Marist football to bring in 29 freshmen for fall 2018

(release from Marist Athletics)

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist football program has announced the addition of 29 newcomers for the 2018 season.

The class includes student-athletes from nine different states plus the District of Columbia: New Jersey (nine), New York (five), Georgia (three), Florida (three), Connecticut (two), Maryland (2), Pennsylvania (2), Massachusetts (1), Virginia (1), and Washington D.C. (1).

By position, the class includes four defensive linemen, four linebackers, four wide receivers, three cornerbacks, three offensive lineman, two defensive lineman, two kicker/punters, two quarterbacks, two safeties, one defensive back, one running back, and one tight end.

Here is a closer look at each individual in the incoming class:

Aaron Acosta, DL – 6-0 / 260 – Mt. Laurel, NJ / Lenape

Accolades: Named South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year … All-South Jersey … All-County … New Jersey Super 100 Team

Coach Parady on Acosta: “Aaron comes to us after a dominant senior year that saw him earn South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year honors. He is a disruptive force who plays multiple positions along the defensive line. His versatility and relentless motor really fit what we’re looking for up front.”

Mike Arrington, LB – 5-11 / 200 – Ashburn, VA / Broad Run

Accolades: Two-time Second Team All-State … Two-time First Team All-District … Two-time First Team All-Conference … Selected to All-Loudoun County Team … Selected to Capital Bowl All-Star Game… Was named his team’s defensive player of the year

Coach Parady on Arrington: “Mike is a very polished linebacker, displaying physicality and the ability to play in space. It is evident that he is well coached, as he breaks down the opposing offense prior to the snap and hustles to the football. He uses great technique, and arrives with force once he diagnoses the play.”

Carson Badamo, DL – 6-3 / 250 – Stewartsville, NJ / Bethlehem Catholic (PA)

Accolades: Lehigh Valley McDonald’s All-Star Game selection … Two-year varsity letterman … Was named his team’s defensive player of the year as a senior

Coach Parady on Badamo: “A talented linebacker in high school, Carson joins the Red Foxes as a defensive line prospect. He is an imposing frame, and covers a lot of ground in his pursuit to the football. His football knowledge from playing at the second level should help his transition up front, and we are excited about the speed and power he brings to the group.”

Drew Callahan, TE – 6-3 / 220 – Rockland, MA / Thayer Academy

Accolades: Was named First Team All-ISL … New England Prep Schools Honorable Mention … Served as team captain as a senior

Coach Parady on Callahan: “Drew shows everything you’re looking for in a classic tight end product. He has good size and feet, and shows tremendous ability and technique as a blocker. He is also versatile in the pass game from a hand-down or slot position, demonstrating good route-running and hands.”

Hunter Cobb, RB – 5-9 / 195 – Sandy Hook, CT / Loomis Chaffee

Accolades: Named All-State … Named All-Conference … CT 100 All-Star Game selection … Named team captain … Two-time team offensive MVP … Holds school’s total career touchdowns record

Coach Parady on Cobb: “A slasher who can really fit up the stat sheet, Hunter is a very talented back. He is patient with excellent vision, and chews up yardage once he hits the hole. He understands the position well, and is a threat catching the football out of the backfield as well.”

Courvoisier Dingle, CB – 5-10 / 170 – Atlanta, GA / Therrell

Accolades: Was named First Team All-Region … Named to All-State Team … Ranked the #1 cornerback in Atlanta Public Schools as a senior … Set school record for interceptions as a senior … Atlanta Public Schools All-Star Game selection … Honored as both NUC and O-D All-American … Named team’s Golden Helmet and most valuable player as a senior

Coach Parady on Dingle: “A real ball hawk, Courvoisier shows excellent versatility at the corner back position. Whether in zone or man coverage, he shows good poise and ability to track the football in flight. He can really get in a receiver’s hip pocket, and is always a threat to come away with the ball if it’s thrown his way.”

