Courtesy of Western Illinois Athletics
MACOMB, Ill. â€“ Western Illinois University Football received 18 signed commitments for the upcoming 2010 season. The announcement came during head coach Mark Hendricksonâ€™s Wednesday (Feb. 3) press conference.
The Leathernecks addressed needs on both sides of the line, signing six offensive linemen and five defensive linemen. Western also focused on the secondary and offensive backfield. According to Hendrickson, these are areas that incoming student-athletes could challenge for playing time right away.
â€œWe signed six offensive linemen, five on the defensive line, four defensive backs and two running backs. Of the 17 signees at these four positions, 10 are transfers â€“ more specifically student-athletes we believe can have an impact next fall,â€ said Hendrickson.
Hendrickson, announcing his inaugural signing class, signed eight players from California Junior Colleges and four high school student-athletes from Illinois.
â€œWe are very excited about our signing of 18 new Leathernecks. We had four positions we focused on, and the coaching staff did an excellent job of filling those specific needs,â€ stated Hendrickson. â€œOur recruiting base will always be the high schools of Illinois. Weâ€™re proud to be signing four outstanding student-athletes from our home state. Overall, we are very pleased with the outcome we had today.â€
2010 Western Illinois University Football Recruiting Class
Name Pos Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School/JUCO)
Kyle Caldwell OL 6-4 255 Capistrano Valley, Calif. (Capistrano Valley/Saddleback)
Bryan Carroll OL 6-3 260 Oâ€™Fallon, Mo. (Ft. Zumwalt West)
Gerald Crisp OL 6-3 330 Las Vegas, Nevada (Centennial/Orange Coast College)
Sam Current DL 6-2 265 Middletown, Ohio (Middletown)
Ryan Davis DB 5-11 175 Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin/American River JC)
Delector Durley, Jr. DL 6-2 245 Detroit, Mich. (Detroit King)
Keith Enderlein** DB 6-1 215 Calaveras, Calif. (Calaveras/Delta College)
Bryce Flowers** RB 5-10 185 Pittsburg, Calif. (Pittsburg/Army Prep)
Darryl Hughes DB 6-1 175 Castro Valley, Calif. (Brenkwitz/Chabot College)
Darryl Johnson DL 6-2 225 Bellflower, Calif. (Long Beach Poly/Cerritos)
Sam Kachanuk OL 6-3 285 Havana, Ill. (Havana)
Jamal Keaton OL 6-4 310 Crete, Ill. (King College Prep)
Alex Martinez DL 6-1 300 Tarzana, Calif. (El Camino Real/L.A. Pierce)
David McDaniel DB 5-11 180 Oâ€™Fallon, Ill. (Oâ€™Fallon)
Caulton Ray** RB 5-9 195 Southfield, Mich. (Brother Rice/Michigan State)
Vincent Simpson LB 6-0 200 West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield)
John Sintich OL 6-4 240 Alsip, Ill. (Marist)
Brent Turner DL 6-3 265 Oakland, Calif. (McClymonds/Chabot College)
** enrolled in January