"National Signing Day is always an exciting day for our football program Jinks said. "We are thrilled about this 2016 signing class. These are guys who are not only strong players on the field, but high-quality men off of it. We can't wait for . . .
Caleb Bright | Offensive Line | 6-4 | 290 | Urbandale, Iowa | Urbandale HS
Earned three football letters for Coach Sam Anderson at Urbandale High School … is expected to graduate in May of 2016 … earned Academic All-Conference honors in all four seasons for the J-Hawks … led team to 19 wins in three seasons … served Urbandale as a captain during the 2015 (senior) season … named 2015 first team All-Iowa by the Iowa Newspaper Association … earned 2015 first team ELITE All-Iowa by Des Moines Register … also named 2015 Iowa All-State by USA Today … was a first team All-District player in 2015 … garnered second team All-Conference (CIML) recognition in 2014 (junior) … played for the North Team in the 2016 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl … ranked as a three-star by Scout and 247Sports … son of Scott and Toni Bright … has one brother, Cody … born on Feb. 21, 1998 … plans to major in criminal justice at BGSU.
"No pun intended, Caleb has a very bright future. He is a leader on the field and in the classroom. Playing in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl is a tremendous honor, and we are ecstatic he's a Falcon."
Elijah Cunningham | Quarterback | 6-3 | 190 | Springboro, Ohio | Springboro HS
Earned two letters at Springboro High School for coach Ryan Wilhite … also lettered in basketball … expected to graduate in May … played on varsity for three seasons, as his Panthers complied a three-year record of 27-7 with playoff appearances in all three seasons … named GWOC South Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 … passed for 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns, while adding 435 rushing yards and eight TDs on the ground … also named first team All-GWOC, first team All-Southwest Ohio … earned recognition as the Art Teynor Region 15 Player of the Year … garnered Tri-State Football Offensive Player of the Year honors following the 2015 season … named honorable mention All-Ohio … was selected to play in the 2016 North/South Classic … passed for 2,062 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, adding nearly 400 rushing yards and seven scores on the ground … had 1,138 passing yards and 13 total touchdowns as a sophomore … named a three-star prospect by both 247Sports and Scout … a two-star according to ESPN and Rivals … son of Chris and Heather Cunningham … has two brothers – Gideon and Sylas – and one sister – Emilia … father, Chris, played baseball at Northern Kentucky University … born Sept. 17, 1997 … plans to major in environmental science.
"We are extremely excited to have Elijah as a Falcon. He's a great student-athlete who wins on and off the field. He is coming from a great school and athletic program at Springboro."
Torrian Hampton | Defensive Back | 6-4 | 180 | Lakeland, Fla. | Lakeland HS
Was a free safety for coach Bill Castle … led Dreadnaughts to a 10-3 record as a senior … lost in the third round of the playoffs … also lettered in basketball at Lakeland … was a captain for both his football and basketball programs at Lakeland … son of Randy and Yolanda Hampton … has two brothers – Randy Jr. and Jamari … born Jan. 21, 1998 … plans to major in sport medicine.
"Torrian is an extremely talented football player who will have a big impact for us at Bowling Green. He will be a great addition to our secondary. We are getting a phenomenal young man from Lakeland High School out of Polk County in Florida."
Dirion Hutchins | Defensive Line | 6-2 | 215 | St. Charles, Mo. | Francis Howell HS
Expected to graduate from Francis Howell High School in May … played varsity football for head coach Bryan Koch … also lettered in wrestling and track … led team to the Missouri State semifinals in each of his final two years … was named first team All-Conference and All-District as a senior … earned first team All-District and second-team All-Conference as a junior … a three-star according to ESPN.com … also participated in DECA … is the son of Dwight Hutchins and JuJuane Easter-Hutchins … has three siblings – Maverick, Mason and Mahogany … was born on January 6, 1998 … plans to major in criminal justice.
