19 of the 24 players are high school signees, with the remaining 5 coming in as transfer students. 4 of those 5 are already on campus, having enrolled at Western in January.
Offensive line accounted for 5 of the 24 signees, followed by 3 at defensive back, defensive tackle, and wide receiver. Western has 2 players represented at each defensive line, quarter back running back, and tight end. On special teams the Leathernecks added 1 kicker and 1 long snapper.
In terms of a state-by-state breakdown of high school additions, Illinois expectedly brought in the most players with 5. After that came Indiana with 3 players. Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Minnesota, and Tennessee produced 2 players each. Iowa also was represented, with one signee.
With the 5 transfers, 2 came from Ohio University, with Bowling Green, Liberty, and Syracuse being the previous schools represented by the remaining 3.
Western Illinois Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher held a press conference at the conclusion of signing day. That can be heard below, broken up into segments.
Fisher opening statement:
On the size of the class:
On the regions Western focused on:
On having a full year to recruit unlike his first year in Macomb:
On high school teammates J'Len Smith and Shabar Wilson both signing with WIU:
On added o-line depth:
On Syracuse transfer Trey Dunkleberger:
On 6'6 250 tight end Nathan Karsjens:
On Galesburg HS commit Matt Ricketts, who has family ties to Western:
On his philosophy with recruiting high school qbs:
Fisher closing statement: