Bryant Football Signs 25 On National Signing Day

BRYANT UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SIGNS  25

STUDENT-ATHLETES TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT

 

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University football coach Marty Fine is pleased to announce the signing of 25 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to enroll and participate in football this fall. The Class of 2015 features student-athletes from nine different states.

    “We are very excited to welcome these 25 young men to Bryant University and the Bulldog Football program,” said Fine.  “These men are not only exceptional athletes, but outstanding students who will be super ambassadors of our program.”

 

Name                                                Pos., Ht., Wt.           Hometown / High School
Sebastian Amedee                          DB, 6-1, 180             Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. / University School

Ryan Barrett                                    TE, 6-5, 225              Holliston, Mass. / Holliston High School

Terrell Brown                                  DL, 6-2, 275             Freeport, N.Y. / Freeport High School

Ryan Caruso                                    TE, 6-3, 220              Ellicott City, Md. / Howard High School

Jeff Covitz                                        DE, 6-2, 255             Reading, Mass. / Reading Memorial High School

Jose Depadua                                  WR, 5-10, 175          Hagerstown, Md. / Walkersville High School

Tyriq DeShields                              WR, 6-1, 180            Camden, N.J. / Camden Academy /Woodrow Wilson

Dakota Dinaso                                OL, 6-5, 270             Ardsley, N.Y. / Ardsley High School

Alex Friedlander                            WR/DB, 6-2, 155     Potomac, Md. / The Bullis School

Dujuan Heath                                 LB, 6-3, 185              Brooklyn, N.Y. / Abraham Lincoln High School

Keaon Hobson                                 LB, 6-0, 190              Bellaire, Texas / St. Pius X

Gary Laucks                                    WR, 6-3, 190            York, Pa. / York Catholic High School

John Lavin                                       TE, 6-5, 230              Falmouth, Mass. / Falmouth High School

Harrison Lyons                               OL, 6-2, 275             Norwell, Mass. / Avon Old Farms School

Ricardo McCray                             RB, 5-9, 201              Middletown, R.I. / Middletown High School

Roddy Reyna                                   DB, 5-9, 188             Helotes, Texas / Louis D. Brandeis High School

Gore Simervil                                  RB, 5-8, 170              Delray Beach, Fla. / Pope John Paul II
Brandon Soderstrom                     WR, 5-10,170           Sykesville, Md. / Century High School
Cam Sullivan                                  FB, 6-2, 230              Westfield, Mass. / Westfield High School

Jeffrey Synan                                   OL, 6-2, 250             Plymouth, Mass. / Plymouth North High School

Paul Taylor                                      DE, 6-7, 241             Baltimore, Md. / Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Brian Testorf                                    QB, 6-2, 190             Boca Raton, Fla. / North Broward Preparatory

Edwin Thomason                           DL, 6-3, 284             Essex, Md. / Chesapeake High School

Kyle Vignone                                   WR, 5-7, 160            Newtown, Conn. / Fairfield Prep

Gunnar Waldt                                 FB, 5-11, 235            Freeland, Md. / St. Paul's High School

 

Sebastian Amedee                        DB, 6-1, 180             Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. / University School

High School:  Starting defensive back at University School … Lettered in football, basketball, track & field and lacrosse … 2009-10 recipient of Football Character Award … Helped Lead team to FHSAA Champions and Class 2B State Runner-Up finish … Helped set school record in 4×100 meter relay (44.73 seconds) … Academic Honor Roll.

 

Ryan Barrett                                   TE, 6-5, 225              Holliston, Mass. / Holliston High School

High School:  Starting tight end at Holliston High School … Earned three varsity letters … Helped lead team to 2009 and 2010 Tri-Valley League Championship and Massachusetts State Super Bowl finals … Two-time Tri-Valley League All-Star  … Shriner's Football All-Star game participant … Team Captain … Honors student … Community Service and Best Buddies participant …  Personal: Born May 17, 1993 … Son of John and Allie Barrett … Brother Andrew Barrett is a member of the Bryant University football team … Cousin Matt Sherry played for the Cincinnati Bengals for three years … Plays to major in Communication and/or Marketing at Bryant … Also recruited by UMass and UNH.

