program on Nov. 30 after serving as the offensive coordinator for two seasons.
“We play in a great league and for us to be successful next year, we need to become a football team,” Ostrowsky added. “We will start winning when that happens.”
NMU finished 4-7 overall and 3-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for sixth-place in the North Division. The 2011 team had 23 seniorsend their football careers.
2012 NORTHERN MICHIGAN FOOTBALL RECRUITS
Evan Bishop LB 6-3 205 Algonquin, Ill/Harry D. Jacobs
Matt Boonstra LB/DE 6-1 230 Belmont, Mich./Rockford Senior
Keon Collier RB 5-9 185 Franklin, Mich./Wylie E. Groves
Kyle Croskey OL 6-8 330 Pontiac, Mich./West Bloomfield
Jalen Cureton WR 5-11 165 Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
Nolan Davenport LB 6-3 215 Lake City, Mich./Lake City
Terrence Dye WR 5-9 170 Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
Matt Economou DB 6-2 190 Ortonville, Mich./Oxford
Anthony Harris DL 6-1 235 Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook
Josh Hogan TE 6-6 205 Charlevoix, Mich./Charlevoix
Julian Hornback ATH 6-0 200 Allegan, Mich./Allegan Senior
Tyler Leightner P 6-0 185 Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac Senior
Thomas McNamara DB 6-1 190 Mason, Mich./Mason
Chazz Miller OL 6-5 275 Ovid, Mich./Ovid-Elsie
Christopher Nelson QB 6-3 215 Twin Lakes, Wis./Wilmot Union
Sean O’Brien DB 6-1 190 Capac, Mich./Capac
Dakota Perry DL 6-2 265 Capac, Mich./Capac
Omar Sitto LB 6-1 220 Oak Park, Mich./Berkley
Dakota Smith RB 5-8 185 Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven
Lance Smith RB 5-8 170 Orange, N.J./West Orange
Jordan Strope OL 6-5 295 Traverse City, Mich./West
Jay Tollefson QB 6-0 180 De Pere, Wis./West
Keshawn Walker WR 5-11 175 Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn
Adam Williams DL 6-4 220 Lake City, Mich./Lake City
Drew Wudtke DL 6-3 275 Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel
Austin Young ATH 5-10 165 Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba
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