TOLEDO - The University of Toledo football program unveiled its 2010 recruiting class today, and by some accounts it is the most heralded group of incoming student-athletes in the Mid-American Conference this year.

            Head coach Tim Beckman and his staff  have added 18 players to the eight who joined the team last month, bringing the total number of 2010 recruits to 26. Those eight players are currently enrolled at UT and participating in off-season workouts.

            Rivals.com and Scout.com both ranked Toledo's 2010 class as No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference. Fourteen of the Rockets' new players were ranked as either three-star or four-star recruits, believed to be the most in the school's history by a wide margin. Rivals called Toledo's class one of the "top recruiting surprises in 2010."

            The signees who were ranked as "four-star" recruits by at least one recruiting service include junior college cornerback Taikwon Page and high school wide receiver James Green. Junior wide receiver Cordale Scott, a transfer from Illinois who will become eligible to play for UT in 2011, also was a four-star recruit coming out of high school.

            Locally, UT also signed two student-athletes from Toledo Rogers High School, including Toledo Blade "Player of the Year" E.J. Tucker. Tucker joins current Rockets Eric Page (Springfield High School) and Isaiah Ballard (Rogers) as the third consecutive Blade "Player of the Year" to join the UT football program.

            "We are very pleased with the student-athletes we are bringing into our program," said Beckman, who noted that 15 of the 26 signees attended a UT football camp last summer. "Our staff worked extemely hard to find student-athletes who fit the qualities within the Rocket family. This is a very talented and committed group. They will be a major part of our program for the next four or five years. We expect the class of 2010 to meet our expectations."

            The following is a synopsis of the Rockets' 2010 recruiting class:

Gerard Atkins
Tight End, Freshman, 6-5, 250, St. Petersburg, FL-Dixie Hollins
High School Coach: Mike Morey
Anticipated Major: Business
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant: Clint Longenecker, College of Business

Coach Beckman: "Gerard is an impact player and a good student out of Florida. He helps fill a need at the tight end position with the graduation of Tom Burzine. It is a very big plus having him enroll here in January and go through spring football and our off-season training routine."

            Gerard Atkins caught 28 passes for 450 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior in 2008, earning second-team all-state honors at Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg, FL. Atkins, who added two interceptions as a safety, was also named second-team all-region and first-team all-county. As a junior, he caught 15 passes for 300 yards and five TDs, earning second-team all-county honors. Atkins also was an all-county basketball player at Dixie Hollins. Atkins signed with South Florida out of high school a year ago but did not attend school there.

Ray Bush
Linebacker, Freshman, 6-3, 220, Toledo, OH-Rogers

High School Coach:
Rick Rios
Anticipated Major:
Sports Management
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Celia Regimbal, College of Education

Coach Beckman: "Ray was one of the most dominating defensive players in Northwest Ohio this year. He has great vision on the ball and exceptional quickness blitzing off the edge. He had a great camp showing for us last summer."

            Ray Bush earned first-team all-city, first-team all-district and second-team all-state honors as a senior, leading his team to a 9-2 record. He was also named the Toledo City League and district defensive player of the year, totaling 90 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks. On offense, he played tight end, catching 15 passes for 188 yards. As a junior, Bush had 59 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception, earning second-team all-city honors. He also caught 11 passes for 171 yards. On the track, Bush placed third in the high hurdles in the City League championship, and leaped 20-11 in the long jump. He joins high school teammate E.J. Tucker as well as current Rockets Isaiah Ballard and Myshan Veasley-Pettis as former Toledo Rogers players wearing the Midnight Blue and Gold.

Jayrone Elliott
Defensive End, Freshman, 6-3, 220, Cleveland, OH-Glenville

High School Coach:
Ted Ginn
Anticipated Major:
Education
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Emily Creamer, College of Education

Coach Beckman: "Jayrone was one of the most highly coveted defensive end prospects in the state. He has a great knack for getting to the quarterback. He is proven winner from a great high school program."

