The Broncos are one of only two MAC teams to bring in a four-star prospect this season in Justin Tranquill, a defensive back from Huntertown, Ind. The overall class is ranked ahead of notable Power Five Conference teams Indiana, Cincinnati, Kansas, Kansas State, Purdue, Oregon State and others.
Nineteen members of the class come from a six-hour recruiting radius that head coach P.J. Fleck and his staff concentrate on. A total of 12 recruits hail from the state of Michigan, three from Illinois, two from Indiana and two from Ohio. Nine of Western Michigan’s signees from Michigan appear on the Detroit News Blue Chip Top 60 Recruit List, including two in the top 13. Michigan natives Alex Grace (Saginaw/Swan Valley) and Jon Wassink were both 2014 Michigan High School Player of the Year finalists.
The Broncos also pulled in elite talent from Florida, New Jersey and Texas.
On the defensive side WMU brings in five defensive linemen, four defensive backs and two linebackers. Offensively Western Michigan brings in six wide receivers, three offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, one tight end and one running back.
Offensive lineman Wesley French crossed the finish line first, sending his National Letter of Intent at exactly 7 a.m. ET. The entire class was signed, sealed and delivered by 8:24 a.m.
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Eric Assoua (AH-soo-uh)
6-2 / 230
Silver Springs, MD / St. Johns
Rated 3-star prospect by Rivals.com and SCOUT.com ... 2014 Washington Post Fall All-Met First Team Defense ... 2014 DMVelite Third Team Defense ... 2014 WCAC First Team All-Conference.
Tony Balabani (bal - uh -bahn - ee)
6-3 / 235
Macomb, Mich. / Dakota
Rated 3-star prospect by SCOUT.com and Rivals.com ... No. 27 on Detroit News Blue Chip Recruits list ... First Team All-Metro East ... First Team All-State ... First Team All-Conference ... holds single-season sack record with 16 ... 142 total tackles and 21 sacks.
6-2 / 195
Grand Rapids, Mich. / Ottawa Hills
Rated 2-star prospect by SCOUT.com ... track and football star at Ottawa Hills High School ... placed third in both 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the State Championship in 2013 ... scored eight total touchdowns and racked up 29 tackles.
5-11 / 185
Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike
Rushed for over 3,297 yards in his career and recorded 50 rushing touchdowns ... rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com and SCOUT.com ... rushed for 2,360 yards and 35 touchdowns during junior season ... Class 3A IHSAA State Finalist ... Recipient of McAlister’s SPUDtacular Play of the Week Award (Oct. 10).
6-3 / 185
Grosse Point, Mich. / East English Village Prep
Rated a 3-star prospect by SCOUT.com ... ranked no. 36 in Detroit News Blue Chip Recruits list ... played quarterback in high school at East English Village Prep.
6-1 / 235
Detroit, Mich. / Loyola
No. 47 on Detroit News Blue Chip Prospect List ... racked up 228 total tackles in his career, including 13.5 sacks ... 2014 MHSAA Division 7 State Champion ... 2014 Class D Catholic League Prep Bowl Champion.
Ken Finley, Jr.
6-3 / 283
Muskegon, Mich./ Muskegon
Rated 3-star prospect ... was ranked 33rd best recruit in Michigian in 2014 ... ranked by Detroit News Top 60 Blue Chip List Detroit Free Press Top 50 Recruiting List as 33rd best recruit in Michgian ... 2013 All-Sate.
6-1 / 185
Vorhees, N.J. / Eastern
Rated 2-star prospect ... multi-sport athlete who played basketball and baseball .. passed for over 4,500 yards and accounted for 40 touchdowns ... dual threat quarterback ... drafted in 32nd round of 2014 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
6-5 / 300
Benton Harbor, Mich. / St. Joseph
Rated 3-star offensive lineman ... ranked No. 30 in Detroit News blue Chip Recruits list ... named No. 43 in Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... 10th best prospect in the state of Michigan according to Rivals.com ... 2014 AP First Team All-State.
Davontae Ginwright (JIN - right)
6-3 / 195
Southfield, Mich. / Southfield
Rated 3-star prospect by ESPN and SCOUT.com ... ranked No. 58 in Detroit News Blue Chips Recruits list ... has 100 career tackles, one interception and one touchdown ... brings size and speed to the defensive backfield.
6-4 / 200
Weston, Fla. / Cypress Bay
Rated 3-star prospect ... chose WMU over Michigan State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Rutgers, Wisconsin, N.C. State and the rest of the MAC ... had 803 yards receiving during senior season and 14 touchdowns.
