Delaware Announces One of its Largest Football Recruiting Classes; Signs 22 Standouts to NLIs
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware football head coach Dave Brock introduced one of the largest recruiting classes in school history Wednesday as 22 talented high school recruits announced that they have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to attend UD on a scholarship and compete for the Blue Hens this coming fall.
The recruiting class consists of players who hail from the traditional recruiting footprint that has defined the University of Delaware’s football success throughout its history. This class includes some of the top young football talent in the region. The group includes student-athletes from six states, including two Delawareans, seven from New Jersey, seven from Pennsylvania, three from Maryland, two from New York, and one from Virginia.
The list of newcomers includes four offensive linemen, three wide receivers, three tight ends, two running backs, one quarterback, three linebackers, two defensive linemen, two defensive backs, one athlete, and one kicker.
Delaware signed one of the most competitive classes in school history as 12 of the newcomers had Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) scholarship offers and 18 of them had multiple Colonial Athletic Association offers. The group includes nine student-athletes who earned All-State honors, 17 earned all-area laurels, 22 received all-conference notice, and five were named conference or region Player of the Year.
A total of 20 student-athletes led their teams to conference, region, or state championships; 19 recruits served as team captains; and 12 earned special academic awards.
“Today is a great day for the University of Delaware football program and for the 22 student-athletes and their families who have joined our football family,” said Brock. “This class consists of dynamic championship caliber football players as well as people who will achieve in the classroom and within the UD community. We sold these young men a very clear vision that they are coming here to earn an elite degree and to win championships. We are very proud that they chose Delaware.”
Delaware completed its 2013 season under Brock with a 7-5 overall mark and a 4-4 slate in CAA play, good for a tie for fifth place in the league standings. The Blue Hens received votes in every The Sports Network Top 25 poll during the season, climbing as high as 15th on Nov. 4. The Blue Hens will return six starters from an offense that ranked among the league leaders in scoring and total offense.
Below are biographies on the incoming student-athletes with comments from Brock.
RYLEY ANGELINE • 6-3 • 215 • Athlete • Chester Springs, Pa. (Downingtown East HS)
High School Honors: Three-year starting tailback and a prolific ground-gainer at perennial power Downingtown East High School for head coach Michael Matta...team captain...named Outstanding Back in the Ches-Mont League and selected to All-Southeastern Pennsylvania team by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a senior...two-time All-Ches-Mont selection...led teams to a three-year mark of 23-10...team went 9-3 in 2011 and was 10-1 in 2012 when squad captured the Ches-Mont League title..for his career, rushed 365 times for 2,936 and 31 touchdowns and caught 9 passes for 106 yards...ran for 1,213 yards and 14 TDs as a senior in 2013 when he also ran for 267 yards in a game vs. Downingtown West HS...honor roll student all four years...also played two seasons of basketball and started at forward for coach John Goodman...team captain.
Personal: Ryley Francis Angeline (“ann-juh-line”)...planning to pursue a business degree at Delaware...born Jan. 31, 1996...son of Chris and Kathleen Angeline...has two younger siblings...mother is a graduate of Delaware (‘90) and father is a graduate of Columbia (‘83)...uncle, Patrick Duffy, is a 1987 Delaware graduate...comes from an athletic family...father played football at Columbia; uncle, Larry, played football at Mansfield (Pa.); uncle, Jerry, played football at Hobart (N.Y.)...grandfather, Frank Angeline, was the football captain in 1955 at Colgate University where he was a teammate of fellow UD ‘14 recruit Jake Powell’s grandfather...Frank Angeline went on to become a well-known high school football coach, the winningest coach in Union-Endicott High School’s past, and win the 1979 national coach of the year award...coached former Delaware players Tommy Mills, Jim Newfrock, and Bob Norris...one of five members of his extended family to attend Delaware...enjoys playing basketball in his spare time.
Recruiting Coach: Brian Ginn
Coach Dave Brock Says: “Ryley is a terrific player and a dynamic, versatile young guy. He had a lot of choices and interest from others so we are thrilled that he chose Delaware. We are not sure right now what he will be, but we certainly know he will play somewhere and will have the opportunity to help us at multiple positions on offense and defense.”
