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Butler Bulldogs Announce 2016 Football Recruiting Class

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs have added 22 recruits for the upcoming 2016 Butler Football season. The upcoming class represents five different states and consists of 11 offensive players, 10 defensive players, and one specialist. There are seven players from Illinois, four from Indiana, eight from Ohio, two from North Carolina and one from Georgia.

“The Bulldogs are excited to welcome another great class of student-athletes to our football program,” said Butler Head Football Coach Jeff Voris. “This class of 22 players all fit the specific needs of our program across all positions. We feel they can not only help us on the field, but they will all fit great in our locker room, on campus, and in our community.”

Recruiting Coordinator Joe Cheshire believes the newcomers will be a great representation of what Butler stands for.

“These 22 outstanding student-athletes will continue the great tradition of Butler University Football,” said Cheshire. “We look forward to having these well-rounded young men represent the football program, Butler University and The Butler Way.”

Photo: Butler Athletics/Jeff Voris
Photo: Butler Athletics/Jeff Voris

Joining Butler for the upcoming season are:

Sam Badovinac (C, Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy)
Drew Bevelhimer (K, Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep)
Will Brown (OLB, Evansville, Ind./Evansville F.J. Reitz)
Mason Brunner (ILB, Harrison, Ohio/William Henry Harrison)
Jordan Cistola (DT, Munster, Ind./Munster)
Logan Gearhart (S, Waynesville, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick)
Jordan Greer (WR, Mableton, Ga./ Whitefield Academy)
Brad Huth (WR, Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central)
Darien Johnson (CB, Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day)
Austin Lewis (OL, North Ridgeville, Ohio./Avon)
Joey Lindstrom (QB, Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich)
Kavanaugh McCarthy (G, Liberty Twp, Ohio/Lakota West)
Kyle Niemiec (QB, Batavia, Ill./Batavia)
Eric Perry (G, Wyoming, Ohio/Wyoming)
Brian Ranallo (S, Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield)
Will Randell (TE, Newburgh, Ind./Castle)
John Stomps (OT, Miamisburg, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick)
Nicholas Stroia (G, North Canton, Ohio/Hoover)
Colin Thurston (ILB, Batavia, Ill./Batavia)
John Turley (WR, Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian)
Albert Van Fossen (DT, Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange)
John Wayland (DE, Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Carmel Catholic)

“All 22 of these student/athletes fit our program philosophy of academic achievement, lifelong service to the community, and working at winning every day,” Cheshire said. “Our staff has done a tremendous job of identifying and recruiting young men who fit our program objectives and overall university mission. We look forward to helping them all develop the skills and characteristics that will allow them to be successful for the rest of their life.”

Butler will open the 2016 season at Indiana State on Sept. 3.

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter

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