Two-Time Defending Champs Add 33 in Class of 2015

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PHILADELPHIA – They've claimed two straight Ivy titles and have won 15 consecutive Ivy League games dating back to 2008, but Monday is all about the future for the University of Pennsylvania football team with the announcement of the 33 new additions in the Class of 2015.

A full breakdown of the Class of 2015, including individual bios and video highlights can be found below. Above is a full, interactive geographical breakdown of the incoming class.

"We are really proud of this group. We feel we have another tremendous recruiting class joining the program," said Penn’s George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, Al Bagnoli. "This is a great credit to our coaching staff for its ability to bring in such an athletically and academically talented group. We believe these 33 individuals will each become a great addition to our program and the University."

In Bagnoli’s 19th recruiting class, 18 incoming freshmen will join the offense – five linemen, four wide receivers, four running backs, three tight ends, a quarterback and a fullback – and 12 will become a part of the nation's No. 4-ranked defensive unit – five defensive backs, three linemen and five linebackers. In addition, with the loss of the school's all-time leading scorer, Andrew Samson, there are two incoming kickers.

The 33 incoming freshmen hail from a total of 14 different states, led by six apiece from California and Illinois, and two joining the Quakers from the home state of Pennsylvania. Eric Fiore is a local product of Whitehall High School, which may be recognizable for Red and Blue faithful as the same high school of senior All-Ivy honoree Matt Hamscher. Danny Gallagher has the shortest trip to the West Philadelphia campus as a Philadelphia native who attended Chestnut Hill Academy.

In 16 of the previous 18 recruiting classes under Bagnoli – the winningest Ivy League coach of all-time (72.9%) – the unit has left with a minimum of one Ivy League championship ring. The Class of 2013 and 2014 didn't have to wait long for theirs as they each won the Ivy title just four months after stepping on campus.

The freshmen class has made a considerable impact on the Quakers for the last two seasons en route to back-to-back undefeated Ivy titles - only achieved on two other occasions since the inception of the league. In 2010, freshman Lyle Marsh led the team in rushing and earned All-Ivy honors and Scott Lopano served as the team's punter throughout the entire championship season. In 2011, freshman quarterback Ryan Becker started twice and played in nine games; Aaron Bailey was one of the team's top rushers and receivers; Conner Scott finished fourth on the team in receptions and Ryan Mitchell led the team with an average of 31.7 yards per catch.

Penn returns 32 letterwinners for 2011, including nine starters and eight All-Ivy honorees. Three starters will return from the Ivies highest scoring offense, four starters are back from the league's top-ranked defense, and two of three specialists will return.

For the program that holds the NCAA record for games played, the Quakers will officially begin their 135th season with practice in late August and the first game for the 2011 team will take place on Sept. 17 against Lafayette at Franklin Field. Game times to be announced later this summer.

Class of 2015 Breakdown:

By Position
Offense – 18
5 - Offensive Linemen
4 - Running Backs
3 - Tight Ends
4 - Wide Receivers
1 - Quarterback
1 - Fullback
Defense – 13
5 - Defensive Backs
3 - Defensive Linemen
5 – Linebackers
Specialists – 2

By State
6 - California, Illinois
4 - Florida, New Jersey
3 - Texas
2 - Pennsylvania
1 – Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia


Individual Bios and Highlights:

OL - Jack Alvarez | Video Highlights
6-4, 265
Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
El Toro High School

El Toro HS: Two-year letterwinner ... Served as team captain as a senior ... 2010 first-team all-league ... 2010 first-team all-conference ... 2010 second-team all-county ... Named second-team all-league as a junior ... Also lettered in wrestling.

Personal: Son of Nancy and Jack Alvarez ... Enrolled in Wharton.


OL - Reece Cannady | Video Highlights
6-5, 255
Dallas, Texas
St. Mark's School

St. Mark's School: Lettered in three sports ... Two-year letterwinner in football and served as team captain as a senior ... Two-year letterwinner in track & field and served as team captain as a senior ... Member of the track & field conference championship team in 2010 ... Also lettered in basketball.

Personal: Son of Constance and Gregg Cannady ... Trilingual ... Father played strong safety at Rice University ... Brother, Russell, was a member of the crew team at the University of Washington ... Enrolled in Wharton.


