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Official Lafayette Football 2015 National Signing Day
Lafayette Football: 2015 National Signing Day

Welcome to Signing Day Central presented by Coke Zero. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, GoLeopards.com offers the most exclusive and expansive National Signing Day coverage in the Patriot League with all-day, live updates from Bourger Varsity Football House.

 Signing Day Central - Wednesday, Feb. 4 - Presented by Coke Zero
(All times Eastern Standard)
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Live Chat with Head Coach Frank Tavani (via #AskCoachT)
12 p.m. - The Kickoff Show, presented by Coke Zero with Coach Tavani
1 p.m. - In-Depth Look at Class of 2019: Offense with OC Mickey Fein
2 p.m. - In-Depth Look at Class of 2019: Defense with DC Art Link
3 p.m. - Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon / Announcement of Men's Soccer and Women's Soccer commitments
7:40 p.m. - Coach Tavani live on Lafayette Sports Network telecast of Lafayette Basketball
Ask Coach T
2015 Lafayette Football National Letter-of-Intent Signees

 NamePos.Ht.Wt.HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL/PREP SCHOOLHighlights
C.J. AmillWR5-9180Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal MooneyWatch
Izaiah AventDB5-11180Bethlehem, Pa./LibertyWatch
Jacob BissellK6-1175Allentown, Pa./ParklandWatch
Kaizer ButlerDB6-0195Valencia, Calif./Sierra CanyonWatch
Andrew ChumaLB6-3215Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield/Suffield AcademyWatch
Trent CrossanTB5-9190Shoreham, N.Y./Sachem North/Suffield AcademyWatch
Angus EvansTE6-5250Verona, N.Y./Rome Free Academy/Bridgton AcademyWatch
Logan GrieserOL6-3300Arlington, Ohio/ArlingtonWatch
Tanner KernOL6-3315Essex, Conn./XavierWatch
Mike LewisQB6-0215Palmyra, Pa./PalmyraWatch
Dante LonardoDE6-3255Allentown, Pa./Bethlehem CatholicWatch
Jerry PoweDB6-1185Grayslake, Ill./Warren TownshipWatch
Lavel RamseyDE6-5235Plano, Texas/Plano WestWatch
Liam ReedyTE6-4220Wyomissing, Pa./WyomissingWatch
Jacob RoseLB6-1210Suwanee, Ga./Greater Atlanta ChristianWatch
Clay RushDB5-11175Philadelphia, Pa./NortheastWatch
Tyler WestTB5-10210Great Falls, Va./LangleyWatch
Kevin ZataveskiOL6-4300Delran, N.J./DelranWatch

Logo C.J. Amill Edge
WR | 5-9 | 180 | Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney

AT CARDINAL MOONEY: All-Northeast Ohio and All-Ohio honoree who ran for more than 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns during the 2013 and 2014 seasons...also pulled in 307 receiving yards....managed six interceptions and 64 tackles, playing cornerback...averaged 19 yards per kick return and 18 yards per punt return...ran track as a sophomore in 2012, competing in the 100, 200, 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay...Honor Roll student who was a member of the choir, Spanish Club, Drama Club while also serving as a mentor for freshman students...drummer at his church...performed more than 300 hours of community service. Personal: Son of Christopher and Tara Amill...father played football at Kent State...part of athletic family as relatives Ramon Amill (uncle-Youngstown State under Jim Tressel), Darren Ross (cousin-IUP), Moses Ellis (cousin-Prairie View A&M and later Arena football), Andre Jackson (uncle-Ohio U.) and Asim Pleas (uncle-Illinois) played college football...has a younger brother, Tarren... has yet to decide on a major...born 5/3/97.

Logo Izaiah Avent Edge
CB | 5-11 | 180 | Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty

AT LIBERTY: 2013 and 2014 Express-Times All-Area honorable mention at wide receiver, making 52 catches for 795 yards and seven touchdowns...managed 10 interceptions, while playing defensive back as a three-year letterwinner... member of the Liberty basketball squad which captured the 2013 Lehigh Valley Conference title, playing shooting guard and small forward during a three-year career...also competed in track and field in the long, triple and high jumps...High Honor Roll student who has served as a leader at basketball camps and in Special Olympics programs while also participating in Cops 'N Kids.. Personal: Son of Jennifer Ilarraza...has a younger brother Xavier...plans to major in Economics...born 11/27/96.

