BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo head football coach Jeff Quinn has announced his initial signees for the 2012 recruiting class on the first day of the National Signing period.
Announcing his third recruiting class, Quinn added 19 players, including every position, with an emphasis on states that fit the Mid-American Conference blueprint. 15 of the 19 players hail from either New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio or Michigan with Florida, Virginia, Maryland and California checking in with one each.
The class is extremely balanced with nine defensive players, nine offensive players and one punter in the group. The largest areas by position are defensive line and defensive backs with four players each.
"I am extremely proud of the job that my coaching staff did to attract the caliber of student-athlete that is in this class to the University at Buffalo," said Quinn. "We began the process with almost all of these players before their junior seasons and have gotten to know these young men and their families. They are not only outstanding football players but equally committed to the quality education they will receive here at UB. I am excited about these young men becoming Bulls and joining our returning players to compete for a championship in 2012."
The initial 2012 Buffalo football signees:
Safety • 6-0 • 200 • Bethlehem, PA • Freedom HS
Team captain for head coach Jason Roeder who led his team to 8-3 record and district playoff berth in 2011 ... top player on a defensive unit that recorded a school-record five shutouts in 2011 ... rushed for 1,167 yards(7.3 yds per carry) and 18 TD's as a senior; caught passes for an additional 189 yards; key player in an offense that averaged 38 points per game ... recorded 60 tackles, 9 deflections, 2 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, and 6 fumble recoveries; returned two turnovers for TD's...Lehigh Valley All-Star 1st Team(DB), Allentown Morning Call All-Area 1st Team (Athlete), Lehigh Valley Express Times All-Area 1st Team (DB) ... parents are Bertram and Lucy Alozie.
Defensive End • 6-5 • 250 • Tuolumne, CA • Summerville HS • Modesto, JC
Transfer from Modesto Junior College where he was named first team all-conference this past fall ... given the "Iron Pirate Award" for his dedication off the field and the "Pirate Pride" award as the most impactful player for coach Sam Young ... team captain ... first-team all-conference and all-area player at Summerville HS for coach Ben Watson ... had 63 tackles while helping team to a 10-2 record as a senior ... named Conference Lineman of the Year as a senior and was team cap¬tain ... son of Jeff and Kerry Bachtelle.
Safety • 6-0 • 205 • Detroit, MI • Cass Technical HS
Three year letterwinner at Cass Tech for head coach Thomas Wilcher ... ESPN Recruiting pegs him among top 50 recruits in Michigan and lauds his ability to help in run defense ... led team with 12 tackles for loss and added seven sacks, three interceptions (one for a touchdown) and blocked a punt ... rushed 25 times for 145 yds and 2 TDs (2011) ... helped his team to consec¬utive District and Regional Championships (2010 & 2011) and the Detroit Public School League title and Division One state title (2011) ... parents are Felesha Ramson and Kyle Perry.
Running Back • 6-0 • 200 • Youngstown, OH • Boardman HS
An All-County, All League and All-Ohio selection who rushed for 1,230 yards (8.0 yards per carry) and added 34 receptions for 567 yards ... accounted for a total of 24 touchdowns ... three-year letterwin¬ner ... qualified for the nationals in indoor track (New Balance Elite Qualifier) ... son of Brenda Shell and Ed Campbell.
Offensive Tackle • 6-6 • 260 • Elkridge, MD • Dematha Catholic
Named his team's Unsung Hero for coach Elijah Brooks on the powerhouse DeMatha Catholic team (winners of 19 conference championships) ... second-team Washington Catholic choice ... joins Kendric Hawkins and current Bull Kendall Patterson as De¬Matha products that chose Buffalo ... wants to become a chemical engineer ... noted for his outstanding work ethic by his coaching staff ... son of Joe and Kelly Collura.
Offensive Tackle • 6-5 • 300 • Depew, NY • Depew HS
A second-team All-State and All-WNY honoree for head coach Dan McGrath at Depew ... team captain and Scholar-Athlete honoree ... WNY Trench Trophy award nominee ... ranked 16th best recruit in New York State by ESPN Recruiting who cites his physicality as his biggest strength ... son of Ken and Julie Cotton.
Outside Linebacker • 6-5 • 225 • Greensburg, PA • Greensburg Salem HS
Was named All-Conference on both sides of the ball as a defensive end and a tight end for head coach Casey Cavanaugh ... defen¬sively, he accumulated 15 sacks, 26.5 tackles for loss and accounted for three defensive touchdowns ... had 14 catches for 390 yards and five touchdowns on offense ... UB coaches describe him as having a high motor, aggressive mentality and the ability to chase down plays from behind ... a Pittsburgh Tribune Review Terrific 25 selection ... was selected to play in the Pennsylvania East-West All-Star game ... starting center on basketball team ... son of Wade and Holly Fink.
Punter • 6-1 • 185 • Columbus, OH • Gahanna Lincoln HS
Tremendous all-around athlete who played quarter¬back, safety, wide receiver, punter and kicker his senior season for coach John Snoad ... was named Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year and first team All District ... ESPN ranks him the 33rd best kicking prospect in the country ... set school passing records as well as kicking records (72-yard punt and field goals made in a career with 32) ... member of his high school DECA business marketing program, which was ranked first in the country ... son of Jim and Beth Grassman.
