EMU, Ohio on the board for 2019, recruiting updates

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.

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.

Offensive tackle Spencer Holstege (Grand Rapids, Mich.; South Christian) tweeted out that he has decommitted from Miami.

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.

Name POS From School 247sports comp. State
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.

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 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.

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, a tight end out of Colerain HS, picked Cincinnati over Miami, Akron, CMU, WMU and Youngstown State.

Turner is a Detroit-native running back at Harper Woods, class of 2021 running back.

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