Saturday, June 22, 2013

Members of Notre Dame College's recruiting class shine in News-Herald Senior Bowl

The News-Herald Senior Bowl provided an opportunity for four members of Division II Notre Dame College's 2013 recruiting class to compete -- and win -- together before arriving on campus.

Euclid's Juwan Ford, McKenny Mitchell and Terrence Roscoe, and Lake Catholic's Evan Grosel, four pieces of the Falcons' 55-player recruiting class, helped the White team post a 13-0 victory Friday.

Ford, a 5-foot-9, 223-pound running, earned the Dick Beeler Award given to the most valuable player by rushing for a game-record 134 yards on 24 carries. Ford displayed a powerful, low-to-the-ground running style. Most of his runs originated between the tackles, but he also showed an ability to spin around and juke defenders.

The 5-foot-7, 215-pound Mitchell started at fullback and served as Ford's lead blocker. Mitchell, though, suffered a serious leg injury on the game's final play.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Rocoe started at outside linebacker and held a major role in a defense that pitched the first shutout in Senior Bowl history. The game could be Roscoe's last as a linebacker. He was recruited to play strong safety. Roscoe brings Division I size to NDC's secondary.

"I'm very excited about going to Notre Dame," Roscoe said following the game. "I can't wait to step on campus that first day.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Grosel also has Division I size. He started at left tackle, helping clear the way for Ford. Grosel played tackle at Lake Catholic and was recruited by the NDC staff to play the premium position. Ford, Mitchell, Roscoe and Grosel all live in Euclid.

"It was fun to play with those guys," Grosel said.

NDC joins the Mountain East Conference this season. The Falcons open the season Sept. 7 against Malone in Lyndhurst. The school is making a major commitment to football. Construction of an on-campus field started last month, and Coach Adam Howard has a full allotment of 36 scholarships to divide among players.

NDC starting quarterback Ray Russ (South) was the MVP of the inaugural Senior Bowl in 2011.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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