Football Welcomes 34 in Class of 2013

PHILADELPHIA – Ten all-state members, nine state champions, two state Players of the Year, a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee, Washington state’s all-time leading scorer, and a valedictorian make up a part of the 34 members in the University of Pennsylvania football team’s Class of 2013 announced on May 21.

A full breakdown of the Class of 2013 and individual bios can be found below.

“This is an outstanding group with a lot of depth,” said Penn’s George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, Al Bagnoli. “We wanted to address a lot of areas and I think we were successful in accomplishing that. This is a very solid class and it has the potential to be one of the better ones we’ve had.”

The 34 incoming freshmen hail from 18 different states, plus one from the nation’s capital. There are seven New Jersey residents joining the squad, five from the home state of Pennsylvania, and three from the state of Washington. The other states with multiple members are Missouri, Ohio and New York which feature two apiece.

In one of the larger recruiting classes in the Bagnoli era, there are two Philadelphia-area natives making their way to 33rd street. C.J. Mooney (Chester Springs, Pa.) played at Malvern Prep, and Mike Pinciotti (Secane, Pa.) is a product of St. Joe’s Prep.

Among the three players from Washington, freshman Jeff Jack comes to West Philadelphia after spending two years on a church mission in Madagascar. Prior to that trip, the running back set the state scoring record and was named the 1A State Player of the Year in 2006. Penn’s other incoming State Player of the Year is quarterback Billy Ragone, who led his team to the 2008 Connecticut state championship and was nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman.

As is necessity to play at the Ivy League institution, the vast majority of the 34 incoming student-athletes received high academic honors at their respective schools, highlighted by defensive lineman Sam Graham who was valedictorian at Woodinville (Wash.) High School.

In Bagnoli’s 17th recruiting class, 19 incoming freshmen will join the offense – six linemen, five running backs, three tight ends, two wide receivers, two quarterbacks and a fullback – and 14 will become a part of the Ivy League’s top-ranked defensive unit – six defensive backs, five linemen and three linebackers. The 2013 class also includes specialist Scott Lopano, a punter out of Southlake, Texas. In 14 of the previous 16 recruiting classes under Bagnoli – the second-winningest active coach in the FCS – the unit has left with a minimum of one Ivy League championship ring.

Penn, which finished the 2008 season at 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League, returns 33 letterwinners for 2009 including four All-Ivy honorees and All-Americans Chris Wynn and Andrew Samson. Eight starters will return on both offense and defense for the Quakers, along with all three specialists.

The Quakers officially return to practice in late August with the first game of the 2009 campaign slated for Sept. 19 against cross-city rival Villanova at Franklin Field.


Class of 2013 Breakdown:

By Position
Offense – 19:
6 - Offensive Linemen
5 - Running Backs
3 - Tight Ends
2 - Wide Receivers
2 - Quarterbacks
1 – Fullback
Defense – 14
6 - Defensive Backs
5 - Defensive Linemen
3 – Linebackers
Specialists – 1
1 - Punter

By State
7 - New Jersey
5 - Pennsylvania
3 - Washington
2 - Missouri, New York, Ohio
1 – Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Georgia, California, Washington D.C.


Individual Bios:

TE Ryan Allen – 6’5, 235
St. Louis, Mo.
St. Louis Priory School

Three-time letterwinner in both football and baseball ... Captain of the football team his senior season during their district championship campaign ... 2008 ABC all-league, all-Metro, and all-state tight end ... 2006 and 2007 ABC all-league defensive end ...Earned academic honors as a junior and senior.


OL Hunter Blackmore – 6’2, 265
Covington, Wash.
Kentwood High School

Two-sport athlete in football and swimming ... 2006 honorable mention all-league ... 2007 second-team all-league ... 2008 first-team all-league, all-area, all-state, all-Northwest ... Kentwood Offensive Linemen of the Year as a senior ... Participated in the All-State Shrine Game ... 2006 state meet participant in swimming.


OL Joe Bonadies – 6’5, 275
Leonia, N.J.
Leonia High School

Three-time letterwinner in football ... Two-time team captain ... 2008 first-team all-league and third-team all-county ... Ranked 12th in the nation among centers by ESPN ... National Honor Society and Latin Honor Society member.


