Eastern Michigan’s first commit came early, considering he’s in JUCO
Eastern Michigan got its first commit for the current recruiting cycle. It shouldn’t be surprising that this commit comes in the form of a junior college outside linebacker, but it’s also being made before his redshirt-sophomore season at Coffeyville C.C.
Committed ‼ see you soon Ypsilanti. pic.twitter.com/4ewE3bfNku
— James Lewis (@jameslewis_4) June 3, 2018
James Lewis is from Tulsa, Okla., initially started out at Oklahoma State, then transferred to Coffeyville after one season without any action. In his first year playing JUCO ball, Lewis recorded 53 tackles, 4.5 for loss and is listed at 6-foot, 205 pounds.
EMU goes after JUCO players quite often so it’s no surprise that this is how Chris Creighton and staff are trying to build a defense. The surprise here is that a JUCO linebacker chose to commit months before his sophomore playing year, where he could likely receive more offers.
The elevator pitch on Lewis is that he lies to fly around and hit people. Just because he started out at Oklahoma State doesn’t mean he was a highly-ranked recruit out of Tulsa Memorial High School. For the Cowboys, Lewis was a local, preferred walk-on with 4.66-speed that’s a better linebacker than running back. Not wasting any time after getting no playing time in Stillwater. EMU offered him in April and gave it 5 1/2 weeks before making his decision.
With the Eagles Lewis will be a 2-for-2 player, meaning his eligibility runs through the 2020 season.
Miami-OH gets Cincy-area LB; Holstege decommits
Miami-OH recently got a linebacker to commit to its program, then had an offensive lineman decommit.
By 247sports, Luke Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio; Colerain) is a two-star linebacker with a composite score of 0.7398. Bolden’s listed at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. Miami was the first to offer Bolden back in January, followed by Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Youngstown State, Akron and The Citadel.
— Luke Bolden (@lukebolden7) May 31, 2018
Offensive tackle Spencer Holstege (Grand Rapids, Mich.; South Christian) tweeted out that he has decommitted from Miami.
— Spencer Holstege (@spencerholstege) June 4, 2018
Holstege is rated a three-star lineman (0.7999) and also held offers from Western Michigan, BGSU, Ball State, CMU, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Cornell and Columbia.
Miami still has 16 commits for the 2019 signing class roster, which is still a really good place to be at in early June. 247sports has Miami’s group of commits ranked the No. 30 nationally.
|Devin Blakley||CB||La Grange Park, Ill.||Nazareth Academy||0.8126||Illinois|
|Luke Bolden||LB||Cincinnati, Ohio||Colerain||0.7398||Ohio|
|Alante Brown||QB (dual)||Chicago, Ill.||Simeon Academy||0.8299||Illinois|
|Jonquavous Brown||RB||Grovetown, Ga.||Grovetown||0.7798||Georgia|
|Jack Coldiron||WR/OLB||Park Hills, Ky.||Covington Catholic||0.8299||Kentucky|
|Rusty Feth||OL||Cincinnati, Ohio||Colerain||0.7298||Ohio|
|Brett Gabbert||QB||St. Louis, Mo.||Christian Brothers||0.8466||Missouri|
|Ben Jackson||OL||Winchester, Ky.||George Rogers Clark||0.7999||Kentucky|
|Nathan Jacobs||OL||Shelbyville, Ky.||Martha Layne Collins||0.7899||Kentucky|
|Jeremiah Josephs||S||Monroeville, Pa.||Gateway||0.8199||Pennsylvania|
|Nick Manson||WR||Jonesboro, Ga.||Mundy’s Mill||0.8165||Georgia|
|James Maye||WR||Charlotte, N.C.||Rocky River||0.7999||North Carolina|
|Mehki Miller||CB/S||Olympia Fields, Ill.||Rich Central Campus||Illinois|
|Lonnie Phelps||DE||Cincinnati, Ohio||Mt. Healthy||0.7298||Ohio|
|Matt Salopek||S||Akron, Ohio||Archbishop Hoban||0.8499||Ohio|
|Caleb Shaffer||OG||Carmel, Ind.||Carmel||0.8199||Indiana|
Ohio on the board with DT Jeremiah Burton
Ohio got it s first commit for the current recruiting cycle with a solid, in-state recruit at defensive tackle. Jeremiah Burton (Westerville, Ohio; Westerville North) announced his commitment to the program on Sunday night.
— BigReddd‼ (@jeremiahburton5) June 4, 2018
Burton held eight other offers including Kent State, Miami, EMU, Buffalo, Ball State, Toledo, Youngstown State and Akron. By 247sports, Burton’s a three-star tackle with a composite score of 0.7999.
Akron shields up at OL
A week and a half ago, offensive lineman Tyler Connolly (Marysville, Ohio; Marysville) announced his commitment to Akron, the only FBS school to offer him.
Connolly is the second to commit to the program, joining defensive tackle Kobe Hilton from Farrell, Pa.
— Luke Fulton (@LukeFulton_11) May 24, 2018
Luke Fulton is a linebacker that was targeted by a lot of MAC schools. He was actually the target of a lot of schools in general. Offers include, but not limited to: Toledo, Kent State, Akron, WMU, Ball State, Ohio, West Virginia, EMU, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin.
— Armoni Dixon💲 (@ArmoniD53) June 3, 2018
Outside linebacker Armoni Dixon received a bunch of MAC offers from October through January and now holds 17 total offers. By 247sports composite score, Dixon’s a three-star recruit (0.8205) out of Illinios. Dixon’s other MAC offers include WMU, NIU, Toledo, Miami, Ball State, Kent State, Ohio and now BGSU.
— Eric Phillips (@ericphillips200) May 24, 2018
Eric Phillips, a tight end out of Colerain HS, picked Cincinnati over Miami, Akron, CMU, WMU and Youngstown State.
Blessed to receive an offer from The University of Buffalo‼ pic.twitter.com/Cq9y6nhtqd
— Dayton Wade🇭🇹 (@He_Laflare) June 5, 2018
— Da’Veon Turner (@_DTurner1) June 5, 2018
Turner is a Detroit-native running back at Harper Woods, class of 2021 running back.
Extremely thankful to have received an offer from Eastern Michigan!! pic.twitter.com/O1aEOXiBXe
— jack barkley (@BarkleyJack) June 2, 2018
— Jalen Allen© (@dub_thaGr8) June 4, 2018
— Devin Nicholson (@dnich23) June 3, 2018
— 🌹D A R R £ L L~W ¥ A T T🌹 (@rellwyatt14) June 5, 2018
— Ant🤙🏾 (@ARomphf15) June 4, 2018
— Stuart Kettler (@KettlerStuart) June 4, 2018
I’m beyond blessed & so happy to receive an (o)ffer from Eastern Michigan University!🤸🏾♀️! pic.twitter.com/bJnKzK5tJb
— ks___ (@KES_29) June 3, 2018
— Christopher Smith (@chrissmith2019) June 4, 2018
— Valerian A. Jr (@Val__jr) June 4, 2018
— bence polgar (@bencepolgar00) June 3, 2018
— 𝕋𝕪𝕣𝕠𝕟𝕖 𝔹𝕣𝕠𝕕𝕖𝕟³ (@TyroneBroden) May 9, 2018
Congrats to 2020 OT Deon Buford @DeondreBuford56 on his offer from Central Michigan University!
— King Football (@DetKingFootball) June 3, 2018
Blessed to say that I’ve received an offer from The University of Akron 🙏🏾💯‼🔋 pic.twitter.com/WSpZm5a5EH
— Diamante Howard™ (@_gocrazy26) May 25, 2018