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Charger Football Program Presents Signing Day Class of 2017

Charger Football Program Presents Signing Day Class of 2017

A new era of Charger football unfolds in 2017. First on board with that new era is the incoming freshman class.

Head coach Keith Otterbein is proud to present 22 student-athletes who committed to suit up for the Chargers on 2017 National Signing Day. More players are expected to announce their commitment to join the Hillsdale College program in the weeks to come. The list on the grid below will be continuously updated as more players announce their commitment to Hillsdale College.

Otterbein said he likes the positional diversity of the initial signing class, noting that there are players in the class who could compete for playing time right away.

"We're bringing in a group that covers a lot of different positions," he said. "The guys we have coming in will be great fits for the school academically as well as on the football field. We're excited to start working with them."

There are a handful of familiar names among the initial recruiting class. Matthew Harding, a defensive back from Detroit Catholic Central, is the younger brother of Steve Harding, who played for Hillsdale from 2009-13. Drew Rubick is a tight end who hails from Lapeer, Michigan, and is the son of former Detroit Lions player Rob Rubick.

Among the initial group of 22, there are two or more players at six different positions, with linebacker (five) and offensive line (four) leading the way.  

The initial class has an average ACT score of 28.1, with an overall average high school grade point average of 3.7. Twelve of the initial 22 have overall GPAs of 3.9 or higher.

After 43 seasons in the GLIAC, Hillsdale will join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference for the 2017 season. The Chargers were one of five GLIAC programs to announce moving to the G-MAC back on June 29, 2015. Malone University, a member of the GLIAC from 2012-16, moved one year ahead of everyone else and was a full member of the G-MAC in 2016-17. Joining Hillsdale as new members of the G-MAC in 2017 are the University of Findlay, Ohio Dominican University, Walsh University and Lake Erie College.

Existing football programs in the G-MAC, in addition to Malone, are Alderson-Broaddus University in West Virginia, and Kentucky Wesleyan College, located in Owensboro, Kentucky.

The 2017 season gets started on Saturday, Sept. 2 when the Chargers take on Mercyhurst College in a non-conference game in Erie, Pennsylvania. Home games against Michigan Tech and McKendree follow, with the team's final non-conference contest taking place Sept. 23 at the University of Indianapolis. Hillsdale College's homecoming game, as well as its first-ever G-MAC contest, will take place Sept. 30 against Kentucky Wesleyan.



Joey Brenner QB 6-5 210 Port Clinton, OH/Port Clinton Beau Carmon
Jonathan Burton LB 6-1  190  Baroda, MI/Lakeshore Bryan Keim
Nate Chambers DL 6-4 220 Kalamazoo, MI/Otsego John Kubiak
Jared Clark OL 6-4 255 Hope, IN/Columbus East Bob Gaddis
Joseph Cotton DB 6-1 200 Phoenix, AZ/O'Connor John Rodriguez
Ross Feldpausch  QB  6-3  180  St. Johns, MI/St. Johns David Mariage
Alec Foos WR  6-0  180  Bellevue, OH/Bellevue Ed Nasonti
Matt Gray OL  6-2  250  Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Mark Solis
Tanner Haase LB 5-10 225 Fon Du Lac, WI/Winnebago Lutheran John Boggs
Matthew Harding  DB  6-0  175  Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central Tom Mach 
Zach Herzog DB 5-10 195 Windsor, ON/Holy Names Rob McIntyre
Josef Hissom  TB  5-8  192  Spring Lake, MI/Spring Lake Dan Start
Anthony Humm DB 6-0 175 Alma, MI/Alma Dan Falor
Cole Johnson OL 6-4 255 Grand Ledge, MI/Grand Ledge Matt Bird
Ethan Letsch  LB  5-11  170  Racine, WI/St. Catherine's Phil Mason 
Konnor Maloney WR 6-3 170 Lansing, MI/Lansing Catholic Jim Ahern
Gavin McKenzie OL 6-1 220 Washington, MI/Lutheran North Ryan Wesley
Calvin McNellie H-back 6-1 210 Concord, OH/Lake Catholic Scott O'Donnell
Brenden Mikesell TB  6-0  175  Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Pat Echeverria
Jack Murphy WR 6-4 185 Canton, OH/Central Catholic Jeff Lindesmith
Gabriel Nickels LB  6-1  195  Clarkston, MI/Our Lady of the Lakes  Joshua Sawicki
Kyle Parran DL  6-4  220  Petersburg, MI/Ida Tom Walentowski
Will Patrick WR 5-11 160 Clarksville, OH/William Mason Brian Castner
John Pearson  LB  6-3  185  West Bloomfield, MI/Orchard Lake St. Mary's George Porritt 
Joe Royer  DL  6-3  235  Bloomfield Hills, MI/Brother Rice David Sofran 
Drew Rubick TE  6-4  205  Lapeer, MI/Lapeer Mike Smith 
Turner Ruby OL 6-3 280 Caledonia, MI/East Kentwood Tony Kimbrough
Joe Schneider DB 5-10 185 Rolling Meadows, IL/Fremd Lou Sponsel
Jack Shannon K 6-0 184 Huntertown, IN/Carroll Doug Dinan
Harrison Taylor  WR  6-2  180  St. Charles, IL/Wheaton Academy  Brad Thornton 
Jacob Thompson TE 6-4 270 Butler, IN/Eastside Mike Eshbach
Michael Valdez DB  5-8  165  Chicago, IL/Notre Dame College Prep Mike Hennessey