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GLIAC squads grab a ton of talent from STATE CHAMPS! footprint on National Signing Day 2021

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, February 3, 2021, 5:07 pm

There’s no question that the three states in the STATE CHAMPS! footprint — Michigan, Indiana and Ohio — have a TON of talent going to Division I schools for football, but many of those players signed on the early National Signing Day in December. That leaves the February signing day — once the be-all, end-all of the recruiting game — now mostly for Division II and NAIA schools to fill out their rosters, while the D-Is may add a tweak here or there.

And if you want a single league that may perhaps grab up the most talent — numbers-wise, anyway — from the three SC! states, it might be the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Here’s a look at the 2021 recruiting classes for each of the GLIAC schools (some may be still works in progress, as NLIs come in. Additions will be made as we go along).


Ferris State

Taariik Brett, Slot, Jonesboro (Ga.) Mt. Zion HS

Trinidad Chambliss, QB, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Forest Hills Northern

Richard Clark, DL, Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt HS

Amari Crowley, WR, Muskegon (Mich.) HS

Justin Dorsey, OL, Livonia (Mich.) Clarenceville HS

Michael Edwards, DB, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna HS

Carson Gulker, QB, Zeeland (Mich.) West HS

Keyon Hammonds, WR, Detroit (Mich.) Denby HS

Lawrence Hattar, OL, Livonia (Mich.) Churchill HS

Walter Herndon III, DL, Detroit (Mich.) King HS

Jeremiah Housey, WR, Rockledge (Fla.) HS

Eddrin Lollar, DB, Miami (Fla.) Central HS

Toby MacPhee, DL, Bad Axe (Mich.) HS

Mahki Matthews, WR, Wyoming (Mich.) HS

Mitchell Middleton, K/P, Middleville (Mich.) Thornapple-Kellogg HS

Jonah Monclerc, DB, North Fort Myers (Fla.) HS

Cam Orr, LB, New Lothrop (Mich.) HS

Aaron Paulding, LB, Detroit (Mich.) Edison Prep School Academy

Justin Payoute, DB, Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic HS

Chris Phillips, RB, Gulfport (Fla.) Boca Ciega HS

Jake Plamondon, TE, Ludington (Mich.) HS

Dorion Riley, RB, Jackson (Mich.) HS

Brady Rose, Slot, Muskegon (Mich.) Mona Shores HS

Jvonne Ruffin, DE, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech HS

Blake Smithers, DL, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port (Mich.) Laker HS

Tyous Taylor, QB, Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic HS

Jonius Watkins, DB, Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Treasure Coast HS

Jarvis Windom, OL, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech HS


Wayne State

Dion Brown Jr., WR, Davison (Mich.) HS

Vince Carpenter, DL, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

Charles Coy III, QB/DB, Romulus (Mich.) Summit Academy North

Justin Hart, TE, Westland (Mich.) John Glenn HS

Nick Hayward, FB, Bellevue (Mich.) HS

Brady Hessbrook, QB, Ithaca (Mich.) HS

Shy’Twan James, CB, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic HS

Aaron Mass, DL, Livonia (Mich.) Franklin HS

Hunter Ohman, OL, Garden City (Mich.) HS

Emarion Perkins, LB, Warren (Ohio) Warren G. Harding HS

Michael Ramirez, TE, Novi (Mich.) Detroit Catholic Central HS

John Rayba, FB, Rochester Hills (Mich.) Stoney Creek HS

Prentiss Reasonover, RB, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic HS