Quarterback • 6-1 • 185 • Amherst, NY • Sweet Home HS
Outstanding athlete who played in the shadows of the UB Campus at nearby Sweet Home High School for head coach John Faller ... the Class A State Player of the Year as both a junior and senior and a first-team All-WNY and All-State honoree ... a Connolly Cup finalist (Western New York's top player) ... team captain who was 33-2 with three Class A titles in his career ... at QB, rushed for 1,365 yards and 22 TDs while throw¬ing for 830 yards with nine TDs ... also averaged 42.0 yards on kickoffs returns ... had three interceptions at DB, including a 65-yard return for a score vs. Aqui¬nas ... son of Tameka Crout.
Nose Tackle • 6-4 • 260 • Buffalo, NY • Cleveland Hill HS
Lost his senior season to injury but was named second-team All-WNY as a junior and honorable mention All-State after registering 28 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as a junior at Canisius High School before transferring to Cleveland Hill as a senior ... ESPN recruiting places him among the Top 20 recruits in New York State and notes his disruptiveness at the line of scrimmage as his strength ... he was UB's first commitment in the 2012 class ... son of Stephen and Diane Madlock.
Nose Tackle • 6-4 • 265 • St. Petersburg, FL • Gibbs HS
An All-Pinellas County selection who recorded 65 tackles, five sacks and 26 tackles for loss as a senior ... team captain for coach Antonio Knox ... selected to play in the Pinel¬las County All-Star game ... late de¬veloping prospect who has played just a few seasons of football ... son of military parents, he has lived in Japan, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida ... parents are Ernest & Patricia Dozier and Quincy McCoy.
Wide Receiver • 6-2 • 215 • Rochester, NY • Gates-Chili HS
Tremendous all-around athlete who became the first player in school history to be twice named first-team All-Greater Rochester ... second-team All-State selection (as athlete) for coach Jason Benham ... three-time All-County selection ... re¬corded 1,798 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior and had eight kick returns for scores in his final two seasons ... set Section V record with 98-yard kickoff return for a score ... was first-team All-Conference in Basketball as a junior ... ESPN recruiting lists him as 13th best recruit in New York and notes his hands and ability to catch the ball in traffic as his strengths ... son of Andrew & Tamara McGill.
Quarterback • 6-5 • 220 • Lexington, OH • Lexington HS
Ranked the fourth best quarterback prospect in the football-rich state of Ohio by Scouting Ohio ... strong-armed quarterback with great size ... Scout.com ranked him the 41st best quarterback prospect in the coun¬try ... threw for 3,230 yards and 42 touchdowns and added 14 rushing TDs in his career ... played for head coach B.J. Payne, who noted that "Collin is an amaz¬ing leader who will flourish at the next level. He has all the things you want ... he is smart, big and has a rocket arm. His leadership, also, in the classroom and the community sets him apart" ... also starting center for Lexington basketball team ... son of Joe and Diane Michael.
Defensive End • 6-4 • 250 • Downingtown, PA • B. Reed Henderson HS
Named his league's most outstanding defensive line¬man after leading his team to an 8-3 record for coach Joe Walsh and an unbeaten record in the Ches-Mont League ... recorded 49 tackles, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups ... also starred on the offensive line ... a Philadelphia Inquirer top 50 pros¬pect in Pennsylvania ... described as "the right kind of crazy" by defensive coordinator Steve Mitten ... son of Robert and Laura Perisse.
Cornerback • 6-1 • 175 • Southfield, MI • Cass Technical HS
Four-year letterwinner at Cass Tech where he was a teammate of fellow signee Brandon Berry ... led team with three interceptions in 2011 and caught 14 pass for 285 yards and three scores ... helped team to back-to-back district and regional titles for coach Thomas Wilcher ... parents are Antonio and Tanya Harris.
Offensive Tackle • 6-6 • 270 • Canton, MI • Plymouth HS
A first-team All-State selection by the Detroit Free Press for head coach Mike Sawchuk ... an All-Detroit and All-Conference selection who helped his team to a confer¬ence crown ... as a junior he helped Plymouth to the state championship game ... outstanding pass blocker ... ESPN recruiting ranks him among the top 20 prospects in the state of Michigan and he held nine Division I scholarship offers according to the site ... son of Warren and Christine Riche.
Wide Receiver • 6-1 • 185 • Canton, OH • McKinley HS
An All-League, All-County and All-State selection for head coach Ron Johnson at pow¬erhouse McKinley High School ... had 45 receptions for 717 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and was ranked among the top 20 wide receivers in Ohio ... held offers from multiple Mid-American Confer¬ence schools ... selected to play in the Ohio North vs. South All-Star game ... son of Freda Robinson.
Tight End • 6-5 • 225 • Medina, OH • Medina HS
Three-year letterwinner who played tight end and started two seasons at quarterback for head coach Larry Laird ... named as one of the top 20 athletes in the state in the Buckeye state by Re¬cruiting Ohio ... chosen to play in the East vs. West All-Star game ... start¬ing center on the basketball team ... son of Todd and Wendy Schreck.
Cornerback • 5-11 • 185 • Chesterfield, VA • Cosby HS
Outstanding prospect who was an All-Dominion selection as both a running back and on the All-Academic team for head coach Pete Mutascio ... a top 50 recruit in the state of Virginia by Rivals.com ... had 33 tackles and four pass breakups on defense and had 742 yards rushing (6.3 per carry) and seven touchdowns on offense ... was named the defensive back MVP at the 2011 National Underclassmen combine in Richmond ... ranked the No. 3 cornerback prospect in Virginia by ESPN Recruiting ... son of Curtiss and Sonia Stancil.
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