LB - Mike Casias | Video Highlights
6-2, 220
Stafford, Va.
North Stafford High School

North Stafford HS: Three-year letterwinner and two-time team captain ... Finished with more than 300 tackles in three seasons ... Named second-team all-region by Virginia Preps as a senior ... 2010 first-team all-district and first-team all-area ... 2010 Defensive Team MVP .. 2009 second-team all-district and second-team all-area ... Named all-district honorable mention as a sophomore ... Also lettered in baseball and track & field.

Personal: Son of Lisa and Don Casias ... Enrolled in Wharton.


QB - Patton Chillura | Video Highlights

6-1, 180
Tampa, Fla.
Jesuit High School

Jesuit HS: Two-year letterwinner ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Member of the 2011 district championship team that went 11-0 ... Named second-team all-county as a senior.

Personal: Son of Patsy and Joe Chillura ... Grandfather, Larry, played football at Xavier University ... Uncle, Larry, played football at Wittenburg University ... Enrolled in Wharton.


LB - Daniel Davis | Video Highlights

6-3, 230
Norman, Okla.
Norman North High School

Norman North HS: Three-year letterwinner ... Served as team captain and started at 11 different positions as a senior ... 2010 Oklahoma 6A-1 Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... Two-time all-city and second-team all-state by the Daily Oklahoman ... Tulsa World First-Team All-State punter in 2010 ... Named first-team all-state defensive line and second-team all-state punter by Vype Media as a senior ... 2010 Oil Bowl selection and Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Star ... Holds school records for sacks in a season and in a career ... Ranked No. 13 recruit in state by Daily Oklahoman ... Ranked No. 5 recruit in state by Okblitz.com.

Personal: Son of Vicki and Chris Davis ... Volunteer with Special Olympics ... Enrolled in Wharton.


RB - Dexter Davis | Video Highlights
5-11, 190
Baltimore, Md.
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute: Three-year letterwinner ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Named to 2009 all-conference team after his team won the conference championship with a 7-3 record ... Also a three-year letterwinner in track & field.

Personal: Son of Annquanette and Dexter Davis ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


RB - Eric Fiore | Video Highlights
5-10, 205
Whitehall, Pa.
Whitehall High School

Whitehall HS: Three-time letterwinner and two-time team captain ... Team won the 2009 conference championship ... Two-time all-conference ... 2010 Morning Call All-Area ... Selected to 2010 Lehigh Valley McDonald's All-Star team ... Holds school records for touchdowns in a season and a career ... 2010 Mini-Maxwell Award Winner ... Named Whitehall MVP in 2010.

Personal: Son of Sherri and James Fiore ... Enrolled in Wharton.


WR - Danny Gallagher | Video Highlights

6-1, 180
Philadelphia, Pa.
Chestnut Hill Academy

Chestnut Hill Academy: Three-sport letterwinner ... Lettered three times in football ... Team won the league football title in 2009 ... 2010 all-league and all-city ... Named 2010 Offensive Team MVP ... Selected to 2010 City All-Star Game ... Four-year letterwinner and two-time captain in wrestling ... 2011 All-American ... 2011 state champion ... 2011 all-league ... 2007-08 Inter-Ac Rookie of the Year ... Finished his individual career with an overall record of 106-29 ... Also a four-year letterwinner in track & field.

Personal: Son of Rhea and Edward Gallagher ... Brother, Jim, plays football at Albright College ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


WR - Chris Guengerich | Video Highlights

6-1, 190
Saratoga, Calif.
Saratoga High School

Saratoga HS: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Three-time first-team all-league ... 2010 all-section honorable mention ... Led the league in receptions and receiving touchdowns as a senior ... Three-year letterwinner in basketball ... Two-time all-league and two-time team MVP ... 2010 Football Team Scholar Athlete.

Personal: Son of Jacqueline and Steven Guengerich ... Father played baseball at Santa Clara University ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


DB - Drew Harris | Video Highlights

6-1, 185
Davie, Fla.
Western High School

Western HS: Lettered in both football and track & field ... Served as team captain of both teams as a senior ... Wendy's Heisman Award nominee ... Named 2010 Defensive Team MVP ... Brian Piccolo Award winner.

Personal: Son of Julieth and Brian Harris ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


DB - Kevin Ijoma | Video Highlights
6-0, 190
South Orange, N.J.
Seton Hall Prep

Seton Hall Prep: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Went 19-3 in his final two seasons en route to back-to-back conference championships ... 2010 first-team all-conference ... 2010 third-team all-county ... 2009 first-team all-conference, second-team all-county and second-team all-area ... Also lettered three times in track & field.

