It wasNational Letter of Intent day for Truman State Football.
The 2014 signing class is comprised of more than 20 players from Missouri, Illinois, Texas and Iowa. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tyler Baker (6-2; 230 lbs)Liberty HS/Liberty, Mo.Tackle Baker's Bluejays posted a 7-4 record in Missouri Class 6 as a senior and he was an all-conference and all-district performerâ?|a three-time Academic All-State selection. Keenan Borders (6-1; 190 lbs)Parkway South HS/St. Louis, Mo.Defensive Back (Highlight Video) Borders notched all-conference defensive back honors following his senior season in which he recorded 77 tackles and one interception for the Parkway South Patriotsâ?|added 21 catches for 252 yards and two scores offensivelyâ?|a three-year varsity starter in football and a two-year starter heading into track season. Jordan Brown (5-9; 175 lbs)Kirkwood HS/St. Louis, Mo.Defensive Back (Highlight Video) Brown was a member of the Pioneers' 2012 Missouri State championship team and played on both sides of the ball his senior season as Kirkwood posted a 9-2 overall recordâ?|had 23 rushes for 82 yards and three scores and three receptions for 19 yards and a touchdownâ?|defensively, had 30 tackles with four for loss and two fumble recoveriesâ?|a two-time all-conference selection and earned all-district accolades following senior seasonâ?|a two-year starter and three-year letterwinner on the Pioneers' basketball team. Landon Carney (6-5; 290 lbs)Pleasant Valley HS/Bettendorf, IowaOffensive Line (Highlight Video) Carney was named a first-team elite All-State his senior season while helping the Spartans to an 11-1 record in Iowa Class 4 before bowing out of the playoffs to Bettendorf in the quarterfinalsâ?|named second team all-state following junior season and was twice a first team all-conference academic memberâ?|also earned all-conference honors as a wrestler and an accomplished swimmerâ?|brother Logan is also a member of the Bulldog football team. Arber Emroski (6-1; 195 lbs)Maroa-Forsyth HS/Maroa, Ill.Defensive Back Emroski was a first team all-conference and all-county during his senior season in which his Trojans finished 12-1 falling in the IHSA Class 1 state championship gameâ?|and as a junior earned all-county honorable mention as his team won the state titleâ?|a member of the National Honor Society and holds office on the Student Council. Tanner Hageman (6-4; 295 lbs)Rockwood Summit HS/Fenton, Mo.Offensive Line (Highlight Video) Hageman earned Missouri Football Coaches Association Class 5 All-State honors and was a first-team all-Suburban South winner as an anchor on the offensive lineâ?|played for Bulldog alum Mike Bellers (1985-87)â?|a three year letterwinner in basketball and a two year letterwinner for trackâ?|named Academic All-State and a National Honor Society member. Riley Hammel (5-11; 200 lbs)Fairfield HS/Fairfield, IowaLong Snapper (Highlight Video) Hammel was a two-year starter and three-year letterwinner for the Mules that finished 8-2 last season in Iowa's Class 2â?|named team captain and was the Special Teams Player of the Yearâ?|earned all-district Academic teamâ?|has competed in swimming and trackâ?|member of the National Honor Society. JD Hurd II (5-10; 170 lbs)Oak Ridge HS/Spring, TexasDefensive Back (Highlight Video) Hurd was a four-year letterwinners for the War Eagles with the team finishing 7-4 in Class 5A his senior seasonâ?|was named District 14 honorable mentionâ?|earned defensive back MVP honors at the Next Level Athlete South Houston Camp sponsored by Fox Sports Southwestâ?|on the track, was named the most outstanding runner in 2013 and broke school records in the 110 meter hurdlesâ?|was an AAU Junior Olympic Qualifier in the 400m hurdles at 56.47â?|named an Oak Ridge High School Academic Letterman. Charest Inman (6-3; 325 lbs)Medina Valley HS/Castroville, TexasOffensive Lineman (Highlight Video) Inman was a unanimous first-team Class 4A District 29 selection for the Panthers after finishing the season 6-5â?|as a powerlifter, was a two-time regional qualifier and broke the school bench press record with a lift of 460 poundsâ?|was an area qualifier in both the Shot Put and Discus. Kevin Jensen II (6-0; 208 lbs)Joliet Catholic Academy/Millington, Ill.Linebacker (Highlight Video) Jensen was an all-East Suburban conference honoree his senior season and all-area pick in both his junior and senior campaignsâ?