TOWSON, Md. - A talented group of 20 football players has signed National Letters of Intent to attend Towson University and play football, it has been announced by Coach Rob Ambrose.
Coach Ambrose and his staff introduced their recruiting class at a National Signing Day Celebration event before an ethusiastic crowd at Bill Bateman's Restaurant on Wednesday evening.
"We are very excited about this group of recruits," Ambrose told the crowd at Bateman's. "They come from different places and they play different positions. They have different parents and they've all had different life experiences.
"But they all have one thing in common," he added. "They all have the ability to see what this program will be - and not what it is."
Ambrose explained, "When we are evaluating prospects, we look for three things. The first thing we want to know is if they can help us win. Well, this group knows how to win. Their teams had a combined record of 177-60 last season. That's a lot of winning. Among them, they won seven state championships.
"The second thing we look for is a prospect's academic work ethic," he added. "This group has a 3.16 average G.P.A.
Ambrose continued, "We also look for good character and all of these players have that. In fact, 16 of the 20 newcomers were team captains."
Led by a pair of teammates from nearby Calvert Hall High School, defensive end Stefan Janik and offensive lineman Spencer Sutton, six members of the recruiting class are from the state of Maryland.
Eight different states are represented in the Tigers' recruiting class. Quarterback Price Litton and wide receiver Mac Sanders of Providence Day School are two of three North Carolina natives in the class while three New Jersey high school products have also signed with Towson.
There are also two newcomers from Florida, Texas and New York while Pennsylvania has one representative.
Running back Sterlin Phifer, a transfer from Boston College, represents Virginia in this year's recruiting class.
Defensive back Jalil Gordon of Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas comes from excellent bloodlines. His father, Darrien Gordon, was an All-Pro cornerback in the NFL who enjoyed a ten-year career with San Diego, Denver, Oakland, Atlanta and Green Bay. He appeared in four Super Bowls and started at cornerback for Denver's back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams.
"Signing day is cause for celebration because we are adding student-athletes that have one thing in common - they want to be part of the football program we are building," says Ambrose. "They are committed to what we're doing and they want to be part of it."
"This recruiting class is going to be a special one," he adds. "We are bringing in some of the most highly-touted players that this school has ever seen. These players are the future.
"For the last two years, we haven't been talking about wins," said Ambrose. "We have been talking about building team chemistry and competing and working hard. We promised that we would always play hard and we did.
"A lot of people have believed in our vision," he added. "Last year, we nearly broke the school record for single season attendance - and we did that with a team that only had one victory. But, the faith you showed and the support we received meant so much.
|Olatungie Coker||DE||6-2||232||Largo H.S./Largo, Md.||Video|
|Jared Dangerfield||WR||6-2||180||Royal Palm Beach Community H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.||Video|
|Jon Desir||DT||6-4||300||St. Anthony's H.S./Westbury, N.Y.||Video|
|Walter Dunston||DB||5-11||195||West Windsor Plainsboro North H.S./West Windsor, N.J.||Video|
|Jarred Evans||QB||6-3||175||West Philadelphia Catholic H.S./Jamaica, N.Y.||Video|
|Connor Frazier||QB||6-0||190||Damascus H.S./Gaithersburg, Md.||Video|
|Jalil Gordon||DB||5-11||180||Carroll H.S./Southlake, Tex.||Video|
|Syd Holt||DE||6-4||210||Sayreville War Memorial H.S./South Amboy, N.J.||Video|
|Stefan Janik||DE||6-3||230||Calvert Hall H.S./Sparks, Md.||Video|
|Dreon Johnson||FB||6-0||235||Mayde Creek H.S./Houston, Tex.||Video|
|Kelly Linden||LS||5-11||165||Bishop Moore Catholic H.S./Windemere, Fla.||Video|
|Price Litton||QB||6-3||215||Providence Day School/Matthews, N.C.||Video|
|Joe McCargo||LB||6-0||193||Old Mill H.S./Severn, Md.||Video|
|Sean Mooney||TE||6-6||220||Malvern Prep/Chester Springs, Pa.||Video|
|Sterlin Phifer||RB||5-11||215||Landstown H.S./Virginia Beach, Va. - BOSTON COLLEGE transfer||Video|
|Mac Sanders||WR||5-11||185||Providence Day School/Charlotte, N.C.||Video|
|Jake Schunke||OT||6-5||270||Wayne Hills H.S./Wayne, N.J.||Video|
|Tyreek Smith||CB||6-0||170||Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.||Video|
|Spencer Sutton||OL||6-5||300||Calvert Hall H.S./Westminster, Md.||Video|
|Terrance West||RB||5-11||220||Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.||Video|
OLATUNGIE COKER, Defensive End
6-2, 232-lb., Largo H.S., Largo, Md.