"Dirion is very flexible and slippery for a guy his size. He has played lacrosse and hockey in addition to football and wrestling. You can see that he's a tough guy. He has explosion and power written all over him and I can't wait to work with him. He is a good student and a great young man who has a bright future at Bowling Green."
Cameron Jefferies | Defensive Back | 5-10 | 195 | Painesville, Ohio | Riverside HS
Was a three-year varsity starter for coach Dave Bors at Riverside High School … also lettered in basketball and track … was a two-time captain in both football and track … compiled 17 wins and a conference championship in his three seasons on the Beavers varsity football team … helped Riverside to a conference championship in 2013 … was named All-Ohio, All-Region, All-District and All-Conference as a senior … honored with All-District, All-County and All-Conference honors in 2014 … totaled over 3,000 career all-purpose yards … registered more than 1,000 career rushing and receiving yards, and totaled more than 800 return yards … had 110 total career tackles, four interceptions and seven forced fumbles … also registered seven sacks and blocked three kicks in his career … earned an academic letter in all four years at Riverside High School … ranks inside the top 20% of his 2016 graduating class … was a state qualifier in the long jump last season, winning the district meet and finishing fourth at regionals … son of Steven and Christina Jeffries … has one brother – Christopher, and one sister – Valerie … father, Steven, played basketball and ran track at University of California (Pa.) … brother, Christopher, played basketball at Heidelberg … born on March 13, 1998 … currently undecided on an academic major.
"Cam Jeffries is a strong, rocked up corner from Cleveland. He was used in every way on his high school team and you can see all the athletic ability he's going to bring to the corner group. I am glad we have him joining our program as he's always looking to prove he's the best."
Jerry Judd III | Linebacker | 6-2 | 200 | Streetsboro, Ohio | Streetsboro HS
Expected to graduate from Streetsboro High School in May … lettered all four seasons for Coach John Arlesic … also earned letters in basketball and track … was a four-time captain, twice with the football team (junior and senior seasons) and twice with the basketball program (junior and senior seasons) … helped lead the Rockets to 15 wins over his final two seasons … totaled over 2,700 all-purpose yards as a junior with 25 total touchdowns … added 40 tackles, 4.0 TFLs and two interceptions … in 2013, totaled over 1,200 all-purpose yards with 10 touchdowns … recorded 68 total tackles and an interception … was named first team All-League in 2015 as well as All-District … named honorable mention at quarterback … was 2014 PTC Offensive Player of the Year … also earned first team All-District that season to go along with special mention All-State at quarterback … earned team Most Valuable Player honors following both his sophomore and junior seasons … in basketball, was named All-PTC first team in 2014 and honorable mention All-State … also qualified for the State Track & Field meet in the 4x100 meter event … son of Jerry and Bonnie … has one sister, Stephanie … father, Jerry, played football at Ashland University … born on Sept. 3, 1997 … currently undecided on an academic major.
"Jerry is an outstanding young man who has achieved great success as a student-athlete at Streetsboro High School here in Ohio. We are excited to have him join the Bowling Green family. He will be an outstanding addition to our program and BGSU is lucky to add such a high-quality young man."
Darrion Landry | Wide Receiver | 6-2 | 200 | Baytown, Texas | Lee HS/Blinn CC
A graduate of Baytown Lee High School … lettered three times for coach Marvin Sedberry Jr. … also lettered in basketball and track … was named All-District in both his junior and senior seasons in football … earned All-District honors three times in basketball … was a captain in football, basketball and track … played two seasons at Blinn Community College … caught 69 passes in his two seasons with the Buccaneers … had 1,349 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in his two seasons … was a first team All-Conference receiver at Blinn … son of Lajuan Landry … has two brothers – Chris and Jacolby … born April 12, 1994 … undecided on a major.
"Darrion is a game changer. He is the type of guy that can single-handedly take over a game. It's going to be really fun to coach him and we can't wait to see him in the Orange and Brown."