            Jayrone Elliott earned first-team all-district, third-team all-state and Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Star Team honors as a senior linebacker at Cleveland Glenville. He had 98 tackles, including 17 sacks. He added two forced fumbles, an interception and three blocked kicks, helping guide Glenville to the Ohio Division I state title game. Elliott is rated as the No. 56 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com. Rivals.com named him to its Ohio first team, No. 81 at outside linebacker and No. 32 overall in the state of Ohio. He is rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout.com, and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game and the Big 33 Classic. Elliott comes from the same school as current Rockets Terrance Owens and Cordale Scott (mid-year transfer from Illinois), as well as fellow signees James Gordon and Toney Foster.

David Fluellen
Running Back, Freshman, 6-0, 200, Lockport, NY-Lockport

High School Coach:
Greg Bronson
Anticipated Major:
Undecided
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Stacy Bowers and Laura Johnson, Athletics Academic Coordinators

Coach Beckman: "David is an explosive runner with outstanding vision. He has great field presence and was a dominating player in high school. He's very physical and also catches the ball very well out of the backfield. He fits the mold perfectly for what we are looking for in the running back position."

            David Fluellen ran for 1,638 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior, earning first-team All-Western New York and first-team Class AA all-state honors. He also ran for 1,354 yards and 16 scores as a junior, making third-team All-Western New York and fourth-team all-state. Rivals.com ranks him as a three-star recruit, as well as the No. 24 all-purpose back in the nation and No. 6 player in the state of New York. Fluellen, who finished his career as Lockport's all-time leading rusher with 4,274 yards, was the Class AA co-Player of the Year and was a Top 5 finalist for New York State Player of the Year. He was selected to play in the New York State High School Football Classic at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on June 6.

Toney Foster
Wide Receiver, 5-8, 175, Freshman, Cleveland, OH-Glenville

High School Coach:
Ted Ginn
Anticipated Major:
Business
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Stacy Bowers and Laura Johnson, Athletics Academic Coordinators

Coach Beckman: "Toney is a great athlete with tremendous feet. He has played on offense and defense at Glenville but will focus on the slot receiver position for us. Toney also adds the skill of returning kicks and punts."

            Toney Foster was a second-team all-district cornerback at Cleveland Glenville in his senior year, as well as his junior year at Villa Angela St. Joseph. He helped guide Glenville to the Ohio Division I state title game as a senior. He also made All-Ohio Division IV as a junior and special mention All-Ohio as a sophomore. Foster was a state qualifier in the 100 meters and the 4x100 meters as junior. He impressed the Rocket coaches at the UT camp held in Cleveland last summer. Foster comes from the same school as current Rockets Terrance Owens and Cordale Scott (mid-year transfer from Illinois), as well as fellow signees James Gordon and Jayrone Elliott.

Keenen Gibbs
Defensive Lineman, Freshman, 6-3, 270, Cincinnati, OH-LaSalle

High School Coach:
Tom Grippa
Anticipated Major:
Undecided
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Stacy Bowers and Laura Johnson, Athletics Academic Coordinators

Coach Beckman: "Keenan comes from a very prestigious high school that plays in one of the best leagues in Ohio. He's a very explosive player with great hips. He will help provide great depth on the defensive line."

            Keenen Gibbs was a first-team all-league and second-team all-district selection as a senior. He also made first-team all-league as a junior. He is ranked as the No. 176 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com, and is listed as a "Top 10" defensive line prospect in Ohio by the McCallister Scouting Report. As a senior, Gibbs had 70 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. His junior statistics were 75 tackles, 10 TFL and five sacks. He also averages a double-double for LaSalle's basketball team, which is currently undefeated, and competes in the shot put and discuss for the track & field squad.

