Overview The Broncos signed 22 players, which includes 19 freshmen and 3 JUCOs, comprising of nine different states. Fifteen of the incoming prospects participated in their respective state’s playoffs. Seven prospects come from Florida, five from Michigan, two from Georgia, Illinois and Wisconsin, and one from Ohio, California, New York and Nevada. Fifteen prospects are slated for the offensive side of the ball with a heavy emphasis on WR, QB and RB while just seven players are listed for defensive, mostly DE.
Sparks (NV) Bakersfield JC
Downers Grove (IL) South
Palm Beach (FL) Lakes
St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)
Brunswick (GA) Camden County
Lancaster (CA) Pasadena CC
North Ridgeville (OH)
Valley Forge Military (PA)
Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic
Miami (FL) Carol City
Zeeland (MI) West
Grand Haven (MI)
Grand Haven (MI)
Palantine (IL) Wm. Fernd
Farmington Hills (MI) Harrison
Miami (FL) Edison
Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Dillard
Birmingham (MI) Brother Rice
North Miami Beach (FL)
Kingsland (GA) Camden County
Burdi passed for 3,100 yards and 15 touchdowns this past season earning all state honors. Peregrin is a JUCO transfer who passed for 2,700 yards and 28 touchdowns this past season and had reported offers from Wyoming, Toledo and SMU. He was ranked as the #7 JUCO QB by one recruiting service.
Thompson played FB and LB in high school but will be a RB in college; picked WMU over Colorado State. He was rated by one recruiting service as the #14 FB prospect in the nation. Crawford gained nearly 1,300 yards during his senior year earning all county and all area honors in Florida. West excelled as both a DB and a RB and will enter Kalamazoo as a RB prospect. West averaged 8-yards per carry as a senior and scored a total of 30 TDs earning the honor as regional POY as well as first team all-state honors. West picked WMU over reported offers from Memphis and Troy State.
The bulk of the class lies within the receivers unit as Western added five WRs and two TE prospects. Martin is the player the Broncos hope can immediately replace all-everything Greg Jennings, who has moved on to the NFL. Martin is a JUCO who earned all-conference honorable mention honors this past season averaging 15-yards per grab and picked WMU over Wyoming. White earned all county and all district honors and is considered a possession receiver. Murray is a speedy Floridian who earned 2nd team all-state honors after posting a 1,000-yard receiving season. Nunez played in the Dade County (Miami area) all-star game. Penn is a physical receiver who had a 1,000-yard receiving career at Valley Forge Prep (Philadelphia area). O’Neill is the #29 rated prospect in Michigan and picked Western over offers from EMU & CMU. Hunderman is a big prospect at TE and was listed as the state’s #24 rated prospect from Zeeland, MI.
Swanson is a top 30 rated prospect in Michigan earning first team all-state honors - picked Western over reported offers from EMU & CMU. Mitchell is an all area performer from Illinois who picked Western over NIU. Clemons was a first-team all-state player who earned the Wisconsin State Journal POY Award, picked Western over Ball State.
Pyant is a defensive end prospect who ranks the #20 rated player in Michigan, picked Western over CMU & Akron. Berghuis played LB and DE in high school and projects as a DE at Western. He earned first team all state honors as a senior in Wisconsin. Moody is a speed DE from Florida earning all country and all area honors. Moody picked WMU over reported offers from Mississippi, UCF and Oklahoma State, is Western’s highest rated prospect in this class. Williams had 10 QB sacks as a senior and also projects as a DE.
Pickens is the lone LB prospect of this class, is a top-25 rated player from the Detroit area. Pickens amassed 120 tackles and 18 QB sacks during his junior an senior years, picked WMU over CMU and EMU.
Coleman was a 1st team all-state performer from Georgia and will participate in the state’s annual all-star classic. Dorcely is another Miami area prospect with speed – picked Western Michigan over several reported offers, including Colorado and BGSU.
No player marked as specialist is listed within this class.
Western really hit the state of Florida hard this year and it paid off with the talents of Moody and Dorcely, each reportedly had nice BCS offers on the table before selecting the Broncos. The Broncos hit their immediate needs hard in the areas of RB, WR, TE, QB and DE. Considering how young much of Bill Cubit’s team was last year, especially on defense, fewer players were needed at LB and DB. Overall this is a lot of speed and playmakers throughout this class and rates as EXCELLENT compared to other MAC programs this year.