Named All-Prince Georges County first team as a defensive lineman in 2010 ... made 67 tackles for the Lions, including eight tackles for lost yardage ... also had four quarterback sacks ... three-year starter for Coach David Fant ... named second team All-County as a junior ... appeared in Prince Georges County all-star game ... also appeared in the Crab Bowl ... good student who was a member of the Bio-Tech Club and the Key Club ... PERSONAL: Has one older sister and one younger brother ... lists father as the person he admires the most ... favorite NFL team is the Indianapolis Colts ... lists Peyton Manning and Bob Sanders as his favorite NFL players ... lists J.K. Rawlings as his favorite author ... favorite athlete is Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks ... lists "The Dark Knight" as his favorite movie ... enjoys eating pizza ... father is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia who works in security business ... mother graduated from Howard University ... son of Winston and Dionne Coker ... born on January 29, 1993 in Washington, D.C.
JARED DANGERFIELD, Wide Receiver
6-2, 180-lb., Royal Palm Beach Community H.S., Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
Younger brother of Tiger defensive back Jordan Dangerfield ... honorable mention All-State 5A selection as a senior ... has large hands and excellent speed ... runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds ... had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as a senior ... caught 34 passes for 655 yards and four touchdowns in senior season ... team captain of the Wildcats ... scored two rushing touchdowns ... earned All-Palm Beach County honors for Coach Frank Kumf ... had 530 receiving yards with four touchdown passes in junior season ... All-County hurdler for track and field team ... PERSONAL: Has three brothers and three sisters ... lists deceased father as the person he admires the most ... hobbies include fishing ... favorite NFL team is the Detroit Lions ... favorite NFL player is wide receiver Dez Bryant of Dallas ... lists Samuel L. Jackson as his favorite actor ... career goal is to become a teacher and coach ... has done community service work at 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in New York that is held in honor of his late father ... mother is a retired New York City detective ... son of Erica Dangerfield and the late David Dangerfield ... born on August 9, 1992.
JON DESIR, Defensive Tackle
6-4, 300-lb., St. Anthony's H.S., Westbury, N.Y.
Two-sport standout who also wrestles ... led St. Anthony's to a perfect 11-0 record and the New York State Parochial championship as a senior ... named first team Parochial All-State in 2010 ... also earned third team All-State honors from NYSSWA ... named first team All-Long Island ... defensive leader for the Friars, who outscored their opponents by 420-to-157 ... made 77 tackles with five sacks ... outstanding heavyweight wrestler for the Friars ... posted a 33-3 record as a junior and won the New York State Catholic School heavyweight title ... PERSONAL: Has one brother and one sister ... lists mother as the person he admires the most ... favorite NFL team is the New York Jets ... lists Kris Jenkins of the Jets as his favorite NFL player ... favorite athlete is Carmelo Anthony ... favorite actor is Angelina Jolie ... enjoys music by Eminem ... mother is a graduate of Stony Brook who works as a nurse ... son of Marie Desire ... born on April 23, 1993 in Westbury, N.Y.
WALTER DUNSTON, Defensive Back
5-11, 195-lb., West Windsor Plainsboro North H.S., West Windsor, N.J.
