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Football Receives 23 Commitments In Signing Period

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: February 05, 2014
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DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team has received commitments from 23 student-athletes to join the Bulldogs for the 2014 season, first-year head coach Rick Fox announced to open the signing period.

“I’m really excited about this year’s class and it’s one of the most athletic classes we’ve recruited in my six years at Drake,” said Fox of his first recruiting class as a head coach. “That athleticism is through all the positions. It’s been a great recruiting year for us and our staff has done a fantastic job of bringing in guys who are great students, great athletes, possess high character and have a passion to be great in everything that they do.”

The 23 student-athletes that will continue their academic and athletic careers at Drake hail from eight states.

“The guys that we bring in here at Drake, love football and are passionate football players,” Fox said. “But it’s more than just that. They’re looking to great things with their lives and it’s a big picture decision for them. That’s what makes it so much fun to coach them and why we’ve have so much success on the field here at Drake.”

Fox anticipates additional commitments to stream in as he builds his first class at Drake following six seasons as an assistant coach under former head coach Chris Creighton. Despite the  change in leadership, recruiting didn’t miss a beat for Fox and his staff.

“It’s always difficult when you go through a coaching change, but this wasn’t a typical coaching change,” Fox said. “Coach Creighton and I worked so closely together the last six years that the fundamentals and principles of our program haven’t changed. It allowed us to manage that transition very well.”

 

2014 Drake Football Commitments

Name

Position

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

High School

Brandon Bullock

DB

5-9

177

Austin, Texas

Round Rock

Nathan Clayberg

LB

6-3

245

Pella, Iowa

Pella

Zach DeLeon

TE

6-4

227

Leawood, Kan.

Blue Valley

Austin Dismond

DB

5-9

167

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Lee’s Summit West

Frederick Epting

LB 6-0 180 Springfield, Ill. Southeast

Hugh Griffin

LB

6-1

210

Aurora, Ill.

Waubonsie Valley

Eric Hoefler

WR

5-10

174

Spring, Texas

Klein

Jordan Lewinsky

OT

6-4

255

Mequon, Wis.

Homestead

Austin Lewis

RB

5-10

192

Grand Junction, Colo.

Grand Junction

Matt Long

DL

6-2

220

Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Rolling Meadows

Sean Lynch

DB

5-10

170

Hawthorn Woods, Ill.

Lake Zurich

Cole Neary

QB

6-5

203

Carroll, Iowa

Kuemper Catholic

Connor Ostrander

TE 6-3 210 Wheaton, Ill. Wheaton-Warrenville South 

Peter Read

DL

6-2

217

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Southeast

Brock Reichardt

RB 5-9 190 Aurora, Neb. Aurora 

Kiernan Severa

LB

6-0

184

Lawrence, Kan.

Lawrence

Grant Snow

C

6-3

263

Columbia, Ill.

Columbia

Nate Spacek

DL

6-3

224

West Des Moines, Iowa

Valley

Aaron Spitz

QB

6-0

180

Northbrook, Ill.

Glenbrook North

Tyler Terveer

LB

5-11

221

Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Whitefish Bay

Terry Wallen

DB

5-11

175

Brookfield, Wis.

Brookfield Central

Connor Willis

LB

6-0

185

Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Glenbard South

Nathan Zeien

G

6-2

191

Antioch, Ill.

Antioch Community

2014 Drake Football Commitments Bios

 

Brandon Bullock (DB, 5-9, 177, Austin, Texas/Round Rock)
- Had 29 solo tackles, three interceptions, two touchdowns and seven pass break ups as a senior.

 

Zach DeLeon (TE,  6-4, 227, Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley)
- 5A State Champion
- Wide receiver MVP at National Underclassman Football Combine
- Tight end MVP at Midwest Top Prospect Camp

 

Austin Dismond (DB, 5-9, 167, Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West)
-
 5A State Champions and ranked No. 22 nationally
- Team Captain
- Led team with six interceptions
- Second team all-state, second team all-conference and second team Elite 81

Hugh Griffin (LB, 6-1, 210, Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley)
- Recorded more than 300 career tackles
- Was the conference defensive MVP
- Set the school record for career and single-season tackles
- Was first team all-area, all-conference and honorable mention all-state

 

Eric Hoefler (WR, 5-10, 174, Spring, Texas/Klein)
- Honorable mention all-district Texas 5A-13
- Academic all-state
- Four time academic all-district

 

Jordan Lewinsky (OT, 6-4, 255, Mequon, Wis./Homestead)
- First team all-state
- North Shore Conference Player of the Year
- 2012 State Champions
- First team all-conference and all region

 

Austin Lewis (RB, 5-10, 192, Grand Junction, Colo./Grand Junction)
- Conference Offensive MVP
- First team academic all-state
- First team all-conference
- Coached by Matt Mishler

 

Cole Neary (QB, 6-5, 203, Carroll, Iowa/Kuemper Catholic)
- First team all-state
- Three-time first team all-district selection
- Name district offensive MVP
- Had a career record of 37-3 as a starter

 

Peter Read (DL, 6-2, 217, Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southeast)
- National Strength and Conditioning Association All American
- Blue/Grey All-American
- First team all-conference and all-city
- Coached by Ryan Gottula

 

Kiernan Severa (LB, 6-0, 184, Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence)
- All-Sunflower League honorable mention as a linebacker and defensive back
- Named a Hy-Vee Scholar Athlete of the Month
- Voted “Hardest Worker in the Weight Room” by teammates

 

Nate Spacek (DL, 6-3, 224, West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley)
- Academic all-conference
- All-Division first team selection on defense
- Coached by Gary Swenson

Grant Snow (C, 6-3, 263, Columbia, Ill./Columbia)
- Was a three-time all-conference first team selection
- Was a three-time all-area honoree
- Named first team all-state as senior and honorable mention as a junior

 

Tyler Terveer (LB, 5-11, 221, Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay)
- First team all-suburban and all-Area
- First team all-conference
- Ranked the No. 7 linebacker in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Sports Network
- Coached by Jim Tietjen

Terry Wallen (CB, 5-11, 175, Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Central
- Honorable mention all-state selection
- Team Captain
- First team all-region and all-conference
- Had seven interceptions his final two seasons with two returned for touchdowns

 

Connor Willis (LB, 6-0, 185, Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South)
- Two-time all-conference selection
- Team Captain
- Team and Metro Suburban Conference Defensive MVP
- Coached by Jeremy Cordell

 

Nathan Zeien (G, 6-2, 291, Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community)
- Team Captain
- Two-time IHSA football playoff qualifier
- 2012 Member of Team USA Football
- Coached by Brian Glashagel

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