Ferris football announces recruiting class

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State football coach Tony Annese can now take a breather, a brief rest and nurse himself back to 100 percent health.

The Bulldog football skipper coached his team to five games more than most other teams in the nation and claimed the NCAA Division II runner-up trophy. He pointed out at Wednesday’s press conference, announcing a new class of 33 recruits, that he and his coaches had to catch up in the recruiting process once the season finally ended.

Wednesday was college football’s major signing day.

Annese had to deal with a raspy voice and consistent cough while addressing the media.

The recruiting process for this season basically came to an end on Wednesday, albeit there will be ongoing efforts to bring in additional players.

But Annese pointed out he can finally take a break of sorts.

Of course, there’s spring football right around the corner.

“Obviously it was a quick turnaround from the day we came back from the national championship game on Dec. 16,” Annese said. “I’m proud with what we did on the road. One thing that resonated with us as a staff is we really put it on the young people on how important it is to be with a championship program. That was No. 1.

“That’s where we are with this program. We’re thrilled with where we’re at. We have a lot of players back. We’re excited to on where we’ve been and our recruiting motto was kind of the best is yet to come. It’s 27 players from the state of Michigan, five from Florida and one from California. We recruited like we’re putting a team together on both sides of the ball.”

But Annese stressed where he continues to put his recruiting emphasis.

“From west central Michigan, when I took the job in 2012, I said that would be a focal point,” Annese said. “We’re excited about the class. We have great balance and extraordinary talent. We raise the level each year with great players. I want to thank the young people we recruited to be patient enough and waited for our season to end.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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