PHILADELPHIA – Adding another title to the most historic football program in college football has its benefits. On Monday, the 2009 defending Ivy League champion University of Pennsylvania football team officially added seven all-state honorees, four state champions, a national champion, a Wendy's High School Heisman nominee and a valedictorian as part of the 25 members that make up a deep and talented Class of 2014.
A full breakdown of the Class of 2014 and individual bios can be found below.
"Our coaching staff did another tremendous job with this year's incoming freshmen class," said Penn’s George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, Al Bagnoli. "Our goal is always to have a well-rounded group, and this is a very diverse and talented class with a lot of potential. We're confident that each of them will be a positive addition to our program and our university."
In Bagnoli’s 18th recruiting class, 12 incoming freshmen will join the offense – five linemen, three wide receivers, two quarterbacks, a running back and a tight end – and 13 will become a part of the nation's No. 1-ranked defensive unit – five defensive backs, four linemen and four linebackers.
The 25 incoming freshmen, hail from a total of 14 different states with four joining the Quakers from the home state of Pennsylvania. All four are from the southeastern region - Tyler Hamilton (Doylestown, Pa.), Sean McGinn (West Chester, Pa.), Steven Szostak (Fort Washington, Pa.) and Dan Wilk (Bethlehem, Pa.). Michigan also has a team-high four recruits heading to West Philadelphia, while Florida and Illinois will have three representatives each. On the other side of the Delaware River, Sebastian Jaskowski (Moorestown) and Chris Bush (Oradell) make up the New Jersey contingency.
In 15 of the previous 17 recruiting classes under Bagnoli – the winningest Ivy League coach of all-time (71.4%) – the unit has left with a minimum of one Ivy League championship ring. The Class of 2013 didn't have to wait long for theirs as they won the Ivy title just four months after stepping on campus.
The freshmen class made a considerable impact on the Quakers last season en route to an undefeated Ivy League season and Bagnoli's league-record seventh outright Ivy title. Freshman Lyle Marsh led the team in rushing and earned All-Ivy honors; quarterback Billy Ragone earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors in just his second career game before suffering a season-ending injury; Scott Lopano served as the team's punter throughout the entire championship season; and Anthony Marino started several games in the defensive backfield.
Penn returns 42 letterwinners for 2010, including 15 starters and 11 All-Ivy honorees. Eight starters will return on offense, five starters are back from the nation's top-ranked defense, and both specialists will return.
For the program that holds the NCAA record for games played, the Quakers will officially begin their 134th season with practice in late August and the first game for the 2010 team will take place on Sept. 18 against Lafayette at Franklin Field.
Class of 2014 Breakdown:
Offense – 12:
5 - Offensive Linemen
1 - Running Backs
1 - Tight Ends
3 - Wide Receivers
2 - Quarterbacks
Defense – 13
5 - Defensive Backs
4 - Defensive Linemen
4 – Linebackers
4 - Michigan, Pennsylvania
3 - Florida, Illinois
2 - New Jersey
1 – Ohio, Georgia, Virginia, California, Connecticut, Arizona, Rhode Island, Alabama, New York
WR - Aaron Bailey
Woodhaven High School
Woodhaven HS: Two-sport athlete, in football and track ... Captain of both teams ... Named first-team all-league and all-state his senior season ... Two-time all-Metro West honoree ... 2009 All-State Dream Team ... 2009 all-league and all-state ... Track team won Mega White championship in 2009 ... 2009 all-league and all-state in track ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Melissa and James Bailey ... Two cousins played football at the University of Louisville ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
QB - Ryan Becker
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
St. Thomas Aquinas High School/Florida State University
St. Thomas Aquinas HS: Two-sport athlete, in football and basketball ... Lettered three years in football and served as captain for one year ... Lettered one year in basketball ... 2008 football team won state and national championships with a 15-0 record ... 2007 football team won state championship with 14-1 record ... ... 2008 first-team all-state and all-county ... 2007 second-team all-state ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Sue and Matt Becker ... Father played basketball at Canisius ... Enrolled in Wharton ... Transfer from Florida State where he spent the 2009 season.
OL - Christian Bersani
Christian Brothers Academy
Christian Brothers Academy: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Two-year letterwinner in basketball and lacrosse ... Served as captain of the football and basketball teams his senior year ... 2009 football team won sectional championship ... 2009 second-team all-league ... 2009 second-team all-league ... 2009 Sarsfield O'Connor Award winner as Most Valuable Offensive Player.
Personal: Son of Kathleen and Frank Bersani ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
OL - Chris Bush
Bergen Catholic High School
Bergen Catholic HS: Three-year letterwinner in football... Served as captain his senior season ... Received Susan B. Anthony award for excellence in the humanities.
Personal: Son of Theresa Bush-DeBon and Michael Bush ... Brother, Matt, plays football for Harvard ... Enrolled in Wharton.
