Michael Allen WR, 5-10, 175, Los Angeles, Calif.
Junior College: Spent two seasons at East L.A. College ... was named the team’s Freshman of the Year ... earned first-team all-league as a sophomore. Is an early enrollee
Clawson on Allen: "He was a player who a year ago was committed to San Diego State ... because he didn't play this year he fell off the radar for a lot of people, but we feel like we've found a really special player here. He's dynamic, athletic, a guy who I think has a chance to help us early. He's very similar to Eugene Cooper."
J.J. Beggan, OL, 6-4, 290, Pittsburgh, Pa.
High School: Currently attends Seton LaSalle High School ... coached by Greg Perry ...team captain ... helped lead team to a 20-4 record as a junior and senior ... anchored an offensive line that produced a 1,700 yard rusher and an offense that averaged 35.5 points and 325.8 yards of offense per game his senior season ... was named a two-time All-Century conference offensive and defensive lineman ... was named All-State (AA) by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Association as a senior.
Clawson on Beggan: "We've had a lot of live evaluations on him. We think he's physical, he's tough. He's going to be an inside player for us. He's one of those rare guys nowadays who committed to us early and stuck with us the whole way through."
Jacob Bennett, OL, 6-6, 290, Lebanon, Ohio
High School: Currently attends Lebanon High School ... coached by Shawn Lamb ... was named first-team Greater Western Ohio Conference South Division ... earned honorable mention All-Southwest District (Div. I) by the Associated Press.
Clawson on Bennett: "We really believe he's a diamond in the rough. We love his size, love his athleticism. We think he can end up being a 6-6, 6-7, 325 pound offensive lineman before his career here is over."
Coy Brown, LB, 5-11, 215, Wakarusa, Ind.
High School: Is a 2012 graduate of Northwood High School ... coached by Scott Hoover ... team captain ... earned first-team all-state and all-area as a senior ... was named to the first-team All-Indiana Football Coaches Association that same year ... helped lead team to a 4A win in the State Sectionals ... was elected to play in the North/South Indiana All-Star game. Is an early enrollee.
Clawson on Brown: "He is physical and tough. He's a very versatile athlete. We think he has a chance to be an excellent linebacker."
Dalton Chapman, OL, 6-7, 285, Grove City, Ohio
High School: Currently attends Grove City High School ... coached by Matt Jordan ... earned second-team All-OCC and honorable mention All-Central District his senior year at offensive tackle ... as a junior was named to the second-team All-OCC and honorable mention All-Central District as a defensive end ... was name honorable mention at offensive tackle in the All-Central District as a sophomore.
Clawson on Chapman: "He' an excellent student, a tall, leaning, physical athlete who has a ton of growth potential. He fits the mold of what we're looking for along the offensive line."
Jhalil-Nashid Croley, LB, 6-3, 245, Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Currently attends Princeton High School ... coached by Gary Croley ... team captain ... earned second-team All-Ohio, first-team all-conference and first-team all-city as a senior ... was nominated for the Tri-State (Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana) Defensive Player of the Year, finishing with 102 tackles that same season.
Clawson on Croley: "Jordan Hopgood and Dwayne Woods also went to his school. He had some BCS offers early in the process ... he was a guy who broke some of Dwayne Woods' high school records, and I think he's going to be after some of his college records now."
Scott Davis, TE, 6-5, 240, Richmond, Va.
Prep School: Spent one season at Fork Union Military Academy ... coached by John Shuman. High School: Was a 2010 graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School ... coached by John Phillips ... team captain ... earned first-team all-district, All-Metro and All-Region as a defensive end and tight end his senior year ... was team’s offensive MVP. Is an early enrollee.
Clawson on Davis: "He lived six doors down from me when I lived in Richmond ... He is a dual threat tight end. He's big enough to be physical at the point of attack, and athletic enough to be a threat as a pass catcher. We thought that he was just too good to pass up."
Logan Dietz, OL, 6-5, 280, Pittsburgh, Pa.
High School: Currently attends Pittsburgh Central Catholic ... coached by Terry Totten ... team captain ... earned first-team all-conference as a junior and senior ... was third-team 4A all-state as a junior and second-team all-state as a senior.
Clawson on Dietz: "He fits the mold of what we're looking for. He's tall, he's athletic, he moves extremely well. He's another tall, physical player who can become a prototypical lineman for us."
Anthony Farinella, K, 6-3, 180, Woodridge, Ill.
High School: Currently attends Downers Grove South High School ... coached by John Belskis ... team captain and 4.0 student ... was the West Buburban Conference Special Teams Player of the Year ... named to the Tom Lemming All-Chicagoland team as a place kicker ... named a Top-12 kicker by chrissailerkicking.com ... had 46 touchbacks as a senior ... was a state champion in wrestling and a state qualifier in the 800-meters.
Clawson on Farinella: "He was his conference's Special Teams Player of the Year ... Most importantly for us, he had 46 touchbacks this year. He's a good competitor and I think he can help us early."
Erick Hallmon, LB, 6-0, 195, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: Currently attends Cardinal Gibbons High School ... coached by Mike Morrill ... team captain ... four year starter ... earned second-team all-county as a senior ... recorded 65 tackles, one interception and one touchdown that same season ... played in the Broward All-Star Game and the Nike South Florida versus Dade County All-Star Game.
Clawson on Hallmon: "This was a guy where it helped being patient. He was originally committed to Texas Tech. At some point, he opened up his process and we were able to stay involved with him ... We think he can be an outside linebacker, but he might grow into playing an inside position."
Greg Hohenstein, LS, 6-3, 195, Warrenville, Ill.
