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Football Program Adds 16 on 2019 National Signing Day

Football Program Adds 16 on 2019 National Signing Day

 The 2018 Great Midwest Athletic Conference champion Hillsdale College Chargers announce the addition of several players as part of its National Signing Day class of 2019 Wednedday afternoon.

The Charger program added 16 players on Signing Day, February 6. More players will get added to the Team 127 roster throughout the spring.

The initial batch of 16 signees features several players with existing connections to Hillsdale College. Mike Harding's older brother Matt will be a sophomore for the Chargers in 2019. Both played at Detroit Catholic Central. Michael Herzog enrolled in Hillsdale at the semester break, and joins his older brother Zach on the team.

A local prospect, quarterback Jake Burger, becomes a Charger two years after his older sister Jaycie signed with the Charger women's basketball program. Jake Burger was a dyanmic quarterback at Pittsford High School, located in Hillsdale County.

Head coach Keith Otterbein, the Super Region 1 Coach of the Year, credited his coaching staff with recruiting a group of players that excelled on their prep football fields as well as in the classroom.

"We take a lot of pride in being able to be a football program that succeeds academically in addition to having success on the field," Otterbein said. "We have a very bright group of young men coming into our program, and we believe we'll get great contributions from them on the football field in the future as well,"

This year's incoming class has an average high school grade point average of 3.95.

Those players join a Charger football team that concluded the 2018 season ranked 15th in NCAA Division II after winning the G-MAC and advancing to the second round of the playoffs. Four All-Americans graduated from last year's team, opening up opportunities for younger players to get playing time in the new year. 

"We had outstanding leadership last year and that was a big part of our success," Otterbein said. "The young guys we have back learned a lot, and now they'll take that leadership mantle on themselves as we begin preparing for the 2019 season."

 The Chargers begin the 2019 campaign at home on Saturday, September 7 against Michigan Tech University.


2019 Charger Football Recruiting Class

QB Garrit Aissen 6-1 180 Luxemburg, WI/Luxemburg-Casco Dillon Maney
QB Jake Burger 6-4 190 Pittsford, MI/Pittsford Mike Burger
DE Brant Carter 6-3 205 Davenport, IA/North Brandon Krusey
TE William Conrad 6-3 210 Onsted, MI/Onsted Dan Terryberry
OL Ben Geno 6-5 240 Battle Creek, MI/Pennfield Mike Clothier
TB Caden Goggins 5-8 160 Edwardsburg, MI/Edwardsburg Kevin Bartz
TE Blaine Gorman 6-4 220 Frankfort, IL/Lincoln-Way Rob Zvonar
S Julius Graber 5-10 160 Middlebury, IN/Northridge Tom Wogomon
TE Michael Harding 6-5 225 Livonia, MI/Det. Catholic Central Tom Mach
OL Jonathan Haverdink 6-4 270 Schoolcraft, MI/Portage Northern Pete Schermerhorn
DB Quentin Hernandez 6-0 185 Haslett, MI/Haslett Charlie Otlewski
DB Michael Herzog 5-9 185 Windsor, ON/Holy Names Rob McIntyre
OL Derek Holston 6-5 260 Westerville, OH/Worthington Christian Jeff Hartings
TB Evan McGee 5-10 180 Traverse City, MI/St. Francis Josh Sellers
OL Carson McNellie 6-1 280 Concord, OH/Lake Catholic Marty Gibbons
TB Ramsey Nitzel 5-10 190 Hastings, NE/Adams Central  
WR George Pettigrew 5-11 165 Huron, OH/Woodberry Forest Scott Braswell
OL Garett Redmer 6-1 245 Hudsonville, MI/Catholic Central Todd Kolster
WR Branden Robinson 6-1 160 Lake Orion, MI/Lake Orion John Blackstock
LB Zach Urda 6-0 205 Lyndhurst, OH/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School Andrew Mooney