The Case Western Reserve University football office recently announced its class of 2012. The list of 28 incoming freshman includes an overwhelming amount of student-athletes from Ohio.
"Although we have had a lot of kids from out of state come in and contribute, the backbone of our team is from the state of Ohio," said Head Coach Greg Debeljak. "It's a great football state as far as guys knowing what it takes to be successful."
The Spartans will welcome 10 defensive, 13 offensive, four defensive/offensive and one special teams recruits to camp on August 12. The by state breakdown is: Ohio (18), Pennsylvania (8), California (1) and Michigan (1).
"We probably would have liked to have added a few more defensive players, but we have had success in the past moving guys from offense to defense, especially at the wide receiver and quarterback positions," Debeljak continued. "There is quite a bit of talent coming in and obviously a lot of talent coming back, so I think we will be able to move some guys [to the other side of the ball]."
Case Western Reserve posted the most regular season wins in school history in 2007 and only the second undefeated season [10-0] in the modern era. The Spartans (11-1 overall in 2008), who claimed a University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship, followed that up by their first NCAA postseason appearance, which included an opening round win against Widener University.
After the smoke cleared last year, the Spartans were ranked 15th nationally. They will begin the 2008 campaign ranked in the top 20 in three separate polls: 10th by Lindy's, 12th by The Sporting News and 16th by USA TODAY.
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