High School: Currently attends Wheaton-Warrenville High School ... was a two-time state finals long snapper ... played in the 2010 ESPN Rise versus Maine South game as a long snapper ... earned academic all-conference as a senior ... converted on 61 of 62 snaps to the punter and 120 of 120 snaps on field goals and extra points in his career ... ranked 17th nationally and fourth in the midwest according to Rubio Long Snapping.
Clawson on Hohenstein: "He was in our specialists camp and had great times as a long snapper. He was by far the best long snapper in our camp and became our No. 1 target. With [long snapper] Corey Johnson being a senior, we wanted to have the next long snapper on campus."
(David) Kelii Kekuewa “Chief”, OL, 6-3, 300, Keaau, Hawaii
Junior College: Spent two seasons at Arizona Western Junior College ... coached by Tom Minnick ... team captain ... led the Matadors to an 11-1 record, including an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Championship game ... was part of an offensive line that finished the year sixth in rushing offense and was part of an offense that averaged 50.2 points per game ... earned first-team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference, first-team All-Western States Football League and first-team All-National Junior College Athletic Association. Is an early enrollee.
Clawson on Kekuewa: "He's strong, physical. We graduated two of our top three centers, so this was a position where we wanted an older guy, a junior college guy. We thought that he was too good to pass up. He has a chance to help us early."
James Knapke, QB, 6-3, 185, Fort Wayne, Ind.
High School: Currently attends Bishop Luers High School ... coached by Matt Lindsay ... team captain ... was a three-year starter and first quarterback in the state of Indiana to win three state championships ... earned All-State honors as a senior and was a two-time MVP and first-team all-conference member ... owns the school and conference passing records with 5,983 passing yards and 76 touchdown passes.
Clawson on Knapke: "He was our first choice as a quarterback ... He's the only quarterback in the history of the state of Indiana to win three consecutive state championships. He has a very live arm and is athletic."
Izaah Lunsford, DT, 6-3, 265, Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Currently attends Shroder Paideia Academy ... coached by Gerald Warmack ... team captain ... was a three-year starter ... earned all-league honors as a junior and senior ... also lettered in basketball and track ... was named first-team all-league in track ... owns the school record in the shot put.
Clawson on Lunsford: "He was at our traveling camp down at Lakota West, we fell in love with his work ethic and size. I think he's going to be a very good player, has good size potential."
Mike Minns II, DT, 6-0, 300, West Palm Beach, Fla.
High School: Currently attends Dwyer High School ... coached by Jack Daniels ... team captain ... earned first-team all-state and all-county as a senior, his only season as a starter ... that same season he recorded nine sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries ... played in the Nike South Florida versus Dade County All-Star Game.
Clawson on Minns: "We love his size. He's ready made — 300 pounds today. At times on film he is unblockable. He's very compact and plays with leverage. He can change direction. He reminds me a lot of Chris Jones on film."
Josh Pettus, S, 5-10, 200, Detroit, Mich.
Junior College: Was a two-year starter at the College of DuPage ... coached by Gary Thomas ... team captain ... as a sophomore was an All-American Nominee, while earning first-team all-conference and first-team all-region honors ... led his team with five interceptions and was second with 72 tackles that same season ... won his team’s Most Inspirational Award ... team MVP ... helped his team win the Graphic Edge Bowl as a freshman.
Clawson on Pettus: "We thought he is a safety who was too good to pass up. We think he's a guy who can come in and make an immediate impact. He can tackle; he gets guys on the ground. He has excellent ball skills. He turned down a handful of BCS offers to play close to home."
James Sanford, S, 6-2, 190, Xenia, Ohio
High School: Currently attends Xenia High School ... coached by Bob DeLong ... team captain ... earned first-team all-conference honors in his junior and senior season ... was selected to play in the Ohio North/South All-Star game.
Clawson on Sanford: "He's a big-time player, we really like him on film. He can play the high safety for us, but is physical enough to play the low safety too."
Ben Steward, OL, 6-7, 300, Holt, Mich.
High School: Currently attends Holt High School ... coached by Al Slammer ... team captain ... as a senior he was named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team and the Lansing State Journal Dream Team ... earned first-team all-state and first-team All-CAAC Blue recognition ... three year starter that blocked for three 1,000-yard rushers ... was nominated to play in the Michigan High School Coaches Association All-Star Game ... was named to the Mid-Michigan Sports Journal Dream Team.
Clawson on Steward: "He's big and physical, the type of tackle body that we want to recruit. We love how physical and tough he is."
Will Watson, CB, 6-1, 185, Tampa, Fla.
High School: Currently attends Tampa Jefferson High School ... coached by Jeremy Earle ... team captain ... was named the 2011 Returner of the Year in Hillsborough County ... was second-team All-Tampa Bay Area in 2010 ... helped lead his team to the 3A Florida State Championship as a junior.
Clawson on Watson: "He was a very early commit to Iowa State ... We want to get bigger corners, and he has height, length and range. The standard at corner for us was high ... we wanted to take a corner who we felt could come in early and compete and possibly play early. He can do a lot of things for us."
James White, WR, 6-1, 180, Southfield, Mich.
High School: Currently attends Crockett Technical High School ... coached by Rodereck Oden ... team captain ... earned first-team all-state class “B” honors as a senior ... was ranked as the 47th best recruit by Midwest Blue-Chip ... helped lead his team to a 10-2 record and a Public School League Championship (Div. 1) as a senior.
Clawson on White: "He's a very versatile athlete. He's tall and has range, and good ball skills. With what we graduated at receiver, this position was a priority and we're happy to get him."