Class of 2009 formally announced

East St. Louis WR Kraig Appleton

Wisconsin unveiled its 21-member 2009 signing day class on Wednesday's National Signing Day.

Kraig Appleton, WR, 6-4, 200 pounds, East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis)

High School: Ranked as the No. 19 wide receiver by Scout.com … No. 27 player in the Midlands Region (SuperPrep) ... first-team all-state, all-conference and all-metro as a senior ... team captain ... had 28 receptions for 657 yards and 10 touchdowns ... second-team all-state as a junior ... first-team all-conference and all-metro ... had 42 catches for 900 yards and seven TDs... four-year letterwinner in football and track and field ... all-state in the hurdles ... honor roll student ... head coach was Darren Sunkett

Montee Ball, RB, 5-11, 215 pounds, Wentzville, Mo. (Timberland)

High School: Ranked as the No. 47 running back in the nation by Scout.com … No. 46 player in the Midlands Region (SuperPrep) ... first-team all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference as a senior ... conference all-academic ... Player of the Year (St. Louis American) ... Class 5A Player of the Year by the Missouri Football Coaches Association ... St. Louis Rams/NFL/College Hall of Fame 200 all-metro ... St. Louis Rams Golden Horn Award ... 213 carries for 2,187 yards and 41 TDs ... player of the year (St. Louis American) as a junior ... first-team all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference ... 358 carries, 3,077 yards and 32 touchdowns … appeared in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" ... St. Louis Cardinals Athlete of the Year as a sophomore ... St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sophomore of the Year ... second-team all state ... first-team all-district and all-conference ... 297 carries for 1,845 yards and 15 TDs... had 1,113 yards on 127 carries with 19 touchdowns as a freshman ... team captain and team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior ... holds all Wentzville school district rushing records with career totals of 995 carries, 8,222 yards, 107 touchdowns and an average of 8.26 yards per carry ... three-time all-academic list ... two-time letterwinner in basketball ... head coach was Craig Collins

Chris Borland, LB, 6-0, 220 pounds, Kettering, Ohio (Archbishop Alter)

High School: Recruited as an athlete but ranked at No.55 among MLB by Scout.com … First-team all-state and conference player of the year as a senior … first-team all-conference, team captain and MVP ... defensive player of the year (Ohiovarsity.com) ... 72 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries ... 1,230 yards rushing and 19 TDs ... honorable mention all-region and first-team all-conference as a junior ... nine touchdowns and 633 yards rushing and eight tackles ... 241 rushing years and 17 tackles as a sophomore ... three-time letterwinner in football ... also lettered in basketball, tennis and track and field ... placed fifth at state track meet in the shot put as a junior ... head coach was Ed Domsitz

Jon Budmayr, QB, 6-1, 185 pounds, Woodstock, Ill. (Marian Catholic Central)

High School: Ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in Illinois and the No.69 quarterback by Scout.com ... Ranked in ESPNU's top-150, MaxPreps top-100 and regional MVP by Rivals and Nike ... ranked as the No. 52 player in the Midwest (SuperPrep) ... missed entire senior campaign due to injury ... first-team all-area by the Northwest Herald and Prep Football Report as a junior ... first-team all-conference ... two-time Chicago Sun Times Player of the Week selection ... 133-for-216 for 2,033 yards, 15 TDs playing in eight games ... team MVP, first-team all-area and all-conference as a sophomore ... 124-for-211 for 1,913 yards and 14 TDs in 14 games while leading team to state runner-up ... honorable-mention all-area ... 88-for-171 for 1,226 yards and nine TDs in nine games as a freshman ... career totals of 345-for-598 (57.7%), 5,172 yards and 38 TDs ... Honor Roll all four years ... academic all-conference ... head coach was Ed Brucker

Casey Dehn, OL, 6-6, 295 pounds, Owatonna, Minn. (Owatonna)

