TOLEDO, OH - The University of Toledo football program got a head start on its 2011 recruiting class with the addition of eight student-athletes who will join the team this semester. Head coach Tim Beckman and his staff added two junior college players, four freshmen who originally signed with the program a year ago and two transfers who will be eligible to play in 2012.
The new players who are eligible to play in 2011 are linebacker Jordan Barnes, defensive lineman Keenan Gibbs, cornerback John James, tight end Colby Kratch, defensive lineman Phil Lewis and cornerback Keith Suggs. Gibbs, James and Suggs will have freshman eligibility in 2011. Barnes, Kratch and Lewis are junior college transfers; Barnes will be eligible as a sophomore in 2011, while Kratch and Lewis will be juniors.
Two transfers, Vladimir Emlien from Michigan and Jordan Haden from Florida, will have to sit out a year before becoming eligible to play in 2012.
We are very excited to add these eight young men to the Rocket family, said Rockets head coach Tim Beckman. To be able to go through our off-season workouts and then later participate in spring practices will be a huge advantage for them.
Signing day for the remainder of the 2011 recruiting class is Feb. 2.
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