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WMU Football Unveils its 2012 Recruiting Class

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 02/01/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan football officially announced its Class of 2012 on National Signing Day with signing of 27 student-athletes including seven Broncos that are already enrolled in the University.

“We went out and looked to recruit a team,” commented head coach Bill Cubit.  “We knew where our needs were and I feel will filled them.  We are very fortunate to have most of our team already on campus.  This should be one of the most productive springs we have had since we have been here.”

One of those need areas was at wide receiver after the Broncos lose their three top receivers from 2011.  One of the receivers comes by way of junior college signee Darrin Duncan who is already one campus.  Daniel Braverman is a three-star recruit that is now a Bronco out of Miramar, Fla.  He along with Flint, Mich., native Michael Henry, Jr. make up a group of six receivers in this year’s class.

Braverman is no the only three star recruit on the Broncos’ list in 2012.  WMU boasted five three star recruits according to Rivals.com and ESPN.com, inclluding Braverman, Zach Terrell, Mick Dubose, Donald Roosevelt and Jaime Wilson.

Jared Joyner is the lone running back in this class but according to coaches fits the mold of versatility that the program looks for in all of its running backs, the ability to run the ball, pass block and catch the ball out of the backfield.  WMU boasts a pair of impressive duo of quarterbacks in this class in Anthony Maddie and Zach Terrell.  The two combined combined for over 14,000 yards pasing in their scholastic careers and will provide depth behind Alex Carder and Tyler Van Tubbergen.

The offensive line will be bolstered by three newcomers that average 306.7 pounds and stand 6-foot-4, 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-9, respectively.  According to Cubit, this class coupled with the health and depth of the current offensive linemen gives us two and a half deep heading into spring ball, which is something that is not normal in college football.

Defensively, Western Michigan brought in five defensive linemen with three of them on the interior of the line.  Jabarai Bothwell, Jonathan Harden and Junior Estelus all have the size, weighing 292, 339 and 275, respectively, to help the Broncos in 2012 and beyond.  Mick Dubose and Roosevelt Donaldson bring not only size but speed as well as both graded out with excellent pursuit and defensive disruptiveness.

Five more signees were brought in to help the back end of the defense, which became much younger with the graduation of Aaron Winchester.  David Reed, Treyvon Johson, Demetris Ates, Leo Alba and Justin Motley all have great speed with Alba running an official 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds.

Special teams needs are being addressed with the addition of J. Schroeder at punter.  WMU will look to add kicker through walk on try outs.

WMU’s class spans across nine states with 12 recruits coming from the state of Florida and four from California.  Indiana boasts three signees with Illinois and Michigan adding a pair each.  The Broncos signed one student-athlete each from Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Virginia.  Four Broncos are junior college transfers and three more are early enrollees, including current offensive lineman Terry Davisson’s brother Ben.  There are 12 signess on the defensive side of the ball and 14 on the offense with one special teams signee.
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