WR Michael Breiner – 6’3, 195
McCordsville, Ind.
Heritage Christian High School

Four-time letterwinner in football and three-time letterwinner in lacrosse ... Member of 2008 state championship team ... 2008 NCSAA National Championship runner-up ...Two-time regional and sectional champion ...2008 AP all-city and all-state, ACSI Outstanding Athlete Award Winner ... NCSAA High School All-American candidate ... Honors Society member.


DL Taylor Brown – 6’1, 270
Fair-Haven, N.J.
Rumson Fair Haven Regional

Competed in football and baseball ... Captain for both teams as a senior ... Three-time letterwinner in football and two-time letterwinner in baseball ... 2008 first-team all-division, first-team all-county, and first-team All-Shore ... 2007 first-team all-Division, second-team all-county, and third-team All-Shore ... National Honor Society member ... Leader of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


DB Sam Chwarzynski – 6’0, 200
Norwood Park Township, Ill.
Maine South

Competed in football and track ... Member of 2008 state championship team ... 2008 all-conference offense and defense, and academic all-state ... National Honor Society member.


RB Brandon Colavita – 5’9, 205

Sewell, N.J.
Washington Township High School

Three-sport letterwinner in football, baseball and track ...Two-time captain of his football team where he was a four-year letterwinner ... Member of 2007 state championship baseball team where he was a three-time letterwinner ... 2006 Rookie of the Year and second-team all-conference in football ... 2008 first-team all-conference and first-team All-South Jersey ... 2008 Brooks-Irvine Back of the Year, South Jersey Touchdown Club Back of the Year, Super100 all-state team and Tom Brown Memorial Award winner ... National Honor Society member.


DL Brandon Copeland – 6’1, 270
Sykesville, Md.
Gilman School

Three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track ... Member of 2006 MIAAA Conference championship squad ... 2008 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year ... 2008 Academic All-State team ... Participated in Maryland Crab Bowl and the Baltimore Touchdown Club all-star games in 2008 ... Nominated for the Army All-American game, and selected for All-Baltimore City honors ... President of Diversity Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Four-year honor roll student.


DL Zac Costlow – 6’2, 255
Toronto, Ohio
Catholic Central High School

Three-sport athlete competing in football, wrestling, and track ... Senior captain for both football and wrestling, and co-captain for track ... Two-time first-team all-conference ... Two-time first-team all-district ... Two-time Ohio North-South All-Star Game selection ... Ohio High Magazine Top 100 Players ... Class Vice President.


OL Pete Dandrea – 6’5, 285
Longport, N.J.
St. Augustine Prep

Letterwinner for both football and basketball ... Captain for both teams during his senior year ... Led his football team to a 10-1 mark and the Cape Atlantic League championship in his senior season ... 2009 Lineman Scholar Athlete of the Year.


RB Patrick Foley – 6’0, 185
Phoenix, Ariz.
Notre Dame Prep

Four-time letterwinner for both football and track ... Member of 2007 and 2008 State 4AII championship teams ... 2008 first-team all-region running back, second-team defensive back ... Two-time Arizona Republic all-state honorable mention ... Won the 2009 state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 meters ... National Honor Society member.


TE Robert Gawlas – 6’3, 220
Shavertown, Pa.
Holy Redeemer High School

Three-time letterwinner for both football and track ... Two-time first-team all-conference ... Two-time UNICO Senior All-Star Game selection ... National Honor Society member ... Presidents Education Award Program winner.


DL Sam Graham – 6’2, 255
Woodinville, Wash.
Woodinville High School

Three-sport athlete in football, track, and basketball ... Captain of track and football teams as a senior ... 2008 first-team all-league as an offensive guard and defensive tackle ... 2008 Scholar-Athlete Award ... 2008 Captains Award ... 2008 Woodinville Lineman of the Year Award ... National Honor Society member ... Washington State Scholar Award ... Valedictorian of his class.


