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July 13 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College football program has announced that 85 newcomers have committed to the school and will report for camp August 11th along with 73 returning players to begin preparation for the 2012 season.

The new class is a diverse group both in terms of geography and position. On the field, the Bison will welcome large new groups at the skill positions and along both lines. A total of 29 new linemen will join the program, including 16 along the defensive front. The defensive side of the ball could also get a boost from the 13 defensive backs and 11 linebackers who have committed to Bethany.

On the offensive side, 10 linemen headline the newcomers, along with eight wide receivers, seven running backs and five quarterbacks.

A total of 12 states are represented by the incoming Bethany football recruits. The Bison hit the neighboring states the hardest, including Pennsylvania (29), Ohio (20), Maryland (15) and West Virginia (10). But the Bethany recruiting net also spanned down south, with new players coming from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as to the midwest with recruits from Indiana.

“Our staff is very excited to add this class to a talented group of veterans for the 2012 season,” said Bethany head coach Tim Weaver. “There is a great deal of talent at both the skill positions and on both lines. We may add a few more athletes in the next couple of weeks, but this is a great group of young men from strong families. We feel like this class will be a great help in our continuing climb towards a championship at Bethany.

“A class this big and diverse is a tremendous accomplishment for our coaching staff and our enrollment staff, and it speaks volumes about the attractiveness of Bethany education and being a student-athlete at Bethany at this exciting time in our great institution’s history,” said Weaver.

Bethany’s season opens up Sept. 1 when the Bison host Centre (Ky.) College and the PAC slate begins Sept. 22 with a road game at Grove City.


First Last Pos. High School St. Ht/Wt
Mike Adams DB Bel Air MD 5-10/150
Tyler Adams OL/DL Washington PA 5-10/270
Dan Ammer DE Keystone Oaks PA 6-1/205
Jordan Autrey RB GlenOak OH 5-7/150
Zac Baker TE Upper Arlington OH 6-2/215
Shawn Ball QB Malvern OH 6-1/215
Dom Barca LB Baldwin PA 5-11/200
Ethan Barnes DE  Weir WV 6-4/220
Lou Becze C Beaver Falls OH 5-9/230
Terrance Bennett DB East Coweta GA 6-0/178
Eric Blinn DB Western Beaver PA 6-0/185
Matt Brower WR/DB Washington PA 5-9/180
Khari Brown DT Miami Norland FL 5-11/275
Keith Brown OL Lake OH 5-11/265
Trace Butler DB Harrison Central OH 5-6/150
Eric Campbell DE Hurricane WV 6-1/240
Cole Cardi OL Sheridan OH 6-7/245
Zac Celedonia WR North Allegheny PA 5-10/175
Larry Chambers DL Flint Hill VA 6-0/311
John C. Christy OL Irmo High School SC 6-5/315
Ricky Clark DB Garner High NC 6-1/180
LJ Cox CB Niles McKinley OH 5-8/165
Jeremiah Crouthers WR Whitehall OH 6-3/175
Jarrod Daugherty RB Lake OH 5-9/175
Jay Delgado DB Bel Air MD 5-10/170
Bryant Demby DB Old Mill MD 5-9/160
Nick DiLeo DT Jefferson IN 5-9/285
Neil Patrick Drennan DT Linsly WV 5-11/250
Ryan Epps DL Abington PA 6-0/220
Justin Evans K Niles McKinley OH 6-1/200
Aaron Frye DB Kiski PA 6-1/195
Trey Goode DB/WR Joppatown MD 5-10/170
Evan  Hamilton FB Morgantown WV 5-8/220
Tyler Hart DL Gateway PA 6-2/280
Reggie Henderson TE/DE Jefferson IN 6-2/200
Terrance Highsmith WR Kannapolis NC 6-2/180
Gabe Hill RB Linsly WV 5-11/185
Mark Hiner OL Brookfield OH 5-10/260
Derrick Jackson RB Cornell PA 5-9/200
Domonic Jefferson WR Gaithersburg MD 5-7/160
Cody Jenkins DB/WR Preston WV 5-6/150
Mike Johnson LB Brookfield OH 6-0/230
Jeremy Joyce WR Baldwin PA 5-10/175
Adam Kemmler LB Brentwood PA 5-9/185
Cory Kotopka LB St. Clairsville OH 6-2/200
Montez Lee DE  Frederick Douglass MD 6-1/215
Dewaylan Letlow DB Campbell Memorial OH 6-3/185
Darius Lighty DB West Mifflin PA 5-9/155
Nick Lopez DB Martinsburg/Shepherd WV 5-11/190
Aaron Manning DL Parkdale MD 5-10/210
Nico Martinelli OL Geibel Catholic PA 6-3/320
Devon McClain LB Old Mill MD 6-2/215
Mylic McCurdy LB McKeesport PA 5-11/190
Chris Meacham WR/DB Ellet OH 6-3/180
Hershel Merritt OL Coral Glades FL 6-3/250
Kyle Minger WR/DB Edison OH 5-11/190
Dominique Northcutt LB West Mifflin PA 6-0/200
Rodney Payne OL/DL Cornell PA 6-2/240
Angelo Powell Jr. WR Canton McKinley OH 5-10/170
Kyle Pytlak QB Linsly/WVU WV 6-1/200
Nadim Raddar DL Old Mill MD 6-0/240
Lincon Reyes QB Gaithersburg MD 6-0/185
Jake Riddel QB Laurel Highlands PA 6-1/180
Matt Ruthke LB Perry Hall MD 5-11/185
Dan Seaman OL Beaver Falls PA 6-5/350
Deonte Shields QB Old Mill MD 5-10/170
Connor Shipley RB Hedgesville WV 5-11/190
Michael Sloan DT Keystone Oaks PA 6-1/240
Preston Snowden   Jeannette PA  
Dylan Stewart LB Penn Trafford PA 6-0/210
Donte Thomas DT Clairton PA 6-2/270
Anthony Thompson DB Linsly WV 5-11/185 
Mason Tortorice DE Elizabeth Forward  PA 6-1/215
Umar Tunkara DE Gaithersburg MD 6-4/205
Corey Vandergrift RB Moody AL 6-1/220
Alex Verikas OL Carlynton PA 6-3/270
Tyler Vincent LB Baldwin PA 5-11/195
Domonic Wallace-Crowdy WR Old Mill MD 6-2/180
Tim Walters OL/DL Shaler Area High PA 5-11/245
Ian  Wells OL Barnesville OH 6-3/310
Christian Wildey LB Hillsboro OH 6-0/185
Larenzo Williams RB/DB Smyrna High TN 5-10/175
Adrian Willis WR Frederick Douglass MD 5-9/175
Cole Zelkovic OL Cornell PA 6-0/250
Zach Zofcin K Carlynton PA