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UB announces 2018 initial signing class, includes two WNY natives

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 15:02:24-05

Fourteen high school football players have chosen to take their talents to UB, a class UB Head Coach Lance Liepold is extremely excited about.

The initial signing class is made up of six lineman, two linebackers, a defensive back, two running backs, a wide receiver, a tight end, and a quarterback. Two of those players are Western New York natives in West Seneca West QB Matt Myers and Sweet Home running back Dylan McDuffie.

The class includes seven that plan to enroll in January.

"This is the best we've done in Western New York and the state," coach Leipold said in a press release from the school. "As we continue to evolve as a staff and as a program, we understand what it takes to compete in the Mid-American Conference.

The Bulls finished the 2017 season at 6-6 but wasn't chosen for a bowl game despite becoming bowl eligible for just the third time in program history.

Below is a list of the 2018 signees who took advantage of the early signing period.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Previous School
Cole Burnison* TE 6-3 225 Fr. Grimsby, Ontario/Canisius HS
DeShondrick Foxworth* DL 6-1 309 Jr. Columbia, MS/East Marion HS/Jones County JC
Max Michel* LB 6-2 215 Fr. Elizabeth, NJ/Elizabeth HS
James Patterson* LB 6-0 215 Fr. Glendale, MD/St. Vincent Pallotti HS
Jaret Patterson* RB 5-9 190 Fr. Glendale, MD/St. Vincent Pallotti HS
Atunaisa Vainikolo* DT 6-2 280 Jr. Kihei, HI/Maui HS/Mt. San Antonio College
Eddie Wilson* DT 6-4 285 Fr. Jersey City, NJ/Hoboken HS/Milford Academy
Dan Fedor OL 6-7 286 Fr. Elmira, NY/Elmira HS
Cory Gross, Jr. DB 6-2 185 Fr. Rochester, NY/Brockport HS
Tyler Leroux OL 6-5 295 Fr. Mentor, OH/Gilmour Academy
Dylan McDuffie RB 6-0 215 Fr. Amherst, NY/Sweet Home HS
Matt Myers QB 6-4 220 Fr. West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West HS
Mike Novitsky OL 6-5 240 Fr. Victor, NY/Victor HS
LeMaro Smith, Jr. WR 6-3 205 Fr. Cleveland, OH/Cleveland Heights HS
*Will enroll in January