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      MTU signs 22 football players to NLI

      Courtesy: MTU

      Head football coach Tom Kearly today announced that 22 student-athletes will join his team and attend Michigan Tech starting fall 2014.

      Tech's incoming class includes 11 offensive players, 10 defensive players and a punter. Of the 22 student-athletes, 14 are from Michigan (including three from the Upper Peninsula), seven are from Wisconsin and one is from Arizona.

      "Our number one goal is always to find young people who fit our University and community," said Kearly, who begins his ninth season as the Huskies' head coach.

      "This did not need to be a large recruiting class with only nine seniors on last year's team. Our biggest need areas were the secondary and interior of the defensive line. We signed five defensive backs and three defensive tackles to address those needs.

      "That said, I think we brought in someone at nearly every position who can help our football team in the future."

      Michigan Tech posted a 6-4 record in 2013 for its fourth straight winning season. The Huskies have compiled a 28-13 record since 2010.

      Listed below are the 22 student-athletes that will attend Michigan Tech and play football this fall. A brief biography on each is also available.Notes: The current team has been conditioning and lifting weights since returning from the semester break. Spring practices for Michigan Tech will begin March 27, with the annual spring game to be played at Sherman Field on April 19.

      2014 Michigan Tech Football Recruits

      Sam Badalamenti RB 5-9 200 Clinton Twp., Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Warren DeLaSalle High Schoolâ?|Earned All-Catholic and all-county each of his final two yearsâ?|Named all-state honorable mention and team MVP as a juniorâ?|Also participated in baseball, where he was all-conference and helped his team to a Division I state runner-up finishâ?|Plans to major in engineering.Nick Baumann DB 5-11 170 Oak Creek, Wis. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Oak Creek High Schoolâ?|Was a two-time All-South East Conference performerâ?|Named OCHS special teams player of the year in 2013â?|Helped Oak Creek to a league title in 2012 and back-to-back playoff berthsâ?|Also participated in track and field, where he was a two-time state qualifier in the 4x200 relayâ?|Plans to major in kinesiology.Jeremy Bell OL 6-3 230 Negaunee, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Negaunee High Schoolâ?|Was an All-UP Dream Team selection as an offensive linemanâ?|Named to the All-Mid-Peninsula Conference First Team as both an offensive and defensive lineman in 2013â?|Was an AP All-State Special Mention and Detriot Free Press First Team Division 5-6 honoree as a seniorâ?|Also participated in track and field and hockeyâ?|Plans to major in mechanical engineering.

