Remix to Ignition: Culver Stockton Football reboot gets a big time recruiting boost


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Wildcat Football Adds 32 News Recruits on National Signing Day

Head Coach Jeff Duvendeck and his coaching staff signed 32 players for the 2014 season during national signing day Wednesday.

Duvendeck praised the 32-player class that includes three early enrollees and ranks as one of the finest recruiting efforts by Duvendeck and his staff. This is Duvendeckâ??s third recruiting class since coming aboard with the Wildcats in August 2011. The Wildcats are also expected to add signees over the next several months.

The class includes 20 players on offense and 12 on defense. The recruiting effort attacked depth concerns. The signing class on offense includes four quarterbacks, eight offensive lineman, three wide receivers, three running backs, a tight end and an all-purpose back. On defense, the class includes eight defensive backs, two defensive lineman, and two linebackers.

Those signing with the football program Wednesday were:

Jacob Calvin (6-1, 255-pound OL / Quincy, Ill. / Quincy HS)

Boe Smith (6-2, 270-pound OL / Pleasant Hill, Ill. / Pleasant Hill HS)

Blake Smith (6-2, 270-pound OL / Pleasant Hill / Pleasant Hill HS)

Matt Gunterman (6-1, 210-pound QB / Pleasant Hill, Ill. / Pleasant Hill HS / Monmouth College)

Brady Long (5-11, 170-pound DB / Mount Sterling, Ill. / Brown County HS)

Kendall Kothe (6-4, 240-pound DE / Macon, Mo. / Macon HS)

Josh Lindsey (6-2, 205-pound QB / Sherman, Ill. / Williamsville HS)

Tony Nelessen (6-2, 235-pound TE / Menomonee Falls, Wis. / Menomonee Falls HS / Wisconsinâ??Eau Claire.

D.J. Wilhite (6-1, 215-pound, DE/LB / Austin, Texas / Crockett HS)

Devon Hall (5-10, 180-pound, DB / Leeâ??s Summit, Mo. / Leeâ??s Summit North HS)

Cornelius Dawson (5-11, 180-pound DB / Leeâ??s Summit, Mo. / Leeâ??s Summit North HS)

D.J. Brownlee (6-3, 195-pound, WR / Blue Springs, Mo. / Blue Springs South HS)

Chris Swingle (5-11, 185-pound QB / Blue Springs, Mo. / Blue Springs South HS)

Austin Cobb (5-10, 180-pound, DB / Blue Springs, Mo. / Blue Springs South HS)

Jeremiah McGowin (6-0, 185-pounnd DB / Raymore, Mo. / Raymore Peculiar HS)

Dominique Allen (5-9, 180-pound, DB / Balch Springs, Texas / West Mesquite HS)

Trent Wiliams (6-3, 290-pound, DL / Miami, Fla. / Coral Reef HS)

Justin Thompson (5-8, 175-pound, RB / Flint, Mich. / Southwestern Academy)

Allante Smith (5-10, 185-pound WR / Flint, Mich. / Southwestern Academy)

Charles Allen (5-11, 236-pound FB / Chicago, Ill. / Hubbard HS)

Reggie Miles (6-4, 300-pound, OL / Chicago, Ill. / Hubbard HS)

Marcellus Ellis (6-5, 290-pound, OL / Chicago, Ill. / Hubbard HS)

Tyrell Dowdy (6-0, 160-pound, Athlete / Chicago, Ill. / Hubbard HS)

Deven Larry (5-9, 170-pound RB / Cape Girardeau, Mo. / Columbia (Mo.) Hickman HS)

Matt Kelly (6-3, 185-pound DB / Mundelein, Ill. / Carmel Catholic HS)

Isaiah Ruffin (5-10, 210-pound LB / Aurora, Ill. / West Aurora HS)

Alex Shire (6-1, 165-pound DB / Aurora, Ill. / West Aurora HS)

Leâ??Juan Berry (6-1, 305-pound OL / Overland, Mo. / Ritenour HS)

John Mach (6-2, 250-pound, OL / St. Charles, Mo. / Francis Howell HS)

Shane Ponder (6-1, 180-pound, WR (Troy, Mo. / Troy Buchanan HS)

Cody Miller (6-2, 250-pound, OL / Moscow Mills, Mo. / Troy Buchanan HS)

Jack Callahan (6-2, 250-pound, QB / Weston, Mo. / West Platte HS)

Courtesy: Culver Stockton Media Services