CHARLES BELL • 6-1 • 225 • Linebacker • Conestoga, Pa. (Penn Manor HS)
High School Honors: Two-year, two-way starter at linebacker and running back at Penn Manor High School for head coach Todd Mealy...earned a host of accolades as a senior when he was named Lancaster-Lebanon League Player of the Year as well as the Linebacker of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and Back of the Year...team captain...was first team All-LLC on offense and defense and an honorable mention choice at punter...earned second team all-league honors at linebacker as a junior...led team to a two-year record of 19-5 that included two trips to the district playoffs...team went 9-3 and advanced to the third round of the district playoffs in 2013 and went 10-2 and advanced to the second round in 2012...began his high school career at Lancaster Catholic High School as a sophomore when he earned honorable mention all-section honors and led the Crusaders to the state AA title for head coach Bruce Harbach...for his entire high school career, tallied 361 total tackles, 15.5 sacks, and four interceptions to go with 2,103 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing...posted 128 tackles and rushed for 1,492 yards and 22 TDs and caught four TD passes as a senior in 2013...had 136 tackles and rushed for 611 yards and 10 TDs as a junior in 2012... recorded 97 tackles, including 7.5 sacks, as a sophomore at Lancaster Catholic in 2011.
Personal: Charles Jackson Bell...born May 12, 1995...son of Jeff Bell...has an older sister, Sam.
Recruiting Coach: Brian Ginn
Coach Dave Brock Says: ”Charles is a tough, dynamic guy who was heavily recruited, so we are really excited about having him choose Delaware. He is one of three linebackers who we signed and I think we hit a home run in recruiting that position. He is a run and hit guy, a very physical player, and a terror on defense.”
MALCOLM BROWN • 6-1 • 190 • Defensive Back • Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard HS)
High School Honors: Three-year starter as a safety and wide receiver at Quince Orchard High School for head coach Dave Mencarini...team captain...two-time second team All-Montgomery County selection...earned team’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2013 and was the team’s Outstanding Wide Receiver in 2012...led Quince Orchard to a three-year mark of 35-5, two regional titles, and two state runner-up finishes...team went 13-1 in 2011 and 12-2 in 2012 and earned regional titles...team was state runner-up both years...team went 10-2 in 2013 and finished as the runner-up in the region...recorded 27 tackles, one interception, and 10 pass breakups while catching 29 passes for 412 yards and six touchdowns as a senior...averaged 33.4 yards on seven punt returns and ran back two for touchdowns...attended same high school as a pair of 2013 Delaware standouts: All-American DT Zach Kerr and All-Colonial Athletic Association CB Travis Hawkins.
Personal: Malcolm Antonio Brown...born Feb. 18, 1997...son of Michael and Janice Brown....has two older brothers...brother, Marcus, was a member of the track & field squad at Clemson University...brother, Manuel, plays football at Delaware rival Towson University.
Recruiting Coach: Henry Baker
Coach Brock Says: “There was a lot of competition for Malcolm and he had multiple offers. We developed a good relationship with him and his family so we are thrilled to have him. He played at a competitive high school program and has a great skill set. He is versatile, has great ball skills, and can fit in at a lot of different positions for us.”
TRE BROWN • 6-2 • 200 • Wide Receiver • Harrisburg, Pa./Milton Hershey HS
High School Honors: Four-year starter at Milton Hershey High School for head coach Jeff Boger...team captain...earned first team All-Mid-Penn Capital laurels as a wide receiver as both a junior and senior...led team to records of 6-4 in 2011 and 2012 before improving to an 8-3 record and earning a share of the Mid-Penn Capital title in 2013...piled up 1,100 all-purpose yards and scored 23 touchdown as a senior...had 1,200 all-purpose yards with 13 touchdowns and collected 50 tackles, three interceptions, and forced two fumbles as a linebacker in 2012...had 75 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles as a sophomore...played quarterback as a freshman and threw for 700 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 400 yards and two touchdowns...three-sport standout in football, basketball, and track & field...played basketball for coach Mark Zerbe and ran track for head coach Roger Smith...honor roll student.
Personal: Tre (“trey”) Marquese Brown...would like to pursue a degree in sport management at Delaware and eventually receive a master’s degree...born Dec. 1, 1995...son of Brian and Felicia Wallace...has two older sisters and a younger brother.
Recruiting Coach: John Perry
Coach Brock Says: “We had the opportunity to watch Tre at another camp and we were struck by how fast, big, and graceful he was. He is an athletic guy who can play at both outside receiver and in the slot. We think he is the type of player who can line up and be competitive right away for us.”
MARIO FARINELLA • 6-2 • 295 • Offensive Line • Bloomfield, N.J. (Bergen Catholic HS)
High School Honors: Two-year starter at Bergen Catholic High School for head coach Nunzio Campanile...earned second team all-conference honors as a senior when he also earned a spot on the Group 4 non-public all-region team...two-way lineman who played primarily at center on offense...played in 21 career games...led team to 8-4 record and state runner-up finish in 2012 and an 8-3 mark and a state runner-up showing in 2011...honor student at Bergen Catholic.
