Football signs 30 freshmen, seven transfers
The Pittsburg State football team didn’t live up to its No. 1 preseason ranking this past year, but the 2013 recruiting class is proof that the coaches intend to march back to the top in the near future.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, also known across sports nation as the national signing day for college football, saw PSU grab 30 high school players along with seven transfers, with some of the top recruits coming right out of a few conference rivals’ backyards.
The coaching stayed close to home for the most signees, as most Division II colleges do, but also managed to reel in a few long distance recruits, including two recruits from Albuquerque, N.M.
It’s well known that simply grabbing talented athletes won’t result in a good draft class and Coach Tim Beck and his staff clearly kept the needs in mind. Running backs, wide receivers and linemen, both offensive and defensive, litter the list of signees.
In addition to the freshman signees are the transfer athletes, most notably Isaac Maselera. Maserlera, who spent his first two seasons at Oklahoma State and will provide immediate depth at the safety position.
As a perennial powerhouse, PSU is usually deep at most positions, but Beck rotates players at multiple positions and enjoys his depth. With departures of last season and the previous one, this class looks to be exactly what the Gorillas need.
David Cardinal Jr.
freshman running back
Cardinal was a first-team Kansas Class 5A All-State selection as a senior in 2012.
He was the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
Cardinal was selected to the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl.
Even with the departure of seniors, Briceton Wilson, Jason Spradling and Trezz Tillman, Cardinal will have to impress the coaches in practice to see significant action in the ever-deep Gorillas backfield.
(Hays High School)
LePage was a first-team Missouri Class 6A All-State selection at quarterback as a senior in 2012.
He compiled 4,300 career passing yards with 42 TDs and 1,063 career rushing yards with 18 scores.
LePage was also a state medalist in sprint relays in track and field.
(Jefferson City High School)
Completed passes: 101 of 188
Chadd competed in one season at Hutchinson Community College, helping the Blue Dragons to the 2011 Salt City Bowl championship and a 10-3 record.
He was a Kansas Class 5A All-State selection in high school and a two-time All-City League performer
Chadd was also a 40th round draft choice of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010.
Look for Chadd to see some special action where the Gorilla coaching staff can take advantage of his athleticism.
(Hutchinson Community College)
Maserlera completed two seasons at Oklahoma State University and is the brother of current PSU football player Israel Maserlera.
In high school he was an Oklahoma Class 4A All-State performer as a senior 2010 and helped the Warriors to the 4A state title as a sophomore in 2008.
The Gorillas have some depth at the safety position, but it’s also a position that is constantly plagued by injury. Either way Maserlera will likely make an impact in the 2013 season.
(Oklahoma State University)
freshman runningback/wide receiver
Rose was a New Mexico Class 5A All-State selection as a senior in 2012.
He was also a successful kick returner averaging 28.8 yards on kickoff returns and 13.4 yards on punt returns
Apart from his running back and receiver roles, Rose spent time at cornerback as well and is a two-time All-Metro selection for the Bears.
Rose is football’s version of a utility fielder and could see some time thanks to his versatility.
(LaCueva High School)
Yards: 1,355 ru. 699 rec.
Touchdowns: 15 ru.
freshman defensive end
Speer was first-team Missouri Class 4A selecion at Webb City High School in te 2011 and 2012 season.
He recieved All-District accolades his final two season and helped WCHS to a 30-0 record which included back-to-back Missouri Class 4A state championships his junior and senior seasons.
(Webb City High School)
Career sacks: 21