Feb. 19, 2004
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) -
Twenty-five high school seniors have declared their intention to suit up for the Lafayette football program this fall as members of the College's Class of 2008.
Fourth-year head coach Frank Tavani and his staff announced the list of incoming recruits Thursday, which includes 15 players from Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is top-heavy with offensive linemen, defensive backs and wide receivers.
"I'm extremely pleased with this recruiting class," Tavani said. "We accomplished all the goals we had as far as fulfilling our needs and adding depth at different positions. We have good balance throughout the class and this group is certainly going to increase the competition level in practice this fall."
While filling in holes left by graduation by signing four players each on the offensive line, in the defensive backfield and at receiver, Lafayette also created more depth by adding three players on the defensive line and two players each at quarterback, running back, placekicker and linebacker. A tight end and punter round out the class.
Improving overall team speed was also a focus for the coaching staff, as no less than nine incoming recruits are sprinters on their respective high school track teams.
"Speed is always a point of emphasis with the skill players, this year particularly," Tavani said.
Eight of the recruits hail from Pennsylvania, while seven are from New Jersey. Lafayette signed two each from Florida, Maryland and New York and one from Delaware, Massachusetts, West Virginia and Toronto.
Lafayette opens spring practice on Saturday, March 27, with the annual spring game slated for Saturday, April 24.
Lafayette's 2004 Football Recruiting Class:
DAVID AKHIMIEN, Defensive Back, 6-1, 190, Bear, Del./Christiana
Plans to major in Biology. AT CHRISTIANA HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman...earned academic all-conference and scholar-athlete honors...recipient of the Desire and Commitment Award...recorded 70 tackles, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception return for a touchdown as a senior...Distinguished Honor Roll Student...recipient of Principal Award for Academic Excellence...Scholar-Athlete Award winner. PERSONAL: Son of Chris and Justina Akhimien...born 12/6/85.
MICHAEL BERNHARD, Quarterback, 6-4, 225, Allentown, Pa./William Allen
Plans to major in History. AT WILLIAM ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter...named All-Lehigh Valley Conference First-Team and All-Area First-Team...team captain...set school records for yards passing in a season (2,380) and a career (5,200) and career touchdown passes (46)...Honor Roll student and Scholar-Athlete Award winner...two-time nominee for Philadelphia Eagles Top Achiever Award...Offensive Academic MVP for Play It Smart Foundation. PERSONAL: Son of Jeffrey and the late Kathleen Bernhard...born 5/14/86.
MICHAEL DiPAOLA, Quarterback, 6-2, 185, Bergenfield, N.J./Bergenfield
Plans to major in Economics and Business. AT BERGENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman in football, basketball and baseball...two-time All-North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League First-Team selection...3,200 career passing yards...Honor Roll student...Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award winner...American Legion Boys State representative. PERSONAL: Son of Paul and Joan DiPaola...born 9/5/86.
JAMES DIXON, Wide Receiver, 5-11, 180, Hobe Sound, Fla./South Fork
Plans to major in Economics and Business. AT SOUTH FORK HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman...two-time team captain and MVP...named team's offensive MVP...also a three-year letterman and two-time captain of the basketball team...member of the Student-Advisory Council. PERSONAL: Son of Dewayne and Carolyn Mitchell...born 12/16/85.
DUAENO DORSEY, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 170, Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard
Plans to major in Economics and Business. AT QUINCE ORCHARD HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year letterman...team captain as a senior...two-time all-county and all-league selection...intercepted seven passes as a senior...also a two-year letterman on the basketball team...averaged 10 points, six rebounds and three assists...Honor Roll student all four years. PERSONAL: Son of Neal and Clayonia Dorsey...born 2/9/86.
ANTHONY D'URSO, Running Back, 5-9, 175, Fairfield, N.J./West Essex Regional
Major is undeclared. AT WEST ESSEX REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter...first freshman to start at varsity level in school history...team captain as a senior...named First-Team All-New Jersey, All-Group II, All-Essex County and All-Iron Hills Conference...Essex County Player of the Year...school's career leader in rushing yards (4,441), all-purpose yards (6,300) and touchdowns (64)...jersey retired by high school...also four-year letterman on the baseball team...National Honor Society member...Honor Roll and Superintendent's List all four years. PERSONAL: Son of Anthony and Roseanne D'Urso...born 4/11/86.
BEN HOOVER, Tight End, 6-6, 235, Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford
Spent a prep year at Wyoming Seminary. Major is undeclared. AT CHELMSFORD HIGH SCHOOL: All-Merrimac Valley Conference selection...played center on the varsity basketball team...as member of the track team, placed sixth in the javelin in Eastern Mass Championships...Honor Roll student. PERSONAL: Son of Eric Hoover and Ellen Graham...born 7/24/85.
MATTHEW KORN, Placekicker, 5-8, 160, Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd
Plans to major in Mathematics. AT WILLIAM FLOYD HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterman... all-state and all-county scholar-athlete...made 51-of-51 extra points and placed 70 percent of kickoffs in the end zone...National Football Foundation inductee...All-Division First-Team selection. PERSONAL: Son of Wayne and Laura Korn...born 8/12/86.
