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FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES 2014 RECRUITING CLASS

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Release: February 05, 2014
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Monmouth University Head Football Coach Kevin Callahan announced the addition of 20 student-athletes to the Hawk football program on Wednesday.

“This is our first recruiting class as a member of the Big South Conference and the quality of the players that make up this class is outstanding,” said Callahan. “Our recruiting philosophy is to work from the inside out and this group contains seven players from New Jersey including a number of local players. Additionally, joining the Big South has allowed us to extend our geographic footprint from Massachusetts to Florida while continuing to be successful recruiting the players from the Mid-Atlantic region.”  

The 2014 recruiting class includes 20 total student-athletes.  Of the class, seven are from the New Jersey, four hail from Pennsylvania, two from Florida, Maryland and Virginia and one each from New York, Massachusetts and Illinois.

Monmouth begins spring football practice on Tuesday, March 25.  The Annual Blue/White Spring game is tentatively slated for Saturday, April 26.

2014 MONMOUTH FOOTBALL NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES
* Denotes Player is already enrolled at Monmouth University

PLAYER POS. HT WT HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL/PREVIOUS
 Mike Basile DB 6-1 185 Brick, NJ Brick Memorial HS
 Russ Clayton OL  6-4 275 Monroe, NJ Monroe Twp HS
 John Coleman K/P 6-0 165 Sparta, NJ Sparta HS
 Kyle Gregory DB 5-10 175 Germantown, MD Quince Orchard HS
 Agbai Iroha DB 5-9 190 Union, NJ  Union HS
 Michael Jolly RB 5-6 170 Springfield, VA Robert E. Lee HS
 Shaquille Joyner LB 6-0 230 Chicago, IL Simeon Career/ASA College
 Marcus Leslie  DB  5-10 180 Miami, FL Coral Reef HS
 Rotchill Medor*  OL  6-5 330  Brooklyn, NY  Abraham Lincon/ASA College
 Peter Righi  OL  6-3  285  Fair Haven, NJ  Rumson Fair-Haven HS
 Zach Talley  LB  6-3  225  Quakertown, PA  Lansdale Catholic HS
 Daivone Thomas  DL  6-0  260  Millstone, NJ  Allentown HS
 Tanner Unger*  DL  6-4  285  Mount Joy, P  Hempfield HS
 Ryan Wetzel  OL  6-4  285  Freehold, NJ  Colts Neck HS
 Matt White  P/K  6-1  175  Gibsonia, PA  Mars Area HS
 Reggie White Jr.  WR  6-3  180  Randallstown, MD  Milford Mill Academy
 Cody Williams  QB  6-4  180  Springfield, MA  Central HS
Ross Williams* DL 6-5 250 Jacksonville, FL University Christian School/ASA

OTHER PLAYERS COMMITTED TO MONMOUTH

PLAYER POS HT WT HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL
Mike Christ LS/DL 6-2 230 Sterling, VA Dominion HS
Matt DeMarco WR 6-2 180 Wilkes Barre, PA Elmer Meyers HS

BREAKDOWN BY POSITION

Defensive Back 4
Offensive Line 4
Defensive Line 3
Linebacker 2
Wide Receiver 2
Kicker/Punter 2
Quarterback 1
Running Back 1
Long Snapper 1

BREAKDOWN BY STATE

New Jersey 7
Pennsylvania 3
Florida 2
Maryland 2
Virginia 2
New York 1
Massachussetts 1
Illinois 1

PLAYER BIOS

MIKE BASILE
Defensive Back - 6’ 1” - 185
Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial
Basile Highlights

High School: Played safety and running back under Coach Walt Currie at Brick Memorial High School... Helped the Mustangs to the NJSIAA State playoffs all three years he was a varsity member, including 2013 when the Mustangs went 6-4...First Team All-Shore Conference, All-A South and All-Ocean County selection... Made 18 tackles in Brick Memorial’s Central Jersey Group V playoff game against Manalapan... Made 88 tackles, 10 pass breakups with a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries as a senior... Also ran for 540 yards and had 184 receiving yards with six total touchdowns on offense... Named A-South Defensive Player of the Year by the Asbury Park Press... Had 82 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four forced fumbles as a junior... Also had 612 yards rushing on 54 carries and 510 reception yards with a total of 15 touchdowns... Also was a three-year letter winner for Brick Memorial in basketball.

Personal: Son of Lisa Basile and Charles Craig... Plans to major in business administration.