Logo Jacob Bissell Edge
K | 6-1 | 175 | Allentown, Pa./Parkland

AT PARKLAND: Big 33 Game selection...Two-time all-conference (Lehigh Valley Conference in 2013 and East Penn Conference in 2014) kicker who twice earned all-area laurels from the Morning Call...Express-Times All-Area selection in 2014, playing a key role in Parkland winning three straight district titles...as a senior, was 8-for-12 on field goals with a long of 43 while converting 58-of-63 PATs; managed 45 touchbacks on kickoffs and scored 83 points...in his junior year, he produced 42 touchbacks on 66 percent of his kickoffs and made 42-of-46 extra points; added four field goals, with a long of 42 yards...averaged 35.1 yards per punt in 2013...competed for Lehigh Valley United and Reading Rage soccer clubs...High Honor Roll student who volunteered at an animal shelter. Personal: Son of Mark and Jayne-Anne Bissell...has an older sister Jackie, an older brother, Brennon, and a younger brother, Aidan...plans to major in Environmental Studies...born 2/3/97.

Logo Kaizer Butler Edge
S | 6-0 | 195 | Valencia, Calif./Sierra Canyon

AT SIERRA CANYON: All-Gold Coast League selection at running back, rushing for 1,184 yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior season...finished with 2,423 yards of total offense during his career, managing 8.6 yards per carry with 44 touchdowns and 166 tackles on the defensive side of the ball...team MVP...played basketball and ran sprints (100, 200, 4x100) in track and field...member of integrity committee who volunteered for community service through his school. Personal: Son of Robert and Kian Hernandez...plans to major in Mechanical Engineering...born 2/7/97.

Logo Andrew Chuma Edge
ILB | 6-3 | 215 | Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield/Suffield Academy

AT RIDGEFIELD: Garnered CHSCA All-State designation in his senior year while also securing All-FCIAC First-Team Offense honors...named to the first team in the Hearst Super 33 All-State Defense and MSG All-Metro Second-Team Defense...tabbed to the New Haven Register All-State Third Team Defense...made 94 tackles his final season while setting school records for receptions (60) and receiving yards (803) in a season...pulled down 10 touchdowns ...named team MVP and captain his senior season of 2013, leading his squad to a 10-3 record and a state semifinal berth...in junior year as a starter at tight end and strong safety, he made 33 catches for 400 yards and two touchdowns and registered 25 tackles with three fumble recoveries on an 8-2 team...as a sophomore, managed 50 tackles as a starter at outside linebacker on an 8-3 state quarterfinal squad...named a Ridgefield High School Scholar Athlete while also garnering High Honor Roll designation...volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. AT SUFFIELD ACADEMY: Spent a post-graduate year at the prep school in Suffield, Conn. with fellow incoming freshman Trent Crossan...starter at outside linebacker and tight end, registering 60 tackles (five for loss) with two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles...managed a 7-2 record, winning the school's fourth New England championship. Personal: Son of Michael and Lisa Chuma...father was an offensive lineman at Massachusetts from 1978-82...has an older sister Caitlin, an older brother, Brent, and a younger brother, Harrison...plans to major in Economics...born 10/3/95.

Logo Trent Crossan Edge
TB | 5-9 | 195 | Shoreham, N.Y./Sachem North/Suffield Academy

AT SACHMEN NORTH: All-Long Island Second-Team selection who was the team MVP in 2013 when he helped lead team to Suffolk County and Long Island Class I titles...quarterback was named offensive MVP of Long Island championship game...served as team captain and also played linebacker...in junior year, the team offensive MVP set a school record with eight rushing touchdowns, accounting for 50 points in the game, third most in Long Island history; two-point conversion in that game gave team a 63-62 win...named team captain and starting quarterback as a sophomore, garnering All-Suffolk County and all-division honor...academic honor roll selection...church and community athletic league volunteer. AT SUFFIELD ACADEMY: Spent a post-graduate year at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Conn. with fellow incoming freshman Andrew Chuma...earned a spot on the All-New England Prep Team...managed 952 all-purpose yards on 108 touches for 11 touchdowns. Personal: Son of Michael and Susann Crossan...father played football at East Carolina and mother competed in track and field at Binghamton...older brother, Dalton, is a redshirt junior at New Hampshire...plans to major in Economics...born 11/24/95.

Logo Angus Evans Edge
TE | 6-5 | 250 | Verona, N.Y./Rome Free Academy/Bridgton Academy

AT ROME FREE ACADEMY: Earned All-League First-Team honors as a senior, while garnering team Offensive MVP honors...played quarterback, racking up more than 1,500 yards passing with 12 touchdowns in 2013...set a single-game record with 340 passing yards and four touchdown passes...played center on the basketball team, helping guide his squad to a league championship as a junior in 2012 (10 ppg, 8 rpg)...honor roll student and scholar-athlete...volunteered as a youth basketball and football camp coach for city of Rome and at his local church. AT BRIDGTON ACADEMY: Spent a post-graduate year at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine...served as team captain while playing tight end...started all nine games, making 19 catches for 280 yards and three touchdowns. Personal: Son of William and Christine Evans...father played football at Ithaca and cousin, Tommy Kain, played soccer at Duke...has a younger brother, Conrad, and a younger sister, Olivia...has yet to decide on a major...born 2/21/96.