QUINDEL LADSON, Linebacker, 5-10, 192, Philadelphia, Pa./Central
Major is undeclared. AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman...three-time All-Public selection...as a running back, collected 1,400 yards rushing...averaged 10 tackles per game and intercepted three passes from his linebacker spot...two-time game ball recipient...Ironman Award winner...also a sprinter on the track team...runs the 100-meters in 11.3 seconds. PERSONAL: Son of Barry Neal and Christine Ladson...born 7/12/85.
ADRIAN LAWSON, Defensive Back, 5-10, 170, Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern
Plans to major in Engineering. AT NORTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL: Captain of the football and track teams...part of state-qualifying 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relay teams...ran on state champion 4x800-meter relay team...Honor Roll student. PERSONAL: Son of Aaron Lawson and Victoria Essel...born 11/18/85.
GREG LIPPERT, Defensive Line, 6-2, 255, River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley
Plans to major in Economics and Business. AT PASCACK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterman as an offensive and defensive lineman...served as a team captain...earned All-North Bergen Interscholastic League First-Team honors as a junior...named All-Bergen County Third-Team as a senior...also a three-year letterman in basketball and two-year letterman in track and field...nominated for Wendy's Heisman National Student-Athlete Award...Honor Roll five semesters. PERSONAL: Son of Scott and Carol Lippert...born 3/5/86.
KEVIN LOGAN, Wide Receiver, 6-2, 185, Toronto, Ontario/York Memorial
Major is undeclared. AT YORK MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL: Named team MVP...Toronto Star Player of the Year...Toronto Sun First-Team selection...earned City All-Star honors...named to Eastern Canada First-Team Offense...scored a school-record 17 touchdowns in just eight games...also part of basketball and track and field teams...runs 100 meters in 11.3 seconds. PERSONAL: Son of Bowman and Adella Logan...born 3/17/84.
JOSH LUPINI, Offensive Line, 6-3, 270, Jessup, Pa./Valley View
Plans to major in Biology with intentions to attend graduate school for physical therapy. AT VALLEY VIEW HIGH SCHOOL: Team captain...earned Lackawanna County League All-Scholastic honors...named to all-region team...also plays basketball and throws shot put on the track team...member of the National Honor Society...Distinguished Honor Roll every semester...recipient of Future Business Leaders of America Award. PERSONAL: Son of Barry and Julie Lupini...born 9-19-85.
BRANDON MITCHELL, Running Back, 5-11, 185, Jacksonville, Fla./Ed White
Plans to major in Biology. AT ED WHITE HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman in both football and track...captain of the football team...recipient of football Scholar-Athlete Award...scored 10 touchdowns as a senior...part of 4x100-meter relay team that finished first in conference...Honor Roll student...voted to Rotary Club of North Jacksonville All-Academic Team. PERSONAL: Son of James and Stacey Mitchell...born 1/27/86.
CHARLES O'MARA, Offensive Line, 6-4, 275, Nutley, N.J./Nutley
Major is undeclared. AT NUTLEY HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman on the offensive and defensive lines...earned All-Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League honors...also a three-year letterman on the wrestling team...named captain and All-NNJIL...Honor Roll student...National Honor Society member...also member of Student Council and Peer Leadership Program. PERSONAL: Son of Charles and Eileen O'Mara...born 5/9/86.
JESSE PADILLA, Offensive Line, 6-4, 285, Hawthorne, N.J./Hawthorne
Plans to major in History. AT HAWTHORNE HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman in football, basketball and track...recorded 89 tackles and four sacks from his defensive line spot as a senior...named high school offensive player of the year...earned First-Team All-Bergen Passaic Scholastic League, All-Passaic County Coaches Association and All-Area honors...also earned first-team All-BPSL, All-PCCA and All-Area honors in basketball, averaging 13 points and 15 rebounds per game...Honor Roll student...National Spanish Language Honor Society member...Bergen Record Scholar-Athlete of the Week. PERSONAL: Son of Cherie Padilla...born 2/1/86.
MARK PLUMBY, Linebacker, 5-11, 195, Wheeling, W.Va./Linsly
Major is undeclared. AT LINSLY HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter...team captain...earned all-state, All-Ohio Valley and all-conference honors...led team in rushing (1,091 yards) and tackles (89) as a senior...also two-year letterman in baseball and track, holding school records in 110-meter high hurdles and 4x100-meter relay...National Honor Society member...National German Honor Society member...ranked in top 10 percent of class...recipient of Tim Ash Award from faculty for academic excellence and athletic prowess. PERSONAL: Son of David and Sara Plumby...born 6/6/85.
MARCEL QUARTERMAN, Defensive Back, 6-0, 180, Philadelphia, Pa./Central
Major is undeclared. AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman...team captain as a senior...named First-Team All-Public and Second-Team All-City as a quarterback...threw for 15 touchdowns and ran for eight as a senior...intercepted four passes defensively...Maxwell Club Jim Henry Award nominee...two-year letterman in track, running the 200-meters and 400-meters. PERSONAL: Son of Marcel and Catrice Quarterman...born 8/25/86.
