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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Since arriving at Bethel College late last year, new head football coach Marty Mathis and his assistants have been hard at work.

Feb. 6, a national “signing day” in football for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Chi-Emeke Worthington, co-defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, announced the 2013 signing class:

● QB, Vidal Woodruff, Tampa, Fla.; 6'2", 210; Carrollwood Day School


● OL, Dustin Klemovitch, Hammonton, N.J.; 6'6", 330; St. Joseph High School; member of four state championship teams


● RB, KR, Devin Peter, Derby; 5'7", 160; Derby High School


● WR, Michael Tiller, Gibsonton, Fla.; 6'2", 195; Jefferson High School, Tampa; All-State track and field athlete


● CB, Jimmie Warren, Tampa, Fla.; 5'9", 175; Tampa Bay Technical High School


● ATH, Dominic Neglio, Tampa, Fla.; 5'9", 185; Gaither High School


● CB, Junior Lewis, Tampa, Fla.; 5'9", 180; Jefferson High School


● OL, Brandon Burrell, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; 6'6", 290; Coral Glades High School


● OL, Christian Torres, Tampa, Fla.; 6'3", 335; Jefferson High School


● OL, Spencer Bailly, Wichita; 6'4", 240; The Independent School


● QB, Zach Shank, Gallup, N.M.; 5'11", 165; Miyamura High School


● OL, Sam Podrebarac, Meade; 6'0", 255; Meade High School; Hi-Plains All-League

● DB, Kel Williams, Hendersonville, N.C.; 6'2", 185; Hendersonville High School


● WR, Kent Shelton, Oologah, Okla.; 6'1", 180; Oologah High School; 2012 All-Metro Team Honorable Mention


● OL, Ethan Birdwell, Moore, Okla.; 6'0", 235; Moore High School


● LB, Stephen Anyasor, Sugar Land, Texas; 6'0", 205; Dulles High School


● WR, Aaron Aikens, Tampa, Fla.; 6'0", 190; Lennard High School

● OL, Joshua Janzen, Aurora, Neb.; 5'11", 240; Aurora High School

● DB/LB, Kenric Cook, Riverside, Mo.; 5'8", 175; Park Hill South High School

● WR, Ariel Burrington, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; 6'2", 185; Coral Glades High School

● ATH, Shakee Bellamy, Cincinnati; 6'0", 180; Withrow High School/Bowling Green State University  

● DB, Ridge Foster, Haven; 5'11", 175

● TE/LB, Josh Gerstenberger; 6'3", 225

● DT, Dustin Engles; 6'1", 280

● RB, Shaquan Tucker; 5'6", 175

Mathis came to Bethel after seven years as an assistant coach for the Marian University Knights, Indianapolis, who ended the 2012 regular season at 8-1 and ranked #5 in the NAIA, and finished the post-season as NAIA national champions.

At Bethel, Mathis follows interim coach Jim Dotson.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 Forbes.com analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.

In sports, Bethel competes within the 10-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the NAIA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu and www.bethelthreshers.com.


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