2008 Signing Class: The Defense

The University of Toledo announced their 2008 football recruiting class today. A total of 23 players were signed to the class, with 13 of them on defense. This is the second in a two part segment looking at each player in the class.

The University of Toledo signed 23 players in their 2008 football recruiting class earlier today. In this second segment we are going to look at the 13 recruits that are slated to play on the defensive side of the ball at Toledo.

Defensive Linemen

Albertson Alexandre (Miami, FL-North Miami / Foothill (CA) CC)
Albertson Alexandre is a 6-5 and 240 pound defensive end that signed with Toledo during the early signing period for eligible JUCO and Prep players.

Alexandre had 25 tackles for loss and 15 sacks in his freshman season at Foothill Community College. He was a first-team junior college All-American as a defensive end and was named the defensive player of the year in the Nor-Cal Conference, as well as being named to the All-California J.C. team. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

Hank Keighley (Dayton, OH-Kettering Alter)
Hank Keighley is a 6-4 and 230 pound defensive end. He was named first-team all-state Division IV, first-team All-Southwest District, first-team all-league, district Player of the Year and the Greater Catholic League North Player of the Year as a senior in 2007.

He had 61 tackles, and 22 tackles for loss as a senior. Keighley is an honor roll student who reportedly benches 350 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.66 seconds. He is also a black belt in karate.

Hank chose Toledo over offers from Ohio University, Kent State, and Buffalo. He was recruited to Toledo by Mark Rhea.

"It is easy to talk about Hank because it is all positive," said Kettering Alter football coach Ed Domsitz. He added, "he is a fine student, was an excellent captain for us this past season and is, perhaps the best defensive end I have had the pleasure of coaching in my 32 years as a head coach. He has great speed for a defensive end...gets to the quarterback in a hurry and can stuff the run. In addition, he has an on-the-field savvy and presence that permeates the entire defense. This was evident to all our opponents as Hank was named the GCL North player of the Year."

John Lamb (Southfield, MI-Southfield)
John Lamb is a 6-4 and 250 pound defensive end. He made first-team all-area and first-team all-league as a senior.

He was ranked No. 42 on the Detroit Free Press' Fab 50 list. A team captain and team MVP at Southfield High School, Lamb had 56 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior.

Lamb also plays basketball for Southfield High School. He committed to Toledo back in October.

Malcolm Riley (Fort Wayne, IN-Snider)
Malcolm Riley is a 6-5 and 250 pound defensive tackle. He was selected to the Top 33 team by the Bloomington Herald, the Indiana Football Coaches Association Fantastic 50 team, and the Journal-Gazette all-area and all-conference teams as a senior.

He had 39 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, 16 tackles for loss, six sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and three pass breakups. He was first team all-conference (SAC) both his junior and senior years.

Riley was recruited to Toledo by Doug Downing.

"Malcolm is the best player on our defense," said Snider High School defensive coordinator Kurt Tippmann. He added, "he was dominant on the line of scrimmage in every game and against the best players."

"Toledo was the first to offer and he accepted immediately," said Tippmann.


Terrell Anderson (Penn Hills, PA-Pittsburgh Central Catholic)
Terrell Anderson is a 6-1 and 204 pound outside linebacker. Anderson led the state of Pennsylvania with 19.5 sacks and was named first-team all-conference by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune as a senior.

He recorded 99 tackles, two forced fumbles and one blocked punt as a senior in 2007. He led Pittsburgh Central Catholic to a 16-0 record, a PIAA 4A state championship and a No. 11 national ranking in USA Today.

Anderson has been selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game. He was recruited by Andy Boyd.

Damien McIntosh (Hamilton, OH-Hamilton)
Damien McIntosh is a 6-3 and 215 pound linebacker. He is listed as the No. 69 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com. He was named first-team all-league, first-team all-county and All-Southwest Ohio honorable mention as a senior.

McIntosh also is on the track & field team at Hamilton. He was recruited to Toledo by Mark Rhea. Damien chose Toledo over offers from Akron and Buffalo.

"(Damien) had a 3.9 GPA this quarter," said Hamilton football coach Jim Place.

Darius Quinn (Collinsville, IL-Collinsville) / Joliet JC)
Darius Quinn is a 6-1 and 220 pound linebacker from Joliet Junior College. He was a first-team all-conference and first-team all-region linebacker in 2007. He had 70 tackles for Joliet JC, who went 10-2.

