May 30, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- In concurrence with the visits to the Miami University campus by incoming freshmen between now and June 28 for the 16 sessions of Summer Orientation, MURedHawks is introducing each of the 25 freshman football recruits to their future classmates.
Coach Don Treadwell's recruiting class was ranked No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference by Vandelay Sports last February, while four future RedHawks were ranked by Vandelay to be among the Conference's top 11 individual freshmen.
This is the first of five stories that will appear, with the remaining introductions scheduled for June 4, 11, 19 and 25. Each story will include five of Miami's recruits.
Get ready Miami freshmen ... your first-year classmates appear to have what it takes to help the RedHawk football team soar in 2012!
BRYSON ALBRIGHT - Defensive End, 6-5, 210, Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, OH ... St. Xavier High School ... Coach Steve Specht
Playing for Division I Coach of the Year Steve Specht, Albright helped lead the Bombers (10-4) to the state semifinals vs. Pickerington Central, following a victory over Moeller High School in the regional final ... earned first-team All-Ohio, all-conference, and All-Tri-State honors ... Bryson had 70 tackles and 11 quarterback sacks his senior season ... has been invited to play in Ohio's North-South All-Star Game in April ... ranked among ScoutingOhio.com's Top 150 ... he was a high school teammate of fellow RedHawk recruits Nate Gerbus and Brandyn Cook ... Albright's brother, Alex, played at Boston College and currently is a member of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys ... another brother, Brandon, plays at Georgetown College ... as high school student, Bryson volunteered with the Big Brothers and at his local senior center ... plans to major in medical studies at Miami ... he is the son of Dan and Denise Albright.
Coach Treadwell about Bryson Albright: "Bryson Albright is a really good, rangy player who had a tremendous senior year. He is very strong off the edge. When you can run and you have size, that combination can really be dangerous."
J'TERIUS BROWN (pronounced jah-TAIR-ee-us) - Defensive End, 6-3, 225 Milledgeville, GA ... Miller Grove High School ... Coach Damien Wimes
Lettering four times for the Miller Grove Wolverines and serving as captain twice, Brown recorded 13 quarterback sacks his senior year ... he has 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash ... played in the DeKalb County All-Star game as a high school junior ... he was named Miller Groves' "Mr. Senior" ... a relative, Travis Brown, played at Georgia and is currently assistant defensive line coach for the NFL's New Orleans Saints ... J'Terius's hobbies include computer technology, PhotoShop and barbering ... plans to major in finance at Miami ... the son of Latasna Brown Reaves and Jarvis Jones.
Coach Treadwell about J'Terius Brown: "J'Terius Brown's name kept popping up as someone who was keeping his options open. He's listed at 6'3, 225, and brings power and speed to the edge. He plays the game with passion and great speed. Georgia has tremendous high school football and J'Terius was one of the best players in the state last season."
RYAN CALLEN - Offensive Tackle, 6-5, 280 Hinsdale, IL ... Central High School ... Coach Rich Tarka
Rated by recruiting guru Tom Lemming as one of the top interior lineman in Illinois and among the top 30 recruits in the state ... Callen won first-team all-area honors and was honorable mention all-state ... he lettered four times in football for Hinsdale Central High as a two-way tackle, serving once as captain ... Also an outstanding shot putter, throwing 52-feet-3 -inches at the state meet ... two members of his family played football at Wisconsin and Northern Illinois ... he began his high school career at 150 pounds and is ending it 130 pounds heavier ... enjoys drawing cartoons ... Ryan is a member of the National Art Honors Society and the Honor Roll ... plans to major in computer science and minor in new media at Miami ... the son of Michael and Cathleen Callen.
Coach Treadwell about Ryan Callen: "He's just a pup, but Ryan Callen is how you like them to look before you start to work with them. We have definitely improved our team by bringing in young men like him. He's a good student and a good football player, and he plays his position with toughness."
BRANDYN COOK - Offensive Line, 6-2, 295 Cincinnati, OH ... St. Xavier High School ... Coach Steve Specht
A teammate of fellow RedHawk recruits Bryson Albright and Nate Gerbus, Cook helped lead Coach Steve Specht's Bombers to a 10-4 record, a Region 4 championship and a berth in the 2011 Division I state semifinals ... named as the Anthony Munoz Offensive Lineman of the Year ... won first-team all-conference, all-city and All-Southwest Ohio ... the Cincinnati Enquirer named Cook to its Division I all-star team ... he also was a honorable mention selection on the Sports Illustrated All-America team ... he will play in April's Ohio North-South Classic ... ranked No. 65 on ScoutingOhio.com's Top 150 ... lettered three seasons as an offensive center and also three years as a weight man for St. Xavier's track & field squad ... he was a high school teammate of fellow RedHawk recruits Nate Gerbus and Bryson Albright ... volunteered at the Glendale Elderly Center ... enjoys reading books about ancient Greece and Rome ... Brandyn's father played football at Murray State ... plans to major in business and minor in history ... the son of Bradley and Kimberly Cook.
Coach Treadwell about Brandyn Cook: "Brandyn Cook was very highly recruited by a number of BCS schools, but he felt like Miami was a great choice for him. He will play an interior position for us, either at center or at guard. What excites us is his tenacity."
NICK CUSTER - Offensive Line, 6-4, 275 Cincinnati, OH ... Elder High School ... Coach Doug Ramsey
A football star at Elder High School, he also played baseball and basketball for the Panthers ... won first-team All-GCL honors his senior year and was honorable mention all-city, overcoming a torn pectoral injury he suffered as a junior ... ranked among ScoutingOhio.com's Top 150 ... involved as a tutor at local grade schools ... has compiled a 3.8 GPA in the class room ... a cousin, Brad Hughes, played football at Miami, and an uncle, Dan O'Brien, was a quarterback at UC ... ... plans to major in business at Miami ... the son of George and Kim Custer.
Coach Treadwell about Nick Custer: "We've been involved a long time with Nick. We envision him being an interior offensive lineman. As he begins to fill out and builds up his strength, Nick is really going to be able to give us some size."
The Miami RedHawk football squad is "All In" for the 2012 season! Are you? Get your tickets today so that you can be part of what promises to be an exciting season. Invite your family to be a part of Miami's popular "Family Weekend", September 26-27. The RedHawks host arch-rival Ohio that Saturday afternoon, so there's no better time to root on the Red & White. Purchase four Family Weekend tickets for just $44! But wait ... there's more! Included in the purchase are four vouchers for free hot dogs and drinks AND a free Miami hat. To order, call (513) 529-HAWK, visit the Athletic Ticket Office at Millett Hall, or order tickets online at www.MURedHawks.com.