Logo Logan Grieser Edge
OL | 6-3 | 300 | Arlington, Ohio/Arlington

AT ARLINGTON: A two-time Associated Press All-Ohio selection who also claimed All-Northwest Ohio District First-Team honors and All-Blanchard Valley Conference First-Team laurels his final two seasons...named the 2014 Northwest Ohio Lineman of the year...played both ways on the line, making 72 tackles (12 TFL) as a senior...collected Blanchard Valley Conference All-Academic recognition...post player on the basketball team for three seasons and also competed in track and field, throwing the shot put and discus...played AAU basketball with the Lima Area Lakers and Team Ohio...honor roll student who was the president of the local chapters of the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society...served as vice president of the class of 2015 for four years...participant in the Science Olympiad...community service activities included the ENGAGE Youth Council and volunteer work with a local food pantry, blood drives and a memorial soccer tournament. Personal: Son of Scott and Sherry Grieser...has an older brother, Zachary...plans to major in either a science field or Engineering...born 8/30/96.

Logo Tanner Kern Edge
OL | 6-3 | 315 | Essex, Conn./Xavier

AT XAVIER: Earned All-State First-Team laurels from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, Hartford Courant and New Haven Register...named to the Walter Camp and USA Today All-Connecticut Teams...All-Southern Connecticut Conference First-Team selection and Scholar-Athlete Award winner...played center, offensive tackle and long snapper during high school career...helped guide his squad to a 9-3 record in 2014 and a Connecticut State LL-S championship...long snapper on a 12-1 team that collected the LL title in 2012...overall, he was 28-7 as a varsity player...wrestled and played baseball for one season each...member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Science Honor Society...served as a volunteer camp counselor at the YMCA. Personal: Son of James and Katherine Kern...father played football at Connecticut...plans to major in Economics...born 10/24/97.

Logo Mike Lewis Edge
QB | 6-0 | 215 | Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra

AT PALMYRA: All-time leading passer at Palmyra High school with 246 completions for 3,050 yards and 30 touchdowns...All-Mid-Penn Conference Second-Team selection at quarterback as a senior while also achieving Lancaster/Lebanon Counties distinction as a first-team QB...two-year team captain who was named all-state first-team from PA Football News and Pennlive.com and was an all-county selection in Lancaster/Lebanon Counties, all as a punter...also a member of the baseball team, pitching a perfect game as a sophomore...distinguished honor roll member who volunteered as an ambassador for "Friends of Rachel" and served as an outdoor education counselor for seventh graders at Palmyra Middle School. Personal: Son of Douglas and Tina Lewis...grandfather, Warren Lewis, wrestled at Lehigh...while cousin, Nick Lewis, played hockey at Robert Morris...plans to major in Economics...born 5/16/97.

Logo Dante Lonardo Edge
DE | 6-3 | 255 | Allentown, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic

AT BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC: Named First-Team Defense by the Express-Times and Morning Call...East Penn Conference North First-Team choice...Associated Press All-State selection...made 67 tackles with 19 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in his senior year while also managing five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown at tight end...as a junior, collected 47 tackles with 9.5 tackles for loss and three QB sacks...helped lead teams to district championships in junior (8-5) and senior (12-2) seasons...named team's Defensive MVP in 2014...honor roll student who served as a committee member of mini-thon and as an intramurals coach and assistant. Personal: Son of Roberto and Tammy Lonardo...uncle, Tommaso Lonardo, played football at Moravian...has a younger brother, Gabriel...plans to major in Economics...born 5/16/97.

Logo Jerry Powe Edge
DB | 6-1 | 185 | Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township

AT WARREN TOWNSHIP: Two-time All-North Suburban Conference Team who also garnered News Sun All-Area honors...managed 10 interceptions during his career which included three seasons playing cornerback, safety and wide receiver...ran the hurdles and 100m in track and field...honor roll student who earned All-State Academic team recognition...volunteered for community service work with "Letter to Santa" and "Candy Days" programs. Personal: Son of Jerry and Tracy Powe...father is a supervisor of the Chicago White Sox grounds crew...has younger brothers, Jalen and Jarrett and a younger sister, Trenise...plans to major in Mechanical Engineering...born 12/16/96.