Personal: Mario Richard Farinella (“fair-uh-nella”)...born March 1, 1996...son of Lisa Trabucco....has one younger sister...mother is a dispatcher with the Bloomfield (N.J.) Police Department...avid car enthusiast.
Recruiting Coach: Tim Weaver
Coach Brock Says: “Mario comes from a tradition-rich program and I hold his coach, Nunzio Campanile, in very high regard. We were pleased to get his stamp of approval on Mario. He is a tough, physical, violent player who has terrific movement. He has a great mentality for the game and brings a great personality as well.”
TROY GALLEN • 6-0 • 175 • Wide Receiver • Glen Mills, Pa. (Malvern Prep)
High School Honors: Two-year starter as a wide receiver and running back at Malvern Prep for head coach Kevin Pellegrini, who succeeded legendary Malvern head coach and former Delaware football standout Gamp Pellegrini...team captain...named the 2013 Inter-Ac Player of the Year...winner of Mini-Maxwell Award...first team All-City, All-Main Line, and All-Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2013...earned second team All-Inter Ac honors in 2012...team went 9-2 in 2012 and 8-3 in 2013 and captured Inter-Ac title both seasons...one of two Malvern Prep products in the 2014 Delaware recruiting class, joining John Nassib...enjoyed an outstanding season statistically as a senior, rushing for 1,536 yards and hauling in 454 passing yards for 26 total touchdowns...picked up the No. 4 single game rushing performance in city history with 372 yards vs. Episcopal and also had a 333 yards and six touchdowns against Springside Chestnut Hill...ran for 600 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior in 2012...also ran track as a specialist in the 60 and 100 meter races...earned All-State honors in the 60 meters in track & field as a junior...honor roll student.
Personal: Troy Michael Gallen...born Jan. 18, 1996..son of Michael and Sharon Gallen...father is a restaurant owner...second of four children...father played football at Widener (Pa.) University....grandfather, Russell Hendricks, played football at the University of Miami...brother, Tyler, runs track at Saint Joseph’s and sister, Sharon, ran track at Mt. St. Mary’s.
Recruiting Coach: Brian Ginn
Coach Brock Says: “Troy attended our summer camp, and out of about 700 kids, he was the third fastest. He can really run and he will add an element to the team that is needed. He is dynamic when the ball is in his hands. He has a lot of different skills sets and he makes plays.”
ANDREW GRAU • 6-5 • 225 • Tight End • Rehoboth Beach, Del. (Cape Henlopen HS)
High School Honors: Started at both defensive end and tight end at Cape Henlopen High School as a junior in 2012 before an injury curtailed all but two games his senior year...enjoyed a solid career at Cape Henlopen for head coach Bill Collick...team captain...one of two in-state recruits, joining Hodgson Vo-Tech’s Bilal Nichols...earned All-Henlopen Conference honors as a junior at tight end...led football team to 8-2 record in 2011 as a defensive end...two-year starter in basketball as a forward...led team to 2012 conference title...member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Andrew Scott Grau (“graw”)...plans to major in exercise science or engineering with a minor in business at Delaware...career goal is to become a physical therapist or an engineer....born June 25, 1995...son of Scott and Joanne Grau...has two older sisters...enjoys weightlifting, surfing, and fishing in his spare time...both parents attended Slippery Rock (Pa.) University.
Recruiting Coach: Dave Brock
Coach Brock Says: “We were thrilled to sign two players from Delaware. I think the world of Coach Collick and he was very high on Andrew. Andrew is a raw, big-boned kid who can move and we look forward to getting him here on campus. He missed most of his senior year with an injury but we know he will bounce back and help us win down the road.”
MAURICE HARLEY • 6-0 • 201 • Defensive Back • Upper Marlboro, Md. (St. John’s College HS)
High School Honors: Two-time WCAC all-conference performer on defense at St. John’s College High School...played for head coach Joseph Patterson...team captain...earned team’s Mush Dubofsky Award as the player who made the largest contribution to the team during his career...earned team’s Hardest Hitter Award...recorded 96 tackles to go with 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, and one interception as a senior in 2013...distinguished honor roll student.
Personal: Maurice Malik Harley...plans to major in marketing at Delaware...born March 1, 1996...son of Maurice Harley and Ramona Burton...has two younger siblings.
Recruiting Coach: Henry Baker
Coach Brock Says: “Maurice will likely play safety for us. He is a physical, violent player who likes to run and hit and has a great presence on the field. He is a good tackler who is strong, runs to the ball, and is a fearless competitor. He causes turnovers and sacks the quarterback.”
