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Lafayette Football Brings on Younger and Giudice

Feb. 15, 2017

J.J. Younger  Highlights | Anthony Giudice  Highlights

Lafayette football’s 2017 recruiting class just got significantly stronger with the additions of incoming freshman J.J. Younger (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and junior transfer Anthony Giudice (Monroe Township, N.J./Avon Old Farms/Syracuse University). The two join 17 student-athletes who inked their commitments on National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

Younger is an all-state selection at running back, finishing his career with 2,165 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns while averaging 9.5 yards per carry. He was a member of three WPIAL championship teams and was the MVP of the 2015 state championship team.

“We are excited to add RB and return specialist J.J. Younger to our 2017 recruiting class,” said Garrett, the Fred M. Kirby ’42 Head Football Coach. “J.J. is thrilled to represent Lafayette College as a student-athlete in a way that will make everyone proud."

Guidice transferred to Lafayette after two seasons at Syracuse University and is already taking classes on College Hill. The defensive tackle played in eight games as a freshman and six more in his sophomore campaign with the Orange. Giudice played his high school football at Avon Old Farms in Avon, Conn where he was an All-Erickson League and All-New England selection in 2014 and helped guide his teams to a pair of conference titles.

“We are thrilled to add Anthony Giudice to our team as a transfer from Syracuse,” Garrett remarked. “We expect Anthony to positively impact our team on the field and also set a great example as a consummate student-athlete in the classroom.”

Garrett’s first incoming class now features 11 offensive players, six defensive players and one special teamer as part of the fifth scholarship class in the Patriot League era. There are five offensive linemen, three quarterbacks, two running backs and a wide receiver. The Leopards also added three linebackers, two defensive backs and two defensive linemen.

The Lafayette spring season will get underway with the first practice on March 21, winding up with the Maroon-White Spring game on April 22 at 1 p.m. The 2017 season commences Sept. 2 at Monmouth. The Leopards open at home a week later, hosting Sacred Heart. The regular season concludes Nov. 18 at Lehigh in the 153rd meeting of college’s football’s most-played and longest continuous rivalry.