Tavani, Leopards Sign 30 For Class of 2016

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Head coach Frank Tavani has signed 30 student-athletes as part of the Class of 2016.

Head coach Frank Tavani has signed 30 student-athletes as part of the Class of 2016.

Feb. 1, 2012

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EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette football has signed 30 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the Class of 2016.

The Leopards' coaching staff recruited 16 offensive, 13 defensive and one special teams player for the class which topped the 2011 recruiting class in terms of size (28). Offensively, there are six offensive linemen, four wide receivers, two quarterbacks, two fullbacks and two tight ends along with a kicker/punter. On defense, the Leopards have secured commitments of five linebackers, four defensive linemen and four defensive backs.

The members of the Class of 2016 come to College Hill from nine states, with 11 players from Pennsylvania, seven from New Jersey, four from Florida, three from New York and one each from Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

"This recruiting class is the product of the hard work of our coaching staff and the support of our campus community including President Dan Weiss, Vice President Jim Dicker and Athletic Director Bruce McCutcheon. We are very happy with the results and feel that the class is on par with our last two recruiting classes, all of which we hope will put in a position to challenge for championships," said Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani. "This year we really focused on the interior line positions on both sides of the ball and certainly linebacker and wide receiver were positions on which we placed a lot of emphasis."

The offensive linemen average 6-4, 306 pounds and the defensive linemen will average 6-2, 268. There are two players who hail from Mars and another from Moon, both Western Pennsylvania locales closer to campus than they may sound. There are two Bishop McDevitt schools represented in the group (one in Wyncote, Pa. and the other in Harrisburg, Pa.)

The Leopard football program has been a consistent winner, with seven winning seasons in the last 10. Lafayette lays claim to Patriot League titles in 1992, 1994, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2011, the Leopards faced the toughest schedule in nation, finishing with a 4-7 record that included a season-opening loss at eventual national champion North Dakota State.

On Saturday, April 21, fans will get their first opportunity to see the 2012 Leopards in action in the annual Maroon-White Spring Game at Fisher Stadium. Lafayette will open the 2012 regular season on Sept. 8 with its first-ever trip to William and Mary. The Leopards welcome Penn on Sept. 15 for the home opener, the first of five home games. The regular season concludes at home with the 148th meeting with Lehigh on Nov. 17

   Signee
Video
Pos
Ht
Wt
 Hometown/High School/Last School
 1   Matt Anderson
DL
6-2
270
 Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield
 2   Dennis Bencsko
LB
6-0
215
 East Hanover, N.J./Delbarton
 3   Chris Brockman
LB
5-11
212
 Richmond, Texas/Foster/Valley Forge Military Academy
 4   Nick Collins
DL
6-1
275
 Tucker, Ga./Tucker
 5   Darrell Crawford
WR
5-9
170
 Wilkes Barre, Pa./G.A.R. Memorial
 6   Dan Dellovade
FB
6-1
235
 Moon, Pa./Moon
 7   Bobby DePietro
LB
6-3
220
 Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic
 8   Mark Dodd II
LB
6-2
220
 Wheeling, West Va./Linsly
 9   Andrew Dzurik
QB
6-3
205
 Columbia, Pa./Lancaster Catholic
 10   Paul Federinko
OL
6-5
320
 Columbia, Md./Atholton
 11   Ryan Gralish
K/P
6-1
215
 Mars Pa./Mars
 12   Deuce Gruden
WR
5-6
170
 Tampa, Fla./Carrollwood Day School
 13   Freddie Hess
FB
6-1
220
 Annville, Pa./Annville-Cleona
 14   John Hoffman
OL
6-4
295
 Basking Ridge, N.J./Immaculata
 15   Brian Keller
TE
6-3
235
 Somerdale, N.J./Triton
 16   John Lang
OL
6-2
285
 Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery
 17   Steve Mercado
DL
6-1
280
 Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers
 18   David Miller
OL
6-4
315
 Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley
 19   Mike Moralle
DB
6-2
205
 Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven
 20   Pat Narus
OL
6-4
310
 Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt
 21   Louie Pappas
QB
5-11
200
 Tarpon Springs, Fla./Tarpon Springs
 22   Jack Poetzsch
WR
6-0
195
 West Islip, N.Y./St. Anthony's
 23   Kyle Sakowski
DB
6-0
190
 Chester, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep
 24   Ryan Sanders
DL
6-4
245
 Katonah, N.Y./John Jay
 25   Matt Smalley
DB
5-10
175
 Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge
 26   Jamel Smith
WR
6-0
170
 New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt
 27   Ben Snyder
DB
6-1
215
 Fogelsville, Pa./Northwestern Lehigh
 28   Tyler Vickers
TE
6-5
225
 Miami, Fla./Miami Southridge
 29   Darren Wright
LB
6-2
235
 Glenside, Pa./Bishop McDevitt
 30   Nick Zataveski
OL
6-5
310
 Delran, N.J../Delran

 

 

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