High School: No. 106 player in the Midwest (SuperPrep) ... first-team all-state, all-area and all-conference as a senior ... finalist for Mr. Minnesota ... team captain with 84 tackles, two fumbles recovered, one forced fumble and 13.5 QB sacks ... second-team all-state and first-team all-conference as a junior ... 44 tackles, one fumble recovery and six QB sacks as a junior ... 17 tackles, one fumble recovery and one sack as a sophomore ... three-time letterwinner in football ... four-year letterwinner in track and field ... state champion in the shot put and discus as a junior ... four-year letterwinner in wrestling ... state qualifier as a junior ... head coach was Jeff Williams

Tyler Dippel, DL, 6-3, 250 pounds, Slinger, Wis. (Hartford)

High School: first-team all-state, all-region, all-area, all-conference and Washington County defensive player of the year as a junior and senior ... team MVP and captain with 72 tackles, five QB sacks and one forced fumble as a senior ... 130 tackles, seven QB sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles as a junior ... second-team all-conference with 42 tackles, three QB sacks, one interception and a forced fumble as a sophomore ... High Honor Roll ... letterwinner in football, basketball, track and field and wrestling ... head coach was Dan Brunner

Jeff Duckworth, WR, 6-0, 195 pounds, Cincinnati, Ohio (Princeton)

High School: Rated as the No. 141 wide receiver by Scout.com ... honorable mention all-state, first-team all-district and all-league as a senior ... team captain, team MVP and had 51 receptions 850 yards and eight TDs ... first-team all-district and all-league with 62 catches for 900 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior ... 550 yards through 34 catches and two TDs as a sophomore ... five receptions for 65 yards as a freshman ... career totals of 152 catches, 2,365 yards and 17 TDs ... four-time letterwinner in football and track and field ... two-time letterwinner in basketball ... all-state, all-league and all-city selection in track and field as a sophomore and junior ... GMC all-academic team as a sophomore and senior ... head coach was Bill Leach

A.J. Fenton, LB, 6-2, 215 pounds, Erie, Pa. (McDowell)

High School: Ranked as the No. 14 Mike LB in the nation (Scout) ... #54 on Scout's East top-100 ... #21 Athlete in the nation (MaxPreps) ... ranked as the No. 138 athlete by ESPN ... No. 12 SLB in the nation (Max Emfinger)... No. 14 player in the Farwest Region (SuperPrep) ... first-team all-state (AP, Pennsylvania Football News, Pittsburgh Sports Report)... Erie Sports Charities Player of the Year ... Patriot News Pennsylvania Platinum 33 Senior all-star team ... first-team all-district and all-conference ... team captain with 1,993 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns as a quarterback as a senior ... first-team all-conference and second-team all-region as a junior ... 1,073 yards and 13 TDs as a running back ... first-team all-conference with 18 TDs and 1,202 yards rushing as a sophomore ... holds school's all-time records with 4,267 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns ... had 19 100+ yard rushing games ... three-time letterwinner in football ... head coach was Mark Soboleski

Travis Frederick, OL, 6-4, 315 pounds, Sharon, Wis. (Big Foot)

High School: No. 73 player in the Midwest (SuperPrep) and No.103 by Scout.com ... Beloit Daily News and Wisconsin State Journal (small school) Player of the Year as a senior ... first-team all-state offensive and defensive lineman ... first-team all-district and all-conference ... conference lineman of the year ... team captain ... 54 tackles, nine TFLs, 1.5 QB sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries... first-team all-state offensive and defensive lineman as a junior ... first-team all-county, all-district and all-conference ... conference lineman of the year ... 53 tackles, 10 TFLs, two QB sacks and four fumble recoveries ... honorable-mention all-state as a sophomore ... first-team all-county and all-conference ... conference lineman of the year ... 46 tackles, seven TFLs and 4.5 QB sacks ... career totals of 151 tackles, 26 TFLs, eight QB sacks, two forced fumbles and seven fumbles recovered ... three-time letterwinner in football and track and field ... two-time letterwinner in wrestling ... National Honor Society member .. High Honor Roll ... head coach was Rodney Wedig

David Gilbert, DL, 6-4, 220 pounds, Savannah Lamar, Jamaica (Northeast, Oakland Park, Fla.)