   

RUSS CLAYTON
Offensive Line - 6’ 4” - 275
Monroe, N.J./Monroe
Clayton Highlights

High School: Played offensive tackle and guard under Coach Chris Beagan at Monroe Township High School... Helped the Falcons to a 6-4 record as a senior where he was an All-Middlesex County Selection... Pancaked over 30 opponents in 2013.

Personal: Son of Gary and Pam Clayton... Major is undeclared.

   
   JOHN COLEMAN
Kicker - 6’ 0” - 165
Sparta, N.J./Sparta
Coleman Highlights

High School: Kicked and punted under Frank Marchiano at Sparta High School... Helped lead the Spartans to a New Jersey State Section Championship and an 11-1 record as a senior... Converted 10 field goals and 59 extra points as a senior, which set a state record for kicking points in a season... Kicked a long of 44 yards on the season... Was a two-time first team all-league and all-area selection... Named All-American by Kicking World as a junior and senior... Made six field goals and 40 extra points as a junior in 2012... Sparta owned a 29-4 record while Coleman was the kicker... 2013 First Team All-West Jersey selection... Had 58 touchbacks in 2012 and 2013, including 40 during his senior campaign.

Personal: Son of John and Rose Coleman... Plans to major in business administration.

   
   KYLE GREGORY
Defensive Back - 5’ 10” - 175
Germantown, Md./Quince Orchard
Gregory Highlights

High School: Played safety under coach Dave Mencarini at Quince Orchard High School... Helped the Cougars to back to back State finals and an impressive 35-5 record over a three year period... Owns the school record for career interceptions (13) and career pass breakups (32)... Set the school record with 14 pass breakups in 2013 when he was named All-MET honorable mention... Earned 2013 All-Gazette Second Team honors... Completed his career with 175 tackles and three forced fumbles... Finished with six interceptions as a junior, which was second most in Quince Orchard history... QO was Two-time Montgomery County West Region Champion ... High School teammates with current Hawks Darnell Leslie and Matt Choi.

Personal: Son of P.J. and Miriam Gregory... Plans to major in criminal justice.
   
  AGBAI IROHA
Defensive Back - 5’ 9” - 190
Union, N.J./Union
Iroha Higlights

High School: Played safety at Union High School, most recently under Lou Grasso... Helped lead the Farmers to a 9-4 record and a state championship game appearance as a senior in 2013... Earned First Team All-Conference and All-Union County as a senior when he had 85 tackles and three interceptions... Was a first team all-conference and second team all-county selection as a junior, finishing with 55 tackles and four interceptions... Had 50 tackle and four interceptions as a sophomore where he was a second-team all-conference selection... Two-time team captain.

Personal: Son of Agbai and Onyeoma Iroha... Plans to major in software engineering.
   
  MICHAEL JOLLY
Running Back - 5’ 6” - 170
Springfield, Va./Robert E. Lee
Jolly Highlights

High School: Played running back at Robert E. Lee High School under Head Coach Clarence Martin... Three-time First Team All-Patriot District selection and was an all-region selection as a junior...  Ran for 919 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior... Also caught 31 passes for 516 yards... Had a season-high 213 yards on 22 carries against West Springfield... Also ran track for the Lancers.

Personal: Son of Anthony and Barbara Jolly... Plans to major in business administration.
   
  SHAQ JOYNER
Linebacker - 6’ 0” - 230
Chicago, Ill./Simeon Career Academy/ASA College
Joyner Highlights

Previous School: Played linebacker under coach Dennis Orlando at ASA College in Brooklyn... Appeared in nine games as a sophomore, finishing with 19 tackles, including 14 solo stops... Also registered one sack and 3.5 tackles for a loss with three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble... Had two pass breakups for the Avengers... Played in eight games as a freshman with 20 tackles, including 11 for a loss... The Avengers went 18-2 over his two seasons at ASA... Team was ranked as the #3 Junior College in the country in 2012 and #7 in 2013.

High School: Played linebacker at Simeon Career Academy under coach Dante Culbreath in Chicago... Was rated as a three-star Rivals prospect at linebacker coming out of high school...Three time all-conference and two-time all-city selection... All-State selection as a senior... Named team defensive MVP twice during his career... Led the Wolverines to a 10-4 record and a city championship as a senior in 2011.

Personal: Son of Anthony and Barbara Jolly... Plans to major in business administration.
   
  MARCUS LESLIE
Defensive Back - 5’ 10” - 180
Miami, Fla./Coral Reef
Leslie Highlights

High School: Played defensive back and receiver for Coach Chevas Clements at Coral Reef High School... Invited to the prestigious Dade vs Broward All-Star Game... Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals... Rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com... All-Dade County selection... Helped the Barricudas to 21 wins over three seasons... Totaled five interceptions, including three as a senior in 2013.

