Truman State football signs 24 players


The Truman State University Football program has signed 24 high school student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

Hit the icon on the Bulldogs head above to hear from coach Gregg Nesbitt talk about the Truman State recruiting class.

The balanced signing class features 11 offensive players and 12 defensive players while focused heavily with 19 signings from the Show-Me State. 13 of the 19 signees will come out of the St. Louis area.

On offense signing national letters of intent are quarterback Ryan Novak (St. Louis, Mo./Lafayette), running back Cody Schrader (St. Louis, Mo./Lutheran South), receivers Drew Hill (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankey), Ricky McLaughlin (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township), Billy Pierce (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East), Zack Zerwig (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney), tight ends Matt Hall (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge), Blake Weakley (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) and offensive linemen Braden Kidd (O'Fallon, Mo./CBC) and Brayden Swope (Liberty, Mo./Liberty).

Defensive NLI signings include linemen Alec DeVecchi (Normal, Ill./Normal Community), Robert Greco (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central), Jack Hunziker (Kahoka, Mo./Clark County), Cade Rohler (Grundy Center, Iowa/Grundy Center), linebackers Josh Boyd (Silver Lake, Kan./Silver Lake), Ryan Robbins (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln Way West) and defensive backs Devin Devres (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney), Zach Nadle (Plainfield, Ill/Plainfield North), Michael Prewitt (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) Daniel Terry (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis University), Armon Tindle (Kirkwood, Mo./Kirkwood) and Anthony Wilson (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway North).

Josh Scheiderer (Springfield, Mo./Kickapoo) signed as a kicker/punter and Antonio Nelson (St. Louis, Mo./McCluer South) signed as an athlete.

"Many of these prospects we targeted early," said Head Coach Gregg Nesbitt. "We absolutely could not be more please with the overall quality and balance to our 2018 Bulldog signing class. We welcome each to our Bulldog family and look forward to helping them achieve success both in the classroom and on the field."

"This class will be marked with 11 of the 24 NLI commits will receive automatic academic scholarship awards and confident the entire class will have the opportunity to excel both in the classroom and on the field. Defensively our focus was in the secondary but we were able to sign players at all positions. Offensively our focus was at receiver but just as balanced with signees at all positions. We were also excited to sign a nationally ranked punter/kicker.

"Overall we had 34 official visits with 29 commitments for an 85% commitment percentage. This is a remarkable percentage and truly a team effort. I would like to thank our team and entire coaching staff, Melody Chambers and the Admissions staff, countless academic professors who volunteered to give academic appointments, our Purple Pride volunteer organization for campus tours, Sodexo Food Service, Jane Brushwood and the Kirksville Days Inn, Mary Jane Kiefer from Financial Aid, Jeri Speak, Michael Bazemore, Brock Bondurant and Kevin White within our Athletics department for all of their help and assistance during the recruiting season."

Josh Boyd – Linebacker

5-11, 215 lbs

Silver Lake, Kansas (Silver Lake High School)

Boyd was a three-year starter in football and baseball for the Eagles. Over his football career, Boyd averaged 125 tackles, 30 tackles per loss and four sacks per season. He has four career interceptions including two that were returned for touchdowns. As a fullback, Boyd averaged 3.5 yards per carry. Boyd was a three-time selection for All-State, All-League and defensive captain at the Kansas Shrine Bowl. As a first baseman for the baseball team, Boyd was selected twice for both All-State and All-League. Boyd was a member of National Honor Society and Academic All-League three years.

Alec DeVecchi – Defensive End

6-2, 230 lbs

Normal, Illinois (Normal Community High School)

Joining his defensive linemen brother AJ, DeVecchi enters Truman as a two-time All-Conference player. DeVecchi was also first team All-State and All-Area. In his senior year, he was a unanimous choice for Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year after accumulating 74 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 9 sacks for the 10-1 Ironmen. DeVecchi was a three-time Big 12 scholar athlete.

