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Lafayette Football: 2014 National Signing Day

Welcome to Signing Day Central presented by Coke Zero. On Wednesday, Feb. 5, 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 presented by Coke Zero
(All times Eastern Standard)
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Live Chat with Head Coach Frank Tavani
12 p.m. - The Kickoff Show, presented by Coke Zero with Coach Tavani
1 p.m. - In-Depth Look at Class of 2018: Offense
2 p.m. - In-Depth Look at Class of 2018: Defense
3 p.m. - Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon / Announcement of Field Hockey, Men's Soccer and Women's Soccer commitments
7:40 p.m. - Coach Tavani live on Lafayette Sports Network telecast of Lafayette Basketball


2014 Lafayette Football National Letter-of-Intent Signees
Beau Bosch DE 6-5 215 New Paris, Pa./Chestnut RidgeWatch
DeSean Brown TB 5-11 195 Naperville, Ill./Naperville NorthWatch
Brandon Bryant LB 5-11 205 Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill EastWatch
J.J. Conn LB 6-1 210 Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper Saint ClairWatch
Josh Davis QB 6-0 190 San Juan Capistrano, Calif./St. Margaret'sWatch
Mike DePaolo LB 6-1 220 Pen Argyl, Pa./Pen ArgylWatch
Mike Donnelly OL 6-4 285 New Canaan, Conn./New CanaanWatch
Jarred Fragapane DE 6-2 230 Allison Park, Pa./North CatholicWatch
Nick Franzese WR 6-0 175 Basking Ridge, N.J./RidgeWatch
Connor Goss WR 6-3 190 Massapequa, N.Y./Kellenberg MemorialWatch
Rob Hinchen LB 6-2 205 Saddle River, N.J./Northern HighlandsWatch
T.J. Jones DB 6-2 185 Hershey, Pa./Milton HersheyWatch
Rajhan Meriwether TB 5-10 190 Chandler, Ariz./BashaWatch
Matt Mrazek WR 6-4 210 La Grange, Ill./Lyons TownshipWatch
Rocco Palumbo WR 6-3 185 Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain VistaWatch
Phillip Parham DB 5-10 180 Lincoln Park, Mich./Cass TechnicalWatch
Collin Raysor OL 6-7 300 Coatesville, Pa./CoatesvilleWatch
Michael Root LB 6-1 215 New Canaan, Conn./New CanaanWatch
Michael Shiffert LS 6-1 227 Nazareth, Pa./Blair AcademyWatch
Parish Simmons DB 6-0 185 Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth/Avon Old FarmsWatch
Cameron Smith OL 6-5 295 Medway, Mass./MedwayWatch
Quinn Smith TE 6-5 230 San Marcos, Calif./La Costa CanyonWatch
Robert Speranza TB 5-10 190 Syosset, N.Y./ChaminadeWatch
Matt Tuerk WR 5-11 185 Bethlehem, Pa./NazarethWatch
Dylan Wadsworth TE 6-3 235 Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick SchoolWatch
Anders Warfel OL 6-6 305 Perkasie, Pa./Central Bucks WestWatch

Logo Beau Bosch Edge
DE | 6-5 | 215 | New Paris, Pa./Chestnut Ridge

CHESTNUT RIDGE: Two-way starter for three seasons, playing defensive end, quarterback and tight end...helped lead his team to District 5 Championships in 2012 and 2013...three-time Bedford Gazette All-Star...two-time District 6 Sport Network Sweet 16 player...named First Team at defensive end by the Altoona Mirror in 2013 when he served as a team captain...registered 17.5 sacks in his career...finished career with 2,296 rushing yards with 37 touchdowns and 1,237 passing yards and 12 touchdowns...ran for 327 yards in a single game in 2012...played forward on basketball team, averaging a double-double throughout his career...two-time Bedford Gazette First Team and two-time Sideling Hill First Team...garnered four all-tournament selections in basketball...helped lead his squad to a Sideling Hill League championship in 2013...High Honor Roll student.