 

Terrell Brown                                 DL, 6-2 275              Freeport, N.Y. / Freeport High School

High School:  Recipient of the Martone Award for Most Outstanding Lineman of the Year for Nassau County … Four-year letterwinner and three-year starting offensive lineman and defensive lineman for coach Russ Cellan at Freeport High School … Team went 31-5 over three-year period winning three Nassau County Championships and two Long Island Championships …  Two-time All-County selection … Named First-Team All-Long Island … First-Team All-State selection … All-Metro First-Team and Named Freeport H.S. Outstanding Scholar-Athlete … Honor Roll student … Lettered in basketball, lacrosse and track & field  …  Selected to Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge All-Star game … Academic All-Conference … MSG All-Metro First Team … Team Captain …  Personal:  Born February 2, 1993 … Son of Clarissa Brown … Will major in Psychology at Bryant University … Also recruited by Rutgers, Syracuse, Stony Brook and Albany.

 

Ryan Caruso                                   TE, 6-3, 220              Ellicott City, Md. / Howard High School
High School:  Three-year letterwinner for Coach Bruce Strunk at Howard High School … Two-year starting tight end and defensive end … Named First Team All-Howard County in 2010 … Played in Maryland Senior All-Star game Crab Bowl  …  Lettered in Track & Field … Named to Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 … Honor Roll student …  Personal: Born May 5, 1993 … Son of Mark and Julie … One brother, Neil.

 

Jeff Covitz                                       DE, 6-2, 255             Reading, Mass. / Reading Memorial High School

High School:  Three-year starting defensive end and long snapper for Coach John Fiore at Reading Memorial High School … Team posted a 36-2 record during those three season, winning the state championship as a junior in 2009 and reaching the finals again in 2010 … Team captain of both football and baseball teams … First Team Middlesex League All-Star in 2009 and 2010 … Named Daily Times Chronicle Defensive Player of the Year … Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic selection … Boston Herald Division II Player of the Year … Named to Super 26 All-State team and ESPN Boston All-State … Honor Roll student …   Personal: Born February 16, 1993 … Son of Bill and Cathy … Will major in Business Management at Bryant … One brother, Robert … Also recruited by Sacred Heart, UNH, Colgate and Holy Cross … Attends Reading High School, former school of former Bryant standout running back Lindsey Gamble.

 

 

Jose Depadua                                 WR, 5-10, 175          Hagerstown, Md. / Walkersville High School

High School:  First-Team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League All-Star selection … Crab Bowl All-Star game participant … Lettered in both football and track & field … State Champion in both the 100 meters and 300 meters … All-League selection in both indoor and outdoor track & field … Honor Roll l… Scholar-Athlete Award recipient  …   Personal:  Born June 12, 1993 … Son of Yocasta Gonzalez … Will major in Biology at Bryant University. 

 

Tyriq DeShields                            WR, 6-1, 180            Camden, N.J. / Camden Academy / Woodrow Wilson

High School:  Three-year starting wide receiver at Woodrow Wilson … Helped lead team to 6-4 record as a senior in 2010 for Coach Chris Crowley … Lettered in both football and track & field … Three-time Player to Watch by the Courier Post … Named to conference preseason Golden Eleven … Invited to the prestigious Big Time Showcase at Rutgers University … Participated in concert jazz and marching band club  …  Personal: Born July 31, 1992 … Son of Ms. Kahlia High …  Cousin Martin Sartin played for the Oakland Raiders from 1986-87 and San Diego Chargers 1987-88.

 

Dakota Dinaso                               OL/DL, 6-5, 270      Ardsley, N.Y. / Ardsley High School

High School:  Helped lead Ardsley High School and Coach Colin Maier to the school's best record in five seasons … Senior captain … All-Section Honorable Mention … Played in All-Section Senior Bowl All-Star game … First-Team All-League honoree … Lettered in varsity basketball averaging over 20 points per game as a senior … Also lettered in lacrosse and is a black belt in karate  … Member of Spanish Honor Society … Silver Lining Club and Spanish Club …  Personal: Born March 8, 1993 … Son of William and Kathleen … Uncle Tom Bradshaw played baseball at the University of Pennsylvania … Will major in Finance at Bryant University … Also recruited by Bentley and Marist College …

