It's been a busy morning, with the future of UB Football being inked to their NLI's, and we have everything you need to know about the incoming class. Be sure to pop over in today's Open Thread and chat; also for reference you can take a peek at the recruiting database to see which faces are new and how many verbal commits ended up with their name on the dotted line.
Buffalo Bulls Football Class of 2016
Johnson was the first to sign and is a new name to this year's recruiting class. Johnson is the replacement for the recently Maryland-bound Max Bortenschlager, and although there isn't much out there on him he has intriguing size. We managed to dig up a highlight video that you can watch HERE.
Fuzak was a local product and a name we've known about for a while; the Trench Trophy winner brings great size to a revamped defensive front.
Sheets was another name we only found out about days ago. He can place kick, punt and kickoff, and holds the 4th longest punt in SC history with 80 yards (!). He looks to be the heir apparent to the Grassman throne.
Another under-the-radar prospect who played his prep career in UB's backyard. Lefebvre is nearly identical in size to the departed Matt Weiser and could be the next big receiving threat at TE for UB.
Another 3 star prospect for Matt Simon to work with, Pickett's tape shows a back with straight-line burst to break off a big run, but elusiveness and power to elude and shed tacklers.
After playing for former UB great Justin Winters at St. Vincent Palotti, Mulbah comes in listed as an outside linebacker and will likely play a similar role as Brandon Berry and Okezie Alozie.
Overton was one of UB's first big verbal commits, and he can do a little bit of everything on the field. But where he will probably be seen his freshman year is returning kicks where he had over 700 return yards and 2 touchdowns in his senior year alone.
An interesting blend of size and fluidity in coverage, Baker was a 3 star prospect coming out of Florida and adds much needed length to the UB defensive backfield.
Another recent name, Otwinowski was initially a Kent State commit before he flipped to UB just days prior to NSD. Otwinowski hails from Trevor Sales' hometown in Indiana and can be used as a run stuffing inside linebacker or as a pass rusher on the outside.
Wright is another new name revealed on signing day. He's a bit lanky right now, but has the frame to put on some muscle and be a real force for UB at linebacker. Wright features 4.5 40 speed which was deadly in high school when he was sent after opposing quarterbacks.
Awoskia is a 3 star lineman who can play either tackle or guard for UB and already has the size to contribute immediately.
There's still a couple of known names that (at the time of publish) haven't signed their LOI's yet, including: Jonathan Lee, a 3 star running back from Maryland, Antonio Nunn, an athlete from Tampa, Florida, and Tyler Ringwood a local OLB from Bishop Timon.
***UPDATE 12:30 PM***
In the two hours since the original post there have been some additional signees heading to Buffalo to start their college careers, including a few nice surprises.
Wilson is a JUCO transfer coming to UB from West Hills College in California. Standing at 6-2 and checking in at 235 pounds, Wilson is another instant impact player that will likely see time in the linebacking corps this upcoming season.
Hill was arguably the biggest surprise of the day. A 3 star prospect from Don Bosco prep in New Jersey, Hill was originally a Maryland commit and had offers from Pitt, Army, Navy and Old Dominion.
Another flip for iCoach is Holsey who was initially committed to Troy by way of Independence Community College. Holsey is nearly a complete receiver with excellent size and legitimate 4.4 speed. That combination can be deadly in the MAC; especially with Holsey's ability to win contested deep balls.
By all accounts, Antonio Nunn will be signing, but there's still no word from the Department on an LOI being signed. We've also found out that Jonathan Lee has decomitted and will sign with Navy