The class includes players from nine states. Twelve players are from Ohio. Here’s a quick glance at a few of the players.
Kettering connection: Alter offensive lineman Nathan Grey is the tallest player in the class at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds. Grey met Chamberlin when he was in sixth grade. His grandma goes to Chamberlin's church: Northridge Wesleyan.
“Our church always has a Super Bowl party,” Chamberlin said. “I would bring in equipment for people to try on and get a feel for shoulder pads and helmets and all that. Nathan’s grandmother brought him to our Super Bowl party. He tried on the Dayton helmet. They took a picture of us. Now the young man ends up coming here. I always tell them to send a picture along with some sports information, and they sent that picture of Nathan. I had never seen it. He’s grown up.”
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Springfield recruit: Jake Lyons, a defensive tackle who made the All-Ohio second team last season, will be the first player from Springfield Catholic Central to play football at Dayton since the 1980s or early 1990s, Chamberlin said.
“He’s so excited about being a Flyer,” Chamberlin said. “He came to about every one of our spring practices and watched us.”
Familiar opponent: Joe Durham, a defensive end from Bishop Fenwick, has a brother, Vincent, who will be a junior tight end at Davidson in the fall. Davidson plays at Dayton on Sept. 22.
Long trip: Chamberlin believes Kyle Finnick, a defensive tackle from Simi Valley, Calif, is the program's first recruit from California since the 1980s. Dayton's recruiting budget doesn't let it recruit that far from home, but the coaches will take a look at game tape if a recruit contacts them, especially if it's a defensive linemen because Chamberlin said that's one of the toughest positions to recruit.
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“His father’s actually from Wisconsin, so he’s familiar with the Midwest,” Chamberlin said. “He has an older brother who’s a student at Dartmouth, so moving away from home was not that big a deal for the family.”
Family connections: Michael Drobnick, a wide receiver from Saint Ignatius, is the nephew of former Dayton linebacker Ed Drobnick.
Logan Hannah, a defensive end from Valley View, is the younger brother of Shane Hannah, who played linebacker for the Flyers and graduated this spring.
One quarterback: Jack Albers, of St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Ky., is the only quarterback in the class.
“Jack, along with probably three other quarterbacks, we had rated high that we were going to bring in for their visits, and we did,” Chamberlin said. “Jack committed to us pretty early. In fact, he committed to us on his visit in January. We thought about adding another quarterback, but we never really had a commitment from anybody else who really fit, so we said we were just going to go with Jack there. How can you argue with a kid who won a state championship in high school?”
Dayton football 2018 recruiting class
• Jack Albers, QB, 6-0, 180, Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier)
• Sam Broom, DB, 5-11, 170, Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Catholic)
• Jack Chisholm RB, 5-9, 185, Union, Ky. (Ryle)
• Michael Drobnick, WR, 6-0, 195, Valley View, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
• Joe Durham, DE, 6-3, 225, Cincinnati (Fenwick)
• Grant Dyer, LB, 6-1, 215, Crescent Spring, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
• Kyle Finnick, DT, 6-2, 270, Simi Valley, Calif. (Bishop Alemany)
• Martin Geary, OL, 6-2, 270, Chicago, Ill. (Loyola Academy)
• Nathan Grey, OL, 6-4, 275, Dayton (Alter)
• Jack Gewinner, DT, 6-2, 250, St. Louis, Mo. (DeSmet Jesuit)
• Logan Hannah, DE, 6-1, 240, Springboro, Ohio (Valley View)
• Khalis Hicks, DB, 5-8, 170, Mason (Sycamore)
• Christian Kelly, DB, 5-8, 165, Cincinnati (Sycamore)
• Cullen Krombach, OL, 6-1, 270, Westerville (St. Francis de Sales)
• Jonny Krone, WR, 5-11, 180, Wentzville, Mo. (Francis Howell)
• Jake Lyons, DT, 6-2, 245, Springfield (Catholic Central)
• Danny Meehan, LB, 6-2, 215, Orland Park, Ill. (Marist)
• Luke Ricobene, WR, 5-11, 170, Elmhurst, Ill. (Immaculate Conception)
• Zach Rumpke, LB, 6-0, 200, Cincinnati (La Salle)
• Owen Smith, DB, 5-11, 185, Piqua (Lehman Catholic)
• Michael Stodola, DT, 6-1, 245, Barrington, Ill. (Barrington)
• Josh Trautman, OL, 6-3, 285, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Central Catholic)
• Andrew Uhls, DE, 6-3, 240, Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier)
• Joey Verdes, WR, 6-1, 175, Delaware, Ohio (Buckeye Valley)
• Matt Young, TE, 6-1, 220, Dearborn, Mich. (Detroit Central Catholic)
• Mason Ziegenfuss, DB, 6-2, 196, Chardon, Ohio (Chardon)