Overview The Falcons bring in 24 players from eight different states. Eight players come from Ohio, five from Florida, three from Michigan and Illinois, two from New Jersey, and one each from Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. This class is heavy on defensive players with five listed as defensive backs and four LBs and DL. There are two players for each of the following positions; QB, RB, WR, TE and kickers and one offensive line prospect. Twenty three players are incoming true freshmen and there is one prep school prospect.
Cincinnati (OH) LaSalle
Sicklerville (NJ) Winslow Township
Springfiled (OH) North
Ocala (FL) Vanguard
Maple Hts (OH)
Crystal Lake (IL) South
Naperville (IL) Central
Cincinnati (OH) Winton Woods
Lansing (MI) Sexton
Chesapeake (VA) Deep Creek
Memphis (TN) Briarcrest Christian
Redford (MI) Thurston
Allen Park (MI)
Miramar (FL) Dillard
Long Branch (NJ) Fork Union Academy
Merritt Island (FL) Cocoa
Miami (FL) Killian
Sheehan is considered by many to be the top QB prospect in the Cincinnati area this year who can throw a ball over 70 yards in the air; passed for over 1,000 yards as a senior – injured much of the season; ranked #83 according to Ohio High Magazine and #7 rated QB in the state by Ohio Varsity. Glaud is the #33 rated prospect in New Jersey and will be participating the NY/NJ all-star game. A multi-threat QB, he accounted for over 2,700 total yards of offense as a senior and produced 26 TDs.
Brown is rated as a top-75 player in the state and rushed for over 1,300 yards and 20 TDs as a senior; earning all-state honors; picked BG over Toledo. Ohio Varsity rated Brown the #7 RB prospect in the state. Corner was his conference MVP and will participate in Ohio’s North/South All Star game.
Davis earned all area honors in Florida as a senior. Pronty is a speedster from the Cleveland area earning all conference honors as a senior. Rieke is considered a “sleeper” prospect according to two different recruiting services; picked BG over several other MAC offers and is rated a top-100 prospect in Illinois. Parks is from Georgia and earned all area honors as a senior.
Donahue is the lone offensive line prospect in this class. He is a top-100 rated player within Illinois prep rankings; picked BG over Western Michigan
DJ Young is the #16 overall prospect and #2 defensive line prospect in MI earning all-state ‘dream team honors,’ picked BG over UCF and Cincinnati. Culberson-Fehling is an undersized DE prospect who also plays TE; had a reported offer from Indiana; also a very good basketball player. Barrow earned all district honors in Virginia and is rated as a top-40 prospect in that state. Tipton is an undersized DE prospect with speed earning all city honors in Cincinnati.
Jackson is rated the #9 player in Tennessee - decommitted from Ole’ Miss and pledged Bowling Green. Jackson is a three-time all-state performer and will participate in an all-star classic game. Smith is a speedy DE/OLB prospect from a high profile football program; all-state player as a senior; several MAC offers; very fast player with a nose for the ball and a big hitter. Smith picked BG over Akron. Fells earned 2nd team all-state honors in Florida after posting 143 total tackles as a senior, choosing BG over several other IA offers. Magnone was the Division III Defensive POY in Ohio, chose BG over Akron, Kent State and Ohio.
Mahone is a first team all-state player and district POY award winner - rushed for 1,374-yards and 760-yards in receiving accounting for 30 TDs as a senior. A human highlight film, he will begin his college career as a defensive back. Mahone had several MAC offers and drew interest from most of the Big Ten. Brighton is a top-25 rated prospect from Michigan who scored 18 TDs as a senior and picked BG over several MAC offers. Lewis is a top-50 prospect from Michigan who earned all metro honors in the Detroit area. Marshall is a 4.4/40 speedster from Florida who earned first team all-state honors as a senior and picked BG over a reported offer from Iowa State. Sanderson is a prep school player originally from New Jersey, picked BG over Temple.
BG signed two specialists within this class. Rojas is from Miami and was rated by Scout.com as the #1 punter in the nation after averaging 46-yards per boot. Ellis is a huge kicking prospect (6-foot 6) who is extremely accurate - he will be participating in the Florida East/West All Star game.
A few players really stick out in this class; PJ Mahone, Brandon Jackson, DJ Young, Calvin Marshall and Jahmal Brown. The Falcons really brought in some nice DB and kicking prospects who should contribute right away. Overall, this class focused on defense, especially perimeter speed. The two defensive tackle prospects provide the Falcons immediate D-IA size to that area. Overall this class rates as EXCELLENT compared to other MAC programs this year, but the players mentioned above could become stars very quickly.