Devin Devres – Defensive Back

5-10, 175 lbs

Kirkwood, Missouri (St. John Vianney High School)

Devres was a four-year starter for the Golden Griffins earning one first team All-Conference nod and two second team All-Conference nods. In his last year, Devres had 45 tackles, 12 pass break ups and 2 interceptions. Devres was part of the first state championship in school history in 2016 when the Golden Griffins scored 42 unanswered points against Fort Zumwalt North in the Class 5 state title game. Devres was a member of National Honor Society.

Robert Greco – Offensive Lineman

6-2, 265 lbs

Florissant, Missouri (Hazelwood Central High School

Greco was a three-sport athlete for the Hawks starting three years as an offensive tackle and defensive linemen. As an offensive tackle, Greco was first team All-Conference and All-District and second team All-State. As a defensive lineman, Greco was first team All-Conference, All-District and All-State and second team All-Metro. Over his career, Greco had 73 tackles, one pass deflection and two fumble recoveries. Greco was a two-year starter in wrestling earning first-team All-Conference once. As a track and field athlete, Greco was a one-year starter in the shot put. Greco was a member of National Honor Society and French National Honor Society.

Matthew Hall – Tight End

6-3, 205 lbs

Columbia, Missouri (Rock Bridge High School)

Hall lettered two years and started two years on the varsity team for the Bruins. In those two years, Hall caught 43 passes for 644 yards and eight touchdowns. As a captain, Hall was an All-District tight end and an All-State Academic. Among his many other academic accolades, Hall won the Academic Athlete Award and the Wendy's High School Heisman Award, was an All-State Academic, a member of National Honor Society and a DECA National Leadership Delegate.

Drew Hill – Wide Receiver

5-9, 175 lbs

Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny High School)

Started and lettered for three years and after two years, Hill accumulated 2,442 all-purpose yards, 1,262 receiving yards, as well as 19 total touchdowns. Hill was named First-Team All-District and First-Team All-State in 2016 before being honored as a team captain in 2017. Also member of the baseball team and ran track and field. Second-Team All-District for baseball and three-time Drake Relays and state qualifier on the track. Was on the honor roll three times and received the award for Recognition of Leadership.

Jack Hunziker – Defensive Tackle

6-2, 255 lbs

Kahoka, Missouri (Clark County High School)

Hunziker will arrive at Truman as a third generation student after his grandfather and father, Dean, attended the school. He started and lettered three years in football along with playing basketball, track and field and golf. In his last two seasons with the Indians, Hunziker accumulated 190 tackles, 9 sacks and five fumble recoveries. As a defensive tackle, he earned first team All-Conference, first team All-District and third team All-State. As an offensive linemen, he earned second team All-Conference and second team All-District. Hunziker was a member of National Honor Society.

Braden Kidd – Offensive Linemen

6-7, 275 lbs

St. Louis, Missouri (Christian Brothers College High)

Kidd will attend Truman following the decision of his parents, two cousins and, currently, his brother. Kidd started two seasons and lettered four seasons. In his senior season, the 13-1 Cadets defeated 11-3 Blue Springs to win a Class 6 state championship behind a rushing attack that had 123 yards and three touchdowns. Kidd made the Honor Roll all four years.

Ricky McLaughlin – Wide Receiver

5-11, 185 lbs

Gurnee, Illinois (Warren Township High School)

McLaughlin started his senior season at wide receiver for the 7-4 Blue Devils. Despite being eliminated in the second round of the Illinois Class 8A playoffs, McLaughlin earned All-Area honors catching 23 passes for 350 yards and five touchdowns. He also was Academic All-Conference.

Zach Nadle – Defensive Back

5-10, 185 lbs

Plainfield, Illinois (Plainfield North High School)

Nadle spent time on both sides of the ball for the Tigers, but shined as a two-year starting defensive back. Over his career, Nadle had 99 tackles, 5 pass break ups and 2 forces fumbles. Following his high school career, Nadle owns the game, single season and career solo tackles records. The Tigers were the 2016 Class 7A state runner-up after losing 26-13 to East St. Louis. Nadle was All-Conference, All-Area, Academic All-State and a member of National Honors Society.

