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2005 MAC Football Recruiting - Miami RedHawks

Overview

New Miami head football coach Shane Montgomery welcomes 13 players from six different states in his first recruiting class for the RedHawks. The class is made up of eight defensive players and five offensive players in a small class in terms of numbers, but high quality class in terms of high school accolades. Seven players come from Ohio with additional players coming from Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Florida and Virginia. Defensive backs and LB were the areas of emphasis as Coach Montgomery was able to retain all ten 'verbals' they acquired prior to the coaching change. To former and current Indiana coach Terry Hoeppner’s credit, he did not try to steal away any committed Miami recruits to Indiana.

Top Player - E.J. Morton-Green, WR

  • Top-50 rated recruit in Ohio
  • Reported offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Pitt and several MAC schools
  • Honorable mention all-state

Highlights

  • Andre Bratton, from Woodbridge, VA, was a solid late sign for Miami. Bratton was a top-50 player in Virginia and had an offer from Syracuse as a DB. He will be coming to Miami as a RB after rushing for over 1,700 yards and 13 TDs as a senior. Auburn came on hard late to recruit DB/WR Antonio Brunson from Fort Pierce, Florida.
  • DB Brayden Coombs from Cincinnati Colerain, is their coach’s son and helped his program win the state "big school" title in 2004. He played a multitude of skill positions and earned 2nd team all-state honors. He had reported offers from Stanford and Vanderbilt.
  • Brad Goatley is a physical LB from the Toledo area, Maumee, Ohio. He was a 2nd team all-state performer with reported offers from Kentucky, Duke, WVU, Toledo and Bowling Green. DB Sean Kavanagh from Cleveland St. Ignatius is an all-state player and top-100 rated prospect in Ohio who had several reported offers, including Michigan State.
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Final Thoughts

Miami signed only 13 players but several of these student athletes should contribute quite well to the RedHawk program over the next four or five years. While this class does not quite have the 'flair' or 'star-power' of the past two Miami classes, it certainly has solid football players who were recruited by some top schools nationally, which says a lot. The coaching staff seems high on all of these players but for those following my recruiting rankings through the years, it’s difficult to rank such a small class very high due to the fact that there can only be a small number of overall impact players. That logic of course is debatable. Compared to other MAC classes this group ranks as VERY GOOD. Make no mistake though, guys like Green, Bratton, Goatley and Brunson could easily become all-conference players during their collegiate careers.

Name, Pos.	        Ht.	Wt.	Previous School
Andre Bratton, RB	5-11	180	Woodbridge, Va. (Woodbridge)
Antonio Brunson  DB/WR  5-11	175	Ft. Pierce, Fla. (John Carroll)
Heath Cartwright OL     6-6	265	Westville, Ind. (Chesterton)
Brayden Coombs, DB      6-1	180	Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain)
Travis Craven, DE       6-4 	220	Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Snider)
Brad Goatley, LB        6-2	220	Maumee, Ohio (Maumee)
Joe Hudson, LB          6-2	218	Piqua, Ohio (Piqua)
Sean Kavanagh, DB       6-1	205	Westlake, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
Brian Klesmith, OT      6-6 	276	Grand Rapids, Mich. (Ottawa Hills)
E.J. Morton-Green, WR   6-4 	205	Mason, Ohio (Princeton)
Daniel Raudabaugh, QB	6-4	205	Coppell, Texas (Coppell)
Kevin Samy, DL	        6-1	255	Canton, Ohio (Jackson)
Jeff Thompson, DB	5-10	175	Worthington, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne)

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