Logo DeSean Brown Edge
TB | 5-11 | 195 | Naperville, Ill.

NAPERVILLE NORTH: Two-time unanimous All-DuPage Valley Conference honoree...IHSCA 8A All-State selection...Daily Herald All-Area selection...served as a team captain as a senior...averaged six yards a carry while rushing for 745 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior...managed 52 catches for 664 yards and four TD's...garnered Academic All-Conference laurels in football, basketball and track and field...competed in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and triple jump in track and field and was a team captain...played shooting guard on basketball team...J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation selection...member of the Senior Board.

Logo Brandon Bryant Edge
LB | 5-11 | 205 | Cherry Hill, N.J.

CHERRY HILL EAST: Earned American Conference honors and All-West Jersey status...named school's Defensive Player of the Year...garnered the East Coast Prep Conference's Coaches' Award...took home All-Conference First Team Group V honors at linebacker...made 98 tackles in his senior year...two-year starter at linebacker and fullback...all-conference selection in track and field, competing in the long jump (21'4") and triple jump (43')...Honor Roll student who earned an academic achievement award at Cherry Hill East.

Logo J.J. Conn Edge
LB | 6-1 | 210 | Pittsburgh, Pa.

UPPER SAINT CLAIR: Quad A All-Southeastern Conference selection and South Hills Almanac All-Star in 2013...played strong safety, outside linebacker, tight end and quarterback for the three-time Quad A Southeastern Conference champions and two-time racked up a 32-5 record over three seasons (2011-13) and was 22-3 with Conn as a starter...helped lead Upper Saint Clair to six shutouts in two seasons as an outside linebacker, made 101 tackles, returned a fumble for a touchdown, recorded three sacks and picked off one pass...three-year starter in basketball, playing guard and forward...the team's leading scorer and rebounder in 2013-14 while also serving as team captain...earned 2013 South Hill Almanac All-Star honors in 2013, helping to guide the team to 17 straight wins and a section championship...National Honor Society student who is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and a High Honor Roll student...participates in Athletes Taking Action and is a volunteer for the Miracle League and USCAA.

Logo Josh Davis Edge
QB | 6-0 | 190 | San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

ST. MARGARET'S: Two-time Academy League Offensive MVP and three-time All-Academy League First-Team selection, guiding his squads to four titles...named Academy League Kicker of the Year in 2013...Honor Roll student who earned All-County honors from the Orange County Register...played quarterback, punter and kicker...two-time Elite 11 All-State nominee...secured All-California Interscholastic Federation laurels...ended his high school career with a 31-7 record, making 38 consecutive starts without missing a game...completed 333-of-634 (53 percent) of his passes for 5,182 yards and 60 touchdowns with 23 interceptions...maintained a quarterback rating of 96... only quarterback in Orange County to pass for 2,000 yards while rushing for 1,000 in 2013...ran for 1,780 career yards and 45 touchdowns on 298 carries...converted 47-of-50 career PATs and 4-of-5 field goals...four-year varsity letterwinner...played four years as a midfielder in lacrosse, earning All-County Second-Team laurels while also garnering a Southern Section title...scored approximately 100 goals between freshman and junior years.

Logo Mike DePaolo Edge
LB | 6-1 | 220 | Pen Argyl, Pa.

PEN ARGYL: Named Express-Times All-Area First Team in 2013 when he also garnered All-Colonial League Second-Team honors at linebacker and punter...helped lead his team to a district playoff appearance, making 70 tackles while rushing for 765 yards and 11 2012, secured All-Colonial League Second-Team honors, Express-Times All-Area Third Team and All-State Third Team, helping guide his team to an 11-3 record, a district championship and a state quarterfinal berth...rushed for 877 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2012...his teams were 40-10 from 2010-13, including a 2011 run when Pen Argyl went 13-1, won a district championship, a Colonial League title and broke into the state quarterfinals...Honor Roll student and 2013 Lehigh valley National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete nominee.