Ja’vontre Roldan, WR/DB, Sandusky (Ohio) HS

Owen Salingue, OL, Wayland (Mich.) Union HS

Adam Sarjo, OL/DL, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian HS

Chris Sennett, OL/DL, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic HS

Mike Sherrill, LB, White Lake (Mich.) Lakeland HS

Elijah Taylor, QB, Warren (Ohio) Warren G. Harding HS

Gus Taylor, OL/DL, South Lyon (Mich.) HS

Aidan Tweedy, OL, Oswego (Ill.) HS

Te’Avion Warren, RB, Davison (Mich.) HS

Nick Williams, TE/DE, Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s Prep



Gavin Adams, WR, St. Paris (Ohio) Graham HS

Ricky Alli, LB, Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln HS

Eric Babinchak, RB, Warren (Ohio) Howland HS

Will Balgo, DE, St. Clairsville (Ohio) HS

Joe Beck, PK, Arcanum (Ohio) HS

Isaiah Bolon, S, Wickliffe (Ohio) HS

Cameron Blair, QB, Magnolia (Ohio) Sandy Valley HS

Sam Carver, OL, Worthington (Ohio) Thomas Worthington HS

Isaiah Clark, S, Massillon (Ohio) Washington HS

Hunter Colao, OL, Mentor (Ohio) HS

Khaleb Comer, RB, London (Ohio) HS

Ameer Cunningham, LB, Creston (Ohio) Norwayne HS

Tyler Davis, WR, Wooster (Ohio) Triway HS

Zack Davis, RB, Mogadore (Ohio) Field HS

Nick Dopkosky, WR, Mogadore (Ohio) Field HS

Ethan Enders, OL, Marion (Ohio) Pleasant HS

Daesean Evans, WR, Cleveland Heights (Ohio) HS

Riley Fritts, LB, St. Paris (Ohio) Graham HS

Kristian Gehrisch, DT, Ashland (Ohio) HS

Alex Harkness, OLB, Lexington (Ohio) HS

Jack Hartmann, WR, Liberty Twp. (Ohio) Lakota East HS

Logan Hehman, CB, Cincinnati (Ohio) Oak Hills HS

Caleb Heitzenrater,  DT, Ellwood City (Penn.) Lincoln HS

Brock Henne, TE, North Canton (Ohio) Hoover HS

Conner Heyser, WR, Springboro (Ohio) HS

Conner Hray, WR/TE, Norton (Ohio) HS

Dru Johnson, WR, Van Wert (Ohio) HS

Ryan Kern, RB, Marysville (Ohio) HS

Austin Leibensperger,  OL, Liberty (Penn.) HS

Jacob McCabe, OL, Olmsted Falls (Ohio) HS

Caden Morris, CB, Marion (Ohio) Harding

Trey Murrell, WR, Toledo Bowsher HS

Dreden Owens, RB, Uniontown (Ohio) Lake HS

Max Owsley, OL, West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West

Tallyn Peterson, CB, Springfield (Ohio) Greenon HS

Dradyn Ray, OL, Monroe (Mich.) Jefferson HS

AJ Rhodes, PK, Wooster (Ohio) Triway HS

Justin Rimer, OL, New Philadelphia (Ohio) HS

Elijah Rockhold, OL, Wilmington (Ohio) HS

Dominic Schadl, WR, McDonald (Ohio) HS

Griffin Shaver, WR, Mansfield (Ohio) Ontario HS

Billy Simpson, S, Avon Lake (Ohio) HS

Landon Smith, DT, Powell (Ohio) Olentangy HS

Nathan Spatny, LB, Medina (Ohio) HS

Collin Strong, DT, North Olmsted (Ohio) HS

Eli Tilley, DE, West Portsmouth (Ohio) Portsmouth West HS

Nick Walker, OL, Rossford (Ohio) HS

Camden Walter, OL, Shelby (Ohio) HS

Josh Weasel, LB, Blissfield (Mich.) HS

Dalton White, DT, London (Ohio) HS

Cayman Williams, LB, Massillon (Ohio) Perry HS

Darien Williams, CB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington HS

Tanner Williams, WR, Grand Haven (Mich.) HS

Bobby Young, S, Hamilton (Ohio) Badin HS


Grand Valley State

Deandre Archer, DL, Chicago (Ill.) Marist HS

Tommy Barnett, LB, Wheaton-Warrenville (Ill.) South

Kyler Blake-Jones, OL, Saline (Mich.) HS

Anthony Cardamone, LB, Utica (Mich.) Eisenhower HS

Darron Chinery, DT, Saginaw (Mich.) Nouvel Catholic Central HS

Kaleb Clousing, WR, Wheaton-Warrenville (Ill.) South HS

Drake Deshetsky, LB, North Branch (Mich.) HS

Jimmy Downs, LB,  Schoolcraft (Mich.) HS

Nijere Finney, WR, Port Huron (Mich.) HS

Trenton Fuller, TE, Marshall (Mich.) HS

Davion Haynes, DB, River Rouge (Mich.) HS

Burak Henderson, OL, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central HS

Trace Hrgich, P, Wheaton (Ill.) North HS

Darrell Johnson, WR, Belleville (Mich.) HS

Jordan Johnson, WR, Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Francis DeSales HS

Thomas Jolly, DT, Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine HS

Garrett Jostworth, TE, Cincinnati (Ohio) Hills Christian Academy HS

Noah Kindle, DL, Port Huron (Mich.) HS

Niles King, DE, West Bloomfield (Mich.) HS

Bronson Kooy, OL, Westfield (Ind.) HS

Kollin Kralapp, PK, Macomb (Mich.) Dakota HS

Grantland Lancaster, WR, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Forest Hills Eastern HS

