Rowdy Witt is one of the newest additions to the Tigers' offensive line for 2014
Tiger football made a big haul on National Signing
Day, garnering 27 commitments. ONU football has already begun to solidify its
freshman class of 2014. Many recruits have already pledged to play their
collegiate career in Bourbonnais. A complete list of the players is below.
Buckley, QB, 6’4”, 210,
Buckley is a dynamic and diverse option at the
quarterback position. He has shown the propensity to hurt opponents with his
legs as well as his arm. In his senior season, he quarterbacked an
impressive Lompoc High School squad, leading them to an overall record of 11-2
with an eventual finish in the state semifinal game. He finished with 17
total TDs on the season (10 passing, seven rushing).
Raja Burt, DL, 6’1”, 220,
In 2012, Burt turned in a stellar junior year. The
standout defensive lineman finished the year with 77 total tackles, nine
tackles for loss and one forced fumble. His efforts also earned him the
distinction of being named the MVP of the Warren Central Gridiron Classic. He sat out most of 2013 with a knee injury, but looks to return to the field
strong this year. He brings a winning pedigree with him to Olivet. In each of
his four years at Cathedral High School, the football team was able to attain
the title of state champions.
Burtron, OL, 6’1”, 270,
Burtron is no stranger to success. Whether it is team
or individual, he’s had a lot of it. He was an integral part in leading a
Westfield team to the IHSAA 5A State championship game. His team finished with
an overall record of 12-2. He ended the season by being named first team
all-county, all-conference and all-state.
Clyburn-Paytes, OL, 6’0”, 270,
In 2013, Clyburn-Paytes wrapped up a very successful high school career. He earned two varsity letters playing for one of the most
successful programs in Illinois. During his time playing varsity football, the
team held a record of 26-2. The team also completed back-to-back seasons as
Illinois State Champions — winning the IHSA 8A championship in 2012 and the 7A
championship in 2013.
Herder, TE/WR, 6’3”, 225,
Herder was a team captain as a senior, and that
leadership is something that Olivet will value highly. He also brings
experience, winning three varsity letters. Throughout his career, he had four touchdowns and 571 receiving yards on 32 receptions. He is a versatile athlete
who also received five other varsity letters throughout his high school career — three basketball and two baseball.
Glanders, WR, 6’2”, 180,
A dynamic play-making receiver, Glanders looks to make
a mark at Olivet similar to what he did at Concord. The standout receiver
garnered many awards in his high school career. He was the leading
receiver on back-to-back minutemen teams that finished in the state semifinals.
Their record over that two-year period was 21- 6. During those seasons,
he reeled in 85 catches for 1,351 yards. His efforts earned him an
all-conference selection, all-area selection and back-to-back honorable
mention all-state selections.
DL, 6’4”, 230,
Krieg is a versatile athlete who played both offense
and defense. He had a breakout campaign in 2013 when he finished with 60
tackles, 6 sacks and 14 tackles for loss, as well as two forced fumbles and two fumble
recoveries. During this season, his Westfield team finished with a record of
12-2, reaching the state title game. Throughout the course of his high school
career, he received three varsity letters, and was named all-county and honorable
DL, 6’3”, 225,
Christian HS, San Jose, Calif.
A versatile athlete, Moore was awarded first team all-league honors on both sides of the
ball, tight end and defensive end. He was also voted the Valley Christian
team MVP by the coaching staff. His combined stats for both his junior and senior seasons are: 14.5
sacks, 35 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, 153 tackles (87
solo), 14 pancakes and one receiving touchdown. He also competes in varsity basketball for Valley Christian.
OL, 6’3”, 270,
Community HS, Minooka, Ill.
Parker flourished during his high school career, both on the
field and in the classroom. He served as an anchor on the offensive line for two
years as a varsity starter. He showed versatility by lining up at guard as
well as tackle. During his time in high school, he was twice named as a scholar
athlete, and was awarded the Coaches Award for the most
improved offensive player.
