Class of 2019 Brings 18 to Fisher Stadium
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette football has received the commitments of 18 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent as part of National Signing Day on Wednesday.
The Leopards' coaching staff recruited nine offensive players, eight defensive players and one special teamer for the Class of 2019, the third scholarship class in the Patriot League era. Offensively, there are three linemen, two tight ends, two tailbacks, one quarterback and a wide receiver. Defensively, the Leopards brought in four defensive backs (two cornerbacks and two safeties), two defensive ends and a pair of linebackers. The offensive linemen average 6-3, 305 pounds and the defensive linemen will check in at an average of 6-4, 245.
The members of the Class of 2019 come to College Hill from 10 states, with six players from Pennsylvania, including three Lehigh Valley commits, two each from Connecticut, New York and Ohio and one each from California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia. Three members of the class took post-graduate years at prep schools.
"We're focused on the quality of our class rather than the quantity," said Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani. "Recruiting is the lifeblood of our program and our staff continues to find a way to bring top-flight student-athletes to campus. With this initial group, we are on target to reach the goals we set for the Class of 2019. Additionally, we expect to add several high-level student-athletes this weekend as we host individuals who were unable to travel to campus previously because of weather."
Lafayette lays claim to Patriot League titles in 1992, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2013. The Leopards are coming off a 5-6 mark and a 3-3 conference record that was capped by Lafayette's 27-7 domination of Lehigh on Nov. 22, 2014 in Yankee Stadium, the 150th meeting of college football's most-played rivalry.
On Saturday, April 18, the 2015 Leopards will see their first action in the annual Maroon-White Spring Game at Fisher Stadium. Lafayette opens the 2015 regular season on Sept. 5 vs. William & Mary, one of six home games in the 11-game slate. Week two sends the Leopards to Delaware, and two weeks later Lafayette opens Patriot League play versus reigning champ Fordham. The regular season concludes Nov. 21 at Lehigh in the 151st meeting of college's football's most-played and longest continuous rivalry.
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL/PREP SCHOOL||Highlights|
|C.J. Amill||WR||5-9||180||Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney||Watch|
|Izaiah Avent||DB||5-11||180||Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty||Watch|
|Jacob Bissell||K||6-1||175||Allentown, Pa./Parkland||Watch|
|Kaizer Butler||DB||6-0||195||Valencia, Calif./Sierra Canyon||Watch|
|Andrew Chuma||LB||6-3||215||Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield/Suffield Academy||Watch|
|Trent Crossan||TB||5-9||190||Shoreham, N.Y./Sachem North/Suffield Academy||Watch|
|Angus Evans||TE||6-5||250||Verona, N.Y./Rome Free Academy/Bridgton Academy||Watch|
|Logan Grieser||OL||6-3||300||Arlington, Ohio/Arlington||Watch|
|Tanner Kern||OL||6-3||315||Essex, Conn./Xavier||Watch|
|Mike Lewis||QB||6-0||215||Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra||Watch|
|Dante Lonardo||DE||6-3||255||Allentown, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic||Watch|
|Jerry Powe||DB||6-1||185||Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township||Watch|
|Lavel Ramsey||DE||6-5||235||Plano, Texas/Plano West||Watch|
|Liam Reedy||TE||6-4||220||Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing||Watch|
|Jacob Rose||LB||6-1||210||Suwanee, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian||Watch|
|Clay Rush||DB||5-11||175||Philadelphia, Pa./Northeast||Watch|
|Tyler West||TB||5-10||210||Great Falls, Va./Langley||Watch|
|Kevin Zataveski||OL||6-4||300||Delran, N.J./Delran||Watch|