 

Alex Friedlander                           WR/DB, 6-2, 155    Potomac, Md. / The Bullis School

High School:  Starting free safety and wide receiver for Coach Patrick Cilento … Team posted a 6-4 record in 2010 … Lettered in football, basketball and lacrosse … Named First Team All-IAC Conference in football … Led county in interceptions as a senior in 2010 …  Personal: Born February 22, 1993 … Son of Debbie Berkelhammer and Bob Friedlander … Has three brothers; Josh, Cary and Austin … Will major in Business at Bryant University.


Dujuan Heath                                LB, 6-3, 185              Brooklyn, N.Y. / Abraham Lincoln High School

High School:  Two-year starting outside linebacker and wide receiver for coach Shawn O'Connor … Helped lead team to 12-1 record as a senior reaching the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) championship held at the New Yankee Stadium marking the first high school football game played at Yankee Stadium … Team went 7-4 in 2009 reaching the league quarterfinals … Brooklyn All-Star selection … Named All-City Linebacker and Fifth-Team All-State honors … Member of school's Academics in Motion (A.I.M) organization   … Personal: Born November 3, 1993 … Son of Leroy Heath and Shana Mortlock … Also recruited by Stony Brook, Delaware, Marist and Maine.  

 

Keaon Hobson                                LB, 6-0, 190              Bellaire, Texas / St. Pius X

High School:  Starting linebacker and running back at St. Pius X in Houston, Texas … Team went 10-2 and captured the Tapps DI 5A District Championship in 2010 for Coach Jason Kimball… Helped lead team to 13-1 record and State Semifinal appearance as a junior under coach Rene Ramirez … Two-year letterwinner in both football and track & field … Tapps 5A All-District in track … State semifinalist in the 300 meters and 110 meter hurdles …  Personal: Born August 27, 1992 … Son of Don Hobson and Keala Knox-Limbacker … Cousin Derek Stanley was a standout receiver at Wisconsin-Whitewater and played three seasons for the St. Louis Rams of the NFL (2007-09) … Will major in Finance at Bryant. 

 

John Lavin                                       TE/DL, 6-5, 230       Falmouth, Mass. / Falmouth High School

High School:  Three-year starting tight end and defensive end … Team went 8-2 and finished second in the Atlantic Coast League under Coach Dana Almeida … Named All-Atlantic Coast League, Boston College Camp Team MVP and team captain of football team … Earned three letters in basketball, earning Atlantic Coast League All-Star and participated in Cape Cod All-Star game … Basketball team captain  … Earned Academic Excellence in Physics … Honor Roll student …  Personal: Born December 12, 1992 … Son of Joe and Sheila … One brother, James (11) and two sisters, Erin (9) and Cherie (21) … Also recruited by Connecticut, Boston College, Colgate, UNH, UMass and Lafayette.

 

Gary Laucks                                    WR, 6-3, 190            York, Pa. / York Catholic High School

High School:  Three-year starting wide receiver for Coach J.D. Martin at York Catholic High School … Caught 123 career passes for 1,823 yards over three seasons … 33 career touchdown receptions … Had 35 receptions for 630 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior … Three-time All-County and All-YAIAA selection … First Team All-State with 56 catches for 658 yards as a junior … Also lettered in basketball and baseball … Honors student … Member of school's community service program …   Personal: Born April 6, 1993 … Son of Gary and Teresa … One sister, Jo … Will major in Business at Bryant University … Also recruited by Towson, Maine, Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.).

 

Harrison Lyons                              OL, 6-2, 275             Norwell, Mass. / Avon Old Farms School

High School:  Three-year starting offensive guard and defensive tackle for Coach Ken Driscoll at Avon Old Farms … Varsity letterwinner and team captain in football, lacrosse and wrestling … Finished second in Western New England and placed eighth in New England's in wrestling … Named MVP of lacrosse team … Honor Roll student … Recipient of Most Outstanding Effort Award in Literature … President of Avon Old Farm Outreach Club … School Ambassador …   Personal:  Born January 7, 1993 … Son of Jim and Lisa … Older brother Ben was a standout starting offensive lineman for Bryant from 2006-2009 … Has two other brothers Andrew and Jake … Will major in Business Administration at Bryant University  … Also recruited by Fordham and Wagner.

