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2005 MAC Football Recruiting - Bowling Green Falcons


The Falcons signed 26 players from 11 states. Ten of the players are from Ohio with four from Michigan, three from Illinois, two from Florida, and one from the following states; PA, VA, SC, AZ, LA, IN & AK. Fourteen of these players were high school team captains and 15 have had playoff experience. The class is very well balanced with 13 players on each side of the ball. Defensively the emphasis was on linemen (5) and DBs (5) while offensively the emphasis was on linemen (6) and WR (3). The Alaskan player is Rhett Magner, younger brother of graduated WR Cole Magner. TE Ruben Ruiz is the lone JUCO transfer after earning honorable mention all-American honors from Arizona Western CC.

Top Player - Thomas James, DL

  • 1st Team All-State performer from Goose Creek, South Carolina
  • Named Class 4A 'Lineman of the Year' & 'Defensive Player of the Year.'
  • Received interest from ACC & SEC schools


  • Of the ten players signed from Ohio, one of the highest rated players is WR Luke Alexander from Springfield, a possession receiver with speed. Alexander produced nearly 1,200 receiving yards this fall averaging 21-yards per catch and scoring 11 TDs.
  • BG has been doing a nice job of mining offensive line prospects and this year was no different. The Falcons nabbed highly-rated players - Kevin Mahoney, Phillip Pollard, Shane Steffy, Guy Williamson and Richard Solak. Expect these guys to contribute in two or three years and keep the Falcon’s O-Line in very good shape.
  • Bobby Thomas from Warrensville (OH) located outside of Cleveland was the Lake Erie League Offensive MVP after rushing for over 20 TDs in 2004. Considering the LEL produced over 25 Division IA players this past year - that is impressive. Note: Stephon Thompson & Christopher Wright are brothers.

Final Thoughts

This class does not have the eye-popping flair of 2004’s prospects but certainly has many quality players who will contribute well during their collegiate careers. Last year’s incoming freshmen class was mainly “red-shirted” and Coach Brandon plans on doing the same for most of these incoming players. This is the type of class that goes relatively unnoticed at first and then four or five years later you look back and see that they have produced tremendously for the program. While this rates as VERY GOOD compared to the other MAC schools this year, make no mistake, there are some very solid football players in this mix.

Name, Pos.	      Ht.	Wt.	Previous School
Luke Alexander+,WR    6-0	170 	Springfield, Ohio (South)
Fred Barnes, QB       6-2 	185 	Chicago Hts., Ill. (Homewood)
Cody Basler, LB       6-3 	225 	Auburn, Mich. (Bay City Western)
Jarrett Buckosh, OL   6-7 	254 	Elyria, Ohio (Clearview)
Chris Bullock, RB     5-11 	220 	Destrehan, La. (Destrehan)
Aaron Davis, WR       6-2 	182 	Seffner, Fla. (Armwood)
Trevor Frericks, DL   6-1 	255 	Quincy, Ill. (Quincy Notre Dame)
Jacob Hardwick, DL    6-3 	260 	Virginia Beach, Vir. (Ocean Lakes)
Thomas James, DL      6-2 	255 	Goose Creek, S.C. (Goose Creek)
Nick Lawrence, LB     6-3 	220 	Brighton, Mich. (Brighton)
Rhett Magner, WR      5-10 	165 	Palmer, Ak. (Colony)
Kevin Mahoney, OL     6-6 	295 	Springfield, Ohio (North)
Brady Minturn, DL     6-4 	250 	Loveland, Ohio (Loveland)
Phillip Pollard, OL   6-3 	270 	Westerville, Ohio (Westerville South)
Michael Ream, DL      6-3 	235 	Bluffton, Ohio (Bluffton)
Ruben Ruiz+, TE       6-4 	245 	Oro Valley, Ariz. (Pueblo/Arizona Western)
Jimmy Scheidler, TE   6-4 	240	Indianapolis, Ind. (Bishop Chatard)
Antonio Smith, CB     5-10 	175 	Miami, Fl. (Miami Central)
Richard Solak, OL     6-4 	280 	Boardman, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney)
Shane Steffy, OL      6-3 	290 	Oakmont, Pa. (Riverview)
Bobby Thomas, DB      5-10 	200 	Warrensville Hts., Ohio (Warrensville Hts)
Cordelle Thompson, LB 6-1 	205 	Middletown, Ohio (Middletown)
Stephon Thompson, CB  6-0 	175 	Franklin, Mich.(Southfield-Lathrup)
Calvin Wiley, DB      5-11 	185 	Detroit, Mich. (Notre Dame)
Guy Williamson, OL    6-4 	300 	Mahomet, Ill. (Mohomet-Seyomur)
Chris Wright, CB      5-10	175 	Middletown, Ohio (Middletown)


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