All-State defensive back who led the Knights to back-to-back playoff appearances ... earned first team All-Colonial Valley League honors and first team All-County notice for Coach Christopher Casamento ... helped the Knights post a 7-3 record as a senior ... one of the Knights' defensive leaders with 56 tackles ... led league with six sacks and 15 tackles for lost yardage ... also played lacrosse for the Knights ... PERSONAL: Has one brother and one sister ... lists sister as the person he admires most ... avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles ... lists All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu of Pittsburgh as his favorite NFL player ... lists LeBron James as his favorite athlete ... favorite movie is "Scarface" ... lists Will Smith and Angelina Jolie as his favorite actors ... enjoys eating burgers and fries with a milkshake ... mother is a graduate of Temple University who works as a security manager ... son of Edith Dunston ... born on September 23, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pa.
JARRED EVANS, Quarterback
6-3, 175-lb., West Philadelphia Catholic H.S., Jamaica, N.Y.
Honorable mention All-State selection who played quarterback and wide receiver at West Philadelphia Catholic ... led the Burrs to the City championship and a district title with a 12-3 record ... named first team All-District and All-Catholic League ... completed 107 of 180 passes for a school record 1,889 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior with only four interceptions ... ran for 311 yards and scored eight touchdowns ... also caught four passes for 38 yards ... threw for 1,274 yards as a junior ... also played basketball for the Burrs ... PERSONAL: Has three brothers and one sister ... lists father as the person he admires the most ... hobbies include working on cars ... avid fan of the New York Jets ... lists Will Smith as his favorite actor ... favorite movie is "Friday Night Lights" ... older brother played football at C.W. Post and played in NFL Europe ... father is a graduate of C.W. Post ... mother is a teacher and a graduate of Albany ... son of Eugen Evans and Laurette Henry ... born on August 6, 1992 in Bayshore, N.Y.
CONNOR FRAZIER, Quarterback
6-0, 190-lb., Damascus H.S., Gaithersburg, Md.
First team All-State quarterback ... led Damascus to a 12-1 record and a berth in the Class 3A state semi-finals ... guided the Swarmin' Hornets to number one ranking in Maryland for most of the year ... named All-Metro and All-County ... three-year starter at quarterback who led Damascus to three consecutive state playoff appearances ... passed for 2,099 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior with only three interceptions ... ran for 686 yards and scored 5 touchdowns for Coach Eric Wallich ... threw for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior ... passed for 1,100 yards and 9 TD's in sophomore season ... also played basketball at Damascus ... honor roll student who earned Distinguished Honor Award ... PERSONAL: Has two older brothers ... older brother, Kyle, plays football at Monmouth ... lists mother as the person he admires most ... devoted fan of the Washington Redskins ... favorite NFL player is Brett Favre ... lists "Chasing Vermeer" as his favorite book ... favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant ... enjoys eating crabs ... son of Paul and Judy Frazier ... born on May 28, 1993 in Olney, Md.
JALIL GORDON, Defensive Back
5-11, 180-lb., Carroll H.S., Southlake, Tex.
All-district selection at defensive back ... made 38 tackles for the Dragons as a senior ... helped Coach Hal Wasson's team reach the state quarter-finals with an 11-2 record ... had two interceptions as a senior with 13 pass breakups ... three-sport standout who also played basketball and ran track at Carroll High School ... PERSONAL: Son of former NFL cornerback Darrien Gordon, who enjoyed a ten-year career with San Diego, Denver, Oakland, Green Bay and Atlanta ... father played in four Super Bowls and started for Denver's back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams ... lists father as the person he admires the most ... has one brother and three sisters ... lists "Glory Road" as his favorite movie ... favorite NFL player is Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets ... enjoys reading the Harry Potter series ... lists Denzel Washington as his favorite actor ... enjoys eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches ... has done community service work with the Special Olympics ... parents are both graduates of Stanford ... son of Darrien and Anjie Gordon ... born on June 18, 1993 in Oakland, Cal.
SYD HOLT, Defensive End
6-4, 210-lb., Sayreville War Memorial H.S., South Amboy, N.J.