Personal: Son of Rita Nwosu and Collins Ijoma ... Cousin, Kevin Monangai, plays football at Villanova ... Enrolled in Wharton.


DB - Ade Jackson | Video Highlights

5-11, 180
Sacramento, Calif.
Christian Brothers High School

Christian Brothers HS: Two-year letterwinner ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Named first-team all-conference and first-team all-section as a senior ... 2010 all-Metro honorable mention ... 2009 first-team all-conference ... Also a three-year letterwinner for the track & field team and served as team captain as a senior ... Two-time Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Personal: Son of Karen Webster and Harold Jackson ... Brother, Asa, plays football at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


OL - Matt Kiefer | Video Highlights

6-4, 300
Alpharetta, Ga.
Chattahoochee High School

Chattahoochee HS: Four-year letterwinner in football ... Served as team captain as a senior when his team went 15-0 en route to the Georgia 4A state title ... 2010 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 4A First-Team All-State ... 2010 Preseason 4A First-Team All-State ... Named to 2010 Metro Atlanta All-Star team ... Named school's Academic Athlete award winner.

Personal: Son of Cathy and Matt Kiefer ... Enrolled in Wharton.


TE - Mitchell King | Video Highlights

6-6, 235
Essex, Conn.
Valley Regional High School

Valley Regional HS: Four-year letterwinner in football, basketball, and track & field ... Served as captain for all three teams ... Won the 2009 conference championship in football and track & field ... Won the 2010-11 state championship in basketball ... 2010 all-conference and New London Day First-Team All-Area in football ... 2010 New Haven Register First-Team All-Area and All-State in football ... Also named 2010 first-team all-state in football by Walter Camp and Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) ... 2010-11 New Haven Register First-Team All-State in basketball ... Also 2010-11 first-team All-Shoreline and CHSCA First-Team All-State in basketball ... 2010-11 First-Team Academic All-State ... National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete.

Personal: Son of Cathy and Thad King ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


RB - Spencer Kulcsar | Video Highlights

5-10, 200
Haworth, N.J.
Bergen Catholic High School

Bergen Catholic HS: Lettered in football, baseball, and track & field ... Three-year letterwinner in football and two-year letterwinner in track & field ... Football team won the conference championship in 2009 and was the state runner-up in 2010 ... Three-time all-league in football ... Also 2010 first-team all-county in football.

Personal: Son of Karen and Roy Kulcsar ... Brother, Chris, played football at Springfield College (Mass.) ... Enrolled in Wharton.


DB - Mike Laning | Video Highlights

6-0, 180
Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Glenbard West High School

Glenbard West HS: Lettered and served as team captain of the football and baseball teams ... Two-time conference champion and 2009 state finalist in football ... 2009 and 2010 all-conference and all-area ... 2010 West Suburban Conference Defensive MVP ... Two-time all-conference in baseball ... Two-time Academic All-State ... Senior Athletic Academic Award ... Illinois State Scholar.

Personal: Son of Nancy and David Laning ... Father played baseball at Valparaiso University ... Grandfather, Lorence, played football at Northwestern ... Enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


WR - Billy Lewis | Video Highlights

6-2, 185
Demarest, N.J.
Northern Valley Demarest High School

Northern Valley Demarest: Lettered in five sports ... Two-year letterwinner in football ... Served as captain as a senior ... Selected to 2011 North-South All-Star Football Classic ... 2010 first-team all-league ... 2010 all-county ... 2009 first-team all-league ... Three-year letterwinner and two-time team captain in basketball ... 2010-11 all-league selection in basketball ... Also lettered for one year in lacrosse, track and baseball.

Personal: Son of Eileen and William Lewis ... Father played lacrosse at Colgate University ... Enrolled in Wharton.


K - Connor Loftus | Video Highlights

6-0, 185
Villa Park, Calif.
Servite High School

Servite HS: Four-year letterwinner in football ... Served as Curia Member as a senior ... Four-time league champion ... Went 28-2 in his last two seasons en route to two division titles and the 2009 state championship ... Ranked in Top 5 nationally among kickers all four years ... 2010 Preseason Catholic Schools First-Team All-America ... 2010 first-team all-state punter and second-team all-state kicker ... 2010 first-team all-league and first-team all-division kicker ... 2010 first-team all-county punter ... Holds school records for longest field goal (53 yards), most career field goals (24), most field goals in a game (4), and highest punting average in a game ... 2010 National Football Foundation's Paul Schwegler Award winner.