Jerry McBride III | Defensive Back | 6-0 | 190 | Hannibal, Mo. | Hannibal Senior HS
A four-year member of the varsity football team at Hannibal Senior … played for coach Mark St. Clair … expected to graduate in May 2016 … was a captain for the Pirates' football program in 2015 … was named first team All-State at defensive back in both 2014 and 2015 … back-to-back defensive MVP Missouri & Iowa … second team American Family Insurance All-USA Team Missouri … was named first team All-District on both offense and defense in 2014 and 2015 … also earned first team All-NCMC on both offense and defense during his junior and senior seasons … helped team to 28 wins over his final three seasons … won conference championships in both his junior and senior seasons … had 4,158 career all-purpose yards … scored 43 touchdowns and registered 170 career tackles … had nine career interceptions … set a school record by returning three interceptions for touchdowns … also set a new school mark with three kick returns for touchdowns … lettered in track … son of Carl and April Emerson, as well as the late Jerry McBride Jr. … father, Jerry, played football at Indiana … born March 27, 1998 … plans to major in sport management.
"Jerry is a versatile playmaker that will give us the ability to move him all over our defense. We are thrilled that Jerry is joining our football program here at Bowling Green."
Rashaun O'Neal | Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 175 | Cincinnati, Ohio | Withrow HS
Expected to graduate from Cincinnati Withrow High School in May … lettered all four years for head coach Ryan Drake … also lettered in track … was a captain his senior season in football … was named first team All-Ohio as a senior … also earned first team All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference … registered 1,000 all-purpose yards as a senior, split between 20 receptions and 30 rushes … was a member of the 4x800 relay that finished runner up in the 2016 AAU Junior Olympic Games in New Orleans … son of Ralph O'Neal and Constance Huey … father was a varsity athlete at San Francisco State … has a sister, Ayanna O'Neal, who will run track at Eastern Michigan University … born June 14, 1997 … plans to major in communications.
"Rashaun is a great kid and a great athlete. His skill set will fit into our offense perfectly. We want speed and to get the ball to our fast guys in space. We couldn't be more excited that Rashaun will be wearing Orange and Brown next season!"
CJ Pickrom | Defensive Back | 6-1 | 185 | Houston, Texas | Reagan HS
Was a four-year member of the Houston Reagan football program … earned three letters for coach Stephen Dixon and the Bulldogs … also lettered in track & field and soccer … helped the Bulldogs to a four-year record of 32-13 … was a team captain his senior season … was named first team All-District at defensive back in 2015 … made 41 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass breakups as a senior … named second team All-District as a defensive back during his junior season … had 35 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2014 … made 142 career tackles … had 10 interceptions and five forced fumbles during his career … earned first place in the district triple jump a year ago … earned a second place finish in the triple jump in the area … son of the late Cederick Pickrom Sr. and Soneria Lee … has two siblings – Cameron and Corrie … plans to major in kinesiology.
"CJ Pickrom is a quarterback in the secondary who has the ability to cover the whole field. He is a ball-hawking, big-hitter who will be a great addition to our defense. We are so excited that CJ chose to become a Falcon."
Armani Posey | Defensive Back | 6-1 | 200 | Detroit, Mich. | Martin Luther King HS
Expected to graduate from Detroit Martin Luther King in June … played three years of varsity football, including his final season for the Crusaders … led his team to the Michigan State Championship as a senior … passed for 383 yards and five touchdowns in state championship win over Lowell at Ford Field … completed a 39-yard touchdown pass on game's final play for thrilling 40-38 victory … named team Most Valuable Player … registered 98 tackles, including 10 sacks … also had 2,600 yards passing for 25 touchdowns and 300 rushing yards and six touchdowns … twice earned All-City and All-State honors … the son of Anton Posey and Anitra Carmichael … has three siblings – Ariana, Alani and Ashton … born August 3, 1997 … plans to major in sport management or business.
"Armani Posey comes to us from Detroit Martin Luther King. He's an extremely smart football player and will be a good representative of our football program off the field. He's a winner with great versatility and has big game ability that will serve him well playing for championships at BGSU."
