PAINESVILLE, OHIO - The Lake Erie College football team inked seven student-athletes to letters of intent on National Signing Day Wednesday (Feb. 3). The seven represent the first members of the Storm's 2010 recruiting class.
"Very excited about this group of incoming student-athletes," said head coach Mark McNellie. "We feel that we were able to address some areas of need and develop more depth with our team. And we are still working on a couple of high-level prospects to round out this class."
Highlighting the group is defensive lineman Ty Law (Madison, Ohio/Madison), the Lake County Defensive Player of the Year, and fellow All-Ohio selections cornerback Cory Harris (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) and linebacker Marcus Rogers (Kent, Ohio/Theodore Roosevelt).
Safeties Isaiah Allison (Akron, Ohio/North) and Dylon Leymon (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) will bring talented and speed to the defensive backfield. Five of the seven signees come from the defensive side of the ball.
"We looked to improve the overall athletic ability of our team, particularly on the back end of the defense. I feel like we've begun to address that with this class."
On offense, the Storm added some depth to the offensive line with Austin Pickens (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Heights). Playmaker Tom Jackson (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) should compete for time at wide receiver right away.
The 2010 season will be Lake Erie's third varsity season and first as a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Storm posted a 7-4 record in 2009, its second and final year as a Division II independent.
Here is a complete run down on the 2010 Storm Football Signing Day Class:
Isaiah Allison - S
6-2, 190 lbs.
A second-team All-Akron City Series selection at North, where he was a high school teammate of current Storm running back Donta Convington and receiver DaVon Coman. "Isaiah is a very gifted athlete," said McNellie. "He can cover a lot of ground in the secondary and will compete at the safety position."
Cory Harris - CB
6-0, 180 lbs.
A two-time first-team all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, district and region selection as well as twice named All-Ohio Division II special mention. Recorded five interceptions his last two years while also scoring eight touchdowns as a receiver on offense and another as a kick returner. "Cory is a two-way star," McNellie said. "He has great speed at the receiver position and can lock down opponents at corner. He is also a very physical run defender."
Tom Jackson - WR
6-1, 170 lbs.
A first-team All All-American Conference and all-county player, Jackson scored eight touchdowns and added four interceptions on defense as a senior to help lead the Eagles into the playoffs. "Tommy is a very smooth playmaker with the ability to get behind the defense and make big plays," McNellie said. "He can make tacklers miss and should compete at receiver for us."
Ty Law - DL
6-1, 240 lbs.
Named the Lake County Defensive Player of the Year by the Lake County Touchdown Club, Law was a first-team All-Premier Athletic Conference and special mention All-Ohio Division II as a senior. "Ty will bring an athletic and physical presence to our defensive front," said McNellie. "He can dominate against both the run and the pass equally."
Dylon Leymon - S
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls
A converted quarterback, Leymon was a first-team All-Northeast Ohio Conference selection and led the Black Tigers in rushing, passing and total touchdowns each of the last two seasons. "Dylon is a great athlete with a strong football mind," McNellie said. "He will bring size and athleticism to the defensive backfield."
Austin Pickens - OL
6-4, 250 lbs.
Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Heights
A three-year starter at center for the Tigers. Pickens earned All-Lake Erie League Honorable Mention in 2009. "Austin is very athletic with a lot of room to grow into his frame, McNellie said. "He can play a variety of positions on the line and his versatility will provide depth at different spots."
Marcus Rogers - LB
6-1, 215 lbs.
Kent, Ohio/Theodore Roosevelt
A first-team All-Portage Trail Conference and all-district pick, Rogers received honorable mention All-Ohio honors in 2009. "Marcus is a hard-nosed run defender who has the athletic ability to cover receivers in pass defense," said McNellie. "We expect him to compete for a spot at multiple linebacker spots."