Wayne State football introduced its 2019 recruiting class at the program’s 15th Annual Football Futures Night at the Matthaei Thursday.
After posting classes between 15 to 18 players in recent years, WSU signed 30 players in this year’s class, with 28 players signing National Letters of Intent and two players signing Letters of Commitment.
While WSU signed a few players they scouted early on, head coach Paul Winters said the entire recruiting class is impressive.
“We brought in so much talent (and) every position is upgraded because of these guys,” Winters said.
During the event, head coach Paul Winters and his coaching staff showed highlights of each player and discussed their skills.
Offensive line coach Scott Wooster said incoming defensive tackle Damond Duncan reminded him of Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons by the Associated Press.
Winters said the Warriors heavily recruited cornerbacks and wide receivers. The team signed seven players to make up for the five graduating players on last season’s roster.
While most of the new players coming to campus in the fall will be experiencing life at Wayne State for the first time, there was a hint of familiarity with four of the new recruits.
WSU signed offensive lineman Ty Potter and wide receiver Max Nicklin — brothers of two current players. along with wide receiver Darrin King II, whose father played at Wayne State from 1989 to 1992 and kicker/punter Jackson Griskie, whose grandfather Tom Bomberski was a co-captain on WSU’s 1970 team.
Winters said he sees an opportunity for members of this year’s class to earn playing time in the fall.
“There is open competition at some positions,” he said. “Those positions include corners, safeties and special teams.”
Winters said he is looking for the recruiting class to have on the team’s performance with their work ethic, talent and competitiveness.
“The work ethic that these guys show is going to push everybody in front of them,” Winters said.
The players currently on the roster are participating in the team’s winter conditioning program. A date for this year’s spring football game will be announced next month.