Personal: Son of Nancy and Edward Loftus ... Brother, Mike, is a kicker/punter at SMU ... Father played linebacker at Cornell ... Uncle, Pat McInally was an All-American wide receiver at Harvard and an All-Pro punter with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals ... Enrolled in Wharton.


LB - Michael Mettille | Video Highlights

6-2, 205
Morris, Ill.
Joliet Catholic Academy

Joliet Catholic Academy: Three-year letterwinner ... 2010 all-conference, all-area and all-state ... 2010 ESPN Chicago All-Area ... 2010 Academic All-State ... Served as team captain as a senior.

Personal: Son of Joyce and Mark Mettille ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


DB - Trevor Niemann | Video Highlights

6-1, 175
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Chadwick School/Suffield Academy

Chadwick School/Suffield Academy: Four-year letterwinner in football ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Reached the California state semifinals at Chadwick in 2009 and reached the New England Prep School championship game at Suffield in 2010 ... Named all-state by ESPN in 2009 ... 2009 all-conference ... 2009 South Bay All-Star Game selection ... Three-time all-league ... Also lettered in baseball, basketball, lacrosse, and track & field ... Served as captain of the basketball and track & field teams ... Two-time league champion in the 100 meters.

Personal: Son of Terry and Danny Niemann ... Brother, Nick, played on USC's national championship water polo team ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


TE - Ryan O'Malley | Video Highlights

6-5, 240
Summit, N.J.
Summit High School

Summit HS: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Member of the 2009 state championship team that went 12-0 ... 2010 first-team all-county and first-team all-conference ... 2010 first-team all-state (Group 2) ... 2010 second-team all-state (all groups) ... Also a two-year letterwinner in track & field and basketball.

Personal: Son of Cassandra Yorio and Joseph O'Malley ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


OL - Zack Peterson | Video Highlights

6-3, 290
Round Lake, Ill.
Round Lake High School

Round Lake HS: Two-year letterwinner ... 2009 all-county first-team ... 2009 honorable mention all-conference ... Rated No. 3 center in Illinois by MaxPreps/Tom Lemming ... Missed senior season due to injury.

Personal: Son of Sandra and John Peterson ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


K - Michael Rasmussen | Video Highlights

6-0, 205
Winter Park, Fla.
Lake Highland Prep

Lake Highland Prep: Four-year letterwinner in football and served as team captain as a senior ... Six-time letterwinner in soccer and three-year team captain ... Named Lake Highland Prep 2011 Male Athlete of the Year ... Was named the offensive MVP of his soccer team as a senior ... Also lettered two years in lacrosse and was a member of the 2011 state championship team.

Personal: Son of Helene and David Rasmussen ... Brother, Jason, is a senior linebacker for the Quakers ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


OL - Trent Rivera | Video Highlights

6-2, 275
North Royalton, Ohio
St. Edward High School

St. Edward HS: Two-year letterwinner ... Member of the 2010 state championship team that went 15-0 ... Selected to the 2011 Ohio High School North-South Classic ... Cleveland Browns Charity Game scholarship recipient ... National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete.

Personal: Son of Tari and John Rivera ... Was a high school teammate of current Penn lineman Jake Schwertner ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


LB - Mike Schmall | Video Highlights

6-2, 220
San Clemente, Calif.
Mission Viejo High School

Mission Viejo HS: Three-year letterwinner ... Went 41-2 in his three seasons en route to three league championships, two California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships and the 2008 state title ... Three-time first-team all-league ... First-team all-state as a junior ... 2009 league and CIF Defensive Player of the Year ... 2008 and 2009 first-team All-CIF ... Selected to 2010 Orange County All-Star Game ... Served as team captain for one year ... National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete.

Personal: Son of Laurie and Bradley Schmall ... Father played hockey at the United States Military Academy at West Point ... Enrolled in Wharton.


DL - Matt Schwartz | Video Highlights

6-2, 230
Austin, Texas
Westlake High School

Westlake HS: Two-year letterwinner in football ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Team was a 2009 Class 5A state finalist ... 15-5A District champions in 2009 ... Named second-team all-district in 2010 ... Two-time academic all-district.

