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QU Football: Hawks sign 29 players including four from the area

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- The Quincy University football team signed a total of 29 players to head coach Tom Pajic's second recruiting class.

Pajic said the Hawks focus was regionally based and what he termed "recruiting our backyard."

Among the commits were local products - Quincy High's Ethan Rockhold, Central/Southeastern's Dalton Heubner and Drew Miller, as well as Pittsfield/Griggsville-Perry product Dillon Butler.

Pajic thinks all of his first year players have the opportunity to be part of a bright future.

"This is the road less traveled with where we are in our football program. Why is that? We don't have a tradition that everybody yearns for. What we do have is 'You can be that guy that sets that tradition of excellence for us,'" Pajic said. 

"You can be that guy who takes that road less traveled, and 20 years from now say, 'Yeah I wasn't just a part of that...I started that."

Here is the complete list of the Hawks 2013 recruiting class:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School Head Coach

Jake Braskett WR 6-0 185 Wonder Lake, Ill./McHenry
Adehkeem Brown DB 5-10 175 St. Louis, Mo./Ladue Horton Watkins
Kirkland Burton SS 5-11 185 St. Louis, Mo./Mehlville
Dillon Butler WR 5-10 180 Griggsville, Ill./Griggsville-Perry
Cole Byford FB 6-1 220 Bertrand, Mo./Charleston
Nick Clark SS 6-1 192 Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls
Tim Cox OL 5-11 240 Troy, Mo./Troy Buchanan
Keith Craig DB 6-0 160 Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic Academy
Gabe Ferguson DB 5-11 185 Rochester, Ill./Rochester
Alex Gholson CB 6-0 175 Troy, Mo./Troy Buchanan
Chris Harris RB 6-0 190 Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart-Griffin
Kyle Harris CB 5-11 170 O'Fallon, Mo./Fort Zumwalt West
Dalton Heubner DB 5-8 170 Camp Point, Ill./Camp Point Central
Darian Johnson DL 6-2 265 Freeport, Ill./Freeport
Da'Vione Johnson OL 6-0 270 St. Louis, Mo./Soldan International
Troy Johnson FB 6-1 240 Munster, Ind./St. Rita (Ill.)
Malik Joseph LB 6-0 200 St. Louis, Mo./Vashon
Kyle Lyon SS 6-1 190 Freeburg, Ill./Freeburg Community
Dominic Masciopinto RB 5-2 155 Chicago, Ill./Steinmetz
Tyler McNeil DB 6-1 182 St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis University HS
Drew Miller OL 6-3 275 Camp Point, Ill./Camp Point Central
Justin Mitchell OL 6-0 253 Olivette, Mo./Ladue Horton Watkins
Robbie Overstreet II TE 6-4 220 Kingdom City, Mo./North Callaway
Evan Powell WR 6-4 175 St. Clair, Mo./St. Clair
Justin Riggian WR 6-1 170 Chicago, Ill./Chicago Bulls Prep
Ethan Rockhold CB 5-9 175 Quincy, Ill/Quincy
Nate Rueckemann S 6-1 190 McHenry, Ill./McHenry
Levi Smith OL 5-11 240 Red Bud, Ill./Red Bud
Shelby Wilson FS 5-9 170 Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge

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