OXFORD, Ohio – With Summer Orientation allowing incoming freshmen to visit Miami University’s campus through the next four weeks, MURedHawks would like to introduce these incoming recruits to their future classmates.

Each story will feature four incoming freshmen.

Get excited future RedHawks, your incoming classmates seem to have what it takes to help make Miami’s 2013-2014 season a remarkable one!


Randy Anderson: Defensive Back, 6-2, 190 – Mason, OH – Mason High School – Coach Brian Castner

Selected as Mason High’s best defensive back, Randy earned three letters as a safety for Coach Castner’s Mason Comets and won first-team all conference honors.  He collected 36 tackles last season, picking off two interceptions and four tackles for loss. Randy was also active in community service and an honor roll student every year within his high school career.

Coach Treadwell about Randy Anderson: "Randy is a big, rangy safety who really strikes his opponent. He has demonstrated to us that he can tackle and wrap up. He's got so much more that he can add to his frame."


Bert Birdsall: Defensive Back, 6-0, 160 - Chesterfield, MO - CBC High School - Coach Scott Pingel

Chosen first-team all-metro, all-district and all conference, Bert was a consensus all-state selection. He was Coach Scott Pingel’s captain and co-defensive player of the year in 2012, recording 38 tackles and six interceptions. Also participating in track throughout his high school career, Bert had personal-best times of :21.9 in the 200 meters and 49.5 in the 400 meters. He plans to study business management at Miami this coming fall.

Coach Treadwell about Bert Birdsall: "Bert and another one of our recruits, TK Williams, were teammates at CBC. He's a great track athlete as well and can really run with receivers as a lock-down corner."


Collin Buchanan: Offensive Line, 6-5, 305 - Southfield, MI – Southfield High School –Coach Tim Conley

Rated as the state’s 28th-best player on the 2012 Detroit News Blue Chip List, Collin was a two-time all-conference selection. His Southfield High School team was district champions in three of his four seasons and was ranked No. 5 in the state of Michigan.  Collin was also active in community service projects and was an honor roll student.

Coach Treadwell about Collin Buchanan: "Collin has a chance to really be a specimen. He's a thick 6-5. Also, he's got long arms, a trait that you look for in a tackle."


AJ Burdine: Defensive End/Athlete, 6-3, 270 – Cincinnati, OH – Elder High School –Coach Doug Ramsey

Coach Doug Ramsey’s Elder team, for which AJ played, was a regional semi-finalist and ranked sixth within the state of Ohio. AJ was chosen to play in the East-West All-Star Game and, despite weighing 270 pounds, runs :04.6 in the 40-yard dash and :11.4 in the 100-meter dash. He also earned letters in track and basketball, was a member of Elder High’s honor roll, and was involved in community service projects. AJ plans to study business at Miami this coming fall.

Coach Treadwell about AJ Burdine: "In his junior year, AJ was a single back in the option and he was special. We're not ruling him out as a short-yardage back, even more than that. Come August, we'll have a better idea of where AJ can help us most."

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