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Northwest Adds 26 Football Players

Half of the Bearcats' signees come from Missouri.
Courtesy Marshall Fey, Northwest Missouri State Athletics

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Northwest Missouri State head football coach Adam Dorrel announced the addition of 26 student-athletes to the 2014 Bearcat football roster on Wednesday.

Twenty six individuals signed National Letters of Intent and two have accepted letters of admission to Northwest. The list includes 13 players from the state of Missouri, four from Nebraska, four from Florida, three from Illinois and two from Iowa.

“The strength of this year’s recruiting class is that it truly compliments our current roster,” Dorrel said. “Everyone we have signed today has bought into the fact that they will all play a major role in our future success. I’m very excited to have this group of student-athletes join our family this fall.”

The Bearcats won the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship, the fourth title in program history (1998, 1999, 2009). Dorrel, who completed his third season at the helm, was named the AFCA National Coach of the Year.

“A lot of thanks has to go to our coaching staff,” Dorrel explained. “I’ve charged them with the task of not only finding good football players but good all around individuals. It takes a tremendous amount of time to put together a recruiting class but we really compound that by asking our staff to really dial it up another level.”

The 2013 Bearcat football team not only found success on the field but also in the classroom. Eleven student-athletes hit a perfect 4.0 GPA and 78 members of the team had 3.0 GPAs or higher. The overall GPA of the team was a 2.91. This year’s recruiting class averaged a 21 on the ACT, had a combined GPA of 3.0 and 21 members of the class qualified for academic scholarships.

“We make no secret that our expectations for academics are extremely high for our players,” said Dorrel. “That is a big area that we focus on during recruiting. When we find a student-athlete that commits to academics, we have the resources here on campus to really help them succeed.

“One of our biggest advantages is the Talent Development Center (TDC) on campus. Dr. Alisha Francis, Ashley Pregeant and Kirk Skoglund and their staff deserve a lot of credit for the work they do not only with our student-athletes but for the entire campus. Our success rates speak for themselves. When we explain how we are going to help our student-athletes reach their academic goals and can walk them through case by case of how we are able to do that, it makes our jobs a lot easier.”

Dorrel pointed out the help that the football staff receives from the admissions office at Northwest every year cannot be understated.

“Sometimes for incoming students, especially student-athletes, making sure that everything is in order to attend college can be overwhelming,” Dorrel said. “Tamera Grow and the rest of the staff in admissions do such a great job in making sure all information is in a clear, easy to understand format so when parents have questions, we have answers right away.”

Dorrel also wanted to emphasize the importance of the support staff in athletics for not just the football team but for all the Northwest student-athletes.

“Having our compliance director Lori Hopkins available to us during the recruiting process is a great help,” Dorrel explained. “With Kelly Quinlin being able to explain our medical personnel and how we will take care of our student athletes along with Joe Quinlin walking them through our strength and conditioning programs, that combination really helps set us apart.”

The Bearcats will release details on spring practice and the 2014 Spring Game at a later date.

Ben AlthoffLB6-1210Palmyra, Mo. (Palmyra HS)
Shawn Bane Jr.WR5-11165Sarasota, Fla. (Sarasota HS)
Connor BesancenezOL6-4275St. Louis, Mo. (Mehlville HS)
Emmai BrownLB6-0186University City, Mo. (University City HS)
Jacob ChappleTE6-5212O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon Township HS)
Austen EskewTE6-4220Lawson, Mo. (Lawson HS)
Zach FlottOL6-5295Ralston, Neb. (Ralston HS)
Kenneth HarrellDE6-3205St. Louis, Mo. (Vashon HS)
Mikey HensonWR6-2190Blue Valley, Kan. (Blue Valley HS)
Najeem HoseinDB6-1175Orlando, Fla. (Oak Ridge HS)
Devin HoustonLB6-2216Liberty, Mo. (Liberty HS)
Emanuel JonesRB5-11200Mundelein, Ill. (Mundelein HS)
Trey KotheOL6-7260Macon, Mo. (Macon Senior HS)
Cody MasseyWR6-3175St. Joseph, Mo. (Lafayette HS)
Jackson MorrisonOL6-3298Maryville, Mo. (Maryville HS)
Brent MorrowDL6-2282St. Louis, Mo. (Ladue Horton Watkins HS)
Trent NallyDB6-3190Maryville, Mo. (Maryville HS)
Ben NorgaardOL6-4320Carroll, Iowa (Carroll HS)
Kory PoelkerDL6-3240O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon Township HS)
Hunter RamirezWR6-2205Grain Valley, Mo. (Grain Valley HS)
Ernest ScottDB6-0180Orlando, Fla. (Oak Ridge HS)
Mike SehlDL6-3220Iowa City, Iowa (Regina HS)
Marcus Stewart Jr.DL6-2240Maryland Heights, Mo. (Pattonville Senior HS)
Noah VossWR6-3195Fremont, Neb. (Fremont Senior HS)
Chase WhiteRB6-0195Maize, Kan. (Maize HS)
Alex WickertOL6-3270Ralston, Neb. (Ralston HS)
Quinza WitcherDB5-10180Neptune Beach, Fla. (Duncan U. Fletcher HS)
Tom YoungOL6-3290Omaha, Neb. (Westside HS)

