Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Huskies Football Announces 2018 Recruiting Class


Football
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Bloomsburg University head football coach Paul Darragh has announced his 2018 football recruiting class. The Huskies will welcome 30 new players to the program for the upcoming season.

"We are extremely excited to follow up last year's talented recruiting class with another group of young men that will help strengthen our positions of need that we identified going into the recruiting season," said Darragh. "What makes this class even better is that their collective grade point average is 3.2 so they are also great in the classroom which will help them prepare for the rigors of being a college student-athlete. I appreciate the efforts of our staff and we look forward to getting them on campus in August."

Of the incoming recruits, only two come from a state outside of Pennsylvania (Maryland, New Jersey). Eighteen of the 30 newcomers were recruited to play on the offensive side of the ball while 11 are slated to be on defense. The Huskies also signed a placekicker who should compete for the starting job vacated by All-PSAC East First Team and Don Hansen All-Super Region 1 Third Team honoree, Ryan Abbott (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James School).

Diving deeper into the class, nine of the offensive players were recruited as offensive lineman while five others should compete for time on the defensive line. The Huskies also brought in a pair of quarterbacks including, arguably, the most decorated player of the class in Selinsgrove High School's Logan Leiby. Leiby threw for 9,848 yards and 95 touchdowns in his career - both school and District 4 records.

The Huskies closed out the 2017 season with a 7-4 record - Bloomsburg's 19th consecutive winning season dating back to 1999. It is the third-longest streak in PSAC history, behind West Chester's 31 (1940-42, 1945-72) and Clarion's 22 (1964-85). The 19 straight seasons with at least six victories, however, continues a PSAC record. Bloomsburg has now posted a winning record in 23 of the last 24 years.

Bloomsburg is scheduled to open the 2018 campaign on Saturday, September 1 against Merrimack College at Redman Stadium.

2018 Bloomsburg University Football Recruiting Class
(scroll down to read high school accomplishments)
NameHtWtPosHometownHigh School
Daniel Adams6-2270OLBensalem, Pa.Father Judge
Steven Arrington5-10170WRPhiladelphia, Pa.Father Judge
Jamal Avery6-3250DTPhiladelphia, Pa.Mastery North
Aaron Bensinger6-3245OLNew Ringgold, Pa.Blue Mountain
Tristan Blasko6-5255TECoaldale, Pa.Panther Valley
Talid Crippen6-1200WRPhiladelphia, Pa.Mastery North
Pat Fleisch6-3275OLWarrington, Pa.Central Bucks South
Eric Foust6-1195WRBloomsburg, Pa.Bloomsburg
Kevin Francis5-7195RBLincoln University, Pa.Avon Grove
Brandon Gill6-1280OLBethlehem, Pa.Bethlehem Catholic
James Gines6-0195LBAston, Pa.Sun Valley
Chase Heath6-3260DTDover, Pa.Dover
Lee Holbert6-3285OLRose Valley, Pa.Strath Haven
Quinlan Jenkinson6-1250OL/LSCalifornia, Md.St. Mary's Ryken
Caliph Jones5-8170RBAston, Pa.Sun Valley
Evan Klinger5-8170ATHBerwick, Pa.Berwick
Logan Leiby5-11195QBSelinsgrove, Pa.Selinsgrove
Anthony Littlewood6-1190PKKing of Prussia, Pa.Valley Forge
Mason Malozzi6-0215FBBreinigsville, Pa.Parkland
Billy Martin5-11225FBCollingdale, Pa.Academy Park
Julian Nadachowski6-1215LBLincoln University, Pa.Oxford
Noah Nicholl6-5330OLEssington, Pa.Interboro
Alex Parks6-0165DBBerwick, Pa.Berwick
Thomas Pellegrino5-11255DTHackettstown, N.J.West Morris Central
Jamir Redd6-1195LBChester, Pa.Cardinal O'Hara
AJ Simon6-2240DETobyhanna, Pa.Pocono Mountain West (Kirkland Academy)
Gabe Tilford5-11185LBSunbury, Pa.Shikellamy
Shane Wolford6-3180QBAvondale, Pa.Avon Grove
Jake Yoder6-6300OLBelleville, Pa.Mifflin County
Kenny Yurkonis6-0235DEPottsville, Pa.Minersville

Daniel Adams (6-2, 270, OL) - Bensalem, Pa. / Father Judge
2017 Honorable Mention Philadelphia All-Catholic at offensive line ... two-year starter and recipient of the AOH Scholarship for football at Father Judge ... three-year honor roll student ... played for coach Mike McKay.