LB P.J. Hobson – 6’0, 215
Temple Terrace, Fla.
Jesuit High School

Three-sport athlete in football, lacrosse, and track ... Captain of his football team in his junior and senior seasons, and captain of lacrosse his senior season ... Two-time team Defensive MVP ... Named to Hillsborough County All-Star team senior year ... 2008 St. Petersburg Times all-county honorable mention ... 2008 Tampa Tribune all-county honorable mention ... Earned Fr. Doyle Medallion in 2006 for lacrosse ... National Honor Society member and student council president.


QB Andrew Holland – 6’1, 200
Willoughby, Ohio
St. Ignatius High School

Two-sport athlete in football and track ... All-district honorable mention in 2007 ... Captain and team MVP of his football team that won the Ohio Division I state championship in 2008 and was MaxPreps national runner-up ... 2008 Co-Offensive Player of the Year in Ohio Division I ... 2008 Northeast Ohio District Offensive Player of the Year ... 2008 Sun News Offensive MVP ... 2008 Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities Scholastic MVP ... 2009 Northeast Ohio National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award ... Received academic honors all four years at St. Ignatius.


RB Jeff Jack – 6’1, 210
Othello, Wash.
Royal High School/Salisbury School

Three-sport athlete competing in football, wrestling and baseball ... Member of 2005 and 2006 Washington State 1A championship teams ... Two-time 1A Player of the Year ... Holds Washington’s all-time state scoring record ... Attended Salisbury School (Conn.) in 2007 ... Served a two-year LDS Church Mission in Madagascar.


DB Allante Keels – 6’1, 185
Washington, D.C.
Episcopal High School

Three-sport letterwinner in football (three times), indoor track (two times) and outdoor track (four times) ... Two-time outdoor track captain and one-time indoor track captain ... Part of 2008 VISAA state champion 4x400 relay team ... Holds two VISAA state records: 500 meters (1:06) and 4x400 relay (3:27) ... 2008 all-state and all-IAC defensive back ... VP of Spectrum Diversity Group.


LB Steve Lias – 6’2, 230
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Upper St. Clair High School

Three-sport athlete competed in football, basketball and lacrosse ... Captain of the football team his senior season ... 2006 Pennsylvania AAAA state champion ... 2008 ESPN Rise Magazine first-team linebacker ... 2008 Greater Pittsburgh Area first-team all-conference tight end ... Also led team with 88 tackles ...2007 second-team all-conference tight end ... Earned highest honor roll.


P Scott Lopano – 6’2, 175
Southlake Texas
Carroll Senior High School

Five-time letterwinner (three in football, two in soccer) ... 2008 academic all-state first-team ... 2008 National Field Goal Champion (Iplayers.com) ... 2008 honorable mention all-district punter ...Was part of Carroll’s 2006 state and national championship football team ... National Honor Society member as well as School Ambassadors and Math Honor Society.


DB Anthony Marino – 5’10, 175
Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
Bergen Catholic

Three-year letterwinner for football and two-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Captain as a senior, when he earned Defensive Player of the Year and Catch of the Year honors in football ... Earned first and second-team academic honors.


RB Lyle Marsh – 6’0, 215
Bethel Park, Pa.
Bethel Park High School

Competed in football and track ... Captain for both teams ... Led his football team to a 15-1 mark and a WPIAL championship ... Two-time all-conference, Big-33 participant and Mercury Award finalist ... National Honor Society member and Class Marshal.


DE Peter Miller – 6’3, 235
Brookville, N.Y.
Friends Academy

Four-year letterwinner in both football and track ... Also competed in indoor track for one season ... Two-time captain of the football team ... 2007 all-conference ... 2007 MVP of the National Underclassmen Combine - New York Region ... Three-time all-district in track.


TE C.J. Mooney, Jr. – 6’4, 230
Chester Springs, Pa.
Malvern Prep

Three-year letterwinner for both football and lacrosse ... Captain for each in his senior season ... Helped Friars win 2007 and 2008 league championships for both football and lacrosse ... All-league in 2007 and 2008 in football ... All-Main Line in 2007 and 2008 in football ... Also named all-city and all-state in his senior football season ... Honor Roll student.


OL Garrett Moore – 6’4, 255
McLean, Va.
Langley High School

Three-year letterwinner ... Captain as a senior ... 2008 first-team Liberty District ... 2008 Virginia All-Northern Region honorable mention ... 2007 second-team Liberty District.


