Western Michigan football signing class of 2018

Western Michigan’s signing class is filled up at 21. Western Michigan was only able to add one scholarship player, which went to the highly-touted, dual-threat quarterback who was once committed to Virginia, Wyatt Rector.

Rector is the second high school quarterback in WMU’s signing class along with Kaleb Eleby, who is currently enrolled at WMU. Rector could sit out a year for him to catch up on learning the playbook.

On the first day of the early signing period, WMU had 20 signees that was said to be the highest-rated class in Mid-American Conference (and 247sports.com) history. The recruits had an average grade of 82.64. Now, it’s up to 82.88, still a record. (Toledo, as of now, has an average of 82.77).

Meet WMU’s current signing class. Names in bold have been officially added Wednesday. Names in italics indicate junior college transfers. Asterisks (**) means that that player is currently enrolled. Ampersands (&) indicate those who join the team as walk-ons. The pound sign (#) indicates those who join the team as blueshirts.

Total signees (early signees): 21 (20)

Zaire Barnes (@zaire_barnes) — defensive back; Mundelein, Ind.; Carmel Catholic

& Bryce Bouwens (@bouwens_bryce) — long snapper; Grandville, Mich.; Grandville

Chase Brown (@chase_brown6) — running back; Bradenton, Fla.; St. Stephen’s Episcopal

Ronnie Buford (@vaatto) — defensive end; Chelsea, Mich.; Chelsea

DaShon Bussell (@dashon_bussell) — wide receiver; Knoxville, Tenn.; Knoxville Catholic

Kmare Carey (@marrhoops) — defensive back; Belleville, Mich.; Belleville

Andre Carter (Anddre_90) — defensive end; Detroit, Mich.; Cass Tech

** Kaleb Eleby (@Kaleb_2fresh) — quarterback; Maryland Heights, Mo.; Pattonville

Braden Fiske (@bradenfiske55) — defensive end; Michigan City, Ind.; Michigan City

Austin France (@AustinFrance11) — linebacker; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Snider

Austin France (@AustinFrance11) — linebacker; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Snider

** Kenih Lovely (@NoFlyZone_nih) — cornerback; Boynton Beach, Fla.; Atlantic

Patrick Lupro (@patricklupro) — cornerback; Belleville, Mich.; Belleville

Will McCabe (@willmccabe22) — defensive end; Palatine, Ill.; Fremd

Nick Mihalic (@NickNickm19) — punter; Skokie, Ill.; Niles North

& Jake Moertl (@jake_moertl) — safety; Palatine, Ill.; Palatine

Lee Payton (@Lee19payton) — tight end; River Rouge, Mich.; River Rouge

& Gavin Peddie (@PeddieGavin) — kicker; Grandville, Mich.; Grandville

Wyatt Rector (@WyattRector) — quarterback; Leesburg, Fla.; Leesburg

Antwan “A.J.” Reed (@antwan_reed) — offensive line; Muskegon, Mich.; Muskegon

Jayden Reed (@JaydenReed5) — wide receiver; Aurora, Ill.; Metea Valley

Ryan Selig (@ryanselig_) — linebacker; Lake Villa, Ill.; Lakes Community

Matthew Stuckey (@MatthewStuckeyy) — linebacker; Olympia Fields, Ill.; Rich Central

Anthony Torres (@a_torres1299) — tight end; Mishawaka, Ind.; Penn

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