Ty Redding | Defensive Back | 6-2 | 155 | Warren, Mich. | Warren Mott HS
Was a three-year varsity member of the football program for the Warren Mott Marauders … expected to graduate in June … also lettered in basketball and track … played for coaches Tom Malinov and Victor Kolpac … was a captain of the Marauders football program during his senior season … team went 6-4 during his senior season … registered five interceptions and five touchdowns … led program to a career record of 22-11, including an 11-1 record his sophomore season … went to district finals his sophomore season, and districts all three seasons on varsity … had 20 career interceptions, including a career-high eight during his junior season … also totaled 16 career touchdowns … son of Teo and Tywana Redding … has three brothers – Teo, Tre, Tayeden … older brother Teo is a redshirt junior wide receiver for the Falcons … born July 30, 1998 … plans to major in communications or sport management.
"Ty Redding is a ball hawking corner from the state of Michigan. He is going to bring a very competitive mindset to the group. He has competed his whole life in all the sports against his older brother, Teo, and others. We are glad he's a Falcon!"
Leonard Skattebo | Fullback | 6-1 | 245 | Rio Linda, Calif. | Rio Linda HS/Sacramento CC
A graduate of Rio Linda High School … played two seasons at Sacramento City College … first team All-American in the Junior College ranks … ranked as the second best fullback in JuCo by 247Sports … played in nine games last season, scoring six touchdowns … led Panthers in rushing with 486 yards … added 26 catches for 191 yards and two scores … in 2014, rushed for 243 yards and five TDs … recorded 18 catches and 170 yards … was a four-time captain for the Knights of Rio Linda High School … served as a captain for football in both his junior and senior seasons … also captained the basketball and baseball programs his senior year … was a two-time Capital Valley Conference MVP in high school … also named first team All-State … son of Leonard and Becky Skattebo … father played football at Colorado State … has three siblings – Danielle, Cameron and Kylee … born June 24, 1996 … plans to major in criminal justice.
"Leonard is already on campus with us and will play a variety of roles for our offense. He will bring a physical element in run blocking and pass protection. He will also be heavily involved in special teams and is capable of getting carries in the backfield."
Odell Spencer | Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 175 | Shaker Heights, Ohio | Shaker Heights HS
Played at Shaker Heights High School … played for head coach Jarvis Gibson … had 30 catches for 463 yards and six touchdowns as a senior for the Raiders … was named All-District … also registered five interceptions for Shaker Heights at cornerback as a senior … lost to St. Edward in the first round of the Division I playoffs … son of Andre and Yohnca Spencer … plans to major in communications.
"When Odell steps on campus, he will instantly be one of the fastest players on the team. He has elite speed and can play both inside and outside receiver for us. He is a good route runner and has a great chance to make an impact next season."
Terence Stephens Jr. | Running Back | 6-1 | 190 | Imperial, Pa. | West Allegheny HS
Expected to graduate from West Allegheny High School in June … played three varsity seasons for head coach Bob Palko … earned three football letters … also lettered in track and basketball … served as a captain during his senior season for the football program … helped team compile a three-year record of 33-6 … earned two WPIAL championships … rushed for 1,420 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior … earned All-State at running back, was named offensive MVP of the Parkway Conference … was a Fab 22 All Star, a BCT All Star and a Terrific 25 All Star … also named first team All-Conference at running back … rushed for over 900 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior … son of Terence Sr. and Dortina Stephens … has five siblings – Donovan, BJ, Tamia, Jordan and Eli … was born June 27, 1998 … plans to major in business management.
"Terence comes from a winning program in the Pittsburgh area and is capable of playing many positions, but he will play running back for us. He is an every-down back who can run inside and outside and is a strong runner. He will also be able to make an early impact on special teams."