      Xavier Ciardo DL 6-3 240 Kenosha, Wis. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Indian Trail High Schoolâ?|Earned All-South East Conference accolades in 2013 with 53 tackles and 11.5 sacksâ?|Was a member of the school's first senior class in football after the program was startedâ?|Helped ITHS to a playoff winâ?|Also participated in wrestling and track and field for one year eachâ?|Plans to major in civil engineering.Aaron Curtiss OL 6-3 280 Coopersville, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Coopersville High Schoolâ?|Named by the Grand Rapids Press to the all-area teamâ?|Earned all-conference first team honors as both a junior and seniorâ?|Also participated in wrestling and track and fieldâ?|Was a state finalist (eighth place) in the discus in 2013â?|Plans to major in mechanical engineering.Keith Denomie OL 6-2 260 Baraga, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at L'Anse High Schoolâ?|Earned All-UP Class D honors in 2013â?|Named to the All-Western Peninsula Athletic Conference as both a junior and seniorâ?|Helped L'Anse to state playoff berths in 2012 and 2013â?|Also participated in basketball for three seasons, where he was an all-league honorable mantion in 2012-13â?|Plans to major in Kinesiology or exercise physiology.Reggie Dillingham DL 6-0 250 Milwaukee, Wis. | Video HighlightsPlayed most recently at the University of Charleston, a Division II school in West Virginiaâ?|Started at fullback as a redshirt freshman in 2011, helping the team to a 9-2 recordâ?|Has two years of eligibility remainingâ?|Played football, rugby and wrestling at Nicolet High Schoolâ?|Plans to major in business administration.Emeka Esemonu DB 6-0 180 Cave Creek, Ariz. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Cactus Shadows High Schoolâ?|Earned all-region second team honors in 2013â?|Posted 72 tackles, four interceptions and 28 passes defended as a seniorâ?|Also participated in track and field for three yearsâ?|Plans to major in business administration.Zach Evans DL 6-2 245 Grand Rapids, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Kenowa Hills High Schoolâ?|Earned all-conference first team, all-region second team and all-state honorable mention honors as a seniorâ?|Helped KHHS to state playoff berths in 2011 and 2012â?|Also participated in track and field for three yearsâ?|Was named all-conference in wrestling.Doug Fabry TE 6-4 215 Wrightstown, Wis. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Wrightstown High Schoolâ?|Was a three-time all-conference first team selectionâ?|Named all-region first team and all-state honorable mention as a seniorâ?|Helped Wrightstown to a state title in 2011â?|Also participated in basketball and track and field for four years eachâ?|Plans to major in mechanical engineering.Graham Hubbell DB 6-0 185 Plainwell, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Plainwell High Schoolâ?|Named to All-Wolverine Conference First Team, all-county and all-area dream team as a juniorâ?|Had 12 tackles and two interceptions in three games as a senior before a suffering an injuryâ?|Also participated in swimming for three years and track and field for two years.Tyler Jacqmain LB 6-1 205 Saginaw, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Saginaw Nouvel High Schoolâ?|Named AP All-State as a linebackerâ?|Was a two-time Sports Scene Dream Team selectionâ?|Had 328 tackles, 21.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three interceptions in careerâ?|Team was MHSAA State Champions in 2011â?|Was a member of the National Honor Society and earned High Academic Honors all four yearsâ?|Also played basketball and baseball and ran track â?| Plans to major in engineering.Michael James P 5-11 185 Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Sault Area High Schoolâ?|Was a All-UP First Team defensive back and punterâ?|Holds school record for most wins as a starting quarterbackâ?|Will play in the 2014 UP All-Star Gameâ?|Led team to postseason berths in 2012 and 2013â?|Was the Northern Michigan champion in wrestlingâ?|Also played baseball and basketballâ?|Plans to major in mechanical engineering.Jake Kacynski TE/OL 6-4 255 Ludington, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Ludington High Schoolâ?|Two-time all-area as a tight end and defensive endâ?|Two-time all-conference first team TE and DEâ?|Named special mention all-stateâ?|Team qualified for playoffs for first time since 1998 as a sophomoreâ?|Named academic all-state four times in hockey and also ran trackâ?|Plans to major in civil engineering.Max Keyzers LB 6-1 200 Little Chute, Wis. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Little Chute High Schoolâ?|All-region first team selection as a linebackerâ?|Two-time all-conference first team selectionâ?|Wrestled for three years and did pole vault, shot put and the 100-meter dash in track and field for three yearsâ?|Plans to major in chemical engineering.Emanuel Kirkland DB 5-11 170 Lansing, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed a Lansing Waverly High Schoolâ?|Class A all-area selection as a defensive backâ?|Named all-conference after 40 tackles, including five tackles for loss, 12 breakups and three interceptionsâ?|All-area and all-conference in track and qualified for the state meet in the 110 hurdles and 4x100 relayâ?|Also played basketball.Kevin Kirkland WR 5-11 170 Lansing, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed a Lansing Waverly High Schoolâ?|All-area and all-conference wide receiverâ?|Had 48 catches for 790 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013â?|All-area and all-conference in track and qualified for the state meet in the 110 hurdles and 4x100 relayPlans to major in civil engineering.Sam Lacko WR 6-3 180 Eagle River, Wis. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Northland Pines High Schoolâ?|Two-time first team all-conference selection as a wide receiverâ?|As a senior, served as team captain and named offensive team MVPâ?|Was a semifinalist for the Al Toon Awardâ?|Team went to the playoffs all four yearsâ?|Was team and three-time captain of the golf teamâ?|Plans to major in engineering.Seth Malcolm OL/DL 6-2 245 Sterling, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Standish-Sterling High Schoolâ?|Named to the Bay City Times Dream Team as an offensive and defensive linemanâ?|Honorable mention academic all-stateâ?|Selected as the team's co-offensive MVPâ?|Team made postseason during the last three seasons and was district champions in 2013â?|Was an academic all-state selection in baseball and also played basketballâ?|Class valedictorianâ?|Plans to major in engineering.Drew Marion QB 6-1 200 Lake City, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Lake City High Schoolâ?|Two-time conference MVP as a quarterbackâ?|2012 Detroit Free Press First Team All-State selectionâ?|Three-time all-conference selectionâ?|Threw for 5,288 yards and 58 touchdowns and rushed for 3,581 yards and 86 touchdownsâ?|Team qualified for first playoff in school history and was district champs in 2012 and 2013â?|Also played basketball and baseballâ?|Plans to major in engineering.Cal McCarty OL 6-4 220 Brussels, Wis. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Southern Door High Schoolâ?|All-state punter as a juniorâ?|Named first team all-conferenceâ?|Averaged 43.2 yards per punt in 2012â?|Also played offensive tackle, defensive end and tight endâ?|Played basketball and threw shot put and discus in track and fieldâ?|Plans to major in mechanical engineering.Jaylyn Williams-Boone DB 5-7 150 Flint, Mich. | Video HighlightsPlayed at Flint Carman-Ainsworth High Schoolâ?|Named All-Saginaw Valley Conference First Team as a cornerbackâ?|Served as team captainâ?|All-academic selection and AP Studentâ?|Had 28 tackles, including 25 solo, two tackles-for-loss and 11 breakupsâ?|Was also an all-conference pole vaulter and all-conference wrestler.