2014 Recruiting Class (Alphabetical)

Ben AlthoffLB6-1210Palmyra, Mo. (Palmyra HS)
•Althoff earned all-state honors as a junior … was an all-conference performer … first-team all-district … second-team all-area … led Palmyra to the district championship game past two seasons … team advanced to the quarterfinals in 2013 … coached by Kevin Miles … parents are Joe and Brenda Althoff.

Shawn Bane Jr.WR5-11165Sarasota, Fla. (Sarasota HS)
•Bane Jr. was a two-time all-state performer at Sarasota High School … named to the all-area team as a junior and again as a senior … caught 49 passes for 890 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 after catching 57 passes for 1,129 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012 … played in the Blue/Grey National All-Star game … voted team captain and team MVP as a senior … named to the honor roll … voted team offensive MVP as a junior … coached by Ed Volz … parents are Gretta Saunders and Shawn Bane Sr.

Connor BesancenezOL6-4275St. Louis, Mo. (Mehlville HS)
•Besancenez was a first-team All-Suburban West Conference performer … voted Offensive Lineman of the Year … coached by Kent Heinemann … parents are Todd and Kim Besancenez.

Emmai BrownLB6-0186University City, Mo. (University City HS)
•Brown was a team captain for University City High School … coached by Carl Reed … mother is Tiffany Brown.

Jacob ChappleTE6-5212O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon Township HS)
•Chapple was coached by Brandon Joggerst at O’Fallon Township High School … parents are Trevelle Chapple and Melody BoJang.

Austen EskewTE6-4220Lawson, Mo. (Lawson HS)
•Eskew was a first-team all-state, first-team all-district and a first-team all-district performer as a senior … earned all-conference and all-district honors as a defensive end as a junior … holds school record for reception yards in a season (790) and single game reception yards (103) … also an accomplished wrestler … three-time conference champion at three different weight classes .. 2013 state champion at 195 lbs. … 2013 District Wrestler of the Year … holds school records for pins in a season (40), wins in a season (50) and career wins (150+) … coached by Todd Dunn … mother is Brandy Eskew.

Zach FlottOL6-5295Ralston, Neb. (Ralston HS)
•Flott lettered all four seasons at Ralston High School … named All-State Class B as a senior … earned all-metro honors … named Super-State and All-Nebraska on offense as a senior … lettered three years in basketball and track … earned academic honor roll … coached by Tyler Zahn … parents are Eric and Christy Flott.

Kenneth HarrellDE6-3205St. Louis, Mo. (Vashon HS)
•Harrel was a first-team all-conference performer as a senior … invited to the Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star game … second-team all-conference performer as a junior … named honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore … coached by Reginald Ferguson … mother is Glenda Williams.

Mikey HensonWR6-2190Blue Valley, Kan. (Blue Valley HS)
•Henson was a first-team All-EKL performer and earned all-state honorable mention accolades as a senior, leading the Tigers to a Kansas state championship … second-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state as a junior … led team in receiving as a junior and as a senior … lettered in basketball and track … qualified for state track in the high jump, long jump and triple jump … coached by Eric Driskell … parents are Mike and Faye Henson.

Najeem HoseinDB6-1175Orlando, Fla. (Oak Ridge HS)
•Hosein was a team captain and a three-year starter at Oak Ridge High School … named first-team all-metro as a senior … named All-Osceola County as a junior … coached by Elijah Williams … parents are Latiff and Derika Hosein.

Devin HoustonLB6-2216Liberty, Mo. (Liberty HS)
•Houston was a first-team all-conference performer at Liberty High School … earned second-team all-state honors … was the co-defensive player of the year … coached by Chad Frigon … parents are Toni and Fieldon Houston.

Emanuel JonesRB5-11200Mundelein, Ill. (Mundelein HS)
•Jones was named Chicago Area MVP by the Daily Herald … was an all-state honorable mention … coached by George Kaider … parents are Vince and Dietra Jones.

Trey KotheOL6-7260Macon, Mo. (Macon Senior HS)
•Kothe was a three-sport athlete at Macon Senior High School … first-team all-conference, first-team all-district performer as a senior … earned second-team all-district honors as a junior … was an all-conference center in 2012 … named all-district in 2012 in the shot put … earned all-conference honors in the discus in 2013 and was a state qualifier … coached by Pete Claas … parents are Paul and Marcia Kothe.

