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Tavani Strengthens Class of 2019

Updated March 23, 2015

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EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette football program has added six additional commitments to the group of 18 student-athletes who were announced as part of National Signing Day on Feb. 4.

Joey Chenoweth (San Pedro, Calif/St. John Bosco) and Chris Granjean (Windermere, Fla./Windermere Prep) join the team as wide receivers along with Will Eisler (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) at fullback, Jeremy Zeitler (Washington, D.C./Maret School/Taft School) at defensive end/long snapper and Troy Dixon (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) and Ollis Robinson (Stone Mountain, Ga./Wesleyan) at linebcker.

The addition of the quartet takes the Class of 2019 to 12 offensive players, 11 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, three wide receivers, two tight ends, two tailbacks, one quarterback and a fullback. Defensively, the Leopards brought in four defensive backs (two cornerbacks and two safeties), four linebackers and three defensive ends. 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 11 states and the District of Columbia, with six players from Pennsylvania, including three Lehigh Valley commits, three from New York and California and two each from Connecticut, Georgia and Ohio and one apiece from Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Four members of the class took post-graduate years at prep schools.

"This group of four rounds out our recruiting class and gives us depth at every position," said Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani. "We have 23 commitments in the Class of 2019 and our year-long recruiting process continues."

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
Joey Chenoweth WR 5-11 180 San Pedro, Calif./St. John Bosco Watch
Troy Dixon LB 6-2 215 Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola Watch
Will Eisler FB 6-2 235 Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale Watch
Chris Granjean WR 5-9 175 Windermere, Fla./Windermere Prep Watch
Ollis Robinson LB 5-10 215 Stone Mountain, Ga./Wesleyan Watch
Jeremy Zeitler DE/LS 6-3 245 Washington, D.C./Maret School/Taft School Watch