Anthony D’Urso, OL – 6-3 / 290 – Stormville, NY / Our Lady of Lourdes

Accolades: Third Team All-State … All-Section … All-Metro Team Honorable Mention, League Most Outstanding Lineman … Named Team Captain … Exceptional Senior All-Star, Poughkeepsie Journal First Team All-Star … Hudson Valley Sports Report Dream Team … Three-year varsity starter … Three-year varsity lacrosse player

Coach Parady on D’Urso: “Yet another local product from nearby Lourdes High School, Anthony has attended our Prospect Camp for the last several years. He showed tremendous improvement every time he came back to campus – he has excellent feet and bends well at his size. He takes his craft very seriously, and we believe he fits our system well.”

Matt Edwards, QB – 5-11 / 190 – Buford, GA / Mountain View

Coach Parady on Edwards: “Matt is a feisty competitor at the quarterback position. He makes the throws you’re looking for, demonstrating both touch and the ability to rip the ball on a line. On top of all that, he can really frustrate a defense by extending the play with his feet.”

Clayborne Fields III, SAF – 5-11 / 190 – Somerset, NJ / Franklin

Accolades: Was named All-Area … Two-time All-Conference as both wide receiver and defensive back … Served as team captain for two years … Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game selection … Basilone Bowl selection.

Coach Parady on Fields: “Clayborne is a very versatile and skilled athlete. He can roll in and out of the box as safety, playing with physicality and the ability to cover ground in a hurry. He also showed a real knack as a receiver as well, which is evident in how he makes plays on the football.”

Nicholas Foglia, DL – 6-1 / 270 – Whippany, NJ / Whippany Park

Accolades: Named Morris County Defensive Player of the Year … Two-time All-County … Four-time All-Conference … Was named Group 2 All-State … Top 100 Players in NJ … Two-time All-Academic Team … Served as team captain … Four-year varsity letterman

Coach Parady on Foglia: “A stout and sturdy player, Nicholas looks to shore up our defensive line unit. He demonstrates good quickness off the ball, and uses his hands to defeat the block. Once he’s in the backfield, he really sniffs out the play and can disrupt an entire offense.”

Halil Gecaj, DL – 6-1 / 245 – Goldens Bridge, NY / John Jay

Accolades: Two-time All-League … All-Conference as a junior … All-Section as a senior … Was named Third Team All-State as a senior … Section I North-South All-Star Game starter … Golden Dozen Honorable Mention … Two-time Hudson Valley Top 100 … Second Team All-Hudson Valley … State runner-up in wrestling for 220-pound weight class

Coach Parady on Gecaj: “Halil joins us from just a ways down the Hudson as a very dynamic and tenacious defensive lineman. He fires off the ball, sheds the block with his hands, and chases down the ball carrier with relentless pursuit. He was also a championship caliber wrestler, which clearly comes through in his determination and energy on the field.”

Hezikiah Hawkins, WR – 5-9 / 165 – Waldorf, MD / Thomas Stone

Accolades: 1st Team All-Conference WR … Maryland Crab Bowl selection …PG-SMAC Challenge selection … Served as team captain … Was named team’s most valuable player twice

Coach Parady on Hawkins: “A true speedster, Hezikiah is a threat to change the game every time he touches the ball. He is a smooth route runner, can read the coverage in front of him to get open, and is a very tough assignment on the perimeter. When catches the football, it’s off to the races.”

Max Heinrich, K/P – 6-2 / 185 – Slate Hill, NY / Goshen Central

Accolades: All-State Honorable Mention as a junior … All-State selection as a senior … All-Section … All-League … Named to Varsity 845 Team

Coach Parady on Heinrich: “Max has shown to be a real weapon in the kicking game. He has a big leg, and can flip the field when punting the football. As a placekicker, the ball really explodes off his foot with power, and he has the accuracy to put it where he wants it.”

