June 5, 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 second of five stories that will appear, with the remaining introductions scheduled for June 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!
ORLANDO DAVID: Tight End, 6-3, 240 ... Miami, FL ... Chaminade-Madonna High School ... Coach Tim Tyrrell
Rated as the 15th-best prospect in Broward County ... chosen to the Sun-Sentinel's 2011 Class 5A-4A-3A-2A offensive first-team ... in a running system, David was the wildcard for Chaminade-Madonna's offense, and had a stellar season both blocking and receiving ... received offers from numerous schools, including Alabama, Nebraska, Illinois and West Virginia.
Coach Treadwell about Orlando David: "Orlando is a tremendous athlete who could play just about any position on the field, from a tight end on offense, to an end or a linebacker on defense. We're very excited about him and his ability to block and play downfield as a mismatched receiver. A lot of different BCS schools wanted him, but he felt that Miami was the right fit for him. We have been blessed."
TERRY DAVIS: Offensive Line, 6-4, 305 ... Wyoming, OH ... Wyoming High School ... Coach Bernie Barre
The Cincinnati Enquirer calls Davis "one of the area's top recruits in the 2012 class" ... as a senior, he was a first-team choice for all-state, all-district and All-CHL ... a three-time letter winner in football and one-time captain, his sophomore team went 13-1 and played in the state semifinals ... Davis's junior team was 9-1 and his senior squad was 6-4 ... ranked No. 70 on ScoutingOhio.com's Top 150 ... he also lettered twice as a first baseman for Wyoming ... active in community service for his church ... in the classroom, he carries a 3.2 GPA ... the son of Terry and Marquita Wilson-Davis.
Coach Treadwell about Terry Davis: "Like several of our other recruits, Terry was sought after by several big-time programs. At 6'4 and 300 pounds, he'll play on the edge as a tackle. We're very fortunate to have attracted him to Miami. He's got a great family and support system at home, and you can see that when you look at him."
DAVID DeLEON: (pronounced day-lee-OWN) ... Defensive Tackle, 6-1, 278 ... Bamberg, SC ... Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School ... Coach Kevin Crosby
Chose Miami over Minnesota, Colorado, Pitt, Illinois and others ... Rivals, Scout and ESPN all rated him a three-star player ... Orangeberg, South Carolina's Times and Democrat named him its 2011 Defensive Player of the Year ... played in South Carolina's Shrine Bowl ... DeLeon finished last season with 69 tackles, 17 TFLs and six quarterback sacks ... his Bamberg-Ehrhardt team played for the state title in 2010 ... a heavyweight on the school's defending Class A state champion wrestling squad ... a 3.6 GPA high school student, he plans to major in computer engineering at Miami ... born in Brooklyn, New York, he's the son of David DeLeon and Dianne Patterson.
Coach Treadwell about David DeLeon: "On his visit, you wouldn't know who was the upperclassman and who was the recruit. He not only looks the part, he plays that way on the field. To say the least, he's a dominant player and we're very pleased that he chose Miami. He has stood out among all of the elite players in both South and North Carolina."
JOSH DOOLEY: Linebacker, 5-11, 200 ... Mason, OH ... William Mason High School ... Coach Brian Castner
A two-time captain for Coach Brian Castner's Mason Comets, he twice earned all-conference honors ... also was a first-team all-district member and an honorable mention all-stater ... the Cincinnati Enquirer named him to its Division II-VI all-Star Team ... in 7.5 games his senior year, Josh had 76 tackles, six quarterback sacks, broke up eight passes, forced six fumbles and recovered four fumbles ... during his three-year career, he recorded 238 stops, 17 PBUs, six TFLs and intercepted four enemy passes ... ranked No. 85 on ScoutingOhio.com's Top 150 ... lettered four times in track and field as a sprinter and long jumper, being named all-conference as a member of the 4x100 relay team ... comes from a very athletic family, his brother Jake will be a senior linebacker at Kent State ... his father played football at Kentucky and his grandfather played baseball at Indiana ... intends to major in business at Miami ... the son of Kevin and Lori Dooley.
Coach Castner about Josh Dooley: "Josh is the type of player that loves the ball and he will do anything in the course of a play to get to it! He was a high impact player for the Mason Comets and he soon will be for Coach Tread and Redhawks!! He will represent the `M' the right way!"
Coach Treadwell about Josh Dooley: "Josh is a very impressive individual when you first meet him. He has tremendous range and will play a valuable role as a member of our special teams. He's a linebacker who loves to run and strike people."
AUSTIN GEARING: Quarterback, 6-5, 210 ... Franklin, OH ... Bishop Fenwick High School ... Coach Fred Cranford
A first-team all-conference player, second-team all-district and Fenwick's Offensive Player of the Year, Austin completed 63-of-116 passes for 979 yards and nine touchdowns ... he ran the football for 819 yards and 13 TDs ... career-wise, he completed 125-of-230 passes for 2,005 yards and had 14 TDs against only six interceptions ... rushed 211 times for 1,450 career yards for 27 TDs ... ranked No. 87 on ScoutingOhio.com's Top 150 ... lettered twice in football and twice in lacrosse, captaining both teams ... active with Matthew 25 Ministries and with the Renaissance Inn Retirement Home ... the son of Brandon and Bessie Gearing.
Coach Cranford about Austin Gearing: "Austin is a complete athlete, a very versatile, two-dimensional quarterback that will make an impact running or throwing the football. He's a very tough, physical quarterback who puts any defense in a position to defend the quarterback. Austin is a student of the game who has his best football ahead of him."
Coach Treadwell about Austin Gearing: "We've been in contact with Austin from the very beginning and we even had him a camp this past year. His height and his range are intangibles that excite you and he is extremely athletic. When his receivers are covered, he can tuck the ball and become a weapon as a runner."
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.