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MU FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES 2013 RECRUITING CLASS

Updated: February 06, 2013 - 5:15 p.m. (ET)
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Monmouth University Head Football Coach Kevin Callahan announced the addition of 20 student-athletes to the Hawk football program on Wednesday.

"This is one of our largest classes in recent history," said Callahan. "We were able to satisfy some specific positional needs, in addition to adding some desired depth. As you can see, this class has balance in terms of offense and defense, and I think we successfully brought in a number of players who can help us early in their careers. I applaud the work of our coaching staff in bringing this class to Monmouth. They have worked extremely hard to uncover these talented players. Their diligence throughout the process has made this a very rewarding day for Monmouth Football."

The 2013 recruiting class includes 20 total student-athletes.  Of the class, 10 are from the Maryland, four from New Jersey, two from New York and Pennsylvania and one each from Connecticut and Virginia.

2013 Monmouth Football Signees

NAME

POS

HT

WT

HOMETOWN

HIGH SCHOOL

Darren Ambush
WR 5-8 165 Dickerson, Md.
Urbana

Brandon Anthony

 LB

6-2

190

Columbia, Md.

Atholton

Cash Bleier
 TE 6-4 215 Victor, N.Y.
Victor
Eli Brown
 DL 6-4 225 Bladensburg, Md.
Bladensburg
Kevin Butler
 DB 5-11 190 Piscataway, N.J.
Piscataway
Matt Choi
WR 6-1 180 Gaithersburg, Md. Quince Orchard
LeKeith Celestain
 DB 6-1 175 Brooklyn, N.Y.
Holy Cross High School
Lavon Chaney
 RB 5-9 185
Edgewater, Md.
South River
Kamau Dumas
 DB
5-9 175 Morristown, N.J.
Morristown
Dominic Esposito
OL 6-3 305 Springfield, Va.
West Springfield
Gabe Hemighaus
 TE 6-3 240
Bridgeton, N.J.
Cumberland
Manny Maragoto
 DL 6-5 235
Freehold, N.J.
Freehold Township
Teddie Martinez
 DB 6-0 190
Baltimore, Md.
St. Paul's School
JP McManus
 OL
6-5
280
Phoenix, Md.
Calvert Hall
Madison Miller
 LB
6-3
225
Sinking Spring, Pa.
Wilson
Payton Minnich
LB 6-2 230 Harrisburg, Pa.
Central Dauphin East
Je'Vaughn Moore
 DB 5-9
165
New Haven, Conn.
Hillhouse
Matt Stoneberg
OL 6-4 280 Bel Air, Md. Bel Air
Zach Welch
RB 5-11 185 Middletown, Conn.
Middletown
Brendan Wharton TE 6-2 205 Ijamsville, Md. Urbana

BREAKDOWN BY POSITION   BREAKDOWN BY STATE 
Defensive Back (5)   Maryland (10)
Linebacker (3)   New Jersey (4)
Tight End (3)   New York (2)
Offensive Line (3)   Pennsylvania (2)
Running Back (2)   Connecticut (1)
Wide Receiver (2)   Virginia (1)
DefensiveLine (2)    

2013 Monmouth Recruit Bios

DARREN AMBUSH
Wide Receiver - 5' 8" - 165
Dickerson, Md./Urbana

High School: Played wide receiver under Coach Ryan Hines at Urbana High School... Earned First Team All-MDVL Piedmont Conference honors and First Team All-Gazette honors... Averaged 120 all-purpose yards per game... Compiled over 1,000 all-pupose yards in 2012... Helped lead Urbana to a 9-4 record and a regional championship... Recorded three interceptions ... Also played basketball for the Hawks.

Personal:
Son of Darren and Roberta Ambush... Plans to major in business administration.


 

   
 

BRANDON ANTHONY
Linebacker - 6' 2" - 195
Columbia, Md./Atholton

High School: Played linebacker and wide receiver under Coach Kyle Schmitt at Atholton High School... Helped lead the Raiders to a 10-2 overall record and a 9-1 conference mark as a senior... Recorded 80 tackles as a senior while being named as a Baltimore Touchdown Club All-State honoree... Earned First Team All-Howard County honors in 2012... The Raiders had a 28-5-0 record in the three seasons Anthony was on the team.

Personal:
Son of David and Nadia Anthony... Major is undecided.

   
 

CASH BLEIER
Tight End - 6' 4" - 215
Victor, N.Y./Victor

High School: Played tight end under Coach Geoff Mandile at Victor High School... Helped lead the Blue Devils to back to back NY State Sectional games... Earned first team all-county honors... Led division in receptions and yards... Led Victor with 23 receptions for 363 yards and a touchdown... Also played basketball for the Blue Devils.

Personal: Son of Bob and Diane Bleier... Plans to major in business administration. 

