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2006 MAC Football Recruiting - Miami RedHawks

The RedHawks signed 22 players with fourteen on the defensive side of the ball and eight for offense. Fifteen of the prospects come from Ohio with two coming both Maryland and Georgia, and one each from South Dakota, Kansas and Pennsylvania. High areas of recruiting concentration were DL (5), LB (4), DB (4) and three each for the offensive line and wide receivers.

Position Name Height Weight School
RB Jamel Miller 5-11 190 Tallmadge (OH)
WR Eugene Harris 5-11 160 Atlanta (GA) McNair
WR Donovan Potter 6-3 185 Dayton (OH) Chaminade Julienne
WR Armand Robinson 6-1 190 Reynoldsburg (OH)
TE Sean Redwine 6-3 245 Cincinnati (OH) Moeller
OL John Buckman 6-8 330 Garnett (KS) Coffeyville (KS) CC
OL Bob Gulley 6-4 285 Berea (OH)
OL Nate Williams 6-5 285 Parma (OH) Holy Name
DL Mark Paun 6-4 245 Strongsville (OH)
DL DJ Svabik 6-6 245 Van Wert (OH)
DL Jordan Stevens 6-3 240 Monroeville (PA) Gateway
DL Martin Channels 6-0 320 Dayton (OH) Huber Hts Wayne
DL Alex Stewart 6-1 259 Columbus (OH) St. Francis
LB Caleb Bostic 6-3 225 Columbus (OH) Westland
LB Jeff Cleveland 6-2 220 Dayton (OH) Huber Hts Wayne
LB Donnie Hardy 6-1 205 Stone Mountain (GA) Tucker
LB Dexter Korto 6-2 200 Germantown (MD) Northwest
DB Ben Bennett 6-0 210 Brandywine (MD) Gwen Park
DB Peris Edwards 6-2 190 Toledo (OH) Rogers
DB Jordan Gafford 5-11 191 Worthington (OH) Kilbourne
DB Brandon Stephens 5-11 185 Strongsville (OH)
K Trevor Cook 6-2 180 Sioux Falls (SD) Washington

No player is marked as a quarterback within this class.


Running Backs
Miller was an early commitment to Miami and was a first team all-state performer as a senior; top-50 rated player in the state. Miller is the #8 rated RB prospect in the state by Ohio Varsity and posted back-to-back 2,000 yard seasons and totaled 49 career rushing touchdowns in a very good high school football league.


Harris is a terrific athlete from Atlanta who scored 23 TDs during his prep career and had a basketball offer from Georgia. Potter earned 1st team all-state honors after producing over 1,100 yards receiving and 8 TDs as a senior. Robinson earned 2nd team all-state honors as a senior and excelled on both sides of the ball. Robinson was a fast rising prospect who excelled at both WR and DB; picked Miami over offers from Indiana and Minnesota. Redwineis a very physical player who starred at talent rich Cincinnati Moeller and picked Miami over several other MAC offers.


Offensive Line
Buchman is a solid JUCO transfer with big-time size who will be expected to contribute right away, picked Miami over New Mexico State and La Tech. Williams is an all-state performer and received several MAC offers. Gulley is an all-state performer who picked Miami over a host of other MAC offers and will participate in the state’s all-star game.

Defensive Line
The strength of the Miami class lies within the incoming defensive line prospects. Stevens is the #40 rated defensive end prospect in the nation by Rivals and was a first team all-state participant. He chose Miami over several other BCS offers, including Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Michigan State. Paun moved around the defensive line all season and is also a good TE prospect due to his size and speed. Channels was a star player at Xenia (OH) but had differences with the coaching staff and transferred to Huber Hts Wayne in the Dayton area. Channels picked Miami over reported offers from Indiana, Illinois, Cincinnati and several MAC schools. Stewart is the #73 rated player in Ohio and picked Miami over Indiana, Wisconsin and Toledo. Svabik is a large and athletically built player who excelled at DE and TE – chose Miami over BGSU.


Hardy is a top-50 player in Georgia and is a speedy OLB prospect who picked Miami over Kentucky, Memphis, Akron and Central Michigan. Bostic earned all area honors and played LB and safety in high school – picked Miami over Cincinnati. Cleveland averaged 10-tackles per game as a senior and can play either ILB or OLB – has reported 4.45/40 speed and picked Miami over Cincinnati, BG and Akron. Korto earned all state honors and picked the RedHawks over Temple and Delaware.


Defensive Backs
Edwards is a speedy all-state player who is ranked as the #42 overall prospect in Ohio and a top 50 safety prospect nationally; picked Miami over several other MAC offers and Cincinnati. Gafford is the #44 rated prospect in Ohio; played QB & S in high school but projects as a S in college; picked Miami over offers from Cincinnati, Marshall & La Tech. Bennett earned all-metro honors in Maryland and has 4.4/40 speed, picked Miami over Akron, Kent State and Temple. Stephens earned all-district honors as a physical corner and picked Miami over Iowa.


Cook is from South Dakota and has a career long FG of 56 yards; picked Miami over Northwestern, Stanford and Oregon State.


Final Analysis
Miami recruited the state of Ohio about as well as anyone outside of Ohio State. Considering that the state of Ohio produced nearly 200 Division I prospects, it was a good year to stay ‘in-state.’ The RedHawks bring in the best group defensive linemen within the MAC this year, and certainly brought in big-time playmakers at LB and DB as well. The offensive line prospects are solid and have very high potential. This is the type of class that year in and year out makes Miami one of the teams to beat for a conference championship. Compared to other MAC teams this year, this class rates as OUTSTANDING.

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