CB - Howard Crippen
Clawson High School
Clawson HS: Two-sport athlete, in football and baseball ... Three-year letterwinner in football ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Won league championship in 2009 when he was named all-state and all-league ... 2009 All-Area Player of the Year ... Also named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team in 2009... 2009 All-West Side and All-Metro North ... Lettered all four years in baseball and served as captain his senior season ... Named all-league and all-district in leading his baseball team to the league title in 2009 ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Kim and Howard Crippen ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
TE - Josh Drum
Spain Park High School
Spain Park HS: Lettered two years in football and three years in basketball ... Two-time all-area in basketball ... 2009 Birmingham NewsOver the Mountain Journal All-Academic team ... Three-time Spain Park Football All-Academic team member ... Named to the 2009 All- first-team in basketball ... Three-time high school class Athlete of the Year ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Millie Kay and Rob Drum ... Father played basketball at the University of Mississippi ... Older brother, Robert, played football at Duke ... Older brother, Jake, plays basketball at Auburn ... Enrolled in Wharton.
DE - Tosan Eyetsemitan
Moses Brown School
Moses Brown School: Three-year letterwinner in football and basketball, and a four-year letterwinner in track ... Team MVP his senior football season ... 2009 first-team all-Division ... 2009 Academic all-Division ... Part of Moses Brown's Division championship team in 2008 ... Won back-to-back state championships in basketball (2008-09 and 2009-10) ... Was team captain of the basketball team his senior season when he was named team MVP and second-team all-division.
Personal: Son of Francisca and Frank Eyetsemitan ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
LB - Harrison Furse
New Trier High School
New Trier HS: Lettered two years in football ... First-team all-conference senior year ... 2009 first-team all-area ... Led conference in tackles in each of his last two seasons ... Scholar Athlete Award winner ... Illinois State Scholar ... Honor Roll member.
Personal: Son of Karen Reda and Mark Furse ... Cousin, Jason Reda, is all-time leading scorer in University of Illinois football history ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
LB - Anthony Greco
Notre Dame Prep
Notre Dame Prep: Two-sport athlete, in football and baseball ... Lettered three years in football and two years in baseball ... Served as captain of the football team his senior season ... Two-time football state champions ... Two-time all-region linebacker ... 2009 defensive MVP at Western Reserve Academy ... 2008 all-state linebacker ... 2007 honorable mention all-stat ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Patty and Mike Greco ... Brother, Mike, played baseball at USC ... Enrolled in Wharton.
LB - Joey Grosso
Boca Raton, Fla.
Pope John Paul II High School
Pope John Paul II HS: Two-sport athlete, in football and basketball ... Lettered four years in football and one year in basketball ... Served as captain for two years in football ... Two-time first-team all-county ... Wendy's High School Heisman nominee ... 2009 first-team all state ... 2009 Team MVP ... 2009 Defensive Team MVP ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Dineen and Glenn Grosso ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
QB - Tyler Hamilton
Council Rock North High School
Council Rock North HS: Three-year letterwinner in football and lacrosse ... Served as captain of football team as a senior ... 2009 all-state selection by PA Football News ... 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern selection ... 2009 all-league selection.
Personal: Son of Debra and Kevin Hamilton ... Father played quarterback at Navy ... Brother, Ryan, played safety at Vanderbilt ... ... Has also worked closely with local Special Olympics efforts ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
CB - Evan Jackson
Choate Rosemary Hall
Choate Rosemary Hall: Lettered in football all four years and lettered in track for three years ... Served as captain for both football and track teams ... 2009 first-team all-New England Defense ... 2009 Team MVP ... Three-time Thomas McKay MVP as team's top defensive back ... National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete.
Personal: Son of Gail and Victor Jackson ... Uncle, Donald Hatter, played on both the football and track & field teams at Penn ... Enrolled in Wharton.
DB - Sebastian Jaskowski
Moorestown High School
Moorestown HS: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Served as captain as a senior ... 2009 Burlington County Player of the Year ... 2009 all-South Jersey ... 2009 all-county ... 2009 all-conference ... 2009 all-South Jersey Academic team ... Part of Moorestown's 2007 state championship team with 12-0 record ... Lettered in baseball four years and served as team captain in 2010 ... Named all-conference and team MVP in baseball his senior year.
Personal: Son of Tina and Miroslaw Jaskowski ... Brother, Mark, played football at Ursinus ... Enrolled in Wharton.
DL - Alex Kahn
San Clemente, Calif.
San Clemente High School
San Clemente HS: Two-sport athlete, in football and volleyball ... Lettered in football two years ... Lettered in volleyball one year ... 2009 honorable mention all-league ... 2008 honorable mention all-league ... Nominated as Southern California Scholar Athlete of the Year ... National Honor Society ... Valedictorian of his class.
Personal: Son of Joleen and Cliff Kahn ... Enrolled in Wharton.
DB - Kris Martin
Chantilly High School
Chantilly HS: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Team captain and team MVP as a senior ... 2009 first-team all-Concorde District wide receiver and second-team all-district defensive back ... 2009 second-team all-region wide receiver ... Great American Rivalries Scholar Athlete in 2009 ... 2008 honorable mention all-district ... Three-time Northern Region Scholar Athlete ... Three-time Academic letterwinner.