Personal: Son of Kathryn and John Schwartz ... Twin brother, Roy, will play football at Columbia ... High School teammate Daniel Sharplin is also a member of Penn's Class of 2015 ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


TE - Daniel Sharplin | Video Highlights

6-5, 230
Austin, Texas
Westlake High School

Westlake HS: Two-year letterwinner in football ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Team was a 2009 Class 5A state finalist ... 15-5A District champions in 2009 ... Named first-team all-district in 2010 ... Also lettered in track & field ... Two-time academic all-district.

Personal: Son of Sylvia and Dan Sharplin ... High School teammate Matt Schwartz is also a member of Penn's Class of 2015 ... Enrolled in Wharton.


WR - Cole Stern | Video Highlights

6-3, 200
Highland Park, Ill.
Highland Park High School

Highland Park HS: Four-time letterwinner in football, basketball, and track & field ... Two-time captain of the football team ... Two-time all-conference and all-area in football ... Three-time all-conference in track & field ... Served as captain of the basketball team as a senior and was named all-conference and all-area.

Personal: Son of Shelley and Larry Stern ... Enrolled Wharton.


DL - David Strauser | Video Highlights

6-3, 270
Champaign, Ill.
High School of Saint Thomas More

HS of Saint Thomas More: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Was named first-team all-conference and first-team all-area when his team won the conference championship in 2009 ... 2010 all-state honorable mention ... 2010 first-team all-area and first-team all-conference ... Two-time academic all-state honoree.

Personal: Son of Dolly and David Strauser ... Brother, Matt, plays football at Princeton ... Father played football at the University of Wisconsin from 1986-90 ... Mother ran track at Wisconsin from 1986-90 ... Grandfather and uncle also played football at Wisconsin ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


DL - Jimmy Wagner | Video Highlights

6-1, 255
Victor, N.Y.
Victor High School

Victor HS: Two-year letterwinner in football ... Served as team captain as a senior when his team won the league title with an undefeated record ... Also won the league title in 2009 ... Named all-league, all-county and all-Greater Rochester in 2009 and 2010 ... Also lettered and served as captain of the track & field team ... Won league and sectional titles in track & field in 2009 and earned all-league and all-Greater Rochester honors.

Personal: Son of Kathleen and Dan Wagner ... Father played sprint football at Cornell ... Enrolled in Wharton.


RB - Kyle Wilcox | Video Highlights

5-10, 195
Tampa, Fla.
Armwood High School

Armwood HS: Four-year letterwinner in football and two-time team captain ... His team finished as the state runner-up with a 14-1 record in 2010 ... Named first-team all-conference and first-team all-county by the Tampa Tribune in 2010 ... Ranked as high as No. 5 in the country by MaxPreps.com ... 2010 Coach's Award winner ... Also a two-year letterwinner and two-time team captain of the lacrosse team ... 2008 first-team all-county in lacrosse ... Lettered three times in track & field and earned second-team all-county in 2009 ... Earned Tampa Scholar Athlete and Junior Orange Bowl Scholar Athlete awards as a senior.

Personal: Brother and guardian, Justin Wilcox, plays football at South Florida ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.


LB - Brion Wood | Video Highlights

6-3, 210
Lincolnshire, Ill.
Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Adlai E. Stevenson HS: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Served as team captain as a senior ... 2010 Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) All-State ... Named Chicago Tribune Second-Team All-State and Chicago Sun Times Special Mention All-Area as a senior ... 2010 Daily Herald Lake County All-Area ... 2010 all-conference and Pioneer Press All-Lake Shore First Team ... Also named 2010 ICA Academic All-State and North Suburban Conference All-Academic ... Also a two-year letterwinner in basketball.

Personal: Son of Brenda Bechtel and Dave Wood ... Played against classmate Cole Stern and Penn defensive back Sam Chwarzynski in high school ... Enrolled in Wharton.


FB - Feerooz Yacoobi | Video Highlights

6-1, 225
Dearborn, Mich.
Dearborn High School

Dearborn HS: Two-year letterwinner ... Served as team captain as a senior ... 2010 all-state ... Also named all-conference, all-Metro and all-city as a senior ... Named to the 2010 All-State Dream Team ... Also a four-year letterwinner in track & field and won the 2010 conference championship in the shot put ... Also named 2010 all-city, all-conference, all-Metro and all-state in track & field.

Personal: Son of Kay and Khodadad Yacoobi ... Enrolled in Wharton.