Cody MasseyWR6-3175St. Joseph, Mo. (Lafayette HS)
•Massey was a two-year all-city performer at Lafayette High School … named all-conference and all-district … coached by Paul Woolard … parents are Mike and Tracy Massey.

Jackson MorrisonOL6-3298Maryville, Mo. (Maryville HS)
•Morrison led Maryville High School to two consecutive state championships … three-time all-state honoree … three-time all-conference on offense and two-time all-conference on defense … earned honors twice from the St. Joseph News Press … three-time all-district performer … coached by Matt Webb … parents are Kirby and Angela Morrison.

Brent MorrowDL6-2282St. Louis, Mo. (Ladue Horton Watkins HS)
•Morrow was a first-team all-state performer as a senior after earning second-team honors as a junior and third-team honors as a sophomore … three-time all-conference performer … named conference lineman of the year three times … named first-team all-metro after earning second-team honors during junior and sophomore seasons … named team captain and team MVP as a senior … named in Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report 2013 … participant in the NFL sponsored Team USA in Arlington, Texas (Feb. 7, 2014) … named to the Detetrious Johnson All-America team as a junior … coached by Mike Tarpey … parents are Larisa Hairston and Jesse Morrow.

Trent NallyDB6-3190Maryville, Mo. (Maryville HS)
•Nally led Maryville High School to two consecutive state championships … Class three Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … first-team all-state and first-team all-conference as a junior and as a senior … earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore … coached by Matt Webb … parents are Chris and Amy Nally.

Ben NorgaardOL6-4320Carroll, Iowa (Carroll HS)
•Norgaard was a first-team all-state, first-team all-district and first-team All-Western Iowa as a senior … named team captain … earned second-team All-Western Iowa and honorable mention all-district honors … coached by Dennis McCartan … parents are Jay and Sue Norgaard.

Kory PoelkerDL6-3240O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon Township HS)
•Poelker was a second-team all-conference performer at O’Fallon Township High School … named all-area honorable mention … coached by Brandon Joggerst … parents are Randy and Kelly Poelker.

Hunter RamirezWR6-2205Grain Valley, Mo. (Grain Valley HS)
•Ramirez was a first-team all-conference performer as a wide receiver and as a punter during his junior and senior seasons … named first-team all-district as a wide receiver and punter as a junior … first-team all-district and third-team all-state as a senior … won the Erick Roe (Top WR) Elite 81 award … named team MVP … Otis Taylor Award semifinalist (best KC area wide receiver) … two-time KMZU Dream Team … coached by Jimmy Tucker … parents are Ray and Stacie Ramirez.

Ernest ScottDB6-0180Orlando, Fla. (Oak Ridge HS)
•Scott earned honorable mentions from the Orlando Sentinel Super 60 … was the MVP of the Bright House Sports televised game … also a standout in track, earning the Early Trawick Newcomer award … coached by Elijah Williams … parents are Ernest and Brenda Scott.

Mike SehlDL6-3220Iowa City, Iowa (Regina HS)
•Sehl was a first-team all-state and a first-team all-district performer at Regina High School … earned second-team all-state honors from the Des Moines Register … coached by Marv Cook … parents are George and Kara Sehl.

Marcus Stewart Jr.DL6-2240Maryland Heights, Mo. (Pattonville Senior HS)
•Stewart was a second-team all-state performer for Pattonville Senior High School … earned first-team all-conference and first-team all-district honors … coached by Steve Smith … parents are Marcus and Betty Stewart.

Noah VossWR6-3195Fremont, Neb. (Fremont Senior HS)
•Voss was an all-conference performer at Fremont Senior High School … named honorable mention all-state from the Omaha World Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Fremont Tribune … team captain as a senior … led team in receiving yards as a junior and as a senior … coached by Seth McClain … parents are Mark and Shawna Voss.

Chase WhiteRB6-0195Maize, Kan. (Maize HS)
•White was named all-state Kansas 6A as a senior … first-team all-league … earned all-metro honors … coached by Gary Guzman … parents are Kenny White and Lisa Hanson.

Alex WickertOL6-3270Ralston, Neb. (Ralston HS)
•Wickert was a Class B All-state performer on the offensive and defensive lines as a senior … named to the honor roll all four years … coached by Tyler Zahn … parents are Robert and Molly Wickert.

Quinza WitcherDB5-10180Neptune Beach, Fla. (Duncan U. Fletcher HS)
•Witcher was named an impact player at Duncan U. Fletcher High School … earned player of the week honors as a senior … coached by Josh Corey … mother is Nisa’a Knight.

Tom YoungOL6-3290Omaha, Neb. (Westside HS)
•Young was an all-state performer at Westside High School … named Super State as a senior … earned first-team all-metro, all-conference and all-district honors … coached by Brett Froendt … parents are Harold and Beth Young.
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