ANTHONY JACKSON • 6-1 • 210 • Linebacker • Riverdale, Md. (Suitland HS)
High School Honors: Two-year starter on both sides of the ball at Suitland High School...played both linebacker and tight end for head coach Ed Shields...team captain...earned first team All-State honors in 2013 as a linebacker...also named to All-Metro team...two-time first team All-Prince George’s County selection and two-time All-Gazette selection at linebacker...selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 Game...led team to two-year record of 23-3...team went 10-2 his junior year in 2012 and 13-1 in 2013 when the squad won the county title, captured the regional championship, and advanced to the state finals...collected 260 tackles over two seasons, including an incredible 171 in 2013...added six interceptions, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles for his career at Suitland.
Personal: Anthony Jamal Jackson...born March 14, 1996...son of Mikesia Jay...career objective is to become a social worker...hobbies include basketball.
Recruiting Coach: Henry Baker
Coach Brocks Says: “Anthony played at a storied high school program in Maryland and was highly-recruited, but he was one of our first commitments. He is a high character guy who stayed with us and is really someone we wanted to coach. He is one of three dynamic linebackers in this class who we think will all leave their marks on Delaware football.”
QUAI JEFFERSON • 6-0 • 195 • Wide Receiver • Woodland Park, N.J. (St. Joseph Regional HS)
High School Honors: Two-year starter at wide receiver, cornerback, and kick returner at St. Joseph Regional High School...played for head coach Tony Karcich...honorable mention New Jersey All-State selection in 2013...played for three state championship teams in 2011-13 at St. Joseph’s...team was nationally-ranked during the 2013 season...caught 23 passes for 360 yards (15.6 avg.) and five touchdowns as a senior...caught 38 passes for 566 yards (14.9 avg.) and eight touchdowns and scored 16 total touchdowns in his career...two-year starter and four-year varsity performer in basketball for head coach Michael Doherty...honor roll student.
Personal: Quai (pronounced “kway”) Daquan Changa Davis Jefferson...plans to major in business administration with an emphasis in accounting or marketing at Delaware and also has an interest in foreign languages...born Jan. 19, 1996...son of Vaida Jefferson and Seth Davis...has cousins who play in the NBA and NFL...among his hobbies are music, basketball, writing poetry, and fashion...was featured in his local newspaper this past fall for his devotion as a primary caregiver to his mother, Vaida, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Recruiting Coach: Tim Weaver
Coach Brock Says: “Quai played at a dominant high school program and really has a dynamic personal story. He has shown unbelievable resolve and character and we are lucky to be involved in the life of a young guy like that. He is an outstanding football player who shows great versatility and is productive out on the field. He is a great player but a better person. It’s pretty special what he has achieved.”
THOMAS JEFFERSON • 6-1 • 205 • Running Back • Prospect Park, N.J. (Passaic County Technical Institute)
High School Honors: Earned second team All-State, first team All-Passaic County, first team all-league, and first team All-North Jersey honors as a running back at Passaic Tech in 2013...played for head coach Matt Demerast...team captain...led team to three-year mark of 20-11, including 6-4 showings in 2011 and 2012 and an 8-3 record in 2013 in which the team advanced to the first round of the state playoffs...ran for 1,918 yards on 234 attempts with 20 touchdowns in 2013...rushed for over 100 yards 10 times on the season with a season-high 348 yards and two touchdowns against Hackensack and 252 yards and two touchdowns against Passaic...ran for 888 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior in 2012...picked up 485 yards and nine touchdowns rushing in 2011...member of the Environment Club, Astronomy Club, and History Club...attended same high school as former Blue Hen standout and current Denver Broncos veteran safety Mike Adams.
Personal: Thomas Matthew Jefferson...plans to major in criminal justice with a minor in kinesiology at Delaware...would like to pursue a career in the U.S. Secret Service...born Dec. 25, 1995...son of Thomas and Cathy Jefferson...youngest of five children...hobbies include running track and video games...cousin, Kory Blackwell, played in the NFL with the New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns.
Recruiting Coach: Tim Weaver
Coach Brock Says: “Thomas comes from the same program that produced Mike Adams and he is a terrific player. He is a big, explosive running back with great speed and he is a weapon when he has the ball in his hands. We were interested in Thomas for a long time and we were sold on his ability. He had a lot of I-A options.”