Ricardo McCray                            RB, 5-9, 201             Middletown, R.I. / Middletown High School

High School:  Three-year starting running back for Coach Andrew Leys at Middletown … Team went 8-4 as a senior winning Division II state championship  … … Two-time First Team All-State selection … Helped lead team to 10-2 mark in 2009 and Division IV state title … Co-Division IV champions in 2008 … Two-time Newport County Offensive Player of the Year … MVP of State Championship Game … Lettered in basketball and track & field … Class Council Representative  …  Defensive Coordinator at Middletown is Art Bell, former assistant coach at Bryant and father of former Bulldog Kyle Bell …  Personal:  Son of Robert and Marthy … Two brothers, Isaac (13) and Diego (4) … Cousin Allan McCray plays football at Arkansas … Also recruited by Sacred Heart and Rhode Island.

 

Roddy Reyna                                  DB, 5-9, 188             Helotes, Texas / Louis D. Brandeis High School

High School:  Three-year starting free safety for Coach John Campbell at Louis D. Brandeis … Team went 12-2 during junior season and posted a 9-3 mark in 2010 winning District 27-5A Championship … Lettered in both football and track & field … Had seven blocked punts and recorded 12 career interceptions … Recorded 99 tackles and set a school record with seven interceptions during senior season … Two-time All-Area and All-District selection …   Personal: Son of Rudy and Dina … Will major in Business at Bryant University.

 

Jeffrey Synan                                 OL, 6-2, 250             Plymouth, Mass. / Plymouth North High School

High School:  Starting offensive tackle and defensive end at Plymouth North High School … Helped lead team to 8-3 record and Cape Cod Championship under coach Dwayne Follette … Earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball … Two-time team captain in football … Team captain in basketball as a senior … Atlantic Coast League All-Star … Patriot League All-Star selection … Four-time Player of the Week selection  … Honor Roll student … Student Representative to the School Board … Served as a Peer Mediator …   Personal: Born February 17, 1993 … Son of William and Susan.

  

Gore Simervil                                RB, 5-8, 170             Delray Beach, Fla. / Pope John Paul II
High School:  Starting running back, corner back, and wide receiver for coach Autry Denson at Pope John Paul II in Boca Raton, Fla. …. Played three years of football at Pope John Paul II and ran track … Attended Boca Raton High School as a freshman in 2008 … Named All-Area Honorable Mention in 2010 and earned All-County Honors in 2011 …   Personal: Born October 26, 1992 … Son of Rigaud and Esther … Will major in Accounting at Bryant … Also recruited by William & Mary and Wofford University.

 

Brandon Soderstrom                    WR, 5-10, 170          Sykesville, Md. / Century High School         

High School:  Starting wide receiver and defensive back … Caught 59 passes for 808 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior … Averaged 13.7 yards per catch … Made 19 tackles on defense with three interceptions and six pass breakups  … 2010-ESPN Rise 150 1st Team All State, 2nd Team All Metro, 1st Team All County, 1st Team All Conference … Baltimore Touchdown Club Game player. Most Receptions in MVAL History, Century High School Offensive Player of the Year, Carroll County Times Player of the Week, Leading Receiver in Carroll County … Team Captain …  School Records- Catches, TDs, yards Per game. 2009- 2nd Team All County and All Conference  … Honor Roll student … Community Service and Student Government … Member of Varsity Club and BIM Executive Board … Business Information Management Academy Student of the Month … All-Conference and All-County selection in basketball.    Personal:  Son of Ivan and Glenda.

Cam Sullivan                                  FB, 6-2, 230              Westfield, Mass. / Westfield High School

High School: Four-year letterwinner in football and lacrosse at Westfield High School … Three-year starting tight end, fullback and linebacker  … Helped lead team to 11-2 record and Massachusetts State Super Bowl finals for Coach Bill Moore in 2008 … team went undefeated at 8-0 in 2007 … Team won two AA Conference championships in 2006 and 2007 … Honor Roll student … Vice President of school's student council  …   Personal: Born March 3, 1993 … Son of Ray and Heather … One brother, Anthony (13) and one sister, Jamie (14) … Uncle Marc Klaiman was a former assistant coach at Bryant and is currently head coach at Anna Maria as well as a former standout collegiate player.

