2018 Drake Football CommitmentsLandon Albrightson, DL, 6-3, 235, Woodville, Wis. (Baldwin-Woodville)Alex Birchler, TE, 6-4, 174, Red Bud, Ill., (Red Bud)Declan Carr, LB, 6-0, 205, Frankfort, Ill. (Lincoln-Way East)Patrick Conlon, OL, 6-6, 270, Arlington Heights, Ill. (Buffalo Grove)Jakobe Davidson, WR, 5-10, 180, Hutto, Texas (Hutto)Marcell Ellis, DB, 5-10, 165, Flossmoor, Ill. (Homewood-Flossmoor)Jonathan Engle, OL, 6-2, 271, Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins)Ryan Erickson, DL, 6-4, 210, Dunlap, Ill. (Dunlap)Ben Gerdes, DL, 6-3, 200, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Cedar Falls)Matthew Hartlieb, HB, 6-1, 205, Mequon, Wis. (Homestead)Johnny Hill, LB, 6-1, 207, Bondurant, Iowa (Bondurant-Farrar)Jake Hoper, DL, 6-4, 270, South Beloit, Ill. (Hononegah)Azri Jackson, OL, 6-2, 267, Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny)Ander Johnson, LB, 6-2, 225, Leawood, Kan. (Blue Valley North)Andrew Kasten, WR, 5-11, 175, Tequesta, Fla. (Dwyer)Zachary Kincade, DL, 6-2, 223, Wood River, Ill. (East Alton Wood River)Kieran Kohorst, DL, 6-4, 210, Mount Pleasant, Iowa (Mount Pleasant)Justin Lamb, QB, 6-5, 180, Parker, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)Ryan Layton, OL, 6-4, 295, Fort Worth, Texas (Timber Creek)Jack Lehmann, OL, 6-5, 265, Waukesha, Wis. (Waukesha South)Braeden McLaughlin, OL, 6-3, 283, Edmond, Okla. (Bishop McGuinness)Noah Mick, RB, 6-0, 190, Elkhorn, Neb. (Millard North)Joseph Mitchell, WR, 6-3, 170, Williamsville, Ill. (Williamsville)Daniel Morales, DB, 5-11, 180, Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak)Colin Mott, OL, 6-2, 256, Colonial Heights, Va. (Colonial Heights)Eian O’Brien, WR, 6-1, 176, Des Moines, Iowa (Roosevelt)Jackson Ostroski, OL, 6-1, 243, Bixby, Okla. (Holland Hall)Hunter Wendling, QB, 5-11, 165, Maple Valley, Wash. (Stadium)Cole Williams, DB, 6-1, 170, Bartlesville, Okla. (Bartlesville) DES MOINES, Iowa – After securing a letter of intent during the early signing period in December, the Drake University football team received letter of intent from 28 student-athletes to open the national signing period, fifth-year head coach Rick Fox announced Wednesday. The 29 new Bulldogs will join the team in August. The 2018 commitments join a program that is slated to return 12 all-Pioneer Football selections from the 2017 season in which the team posted a 7-4 record and finished second in the PFL with a 6-2 mark. Print Friendly Version “This is an incredibly exciting day that is a culmination of all kinds of hours of work. I can’t even begin to try to imagine how many hours of work by so many people here at Drake to bring in a great group of student-athletes that represent the kind of young man that we look for at Drake University. These young men want to do something great with their lives and want to be at a great educational environment and be a part of our football program to do great things on the football field,” said Fox. “We added 28 guys today in addition to the one that we signed in December. Three of them are from the local area, Johnny Hill who signed in December from Bondurant and then Azri Jackson from Ankeny High School and Eian O’Brien from Des Moines Roosevelt High School both committed today.” Johnny Hill, a Bondurant, Iowa native who committed in December, is joined by 28 student-athletes that will continue their academic and athletic careers hailing from 12 states; including California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Seventeen of the newcomers are projected as offensive players while 12 are defenders.