Notebook: Early commitments being made for 2019 signing class

It’s mid-March and Miami-OH is already has six commits for the 2019 signing class. That’s far and away most of any program in the Mid-American Conference as Western Michigan and Northern Illinois only have one commit each.

A quick look at Miami’s list of commits for 2019:

  1. Lonnie Phelps, defensive end (Cincinnati, Ohio — Mt. Healthy)
  2. Nathan Jacobs, offensive line (Shelbyville, Ky. — Martha Layne Collins)
  3. Ben Jackson, offensive line (Winchester, Ky. — George Rogers Clark)
  4. Jack Coldiron, wide receiver/linebacker (Park Hills, Ky. — Covington Catholic)
  5. Rusty Feth, offensive line (Cincinnati, Ohio — Colerain)
  6. Spencer Holstege, offensive tackle (Grand Rapids, Mich. — South Christian)

Already, Miami’s earned commitments from four offensive linemen that are listed at 6-foot-5 or taller. By 247sports, Spencer Holstege and Jackson are both given three-star ratings. Holstege, whose commitment came on Sunday, had nine total offers which also came from Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Ball State, Central Michigan, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Cornell and Columbia. OL Rusty Feth also committed on Sunday over Bowling Green and Brown.

Ben Jackson, Lonnie Phelps, Nathan Jacobs and Jack Coldiron all had Miami as the only school to offer them. As of right now, 247sports has Coldiron, Jackson and Jacobs all as top-20 prospects from the state of Kentucky. The website’s highest grade goes out to Coldiron with a rating of 0.8299 as a two-way player. At 6-foot-5 and just a little bit over 200 pounds, Coldiron could join the team as a wide receiver but could possibly move to tight end and bulk up to 230-or-so pounds. Even if that isn’t Miami’s plan for Coldiron, that possibility only adds to his value.

In related news, head coach Chuck Martin’s contract was recently extended through the 2020 season.

3-star LB chooses WMU

WMU received its first commitment for the 2019 signing classes in late February. Boone Bonnema, an outside linebacker out of Zeeland, Mich., picked WMU over Central Michigan, Toledo, BGSU, Ball State, Northern Illinois and EMU.

Bonnema is listed at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and runs a 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. His 247sports composite score is 0.8366, a three-star rating. He’s currently listed as the No. 29 prospect in Michigan and No. 80 among outside linebackers.

NIU gets first commitment from Detroit

After an impressive 2018 signing class with a lot of talent coming from the home state of Illinois, NIU gets its first commitment from a tall wide receiver in Detroit, Mich.  Jalen McGaughy is a 6-foot-3, 195 pound receiver from Detroit and goes to Martin Luther King High School.

NIU offered McGaughy back in June of 2017 and the prospect committed to the school on Sunday. NIU was his only offer.

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