Logo Lavel Ramsey Edge
DE | 6-5 | 235 | Plano, Texas/Plano West

AT PLANO WEST: Earned All-District First-Team honors and All-Collin County laurels as a senior when he registered 57 tackles with 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries and blocked kick...member of state regional champion football squads...three-year member of basketball team which won the district title in 2013-14 with a 27-4 mark and the 2014-15 team is in the top 20 in the nation...played AAU basketball with 2012 AAU under-15 national champions Frisco Celtics, AAA Stallions in 2011 and Team Texas in 2010. Personal: Son of Lavel Ramsey and LaTresha Waterford...father played basketball at Santa Rosa College...has younger sisters, Lauren and Leah, and a younger brother, Landon...plans to major in Engineering...born 12/25/96.

Logo Liam Reedy Edge
TE | 6-4 | 220 | Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing

AT WYOMISSING: Earned a Reading Eagle All-Berks Second-Team Offense selection as a senior, helping guide team to District 3 AA championship...named All-Berks County Section 2 by the Berks Football Coaches Association...played tight end in the wing-T offense which helped his squad average 287 yards and 39.5 points per game...part of a 2012 squad that finished 16-0 and won a state title over Aliquippa...played for league championship squad in basketball and also played volleyball...played for Berks Red Storm on AAU basketball circuit...National Honor Society student...youth football coaching volunteer who also worked with the Opportunity Houses program. Personal: Son of Brian and Sarah Reedy...has an older brother, Connor, who plays defensive end at Williams College and a younger sister, Charlotte...plans to major in Economics...born 8/24/97.

Logo Jacob Rose Edge
LB | 6-1 | 210 | Suwanee, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian

AT GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN: Gwinnett County All-Region selection in 2014, playing linebacker and fullback...made 70 tackles in senior season, helping his squad to a 14-1 season and a Class AA runner-up finish...team captain and three-year letterwinner...four high school teammates have signed offers to play at Tennessee, Navy, Georgia Tech and Georgia...also played lacrosse and holds school record for ground balls in a season and goals by a long-stick midfielder...honor roll student who earned the GACS scholar-athlete award...serves as a board member for Atlanta Missions and as a recruiting head and leader for the Honduras missions team. Personal: Son of James and Mary Rose...father ran track and Penn and mother ran track and cross country at Carroll College...has younger brothers, Jonathan, Joshua and Joseph...plans to major in Economics...born 12/18/96.

Logo Clay Rush Edge
CB | 5-11 | 175 | Philadelphia, Pa./Northeast

AT NORTHEAST: Standout wide receiver in high school who averaged 27.2 yards per catch...played cornerback, safety, returner and returner in addition to wideout and was a three-year starter...competed in the jumps in track and field, earning 2013-14 All-Catholic Second-Team honors for indoor track long jump while at Father Judge High School (alma mater of current Lafayette DB Matt Smalley) where he won a team title as a freshman...honor roll student...youth group member at his church and a volunteer at a soup kitchen in Camden, N.J. Personal: Son of Clayton and Ava Rush...cousin, Andrew Blackmon, played cornerback at Indiana State...has a younger brother, Jalen, and younger sisters, Amiah and Leah...plans to major in Environmental Science...born 11/13/96.

Logo Tyler West Edge
TB | 5-11 | 210 | Great Falls, Va./Langley

AT LANGLEY: All-Region First-Team selection and All-State Second-Team honoree in Virginia's 6A class as a senior and junior...Liberty District Player of the Year as a senior who garnered Liberty District First-Team honors his final two campaigns...secured All-Met honorable mention laurels in the Washington area as a junior and senior...leading rusher in Langley history with 4,373 yards and 54 touchdowns...rushed for 2,081 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior and 2,230 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior...honor roll student who was a two-time scholar-athlete award winner and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars...played varsity lacrosse and basketball...played for the Virginia Rapids in AAU basketball and the Virginia Lacrosse Club...volunteered as a youth basketball and lacrosse coach. Personal: Son of Kevin and Tracy West...has an older brother, Kyle, and a younger sister, Kaitlin...plans to major in Economics...born 8/14/96.

Logo Kevin Zataveski Edge
OL | 6-4 | 300 | Delran, N.J./Delran

AT DELRAN: Two-time All-West Jersey Football League First-Team selection at offensive line...garnered all-county second-team recognition his final two seasons...2014 Philadelphia Inquirer All-South Jersey Second Team honoree while also serving as team captain...competed in basketball, serving as team captain as a junior and senior...secured 2013 all-conference first-team honors in track and field, throwing the shot put and discus in track and field...National Honor Society student who was a member of the Number One Club for leadership and character...earned the Gordon-Masters Football Club of Burlington Country Scholar-Athlete award in 2013...served as the junior class president...volunteered for his church and served as a camp counselor at summer camps. Personal: Son of Walter and Lori Zataveski...father played football at Lycoming and his uncle, Mark, played at Notre Dame...older brother, Nick, is a Lafayette senior offensive lineman and returning starter...plans to major in Engineering...born 1/2/97.