Central State announces 2016 football recruiting class


By Nick Novy

Central State Athletic Department

WILBERFORCE — The Marauders of Central State University welcomed in 20 new players this week.

“We took another step towards getting better,” said CSU coach Cedric Pearl. “Every player in this year’s class brings something to the table that can help us succeed. Our staff is looking forward to working with these young men as we strive for excellence in 2016.”

The list includes 13 players from the state of Ohio. Six players from Cleveland are slated to join the CSU football family. Four players from Cincinnati will make the short trip up Interstate 71 to play in Wilberforce next season as well as three players from the Dayton region.

“Entering our third year with the program, we really put an emphasis on recruiting in the state of Ohio,” said Pearl. “It is no secret that Ohio is a hotbed for talented student-athletes and that talent is strongly reflected in this year’s signing class.”

Pearl and his staff were also able to lure talent from the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri and Michigan making this year’s signing period the most successful in recent history.

The signees include two quarterbacks, four wide receivers, six offensive lineman, three defensive backs, four defensive linemen and two linebackers. More players are expected to choose Central State as their destination in the upcoming weeks.

Mid-Year Transfers

Tevan Ray, 6-1, 215, LB, Univ. of Akron (Akron)

Lavon Meeks, 6-1, 190, QB, Arkansas Baptist (St. Louis, Missouri)

Tyrone Jones, 5-11, 180, WR, Los Angeles Southwest CC (Los Angeles, California)


Andre Pate, 6-3, 250, DL, Phoenix CC (Louisville, Kentucky)

John Franklin, 6-1, 230, DL, Stillman College (Tampa, Florida)

Mikiel Clemons, 6-0, 210, QB Stillman College (Eight Mile, Alabama)

High School Signees

Kendall Turner, 6-4, 280, OL, Trotwood-Madison HS (Dayton)

Lawrence Mosley, 6-5, 285, OL, Trotwood-Madison HS (Dayton)

Derrick Roberts, 6-1, 185, DB, Springfield HS (Springfield)

Redrick Mincy, 6-6, 285, OL, Winton Woods HS (Cincinnati)

Darius Thomas, 6-0, 250, OL Winton Woods HS (Cincinnati)

Verquavion Robinson, 6-5, 320, OL, Princeton HS (Cincinnati)

Jahlil Woods, 6-3, 205, WR, Taft HS (Cincinnati)

Joey Johnson, 6-1, 185, ATH, John Adams HS (Cleveland)

Torry Johnson, 6-0, 175, DB, Shaw HS (Cleveland)

Christian Lassiter, 6-0, 240, DL, Shaker Heights HS (Cleveland)

Kavione Stirtmire, 6-2, 190, WR, John Adams HS (Cleveland)

Xavier Johnson, 6-3, 240, DL, Shaker Heights HS (Cleveland)

Devin Waldon, 6-0, 225, LB, East English Village Prep HS (Detroit, Michigan)

Dajuan Rooker, 6-4, 300, OL, Renaissance HS (Detroit, Michigan)

For more information on Marauder Athletics, please visit maraudersports.com .

By Nick Novy

Central State Athletic Department

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