James Gordon
Linebacker, Freshman, 6-3, 210, Cleveland, OH-Glenville

High School Coach:
Ted Ginn
Anticipated Major:
Sports Management
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Stacy Bowers, Athletics Academic Coordinator

Coach Beckman: "James grabbed our attention at our camp last summer. He has great size, speed and athleticism. He's another great player to come out of the Cleveland Glenville program. James should be able to make an immediate impact in our linebacking corps. "

            James Gordon is rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 59 player in Ohio by Rivals.com, while ESPN.com rates him as the No. 80 outside linebacker in the nation. He had 97 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, as a senior. His senior season was cut short due to injury, but as a captain he helped guide Glenville to the Ohio Division I state title game. As a junior, he had 41 tackles and six tackles for loss. He had five receptions for 87 yards as a wide receiver in his junior season. Academically, Gordon is on track to be the valedictorian at Glenville High School this year. Gordon comes from the same school as current Rockets Terrance Owens and Cordale Scott (mid-year transfer from Illinois), as well as fellow signees Toney Foster and Jayrone Elliott.

James Green
Wide Receiver, Freshman, 6-3, 200, Tallahassee, FL-Leon

High School Coach:
Bill Ragans
Anticipated Major:
Criminal Justice
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Mark Wintgens, College of Health and Human Services

Coach Beckman: "James is an exceptional talent and a great young man. He was one of the top-rated wide receivers coming out of the southeast a year ago. He played with (UT quarterback) Austin Dantin in high school so those two know each other very well."

            Green played his senior season of high school in 2008 at Tallahassee Leon, the same high school as UT quarterback Austin Dantin. He signed with Tennessee out of high school but did not enroll in school there. In his sophomore and junior seasons, Green played for his uncle and guardian, former Florida State linebacker Lamont Green, at Dr. Krop High School in Miami. He finished with 27 catches for 423 yards with seven touchdown catches and three special teams TDs as a junior, earning second-team all-state honors. As a sophomore, Green rushed for more than 800 yards as an option quarterback. Green transferred to Tallahassee Leon for his senior season when his uncle accepted a position on the academic staff at Florida State. At Leon, Green became Dantin's favorite target with 45 catches for 906 yards and 12 touchdowns. He made second-team all-state and was named the District IV Player of the Year. Green was rated the No. 61 wide receiver in the nation and a four-star recruit by Scout.com coming out of high school. Green is enrolled at UT and is participating in off-season training and spring ball. He will be a true freshman for the Rockets in the fall.

Josh Hendershot
Offensive Lineman, Freshman, 6-4, 275, Newark, OH-Catholic

High School Coach:
Bill Franks
Anticipated Major:
Sports Medicine
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Emily Creamer, College of Education

Coach Beckman: "Josh was the first player to commit to us in this 2010 class and maintained his pledge to be a Rocket. He's very athletic for his size and plays football with a tenacious attitude."

            Josh Hendershot made first-team all-league, all-district, all-region and Division VI all-state as an offensive lineman in his senior year at Newark Catholic. Hendershot, who also started on the defensive line, was named the Region II "Player of the Year." As a junior, Hendershot made honorable mention all-region. On defense, Hendershot had 11 sacks as a senior and six as a junior. He was a member of the state championship team as sophomore. Scout.com rates him as the No. 81 offensive guard in the country. He will play in the North-South All-Star Game in Columbus this spring.

John James
Cornerback, Freshman, 5-11, 163, Cleveland, OH-John Adams

High School Coach:
Gary Jackson
Anticipated Major:
Sports Medicine
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Stacy Bowers and Laura Johnson, Athletics Academic Coordinators

Coach Beckman: "John will upgrade our speed in the secondary. He's a natual corner with great coverage skills. John was the skill position MVP at our camp in Cleveland last summer."

            John James is a versatile player who made first-team all-league and second-team all-district as a senior while playing wide receiver, running back and cornerback. He rushed for 315 yards, had 715 receiving yards and scored nine touchdowns as a senior. On defense, he had 33 tackles and five interceptions. In his junior season, he made second-team all-league, rushing for 600 yards and six TDs, and picking off six passes on defense. He also had three picks as sophomore. James is a standout on the track as well, finishing third in the 100 meters and second in the 4x400 at the state championship meet last year.

Elijah Jones
Defensive Lineman, Freshman, 6-2, 285, Indianapolis, IN-Warren Central

High School Coach:
John Hart
Anticipated Major:
Undecided
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Stacy Bowers and Laura Johnson, Athletics Academic Coordinators

Coach Beckman: "Elijah is a very powerful young man who plays with low pad level. He comes from one of the best programs in the state of Indiana.