Antonio Nelson – Athlete

6-3, 195 lbs

St. Louis, Missouri (McCluer South Berkeley)

Nelson recorded 85 total tackles his junior year as a defensive end. In his senior year, as an offensive lineman, he had 14 sacks along with 21 total tackles. Nelson was twice named Academic All State, All Conference, and All District. He also helped his team win the Conference Championship 2 years in a row.

Ryan Novak – Quarterback

6-4, 210 lbs

Wildwood, Missouri (Lafayette High School)

As a the Lancers quarterback, Novak set numerous school records including the single season records for passing yards, total yards, passing touchdowns and completions. Over his career, Novak threw for 3,200 yards and 28 touchdowns finishing first in school history in passing yards and passing touchdowns. Novak was named to the All-Conference and All-District teams. Besides playing football, Novak was a two-year starter in baseball participating in the district all-star game.

Billy Pierce – Wide Receiver

6-3, 200 lbs

Plainfield, Illinois (Plainfield East High School)

Pierce played football, baseball and basketball for the Bengals. He started three years as a wide receiver in football, four years as a pitcher in baseball and two years as a forward in basketball. Most of his accomplishments came in football earning first team All-Area and first team All-Conference once each. Pierce also owns school records for receptions and receiving yards in a single season and career receiving yards. The Illinois State Scholar caught 47 passes for 816 yards and five touchdowns in his senior season.

Michael Prewitt – Corner Back

6-1, 160 lbs

Fishers, Indiana (Fishers High School)

Prewitt led his team in takeaways in his junior season. He also helped his team win the Conference Championship.

Ryan Robbins – Linebacker

6-0, 205 lbs

New Lenox, Illinois (Lincoln-Way West)

As a sophomore, Robbins' team made it to the State Championship game. In that season, he recorded 85 tackles as a starter. In 2017, he led the team in tackles with 105 on the season. Also in 2017, Robbins was named First Team All-Conference and Academic All-State as his team's captain. He was a member of the National Honor Society for 3 years as well as a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society for 2 years.

Cade Rohler – Defensive Tackle

6-1, 245 lbs

Grundy Center, Iowa (Grundy Center High School)

In his career, Rohler recorded 51 solo tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and 108.5 total tackles. In 2015, he was an All-District Honorable Mention. In 2017, Rohler was awarded the Academic All State accolade. In his career, he was a 3 time, 1st team All District athlete. Academically, he was a 3 time President's Excellence in Education award winner.

Joshua Scheiderer – Kicker/Punter

5-11, 180 lbs

Springfield, Missouri (Kickapoo High School)

Scheiderer lettered four years and started three of them at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Mo. Currently holds the school records for longest field goal (47), most points in a game by a kicker (13), most points in a season by a kicker (80), field goal percentage in a year (6/6), and PAT percentage in a year (68/70). Named Second-Team All-State and was All-State Academic for three years. Also was a member of the soccer team for three seasons. Was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Cody Schrader – Running Back

5-10, 215 lbs

St. Louis, Missouri (Lutheran High School South)

After 4 years as a starter, Schrader had 834 rushes for 6,759 yards, and 99 touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 53 receptions with 659 yards and 5 touchdowns. On special teams, he recorded 3 kickoff return touchdowns and 1 punt return touchdown. Total, he had 111 touchdowns including 3 passing touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 481 total tackles, 14 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception. In all, Schrader holds 17 school records including touchdowns, rushing attempts, rushing yards, total yards, and total points in a single game, season, and career for all 5 categories. Defensively, he holds the records for most tackles in a season and a career. He was named an All-Conference Running back and line backer 4 times. He was a 3 time Conference Player of the Year, a 4 time All-District running back and linebacker, and a 3 time All-Metro running back. Schrader was named 2nd team All-State twice, and in his senior year was named 1st team All-State. With a 4.0 GPA in his junior and senior year, he was awarded Honors with Highest Distinction as well.