Steven Arrington (5-10, 170, WR) - Philadelphia, Pa. / Father Judge
2017 Philadelphia All-City Second Team at wide receiver ... 2017 Philadelphia All-Catholic Second Team at wide receiver ... had 40 receptions for 705 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior ... team captain for coach Mike McKay.

Jamal Avery (6-3, 250, DT) - Philadelphia, Pa. / Mastery North
2017 Philadelphia All-Public First Team at defensive line ... selected to play in Philadelphia City All-Star Game ... registered 43 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, three fumble recoveries, and two touchdowns during senior season ... three-year letterman in football ... honor roll student ... played for coach John Davidson.

Aaron Bensinger (6-3, 245, OL) - New Ringgold, Pa. / Blue Mountain
2017 PA Football Writers 4A All-State at offensive line ... 2017 Eastern PA Football.com First Team ... 2017 Schuylkill League Division 1 Offensive Lineman of the Year ... 2017 Schuylkill League Division 1 First Team and Pottsville Republican First Team ... 2016 Schuylkill League Division 1 First Team ... recorded 17 tackles and three sacks on defense as a senior ... three-year honor roll student and President of History Honor Society ... team captain for coach Cory Mabry.

Tristan Blasko (6-5, 255, TE) - Coaldale, Pa. / Panther Valley
2017 Republic Herald Second Team at tight end ... 2016 Standard Speaker All-Area First Team at tight end ... had 50 receptions for 610 yards and eight touchdowns for his career ... recipient of the 2017 Panther Valley Sportsmanship Award ... four-year letterman and 1,000-point scorer in basketball ... 2016 Standard Speaker All-Area Second Team in basketball ... member of the Harmony Scholars ... team captain for coach Scott Price.

Talid Crippen (6-1, 200, WR) - Philadelphia, Pa. / Mastery North
2017 Philadelphia All-Public League First Team at wide receiver ... 2016 Philadelphia All-Public League First Team at wide receiver ... named team Offensive MVP in 2016 ... had 14 receptions and six touchdowns as a senior and had 16 receptions and seven touchdowns as a junior ... recipient of the Mastery Gentleman of Distinction and is part of Student Leadership ... team captain for coach John Davidson.

Pat Fleisch (6-3, 275, OL) - Warrington, Pa. / Central Bucks South
2017 Honorable Mention Suburban One League at offensive line and defensive end ... 2016 Second Team All-Suburban One League at defensive end ... registered 46 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and three forced fumbles for his career on defense ... team captain for coach Tom Hetrick.

Eric Foust (6-1, 195, WR) - Bloomsburg, Pa. / Bloomsburg
2016 PA Heartland Conference Second Team at wide receiver ... 2015 Honorable Mention All-State and PA Heartland Conference First Team at wide receiver ... registered 79 catches and 11 touchdowns on offense and intercepted seven passes on defense for his career ... two-year letterman in baseball ... four-year honor roll student and a member of the National Honors Society ... two-year team captain for coach Kevin Seabrook.

Kevin Francis (5-7, 195, RB) - Lincoln University, Pa. / Avon Grove
2017 Ches-Mont National Co-Offensive Player of the Year ... 2017 First Team All Ches-Mont and All-Area at running back ... 2016 and 2015 All Ches-Mont Honorable Mention at running back ... 2017 team MVP ... set single-season school records in 2017 for yards rushing (1,818) and carries (285) ... set the school single-game rushing record with 390 yards ... two-year letterman and part of the 2017 3A State Champion lacrosse team ... three-year honor roll student ... team captain for coach Harry O'Neill.

Brandon Gill (6-1, 280, OL) - Bethlehem, Pa. / Bethlehem Catholic
2017 Eastern PA Conference First Team at defensive line and Second Team at offensive line ... 2017 Morning Call All-Area First Team at defensive line ... 2017 Eastern PA Football.com Honorable Mention at defensive line ... registered 42 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks on defense as a senior ... three-year letterman in track & field ... two-year honor roll student ... section leader (saxophone) of the band ... team captain for coach Joe Henrich.

James Gines (6-0, 195, LB) - Aston, Pa. / Sun Valley
2017 All Ches-Mont at linebacker ... 2017 All-Delco Honorable Mention at linebacker ... 2017 team Defensive MVP ... 2016 Second Team All Ches-Mont at linebacker ... posted 93 tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles as a senior ... recorded 85 tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles as a junior ... team captain for coach Greg Bernhardt.

