Wayne State football signs 27 to 2018 recruiting class

Wayne State College football coach Dan McLaughlin and his staff announced the signing of 27 high school student-athletes to the Wildcat football program on the first day of the 2018 signing period.

The incoming class includes 13 athletes from Nebraska, four each from Iowa and Missouri, two from Kansas and Illinois and one each from Florida and Louisiana.

“The 2018 Wayne State Wildcat Football recruiting class addresses several needs that the coaching staff determined critical to the future success of the program,” McLaughlin said. “As we’ve always maintained, it takes one or two years to give a fair assessment of the quality of a recruiting class. Hopefully we have accurately evaluated the athletic skills, academic capabilities and character values of these young men.”

McLaughlin added, “I want to thank the coaching staff and all of the staff that helped us do things that we need to do in recruiting. A special thanks to Recruiting Coordinator Ben Curran along with assistants Denny Honnold, Scott McLaughlin, Casey Carlo and John Dunford who worked tirelessly to corral what we feel is an outstanding class.”

Among the 2018 class are three Wayne High standouts, including quarterback Beau Bowers and receivers Ryan Jaixen and Mason Lee.

The 2018 Wildcat recruiting class is as follows (height, weight and position in parenthesis):

Beau Bowers, Wayne (QB/DB, 5-11, 165)
Ryan Brauer, Battle Creek (PK, 6-0, 175)
Brandon Dueling, Papillion (OL, 6-3, 290)
Connor Fee, Gretna (DL, 6-1, 240)
Ryan Jaixen, Wayne (WR, 5-9, 150)
Jacob Johnson, Fairbury (RB, 5-11, 195)
Vernon Johnson, Omaha (DB, 5-11, 160)
Levi Krueger, Tilden (5-8, 195)
Mason Lee, Wayne (WR, 6-3, 175)
Alex Lindsay, Pierce (6-3, 240)
Devin Merkuris, Ralston (RB, 5-11, 190)
Dalton Ryan, Blair (WR, 5-8, 170)
Adam Wasserman, Fairbury (DB, 6-1, 190)

Caleb Brouse, Harlan (DL, 6-3, 260)
Nick Joynt, Garner (LB, 6-1, 200)
Bryan Kunde, Cedar Rapids (QB, 5-11, 205)
Anthony Lowman, Van Meter (WR, 5-8, 165)

TJ Brown, Belton (ILB, 6-1, 215)
Jason Hawkins Jr., St. Louis (WR, 5-10, 160)
Evan Vishion, Chesterfield (LB, 6-0, 210)
Tavia Willis, Ferguson (QB, 6-0, 190)

Other Signings
Adam Andrews Jr., Burbank, Ill. (LB, 6-0, 200)
Andrew Ativie, Leavenworth, Kan. (WR, 6-1, 175)
Perez Hall Jr., Belleville, Ill. (WR, 5-7, 155)
Garrett Lancelot, Wichita, Kan. (S, 6-1, 185)
Justin Mosley, Tampa, Fla. (DE, 6-2, 220)
Rashod Pierre, Edgard, La. (S, 5-11, 185)
For complete details on the class, pick up a copy of the Wayne Herald.

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