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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

MU football/from Greg (please re sign Jeff Garcia) Viscomi at the MU web site

Press story is now on the blog!!!


MONMOUTH ANNOUNCES 2007 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS

Crop includes 11 in-state signees and MU’s first player from California



WEST LONG BRANCH–Monmouth University Head Football Coach Kevin Callahan announced the addition of 15 student-athletes to the Hawk football program on Wednesday.



“Our coaches did an outstanding job of establishing a large pool of talented prospects,” said Callahan. “From that pool, we were able to land an excellent class, and meet our positional needs for this year. Academically and athletically, it is a very talented group, that could impact Monmouth football in the near future.”



The National Letter of Intent signees include 11 in-state athletes, three from Maryland and one from California, the first MU recruit to hail from the Golden State. Callahan and his staff have brought in 11 defensive players to help ease the loss of nine starting defenders from last year’s NEC Championship team.



Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School

Michael Avent DB 5-9 180 Upper Marlboro, Md. Eleanor Roosevelt

Richard Burd DB 6-3 200 Dumont, N.J. Dumont High School

Garrett Culloo DE 6-2 230 Ocean, N.J. Ocean High School

Mike Fullam LB 6-4 210 Wayne, N.J. Wayne Hills

Kendall Haley DB 6-0 180 Olney, Md. Good Counsel

Alex Iachetta OL 6-4 245 Spring Lake Heights, N.J. Manasquan High School

Derek King LB 6-1 212 Wykoff, N.J. Ramapo High School

Pierre LaFontant LB 6-0 203 Montgomery Village, Md. Gaithersburg High School

Chris Mastrangelo LB 6-0 215 Randolph, N.J. Randolph High School

Matt Miller K 5-9 155 Tenafly, N.J. Tenafly High School

Shane Mitchell DB 5-10 180 Gibbstown, N.J. Paulsboro High School

Dave Ogden DE 6-2 240 Wayne, N.J. Wayne Hills High School

Jim Sullivan OL 6-3 280 Manasquan, N.J. Manasquan High School

Joe Valenti LB 6-2 205 Bayonne, N.J. St. Peter’s Prep

Troy Yudin WR 6-1 180 Stevenson Ranch, Calif. William Hart High School



Michel Avent

Defensive Back • 5-9 • 180

Upper Marlboro, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt



High School: Played two varsity seasons at defensive back and running back under coach Rick Houchens… helped the Raiders to a 16-6 record and the 4A PG County playoffs in his two seasons… had 70 tackles and three fumble recovers in 2006… finished his senior season with 1,500 yards, which led Prince George’s County… also had nine touchdowns coming out of the backfield… was a PG County All-Star at running back… was an All-Metropolitan honorable mention and named offensive MVP.



Richard Burd

Defensive Back • 6-3 • 230

Dumont, N.J./ Dumont High School



High School: Played three seasons at defensive back and wide receiver under coaches Jim Davidson (2 seasons) and Chris Andreadis… helped the Huskies to the N.J. State Playoffs as a senior… was a First Team All-BCSL defensive back in 2006… had five interceptions and 70 tackles as a senior… grabbed 25 receptions and seven touchdowns as a wide receiver.



Garrett Culloo

Defensive End • 6-2 • 230

Ocean, N.J./Ocean High School



High School: Played two seasons under coach Sal Spampanato at Ocean Township High School… helped the Spartans to an 8-2 record and a Federal Division Championship as a senior and a 9-3 record as a junior, with Ocean taking home the Central Jersey Group III State Championship… in two seasons Culloo gathered 170 tackles, 14 sacks, six forced fumbles and 36 hurries… was an All-Division, All-County and Second Team All-Shore selection.



Mike Fullam

Linebacker • 6-4 • 210

Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills High School



High School: Played three years of varsity football at linebacker and fullback under coach Chris Olsen at Wayne Hills High School… helped the Patriots to back-to-back undefeated State Championship seasons… ranked as a two star recruit by Rivals.com… also ranked as the #55 ranked recruit in New Jersey by The McCarthy Report… two-time All-Area, All-Conference and All-County selection… had 75 tackles, six sacks and a fumble recovery in 2006… finished his junior season with 83 tackles, 10 sacks and one interception.



Kendall Haley

Defensive Back • 6-0 • 180

Olney, Md./Good Counsel High School



High School: Played under coach Bob Malloy at Good Counsel High School in Maryland… in 2006 helped the Falcons to a 10-2 record and a bid to the WCAC Championship… had 67 tackles, six interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recovers and four pass break ups as a senior… was a All-State honorable mention… also earned All-WCAC honorable mention… compiled 46 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five breakups in the 2005 season.