All-State performer at defensive end ... led the Bombers to an 11-1 record and the Central Jersey Group IV state championship ... made 89 tackles with 11 sacks for Coach George Najjar ...named as New Jersey State Defensive Player of the Year by The Newark Star-Ledger ... earned All-County and All-League honors ... had 48 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior ... also played basketball for the Bombers ... PERSONAL: Has three younger sisters ... lists father as the person he admires the most ... has done community service work at food shelters and a retirement home ... favorite NFL teams are the St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers ... favorite athlete is Lebron James ... favorite actor is Tyrese Gibson ... enjoys eating fried chicken ... favorite musician is Chris Brown ... son of Sydnor L. Holt and Telica Harrington ... born on March 2, 1993 in Newark, N.J.
STEFAN JANIK, Defensive End
6-3, 230-lb., Calvert Hall H.S., Sparks, Md.
All-state performer who played offensive tackle and defensive end for Calvert Hall ... led the Cardinals to an 11-1 record and the MIAA "A" Conference championship as a senior ... named All-Metro and All-MIAA for Coach Donald Davis ... made 100 tackles with 15 quarterback sacks for the Cardinals as a senior ... had 85 tackles and seven sacks as a junior ... also plays rugby at Calvert Hall ... PERSONAL: Has two older brothers ... lists older brother, Zachary, as the person he admires the most ... career goal is to become an accountant ... avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens ... favorite NFL player is Clay Matthews of Green Bay ... lists John Grisham as his favorite author ... favorite actor is Johnny Depp ... lists Tiger Woods as his favorite athlete ... favorite movie is "The Tourist" ... father is a graduate of the University of Connecticut ... son of Peter and Deborah Janik ... born on April 18, 1993 in Hollywood, Fla.
DREON JOHNSON, Fullback
6-0, 235-lb., Mayde Creek H.S., Houston, Tex.
Versatile performer at Mayde Creek High School ... saw action at offensive tackle, fullback and defensive end for the Rams ... two-year team captain for Coach Lance Carter ... earned first team All-District honors at offensive tackle ... honored as top offensive lineman in the district as a senior ... also a member of the Rams' wrestling team and track and field team ... PERSONAL: Has one brother and one sister ... lists mother as the person he admires the most ... avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings ... favorite NFL player is Adrian Peterson ... lists Michael Vick as his favorite athlete ... enjoys reading Beowulf ... favorite movie is "Forrest Gump" ... favorite actor is Terrence Howard ... enjoys listening to music by Z-RO ... mother is a pharmacy technician ... son of Lamonica Benton ... born on December 12, 1992 in College Station, Tex.
KELLY LINDEN, Long Snapper
5-11, 165-lb., Bishop Moore Catholic H.S., Windermere, Fla.
Three-year performer at long snapper for the Hornets ... also saw action at tight end for Coach Matt Hedrick ... helped the Hornets post a 10-3 record and reach the regional championship game as a senior ... member of the Hornets' district championship team as a junior ... nationally-ranked long snapper as a sophomore ... also played lacrosse for the Hornets ... three-year starter for lacrosse team who served as team captain ... PERSONAL: Has one younger brother ... lists father as the person he admires the most ... hobbies include fishing ... career goal is to become a doctor ... had summer job coaching lacrosse ... avid fan of the New York Jets ... favorite NFL player is Tim Tebow ... lists "The Sandlot" as his favorite movie ... favorite actor is Dwight Yokum ... lists professional lacrosse player Rory Smith as his favorite athlete ... father is a federal officer who graduated from Nova Southeastern ... mother is a nurse and a Broward graduate ... son of Patrick and Kris Linden ... born November 29, 1992 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
PRICE LITTON, Quarterback
6-3, 215-lb., Providence Day School, Matthews, N.C.
Highly-regarded quarterback who led the Chargers to an 8-3 record as a senior ... rated among the top 150 quarterbacks in the nation by rivals.com ... team captain who led the Chargers to conference championship ... completed 82 of 146 passes for 1,081 yards ... threw 11 touchdown passes with only three interceptions ... directed an offense that averaged 34.4 points per game ... did very well at summer football camps during high school ... PERSONAL: Has one brother and one sister ... lists parents as the people he admires the most ... hobbies include hunting and fishing ... favorite NFL team is the Carolina Panthers ... lists Drew Brees as his favorite NFL player ... enjoys reading "The Old Man and The Sea" by Ernest Hemmingway ... favorite movie is "Step Brothers" ... lists Will Farrell as his favorite actor ... enjoys listening to music by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young ... also likes music by Jerry Garcia ... father is a graduate of The Citadel who works in sales ... mother is a graduate of Francis Marion College ... son of Steve and Renee Litton ... born on March 1, 1992 in Charlotte, N.C.