|member of the Hilltoppers team that went 10-2 in Illinois Class 5 before bowing out in the state quarterfinals 22-21â?|competes in wrestling, track, swimming and basketballâ?|nominated for National Honor Society. Taylor Kliethermes (Klee-ther-mess) (6-3; 235 lbs)Hallsville/Hallsville, Mo.Defensive End (Highlight Video) Kliethermes twice was named all-district and all-conference for the Indians after helping the Hallsville team to a 6-4 record in Missouri Class 2 as a seniorâ?|was an Academic All-State honoreeâ?|earned all-conference and all-district accolades as a member of the track team. D'Anthony Knight (6-0; 185 lbs)Edwardsville HS/Edwardsville, Ill.Defensive Back (Highlight Video) Knight's Tigers finished the season 12-1, falling in the Illinois Class 7 semifinals to eventual champion Mount Carmelâ?|.was third on the team in scoring with nine touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversionsâ?|had 53 rushes for 256 yards and four catches for 24â?|had 49 total tackles, including five for loss and four interceptionsâ?|named first team all-Southwestern Conference while helping the team to the league titleâ?|was a first team all-conference track athlete. Justin Mikeworth (5-11; 230 lbs)Maroa-Forsyth HS/Decatur, Ill.Linebacker Mikeworth set the school record for tackles with a loss with 45 as he had 26 as a senior and 146 total tackles leading the Trojan defense to two Illinois Class 1 title gamesâ?|the Trojans won the title in 2012 but were defeated in 2013 to finish 12-1â?|was a three-time all-county first team selectionâ?|a two-time all-state pick, with first team honors as a senior and two-time team defensive most valuable playerâ?|broke school mark in the bench press at 400 poundsâ?|was also named a first team all-conference kickerâ?|two time academic all-state, senior class president, National Honor Society member and vice-president of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD). Ian Neithercut (5-9; 180 lbs)Frisco Centennial HS/Frisco, TexasDefensive Back (Highlight Video) Neithercut earned first-team Class 4A District 9 honors as a corner back, making 71 tackles with one interception and four pass break-upsâ?|was an all-district and all-county player both sophomore and junior seasons and named a Player of the Week by the Dallas Morning Newsâ?|Titans won the District 9 championship with a 9-3 record while allowing just 134.7 yards per game with nine interceptions and 36 team sacks...a two-time academic all-district selection. Mitch Nichols (5-11; 180 lbs)Hannibal HS/Hannibal High SchoolRunning Back (Highlight Video) Nichols earned Missouri Football Coaches and Missouri Sportswriters and Broadcasters all-state honors as a running back as well as NCMC all-conference accolades and all-district mentionsâ?|posted the fourth highest single-game rushing yards in school history with 365 yards while finishing his Pirate career with 2,946 rushing, 400 receiving and 40 career touchdownsâ?|broke another school record with a 95 yard kickoff return and had eight PATs in a gameâ?|won the 2012 Pirate of the Year Awardâ?|basketball and track athleteâ?|winning a track conference championship in the 4x100 and all-district in the same event as a juniorâ?|member of the National Honor Society and was a KHQA Student-Athlete of the Week. Blake Riley (5-9; 180 lbs)Kirksville HS/Kirksville, Mo.Athlete (Highlight Video) Riley earned first team all-conference defensive back and second team all-NCMC accolades as a running back while also being named to the All-District team in both positionsâ?|broke school record for most points in a game with 30 and was the JAMCO and KRES Player of the Weekâ?|earned second team all-conference and all-district as a junior for a defensive back and was the team defensive MVP as a sophomore for the Tigersâ?|member of the track team that claimed the 2013 District championships and was all-conference and all-district in the 4x200â?|member of the Kirksville High School Honor Roll. Jon Scheeler (6-2; 225 lbs)Dunlap HS/Dunlap, Ill.Defensive End Scheeler was a two-year starter for the Dunlap Eagles and was twice named to the Mid-Illini all-conference teamâ?|was the Peoria Journal-Star area large school sacks leader with 12 his senior season and 21 tackles for lossâ?|a 2013 team captain and all-Peoria area honorable mention choice. Jacob Sherrill (6-0; 190 lbs)Burleson Centennial HS/Burleson, TexasLinebacker (Highlight Video) Sherrill served as a defensive captain for the Spartans from 2011-2013 and was an all-county selection as a juniorâ?