In high school, Quinn made all-conference as a linebacker and running back in his junior and senior season at Collinsville (IL) High School, and at running back only as a sophomore. As a senior he gained 952 yards and scored 13 TDs while making 60 tackles on defense. He had 752 yards rushing and nine TDs as a junior, and 800 yards and five TDs as a sophomore.

Darius has two years of eligibility left.

Defensive Backs

Jermaine Robinson (Pittsburgh, PA-Brashear)
Jermaine Robinson is a 6-3 and 195 pound safety with 4.4 speed. He was a quarterback and defensive back at Brashear High School, earning first-team all-city honors on both offense and defense as a senior in 2007. He was also the City League Player of the Year and a first-team 4A all-state selection on defense.

He threw for 1,648 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior. He also rushed for 15 touchdowns. On defense he had 89 tackles, six sacks, and five interceptions in 2007.

Jermaine has star potential written all over him. He originally committed to West Virginia in March of 2007, but later switched his commitment to Toledo. He had offers from Toledo, West Virginia, Iowa, and Akron. He was recruited to Toledo by Andy Boyd.

Kenny Veal (Hamilton, OH-Hamilton)
Kenny Veal is a 6-0 and 180 pound defensive back with 4.4 speed. He earned second-team All-Butler County honors while rushing for 920 yards and six TDs as a senior. He also caught 11 passes for 134 yards and three TDs, and also played defensive back.

Veal is rated the #10 recruit out of the Cincinnati area by the Cincinnati Enquirer. He has been selected to play in the Big 33 All-Star Game. He is ranked as the No. 61 player in the state by Ohio High Magazine, and the No. 30 cornerback in the nation by ESPN.com. He is the cousin of Rocket commit and offensive lineman Phillip Manley.

Kenny chose Toledo over offers from West Virginia, Miami University, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Ohio University, and Akron. He was recruited to Toledo by Mark Rhea.

"Kenny is a playmaker on both sides of the ball and he can really run," said Hamilton High School football coach Jim Place.

Andreas Ashwood (Hillsborough, FL-Hillsborough)
Andreas Ashwood is a 6-1 and 200 pound safety. He had 49 tackles as a senior, earning first-team all-conference, first-team all-district and second-team all-county honors.

A four-year letterwinner at Hillsborough, Ashwood had 10 career interceptions. He was coached by his father at Hillsborough High School.

Ashwood chose Toledo over an offer from Temple. He was recruited to Toledo by Joe Gilbert and Doug Downing.

Isaiah Ballard (Toledo, OH-Rogers)
Isaiah Ballard is a 5-11 and 190 pound safety. He is rated the #138 safety in the nation by Scout.com.

Ballard earned conference co-player of the year in the Toledo City League as a senior. He also earned first-team all-conference, first-team all-district and first-team Division II All-Ohio honors.

He ran for 1,084 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. He also had 41 receptions for 380 yards. On defense he played linebacker and safety, where he totaled 90 tackles, nine tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and two interceptions. He also returned kickoffs and punts.

Ballard has been invited to play in the 2008 North-South All-Star Game. He was recruited to Toledo by Andy Boyd. He chose Toledo over offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, and Eastern Michigan.

"He's a tremendous kid," said Rogers High School football coach Rick Rios. "He's probably the best all-around player we've ever had in my time here. We've had players here that were better at one position like Fred Davis, but he (Ballard) is the best all-around player we've had," Rios added.

Mark Singer (Cinnaminson, NJ-Delran Holy Cross)
Mark Singer is a 6-1 and 195 pound safety. He had 18 career interceptions in high school and made first-team all-conference and first-team All-South Jersey as a senior in 2007.

He had 78 tackles, four interceptions, and five forced fumbles in 2007. He also caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 9 touchdowns as a receiver.

Holy Cross won the New Jersey Group 3 state championship. Singer will play in the North-South All-Star Game.

He chose Toledo over an offer from Rhode Island. Singer holds a 3.3 GPA and plans on majoring in criminal justice at Toledo. He is expected to play free safety at Toledo.

Anthony Washington (Fairborn, OH-Fairborn)
Anthony Washington is a 6-1 and 175 pound safety. He was a first-team all-league and honorable mention all-state selection as a senior.

He rushed for 625 yards on 132 carries, scoring five touchdowns. He also caught 24 passes and made one interception as a defensive back.

As a junior, Washington was honorable mention all-league. He was his team's special teams Player of the Year in both his junior and sophomore seasons. He has been selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game.

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