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WIU Football: Nielson's focus is up front in first class


MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -- Bob Nielson has hit the ground running in his first two months on the job as Western Illinois football coach.

On Wednesday he unveiled his first recruiting class.

Of the 21 commits Nielson and his staff signed, 11 are on the offensive side of the football while 10 are defensive players.

The emphasis was up front with 10 players either on the offensive or defensive lines.

Nielson is certainly pleased with the results.

"I think it's a good class. I told people I felt confident we were going to be able to put together a good class and I certainly believe we've done that," he told WGEM Sports. 

"They're a group of outstanding people first and foremost, great students, and the kinds of players that we need to develop in our system to be successful at this level."

Here is the Leathernecks 2013 recruiting class:

Name                           Pos         Ht.      Wt.     Hometown (High School/JUCO)
Eriq Baird                     DB           6-0     176     Peoria, IL (Peoria)
Josh Baldus                 DL           6-5     260     Palatine, IL (Palatine)
Joey Borsellino            WR          5-11   185     Oak Brook, IL (Montini Catholic)
Adam Brott                  LB           6-2     195     St. Clair, MO (St. Clair)
Jordan Detweiler         OL           6-5     260     Williamsburg, IA (Williamsburg)
Rhys Gervais               QB          6-3     200     Puyllap, WA (Lakes)
Hollis Henry                 DL           6-3     240     Wheaton, IL (Wheaton-Warrenville South)
Jacob Judd                  OL           6-3     260     Clinton, IA (Clinton)
Lance Lenoir, Jr.          WR          6-0     171     Crete, IL (Crete Monee)
Sterling Mack              LB           6-2     220     Miramar, FL (Dade Christian)
Mick Nelson                 DL           6-3     255     Vadnais Heights, MN (Mounds View)
Devin O'Hara               QB/ATH  6-5     190     Mt. Prospect, IL (Prospect)
Colin Olson                  DL           6-4     230     Mt. Prospect, IL (Prospect)
Marquette Privott         DB           6-1     185     Chicago, IL (Rich East/College of DuPage)
Joe Pyszka                  OL           6-5     270     Peru, IL (Saint Bede Academy)
Devon Sanders            RB           5-9     185     Chicago, IL (Robeson)
Hi-C Scott                    WR          5-9     190     Phoenix, AZ (Central/Scottsdale CC)
Brett Taylor                  LB           6-2     225     Macomb, IL (Macomb)
James Torgerson        OL           6-5     270     Springfield, IL (Springfield)
Jordan Veloz                DL           6-3     240    Oak Creek, WI (Oak Creek)
Martin Woods              OL           6-3     280    Glendale, AZ (Independence/Glendale CC)
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