   
 

ELI BROWN
Defensive Tackle - 6' 4" - 225
Bladensburg, Md./Bladensburg

High School: Played defensive end at Bladensburg High School under coach Jason Koenig... First Team All-Prince Georges County as a senior... Recorded 67 tackles and eight sacks as a senior... Also had two forced fumbles and eight pass deflections... Named team captain in 2012... Also wrestled for the Mustangs.

Personal: Son of Pamela Isaacs... Plans to major in software engineering.

   
 

KEVIN BUTLER
Defensive Back - 5' 11" - 190
Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway

High School: Played linebacker under Coach Dan Higgins at Piscataway... Helped lead the powerhouse Chiefs to NJ Group V North State Championship game and an 8-3 record in 2012... Third Team All-State Group V selection as a senior... Earned second team all-county honors... Also a Second Team All-Area Group V selection... Returned one interception for a touchdown... Ran for 300 yards and a touchdown at fullback... Recorded 74 tackles and four sacks as a junior, when Piscataway won the NJ Group IV State Championship. 

Personal:
Son of Kevin and Charlene Butler... Plans to major in business management.

   
 

MATT CHOI
Wide Receiver - 6' 1" - 180
Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard

High School: Played wide receiver and quarterback under coach Dave Mencarini at Quince Orchard High School... Only played two games at wide receiver as a senior before stepping in at quarterback due to an injury... Ran for 780 yards and 10 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,080 yards and 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions... Helped lead the Cougars to a Maryland 4A State Championship game for the second consecutive season... Had 110 receiving yards in two contests.

Personal:
Son of Suzanne Lee... Major is undecided.

   
 

LeKEith CELESTAIN
Defensive Back -6' 1" -175
Brooklyn, N.Y./Holy Cross High School (N.Y.)

High School: Played defensive back and wide receiver under coach Tom Pugh at Holy Cross High School (N.Y.)... Earned All-CHSAAA league honors as a senior... Led the team in reception yardage and tied for first on the Knights in receptions... Had 20 tackles and two interceptions as a senior... Averaged 47 yards per interception return.

Personal: Son of Andrea Celestain... Major is undecided.

   
 

LAVON CHANEY
Running Back - 5' 9" - 185
Edgewater, Md./South River

High School: Played running back, linebacker and returned kicks under coach Lance Clelland at South River High School... Holds South River career rushing records for carries and yards... Named Concensus All-State as a senior... Earned a spot on the 2012 MD Crab Bowl... Was a two-time First Team All-Anne Arundel County selection... Named All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun and Capital Player of the Year in 2012... Named to the Anne Arundel County Elite 8 team... Ran for 1,491 yards, had 777 receiving yards and scored 17 total touchowns as a senior... Also had 358 return yards... Finished 2011 with 2,300 all-purpose yards and 26 total touchdowns. The Seahawks were 22-10 over the last three seasons, including an 8-3 record when Chaney was a senior in 2012...  Also played lacrosse at South River.

Personal:
Son of Eric and Brandie Andrews... Major is undeclared.
 

   
 

KAMAU DUMAS
Defensive Back - 5' 9" - 175
Morristown, N.J./Morristown

High School: Played defensive back, wide receiver and returned kicks for Coach Chris Hull at Morristown High School... Earned First Team All-NJAC honors and first team all-county accolades in 2012.. Also ran track for the Colonials, where he was an all-conference performer.

Personal:
Son of Lynn Britt-Dumas and Caliph Dumas... Plans to major in education.

   
 

DOMINIC ESPOSITO
Offensive Line - 6' 3" - 305
Springfield, Va./West Springfield

High School: Played offensive and defensive line under Coach JT Biddison at West Springfield High School... Three-time All-District honoree... Two-time team captain and three-time team MVP on the offensive and defensive line... Credited with not allowing a sack as a senior.

Personal: Son of Paul and Dana Esposito... Plans to major is business administration.

   
 

GABE HEMIGHAUS
Tight End - 6' 3" - 240
Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland

High School: Played tight end and defensive line under Coach Tom Lake at Cumberland High School... First Team All-West Jersey Football League honoree as a junior and senior... Two-time all-area selection... Finished his high school career with over 700 yards receiving on 50-plus receptions... Also had 150 tackles and 16 sacks as a defensive lineman... Earned second team all-conference honors as a sophomore.

Personal:
Son of Matt Hemighaus and the late Chrissy Hemighaus... Plans to major in biology.

   
 

MANNY MARAGOTO
Defensive Line w 6' 5" w 235
Freehold, N.J./Freehold Twp.

High School: Was a three-year starter at defensive end and tight end under coach Mike D'Antonio at Freehold Township High School... Holds Colonial record for sacks in a game with three... Recorded 22 sacks over three seasons and over 150 tackles in his career... Recorded 12 tackles for a loss in 2012... Was named to MSG Varsity's Defensive Player Watch list as a junior and senior... Two-time Second Team All-Monmouth County selection by the Star Ledger... Two-time all-district and all-division honoree.

Personal: Son of Manuel and Adela Maragoto... Major is undecided.
 

