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National Signing Day: Mid Michigan well represented on Signing Day WITH GALLERY

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National Signing Day for college football and soccer came to mid Michigan Wednesday and there were numerous signings worth duly noting.

Here's a look at who signed where.

Alma Panthers

Ryan Cornejo Saginaw Valley State

Cornejo was beast on the defensive side of the ball for the Panthers, who went 9-2 in 2016. He finished with 136 tackles, two sacks and 17 tackles for loss as a linebacker en route to first-team All-TVC Central honors and honorable mention All-State honors. He also caught 14 passes for 228 yards and four scores for Alma.

Anthony Humm Hillsdale

Humm is about as versatile as it gets as he was a two-way star much like Cornejo in 2016. He rushed 177 times for 1,319 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had 10 receptions for 162 yards and one score. Defensively, as a defensive back, he tallied 87 tackles, one sac, six tackles for loss, two interceptions and four forced fumbles for the Panthers. He earned first-team All-TVC honors and was honorable mention All-State

Chippewa Hillls

Jon Hawley, Siena Heights

This 6-foot-1, 275 lineman helped pave the way to another successful season for the Warriors as they went 9-2 on the season. Offensively the Warriors rambled for over 3,000 rushing yards behind him and defensively he was a thorn as he recorded 48 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks. Earned first-team All-CSAA honors for the Warriors as well.

DJ Lowery Siena Heights

Lowery moved from quarterback to wide out and QB in the wildcat this season with great results. He had 18 catches for 313 yards and six scores and rushed for 313 more yards on 43 carries. He also completed 9-of-27 passes for 176 yards and one TD in helping the Warriors go 9-2. As a punt returner he returned 14 punts for 279 yards. Defensively he had 21 tackles and two interceptions as a corner. Earned first-team All-CSAA honors and was honorable mention All-State.


Will Dennis, Michigan Tech

Dennis played a key role as a two-player on the line for the Hornets in 2016, helping them to a third-straight playoff appearance. Offensively they liked to run behind him and amassed over 3,500 rushing yards in doing so. Defensively he compiled 63 tackles and seven sacks en route to first-team All-Jack Pine Conference honors and honorable mention All-State accolades.


Greg Woodcock-Cook, Olivet

Another great player churned out by state powerhouse Ithaca, which went 11-1 in 2016, Woodcock-Cook dominated at the point of attack. Defensively he amassed 100 tackles for the season and had 13 tackles for loss. He also had 11 quarterback hurries, three pass break ups, three forced fumbles and one block field-goal attempt. Offensively this first-team All-TVC West player helped the Jackets rush for over 2,500 yards.

Mt. Pleasant

Sean Fitzgerald, Michigan

The 2016 Morning Sun 'Offensive Player of the Year' was initially committed to play at Air Force but changed his mind and committed to play on the offensive line at Michigan in recent weeks. An absolute beast of a player, who stands in at 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, Fitzgerald said he had always dreamed at playing at Michigan and he's about to realize that dream. The Oilers, who graduated 27 players from 2015 to 2016, primarily ran behind him and amassed nearly 2,000 rushing yards. He also had a rushing score for the Oilers. Earned first-team All-SVL and first-team All-State honors.

Jerry Parra, Northwood

Parra had a great senior season as a quarterback/defensive back for the Oilers in 2016. As a quarterback he completed 84-of-144 passes for 935 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed 130 times for 727 yards and nine scores. He will likely play defensive back in college and he had 37 tackles and two interceptions for the Oilers in 2016. This first-team All-SVL player also averaged 31 yards per punt.

Ally Wentworth, Alma College

Wentworth is the only soccer player from mid Michigan who signed Wednesday, following in the footsteps of the Khan sisters and Whitnee Foote as Oilers who went on to play in the college ranks. As a junior Wentworth, a goalkeeper, posted eight shutouts and helped the Oilers go 16-5-1 overall and win a D2 district title. She had 105 saves and turned shots aside at an 88-percent clip. Earned All-Academic honors as well as first-team All-SVL honors.

Last Updated: 2/1/2017 3:45:44 PM EST