KEVIN REESE, Placekicker, 6-0, 187, East Stroudsburg, Pa./East Stroudsburg South
Spent a prep year at Blair Academy. Plans to major in Government and Law. AT EAST STROUDSBURG SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman in football, basketball and baseball...earned All-Mountain Valley Conference and All-Area First-Team honors in all three sports...selected to play in the McDonald's All-Star game as a defensive back...National Football Foundation Hall of Fame honoree...Lehigh Valley Scholar-Athlete...National Honor Society member...ranks in top 10 percent of class. PERSONAL: Son of William and Michele Reese...born 1/8/85.
KYLE ROEDER, Wide Receiver, 5-10, 175, Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo
Plans to major in Economics and Business. AT RAMAPO HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter...team captain as a senior...named All-Bergen County, All-North Jersey and All-New Jersey...caught 58 passes for 933 yards as a senior...set school records for receptions in a season (58) and a game (8), touchdown receptions in a season (10) and a game (3) and interceptions in a season (8)...Honor Roll student. PERSONAL: Son of Douglas and Debra Roeder...born 5/18/85.
LUKE SCHADE, Defensive Line, 6-3, 260, Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep
Plans to major in Economics and Business. AT ST. PETER'S PREP: Earned All-County and All-Area First-Team honors...team captain...recorded 53 tackles, including 11 for loss, four sacks and two fumble recoveries. PERSONAL: Son of Martin and Nancy Schade...born 2/2/86.
KYLE SPRENKLE, Defensive Line, 6-3, 245, Thomasville, Pa./Spring Grove
Major is undeclared. AT SPRING GROVE HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman...team captain as a senior...All-Pennsylvania Third-Team selection as a defensive lineman in 2003...four-year letterman on the wrestling team, serving as team captain as a senior...placed sixth in the state at heavyweight in 2003. PERSONAL: Son of Lance and Diane Sprenkle...born 5/26/86.
JACK THOMSON, Offensive Line, 6-6, 280, Huntington, N.Y./Huntington
Spent a prep year at Wyoming Seminary. Major is undeclared. AT HUNTINGTON HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterman...part of offensive line that paved the way for backs to run for over 2,500 yards in nine games...played in the Suffolk County All-Star Game...also an all-league shot-putter and three-year letterman on the lacrosse team. PERSONAL: Son of Paul and Kim Thomson...born 12/13/84.
RYAN WILLIAMS, Defensive Back, 5-10, 170, Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt
Plans to major in Business and Economics. AT BISHOP McDEVITT HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year letterman...led team in interceptions as a junior and senior...team captain...named to All-Mid-Penn Commonwealth Second Team...voted to East vs. West all-star game...Honor Roll student. PERSONAL: Son of Douglas and Charissa Williams...born 2/12/86.
DAVID YANKOVICH, Punter, 6-0, 170, Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North
Plans to major in Engineering. AT COUNCIL ROCK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year letterman...two-time all-league first-team selection as a punter...averaged 40 yards per punt...named to Bucks County Courier Times Golden Team...special teams MVP...has earned Eagle Scout status...Honor Roll student. PERSONAL: Son of Daniel, a 1974 Lafayette alum, and Veronica Yankovich...born 9/6/85.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
David Akhimien DB 6-1 190 Bear, Del./Christiana
Michael Bernhard QB 6-4 225 Allentown, Pa./William Allen
Michael DiPaola QB 6-2 185 Bewrgenfield, N.J./Bergenfield
James Dixon WR 5-11 180 Hobe Sound, Fla./South Fork
Duaeno Dorsey WR 6-0 170 Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard
Anthony D'Urso RB 5-9 175 Fairfield, N.J./West Essex Regional
Ben Hoover TE 6-6 235 Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford
Matthew Korn K 5-8 160 Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd
Quindel Ladson LB 5-10 192 Philadelphia, Pa./Central
Adrian Lawson DB 5-10 170 Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern
Greg Lippert DL 6-2 255 River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley
Kevin Logan WR 6-2 185 Toronto, Ontario/York Memorial
Josh Lupini OL 6-3 270 Jessup, Pa./Valley View
Brandon Mitchell RB 5-11 185 Jacksonville, Fla./Ed White
Charles O'Mara OL 6-4 275 Nutley, N.J./Nutley
Jesse Padilla OL 6-4 285 Hawthorne, N.J./Hawthorne
Mark Plumby LB 5-11 195 Wheeling, W.Va./Linsly
Marcel Quarterman DB 6-0 180 Philadelphia, Pa./Central
Kevin Reese K 6-0 187 East Stroudsburg, Pa./East Stroudsburg South
Kyle Roeder WR 5-10 175 Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo
Luke Schade DL 6-3 260 Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep
Kyle Sprenkle DL 6-3 245 Thomasville, Pa./Spring Grove
Jack Thomson OL 6-6 280 Huntington, N.Y./Huntington
Ryan Williams DB 5-10 170 Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt
David Yankovich P 6-0 170 Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North