Ben Johnson, OL – 6-3 / 260 – South Williamsport, PA / South Williamsport

Accolades: All-State Offensive Line … Three-time All-Conference selection as an offensive lineman … Two-time All-Conference selection as a defensive lineman … East vs West All-Star Game selection … WNEP Dream Team selection … Served as team captain for three years

Coach Parady on Johnson: “With outstanding feet and body control, Ben is a real athlete at the offensive tackle position. He demonstrates excellent technique to get the job done, and has a natural understanding of angles and leverage. Whether in the run game or in pass protection, he really works hard to finish his assignment.”

Jayden Johnson, LB – 5-11 / 240 – Linden, NJ / Mater Dei

Accolades: 2014 Mid-State 38 Champion … Three-time Second Team All-Area Watchung Division … Team’s defensive MVP as a junior … First Team All-Shore Conference as a senior … Four-year honor roll student … Army All-Shore All-Star Game selection … Four-year varsity letterman

Coach Parady on Johnson: “Jayden is a commanding, physical presence on the defensive side of the ball. He reads the play quickly, comes downhill with authority, and punishes the ball carrier on contact. In addition to making plays in the box, he also shows athleticism to run down opponents in space.”

Julian McGarvey, QB – 6-2 / 215 – Ardsley, NY / Ardsley

Coach Parady on McGarvey: “Julian is a big, athletic quarterback who led his squad to a hard-fought playoff run as a senior. He is poised and comfortable in the pocket, demonstrating very good footwork no matter what’s going on around him. He has a strong arm to place the football where he wants it, and can really take charge of the huddle.”

Dwayne Menders, WR – 5-9 / 160 – Miramar, FL / Mater Academy Charter

Accolades: Miami Dolphins Dade vs Broward All-Star Game selection … Miami-Dade North-South All-Star Game selection … Blue-Grey All-Star Game selection … Offense-Defense All-Star Game selection … Served as team captain … Was named team’s offensive most valuable player as a senior

Coach Parady on Menders: “Dwayne is a very skilled receiver coming up from talent-rich South Florida. He runs crisp routes, catches the ball with his hands, and really sells out to make the tough grabs. In addition, he is also a dangerous return man who can change your field position in the blink of an eye.”

Paul Olivett, SAF – 5-10 / 180 – State College, PA / State College

Accolades: Two-time Mid Penn All-Conference … Was named to Academic All-State Team … Served as team captain as a senior … Three-time varsity letterman

Coach Parady on Olivett: “A very smart signal caller in the defensive backfield, Paul plays the safety position with grit and tenacity. He puts his teammates in position to be successful, and he breaks on the ball with good vision and speed. He is a sure tackler, and brings great energy to the field every time he suits up.”

Luke Paladino, K/P – 5-10 / 160 – Rochester, NY / Penfield

Accolades: All-Greater Rochester selection … First Team All-County selection … Was named to All-State team … Set school record for longest field goal … Eddie Meath All-Star Game selection

Coach Parady on Paladino: “Luke is a real threat in all three phases of the kicking game. He can boom the ball out of the end zone on kickoffs, and really put some air on his punts. He is good from long distance on field goals, and will really help bolster our special teams units.”

Ethan Parrish, OL – 6-2 / 275 – Walkersville, MD / Walkersville

Accolades: Three-time First Team All-Division … Three-time First Team All-Conference … Three-time First Team All-County … All-State Honorable Mention … Two-time First Team All-State … BTC Super 22 Member … BTC All-Star Game … USA Today Maryland Consensus All-State Team … 2016 Maryland 2A State Champions

Coach Parady on Parrish: “Ethan is a classic road grader offensive lineman. He fires off the football with excellent pad level, and really runs his feet through contact. In addition to his strength and physicality in the run game, he has good footwork and hands to lock onto defenders in pass protection.”