Logo Mike Donnelly Edge
OL | 6-4 | 285 | New Canaan, Conn.

NEW CANAAN:Tabbed to the All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference First Team...named All-State Second Team...Hearst Newspapers Super 33 selection while also garnering Norwalk Hour All-Area honors...three-year starter who helped his squad post a 34-6 record in three seasons...helped team to a 14-1 record (school record for wins) and a Connecticut Class L state title...played basketball (center) and lacrosse (defense) for one season...threw shot put for two years...wrestled at 285 pounds for one season, going 6-1...Honor Roll of the Service League of Boys...serves as a volunteer firefighter.

Logo Jarred Fragapane Edge
DE | 6-2 | 230 | Allison Park, Pa.

NORTH CATHOLIC: Associated Press, Football Writers and Pennsylvania Football News Class A First-Team selection at defensive end, helping guide his squad to a 16-0 mark and a 2013 Class A state title...garnered All-Eastern Conference Team honors as a junior, when the team won the Eastern Conference title and advanced to the WPIAL semifinals...played tackle, tailback, fullback, tight end, linebacker defensive end and defensive tackle over four varsity seasons while earning four letters...over four seasons at Deer Lakes High School (2010-11) and North Catholic, Fragapane's teams were a combined 35-13...three-sport athlete who also earned letters in varsity basketball (center, forward) and baseball (pitcher, third base, first base) for two seasons at Deer Lakes High School...Honor Roll student who earned the 2013 WPIAL Class A Scholar-Athlete Award...involved with the North Catholic leadership and civic volunteer programs...CYO volunteer at St. Mary's...volunteered for a youth literacy program at Deer Lakes.

Logo Nick Franzese Edge
WR | 6-0 | 175 | Basking Ridge, N.J.

RIDGE:Three-year starter at receiver and defensive back who garnered Courier News All-Area, All-Mid State 38 Conference First-Team honors, Star Ledger All-County First-Team and All-State Group IV laurels...earned MSG Varsity All-New Jersey Honorable Mention status in 2013...had 62 rushes, 39 receptions for 1,698 total yards and 12 touchdowns...secured All-Mid State 38 Conference First-Team honors, Star Ledger All-Somerset County Second-Team honors and Courier News All-Area Second-Team recognition as a junior...two-sport athlete who also participated in baseball...honor roll student who was the recipient of the School-Wide Character Award and Athletic/Academic Award

Logo Connor Goss Edge
WR | 6-3 | 190 | Massapequa, N.Y.

KELLENBERG MEMORIAL: Led Long Island and finished second in the Catholic High School Football League with 56 catches for 522 yards and four touchdowns as a of two players on his squad with 500-plus receiving yards.

Logo Rob Hinchen Edge
LB | 6-2 | 205 | Saddle River, N.J.

NORTHERN HIGHLANDS: Two-time All-Big North League First-Team honoree at linebacker...garnered All-Bergen County Third Team honors...served as a team captain as a senior...made 160 tackles (124 solo) with 17 tackles for loss and nine sacks in his final two seasons...carried 157 times for 1,110 yards at fullback...three-sport athlete who also competed in baseball and track and field...two-time All-Big North League First Team on the diamond, playing third base and outfield while serving as team captain...competed in indoor track and field in the sprints and shot put...Honor Roll student...DECA state finalist as a senior.

Logo T.J. Jones Edge
DB | 6-2 | 185 | Hershey, Pa.

MILTON HERSHEY: Missed senior season due to torn ACL...secured All Mid-Penn Conference First-Team honors as a junior at defensive back...recorded 61 tackles (19 solo) as a junior when he picked off three passes and forced a fumble...three-year letterwinner and two-year starter...participated in two years of track and field, competing in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay as well as triple jump...two-time Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division champions.

Logo Rajhan Meriwether Edge
TB | 5-10 | 195 | Chandler, Ariz.