JOE McCARGO, Linebacker
6-0, 193-lb., Old Mill H.S., Severn, Md.
All-Metro linebacker who led Old Mill High School to the Maryland state championship as a junior ... two-time All-Arundel County linebacker ... also saw action at tight end ... made 90 tackles and caught a touchdown pass in 2009 ... made 82 tackles as a senior, leading the Patriots to a 9-2 record ... caught two touchdown passes as a senior ... also intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown ... three-sport standout for the Patriots ... All-County performer for basketball team who was team captain as a senior ... helped the Patriots reach state championship basketball game as a junior ... also a member of track and field team ... PERSONAL: Has one older brother and one older sister ... lists mother as the person he admires the most ... avid fan of the New England Patriots ... favorite NFL player is Randy Moss ... lists LeBron James as his favorite athlete ... favorite actors are Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Eva Mendez ... lists "Space Jam" as his favorite movie ... father is a graduate of Louisiana State University ... mother is a cosmotologist ... son of Joseph and Andrea McCargo ... born on February 24, 1993 in Baltimore, Md.
SEAN MOONEY, Tight End
6-6, 220-lb., Malvern Prep, Chester Springs, Pa.
All-State performer who played tight end and defensive end at Malvern Prep ... named as Main Line Player of the Year as a senior ... two-time All-Inter-Academic League selection ... also named All-City twice ... team captain for Coach Kevin Pellegrini who led the Friars to a 7-4 record in 2010 ... made 60 tackles as a senior with six sacks ... made 15 tackles for lost yardage ... caught nine passes for 166 yards ... also played basketball and lacrosse for the Friars ... PERSONAL: Has two brothers and one sister ... older brother, C.J., plays football at the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Quakers' 2010 Ivy League championship team ... lists brother as the person he admires most ... avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles ... favorite NFL player is Brent Celek of the Eagles ... lists "Goodfellas" as his favorite movie ... parents are both graduates of Franklin and Marshall College ... son of Chuck and Diane Mooney ... born on March 17, 1993 in Lancaster, Pa.
STERLIN PHIFER, Running Back
5-11, 215-lb., Landstown H.S., Virginia Beach, Va.
Very talented running back who transferred from Boston College ... appeared in eight games for the Eagles ... helped Boston College post a 7-6 record and earn a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... ran for 101 yards on 17 carries for BC ... averaged 5.9 yards per carry with a long run of 33 yards ... also caught five passes for 35 yards ... scored first collegiate touchdown by grabbing a 22-yard TD pass from Mike Marscovetra in season-opening win over Weber State ... rushed for 22 yards on four carries against Kent State ... named second team All-Tidewater at Landstown H.S. ... rushed for 840 yards as a senior ... ran for 1,281 yards and scored ten touchdowns as a junior in 2007 ... averaged 6.4 yards per carry in 2007 ... team captain as a senior ... PERSONAL: Has one older brother ... lists mother as the person he admires the most ... avid fan of the Chicago Bears ... favorite actor is Denzel Washington ... enjoys music by Lil Wayne ... father is an electrician ... mother is a Norfolk State graduate who works as a lawyer ... son of Harry and Sheila Phifer ... born on October 11, 1989 in Virginia Beach, Va.
MAC SANDERS, Wide Receiver
5-11, 185-lb., Providence Day School, Charlotte, N.C.
All-State selection at wide receiver ... one of two Chargers to sign with Towson ... top receiver for Price Litton, who will also play at Towson ... helped the Chargers win conference championship ... also played defensive back for the Chargers ... honor roll student who also played baseball for the Chargers ... PERSONAL: Has one older sister ... lists parents as the people he admires the most ... favorite NFL team is the Carolina Panthers ... lists Wes Welker as his favorite NFL player ... had summer job as a custom cabinet maker ... favorite movie is "Inception" ... lists Will Smith as his favorite actor ... favorite athlete is Shaquille O'Neal ... father is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute who played football at VMI ... mother is a designer who graduated from Central Missouri ... son of Walter and Dianna Sanders ... born on October 7, 1992 in Olney, Md.
JAKE SCHUNKE, Offensive Tackle
6-5, 270-lb., Wayne Hills H.S., Wayne, N.J.
All-State first team selection as a senior for the Patriots ... led Coach Chris Olsen's team to an 11-1 and the Group 3 state championship ... two-way standout at offensive tackle and defensive tackle ... named first team All-County and All-Area as a junior and senior ... winner of the Iron Patriot Award for commitment and dedication to the off-season conditioning program ... also played for the Patriots' lacrosse team ... PERSONAL: Has three brothers and one sister ... lists parents as the people he admires the most ... avid fan of the New York Giants ... lists Michael Jordan as his favorite athlete ... favorite book is "The Blind Side" ... lists "Taken" as his favorite movie ... favorite actors are Matt Damon and Johnny Depp ... enjoys music by Lil Wayne ... enjoys dining on steak ... father is a Villanova graduate ... son of John and Cindy Schunke ... born on July 30, 1993 in Hackensack, N.J.
TYREEK SMITH, Cornerback
6-0, 170-lb., Wakefield H.S., Raleigh, N.C.
Versatile performer for the Wolverines who played wide receiver, cornerback and returned kicks ... first team All-Cap 8 selection as a senior ... named honorable mention all-conference as a junior ... helped the Wolverines post a 10-3 record as a senior and reach the second round of the playoffs ... made 88 tackles with four interceptions in 2010 ... also broke up eight passes and made three tackles for loss ... caught 16 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns ... accumulated 515 yards as kick and punt return specialist ... intercepted five passes as a junior also played basketball for the Wolverines ... earned All-American notice as a member of the track and field team ... state finalist in the 800-run ... PERSONAL: Has one brother and two sisters ... die-hard fan of the New York Jets ... favorite NFL player is Darrell Revis ... lists LeBron James as his favorite athlete ... favorite actor is Denzel Washington ... hobbies include reading and playing XBox ... favorite movies are The Bourne Series ... favorite book is The Bible ... enjoys music by Lil Wayne ... father is a graduate of North Carolina Central and a machine operator ... mother is a computer operator ... son of Willie Frederick and Keyya Frederick ... born on May 3, 1993 in Raleigh, N.C.
SPENCER SUTTON, Offensive Lineman
6-5, 300-lb., Calvert Hall H.S., Westminster, Md.
All-MIAA selection at offensive center for the Cardinals ... also played offensive tackle for Coach Donald Davis ... led Calvert Hall to an 11-1 record and MIAA championship as a senior ... helped the Cardinals earn number one ranking in the Baltimore area ... earned All-City honors ... one of two Calvert Hall products to sign with the Tigers ... outstanding baseball player for the Cardinals who was an infielder and helped Calvert Hall finish as state runner-up in 2010 ... will serve as team captain for Cardinal baseball team this season ... also throws shot put for the Cardinals' track and field squad ... PERSONAL: Has one younger brother ... career goal is to become a federal judge ... favorite NFL team is the Indianapolis Colts ... lists Jeff Saturday of the Colts as his favorite NFL player ... favorite athlete is Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees ... lists John Grisham as his favorite author ... favorite movie is "300" ... names Will Farrell as his favorite actor ... enjoys listening to music by Metallica ... father is a graduate of Fordham University who works for the Internal Revenue Service ... mother is a SUNY-Brockport graduate who works for Random House ... son of Scott and Robin Sutton ... born on September 4, 1993 in Edison, N.J.
John Donatelli, Recruiting Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Lindsey McDonnell, Assistant Director of Athletics, Compliance
Michael Harris, Athletics Academic Advisor
Jeremy Pick, Assistant Director, Strength and Conditioning