            Elijah Jones is rated as the No. 95 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit, the No. 1 defensive tackle in the state of Indiana and the No. 14 player in the state overall. Jones made honorable mention all-state as a senior, helping Warren Central High School to the 5A state championship. He won the defensive line MVP award at the Champaign NIKE Camp last summer. As a senior, he had 66 tackles, 13 sacks and five forced fumbles. As a junior, his totals were 47 tackles, seven sacks and eight forced fumbles. He was selected to play in the Indiana North-South All-Star Game.

Phil Lewis
Defensive Lineman, Junior, 6-3, 285, Grosse Pointe, MI-South/Grand Rapids Community College

High School Coach:
Tim Brandon
Junior College Coach:
Tony Annese
Anticipated Major:
Criminal Justice
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Mark Wintgens, College of Health and Human Services

Coach Beckman: "We're very excited about Phil joining our football program. He comes from a tremendous junior college program and is well-prepared to play Divison I college football. He will provide immediate help on the defensive line."

             Phil Lewis was named defensive MVP as a defensive tackle at Grand Rapids Community College last fall, totaling 52 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks and two blocked kicks. As a freshman at GRCC, Lewis had 23 tackles, 6.5 TFLs and two sacks. Lewis earned first-team all-league and league defensive MVP honors as a defensive tackle for Grosse Pointe South (MI) High School as a senior, racking up 71 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and five sacks. Lewis was a standout track & field athlete in high school, earning all-region honors in the shot put and discus as a senior. Lewis is currently enrolled at UT and will participate in spring practice.

Robert Lisowski
Offensive Lineman, Freshman, 6-4, 305, Union, NJ-Union / Fork Union (VA) Military Academy

High School Coach:
Brian Sheridan
Prep School Coach:
Mickey Sullivan
Anticipated Major:
Business

UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant: Clint Longenecker, College of Business

Coach Beckman: "Robert is hard-nosed and tenacious. Playing a year in prep school gives him some background about what college football will be like. He will push our returning players on the offensive line and could compete for playing time as a freshman."

            Robert Lisowski is a 6-3, 305-pound offensive lineman from Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, VA, where he spent one season. He attended high school in Union, NJ, where he made first-team all-state and first-team all-county as a senior, and was named the best lineman in the Watchung Conference. Lisowski was credited with 77 pancake blocks as a senior, as a well as 56 tackles and four sacks on defense. He also played in the New Jersey All-Star Classic. As a junior, Lisowski made second-team all-county.

Dwight Macon
Quarterback, Freshman, 6-0, 194, Steubenville, OH-Steubenville

High School Coach:
Reno Saccoccia
Anticipated Major:
Communication
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Ray Jackson, College of Arts & Sciences

Coach Beckman: "Dwight is one of the most explosive offensive players in the state of Ohio. We're extemely excited about him joining our football program. Steubenville is one of the most prestigious programs in Ohio, and we're very pleased to have another player from the Big Red joining our football program."

            Dwight Macon threw for 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior and was named the Divison III "Player of the Year" by the Associated Press. He also rushed for 757 yards and nine scores, earning first-team all-state and all-district honors. Macon is listed as a three-star recruit and the No. 71 player in state by Rivals.com. As a junior, Macon was named Divison IV co-Player of the Year, passing for 2,424 yards and 28 TDs, and adding 857 yards and 12 TDs on the ground. He also earned first-team all-state and all-district honors as a junior, and second-team all-district honors as sophomore. He will play in the North-South All-Star Game in Columbus this spring. Macon comes from the same high school as current UT defensive back Drey'Lon Pree.

Ross Madison
Safety, Freshman, 6-0, 192, Leesburg, VA-Heritage / Hargrave (VA) Military Academy

High School Coach:
Steve Williams
Prep School Coach:
Robert Prunty
Anticipated Major:
Undecided
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Clint Longenecker, College of Business

Coach Beckman: "Ross will really benefit from being with our team in the off-season. We think he could step in and help us right away at safety."