BASHA: All-City selection at running back and a Division I Section halfback...honor roll academic athlete...carried for 2,631 yards in his career, averaging 5.9 yards per carry and 94 yards per game...rang up 25 rushing touchdowns in his career, including 10 apiece in his final two a slot receiver, reeled in 62 receptions for 751 yards (12.1 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns...first running back at his high school to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, churning out 1,151 yards in 2012.

Logo Matt Mrazek Edge
WR | 6-4 | 210 | La Grange, Ill.

LYONS TOWNSHIP: Team captain and MVP in his senior year...earned All-West Suburban Conference Silver Division honors...named to Chicago Sun Times Pioneer Press All-Offensive Second Team...achieved West Suburban Silver Division Academic All-Conference laurels...made 44 receptions for 440 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns as a senior...picked off a team-best three passes in 2013...played four years as a power forward and center in basketball...led basketball team in rebounding for four years...National Honor Society student who is a 2014-15 ISAC State Scholar...member of the National Latin Honor Society.

Logo Rocco Palumbo Edge
WR | 6-3 | 185 | Highlands Ranch, Colo.

MOUNTAIN VISTA: All-Continental League First-Team selection and All-State Honorable Mention status his final two seasons...served as team captain as a senior...All-Continental League Second-Team honoree in 2011...finished career with 118 catches for 1,631 yards and 10 touchdowns...2013 Academic All-State Honorable track and field, qualified for the state championships in the 4x100m relay and 4x200m relay.

Logo Phillip Parham Edge
DB | 5-10 | 185 | Lincoln Park, Mich.

CASS TECHNICAL: Part of back-to-back state champion teams which also claimed the 2013 city championship...secured 2013 All-City status in the Detroit Public School League...garnered All-Metro Second-Team honors...recognized as Cass Technical's Defensive Hustler...two-year starter who maintained a 3.7 GPA...Honor Roll student who also competed in track and field.

Logo Collin Raysor Edge
OL | 6-7 | 300 | Coatesville, Pa.

COATESVILLE: Two-time All-Ches-Mont Coaches Poll...listed in the Philadelphia Inquirer's Top 30 Recruits of 2014...recognized as Coatesville football's most improved player over four years...31-8 record in three years as a starter...starter on 2012 Coatesville District I and Eastern Pennsylvania championship team...two-time letterwinner...honor roll student and member of National Honor Society...Student Council Secretary...member of Ches-Mont's Student Forum...volunteer at Coatesville Youth Initiative.

Logo Michael Root Edge
LB | 6-1 | 215 |New Canaan, Conn.

NEW CANAAN: All-State First-Team performer who led the state of Connecticut in tackles (176) in his senior year while registering 6.5 sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble and a touchdown...garnered All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference First-Team honors...served as team captain for 2013 squad which posted a 14-1 mark and captured a conference and a Connecticut Class L state title...Hearst Newspapers Super 33 selection while also garnering Norwalk Hour All-Area honors...named MSG Varsity 2013 All-Connecticut First Team and 2013 All-Metro Honorable Mention...secured 2013 USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Connecticut Team...three-year starter who helped his squad post a 34-6 record in three seasons...garnered All-Conference and All-State First-Team honors as a junior...played lacrosse (defense) for two seasons.

Logo Michael Shiffert Edge
LS | 6-1 | 227 |Nazareth, Pa.

BLAIR ACADEMY: All-Mid Atlantic Prep League defensive tackle...helped guide his Blair squad to 2013 MAPL and New Jersey Class A Prep titles...rated as a 4½ star long snapper by Kohls Professional Camps, the same organization which selected him to its All-America team as a junior...helped team to 25-8 record over career...started 31 of 33 career games...played defense in lacrosse...volunteer for Jeff Dailey Memorial Foundation.

Logo Parish Simmons Edge
DB | 6-0 | 185 |Nazareth, Pa.