 

Paul Taylor                                      DE, 6-7, 241             Baltimore, Md. / Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

High School:  Earned two varsity letters in both football and basketball at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute  … Starting defensive end for coach Roger Wrenn … Team went 9-1 … Named to  Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 … Second Team All-Maryland Big Schools … Second Team All-Metro … Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star game participant … Helped lead team to 2009 Baltimore City Co-Championship … Maryland Combine Super 100 selection and Bullseye Combine Super 100 … Scholar-Athlete … Recipient of Great American Rivalry Series Student-Athlete award  …   Personal:  Born November 19, 1993 … Son of Paul and Dawn. 

 

Brian Testorf                                  QB, 6-2, 190             Boca Raton, Fla. / North Broward Preparatory

High School:  Four-year letterwinner at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Fla. … Led team to 7-3 record and third-place finish in District 7-Class 2B for coach Rex Nottage … Team went 10-1 during sophomore season for Coach Jeff Dellenback, finishing first in District and repeated as district champs in 2009 with 9-3 record … 26-7 record as a starter … Named Third-Team All-Broward County … Miami Herald Honorable Mention selection … All-Broward Sun-Sentinel selection … Participated in BCAA Broward County All-Star Bowl game … Named Team MVP and Offensive MVP in 2010 with 2,068 passing yards and 25 touchdowns … Rushed for 238 yards and four rushing touchdowns … Threw just three interceptions during senior season … Honor Roll student all four years … Participated in school's drama club  …   Personal: Born October 5, 1992  … Son of Kai and Kate … Two brothers, Kyle and Christian … One sister, Whitney … Will major in Business at Bryant … Also recruited by Penn, Lafayette and Princeton.  

 

Edwin Thomason                          DL, 6-3, 284             Essex, Md. / Chesapeake High School

High School:  Four-year starter for coach Mark Junker …  Baltimore County Division 2A/3A Champions … Named to Super 22 Club All-Star game … Named First Team All-County on Defense and Second Team All-County Offense … Honor Roll student … Ranks seventh in class of 250 … Lettered in baseball   …   Personal:  Born March 2, 1993 … Son of Lynda Thomason. 

 

Kyle Vignone                                 WR, 5-7, 160            Newtown, Conn. / Fairfield Prep

High School:  Three-year starting defensive back, running back and return specialist … Two-time SCC Division I All-Star as a defensive back   … Selected to SCC All-Star game … Rushed for 850 yards and had 300 yards receiving … Honor Roll student … Member of Stock Club and recipient of Community Service Award …   Personal: Born November 27, 1992 … Son of April Vignone … One brother, Robert Vignone … Will major in Business Management at Bryant University … Also recruited by Duquesne.

 

Gunnar Waldt                                FB, 5-11, 235            Freeland, Md. / St. Paul's High School

High School: A 2009 and 2010 MIAA Small School All-State Selection, Waldt was named MIAA “B” Conference All-League his junior and senior seasons… A three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders in football, he participated in the 2010 Army All-American Combine and was selected as a member of the 2010 Chesapeake Bowl All-Star game… Played linebacker and fullback for Coach Bernstors, recording a 7-3 mark his senior season and a 4th-place finish in the conference while serving as captain his senior season… Elected to play in 2010 BTC All-Star game and was a member of the 2010 Maryland 7 vs. 7 team… Won the 2010 MIAA “A” Conference State Championship in Lacrosse… Selected as a 2010 Under Armour Lacrosse All-American… Made honor roll as a freshman and a sophomore before making headmasters list as a junior and a senior. Personal: Born on April 3, 1992 in Baltimore, Md. Gunnar is the son of Donna LaBadie-Waldt and Richard Waldt… Father Richard attended Coastal Carolina and was a scout for the Baltimore Orioles and the Milwaukee Brewers … Will play lacrosse at Bryant University for Coach Mike Pressler.

 

 

 

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