MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State has signed a group of 28 athletes which coach Adam Dorrel says “truly compliments'' his current roster.
“Everyone we have signed today has bought into the fact that they will all play a major role in our future success,'' he said. “I'm very excited to have this group of student-athletes join our family this fall.”
The list includes 13 players from Missouri, four from Nebraska and Florida, three from Illinois and two from Iowa.
The Bearcats won the 2013 NCAA Division II national championship, the fourth title in program history. Dorrel, who completed his third season at the helm, was named the AFCA national coach of the year.
Dorrel said he asked his staff to find good football players as well as all-around individuals.
The 2013 Bearcat football team not only found success on the field but also in the classroom. Eleven student-athletes hit a perfect 4.0 GPA and 78 members of the team had 3.0 GPAs or higher. The overall GPA of the team was a 2.91. This year's recruiting class averaged a 21 on the ACT, had a combined GPA of 3.0 and 21 members of the class qualified for academic scholarships.
“We make no secret that our expectations for academics are extremely high for our players,” said Dorrel. “That is a big area that we focus on during recruiting. When we find a student-athlete that commits to academics, we have the resources here on campus to really help them succeed.''
Ben Althoff, LB, 6-1, 210, Palmyra, Mo.
Shawn Bane Jr. WR, 5-11, 165, Sarasota, Fla.
Connor Besancenez, OL, 6-4, 275, Mehlville, St. Louis
Emmai Brown, LB, 6-0, 186, University City, Mo.
Jacob Chapple, TE, 6-5, 212, O'Fallon, Ill.
Austen Eskew, TE, 6-4, 220, Lawson, Mo.
Zach Flott, OL, 6-5, 295, Ralston
Kenneth Harrell,DE, 6-3, 205, Vashon, St. Louis
Mikey Henson, WR, 6-2, 190, Blue Valley, Kan.
Najeem Hosein, DB, 6-1, 175, Oak Ridge, Orlando, Fla.
Devin Houston, LB, 6-2, 216, Liberty, Mo.
Emanuel Jones, RB, 5-11, 200, Mundelein, Ill.
Trey Kothe, OL, 6-7, 260, Macon, Mo.
Cody Massey, WR, 6-3, 175, Lafayette, St. Joseph, Mo.
Jackson Morrison, OL, 6-3, 298, Maryville, Mo.
Brent Morrow, DL, 6-2, 282, Ladue Horton Watkins, St. Louis
Trent Nally, DB, 6-3, 190, Maryville, Mo.
Ben Norgaard, OL, 6-4, 320, Carroll, Iowa
Kory Poelker, DL, 6-3, 240, O'Fallon Township, Ill.
Hunter Ramirez, WR, 6-2, 205, Grain Valley, Mo.
Ernest Scott, DB, 6-0, 180, Oak Ridge, Orlando, Fla.
Mike Sehl, DL, 6-3, 220, Regina, Iowa City, Iowa
Marcus Stewart Jr., DL, 6-2, 240, Pattonville Senior, Maryland Heights, Mo.
Noah Voss, WR, 6-3, 195, Fremont
Chase White, RB, 6-0, 195, Maize, Kan.
Alex Wickert, OL, 6-3, 270, Ralston
Quinza Witcher, DB, 5-10, 180, Duncan U. Fletcher, Neptune Beach, Fla.
Tom Young, OL, 6-3, 290, Omaha Westside