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Video: Western Michigan Makes History on National Signing Day

by Colin Windecker



Courtesy of WMU Athletics/Mat Kanan

Western Michigan football announced a class of 27 signees on National Signing Day but the size of the class is not what people are talking about but the quality of the student-athletes that are now officially Broncos. 

The 2014 signing class is the highest ranked class in the history of the Mid-American Conference according to Rivals.com rankings.  WMU’s class ranks 57th in the nation, the first signing class to ever rank in the top 60 for the MAC and besting the previous conference high of 62nd held by Kent State’s 2009 class.  The Broncos’ previous high was 65th in 2008, the only other time a WMU signing class led the MAC.

Rankings are based on a star rating and WMU paced the MAC in that area as well.  According to Rivals.com the Broncos signed a staggering 14 three-star commits, more than double of any other program in the conference.  Western Michigan also boasted six of the top 30 recruits in the state of Michigan, tied with Michigan State but better than every other Division I-FBS program in the state. Speaking of the state of Michigan, WMU boasts more signees from our home state, with more than CMU, EMU, MSU and Michigan.  In fact, when looking at the class, 74 percent of it hails from within the six-hour recruiting radius that head coach P.J. Fleck and his staff focus on.  The Broncos have 12 signees who appear on the Detroit News Blue Chip Top 60 Recruit List, including three in the top 20. Further geographic breakdown of the class shows that three hail from Illinois, two from Indiana, Ohio and Florida and one apiece from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Georgia and New Jersey. The 2014 signing class focused on the needs of the program and that shows when looking at the position by position break down.  The Broncos signed five offensive lineman with a possible sixth when you consider the All-American long snapper that was the first to submit his fax at 7:01 a.m.  Staying on offense, WMU signed a pair of tight ends, three running backs, one quarterback and a group of four wide receivers.  Defensively, the Broncos signed three defensive linemen and four linebackers.  Three defensive backs also joined the program as well as two student-athletes designated as athletes. 

27 Recruits:

Lucas Bezerra, Tight End, 6'4/242. Troy, MI (Troy Athens)

Jordan Billingslea. Wide Receiver. 5'8/170. Southfield, MI (Southfield)

Jamauri Bogan. Running Back. 5'8/170. Union, NJ (Union)

Nathan Braster. Defensive Lineman. 6'5/252. Fort Wayne, IN (South Side)

Asantay Brown. Athlete. 6'0/190. Muskegon, MI (Mona Shores)

Deontae Brown. Defensive Back. 6'1/200. Chicago, IL (Mount Carmel)

Curtis Doyle. Offensive Lineman. 6'5/304. Alma, MI (Alma)

Leo Ekwoge. Running Back. 5'11/205. Olney, MD (Good Counsel)

Ken Finley, Jr. Defensive Lineman. 6'3/283. Muskegon, MI (Muskegon)

Jarvion Franklin. Running Back. 6'0/220. Tinley Park, IL (Tinley Park)

Jay Harris. Wide Receiver. 5'11/180. Exton, PA (East Coast Prep)

Jakevin Jackson. Linebacker. 6'3/230. Milledgeville, GA (Georgia Military College)

Lonnie Johnson. Wide Receiver. 6'3/184. Merrilville, IN (West Side)

Elliot Jordan. Offensive Lineman. 6'7/265. Kentwood, MI (East Kentwood)

Nick Matich. Defensive Lineman. 6'2/300. Clarkston, MI (Clarkston)

Chris McDaniel. Tight End. 6'4/231. Detroit, MI (Cass Tech)

Zach Novoselsky. Offensive Lineman. 6'5/295. Lincolnshire, IL (Adlai E. Stevenson)

Chukwuma Okorafor. Offensive Lineman. 6'5/275. Southfield, MI (Soutfield)

Wyatt Pfeifer. Long Snapper. 6'2/245. Buckeye Valley, OH (Buckeye Valley)

Del'Shawn Philips. Linebacker. 6'1/217. Highland Park, MI (Cass Tech)

Javonte Seabury. Wide Receiver. 5'9/170. Orlando, FL (Timber Creek)

Alon Sims. Athlete. 6'2/177. West Palm Beach, FL (Royal Palm Beach)

Robert Spillane. 6'2/225. Oak Park, IL (Fenwick)

Chance Stewart. Quarterback. 6'5/220. Sturgis, MI (Sturgis)

Antione Stone. Defensive Back. 5'11/190. Bedford, OH (Bedford)

Jason Sylva. Linebacker. 6'3/245. Franklin, MA (Dean College)

Jordan Van Dort. Offensive Lineman, 6'5/280. Zeeland, MI (Zeeland West)