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25 Join Football Class of 2020

Feb. 3, 2016

2016 Signing Day Central


EASTON, Pa. -- Lafayette football has received the commitments of 25 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent as part of National Signing Day on Wednesday.

The Leopards' coaching staff recruited 12 offensive players, 12 defensive players and one long snapper for the Class of 2020, the fourth scholarship class in the Patriot League era.

Offensively, there are five linemen, three wide receivers, one tight end, one h-back, one tailback and one quarterback. Defensively, the Leopards recruited six defensive backs, three linebackers, two defensive ends and a defensive tackle. The defensive linemen average 6-2, 250 while the offensive linemen step in at 6-4, 286.

The members of the Class of 2020 come to College Hill from 11 states, including nine from Pennsylvania (2-Lehigh Valley, 4-Philadelphia region, 2-Western Pa. 1-capital region), four from New Jersey, two from Florida, Georgia and Ohio and one each from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Tennessee and West Virginia. Four members of the class took post-graduate years at prep schools.

"It's an exciting time of year, welcoming new members to the Lafayette football family," said Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani. "Our coaching staff has worked hard to bring in this group and we're really looking forward to getting on the field with this talented, diverse class."

Lafayette opens the 2016 regular season on Sept. 3 at Central Connecticut State. The Leopards open at home a week later when Delaware comes to College Hill. The regular season concludes Nov. 19 vs. Lehigh in the 152nd meeting of college's football's most-played and longest continuous rivalry.

2016 Lafayette Football National Letter-of-Intent Signees

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL/PREP SCHOOL Highlights
Ryan Barnett DE 6-3 250 Chatham, N.J. / Chatham Watch
Colin Bradley OL 6-5 280 Bryn Mawr, Pa. / Radnor Watch
Demetrius Breedlove DT 6-2 275 Rochester, N.Y. / McQuaid Jesuit Watch
Mike Dunn TB 6-0 200 Yarmouthport, Mass. / Dennis-Yarmouth Regional / Cheshire Academy Watch
Keith Earle DE 6-2 225 North Wales, Pa. / North Penn Watch
Philip Elliott OL 6-3 280 Atlanta, Ga. / Pace Academy Watch
Stewart Hackleman LS/DL 6-3 240 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Pine Crest Watch
Kevin Hutchinson LB 6-0 185 St. Mary's. Ga. / Camden County Watch
Tre Jordan CB 6-0 195 Easton, Pa. / Notre Dame Watch
Jack Lamb LB 6-0 220 Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks East Watch
Jake Liedtka WR 6-2 180 Hamilton, N.J. / Notre Dame Watch
Jake Marotti OL 6-6 295 Baden, Pa. / Ambridge Watch
Austin McCrum QB 6-4 220 Saco, Maine / Thornton Academy Watch
Eric Mitchell CB 5-10 185 Martinsburg, W. Va. / Martinsburg / Salisbury School Watch
Ryan Monteyne HB/TE 6-2 220 Wayne, N.J. / Wayne Valley Watch
Dylan Murphy OL 6-5 295 Hilliard, Ohio / Bishop Watterson Watch
David Nelson TE 6-7 280 Memphis, Tenn. / Memphis University School Watch
Nick Pearson DB 5-9 165 Mason, Ohio / Mason Watch
Dmitry Smith S 6-0 195 Bradenton, Fla. / Southeast / Wyoming Seminary Watch
Julian Spigner WR 6-3 195 Easton, Pa. / Bethlehem Catholic Watch
Tommy Strasburger S 6-2 185 Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks East Watch
Yasir Thomas WR 5-11 180 Paterson, N.J. / Passaic Tech Watch
Colin Thorne S 6-0 185 Cheshire, Conn. / Cheshire / Suffield Academy Watch
Joe Varischetti OL 6-2 280 Brockway, Pa. / Dubois Central Catholic Watch
Cole Whalen LB 6-0 215 Camp Hill, Pa. / Cedar Cliff Watch