Sydney Person, WR – 6-3 / 180 – Washington, D.C. / Gonzaga College HS

Accolades: WCAC Honorable Mention selection

Coach Parady on Person: “Sydney brings great size and length to us at the wide receiver position. He has a big catch radius, competes for the ball in the air, and covers lots of ground in just a few strides. As continues to fill out, we believe he will be a very tough matchup for opposing defenses.”

Arthur Pinckney, LB – 5-10 / 215 – Union, NJ / Union

Accolades: Two-time First Team All-Conference … 2017 King of the Hill … Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game Selection

Coach Parady on Pinckney: “Arthur is a very productive, hard-nosed competitor on the defensive side of the ball. He plays a physical brand of linebacker between the tackles, and can fill a gap with purpose. He reads his keys well, and can really find the football in a crowd.”

Christian Pritzlaff, DL – 6-3 / 245 – Red Bank, NJ / Red Bank Catholic

Accolades: Received Peter Paul Apollo Memorial Scholarship Award … Served as team captain for two years

Coach Parady on Pritzlaff: “Christian will add some nice size to our defensive line unit. He plays with good pad level, and uses his hands to really control his gap. He shows a nice array of pass rush maneuvers, and really is a difficult assignment for an opposing offensive lineman.”

Jhonny Quest, SAF – 5-10 / 175 – Velrico, FL / Armwood

Accolades: First Team All-County … First Team All-State … FHSSA Class 6A Academic Player of the Year … Big County Preps Executive Skills Competition invitee … Central Florida Rivals Camp invitee … Hillsborough Alliance of Black School Educators 2018 highest GPA award winner … Member of the National Honor Society

Coach Parady on Quest: “An aggressive defensive back, Jhonny shows tremendous versatility in his game. He is very physical when he comes downhill, running through the ball carrier with strong tackling skills. He is also savvy against the pass, and has a knack for finding the football thanks to his excellent vision and awareness.”

Lawrence Santana, DL – 6-1 / 230 – Union City, NJ / Union City

Coach Parady on Santana: “Lawrence plays the defensive line position the way you want: fast and physical. He penetrates upfield, owns his gap, and hunts down the ball carrier. He has very good balance and uses his hands to play with leverage – he can really disrupt an offense’s momentum when he’s in the game.”

Scott Scherzer, WR – 6-1 / 190 – Manalapan, NJ / Manalapan

Accolades: Two-time All-Conference selection … Two-time All-Shore selection … Outdoor 200m conference champion

Coach Parady on Scherzer: “Coming up from the always tough Shore Conference, Scott is a big, physical target at the wide receiver position. He has sure hands, runs good routes, and can really gain a lot of yardage in a hurry after the catch. Whether he lines up inside or outside, he has the potential to impact the game whenever he’s on the field.”

Tyson Stephenson, LB – 6-1 / 205 – Tangerine, FL / Olympia

Accolades: Central Florida Super 60 … Four-year varsity starter … Cure Bowl All-Star Game selection

Coach Parady on Stephenson: “A dynamic running back in his own right, Tyson is a rangy, athletic
linebacker prospect. Tracking down ball carriers from sideline to sideline, he really showcases tremendous speed on the football field. Once he reads the play, he breaks on it suddenly, and is sure to be around the football when the whistle blows.”

Sam Thomson, CB – 6-3 / 165 – Southington, CT / Southington

Coach Parady on Thomson: “Joining his brother Matt, who will be a junior, Sam comes to us from Connecticut power Southington (coached by Marist alum Mike Drury). He is a very long defensive back who plays with great range. He attacks the ball at its highest point, and really drives through runners on the tackle.”

Marcus Webster, CB – 5-10 / 180 – Alpharetta, GA / Alpharetta

Coach Parady on Webster: “Marcus is a gritty, hard-nosed cornerback. He has a good break out of his pedal, speed to close the distance, and delivers with good pop on contact. When the ball is in the air, he really pesters receivers to break up the play, and can frustrate an offense with his constant presence.”


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