Rockets Reel in Outstanding Class

The Toledo Rockets reeled in the MAC's top recruiting class today. Read on for impressions of the class, some comments from Coach Beckman, and some comments from some of the members of the recruiting class.

It was a big day for the Rocket football coaching staff today, as they brought in one of the best recruiting classes in school history.

College football players are student-athletes, and there is a reason that the word student comes before the word athlete. Head coach Tim Beckman has made academics an emphasis at Toledo, and this class is no different. The combined average GPA of the signees in Toledo's 2010 football recruiting class is a 2.83. Taking it a step further, eleven of the student-athletes in this class have at least a 3.0 GPA. Linebacker James Gordon is even the valedictorian of his class at Cleveland Glenville High School.

Now on to the athlete part of the word student-athlete. Seven of the fourteen recruits from the state of Ohio will play in the North/South All State Game in April. The North/South All Star game pits top high school seniors from the state of Ohio against each other.

Two more players will play in the Big 33 game, which is an all star game pitting 33 players from the state of Ohio against 33 players from the state of Pennsylvania.

One Florida recruit, Bernard Reedy, was the Player of the Year in hi county. And back closer to home, QB signee EJ Tucker was named the Northwest Ohio Player of the Year.

At his media press conference, Coach Beckman noted that of the 46 recruits brought in for official visits, 25 of them signed with Toledo. "For every two that come, we get one of them," Coach Beckman said at the press conference. "That's outstanding numbers, and why not? If you come to our campus, with the facilities and our program that Mike O'Brien's built, it shows that we're building for the future."

During the press conference, a member of the media asked Coach Beckman about his recruitment of local players. "The last two years we've signed the Northwest Ohio Player of the year (Eric Page last year and EJ Tucker this year). It is our goal to recruit the Toledo area, Northwest Ohio, first. We're gonna recruit this area and be very involved with the high school student-athlete here in Northwest Ohio."

Shifting gears now to the student-athletes that signed, running back David Fluellen is really excited about coming to Toledo. The Lockport, NY native was First Team All-State at running back in the state of New York. Rocket Digest caught up with him this evening to get his thoughts on being a Rocket.

"It (signing ceremony) was good," Fluellen told Rocket Digest. "I loved it and I'm excited to finally be a Rocket."

Florida athlete Cassius McDowell is another student-athlete that Rocket Digest caught up with this evening. McDowell, a St Petersburg, FL native, had several offers and went to the signing table with hats from FAU, Toledo and Wisconsin on the table.

McDowell chose the Toledo hat of course, and then signed his NLI. "The ceremony went great," McDowell told Rocket Digest. "I can't wait to get up there (Toledo)."

James Green from Leon High School in Tallahassee, FL enrolled in January classes and is already on campus, but that didn't stop him from getting in on the fun. Green was one of eight mid-year transfers that were at the recruit presentation for fans earlier today. He also was excited about the class and later this evening he talked about that. "Number One recruiting class in the MAC," said Green. "I'm a Rocket."

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