   
 

TEDDIE MARTINEZ
Defensive Back - 6' 0" - 190
Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School

High School: Played defensive back under coach Paul Bernstorf at St. Paul's School... Helped lead the Crusaders to an 11-0 record as a senior... Named Maryland Small School Second Team All-State... Had six interceptions and three forced fumbles en route to being named team MVP as a senior... Two-time all-conference selection... Earned a spot on the Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star game... Led the team in tackles as a junior... Forced seven turnovers in 2011.

Personal: Son of Theodore Martinez and Dionne Martinez-McCouley... Plans to major in enviormental studies.

   
 

JP McMANUS
Offensive Line w 6' 5" w 280
Phoenix, Md./Calvert Hall

High School: Played offensive and defensive line under Coach Donald Davis at Calvert Hall High School... Named Maryland Big School First Team All-State... Helped lead the Cardinals to a 10-3 record in 2012... First Team All-Metro and All-MIAA selection... Named to Marlyand Crab Bowl and Chesapeake Bowl.

Personal: Son of Jim and Lauren McManus... Major is undecided.
 

   
 

MADISON MILLER
Linebacker - 6' 3" - 225
Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson

High School: Played linebacker and tight end under Coach Doug Dahms at Wilson High School... Helped lead the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record and league, district and county championships in 2012... First Team All-Lancaster Lebanon League selection in 2012... Recorded 73 tackles, seven sacks and three interceptions as a senior... Had 66 tackles, five sacks and three fumble recoveries as a junior... Recorded 11 receptions for 164 yards in 2011 and 2012... Also is the school's javelin record holder.

Personal: Son of Randall and Deborah Miller... Major is undecided.

   
 

PAYTON MINNICH
Linebacker - 6' 2" - 230
Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East

High School: Played linebacker, defensive end and tight end for Coach George Chaump at Central Dauphin East High School... First Team All-Mid-Penn Commonwealth on defense as a senior... Earned second team honors on offense.. Nominated for Big 33 and Mr. Football (PA) as a senior... Patriot News Big 15 Defensive Team selection in 2012... Recorded 85 tackles and five sacks as a junior... Also played basketball for the Panthers.

Personal: Son of Jennifer Minnich... Major is undecided.

   
 

Je'VAUGHN MOORE
Defensive Back - 5' 9" - 170
New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse

High School: Played defensive back and quarterback under Coach Tom Dyer at Hillhouse High School... Led the Hawks to state championship titles in 2010 and 2012... Earned All-Southern Connecticut Conference and all-area honors... Recorded 58 tackles, including four for a loss as a senior... All-State selection and earned a spot on the Levi Jackson Team in 2012...  Intercepted four passes and forced three fumbles... Ran for 958 yards and scored eight touchdowns while throwing for 910 yards and nine touchdowns... Had 97 tackles as a sophomore... Also played basketball at Hillhouse.

Personal: Son of Jeffrey Moore and Vivienne Moore... Major is undecided.

   
 

MATT STONEBERG
Offensive Line - 6' 4" - 280
Bel Air, Md./Bel Air

High School: Played offensive and defensive line under Coach Dave Huryk at Bel Air High School... Earned All-WBAC honors... All-County First Team selection... WBAC All-Star Game participant.

Personal: Son of Angie Stoneberg... Plans to major in business finance.
 

   
 

ZACH WELCH
Running Back - 5' 11" - 185
Middletown, Md./Middletown

High School: Played running back, kicker and defensive back at Middletown High School under Coach Kevin Lynott... Helped lead the Knights to a pair of Maryland 2A State Championships and three championship game appearances... Middletown was 39-3 while Welch was in the varsity program... Holds eight football school records, including rushing yards in a single game (354, which is also a Frederick County record), most career rushing yards (4,090)... Earned Consensus First Team All-State honors as a senior after rushing for a school-record 2,359 yards and scoring 33 total touchdowns... Named Gazette and News Post Player of the Year as a senior... Averaged 9.9 yards per carry over his career... Two-time all-area, all-conference and Gazette Player of the Year... Earned First Team All-State honors as a junior after rushing for 1,718 yards and 27 touchdowns... Scored 57 rushing touchdowns in his career, which is a school record... Holds school records in kicking also for extra points in a season and career extra points made... Was an honorable mention all-state honoree as a sophomore, when he was a first team all-conference and First Team All-Gazette selection... Also played lacrosse and competed in track for the Knights.

Personal: Son of Anthony and Ann Welch.. Plans to major in physical education.

   
 

BRENDAN WHARTON
Tight End - 6' 2" - 205
Ijamsville, Md./Urbana

High School: Played tight end under coach Ryan Hines at Urbana High School... Helped lead the Hawks to a 9-4 record and a regional championship... Finished his career with 75 receptions for 1,000+ yards and 14 touchdowns... Maryland Crab Bowl selection... All-State selection by the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post... Named to the Baltimore Touchdown Club's Super 22 Team... All-Area selection... Also played basketball for the Hawks.

Personal: Son of Mark and Elke Wharton... Plans to major in business administration.

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