6-2 / 200
Saginaw, Mich. / Swan Valley
Rated 3-star prospect ... two-time Michigan High School Football Player of the Year finalist (2013, 2014) ... No. 12 in Detroit News Blue Chip Recruits list ... No. 26 in Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... holds state single-season rushing record with 2,962 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2013, including a state record eight consecutive games with at least 200 yards rushing ... 2013 AP Division 3 Player of the Year ... two time AP First Team All-State.
6-4 / 205
West Chester, Ohio / Lakota West
Rated 3-star prospect by ESPN, SCOUT.com and Rivals.com ... recorded over seven sacks in his career ... named to Massillon NFSC All-Combine Defense Team ... older brother Mikel plays running back at Kentucky.
Luke Juriga (jer - ee - guh
6-4 / 270
Aurora, Ill. / Marmion Academy
Rated 2-star prospect ... 2014 Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 6A All-State team member ... Co-Offensive Player of the Year in Chicago Catholic League ... son of former NFL offensive lineman Jim Juriga.
6-3 / 285
Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood
Rated 3-star prospect by ESPN, SCOUT.com, Rivals.com ... No. 13 in Detroit News Blue Chip Recruits list ... No. 12 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 list ... two-time First Team All-Conference ... All-State Honorable Mention ... Detroit Free Press First Team All-State ... ranked No. 1 center in the state of Michigan ... named Top Ten “Best of the Best” offensive lineman at Rivals.com Big Man Elite camp.
6-4 / 200
Loveland, Ohio / Loveland
Rated a 2-star prospect by SCOUT.com ... multi-sport athlete ... 2013 State Champion and part of a Loveland High School team that went undefeated.
6-3 / 250
Romeoville, Ill. / Plainfield East
Rated 2-star prospect ... starred at Plainfield East High School earning a spot on the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 7A All-State Team ... brings size and athleticism to the defensive line.
Obbie Jackson (oh - bee)
5-11 / 180
West Bloomfield, Mich. / West Bloomfield
Ranked No. 40 in Detroit Free Press Fab 50 list ... ranked No. 42 in Detroit News Blue Chip list ... rated 2-star recruit by SCOUT.com ... earned Best Defensive Back Award at Core 6 Showcase camp ... named Mr. Explosive (short shuttle winner) for receivers/defensive backs at Adidas Winter Showcase.
Justin “Jett” Spencer
5-10 / 190
Oviedo, Fla. / Oviedo
Goes by the name Jett ... rated 3-star prospect by SCOUT.com ... racked up 79 career tackles and five interceptions ... chose Western Michigan over Cincinnati, UCONN and Mississippi State.
6-3 / 170
Houston, Texas / Northwood University
Played in 20 games in two seasons at Northwood ... recorded 89 receptions for 1,210 yards and 10 touchdown receptions ... averaged 60.5 yards per game and 13.6 yards per catch.
5-11 / 185
Huntertown, Ind. / Carroll
Rated 4-star prospect by SCOUT.com .... highest rated recruit in program history ... No. 3 defensive back in the state of Indiana ... held offers from Power Five Conference programs like Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois ... starred on offense and defense at running back and defensive back, racking up over 1,400 yards rushing, 17 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass breakups during junior season ... missed senior season due to injury ... earned MVP Award at Core 6 Showcase in both Cincinnati and Chicago.
Davon Tucker (DAY-vaughn)
5-10 / 205
Somerdale, N.J. / Sterling
Rated a 3-star prospect by ESPN, SCOUT.com and Rivals.com ... 2014 New Jersey Offensive Back of the Year rushed for 1,085 yards and 13 touchdowns during junior season ... 2013 First Team Liberty Division/Colonial Conference selection.
6-4 / 240
Lansing, Mich. / East Lansing
Rated a 2-star prospect by both ESPN, SCOUT.com and Rivals.com ... recorded 254 yards and three touchdowns in 16 receptions with East Lansing High School ... three-sport athlete.
Jon Wassink (wah - sink)
6-3 / 195
Grand Rapids, Mich. / South Christian
Rated a 3-star prospect by SCOUT.com... ranked no. 33 in Detroit News Blue Chip Recruits list ...ranked No. 33 in Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... racked up 34 total touchdowns with 2,178 yards passing and 900 yards rushing during senior season ... passed for 24 touchdowns and 2,781 yards and rushed for 22 touchdowns and 1,074 yards during junior season ... was a 2014 Michigan High School Player of the Year finalist ... two-time MHSAA Division 4 State Champion ... multi-sport athlete excelling in basketball and football.
Keishawn Watson (KEE- shawn)
6-0 / 185
Wheaton, Ill. / Warrenville South
Rated 2-star prospect by SCOUT.com... attends Wheaton Warrenville South High School, the same school as current Bronco Corey Davis ... racked up 510 receiving yards and four touchdowns on just 23 receptions, also averaginging 16.5 yards per punt return.