            Ross Madison was a running back and safety at Heritage High School in Leesburg, VA before attending Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA last year. His senior season at Heritage was cut short due to injury, but he still ran for over 900 yards and averaged 7.3 yards per carry, earning first-team all-district honors. Madison also set school records in the 40-yard dash (4.46) and vertical jump (31"). In track, he was a state qualifier in the 200 meters and won the state title in the 4x100 relay. He is rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 27 prep school prospect in the country by Rivals.com.

Greg Mancz
Offensive Lineman, Freshman, 6-5, 270, Cincinnati, OH-Anderson

High School Coach:
Jeff Giesting
Anticipated Major:
Engineering
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Jon Pawlecki, College of Engineering

Coach Beckman: "Greg is an athletic offensive lineman who will help fill a need at the tackle postion. He attended our summer football camp and was a dominating performer."

            Greg Mancz was named first-team all-league, second team All-Southwest District and honorable mention all-state as a senior. A two-year starter, Mancz was a team captain as a senior, helping lead Cincinnati Anderson to a 12-1 record in 2009. He was picked to play in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game and Big 33 Classic. Mancz played in state championship games in 2007 and 2008 with the '07 team claiming the state title.

Cassius McDowell
Wide Receiver, Freshman, 5-9, 170, Deerfield Beach, FL-Deerfield Beach

High School Coach:
Adam Ratkevich
Anticipated Major:
Marketing/Sports Management
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Stacy Bowers and Laura Johnson, Athletics Academic Coordinators

Coach Beckman: "Cassius is a fine athlete with great speed. He comes from a great program in south Florida. He will help us as a receiver/runningback/returner."

            Cassius McDowell is a speedy athlete out of Deerfield Beach High School in the Miami, FL area. He played running back in high school but is projected to play wide receiver for UT. The Orlando Sentinel rated him as a pre-season "Top 5" player in the state of Florida. Rivals.com lists him as a three-star prospect, while Scout.com lists him at No. 127 at running back. He gained 508 yards and scored seven touchdowns on just 58 carries as a senior, earning honorable mention all-county honors. McDowell gained 1,200 yards and scored 18 TDs on 93 carries as a junior, and 980 yards with 24 scores on 107 carries as a sophomore. He made first-team all-county as a junior and second-team as a sophomore. On the track, McDowell was part of the state champion 4x100 relay team and placed fifth in the state in the 100 meters his junior year.

Jeff Myers
Offensive Lineman, Freshman, 6-3, 280, Massillon, OH-Washington

High School Coach:
Jason Hall
Anticipated Major:
Physical Therapy
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Kate Jackson, College of Health and Human Services

Coach Beckman: "Jeff is tenacious and relentless. He loves to play the game of football. Jeff comes from one of the best football programs in the state of Ohio. His preparation and experience over the last four years at a quality program has prepared him to play offensive line at this level."

            Jeff Myers earned first-team Division I all-district, all-county and all-state honors as a senior captain for Massillon Washington. He earned second-team all-county honors as a junior. A four-year letterwinner, Myers is rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 69 offensive guard in the nation by ESPN.com, as well as the No. 73 offensive guard by Scout.com. He was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game and the Big 33 Classic.

Taikwon Paige
Cornerback, Junior, 5-11, 175, Aiken, SC-Aiken/Georgia Military College

High School Coach:
Carey Johnson
Junior College Coach:
Bert Williams
Anticipated Major:
Business
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Clint Longenecker, College of Business

Coach Beckman: "We recruited Taikwon when I was at Oklahoma State so I am well aware of what he can do. He is an exceptional talent with excellent speed who played at a great football program in high school. We expect him to come in and help us right away."

