Kelvin Ateman of Detroit Cass Technical High School has become the Toledo Rockets' tenth commitment in the Class of 2017. Ateman, who had offers from Buffalo, Iowa State and Western Michigan, amongst others. The six-foot-five, 300-pounder says despite his offers, there really wasn't another school that he was considering and that Toledo really had all of his attention.
"Toledo felt like a second home," Ateman Jr. said on why he chose to commit to the Rockets. "I was in the room with Coach Candle and my mother asked if I could commit, the staff just blew up with excitement," he continued.
Ateman, who committed following Sunday's camp in the Glass Bowl continues a pipeline of Detroit Cass Tech players who continue to play collegiately at the University of Toledo. In 2016, Toledo signed defensive lineman, Edrick Mathews and there's a previous list prior to Ateman and Mathews showing the long history of Technicians to Rockets.
"I know Edrick and Coach Wilcher's son, Kishon," Ateman told us speaking of Cass Tech head football coach, Thomas Wilcher's son, Kishon who is now a Graduate Assistant with the Rockets. "They both tell me it is highly ranked in the country and I have an opportunity after college if I choose not to go to the league," he stated.
The newest Rocket verbal says the new coaching staff under first-year head coach, Jason Candle is a no-brainer for any recruit looking for a great environment.
"They are what any recruit should look for - a family that will keep you on the right track and make sure you stay away from idiotic-like things," Ateman said on the staff. "The coaching staff told me what it is without sugar coating it and that is that I will have to work for it and nothing will be easy but the final result will be beautiful."
As for what kind of player and person he is, Ateman says Rocket fans will be pleased with who they're getting in the Glass City.
"On the field, they are getting one of the most coachable and strongest most dedicated players in the country and off of the field, a young man who is more than respectful and mannered than anyone they'll meet," Ateman said on his characteristics.
The Rocket recruiting class is off to a strong start for the 2017 class under Jason Candle, we'll keep you posted on the latest within the class.