DL/LB, 6’1”, 205,
An athletic and accomplished athlete, Petty
spent his senior season splitting time on the defensive line and at tight end.
He reeled in 16 catches for 370 yards and three touchdowns. On the defensive side, he accounted for 50 solo tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and one fumble
recovery. His efforts earned him
all-conference and all-area selections. He is also a three-year letter
winner in track and field.
Prominski, WR, 6’ 1”, 200,
Prominski is a versatile athlete who looks to bring
big play ability with him to Olivet. The receiver capped off a stellar career
by being named honorable mention all-state, and being named to the Lansing
State Journal’s “Dream Team”. He also plays varsity baseball.
Shively, LB, 6’1”, 210,
Shively turned in a very productive high school career
in Indiana. His accolades began early with his earning the first of his three all-conference
selections as a sophomore. During his junior season, he built off his ear success and led the state of Indiana in tackles. Following the season,
he not only received a second consecutive all-conference selection, but he
was also named to the honorable mention all-state team. As a senior, he garnered another all conference and all-state selection, along with being
named the team’s Defensive MVP.
ATH, 5’10”, 160,
Anthony HS, San Antonio, Texas
An electric receiver and return man, Stone followed a
successful junior season that saw him rack up 364 yards on just 18 catches with an
impressive senior season. He turned in a senior year of 12 touchdowns and 916
receiving yards on 43 receptions. For his efforts, he received the distinctions
of being named first team all-district, and also bringing in a third team all-state
selection. He also excels in the return game. During two seasons, he averaged more than 20 yards per return on both kickoffs and punts. He not only
brings talent, but also leadership experience to Olivet. He also
spent the past two seasons as a team captain for the Yellow Jackets in San
Swinford, TE/DE, 6’3”, 230,
Bismarck-Henning HS, Bismarck, Ill.
Swinford made an impact for his high school in many
different categories. He was an unquestioned leader on his team being named a
team captain during his senior season. That team went on to finish with a 9-1
overall record losing in the state playoffs. Swinford finished the season with
impressive numbers: 55 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and 16
hurries. He also added two touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball.
ATH, 5’9”, 180,
Memorial HS, Oakland City, Ind.
A versatile athlete, Trader played many different
positions throughout his career at Wood Memorial, and he had success with all
of them. He played four years of varsity football and finished his career
with 3,154 rushing yards, 37 total touchdowns and an average of 5.5 yards per
carry. On defense, he racked up 300 career tackles, along with eight career
interceptions. For his efforts, he received four all-state selections — twice as
a running back, once as a linebacker and another as a defensive back. He was
voted team MVP three times, and received three all-conference and all-county
Ullrich, LB, 5’11”, 215,
HS, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Ulrich brings a wealth of experience to Olivet; he is a four-year
varsity starter and a three-year team captain. He completed three
consecutive seasons of more than 100 tackles. He ended a great senior season
that saw him accumulate 110 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two
recovered fumbles and one interception. Throughout his career, he received three
all-county selections, first team all-conference and honorable mention
“Rowdy” Witt, OL, 6’2”, 285,
Fort Worth, Texas
Witt brings three years of experience as a varsity
starter to the offensive line corps at Olivet. During the 2012 season, he was
named to the honorable mention all-district team. He followed that up by
being unanimously selected as the all-district center during the 2013 season.
During his senior year, he was voted as the team MVP for offensive line.
A host of other commits will also join ONU's 2014
RB, 6’0”, 200,
East HS, St. Charles, Ill.
Beabout, ATH, 6’1”, 185, Concord HS,
Levi Boyer, QB,
DB, 6’0”, 170, Westerville
HS, Westerville, Ill.
Josh Mugler, DL, 5’10”, 205,
Crystal Lake Central HS, Crystal Lake Ill.
DL, 5’9”, 205,
Ranzau, ATH, 6’3”, 175,
Swayer, ATH, 6’2”, 200,
HS, Willsonville, Ore.
Wells, OL, 5’11”, 254,
Aurora Christian HS, Aurora, Ill.
Wilson, LB, 5’11”, 200,