Chase Heath (6-3, 260, DT) - Dover, Pa. / Dover
2017 YAIAA Division 2 Defensive Player of the Year ... 2017 First Team YAIAA Division 2 and First Team All-York County at defensive line ... recorded 64 tackles, 13 sacks, one forced fumble, and two blocked field goals as a senior ... two-time finalist and 2016 recipient of Top Defensive Lineman at Bloomsburg Team Football Camp ... two-year letterman in basketball ... three-year honor roll student ... two-year team captain for coach Wayne Snelbacker.

Lee Holbert (6-3, 285, OL) - Rose Valley, Pa. / Strath Haven
2017 All-Delco First Team at offensive line ... 2017 All-Central League First Team at offensive line and Second Team at defensive line ... registered 61 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hurries, and one sack on defense as a senior ... four-year starter in wrestling and was a Regional Qualifier in 2016 ... team captain for coach Kevin Clancy.

Quinlan Jenkinson (6-1, 250, OL/LS) - California, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken
Three-year starter on the offensive line ... selected to play in the Senior Crab Bowl All-Star Game ... three-year letterman in baseball ... honor roll student and three-year member of the Mentoring Program ... volunteer at WARM - a program that donates hair to make wigs for children with illnesses ... team captain for coach Aaron Brady.

Caliph Jones (5-8, 170, RB) - Aston, Pa. / Sun Valley
2017 First Team All Ches-Mont at running back ... 2017 All-Delco at running back ... 2017 team Offensive MVP ... totaled 1,123 rushing yards, 285 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns in his varsity career ... three-year honor roll student ... team captain for coach Greg Bernhardt.

Evan Klinger (5-8, 170, ATH) - Berwick, Pa. / Berwick
2017 PA Football News Second Team All-State at defensive back ... 2017 Citizens Voice Player of the Year ... 2017 WNEP Dream Team at defensive back ... 2017 First Team Wyoming Valley Conference at defensive back ... had 885 rushing yards, eight receptions for 85 yards, and 11 total touchdowns on offense as a senior ... registered 81 tackles, two sacks, and one interception on defense as a senior ... played for BU Hall of Fame member, coach Frank Sheptock.

Logan Leiby (5-11, 195, QB) - Selinsgrove, Pa. / Selinsgrove
2017 PA Writers 4A First Team All-State at quarterback ... 2017 Eastern PA Football.com First Team All-State ... 2017 Mr. PA Football Tremendous 25, WNEP Dream Team, and Daily Item Player of the Year ... completed 65% of attempts for 3,776 yards and 42 touchdowns along with rushing for 366 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... holds school and District 4 career records for passing yards (9,848), passes completed (664), and touchdown passes (95) ... holds school and District 4 single-season records for passing yards (3,776), completions (233), and touchdown passes (42) ... finished third all-time in Pennsylvania in career passing yards and sixth all-time in Pennsylvania in career passing touchdowns ... three-year letterman in basketball and baseball ... four-year honor roll student and Treasurer for the National Honor Society ... two-year team captain for coach Derek Hicks.

Anthony Littlewood (6-1, 190, PK) - King of Prussia, Pa. / Valley Forge
2017 All-Bicentennial Conference First Team at kicker and Second Team at punter ... 2016 All-Pac 10 Conference First Team at both kicker and punter ... converted 7-of-8 field goal attempts, including four of more than 47 yards as a senior ... averaged 37.5 yards on 37 punts as a senior ... career-long field goal of 52 yards in 2016 ... letterman in baseball ... recipient of the Community of Caring Award ... played for coach Michael Korom.

Mason Malozzi (6-0, 215, FB) - Breinigsville, Pa. / Parkland
2017 Morning Call All-Area at linebacker ... had 71 rushing yards and three touchdowns from his fullback position as a senior ... registered 119 tackles, ten tackles for loss, eight pass break-ups, five interceptions, and one touchdown on defense in 2017 ... two-time State Champion in powerlifting ... four-year honor roll student ... played for coach Tim Moncman.

Billy Martin (5-11, 225, FB) - Collingdale, Pa. / Academy Park
2017 All-Delco Honorable Mention at offensive line ... played for coach Jason Vosheski.