Brayden Swope – Offensive Tackle

6-4, 275 lbs

Liberty, Missouri (Liberty High School)

Swope lettered for three years and started for two during his time at Liberty High School. Swope was named Second-Team All-State, First-Team All-District, First-Team All-Conference, All-Simone Team, and All-State Media Team. Also played lacrosse and basketball.

Daniel Terry – Defensive Back

5-9, 180 lbs

St. Louis, Missouri (Saint Louis University High School)

Terry started for three years and lettered for four during his time in high school. During that time, Terry accumulated four interceptions, one forced fumble, 40 tackles, and five touchdowns. He was named All-Conference twice and Honorable Mention as a junior. Also played baseball and was a member of the honor roll all four years.

Armon Tindle – Defensive Back

5-10, 188 lbs

Kirkwood, Missouri (Kirkwood High School)

Tindle started and lettered all four years during his time at Kirkwood High School. As a senior, he finished with three touchdowns, six rushes for 42 yards, 11 receptions for 124 yards, 30 total tackles, 23 solo, and 15 pass breakups. Tindle tied the school record for fumble recoveries in a career with six and was given the Alvin Miller Leadership Award. He was named First-Team Academic All-State as well as Honorable Mention All-Conference. Won a state title as a junior.

Blake Weakley – Tight End

6-3, 235 lbs

Kearney, Missouri (Kearney High School)

Weakley started for one year and lettered for two at Kearney High School. The receiving target finished with 14 catches and 175 yards while being named All-Conference once and All-District once. Was a member of the football team that won a state title in 2015. Was also a member of the basketball and track and field programs.

Anthony Wilson – Cornerback

5-10, 160 lbs

St. Louis, Missouri (Parkway North High School)

Started for two years and lettered for one at Parkway North High School. There, he finished with 82 tackles, three interceptions, 42 pass breakups, two receiving touchdowns, 260 yards through the air, and one passing touchdown. Wilson was a two-time All-Conference honoree and member of the Academic Honor Roll. Was also a member of the track and field program.

Zach Zerwig – Wide Receiver

6-1, 185 lbs

St. Louis, Missouri (Vianney High School)

Zerwig started and lettered for three years as he finished with 1,400 career receiving yards, 111 career catches and 11 career receiving touchdowns. The St. Louis native was named All-District twice and All-Conference twice. He was a member of a state championship team in 2016 and in the classroom, was a member of the honor roll every semester.


The following individuals signed Institutional Letters of Intent

Chad Briden – Quarterback

6-2, 200 lbs

St. Louis, Missouri (Westminster Christian Academy)

Briden completed 60% of his passes his senior season for 1019 yards and tossed nine touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 45 times for 170 yards and two additional scores. Briden averaged 250 yards passing his junior season and was twice named all-conference. Played Basketball and Golf at Westminster and was a state qualifier in 2017. Briden earned the 2016 Young Achiever of the Year award and was a National Honor Society member.

Nick Johnson – Kicker

6-2, 190 lbs

Farmington, Illinois (Farmington Central High School)

Johnson was a four-sport athlete at Farmington Central High School including football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. On the football field, Johnson was First-Team All-Conference once and Second-Team All-Conference once as he started/lettered for three years.

Landon Montgomery – Quarterback

5-10, 170 lbs

Kansas City, Missouri (Raytown South High School)

Montgomery started and lettered for two years with numbers one year that included a 60 percent completion percentage, 1,200 yards, 13 passing touchdowns, and five on the ground. Montgomery was named Honorable Mention All-Conference and Academic All-State twice. Was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Tyler West – Defensive Back

6-1, 190 lbs

Fenton, Missouri (Lindbergh High School)

In 24 varsity games played, West notched 154 total tackles and three interceptions as an all-conference and all-district defensive back. Was limited to four games his senior season and recorded 30 tackles with two sacks and an INT. Had 82 tackles in his junior season that was capped with the first-team all-conference nod. West is a member of Lindbergh's basketball and baseball programs. He was named a Penn Station Athlete of the Month and was inducted into the National and Spanish Honor Societies.

Courtesy Truman State University


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