’Cats recruit 26 new players for 2012

Northern Michigan’s head football coach Chris Ostrowsky announced his first recruiting class Wednesday, Feb. 1 as 26 future NMU student-athletes signed national letters of intent on the first day of the signing period.

“I’m thrilled with what’s gone on here during the last eight weeks and I’m lucky to have great assistants that helped create a template and follow it,” Ostrowsky said. “We went out and aggressively pursued the top players in our target four states; we wanted symmetry with the class and got 13 players on offense and 13 on defense.”

The class consists of players from Michigan (20), Wisconsin (3), Illinois (2) and New Jersey (1). The lone Upper Peninsula recruit is Austin Young from Escanaba.

“We want to be cautiously optimistic and we found the football players that we wanted,” Ostrowsky said.
Ostrowsky was named the 21st head coach of the NMU football program on Wednesday, Nov. 30 after serving as the offensive coordinator for two seasons.

“We play in a great league and for us to be successful next year, we need to become a football team,” Ostrowsky added. “We will start winning when that happens.”

NMU finished 4-7 overall and 3-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for sixth-place in the North Division. The 2011 team had 23 seniors move on from football.

––NMU Sports Information