Joshua Martin, OL, Canton (Mich.) HS

Walker Martin, OL, Montague (Mich.) HS

Luke McLean, S, Rockford (Mich.) HS

Vincenzo Meschi, QB, Bollingbrook (Ill.) HS

Armani Moreno, RB, Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley HS

Tyreese Oakes, DB, Muskegon (Mich.) HS

David Perry, WR, Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral HS

Grant Porter, OL, Howell (Mich.) HS

Devin Pringle, DB, Bolingbrook (Ill.) HS

Antuane Rambus Jr., LB, Detroit (Mich.) Edison Public School Academy

Terez Reid, DB, Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central HS

Griffin Shinrock, WR, St. Joseph (Mich.) HS

Mason Shroad, TE, Olivet (Mich.) HS

Riley Simpson, DB, Orlando (Fla.) Winter Park HS

Samuel Simpson, LB, St. Joseph (Mich.) HS

Syone Usma-Harper, RB, Frisco (Texas) HS

Giovanni Volpentesta, LB, Highland Park (Ill.) HS

Jahdae Walker, WR, Cleveland (Ohio) Shaker Heights HS

Jason Ward II, DB, Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade-Julienne HS

Quinn Wills, DB, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS

Derrick Woods Jr., RB, Elkhart (Ind.) HS



Darryl Cooper, DB, Ecorse (Mich.) HS

Nick Devereaux, Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice HS

Cal Doyle, QB, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Forest Hills Eastern

Donavan Franklin, CB, Flint (Mich.) Powers Catholic HS

Khalil Hunter, DL, Oviedo (Fla.) Seminole HS

Norman Johnson, DB, Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) HS

Gunner Lakins, LB, Franklin (Ohio) HS

Tyler Lange-Baillie, LB, Kissimmee (Fla.) Poinciana HS

Brock Mays, OL, Eustis (Fla.) HS

Devarius Mitchell, ATH, Merritt Island (Fla.) HS

Cole Pape, OL, Delton (Mich.) Kellogg HS

Terance Pope, DB, Orange City (Fla.) University HS

Cam Terry, RB, Grandville (Mich.) HS

Grant Thwaites, QB, Greenville (Mich.) HS

Tanner Smith, LB, Belding (Mich.) HS

Corone Williams, DE, Ocala (Fla.) Lake Weir HS

Lorenzo Wood, DB, Grand Blanc (Mich.) HS


Michigan Tech 

Shawn Allen, DB, Grand Blanc (Mich.) HS

Josh Byers, QB, Utica (Mich.) Ford HS — PWO

Connor Cardell, LB, River Falls (Wis.) HS

Drew Collins, QB, Montague (Mich.) HS

Jalyn Givan, DB, Plainfield (Ill.) North HS

Connor Hindenach, DL, Paw Paw (Mich.) HS

Kolby Hindenach, DL, Paw Paw (Mich.) HS

Patrick Kastner, RB, Elmhurst (Ill.) York Community HS

Andrew Kanary, DL, Grayling (Mich.) HS — PWO

Connor LeClaire, DB, Dollar Bay (Mich.) HS — PWO

Caleb Lung, DL, Perham (Minn.) HS

Bryant Maki, WR, Escanaba (Mich.) HS

Nicholas Noel, DL, Pewamo-Westphalia (Mich.) HS

Bryce Pietrantonio, FB,  Iron Mountain (Mich.) HS

Joey Pizzo, PK/DB, Grosse Ile (Mich.) HS

Jimmy Targosz, DB, Livonia (Mich.) Churchill HS

Jacob Yarberry, RB, Birmingham (Mich.) Detroit Country Day HS

Austin Venema, OL, Grand Haven (Mich.) HS — PWO

Nathan. Vereeke, DL, Zeeland (Mich.) East HS — PWO

Porter Zeeman, LB, Corunna (Mich.) HS — PWO


Saginaw Valley State

Timothy Alonzo, DL, Maple Heights (Ohio) HS

Terrence Batiste Jr., DB, Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s Prep

