The D Zone

Monday, February 11, 2013

Ferris State Snatches Two Florida Commitments to Bring Total to 35


As February 6th approached, the Ferris State coaching staff was very skeptical about this year’s upcoming recruiting class. However, when signing day came along, players started sending in their letters of intent to the Bulldogs. As the evening approached on signing day, the final number came to an incredible 34 players who had signed with the Bulldogs of Ferris State. That number also came before another big signing in slot receiver Jajuan Pollock of national powerhouse, Manatee high school in Bradenton, Florida, who also signed with the Bulldogs two days after signing day. Several of the players were highly rated prospects in high school, as rated by us at The D Zone.


                Pollock was a huge commit for the Bulldog offense, and will only help redshirt sophomore quarterback, Jason Vander Laan get better this season. Ferris State had one of the most powerful offenses a season ago, and can only be helped by this signing. Pollock is a five-foot, eight-inch slot receiver who caught seven touchdowns in the state playoffs during his senior season, and was also named All-Area by Florida newspapers. Pollock will be joined by high school teammate, defensive end Marquis Dawsey in Big Rapids.
                "Jajuan is a dynamic player and we're thrilled he decided to become a Bulldog," said FSU assistant coach Ryan Brady, who played a key role in recruiting Pollock to Big Rapids, "He's a talented individual and further adds to what already was an outstanding recruiting class."
                               

A HUGE weapon in Ferris State’s recruiting class this season is Marquis Dawsey, Pollock’s teammate, also out of Manatee high school in Bradenton, Florida. Dawsey was a four year participant on the Manatee varsity team, leading the team to a 53-5 record over his four years, with all five loses to eventual state and national champions. Dawsey served as a team captain for Manatee this season registering 14.5 sacks, 22 quarterback hurries, and five forced fumbles, as well as leading the team to an eventual number one ranking this season. This defensive end was also selected as Bradenton Herald All-Area Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a school-record 58 consecutive starts in high school. Dawsey will be haunting GLIAC quarterbacks for a lot of years to come for Ferris State, who were able to get one of the most underrated prospects in the country.
The Ferris State coaching staff is very confident in Dawsey’s ability, "We are extremely excited about the addition of Marquis Dawsey out of Manatee HS in Florida.  Being able to sign the top defensive player in the county from the number one team in the nation is a tremendous signing for the program.  He may have an immediate impact on the development of our defensive front for the 2013 season."


The second highly rated player is Nick Maher of Woodhaven. This dominant dual threat quarterback led the state in rushing for a quarterback with 1,697 yards in his senior campaign. Maher also led the Warriors to the state playoffs for the second straight season under Head Coach Keith Christnagel. Maher also rushed for 20 touchdowns last season and was also named the captain of the 2012 All-Southeastern Michigan team. Maher should play a big role down the road in Big Rapids. Head Coach Tony Annese’s spread offense will be a perfect fit for Maher, who is a tremendous running quarterback.

                A couple of big weapons coming to Big Rapids will be Oak Park wide receiver, Brandon Harding. Harding competed both in track as well as football which should add some speed to the roster. He was also nominated to The D Zone All-Southeastern offensive team.  Another big time target will be Brandon Moore from Montague, who had a lot of Division I interest. Moore played wide receiver during his junior season, but moved to quarterback during his final prep season. During his junior year at Montague, he caught 49 passes for 867 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his final campaign with the Wildcats he contributed 1,400 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns while returning kicks and playing safety. Moore was also rated a three-star prospect by scout.com, a Muskegon Chronicle Dream Team selection, and led the Wildcats to an 8-1 regular season record.
                               
                A huge weapon in Ferris State’s recruiting class this season is Marquis Dawsey out of Manatee high school in Bradenton, Florida. Dawsey was a four year participant on the Manatee varsity team, leading the team to a 53-5 record over his four years, with all five loses to eventual state and national champions. Dawsey served as a team captain for Manatee this season registering 14.5 sacks, 22 quarterback hurries, and five forced fumbles, as well as leading the team to an eventual number one ranking this season. This defensive end was also selected as Bradenton Herald All-Area Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a school-record 58 consecutive starts in high school. Dawsey will be haunting GLIAC quarterbacks for a lot of years to come for Ferris State, who were able to get one of the most underrated prospects in the country.
The Ferris State coaching staff is very confident in Dawsey’s ability, "We are extremely excited about the addition of Marquis Dawsey out of Manatee HS in Florida.  Being able to sign the top defensive player in the county from the number one team in the nation is a tremendous signing for the program.  He may have an immediate impact on the development of our defensive front for the 2013 season."
              
  Another big time defensive commit for the Bulldogs will be former Detroit Berkley standout, Terrell Porter. Porter played JUCO at Iowa Western, leading them to the national junior college title in 2012, registering a team-high 10 tackles in that game. Porter also was a perfect 22-0 in his JUCO career. Ferris State Head Coach, Tony Annese also coached Porter at Grand Rapids College Community as he began his junior college career in 2011. Porter will be a huge addition in the Bulldog uniform, as they look to slow down GLIAC offenses this season.

                Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Ryheem Stokes will be a big addition to the Ferris State secondary as well, along with Rockford’s KC Zenner. Stokes was an AP Division 3-4 All-State first team selection, as well as MLive.com West Michigan Player of the Year. As well as leading the Cougars to the OK Gold Conference Championship and a 10-1 record in 2012, as long as five shutouts from their defense. Stokes contributed four interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns this season, along with a 102-yard return against Holland Christian. Stokes is a player that received several Division I recruiting letters and interest, but Ferris State is extremely happy to have Stokes as a Bulldog for the next several seasons. Rockford’s KC Zenner will also be a huge help for the Ferris State secondary at safety. Zenner totaled 137 tackles as a senior for the Rams, while missing considerable minutes due to injury. Zenner is also a two-time all-state selection, team captain, and was voted as the team’s MVP this past season.
               

                Ferris State Head Coach Tony Annese is really changing the feel about the football program in the Big Rapids area. Following a 40-24 victory over arch rival Grand Valley State and a 7-4 overall record, Annese is looking to improve the Bulldog tradition through this outstanding 2013 recruiting class, which some call the top class in all Division II football, although there are no official rankings. 

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