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2014-02-10 Head coach Brian Fish and ONU Football add 27 new Tigers on signing day
2014 Adam Glanders

Signee Adam Glanders (WR) will join the Tigers starting in the fall of 2014

Head Coach Brian Fish and ONU football add 27 new Tigers on signing day

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM
2014 Rowdy Witt

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.

Gage Buckley, QB, 6’4”, 210,  Lompoc HS, Lompoc, Calif. 

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,  Cathedral HS, Indianapolis, Ind. 

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.  

Zane Burtron, OL, 6’1”, 270,  Westfield HS, Westfield, Ind. 

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.  

Paris Clyburn-Paytes, OL, 6’0”, 270,  Mount Carmel HS, Chicago 

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.  

David Herder, TE/WR, 6’3”, 225,  Randolph HS, Huntsville, Ala.  

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. 

Adam Glanders, WR, 6’2”, 180,  Concord HS, Elkhart, Ind. 

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. 

Nick Krieg, DL, 6’4”, 230,  Westfield HS, Westfield, Ind. 

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 mention all-state. 

Jonah Moore, DL, 6’3”, 225,  Valley 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.  

Gabe Parker, OL, 6’3”, 270,  Minooka 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.  

Wyatt Petty, DL/LB, 6’1”, 205,  Lakeland HS, Lagrange, Ind. 

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. 

Colin Prominski, WR, 6’ 1”, 200,  Ionia HS, Ionia, Mich. 

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.  

Cody Shively, LB, 6’1”, 210,  Mishawaka HS, Mishawaka, Ind. 

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.  

Kevin Stone, ATH, 5’10”, 160,  Saint 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 Antonio. 

Chase 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.  

Sam Trader, ATH, 5’9”, 180,  Wood 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 selections.  

Patrick Ullrich, LB, 5’11”, 215,  Ypsilanti 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 all-state election.  

John “Rowdy” Witt, OL, 6’2”, 285,  Everman HS, 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 class, including:

Erik Anderson, RB, 6’0”, 200,  St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill. 

Ethan Beabout, ATH, 6’1”, 185, Concord HS, Elkhart, Ind. 

Levi Boyer, QB,  6’0”, 195,  Carlisle HS, Carlisle, Ohio 

Dalton Hilligoss, DB, 6’0”, 170, Westerville HS, Westerville, Ill. 

Josh Mugler, DL, 5’10”, 205,  Crystal Lake Central HS, Crystal Lake Ill. 

Lance Pitts, DL, 5’9”, 205,  Mount Carmel HS, Chicago 

Quinton Ranzau, ATH, 6’3”, 175,  Archbold HS, Archbold, Ohio 

Steven Swayer,  ATH, 6’2”, 200,  Willsonville HS, Willsonville, Ore. 

Nathan Wells, OL, 5’11”, 254,  Aurora Christian HS, Aurora, Ill. 

Travis “TJ” Wilson, LB, 5’11”, 200,  Avon HS, Avon, Ind.