            Taikwon Paige played two seasons as a cornerback at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, GA, earning Junior College All-America honors. He had six interceptions as a freshman at GMC in 2007. Paige, who originally signed with North Carolina out of high school, was an all-state cornerback as a junior and senior at Aiken High School in Aiken, SC. Page, one of the top sprinters in the state in high school, was one of 25 seniors named to the 2006 Palmetto Champions All-Stars by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association. He also played in the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl. Coming out of junior college, Paige was rated a four-star prospect and the 25th-best JUCO player in the nation by Rivals.com, and a three-star cornerback by Scout.com. Following his sophomore season at Georgia Military College in 2008, Paige signed with Auburn but did not attend school there. He will be a junior for UT next fall.

Grant Pleasant
Defensive Lineman,  Freshman, 6-3, 230, Dublin, OH-Scioto

High School Coach:
Karl Johnson
Anticipated Major:
Communication
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Ray Jackson, College of Arts & Sciences

Coach Beckman: "Grant is a pass-rushing defensive end who plays with a high motor and an intensity you like to see in a defensive lineman. He has the size and stength to compete for playing time this fall."

            Grant Pleasant made all-league and special mention all-district as a senior despite missing five games due to injury. He had 13 tackles and three sacks as a senior and 48 tackles and seven sacks as a junior. Pleasant is rated No. 19 among defensive linemen in Ohio by Rivals.com and No. 173 among defensive ends in the nation by ESPN.com. He also runs sprints and throws the discus on the track team.

Charles Rancifer
Linebacker,  Junior, 6-2, 215, Brookhaven, MS-Brookhaven/Copiah Lincoln (MS) Community College

High School Coach:
Tucker Peavey
Junior College Coach:
Glen Davis
Anticipated Major:
Undecided
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Stacy Bowers, Athletics Academic Advisor

Coach Beckman: "Charles was an exceptional safety at Co-Lin Community College. He was a quarterback in high school so he's a very good athlete who is big and strong enough to play the star position in our defensive scheme."

            A safety at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, MS, Charles Rancifer was fourth on the team with 52 tackles in eight games in 2009. He also had three forced fumbles, one sack and one interception despite missing part of the season due to a broken ankle. As a freshman, Rancifer was third on the team with 100 tackles in nine games, adding three tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Rancifer played quarterback at Brookhaven High School in Brookhaven, MS, throwing for 1,466 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. He also ran for 833 yards and four TDs. Rancifer will have junior eligibility for the Rockets in 2010.

Bernard Reedy
Wide Receiver,  Freshman, 5-9, 170, St. Petersburg, FL-Lakewood

High School Coach:
Corey Moore
Anticipated Major:
Undecided
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Stacy Bowers

Coach Beckman: "Bernard is a special athlete who can do spectacluar things with the ball in his hands. He has exceptional quickness and a knack for getting in the end zone."

            Bernard Reedy played both running back and wide receiver in high school, rushing for 1,256 yards and adding over 800 receiving yards as a senior at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, FL. Reedy scored 36 touchdowns last fall, including six returns. He made first-team all-state, was the Pinellas County Player of the Year and was ranked in the Top 100 "Athletes" in the country by Rivals.com. Rivals also lists him as a three-star recruit. As a junior, Reedy rushed for over 1,000 yards and earned honorable mention all-state honors. He also rushed for 700 yards as a sophomore. Reedy was chosen to play in the Central Florida All-Star Game and the Pinellas County All-Star Game.

Zac Rosenbauer
Defensive Line, Freshman, 6-2, 255, Lima, OH-Shawnee

High School Coach:
Dick West
Anticipated Major:
Business
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Clint Longenecker, College of Business

Coach Beckman: "Zac is a very aggressive player who loves the physical aspect of football. He's extremely intelligent and comes from a football family, which helps him with his playmaking ability."

            Zac Rosenbauer had 78 tackles and nine sacks as a senior, earning first-team all-league, first-team all-region and second-team all-state honors. He was also named conference defensive player of the year and has been chosen to play in the North-South All-Star Game. Rosenbauer did not play football as a junior due to injury, but had 114 tackles and 16 tackles for loss as a sophomore. He is rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 38 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com, and the No. 82 linebacker by ESPN.com. Rosenbauer also plays basketball and is a sprinter/shot putter on the track team.