Alex Iachetta

Offensive Line • 6-4 • 245

Sprint Lake, N.J./Manasquan High School



High School: Played three varsity seasons under coach Vic Kubu at Manasquan High School… helped the Warriors to back-to-back Group II State Championships… Manasquan tallied a 23-1 record over those two seasons… earned Second Team All-State at defensive end… was a First Team All-Shore and All-Conference defensive end… also was a standout for Manasquan’s basketball team.



Derek King

Linebacker • 6-1 • 212

Wykoff, N.J./Ramapo High School



High School: Played linebacker and fullback under coach Drew Gibbs at Ramapo High School… was named First Team All-NBIL and First Team All-Suburban… had a school record 116 tackles in 2006… earned All-North Jersey Group III and Third-Team All-Bergen County honors as a senior… finished his career with 160 tackles and five sacks… had eight rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown out of the backfield… was an All-league Honorable Mention selection as a junior.



Pierre LaFontant

Linebacker • 6-0 • 203

Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg High School



High School: Played linebacker under head coach Kreg Kephart at Gaithersburg High School… amassed 94 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior… named First Team All-County.



Chris Mastrangelo

Linebacker • 6-0 • 215

Randolph, N.J./Randolph High School



High School: Played two varsity seasons under head coach Joe Lusardi at Randolph High School… helped the Rams to the N.J. State Semifinals in 2006… was a First Team All-Morris County and First Team All-Area selection as a senior… earned First Team All-Iron Hills Conference honors as a junior and senior… finished 2006 with 150 tackles, including 20 for a loss… also had three sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles as a senior.



Matt Miller

Kicker • 5-9 • 155

Tenafly, N.J./Tenafly High School



High School: Played two varsity seasons under coach Kurt Hommen at Tenafly High School… helped the Tigers to a 9-1 record and a BCSL-American League Championship as a senior… earned First Team All-BCSL and First Team All-North Jersey as a senior… had an average kickoff of 64 yards last season… finished his senior season 36 of 37 for extra points… kicked a career-long field goal of 46 yards in 2006.



Shane Mitchell

Defensive Back • 5-10 • 180

Gibbstown, N.J./Paulsboro High School





High School: Played and started three varsity seasons under coach Glenn Howard at Paulsboro High School… helped lead the Red Raiders to a 10-2 season and the NJSIAA South Jersey Group I Title in 2006… was a two-time Trenton Times First Team All-Area selection… earned All-County honors as a senior after racking up 65 tackles, five interceptions and one fumble recovery… tallied five interceptions as a junior.



Dave Ogden

Defensive End • 6-2 • 240

Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills



High School: Played three varsity seasons under coach Chris Olsen at Wayne Hills High School… helped the Patriots to back-to-back undefeated State Championship seasons… ranked as the 79th recruit in New Jersey by the McCarthy Report… finished his senior season with 18 sacks, setting a new school record… also owns the school record for sacks in a game with five… registered 88 tackles as a senior and 85 takedowns as a junior… was named First Team All-State, All-North Jersey and All-Area… finished varsity career with 40 sacks, 229 tackles, three blocked kicks, 15 batted passes and four forced fumbles… also earned First Team All-County and First Team All-league honors.



Jim Sullivan

Offensive Line • 6-3 • 280

Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan



High School: Played three varsity seasons under coach Vic Kubu at Manasquan High School… helped the Warriors to back-to-back Group II State Championships… Manasquan tallied a 23-1 record over those two seasons…earned All-Conference honors two straight seasons… as a senior was a First Team All-Shore and First Team All-Area selection.



Joe Valenti

Linebacker • 6-2 • 205

Bayonne, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep



High School: Played two varsity seasons at tightend/wide receiver and linebacker under coach Rich Hansen at St. Peter’s Prep… helped the Marauders to Group IV State Championship as a junior and back-to-back HCIAA Championships in his two seasons… St. Peter’s Prep went 23-1 in Valenti’s two seasons… was a First Team All-County, First Team All-Non Public and First Team All-Coaches selection as a senior… had 85 tackles, nine sacks, two fumble recoveries and one safety in his senior season… named Third Team All-State and Second Team All-County as a junior… grabbed seven receiving touchdowns in 2006… also played four seasons on the Marauders’ basketball team.



Troy Yudin

Wide Reciever • 6-1 • 180

Stevenson Ranch, Calif./William Hart High School



High School: Played wide receiver and free safety under coach Mike Herrington at William Hart High School in California… finished his senior season with 75 catches for 1,241 yards and 13 touchdowns… was a First Team All-Foothill League selection… also earned First Team All-Southern Section honors had 46 catches for 793 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior… was the Co-MVP of the USC Nike Passing Tournament... named First Team All-CIF and First Team All SCV.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great videos of all the recruits on the MU website. Very well done today, MU football is stepping up bigtime.

8:15 PM, February 07, 2007  

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