JAMES KRETKOWSKI • 6-6 • 285 • Offensive Line • Mineola, N.Y. (Oceanside HS)
High School Honors: Two-year starter at offensive tackle as part of a three-year varsity career at Oceanside High School for head coach Rob Blount...team captain...earned first team All-State, first team All-Long Island, first team All-Nassau County, and first team all-conference honors as a senior...named to Nassau County Golden 11 team and earned the Al Martone Award as the top lineman in Nassau County...started for teams that posted identical 8-2 records in 2012 and 2013 and advanced to the county semifinals three straight years...team continued success built by legendary head coach Frank Luisi...played one season of basketball as a sophomore...honor student who earned the Jay Fiedler Top-Scholar-Athlete Award for Nassau County...served as president of the student body as freshman, sophomore, and senior, and was vice-president as a junior...president of the National Junior Honor Society...was active in fundraising for Superstorm Sandy damage in his area.
Personal: James Francis Kretkowski (“kret-cow-ski”)...plans to study pre-law and business at Delaware...born Dec. 27, 1995...son of Cliff and Sherri Kretkowski...middle of three children...among his hobbies are weightlifting, watching movies, and listening to heavy metal music.
Recruiting Coach: Tim Weaver
Coach Brock Says: “We saw James at camp and we loved him. He had some I-A offers but he was fascinated by Delaware once he saw our campus. We think he will be a bookend tackle for us for a long time. He is a terrific player and a great developmental guy who loves to compete. He is an unbelievably strong student as well.”
JOHN NASSIB • 6-6 • 260 • Defensive End • West Chester, Pa. (Malvern Prep HS)
High School Honors: Four-year starter in football at defensive end and tight end at Malvern Prep for head coach Kevin Pellegrini, who succeeded legendary Malvern head coach and former Delaware football standout Gamp Pellegrini...team captain...earned first team All-Inter Ac league and 1st team all-area honors as a senior...team won Inter-Ac titles in 2011 (9-2) and 2013 (8-2)...one of two Malvern Prep products in Delaware’s 2014 recruiting class, joining Troy Gallen...three-year starter in basketball...led team to 27-3 record and league title in 2012.
Personal: John Paul Nassib (“nass-ib”)...plans to major in finance or accounting at Delaware...born Dec. 10, 1995...son of Gil and Mary Nassib...has two sisters and two brothers...older brother, Ryan Nassib, was a standout quarterback at Syracuse University and was a fourth round NFL draft pick in 2013 by the New York Giants...currently serves as the Giants’ backup...brother, Carl, is a defensive end at Penn State...father, Gil, played tight end at Delaware in 1977-79 and was a member of the Blue Hens’ 1979 NCAA Division II national championship team under Tubby Raymond.
Recruiting Coach: Brian Ginn
Coach Brock Says: “We saw John live at camp and we loved the way he moved and how he transitioned from offense to defense. He has great size now and could be enormous when all is said and done. We see him as a defensive end but we will see what happens. He has an unbelievable knack for being around the ball. His dad played here and he comes from a football family so we know he will be a good one.”
BILAL NICHOLS • 6-4 • 250 • Defensive End • Newark, Del. (Hodgson Vo-Tech HS)
High School Honors: All-State tight end and defensive end at nearby Hodgson Vo-Tech High School...played for head coach Frank Moffett, who played defensive back at Delaware in the 1980s...team captain...first team All-State at tight end and third team at defensive end in 2013...All-Blue Hen Conference first team tight end and second team defensive end in 2013 and second team linebacker in 2012...one of two in-state recruits joining Cape Henlopen tight end Andrew Grau...led team to a three-year record of 33-5, three conference titles, and a 2013 Delaware Division II state title...team went 12-2 in 2013 and defeated St. George’s Vo-Tech 38-0 at Delaware Stadium for the title...team went 11-2 and was state runner-up in 2012...caught 13 passes for 326 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior and recorded 57 tackles, including 11 sacks and 26 tackles for loss...honor roll student all four years...two-time Academic All-State selection.
Personal: Bilal (“bu-lahl”) Shakur Nichols...plans to major in business with a concentration in accounting at Delaware...born Sept. 14, 1996...son of Adova and Dolores Bolton...has a younger sister, Neajah Nichols...cousin, Malik Rice, is currently a sophomore at Delaware.
Recruiting Coach: Dave Brock
Coach Brock Says: “Bilal is a terrific young player and person. He has a big, athletic body and has the body type and skill set that will help us play fast and physical. He is a good student and is a young guy with unlimited potential and a high ceiling.”