Cordale Scott
Wide Receiver, Junior, 6-3, 215, Cleveland, OH-Glenville / Illinois

High School Coach:
Ted Ginn
Anticipated Major:
Individualized Studies
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Stacy Bowers and Laura Johnson, Athletics Academic Coordinators

Coach Beckman: "Cordale was rated as one of the top wide receivers in the country coming out of high school.He has the size and speed to be an impact player in our offensive system."

            Cordale Scott joins the Rockets as a transfer from the University of Illinois. He will have to sit out the 2010 season and will have two seasons of eligibilty remaining. Coming out of Cleveland Glenville High School, Scott was rated a four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He teamed up with current Rocket quarterback Terrance Owens to catch 31 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, earning first-team all-state honors. Scott was selected to the PrepStar Magazine "Dream Team" and was a SuperPrep All-American. He had offers from numerous Big Ten schools before settling on Illinois. On the track, Scott was a 200-meter state finalist as a senior. Scott joins Owens, Toney Foster, Jayrone Elliott and James Gordon as Cleveland Glenville alumni on the UT roster.

Keith Suggs
Cornerback, Freshman, 5-10, 175, Indianapolis, IN-Ben Davis

High School Coach:
Mike Kirschner
Anticipated Major:
Business or Psychology
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Clint Longenecker, College of Business

Coach Beckman: "Keith comes from a tradition-rich football program. He was an outstanding performer in our summer camp. He will be a great cover corner and a physical presence for us in years to come."

            Keith Suggs was rated as the No.144 cornerback in the nation and the No. 29 player in Indiana by Scout.com. He earned honorable mention all-county honors as a senior. Suggs also is a sprinter on the track team at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. He had 65 tackles, nine pass breakups and one forced fumble as a senior, and 57 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups as a junior.

E.J. Tucker
Quarterback, Freshman, 6-3, 200, Toledo, OH-Rogers

High School Coach:
Rick Rios
Anticipated Major:
Business
UT Faculty/Staff Recruiting Assistant:
Dan Gayton, College of Business

Coach Beckman: "E.J. was one of the finest offensive players in Northwest Ohio this year. He's an experienced leader who will bring a great work ethic to our football program."

            E.J. Tucker completed 95-of-167 passes for 1,372 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior at Rogers High School in Toledo. He also ran for 1,158 yards and 25 TDs, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Tucker was named Northwest Ohio "Player of the Year" by the Toledo Blade, as well as Toledo City League "Player of the Year." Tucker earned first-team all-city, first-team all-district and second-team all-state honors. He was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game. As a junior, Tucker rushed for 987 yards and 10 TDs, while completing 81-of-148 passes for 853 yards and nine scores. His career rushing totals are 2,313 yards and 38 TDs; his career passing totals include 191-of-345 completions, 2,388 yards and 25 TDs. He joins high school teammate Ray Bush, as well as current Rockets Isaiah Ballard and Myshan Veasley-Pettis as former Toledo Rogers players wearing the Midnight Blue and Gold.

 

 

2010 University of Toledo Football Recruiting Class Facts

 

• Rivals.com rank in Mid-American Conference: 1st (ranked No. 67 nationally, ahead of four Big Ten schools: Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Indiana)

• Scout.com rank in Mid-American Conference: 1st

• UT recruiting class named to Rivals.com "Top 5 Recruiting Surprises of 2010"

• Number of Ohio recruits invited to play in North-South All-Star Game: 7 (Jayrone Elliott, Josh Hendershot, Dwight Macon, Greg Mancz, Jeff Myers, Zac Rosenbauer, E.J. Tucker)

• Number of Ohio recruits invited to play in the Big 33 Classic (Ohio vs. Pennsylvania): 3 (Jayrone Elliott, Greg Mancz, Jeff Myers)

• Number of state championship games participated in: 10 (7 wins)

• Number of recruits who attended a UT senior camp: 15

2010 Recruits by State
Ohio (14)
Florida (4)
Indiana (2)
Michigan (1)
M
ississippi (1)
New Jersey (1)
New York (1)
South Carolina (1)
Virginia (1)