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Football Program Adds 27 on Signing Day

Football Program Adds 27 on Signing Day

As part of National Signing Day 2020, the Hillsdale College football program is proud to welcome 27 new players to the program, joining Team 128.

The complete list of Signing Day additions appears below. Chargers head coach Keith Otterbein expects to add to this initial list of 27 throughout the spring.

A number of local prospects highlight Hillsdale's 2020 recruiting class. Brothers Nick and Ben Affholter from Reading High School, located in Hillsdale County, are two members of this class. They are fresh off claiming a state championship for the Rangers, and are cousins of current Charger players Martin Petersen and Shannon Petersen.

Additional players with Hillsdale ties include Isaac TeSlaa and Nicholas Broome, whose fathers played for the Chargers in the 1990s. Riley Tolsma is the younger brother of former Charger women's track standout Rachael Tolsma.

This year's class has an average high school grade point average of 4.1, keeping with the high academic standards Otterbein and his staff are intent on pursuing with their recruiting.

"Our players have been improving in the classroom continuously over the past several years, something we take a great deal of pride in,"Otterbein said. "In addition, we feel like this year's class is full of really taalented football players."

The Chargers have put together three winning seasons in their three years as members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. In 2019, Hillsdale had three All-Americans on the roster and three players - Luke Keller, Drake Temple and Mark Konkle - winning individual G-MAC awards.

The 2020 season begins at home for the Chargers on Saturday, Sept. 5 against Northwood University. Homecoming is scheduled for the following week, Saturday, Sept. 12, against the University of Indianapolis.


2020 Charger Football Recruiting Class

OL Nicholas Affholter 6-3 288 Quincy, MI/Reading Rick Bailey
OL Benjamin Affholter 6-3 275 Quincy, MI/Reading Rick Bailey
WR Parker Anderson 6-0 145 Nashville, MI/Lakewood Coach Boucher
WR Bart Bixler 5-11 170 Anna, OH/Anna Nick Marino
LB Nicholas Broome 6-1 185 Livonia, MI/Stevenson Randy Micalles
LS Nick Claxton 5-10 206 Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth Senior Justin Todd
LB Luke Costantino 6-2 210 Elyria, OH/Elyria Catholic Brian Fox
LB/DE Trevor DeGroote 6-3 220 Schoolcraft, MI/Schoolcraft Terrry Haas
TB Owen Gardner 5-7 165 Cassopolis, MI/Ross Beatty Dan Purlee
DB Jackson Gillock 5-10 155 Rockwall, TX/Rockwall Rodney Webb
OL Eli Haidamous 6-3 290 Holt, MI/Holt Chad Fulk
WR Lucas Juricic 6-1 170 Birmingham, MI/Bishop Foley Brian Barnes
DE Gavin LaFollette 6-0 205 Hillsdale, MI/Hillsdale Marc Lemerand
K/P Ethan Lamoreaux 6-3 200 Lebanon, OH/Landmark Christian Mark Estes
K/P Julian Lee 5-9 140 White Lake, MI/Notre Dame Prep Pat Fox
OL Whit Lewis 6-3 248 West Olive, MI/Zeeland West John Shillito
LB Zachary Pardonnet 6-1 215 Brighton, MI/Brighton Brian Lemons
OL Noah Parlee 6-2 260 Ankeny, IA/Ankeny Centennial Ryan Pezzetti
OL Joshua Raimonde 6-2 280 Monclova, OH/Anthony Wayne Andy Brungard
DB Drew Ransom 5-11 180 Akron, OH/Copley Senior Jake Parsons
TB Jack Robinson 6-0 190 Chadron, OH/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Andrew Mooney
QB Connor Stutz 6-3 190 Parchment, MI/Parchment Wayne Hinton
WR Isaac TeSlaa 6-3 182 Hudsonville, MI/Unity Christian Craig Tibbe
DT Zachary Tokie 6-3 265 Grawn, MI/Traverse City West Greg Vaughan
DL Zachary Tong 6-2 230 Coldwater,MI/Coldwater Jeff Schorfhaar
LB Riley Tolsma 6-3 200 Hamilton, MI/Hamilton Chris Myers
DT Jack Van Wormer 6-1 245 Conover, WI/Northland Pines Eric Swanson
WR Austen Williams 6-4 180 Akron, OH/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Dan Larlham
DB Joshua Winowich 5-10 200 Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day Dan MacLean
DB Sam Zemis 6-1 170 New Philadelphia, OH/New Philadelphia Matt Dennison