PAINESVILLE, Ohio (May 8, 2009) - The Lake Erie College football
team, led by head coach Mark McNellie, recently announced its
recruiting class for the upcoming 2009 season. A total
of 35 student-athletes have made commitments to the two-year
old varsity Storm program that went 3-8 in 2008 as a
first-year varsity competitor, as well as a first-year NCAA
Division II provisional member.
"We are excited to have a great mix of local standouts and great
players from around the region," said McNellie. "We feel this class
addresses our potential needs and allows us to continue building
quality depth across the board. We are still working on several
impact players who could bolster this already strong group."
Lake Erie is currently awaiting full approval into Division II,
in addition to approval into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference (GLIAC), which could come as early as June.
Following is a list of the 35 student-athletes who have
committed to Lake Erie College for the 2009-10 academic year:
Jordan Barbina Union Local
HS QB "Jordan is an outstanding quarterback with huge upsides.
He should provide competition at the QB spot, but is capable of
playing a variety of positions."
Ben Bryan Carrollton
"Ben is a hard-working defensive lineman who finds a way to the
football. He should work at the defensive end for the Storm."
Schyler Chappell Kirtland
"Schyler was a two-way standout for Kirtland High School. He's a
solid technician with a mean streak and will compete for a spot on
the offensive line."
Tyler Collins Eastlake North
"Tyler is a rangy local defensive standout who makes plays on
defense. He should compete at the outside linebacker position."
Devon Coman Akron North
HS RB/DB "Devon is a multi-talented prospect who has highlights on
both sides of the ball. He will be expected to make an impact as an
offensive skill guy."
Jevon Cook Brush
"Jevon is a quick and athletic defensive back. He has outstanding
coverage and ball skills. He makes plays on defense and is also an
Donta Covington Akron North
"Donta is an athlete. He could be a factor at a number of
positions. He's excelled as a running back, receiver, defensive
back and kick returner."
Bill Desiderio Iroquois Central
"Bill is a physical, hard-nosed linebacker. He enjoys playing
defense. He will compete at inside linebacker positions."
Brendan Gallagher Aurora
"Brendan is another outstanding quarterback with many intangibles.
He led Aurora High School to a State Championship while playing on
a torn ACL. He's a tough, gritty leader."
Mark Gehrisch Eastlake North
"Mark is a play-making linebacker. He runs very well and finds a
way to the football. He could compete at all of the linebacker
Zane Huston Bellvue
"Zane is a versatile defensive football player. He's excelled as
both linebacker and defensive lineman and fits well with Lake
Erie's defensive scheme."
Cody Kaser Wooster Tri-Way
"Cody is an outstanding offensive lineman that plays big. He has
the size and the ability to compete for time on the Storm offensive
Ricky Kaydo Edgewood
HS WR "Ricky is a versatile wide receiver. He runs great routes
and has the size to give some defenses match-up problems. He also
catches the ball well in traffic."
Nick Krantz Mentor
HS DB "Nick is a versatile defensive back prospect. He's played
both safety and corner. He has the unique skill set that will allow
him to compete at several secondary spots."
Wayne Kresek Independence
HS OL "Wayne should add needed depth to the Storm offensive
line. He can play center and guard. He's consistent, steady and
gets the job done."
Bryant Laparo Bellvue
"Bryant is big, physical and athletic. He has the ability to
dominate the line of scrimmage. He runs extremely well for a big
Taylor Leppla Cambridge
"Taylor is an athletic defensive football player. He runs
exceptionally well and is a play maker in the defensive side of the
Clay Lust Olentangy
"Clay is a linebacker prospect with excellent size and skills. He
could play inside or outside and could eventually grow into a
Ricky Manco Brunswick
"Ricky is a big, rangy athlete who has excelled at quarterback and
defensive back. He could eventually become a fast, athletic outside
Sam Marcotte Chardon
"Sam is a local football and soccer standout. He's an exceptional
kicker and punter. He has a big, consistent leg and should bring
consistency to the kicking game."
Joseph Nagle Newbury
"Joseph is a hard-working running back. He has great vision and
determination. He should benefit from our system and offensive
Jake Nicol Delaware Hayes
HS RB "Jake is a skilled receiver and play maker. He should fit
nicely into our system. He should compete for time as a slot
Russell Paugh Beaver Local
"Russell has the frame to be a big-time player. He could play on
either side of the ball and will compete initially on the defensive
Parris Perdue McKeesport HS
"Parris is a shut-down corner. He has great size and athletic
skills for a defensive back. He should be a factor in the secondary
Neil Perko Kirtland
"Neil is an athletic and versatile player from Kirtland High
School's State Runners-Up team. He could play multiple positions on
the offensive side of the ball for the Storm."
Jordan Sandidge Madison
"Jordan is a talented, local running back prospect. He led Madison
High School to State Playoffs as a senior. He runs with power, as
well as speed. He should be a good fit in the Lake Erie offense."
Joseph Siefer Sylvania
Southview TE "Joseph is an athletic tight end with wide receiver
skills. He can also flex out and work at receiver. He played on a
State Championship team."
Bryan Standiford Cambridge
"Bryan is a big and consistent offensive lineman. He's a smart
football player who gets the job done. He's also an outstanding
De'Ante Starks Warren Harding
HS OL "De'Ante is an offensive center prospect. He has the size
and ability to dominate. He will help to fill the need at the
Mike Thomas McDonald
HS RB "Mike is a productive athlete with great ball skills. He
makes plays with the ball in his hands. He should compete as a slot
Michael Tirone Montour HS
"Michael is a talented linebacker prospect. He's a play maker on
the defensive side of the ball. He finds a way to get to the
Andre Wells Villa Angela St.
Joseph's HS RB/DB
"Andre is a talented local prospect. He's very productive as a
quarterback, running back and defensive back." He's a game breaker
and could compete for time at several positions."
Dylan White Brockport HS
"Dylan is a two-way standout from New York. He has excelled at
tight end and defensive end. He will also play lacrosse for Lake
Ben Wolf Mount Gilead
HS OL "Ben is a a big, aggressive, physical lineman. He's an
excellent run blocker with an excellent point of attack. He will
compete at offensive tackle."
Joseph Zigler Newton Falls
"Joseph is a big play guy. He's played well at receiver and
defensive back and will initially compete for time in the Storm