Personal: Son of Rebecca and Gregory Martin ... Enrolled in Wharton.
OL - Sean McGinn
West Chester, Pa.
St. Joseph's Prep
St. Joseph's Prep: Two-year letterwinner in football ... 2009 first-team All-Catholic ... 2009 second-team all-city ... 2009 J. Vincent Taggart Unsung Hero award ... 2008-09 All-State Academic team.
Personal: Son of Colleen and Steve McGinn ... Brother, Ryan, currently plays football for Holy Cross ... Enrolled in Wharton.
WR - Ryan Mitchell
La Grange Park, Ill.
Lyons Township High School
Lyons Township HS: Four-year letterwinner in football ... Also lettered three years in track and two years in basketball ... Captain of both his football and track teams ... 2009 all-conference and all-area in football ... Part of the 2008 conference championship football team ... 2010 conference champion in the 4x200-meter relay ... West Suburban All-Academic Team.
Personal: Son of Karen and Tom Mitchell ... Father is a high school football coach ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
LB - David Park
North Gwinnett High School
North Gwinnett HS: Lettered all four years in football ... Served as captain his senior season ... 2009 first-team all-county offense ... 2009 second-team all-county defense ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Nan Hee Lee and Bai Sik Park ... Enrolled in School of Engineering and Applied Science.
DL - Matt Rea
Rochester Adams High School
Rochester Adams HS: Two-sport athlete, in football and lacrosse ... Lettered all four years in football and served as team captain in 2009 ... Three-time league champions ... 2009 all-league and all-county ... Lettered one year in lacrosse ... 2007 all-league in lacrosse ... Two-time Catholic League champions in lacrosse.
Personal: Son of Heather and Daniel Rea ... Brother, Josh, plays lacrosse at Roanoke College ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
OL - Jake Schwertner
St. Edward High School
St. Edward HS: Three-year letterwinner ... Team captain as a senior ... 2009 honorable mention all-state ... 2009 first-team all-district ... 2009 Great American Rivalry Series Scholar-Athlete and Ohio National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete ... National Honor Society member ... National Merit Scholar ... Two-time gold medalist in the National Latin Exam.
Personal: Son of Toni and Mark Schwertner ... Father played football at Baldwin-Wallace College ... Enrolled in Wharton.
WR - Conner Scott
Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, Mass.)
Deerfield Academy: Three-sport athlete, in football, basketball and lacrosse ... Lettered three years in both football and basketball ... Also captain of his football and basketball teams... 2009 Tom Ashley Award (Most Valuable Player) in football ... Lettered two years in lacrosse ... 2009 New England champions in lacrosse with a 15-1 record ... 2010 Jim Smith Award as Deerfield's Most Outstanding Scholar Athlete.
Personal: Son of Merridy and Joseph Scott ... Brother, Tanner, plays football at Dartmouth ... Mother was on the swim team at Carroll College ... Father played football at Carroll College ... Enrolled in Wharton.
DL - Eric Smith
De La Salle High School
De La Salle HS: Three-year letterwinner in football and lacrosse ... 2009 first-team all-league ... 2009 second-team all-Metro East ... Three-time Catholic League champions ... Three-time District II Regional champions ... Two-time state finalists ... Four-year honor roll student.
Personal: Son of Teresa and Randy Smith ... Enrolled in Nursing.
RB - Mason Smith
Satellite Beach, Fla.
Satellite High School
Satellite HS: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Four-year letterwinner in soccer and track ... Team captain of the football team as a junior and senior ... Two-time All-Cape Coast Conference honorable mention ...Team captain of his soccer team as a senior ... Two-time all-CCC first-team and two-time Florida Today first-team in soccer ... Two-time district champion in soccer ... All-CCC first-team and Florida Today first-team as a junior in track ... 2009 conference champion in the 400 meters ... 2009 district champion in the 100 meters and 400 meters ... 2010 district champion in the 4x100 relay.
Personal: Son of Linda Anderson and Duane Smith ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
OL - Steve Szostak
Fort Washington, Pa.
La Salle College High School
La Salle College HS: Three-sport athlete, in football, basketball and lacrosse ... Lettered three years in football ... Team captain as a junior and senior ... Two-time league champion and 2009 city and state champion ... 2009 first-team all-state offensive line and first-team all-region offensive line ... 2009 first-team all-city defensive line and first-team All-Catholic defensive line ... 2008 first-team All-Catholic offensive line and honorable mention all-city offensive line ... 2008 honorable mention All-Catholic defensive line ... Lettered one year in lacrosse where he was a part of the 2007 league championship team ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Mary Beth and Bob Szostak ... Father played football at Brown ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
CB - Dan Wilk
Nazareth Area High School
Nazareth Area HS: Three-year letterwinner in football, two-year letterwinner in basketball and four-year letterwinner in track ... Served as captain on all three of those teams ... Nazareth's all-time leader in career interceptions... 2009 honorable mention all-state ... 2009 first-team all-area and first-team all-conference ... Part of the 2010 Lehigh Valley Conference championship basketball team.
Personal: Son of Donna and Dan Wilk ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences ... Majoring in Economics.