Julian Nadachowski (6-1, 215, LB) - Lincoln University, Pa. / Oxford
2017 All Ches-Mont First Team at linebacker ... 2017 All Ches-Mont First Team at tight end ... 2017 All-Area at linebacker ... 2017 Team Defensive MVP ... selected to play in the 2018 Valor Bowl ... registered 91 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one sack, and two forced fumbles on defense along with 29 receptions for 393 yards and three touchdowns on offense as a senior ... three-year letterman in lacrosse ... played for coach Mike Means.

Noah Nicholl (6-5, 330, OL) - Essington, Pa. / Interboro
Played for coach Steve Lennox.

Alex Parks (6-0, 165, DB) - Berwick, Pa. / Berwick
Recorded four receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown on offense as a senior in 2017 ... registered 29 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles on defense ... had one touchdown on a kickoff return on special teams ... missed large part of junior season due to injury ... three-year letterman in football ... two-year honor roll student ... team captain for BU Hall of Fame member, coach Frank Sheptock.

Thomas Pellegrino (5-11, 255, DT) - Hackettstown, N.J. / West Morris Central
2017 News 12 New Jersey All-State Honorable Mention ... 2017 NJSIAA Freedom Red Division First Team at defensive line ... 2017 First Team All-County at defensive line ... 2016 NJSIAA Freedom Red Division First Team at defensive line ... registered 113 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks for his career ... two-year letterman in baseball ... three-year honor roll student ... team captain for coach Kevin Hennelly.

Jamir Redd (6-1, 195, LB) - Chester, Pa. / Cardinal O'Hara
2017 Philadelphia All-Catholic First Team at linebacker ... 2017 Philadelphia All-City Second Team at linebacker ... 2016 First Team All-Catholic and Honorable Mention All-Delco at linebacker ... recorded 65 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, six sacks, and one fumble return for a touchdown as a senior ... lettered in football, basketball, and track ... four-year honor roll student and two-time Archdiosean Student-Athlete honor roll ... team captain for coach BJ Hogan.

AJ Simon (6-2, 240, DE) - Tobyhanna, Pa. / Pocono Mountain West (Kirkland Academy)
Played in eight games at Kirkland Academy Prep in 2017 ... registered 15 tackles, six sacks, four forced fumbles, three pass deflections, and two defensive touchdowns while mainly playing defensive tackle ... missed all of his senior and junior seasons of high school due to injury ... three-time finalist and 2015 recipient of the Top Running Back at Bloomsburg Team Football Camp ... played for coach Juwan Jackson at Kirkland and BU alum, coach Jim McCarroll, at Pocono Mountain West.

Gabe Tilford (5-11, 185, LB) - Sunbury, Pa. / Shikellamy
2017 PA Football Writers 4A First Team All-State at linebacker ... 2017 PA Football News First Team All-State ... 2017 Eastern PA Football.com First Team All-State ... 2017 WNEP Dream Team ... 2017 First Team PA Heartland Conference at linebacker, running back, and punter ... totaled 129 tackles, six interceptions, four forced fumbles, and six defensive touchdowns as a senior ... finished career with 465 total tackles, 11 interceptions, and eight touchdowns on defense along with 1,225 passing yards, 2,377 rushing yards, and 46 touchdowns on offense ... 2016-17 All-PHAC Second Team in basketball and PHAC 110-meter hurdles champion in track ... team captain for coach Tod Tilford.

Shane Wolford (6-3, 180, QB) - Avondale, Pa. / Avon Grove
2017 All Ches-Mont National Honorable Mention at quarterback ... 2017 Team Offensive MVP ... passed for 1,082 yards as a senior ... honor roll student ... played for coach Harry O'Neill.

Jake Yoder (6-6, 300, OL) - Belleville, Pa. / Mifflin County
2017 PA Football News 6A Honorable Mention All-State ... 2017 First Team Mid-Penn Colonial at offensive line ... 2017 Western PA Football 6A First Team at offensive line ... 2016 Second Team Mid-Penn Colonial at offensive line ... recorded 40 tackles and one fumble recovery on defense as a senior ... four-year honor roll student ... team captain for coach Scott Sechler.

Kenny Yurkonis (6-0, 235, DE) - Pottsville, Pa. / Minersville
2017 All-Schuylkill County Second Team at defensive line ... 2017 Team MVP ... 2016 All-Schuylkill County First Team at defensive line ... registered 145 tackles, 40 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, 36 quarterback hurries, and five forced fumbles over the course of his junior and senior seasons ... four-year letterman in track and field ... district qualifier in javelin and shot put ... four-year honor roll student and four-year class president ... team captain for coach Damien Buggy.

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