JETHRO PEPE • 6-6 • 245 • Offensive Lineman • Colonia, N.J. (St. Joseph’s HS)
High School Honors: Earned second team all-area and first team all-division honors as a senior at St. Joseph’s High School...versatile standout for head coach Casey Ransone...team captain...played tight end, defensive line, and offensive tackle...earned team’s Main Man Award for team leadership as a senior...played sparingly as a backup as a junior but started as a senior at tight end and defensive line and led team to a 9-1 record and a divisional championship...caught five passes for 98 yards as a tight end...recorded nine sacks, six pass breakups, one interception, and one forced fumble on defense in 2013...member of the Weight Room Club and Umoja Cultural Club.
Personal: Jethro Wesly Pepe (“peppy”)...plans to major in physical therapy at Delaware...born Jan. 11, 1996...son of Wesner and Myrlande Pepe...has two sisters...father is a minister and mother is a nurse...plays the piano.
Recruiting Coach: Dennis Dottin-Carter
Coach Brock Says: “Jethro is a big, athletic guy who has not fully developed yet so he is a pure projection. He is an offensive tackle who can really move and change direction. We anticipate big things from him down the road.”
JAKE POWELL • 6-5 • 220 • Tight End • Marlton, N.J. (Cherokee HS)
High School Honors: Three-year starter in football, basketball, and baseball at Cherokee High School...served as team captain for each sport, including two years in football...three-year starter at tight end and defensive end in football for head coach P.J. Mehigan...earned second team All-State, first team All-State Group V, first team All-South Jersey, first team all-county, and first team all-conference in 2013...also earned first team all-county and all-conference honors as a junior in 2012...named a county Academic Scholar-Athlete twice...football team went 32-10 over four years, including a 11-1 mark in 2013 when the team captured the state title...caught 78 passes for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns over his final three seasons...fourth all-time leading receiver in Cherokee history and record-holder among tight ends...ranked among the Top 20 receiving leaders in South Jersey in 2012 (35-440-5 TDs) and 2013 (27-496-6 TDs)...three-year starter in basketball as a center for head coach Matt Shultz...three-year starter in baseball for head coach Mark Petragnani...played first base and third base...baseball team was South Jersey Group IV champions in 2012...four-year honor roll student as well as a four-year Leadership Team member and a three-year Peer Mentor.
Personal: Jake Thomas Powell...plans to major in business or sport management at Delaware...born Jan. 16, 1996...son of Todd and Charlene Powell...father is a 1988 Delaware graduate and a former standout member of the Blue Hen baseball team for head coach Bob Hannah in 1984-87...led team to two East Coast Conference titles and was a 1987 co-captain...father also played football for two seasons at UD...one of three sons...older brother, Tyler, is a starting outfielder for the UD baseball team and a member of the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie team...grandfather, Thomas J. Powell, Jr., played college football at Colgate in the 1950s where he was a teammate of Frank Angeline, the grandfather of ‘14 UD recruit Ryley Angeline...one of five members of his extended family to attend Delaware...enjoys playing pond hockey and cooking in spare time.
Recruiting Coach: Sean Devine
Coach Brock Says: “Jake has a lot of history here at Delaware with his father having played here and his brother now on our baseball team. He came to our camp and we loved his body type. He is tall and rangy and we expect he will grow even taller. He does a terrific job in everything he does, whether it be in school or in the different sports that he plays. He is a big receiver who can get open, has the ability to go up and get the ball, and create some mismatches. He is a big threat.”
FRANK RAGGO • 5-9 • 163 • Kicker • Randolph, N.J. (Randolph HS)
High School Honors: Four-year starting kicker at Randolph High School for head coach Joe Lusardi...also a three-year starter at punter...team captain...earned All-State Group 4 honors as a senior...first team all-conference each of his final three seasons and an all-county pick twice...team’s Defensive Player of the Year his senior year in 2013...led team to 10-1 record and the state title as a freshman in 2010...led team to four-year mark of 26-15-1...kicked 13 career field goals, including four of 40+ yards, and booted 52 touchbacks, including 23 as a senior...was 101 of 112 on extra points, including 30-30 accuracy as a senior...averaged 30.0 yards per punt as a sophomore but improved to 37.0 as a junior and 37.7 as a senior...had career-best 77-yard punt as a senior...honor roll student.
Personal: Frank Raggo (“rag-oh”) IV....plans to major in sports communications or marketing at Delaware...born Dec. 11, 1995...son of Frank and Marjorie Raggo...father is a video editor for NBC Universal TV...mother is a freelance TV producer for NBC Universal...hobbies include soccer and being a disc jockey...father played two years of soccer at Marist...grandfather, Julio Mazzei, was head coach of the New York Cosmos and star Pele of the NASL.