NAZARETH: Earned 2012 Express-Times All-Area First Team honors ...played quarterback and cornerback in high school...passed for 1,879 yards and 16 touchdowns...ran for 1,358 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards per carry...squad managed a 13-2 record in 2011 winning the Lehigh Valley Conference and a District XI title...finished as the 2012 Eastern Conference championship runner-up...four year letterwinner in track and field, competing in the 110 hurdles, long jump, triple jump and 4x100 relay...winning the 2011 District XI championship in the 110 high hurdles...high honor roll student.

Logo Cameron Smith Edge
OL | 6-5 | 295 |Medway, Mass.

MEDWAY: Boston Globe and All-State First Team in 2013...garnered All-Tri Valley League honors as a senior while also serving as team captain...earned AP Scholar with Honor Award while also securing the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship at Medway...also earned the Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction Award...serves as a volunteer Pop Warner coach and for the Medway Police Holiday Foundation.

Logo Quinn Smith Edge
TE | 6-5 | 230 |San Marcos, Calif.

LA COSTA CANYON: All-Avocado West League First-Team selection at tight end...managed 15.6 yards per catch with four touchdowns during his career...served as a team captain his senior year...also played defensive end and long snapper in three years of varsity football...played forward on the basketball team, helping lead the squad to consecutive CIF championships...three-year letterwinner for hoops team, garnering the Coaches' Award and the Most Improved Player Award...secured Avocado West League First-Team Academic honors his junior and senior year and All-CIF Academic credentials as a junior...served as president of the Advocates Club, on the leadership team of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was an anchor on LCC TV and broadcasted basketball games.

Logo Robert Speranza Edge
TB | 5-10 | 190 |Syosset, N.Y.

CHAMINADE: Served as team captain junior and senior year...named Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) All-League in his junior and senior years...carried 74 times for 725 yards and 17 touchdowns with two kick returns for touchdowns in 2012 when his team posted an 11-1 mark...had 109 carries for 850 yards 12 rushing touchdowns in his 10-2 senior season...also caught 18 balls for 315 yards and three receiving touchdowns as senior...managed one punt return for a touchdown in 2013...tabbed MSG Varsity Top 100...played four years of long-stick midfield in lacrosse, helping guide his squad to a 15-2 mark and a NSCHSAA championship...ran sprints in track and field for two seasons...Honor Roll student and member of National Honor Society...member of Sodality.

Logo Matt Tuerk Edge
WR | 5-11 | 185 |Bethlehem, Pa.

NAZARETH: High Honor Roll student who garnered Express-Times All-Area First-Team accolades...selected as a Lehigh Valley Conference All-Star...made 57 receptions for 748 yards and three touchdowns, including eight receptions for a school-record 214 yards with one touchdown vs. Easton...played goalie and attack in lacrosse as a two-year letterwinner...scored 18 goals to go along with 14 assists in 30 games as a sophomore in lacrosse...managed 24 goals and 15 assists in nine games as a junior.

Logo Dylan Wadsworth Edge
TE | 6-3 | 235 |Greenwich, Conn.

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL: Rookie of the Year as a sophomore...named All-Housatonic League as a junior...two-year team captain who helped capture the 2013 Housatonic League championship...four-year letterwinner and four-year starter...three-year letterwinner and three-year starter at forward in basketball, helping lead his squad to a Fairchester Athletic Association runner-up finish in 2012...served as basketball team captain for two seasons...earned a letter in track...selected as track and field captain for 2013...ran 4x100m and threw shot put...awarded tri-varsity athlete plaque for 2012-13 academic year...senior prefect for 2013-14 academic year...vice president of Diversity Club...serves as vice president of the Way to Play Foundation...worked as a volunteer at the Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center.

Logo Anders Warfel Edge
OL | 6-6 | 305 |Perkasie, Pa.

CENTRAL BUCKS WEST: Two-year letterwinner and two-year starter...All-Suburban One League Honorable Mention...played two seasons on defense in lacrosse...Honor Roll student.


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