Thursday, February 08, 2001

Miami adds size to football roster

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Miami emphasized adding beef to its roster during the recruiting season. Ten of the 21 players the RedHawks signed Wednesday are offensive or defensive linemen.

        “I wanted to increase our numbers on the offensive and defensive lines,” coach Terry Hoeppner said. “And we've done that. We needed more quality depth and this class does that.”

        The RedHawks also added a familiar name: Matt Cohen, the youngest brother of former Miami star Dustin Cohen: Matt, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, was a four-year starter at Cincinnati Country Day.

        He is one of five area players to sign with MU. The others: Hamilton Badin's Nate Bunce, an offensive and defensive lineman; Chris Fessel, an offensive lineman from St. Xavier; Derek Rehage, a running back from East Central (Ind.), and Jarrod Rich, a linebacker from Clinton-Massie.

        Josh Betts, the Southwest Ohio Player of the Year, also signed with Miami. Betts, a 6-3, 210-pound quarterback, threw for 2,817 yards and 19 touchdowns for Vandalia Butler this year.

Player Pos. Ht Wt HS/Hometown
Mike Barz DE 6-4 230 Lisle (Ill.) St. Francis
Josh Betts QB 6-3 210 Vandalia Butler
Nate Bunce L 6-6 265 Hamilton Badin

Matt Cohen
RB/LB 6-2 220 Country Day

R.J. Corbin
WR 6-1 176 Indianapolis Ben Davis
Chris Fessel OL 6-5 265 St. Xavier
Ryan Fisher OL 6-4 300 Lexington Henry Clay
Mark Fragel DL 6-5 240 Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Marcus Johnson DL 6-3 265 Youngs. Ursuline
Mark Kraciumte DE 6-5 240 New Carlisle Tecumseh
Bill Lautar LB 6-2 225 Kettering Fairmont
Ryan Meyer OL 6-5 265 Hubbard
Martin Nance WR 6-4 190 Maryland Hts. (Mo.)
Brandon Proctor DE 6-3 225 Shaker Hts.
Ryan Redd DB 5-10 170 Pickerington
Derek Rehage RB 6-1 225 East Central (Ind.)
Jarrod Rich LB 6-3 235 Clinton-Massie
Mike Smith RB 6-0 183 Twinsburg Chamberlin
Dan Tyler TE 6-4 210 Lakewood St. Edward
Marshall Upshaw DB 5-10 195 Chillicothe
Tyler Vogle LB 6-4 220 Coldwater

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