High School: Ranked as No.92 defensive end by Scout.com... No. 11 player in Florida by Soflafootball.com ... 75th-best player in Florida (SuperPrep) ... first-team all-state and all-county as a senior ... all-area player (Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel) ... No. 22 ranked player by the Sun Sentinel ... team captain ... 130 tackles, 22 TFLs and 24 QB sacks ... No. 222 player in the nation ... 73 tackles, five TFLs and 15 QB sacks as a junior ... 57 tackles, 17 TFLs, nine QB sacks and two blocked field goals as a sophomore ... head coach was Adam Ratkevich

Ryan Groy, OL, 6-5, 300 pounds, Middleton, Wis. (Middleton)

High School: Ranked as the No. 37 OG in the nation by Scout.com ... rated as the No. 34 player in the Midwest (SuperPrep) ... first-team all-state (A.P. and WFCA) as a senior ... Wisconsin State Journal Player of the Year ... first-team all-area, all-region and all-conference ... team captain ... 150 pancakes and only allowed two sacks ... honorable-mention all-area as a junior ... first-team all-region and all-conference ... 87 pancakes and didn't allow a sack as a junior ... honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore ... 38 pancakes and didn't allow a sack ... three-year letterwinner ... head coach was Tim Simon

Shelby Harris, DL, 6-4, 240 pounds, Milwaukee, Wis. (Homestead)

High School: Ranked as the 50th-best DE in the nation and the No. 2 player in Wisconsin by Scout.com ... No. 33 player in the Midwest (SuperPrep) ... first-team all-state (WFCA, A.P.), all-region, all-suburban and all-conference as a senior ... Milwaukee Journal Sentinel all-area ... area player of the year ... team captain, team MVP and member of state championship team with 87 tackles, seven QB sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... first-team all-state (WFCA, AP), all-region, all-suburban and all-conference as a junior ... Milwaukee Journal Sentinel all-area ... WFCA and conference defensive player of the year ... played in state championship game ... 106 tackles, six QB sacks, two blocked punts, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovered ... member of state championship team as a sophomore ... had 45 tackles, one interception and three QB sacks ... also lettered in basketball ... head coach was Dave Keel

Jordan Kohout, DL, 6-4, 260 pounds, Waupun, Wis (Waupun)

High School: Rated as the 17th-best defensive tackle in the nation and top-ranked player in Wisconsin by Scout.com ... No. 17 player in the Midwest (SuperPrep) ... PrepStar Dream Team All-American and was the only player from Wisconsin to be nominated for the US Army All-American Team ... also nominated for the Hawaii All-Star game ... first-team all-state defensive lineman and second-team all-state offensive lineman as a senior ... only played in three games due to injury and finished with 22 tackles, eight TFLs and three QB sacks ... first-team all-state as a junior … team MVP, first-team all-conference and conference defensive lineman player of the year ... second-team all-region ... 56 tackles, 10 TFLs and 4 QB sacks ... second-team all-conference as a sophomore ... three-time letterwinner in football and two-time letterwinner in track and field ... four-time winner of All-American weight lifting award ... won the "Wooden Shoe" award for excellence in academics and athletics as a junior ... National Honor Society member ... Honor Roll all four years ... head coach was Rick Applin

Zac Matthias, OL, 6-5, 290 pounds, Hemlock, Mich. (Hemlock)

High School: Rated as the 68th-best OT in the nation (Scout.com) ... No. 62 player in the Midwest (SuperPrep) ... first-team all-state, all-area, all-conference as a senior ... all-state Dream Team ... Saginaw and Midland Dream Team ... team captain and team MVP ... 47 tackles and five QB sacks ... second-team all-area and first-team all-conference as a junior ... 39 tackles and two sacks ... second-team all-conference with 22 tackles as a sophomore ... received and academic letter in 2006 ... head coach was Adam Clark

Pat Muldoon, DL, 6-4, 255 pounds, Mason, Ohio (St. Xavier)

