Today was national signing day, a day for high-school seniors and junior-college football players to sign their letters of intent and declare where they will play their college football.
Western Michigan University Head Football Coach, P.J. Fleck, conducted a press conference earlier this afternoon to talk about the 17 young men who will be joining the Bronco football team.
Five of WMU’s signees are from Michigan and another five are from Illinois. Four recruits are Florida natives while another two hail from Indiana. The lone junior college signee for Western comes out of California.
Fleck said that he wants to primarily recruit within a six-hour radius so that friends and family of the athletes will be able to come see them play and help fill Waldo Stadium.
Among the recruits is quarterback Cameron Thomas. The New Hudson, Mich. native passed for 1,923 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior year while leading the South Lyon East Cougars to the state playoffs for the first time.
Fleck was hired six weeks ago and said that recruiting on a shortened timetable had its challenges. He said that he and his staff were up to the challenge and his first recruiting class ranks in the top half of the Mid American Conference.
“I think all of these kids are football players, period,” said Fleck in a press release. “You take all of the rankings and the ‘stars’ out of it and you look at the tape and we needed to find football players. That is what we found. These 17 guys are the ones that believed in our mentality. They believed in F.A.M.I.L.Y., they believed in Row the Boat, Nektons, Prefontaine Pace, Farmers Alliance. They believed in it and that’s why they are here.”
Click here to listen to Coach Fleck talk about all 17 WMU signees.