Recruiting Coach: Tim Weaver
Coach Brock Says: “We are counting on Frank to come in and compete for our kicking job right away. He did a nice job in high school kicking extra points and field goals and on kickoffs and is a true specialist. He has good leg strength and a good demeanor.”
DONTE RAYMOND • 6-1 • 203 • Linebacker • Rahway, N.J. (Rahway HS)
High School Honors: Two-year starting linebacker at Rahway High School for head coach Gary Mobley...named first team all-county and Group 2 and second team all-area at linebacker as a senior...attended both Piscataway High School (grades 9-10) and Rahway High School (11-12) and excelled in football and track & field...played for head coach Dan Higgins at Piscataway for two seasons as a linebacker and quarterback...led team to 12-0 record and state championship as a freshman in 2010 and to a 10-2 mark and the state title as a sophomore...led Rahway to a 7-4 mark as a senior...posted 93 solo tackles, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles on defense and rushed for five touchdowns on offense as a senior at Rahway in 2013...sprinter in track & field for two seasons at Rahway...led team to sectional titles as a junior and senior...honor roll student.
Personal: Donte (“don-tay”) Malike Raymond...plans to major in business with a minor in criminal justice at Delaware...career goal is to be a New Jersey State Trooper...born Aug. 22, 1996...son of Jamar Raymond and Cammille Shell...oldest of three children...avid collector of sneakers.
Recruiting Coach: Tim Weaver
Coach Brock Says: “Donte is one of the three linebackers in our recruiting class who we are really high on. He is very dynamic and physical player who has a fast twitch. He is a good tackler who is violent and can run and hit. He can rush the passer but can also drop back and provide pass coverage. I think we got an absolute steal.”
BRYAN REED • 6-3 • 295 • Offensive Line • Mount Sinai, N.Y. (Mount Sinai)
High School Honors: Three-time, two-way starter on offensive and defensive lines at Mount Sinai High School for head coach Vin Ammirato...team captain as a senior...four-year varsity player...earned Class A All-State honors in 2013 when he also was named all-county and all-conference...earned first team all-conference honors as a junior...selected as one of the Top 100 players on Long Island...named one of the top five linemen on Long Island...led team to four Big Four championships...team advanced to the county finals in 2013...outstanding student who was named an Academic All-Star and was a finalist for the James Lebue Scholar-Athlete Award...four-time New York Scholar-Athlete Award winner...National Honor Society...Tri M Music Honor Society...member of Athletes Helping Athletes.
Personal: Bryan Thomas Reed...plans to major in political science at Delaware...career objective is to become a lawyer...born May 26, 1996...son of Greg and Annmarie Reed...has a younger brother...father is national sales manager at Kinplex Corp...enjoys weightlifting and traveling with his family in his spare time...plays the trumpet.
Recruiting Coach: Tim Weaver
Coach Brock Says: “Bryan is a interior player who will play guard or center for us. He is a very smart and explosive player and is very aggressive. He came to our camp and we could see he had everything we wanted. He is a special young guy.”
JOSEPH WALKER • 6-3 • 185 • Quarterback • Philadelphia, Pa. (Martin Luther King HS)
High School Honors: Earned All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors as a senior quarterback at Martin Luther King High School in 2013 for head coach Ed Dunn...team captain...named first team All-Public League, first team All-City (Philadelphia Daily News), and Most Valuable Player of the Public League AAA Conference...played football at Mastbaum HS for three years for head coach Ernest Diggs before finishing his career playing football for Martin Luther King HS...played in the City vs. Catholic All-Star Game and in the Chesapeake Bowl (all-star game featuring top players in Mid-Atlantic area) last December in Virginia Beach...helped turn MLK around as he led the team to a 10-3 record and the Public League title after the team went 1-10 in 2012 - the largest one season turnaround in city history...threw for a Public League record 1,698 yards and rushed for another 800 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013...completed 229 of 559 passes for 3,795 yards and 48 touchdowns in his high school career, ranking No. 1 in touchdowns and No. 3 in yardage in Public League history...also rushed for 23 career touchdowns...his 71 combined touchdowns are a Public League career record.
Personal: Joseph Walker...plans to study sport management at Delaware...born Jan. 12, 1996...son of Brian and Ericka Lewis...has two sisters, Jenieva Hanton and Joshlyn...hobbies include basketball, track & field, and rock climbing.
Recruiting Coach: Sean Devine
Coach Brock Says: “Joe was a highly-decorated player who we targeted early on. We knew he was the guy we wanted to come play quarterback at Delaware. He had a lot of offers but committed to us and we are thrilled he chose Delaware. He earned rave reviews in the all-star games he played in at the end of the season. He has a good, accurate arm and he makes plays.”