High School: Ranked as the No. 33 DE in the nation by Scout.com ... No. 39 player in the Midwest (SuperPrep) ... first-team all-state, all-city, all-district and all-league as a senior ... Ohio defensive player of the year ... team captain with 60 tackles, 30 TFLs, 7.5 QB sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries ... second-team all-state, first-team all-district, all-city and all-league as a junior ... had 70 tackles, 18 TFLs, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception ... 40 tackles, 13TFLs and 9.5 sacks as a sophomore ... three-year letterwinner in football ... Honor Roll all four years ... National Spanish Honor Society member ... head coach was Steve Specht

Conor O'Neill, LB, 6-1, 200 pounds, Delray Beach, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

High School: No. 29 LB in the nation by Scout.com ... 36th-best player in Florida (SuperPrep) ... all-state and all-county selection as his team won 2008 state and national championships ... team captain ... 77 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 1.5 QB sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions as a senior ... all-state and all-county selection and helped team to state title as a junior ... 67 tackles, 16 TFLs, seven QB sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception ... four-year letterwinner in football and baseball ... Honor Roll all four years ... head coach was George Smith

Jacob Pedersen, TE, 6-5, 210 pounds, Menominee, Mich. (Menominee)

High School: First-team all-state and all-conference as a senior ... Upper Peninsula defensive player of the year ... conference defensive player of the year ... team MVP and captain ... member of the U.P. all-star game and the Michigan Coaches all-star game ... winner of the Goodwill Good Sport of the Week award ... won the Clifford "Swede" Nyberg Trophy as the team's most outstanding defensive back ... had 31 receptions for 669 yards and nine touchdowns... first-team all-U.P. and all-conference as a junior ... member of Division 5 State Championship team ... had 35 catches for 774 yards and 10 TDs ... member of the Division 5 State Championship team with five catches for 145 yards and a score as a sophomore ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... Honor Roll student ... head coach was Ken Hofer

Josh Peprah, DB, 6-0, 195 pounds, McKinney, Texas (Plano East)

High School: Honorable mention all-state and first-team all-district as a senior ... team captain and won the team's Great Hit award with 82 tackles, one TFL, two forced fumbles, four pass breakups and one interception ... honorable mention all-district as a junior with 68 tackles, four pass breakups, four forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered ... first-team all district and all-county as a sophomore ... 82 tackles, three interceptions, seven pass breakups, four forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered ... three-time letterwinner in football ... head coach was Johnny Bingo

Dezmen Southward, DB, 6-1, 190 pounds, Sunrise, Fla. (Saint Thomas Aquinas)

High School: First year playing organized football ... had two interceptions ... starting defensive back for National Championship team as a senior ... three-time letterwinner in basketball ... three-year captain and two-time basketball MVP ... also competed in track and field ... honor student with a 3. 6 cumulative GPA ... head coach was George Smith

Darious Thomas, DB, 5-11, 174 pounds, Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill)

High School: First-team all-district and all-area as a senior ... team MVP and captain ... 50 tackles, six interceptions, nine forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... second-team all-district and team captain as a junior ... had 98 tackles, three interceptions, five fumble recoveries and 10 forced fumbles ... 71 tackles, four interceptions and three fumbles recovered as a sophomore ... three-time letterwinner in football ... three-time letterwinner in track and field ... all-district honoree in track ... National Honor Society member ... head coach was Joey McGuire

Brian Wozniak, TE, 6-5, 230 pounds, Loveland, Ohio (Loveland)

High School: Ranked as the No. 38 tight end by ESPN and No. 45 by Scout.com ... No. 78 player in the Midwest (SuperPrep) ... second-team All-Ohio (Ohio High) as a senior ... first-team all-conference and received conference all-academic award ... recipient of Team Leader Award ... led his team with 26 receptions for 379 yards ... also played linebacker and had 57 tackles and 3.5 QB sacks as a senior ... first-team all-division and all-conference while being named team MVP as a junior ... had 22 catches for 331 yards to go along with 57 tackles and 2.5 QB sacks... started at tight end and linebacker and had 19 tackles as a sophomore ... three-time letterwinner in football ... four-year letterwinner in basketball where he was named first-team all-division and all-conference as a junior and senior ... currently 7th all-time in points scored ... member of high school and conference leadership committees ... head coach was Andrew Marlatt

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