Where They’re Headed: Division I-AA, FCS

The Southern Conference, Youngstown State and Eastern Kentucky found the end zone, scoring some rock solid Division I-AA TriState Football talent. Competition for players among Pioneer Football League schools is as strong as ever. Local players continue to entertain multiple offers from PFL programs on a yearly basis. As good as the pickings were, there is still some hidden gems left to be signed.

Simon Kenton QB Cameron Racke (photo by Michael Noyes/

Simon Kenton QB Cameron Racke (photo by Michael Noyes/

Football in the south is becoming more appealing. SoCon teams inked seven local players of which five were mammoth linemen. The average size of that quintet is 6-foot-3 and 283 pounds. Wofford make have gotten one of the biggest steals by signing Simon Kenton QB Cam Racke who will enter camp with the Terriers as an athlete. Those headed to East Tennessee will compete for playing time early in their careers. This will be the third season of Buccaneers football after the revival of an ETSU program that had laid dormant since 2003.

Eastern Kentucky had one of its strongest recruiting classes, ever. The Colonels add depth from the TriState with the additions of QB Dakota Allen, LB Peyton Van Horn, RB/LB Ridge Reed and ATH Kevin Hyde.

Fresh off an exciting Division I-AA, FCS national runner-up finish, Youngstown State found a trio of pieces to help them get back to the title game in the future. The Penguins fans will love Dan Becker’s tenacity on defense while Miles Joyner and Christian Turner will be guys who can stretch the field catching the ball.

La Salle RB Christian Turner (photo by Mike Noyes/

La Salle RB Christian Turner (photo by Mike Noyes/

Here is a look at the area’s FCS (Division I-AA) signees:

Butler: Adam Baker, CHCA, WR, 6-2/190
Davidson: Alex Coburn, Moeller, OL, 6-4/265; Harrison Hill, Anderson, LB, 6-0/190
Dayton: Anthony Best, Covington Catholic, SS, 6-1/195; Brandon Easterling, Fairborn, ATH, 5-10/175; Nate Obringer, Lebanon, DL, 6-3/225
Morehead State: Matt Blank, Bishop Brossart, OL/DL, 6-4/290; Michael Davis, Beavercreek, OL/DL, 6-1/245;
Valparaiso: Conor Beer, Sidney, ATH, 5-9/165; Ryan Markoff, Alter, QB, 6-2/190; Kevin Wright, Wayne, DB, 6-0/160

Indiana State: Dante Hendrix, Cooper, WR/DB, 6-3/180; Max Morgan-Elliot, Wayne, OL, 6-3/260
Youngstown State: Dan Becker, Indian Hill, LB, 6-5/220; Miles Joyner, Butler, WR, 6-4/200; Christian Turner, La Salle, RB, 5-10/190

Eastern Kentucky: Dakota Allen, Lebanon, QB, 6-4/195; Kevin Hyde, Colerain, DB, 5-10/165; Ridge Reed, Carlisle, RB/LB, 6-1/220; Peyton Van Horn, Conner, LB, 6-2/205; Alex Shelton, Covington Catholic, LB/LS, 6-1/215 (PWO); Luke Vance, Simon Kenton, WR, 5-10/190 (PWO)
Tennessee-Martin: Ryan Davis, Colerain, LB, 6-0/215; Andrew Kerobo, Winton Woods, DL/OL, 6-5/265

Piqua DL Tristen Cox (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

Piqua DL Tristen Cox (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

East Tennessee State: Miles Manigault, Moeller, DL, 6-2/250; Tyler Richardson, La Salle, DB, 5-10/165
Elon: Tristen Cox, Piqua, DL, 6-4/294; Michael Purcell, Centerville, OL, 6-4/300
Western Carolina: Clark Willhoite, Roger Bacon, OL, 6-6/295
Wofford: Zak Kurz, St. Xavier, OT, 6-4/275; Cam Racke, Simon Kenton, ATH, 6-0/205

Dartmouth: Hunter Ziegelmeyer, Covington Catholic, OL/DL, 6-6/280
Princeton: Delan Stallworth, St. Xavier, DB, 5-10/170
Yale: Ethan Campbell, La Salle, DL, 6-2/187

Fordham: Jack Gildea, Wyoming, TE/DE, 6-4/230
Lafayette: Reed Aichholz, Indian Hill, QB, 6-5/215

Coastal Carolina: Baden Pinson, Reading, SS, 5-9/170

Robert Morris: Alek Kwasniewski, Kings, DB, 6-0/190

Howard: Bryan Cook, Mount Healthy, CB/WR, 6-0/165

Albany: Mazon Walker, Wayne, DL, 6-0/300

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