Personal: Son of Jerome Leslie and the late Fredrica Renee Leslie... Brother Julian is a redshirt freshman defensive lineman for Western Kentucky University... Major is undecided.
   
   ROTCHILL MEDOR
Offensive Line - 6’ 6” - 325
Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln/ASA College
Medor Highlights

Previous School: Played offensive line under coach Dennis Orlando at ASA College in Brooklyn... The Avengers went 18-2 over his two seasons at ASA... Team was ranked as the #3 Junior College in the country in 2012 and #7 in 2013.

High School: Played offensive line at Abraham Lincoln High School under coach Shawn O’Connor in Brooklyn... Helped lead the Railsplitters to a 12-1 record as a senior... Ranked as the top offensive lineman in the PSAL (Public School Athletic League)... All-New York City selection in 2010... Two-time All-Borough player... Invited to play in the New York vs Long Island Boomer Esiason Game.

Personal: Son of Florence Sandaire and the late Ronald Medor... Plans to major in criminal justice.
   
  PETER RIGHI
Offensive Line - 6’ 3” - 285
Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson Fair-Haven
Righi Highlights

High School: Played offensive line under Head Coach Bryan Batchler at Rumson Fair Haven High School... Earned two varsity letters for the Bulldogs, help leading them to an 11-1 record and a Central Jersey Group II State Championship... Earned First Team All-Shore and All-Division by the Asbury Park Press and Shore Sports Network... Also named All-State Honorable Mention by MSG Varsity.

Personal: Son of Pete and Dawn Righi... Plans to major in business administration.
   
   ZACH TALLEY
Linebacker - 6’ 3” - 225
Quakertown, Pa./Lansdale Catholic
Talley Highlights

High School: Played defensive end and tight end under coach Tom Kirk at Lansdale Catholic High School... First Team All-Catholic League and all-area as a senior... Named team captain twice in his career... Second Team All-Catholic League and all-are as a junior... Ranked as the 51st best player in the Greater Philadelphia area by Philly.com... Led the team in receptions and yardage as a senior, finishing with eight catches for 190 yards.

Personal: Son of Barry and Marie Talley... Plans to major in business administration.
   
  DAIVONE THOMAS
Defensive Line - 6’ 0” - 260
Millstone, N.J./Allentown
Thomas Highlights

High School: Played defensive line, linebacker and running back under coach Jay Graber at Allentown High School... First Team Colonial Valley Conference selection on defense, also earning First Team All-Area for defense... Tallied 45 career sacks, 168 tackles, four fumble recoveries and a pair of blocked punts... Averaged 4.8 rushing yards per attempt with 16 touchdowns in his career...  Also participated in track and field for the Redbirds.

Personal: Son of David Thomas and Maxine Cuffy... Plans to major in business administration.

   
  TANNER UNGER
Defensive Line - 6’ 4” - 285
Mount Joy, Pa./Hempfield
Unger Highlights

High School: Played defensive and offensive line for Coach Ron Zeiber at Hempfield High School... Helped lead the Black Knights to an 8-4 record... Finished with 53 tackles as a senior, including 18 solo stops and 17 tackles for a loss... Had five sacks and two forced fumbles in 2013 as he was named first team all-conference on both offense and defense... Also was an accomplished thrower for Hempfield’s track and field program.  

Personal: Son of Shawn Unger and Hollee Repman... Plans to major in business administration.
   
RYAN WETZEL
Offensive Line - 6’ 4” - 285
Freehold, N.J./Colts Neck
Wetzel Highlights

High School: Played offensive and defensive line for Coach Greg Lacava at Colts Neck High School... Helped lead the Cougars to a 10-1 record and a state sectional championship game as a senior, the first in school history... Named First Team All-Shore Conference, first team all-district and all-division... Selected as a Second Team All-State selection by Athlon Sports... Named team captain as a senior... Had 61 tackles, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 2013... Second Team All-Shore Conference selection as a junior when he 51 tackles and a sack... Also a second team all-division and all-district selection that season... Cougars were 9-2 in 2012, earning the school’s first playoff victory.

Personal: Son of Steven and Diane Wetzel... Cousin, Eric Johnson, was a seventh round draft pick at tight end for the San Francisco 49ers in 2001... Plans to major in business administration.
   
