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Class of 2019 Brings 18 to Fisher Stadium

Feb. 4, 2015

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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.

2015 Lafayette Football National Letter-of-Intent Signees
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