Kumauri Bennett, DB, Eastpointe (Mich.) HS

Jaden Bevier, LB, Ypsilanti (Mich.) HS

Austin Bills, RB, Traverse City (Mich.) Central HS

Joe Botello, OL, Lansing (Mich.) Waverly HS

Thomas Brasseur, OL, Essexville (Mich.) Garber HS

Connor Bright, WR, Plainfield (Ill.) East HS

Javaun Cannon, LB, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech HS

Xavier Chasen, DL, Waterford (Mich.) Mott HS

Ryan Cornelius, DB, Walled Lake (Mich.) Northern HS

Eric Craft, WR, Waterford (Mich.) Kettering HS

Isaiah Daniels, OL, Warren (Mich.) Mott HS

Dejon “DJ” Davenport, DL, Pickerington (Ohio) North HS

Mitch DeBrincat, TE, Lake Orion (Mich.) HS

Dinalli DeLoach, DL, Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline HS

Sam Dersa, WR, Novi (Mich.) Detroit Catholic Central HS

Lamar Echols Jr., WR, Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike HS

Lucas Gillespie, OL, Harrison (Mich.) HS

Elijah Gordon, DB, Midland (Mich.) HS

Basil Hampton Jr., DB, Jackson (Mich.) Lumen Christi HS

Sawyer Hamrick, OL, Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine

Ryan Heicher, PK, Walled Lake (Mich.) Northern HS

Abdul Jabbaar, DL, Southfield (Mich.) A&T HS

Jonah Meleski, WR, Grand Blanc (Mich.) HS

Tylor McCoon, TE, Traverse City (Mich.) Central HS

Michael Renzi, TE, Canton (Mich.) HS

Jacoby Sanders, DB, Flint (Mich.) Beecher HS

Braylon Silvas, QB, Flint (Mich.) Kearsley HS

Ben Simmons, OL, Birmingham (Mich.) Groves HS

Tanner Slazinski, QB, Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) HS

Nick Steinacker, TE, Corunna (Mich.) HS

Stevan Radosavljevic, OL, Tilney Park (Ill.) Andrew HS

Brandon Rawls, LB, Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron HS

Cameron Wallace, OL, Belleville (Mich.) HS

Justin Whitehorn, RB, North Farmington (Mich.) HS

Ryan Whitely, OL, Padua (Ohio) Franciscan HS

Brogan Wiler, DL, Reading (Mich.) HS

Jordan Wilson, WR, Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline HS



Graham Arndt, DE, Saginaw (Mich.) Swan Valley HS

Blake Beachnau, SS/LS, DeWitt (Mich.) HS

Luke Bresser, WR, DeWitt (Mich.) HS

Ty Brotebeck, QB, Grand Blanc (Mich). HS

Joe Bula, OLB/TE, Saginaw (Mich.) Swan Valley HS

Holden D’Arcy, QB/SS,  Hartland (Mich.) HS

Jordan Evans, Edge, Cleveland Heights (Ohio) HS

Mitchell Goerss, DB, Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s Prep

Joey Gojacj, OL, Utica (Mich.) Eisenhower

Brayden Green, DE, Hemlock (Mich.) HS

Jaden Green, DT, West Bloomfield (Mich.) HS

Daryle L “DJ” GreenBay, OL/DL, Big Rapids (Mich.) HS

Hudson Harkness, LS, Newaygo (Mich.) HS

Sheldon Huff, RB/LB, Johannesburg-Lewiston (Mich.) HS

Zac Huitema, OL/DL, Tawas (Mich.) HS

Herman James, WR/DB, Tampa (Fla.) Seffner Christian Academy

Quinten Johnson, RB/MLB/QB, Detroit (Mich.) Voyageur College Prep HS

Daniel Krajewski, TE, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central HS

Blake Kreiner, DB, Hartland (Mich.) HS

Rae-Jon Lavender, DB, Detroit (Mich.) Edison Public School Academy

Kyle Main, OL, Frankenmuth (Mich.) HS

Malik Marable, RB/OLB, Detroit (Mich.) Loyola HS

Brodrick “Brock” Miller, RB/ATH, St. Johns (Mich.) HS

Jack Murray, OLB/SS, Macomb (Mich.) Dakota HS

Tanner Payton, DB, Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) HS

Jalen Pitchford, QB, Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt HS

Brett Stanley, RB/LB, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle Collegiate HS

DaZarrion Tollie, DB, Bartow (Fla.) Senior HS

Saion Tollie, DB, Bartow (Fla.) Senior HS

Blake Townsend, OL/DL, Caledonia (Mich.) HS

Marcus Trusel, CB, Detroit (Mich.) King HS

Mitch Umlor, OL/DL, Allendale (Mich.) HS

Collin Wade, TE, Lake Fenton (Mich.) HS

Jarrett Wagner, LS, Midland (Mich.) HS

Leon Williams, CB, Clearwater (Fla.) HS

Gavin Wiśniewski, OL, Hartland (Mich.) HS


Northern Michigan

Chris Bornhoeft, OL, Plainfield (Ill.) South HS

Jack Borree, OL, Houghton (Mich.) HS

Jack Chappelle, OL, Surprise (Ariz.) Shadow Ridge

Rashad Harris, DL, New Orleans (La.) John Ehret HS

Caleb James, WR, Carrollton (Mich.) HS

Kam Karp, WR, Marquette (Mich.) HS

Trevor Leigh, OL, Milford (Mich.) HS

Eli Luokkala, TE, Negaunee (Mich.) HS

Kade Manzo, S, Lake Orion. (Mich.) HS

Timothy Shannon Jr., DB, Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph HS