|recorded the most tackles in a game for the team with 18â?|on the track team, was a regional qualifier and district champion on the 4x400 relay team in 2012â?|an all-state Academic team honoree and nominated for the National Honor Society. Nicholas Verbeck (6-3; 285 lbs)Geneseo HS/Geneseo, Ill.Offensive Line (Highlight Video) Verbeck was a part of the Maple Leafs run to the Northern Illinois Big 12 championship and a trip to the Illinois Class 4 title game as a seniorâ?|earned all-state honorable mention honors as well as NIB12 West Defensive player of the year and all-league accoladesâ?|had 77 tackles on defense while on offense, the team rushed for 4000 yardsâ?|All-Metro Lineman both junior and senior seasons and was named the Quad City Dispatch Pacesetterâ?|competed in track and wrestling (a total of 10 varsity letters through signing day) earning all-league and all-metro honors as a heavyweight with team placing second at stateâ?|a National Honor Society member and an All-Conference Academic Honorable mention. Ben Wellman (5-11; 200 lbs)Tri-Center HS/Neola, IowaLinebacker (Highlight Video) Wellman is an accomplished two-way player for Tri-Center High Schoolâ?|broke the Iowa Class 1 and school single-game rushing record with 484 yards in a game and had a school-best 2041 yards in a season an 3664 career rushing yardsâ?|broke the school tackle record with 173 solo and 249 assisted stops and was Southwest Iowa Player of the Yearâ?|was a first team all-state running back and a third team all-state linebackerâ?|Offensive Player of the Year in 1A District 8â?|as a junior earned multiple all-state and all-district accoladesâ?|has a career wrestling record of 156-24 and qualified for the Drake Relays in the 4x100 meter relayâ?|a National Honor Society member as well as an All-State Academic team selection. Adam Yancey (6-0; 195 lbs)Eureka HS/Eureka, Mo.Running Back Yancey was a first team all-state, all-conference and all-district running back last season for the Wildcatsâ?|had 189 rushes for 1310 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior leading Eureka to an 11-2 record and a berth in the semifinals of the Missouri Class 6 tournamentâ?|the Wildcats lost to the eventual state championsâ?|a two year starter and three year letterwinner in football while also lettering in track, wrestling and baseballâ?|placed at state twice in the 4x400 and once in the 4x200 relayâ?|member of the National Honor Societyâ?|uncle Mike played for the Bulldogs from 1980-83 and also wrestled and his cousin Matt, a Bulldog wrestler. Kade Young (6-1; 225 lbs)Calallen HS/Corpus Christi, TexasLinebacker (Highlight Video) Young recorded 144 tackles, including 24 for loss as the Wildcats finished 11-1 in Class 4 District 30â?|he set a school record with 23 tackles in a single game and finished his career with 39 tackles for lossâ?|a 2013 first team all-state pick as a linebacker and was an all-south Texas defensive most valuable playerâ?|as a junior, earned first team all-district and second team all-south Texas mentions while being named to the honorable mention all-state team by Texas Sportswritersâ?|served as National Honor Society President. In addition, Truman has added the following transfer at semester:Randy Schroeder (Shray-der) (6-2; 195 lbs)Southlake Christian HS/Charlotte, N.C.Jireh PrepQuarterback Schroeder was selected to play in the National Underclassmen Combine All-American game as a high school seniorâ?|his team went 11-2 falling 26-21 in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletics Association Division III title gameâ?|was an all-state and all-conference quarterback after guiding Southlake Christian to a school record 474 points (37.7/game) in 2012 while throwing for 3,587 yards and 32 touchdownsâ?|had a completion percentage of over 66%...a three-year varsity starter, three-time all-conference honoree and two-time all-state selectionâ?|was a member of the Beta Clubâ?|received the Congressional Award Gold Medal for outstanding youth service volunteering over 400 hours and co-starting Ghana Rock, which raised over $150,000 to help orphaned children in Ghana. The 2014 Truman Bulldogs finished with a 7-4 record and were 5-2 in their first season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Head Coach Gregg Nesbitt enters his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater.