“We are very pleased with our recruiting class,” said Coach Ambrose. “I want to congratulate my coaching staff on an outstanding job. Despite being short-handed, we accomplished three months of recruiting work in just three weeks and it really paid off.
“I could not be happier with the quality of the student-athletes we signed,” he added. “We have added some good players who will represent the University and the football program very well. When the public analyzes this recruiting class, I think they will be pleasantly surprised at the high quality of the student-athletes we have been able to sign in the last three weeks.”
Most recently an assistant coach at the
Four sets of former high school teammates highlight the Tigers’ contingent from
A pair of honorable mention All-State selections from
In addition, the Tigers signed wide receiver Alex Blake (6-2, 185) and defensive back Dwayne Price (5-9, 170), who helped Friendly High School post an 8-3 record and reach the state playoffs in 2008. Blake and Price earned honorable mention All-State notice for Coach John Morgan.
The Tigers also signed two of the top quarterbacks in
All-State linebacker Ryan Bonheyo (6-2, 210) of the
Offensive lineman Anthony Davis (6-3, 300) of
Coach Ambrose also announced that offensive lineman Derek Cardaci (6-4, 260) has transferred to
A thumbnail look at the Tigers’ Recruiting Class:
PETER ATHENS, 6-0, 185-lb. Quarterback, Huntingtown H.S., Huntingtown, Md.: Three-year starter at quarterback in high school ... played for Coach Jerry Franks at Huntingtown H.S. as a senior ... led the Hurricanes to a 9-2 record and a berth in the state playoffs ... threw for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior ... named honorable mention All-State in 2008 ... also named to All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference team ... earned All-County honors ... led St. Mary’s High School to the MIAA championship as a junior ... threw for more than 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Saints in 2007 ... helped St. Mary’s post a 9-3 record ... led St. Mary’s to MIAA state championship with a 26-20 win over Archbishop Spalding in a game played at Towson’s Johnny Unitas ® Stadium ... completed 6 of 10 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns in state championship game and threw a game-winning ten-yard touchdown pass with 8:26 remaining in the game ... three-sport standout in high school who also wrestled and played lacrosse ... earned all-conference notice in lacrosse as a junior and senior ... son of Colonel Art Athens, USMC (ret.), who is the Dean of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy.
ALEX BLAKE, 6-2, 185-lb. Wide Receiver, Friendly H.S.,
RYAN BONHEYO, 6-2, 210-lb. Linebacker,
NYGEE CARMICHAEL, 5-8, 165-lb. Wide Receiver, Gwynn Park H.S.,
TOM CHRONIGER, 6-1, 185-lb. Quarterback, DeMatha H.S.,
ANTHONY DAVIS, 6-3, 300-lb. Offensive Lineman, Clover Hill H.S.,
ARNOLD FARMER, 6-1, 306-lb. Defensive Tackle, Baltimore Poly H.S., Baltimore, Md.: Three-year starter at defensive tackle for the Engineers ... earned All-Baltimore City first team honors as a junior and senior ... led Coach Roger Wrenn’s team to a 6-5 record and a state playoff berth as a senior ... two-year co-captain ... very strong player who broke school records in weight lifting ... selected to play for Baltimore team in the 2008 Crab Bowl at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium ... made three tackles for the Baltimore squad ... also recruited by Maryland, North Carolina, Navy and Connecticut.
B.J. GREENING, 5-11, 190-lb. Defensive Back, Calvert H.S., Saint Leonard, Md.: Two-way standout at running back and defensive back for the Cavaliers ... earned first team All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference honors for Coach Marc Watson ... ran for 145 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns in final game of high school career ... also competed for the baseball and track teams at Calvert High School ... winner of “Minds In Motion” award twice.
RANDALL HARRIS, 6-4, 280-lb. Defensive Lineman, DuVal H.S.,
CHUCK JOHNSON, 6-2, 260-lb. Offensive Lineman, Baltimore Poly H.S., Baltimore, Md.: Two-way standout at offensive guard and defensive end for the Engineers ... earned All-Baltimore City first team honors as a junior and senior ... led Coach Roger Wrenn’s team to a 6-5 record and a state playoff appearance in 2008 ... named to Super 22 team in 2008 ... made 67 tackles with nine quarterback sacks as a senior ... also recovered two fumbles ... made 125 tackles with 15 sacks and five fumble recoveries in high school career ... one of the first recruits to commit to Towson after Rob Ambrose was named head coach.
ERIC PIKE, 6-5, 275-lb. Offensive Lineman, DuVal H.S., Lanham, Md.: Named first team All-Prince George’s County 4A selection at offensive guard ... could also play offensive tackle ... has plenty of size and strength ... helped Coach Dameon Powell’s Tigers reach the state playoffs in 2007 ... named honorable mention All-State selection at offensive guard ... earned second team All-Metro notice as a senior ... helped team post a 6-4 record as a senior, just missing a second straight berth in the state playoffs ... one of two DuVal seniors to sign with Towson ... also wrestled for DuVal.
DWAYNE PRICE, 5-9, 170-lb. Defensive Back, Friendly H.S., Fort Washington, Md.: Two-way standout at running back and cornerback for the Patriots ... helped the Patriots post an 8-3 record and reach the state playoffs ... honorable mention All-State selection at running back for Coach John Morgan ... ran for 910 yards on 70 carries and scored 15 touchdowns as a senior ... also made 37 tackles and intercepted two passes ... has a time of 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... named first team All-Prince George’s County 4A as a senior ... selected to play in the Crab Bowl at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium ... member of state championship team in 2006 ... also a member of the Patriots’ track and field team.
TOM RYAN, 6-3, 190-lb. Wide Receiver, Father Judge H.S., Philadelphia, Pa.: Three-time All-Catholic League selection at Father Judge High School ... played both ways at wide receiver and defensive back ... second-leading receiver in the Catholic League with 39 receptions for 720 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... finished career with 115 receptions for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns for Coach Tom Coyle ... led the Crusaders to an 8-4 record as a senior ... named All-City as a senior ... had three punt returns for touchdowns during high school career ... also plays basketball at Father Judge.
DOUG SHAW, 6-1, 255-lb. Fullback, Loyola Blakefield H.S., Woodbine, Md.: Two-way standout at Loyola who was named first team All-State in 2008 ... three-year starter who helped the Dons win three straight MIAA “A” Conference championships for Coach Brian Abbott ... played offensive tackle and defensive tackle as a senior ... led the Dons to a perfect 11-0 record as a senior ... made 53 tackles, including six quarterback sacks in 2008 ... helped Loyola cap off third perfect season in school history with three sacks in 35-0 win over arch-rival Calvert Hall on Thanksgiving Day in M&T Bank Stadium ... had 13.5 tackles for lost yardage as a senior ... finished career with 93 tackles, including 25 tackles for lost yardage ... earned All-State notice as a junior when he helped the Dons post a 9-1 record ... two-time All-Metro first team selection ... member of the Dons’ wrestling team.
WILLIAM SPEIGHT, 5-10, 160-lb. Cornerback, Gwynn Park H.S., Brandywine, Md.: All-Prince George’s County selection at cornerback for the Yellow Jackets ... also returned punts and kickoffs for Coach Danny Hayes ... two-year starter who intercepted nine passes as a junior and senior ... intercepted five passes as a senior and returned two of them for touchdowns ... had four interceptions as a junior ... helped the Yellow Jackets post an 8-3 record and earned a playoff berth as a senior ... had a 72-yard kickoff return for a touchdown ... has posted a time of 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
|Peter Athens||QB||6-0||185||Huntingtown H.S.|| Huntingtown, |
|Alex Blake||WR||6-2||185||Friendly H.S.|| Fort Washington, |
|Ryan Bonheyo||LB||6-2||210||Maryland School for Deaf||Frederick, Md.|
|Nygee Carmichael||WR||5-8||165|| Gwynn
|| Brandywine, |
|Tom Chroniger||QB||6-1||185||DeMatha H.S.|| Crofton, |
|Anthony Davis||OG||6-3||300||Clover Hill H.S.|| Richmond, |
|Arnold Farmer||DT||6-1||306||Baltimore Poly H.S.|| Baltimore, |
|B.J. Greening||DB||5-11||190||Calvert H.S.|| Saint Leonard, |
|Randall Harris||DL||6-4||280||Duval H.S.|| Lanham, |
|Chuck Johnson||OL||6-2||260||Baltimore Poly H.S.|| Baltimore, |
|Eric Pike||OL||6-5||275||DuVal H.S.|| Lanham, |
|Dwayne Price||DB||5-9||170||Friendly H.S.|| Fort Washington, |
|Tom Ryan||WR||6-3||190||Father Judge H.S.|| Philadelphia, |
|Doug Shaw||FB||6-1||255||Loyola Blakefield H.S.|| Woodbine, |
|William Speight||CB||5-10||160|| Gwynn
|| Brandywine, |
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. High School Hometown Previous School
Derek Cardaci OL 6-4 260