Lorenzo Taborn | Offensive Line | 6-5 | 323 | Sidney, Ohio | Sidney HS
Played at Sidney High School for coach Adam Doenges and the Yellow Jackets … participated in the Blue-Grey All-American Game at Raymond James Stadium in January … lettered three times in football and also lettered in basketball … helped team to 6-4 record as a senior … was named first team All-GWOC North … also garnered second team All-Ohio District 8 … was a captain in both football and basketball as a senior … the son of Barbara Taborn … has seven siblings – Ricardo, Lamar, Keela, Celena, Darren, Devin and Aaliyah … was born Feb. 24, 1998 … plans to major in business entrepreneurship.
"Lorenzo is an Ohio native from right down the road in Sidney. He's a phenomenal athlete who excels on the football field as well as on the basketball court. He has the attitude necessary to play on our offensive line. He will fit in well here at Bowling Green."
Tim Tanner-Blair | Offensive Line | 6-5 | 270 | West Chester, Ohio | Lakota West HS
Was a three-sport letterwinner at Lakota West High School … expected to graduate in May … played three varsity seasons for coach Larry Cox … also lettered in wresting and track & field … was a captain for both the football and wrestling programs as a senior … a strong wrestler, being named All-Greater Miami Conference two times … earned two Sections places ( 2nd, 3rd) and qualified for districts twice … placed sixth in the shot put at GMC finals a season ago … son of Dewaine Blair and Ronda Tanner … has four sisters – Jackie Tanner-Blair, Rachel Blair, Britany Carasco and Cassandra Williams … father played football at Defiance College … mother played tennis at Miami University … born November 6, 1997 … plans to major in construction management.
"Tim is a big body who loves the weight room. He played the power tackle at his high school and has experience at both tackle spots. He wants to make a quick impact upon arriving on campus. Tim will bring strength and character to the offensive line here at BGSU."
Joe Ware | Offensive Line | 6-5 | 260 | Crete, Ill. | Crete-Monee HS
A two-year football letterwinner for coach John Konecki … expected to graduate from Crete-Monee High School in May … led team to conference championship as a senior … also helped Warriors to a state runner-up finish in 2015 … was named Suntimes first team All-Area, Chicago Tribune first team All-Area … ranked as a top 50 football player in Illinois and was named Southland All-Conference … son of Joseph Sr. and Angela Ware … born Oct. 30, 1997 … plans to major in engineering at BGSU.
"The sky is the limit with Joe Ware. A left tackle from Illinois, he will become the anchor of our offensive line over time. He's a long body with agile hips and amazing athletic ability. He's very intelligent and wants a challenge. He's a great get for BGSU."
Jared Wyatt | Wide Receiver | 6-2 | 180 | Wylie, Texas | Wylie East
A three-year letterwinner for football at Wylie East High School … played for head coach Joe Lepsis … expected to graduate in June … also lettered in basketball and track … was a two-time captain … named a unanimous first team All-District 10-5A wide receiver in both his junior and senior seasons … made 35 catches for 891 yards and 16 touchdowns his senior season … caught 68 passes for 1,043 yards and 14 scores his junior year … as a sophomore made 47 catches for 947 yards and 12 TDs … was part of the Raider-to-Raider mentoring program at Wylie East … son of Patrick and Janet Wyatt … father played basketball at Eastfield College … has two brothers – Jordan and Joseph … brother Jordan plays football at SMU … born Sept. 25, 1997 … plans to major in criminal justice.
"Jared is a great get for our football team and our entire BGSU family. He is the type of kid who you want on your team. He is a hard worker, gets good grades and is a fantastic teammate. He played some of the best competition in all of Texas and dominated. We love his ball skills and length and are so excited he's on our team."
Marquis Zimmerman | Wide Receiver | 5-10 | 160 | Lakeland, Fla. | Kathleen HS
A standout wide receiver and returner for Kathleen High School … led Red Devils to 9-2 overall record … played for coach Irving Strickland … was a four-year varsity letterwinner … was a Florida Class 7A All-State.
"Marquis is electric. He can change the game in a flash of the eye. This offense is built for guys like him. We will get him the ball in space and let him work his trade. He's going to be a fun guy to watch on Saturdays."