BRANDON WHALEY • 6-4 • 230 • Tight End • Haymarket, Va. (Battlefield HS)
High School Honors: Three-year starter who played tight end and defensive end at Battlefield High School for head coach Mark Cox...team captain as a senior...named team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player as a senior...first team all-conference at both tight end and defensive end and all-region at tight end in 2013...earned all-district honors at tight end in 2011-13...led team to 2010 AAA state title and 2010-13 teams to district championships...2011 team was named regional champions...caught 41 passes for 749 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career, including 22 receptions for five TDs in 2013...honor student.
Personal: Brandon Hendrix Whaley...would like to pursue a career in physical therapy...son of Jodi and Angela Moore...has one younger brother, Blake...father works with U.S. Secret Service...mother is a national sales manager for MSC Industrial Supply Co....enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.
Recruiting Coach: Devin Fitzsimmons
Coach Brock Says: “Brandon will be an on-the-ball tight end for us. He is a big, physical guy and a very good tight end. He will be a downhill run blocker to start but we think he can be a very good receiver.”
KAREEM WILLIAMS • 5-10 • 185 • Running Back • Schnecksville, Pa. (Parkland HS)
High School Honors: Earned All-State, all-area, and all-league honors at running back as a senior at Parkland High School in 2013 for head coach Jim Morgans...team captain...led Parkland to a 12-2 record, a conference championship, and the district title as a senior in 2013...team was ranked as high as No. 5 in the state...squad went 11-3, captured the district title, and advanced to the state tournament in 2012...rushed for 1,932 yards and 23 touchdowns and averaged 7.3 yards per carry as a senior in 2013...rushed for 309 yards and four touchdowns in district title game win over Easton.
Personal: Kareem Jahbar Williams...plans to major in psychology at Delaware...career objective is to be a therapist...born Sept. 28, 1996...son of Ervin and Lancelene Williams...father is an electrician and mother is a nurse...youngest of four children...brother, Andre, capped a stellar collegiate football career at Boston College this past fall as he earned All-American honors, led the nation in rushing with 2,177 yards, set the BC career rushing yardage record (3,739), and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy...sister, Krystal Williams (track), and brother, Donique (football), played sports in college.
Recruiting Coach: Tony Lucas
Coach Brock Says: “Kareem played at a great high school program at Parkland. He is the brother of Andre Williams so that gave us a great frame of reference. He has a lot of the same attributes as his brother. He is a talented young guy who has good speed and was very productive. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious.”
2014 University of Delaware Football Recruiting Class
|Ryley Angeline||Ath.||6-3||215||Chester Springs, Pa.||Downingtown East|
|Charles Bell||LB||6-1||225||Conestoga, Pa.||Penn Manor|
|Malcolm Brown||DB||6-1||190||Gaithersburg, Md.||Quince Orchard|
|Tre Brown||WR||6-2||200||Harrisburg, Pa.||Milton Hershey|
|Mario Farinella||OL||6-2||295||Bloomfield, N.J.||Bergen Catholic|
|Troy Gallen||WR||6-0||175||Glen Mills, Pa.||Malvern Prep|
|Andrew Grau||TE||6-5||225||Rehoboth Beach, Del.||Cape Henlopen|
|Maurice Haley||DB||6-0||201||Upper Marlboro, Md.||St. John's College|
|Anthony Jackson||LB||6-1||210||Riverdale, Md.||Suitland|
|Quai Jefferson||WR||6-0||195||Woodland Park, N.J.||St. Joseph's Regional|
|Thomas Jefferson||RB||6-1||205||Prospect Park, N.J.||Passaic Tech|
|James Kretkowski||OL||6-6||285||Mineola, N.Y.||Oceanside|
|John Nassib||DE||6-6||260||West Chester, Pa.||Malvern Prep|
|Bilal Nichols||DE||6-4||250||Newark, Del.||Hodgson Vo-Tech|
|Jethro Pepe||OL||6-6||245||Colonia, N.J.||St. Joseph's|
|Jake Powell||TE||6-5||220||Marlton, N.J.||Cherokee|
|Frank Raggo||K||5-9||163||Randolph, N.J.||Randolph|
|Donte Raymond||LB||6-1||203||Rahway, N.J.||Rahway|
|Bryan Reed||OL||6-3||295||Mount Sinai, N.Y.||Mount Sinai|
|Joseph Walker||QB||6-3||185||Philadelphia, Pa.||Martin Luther King|
|Brandon Whaley||TE||6-4||230||Haymarket, Va.||Battlefield|
|Kareem Williams||RB||5-10||185||Schnecksville, Pa.||Parkland|