OL Michael Pinciotti – 6’3, 285
Secane, Pa.
St. Joe’s Prep

Three-year letterwinner ... 2008 first-team defensive tackle ... 2008 second-team All-Catholic ... Big 33 All-Star Game selection in 2008 ... Catholic League Scholar-Athlete Award.


QB Billy Ragone – 6’1, 190
Chesire, Conn.
Cheshire High School

Three-time letterwinner in basketball and football, and one-time letterwinner in baseball ... As a captain his senior year, led team to the Class LL state final where he was named Co-MVP ... 2008 Wendy’s Heisman nominee ... 2008 ESPN Radio Player of the Year ... 2008 Waterbury Republican Player of the Year ... 2008 Walter Camp Foundation Connecticut State Player of the Year ... Team Offensive MVP for football all three seasons ... Two-time All-Southern Connecticut Conference ... Two-time first-team all-state ... Connecticut State Coaches Scholar Athlete of the Year ... Led basketball team in scoring and assists all three years ... Two-time All-Southern Conference in basketball ... Earned high honors.


DB Daniel Ritt – 5’11, 205
Germantown, Tenn.
Christian Brothers High School

Three-year letterwinner in football ... Team captain his senior season ... 2009 All-Metro first-team and all-star game participant ... 2008 all-state honorable mention West Region ... Competed on the swim team his junior year ... National Honor Society member ... SGA President.


FB Greg Schuster – 6’1, 235
New City, N.Y.
Clarkstown North/Salisbury School

Four-year letterwinner ... Attended at Salisbury School (Conn.) in 2008 ... Three-time all-county (2006, 2007 and 2008) ... Two-time all-section (2007 and 2008) ... 2008 all-league and all-state ... Named to the 2008 Super 11 ... Rockland Player of the Year his senior season.


RB Josh Scott – 6’1, 210
Newton, Mass.
Milton Academy

Four-year letterwinner in both football and lacrosse ... Two-time letterwinner in basketball ... Captain of both football and lacrosse teams his senior year ... Helped his football team to New England Class B Prep championship ... Three-time all-league (2006, 2007 and 2008) ... 2008 League MVP and Player of the Year ... 2008 Super 26 All Star team ... 2008 Boston Herald and Boston Globe All-Scholastic ... Selected to Massachusetts East-West Shrine All-Star Classic his senior season.


WR Jason Seifert – 6’1, 195
West Patterson, N.J.
Delbarton School

Two-year letterwinner for both football and basketball ... Captain of football team his senior season ... 2008 first-team All-Morris County ... 2008 Chuck Mound Big Time Positional Player Award ... 2008 New Jersey Football Coaches Association Super100 all-state football team honoree ... Earned highest academic honors.


LB McKinley Stevens IV – 6’0, 235
St. Louis, Mo.
Chaminade College Preparatory School

Three-year letterwinner ... Captain as a junior and senior ... Helped lead his team to a 2008 conference championship ... First-team all-conference in 2007 and 2008 ... Earned special honors and accepted to National Honor Society as well as being named House Captain.


DB Dave Twamley – 5’11, 185
Princeton Junction, N.J.
West Windsor-Plainsboro South

Three-sport athlete in football, lacrosse, and indoor track ... Captain of 2007 and 2008 conference championship football teams ... Three-time first-team all-area and all-conference selection in football ... Team MVP in 2007 and 2008 ... Third-team all-state in 2007 ... Super 100 All-State Team in 2008 ... Three-time selection to all-state lacrosse team ... Three-time team MVP, all-conference and all-area selection in lacrosse ... 2008 Conference Lacrosse Player of the Year.


OL Zack Vrtis – 6’4, 275
Kennesaw, Ga.
Kennesaw Mountain

Two-sport athlete earned three letters for football and four for swimming ... Captain for both football and swimming teams during his senior year ... 2009 all-county offense ... 2008 Senior All-Star Bowl participant ... 2008 Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year ... National Honor Society member.


DB Justyn Williams – 5’10, 180
Los Angeles, Calif.
Loyola High School of Los Angeles

Three-year letterwinner for both football and track ... Elected team captain for CIF Division II championship track team ... Named team MVP, captain, and all-league cornerback for his senior football season.