MATT WHITE
Punter/Kicker - 6’ 1” - 175
Gibsonia, Pa./Mars Area
White Highlights

High School: Punted and kicked for Coach Scott Heinaver at Mars Area High School... Helped lead the Fightin’ Planets to back to back section titles and 9-2 records as a junior and senior... Set seven school records as a senior, including punting average (39.1), longest punt (61), single-season PATs (53), scoring (kicker) with 62 points... Ranked as the fourth best punter by ProKicker.com and the second best combo kicker... Named ProKicker.com All-American Second Team Punter and Second Team Punter/Kicker combo... Had a school record 36 touchbacks on kickoffs... Had 53 total points as a junior... Also was an all-conference soccer player for Mars Area.

Personal: Son of Christopher and Jerilyn White... Father and sister, Jordyn both played soccer in college... Plans to major in accounting.
   

REGGIE WHITE Jr.
Wide Receiver - 6’ 3” - 180
Randallstown, Md./Milford Mill
White Jr Highlights

High School: Played wide receiver and safety for Coach Reggie White Sr. at Milford Mill High School... Selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 game for the Maryland squad... First Team Class 3A All-State selection at defensive back... Had 36 catches for 764 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior... Named to the Baltimore Touchdown Club Crab Bowl All-Star team... Led the Millers to an 8-4 record and a playoff victory in 2013... Finished with 34 tackles, seven interceptions, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior... Was an all-county and all-metro selection... Offensively, White hauled in 75 receptions for 1,412 yards and 18 touchdowns... Finished his career with 61 tackles and 12 interceptions at defensive back... Helped lead the Millers to a Maryland State Championship in basketball as a junior.

Personal: Son of Reggie and Nicole White... Father played four seasons in the NFL for the Chargers (Played in Super Bowl XXIX) and Patriots after San Diego made him a sixth round draft pick out of North Carolina A&T... Major is undecided.

   
  CODY WILLIAMS
Quarterback - 6’ 4” - 180
Springfield, Mass./Central High School
Williams Highlights

High School: Played quarterback for Coach Valdamar Brower at Central High School... Helped lead the Golden Eagles to three straight conference championships and a 30-5 record with a Massachusetts State Championship as a junior... Named ESPN Boston.com Offensive Player of the Year and was an all-state selection by the online publication... Three-time all-conference and All-Western Massachusetts selection... Also earned Western Mass Player of the Year honors from Masslive.comThrew for 6,259 yards and 69 touchdowns compared to just 15 interceptions... Also ran for 20 touchdowns and 716 rushing yards in his career... Also plays basketball for the Golden Eagles.

Personal: Son of Richard and Sarah Williams... Major is undecided.
   
ROSS WILLIAMS
Defensive Line - 6’ 5” - 250
Jacksonville, Fla./University Christian School/ASA College
Williams Highlights

Previous School: Played defensive line under coach Dennis Orlando at ASA College in Brooklyn... The Avengers went 18-2 over his two seasons at ASA... Team was ranked as the #3 Junior College in the country in 2012 and #7 in 2013... Appeared in five games as a sophomore.

High School: Four year letter winner under coach Heath Nevins at University Christian School... Earned honorable mention all-district honors at defensive end... Named team defensive MVP... Prepped at Hargrave Military Academy.

Personal: Son of Andre and Judi Williams... Major is business administration.
   
  OTHER PLAYERS COMMITTED TO MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY
   
MIKE CHRIST
Long Snapper/Defensive Line - 6’ 2” - 230
Sterling, Va./Dominion
Christ Highlights

High School: Long snapped for head coach Karl Buckwalter at Dominion High School while also playing offensive and defensive line... Helped the Titans to a 7-5 record and the second round of the Virginia State Playoffs as a senior... Two-time team captain... Earned all-conference honors on offense as a senior... Finished his career defensively with 18 sacks, 100 tackles, one interception and four pass deflections... Also played basketball and lacrosse for Dominion.

Personal: Son of Mike and Lori Christ... Plans to major in accounting.
   
MATT DEMARCO
Wide Receiver - 6’ 2” - 180
Wilkes Barre, Pa./Elmer Meyers
DeMarco Highlights

High School: Played wide receiver and quarterback for head coach Corry Hanson at Elmer Meyers High School... Played quarterback his senior season rushing for over 900 yards and accounting for 15 total touchdowns... Set the school record for single season receiving yards and touchdowns as a junior when he had over 900 yards and 19 touchdowns... First Team All-Wyoming Valley Conference selection... Selected to play in the 63rd Annual UNICO All-Star game... Was also an all-conference basketball and baseball player for the Mohawks.

Personal: Son of Joe and Diane DeMarco... Plans to major in biology.
   

 

 

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