February 2, 2011

Rhody Football Announces 2011 Recruiting Class

Feb. 2, 2011

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KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island football head coach Joe Trainer announced Wednesday the addition of 12 players, who signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play football for the Rams beginning in the fall of 2011.

The recruiting class includes four linebackers, two offensive lineman, two defensive backs, one defensive lineman, one defensive end, one wide receiver and one running back.

Paul-Michael Barrows
Defensive End
6-2 | 245 Lbs.
Rumson, N.J. | Cheshire Academy

Cheshire Academy: Selected First Team All-Colonial League and First Team All-New England in 2010... Played both offense and defense throughout his high school career... Totaled 17 sacks in nine games this past year... Helped the team to a 8-1 record and a New England championship in 2010... As a tight end he caught 45 pass for 642 yards and 10 touchdowns... Holds a 3.2 grade point average in the classroom.

Coach Dan O'Dea on Barrows: "Paul-Michael is one of the most gifted/big athletes and he as tremendous potential. He is extremely intense on the field and he is extremely productive. He is going to have a great career at Rhode Island."

Andrew Bose
Linebacker
6-2 | 230 Lbs.
Huntingtown, Md. | Huntingtown H.S.

High School: Three-year starter... Served as a team captain during his senior year... Selected First Team All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) in 2008, 2009 and 2010... Led the team in tackles as a sophomore and as a junior... Also earned Second Team All SMAC as a running back... Rushed for 878 yards on 121 carries and 25 touchdowns during his senior campaign... Helped the team to the 2009 Maryland State Finals... Member of the SMAC championship squads in 2009 and 2010.

Coach Jerry Franks on Bose: "Andrew was an extremely physical player and he really had a nose for the ball. He was outstanding at making critical tackles in crucial situations."

Clay Crume
Linebacker
6-2 | 210 Lbs.
League City, Texas | Clear Creek H.S.

High School: Served as a two-year varsity letterwinner... Recorded 89 tackles, three sacks and forced four fumbles as a senior... Tallied 30 tackles as a junior... Was named Texas 5A All-District Honorable Mention... Helped the team to the 2010 Texas 5A Area Championship.

Coach Darrell Warden on Crume: "Clay was a great leader for us and he was very consistent day in and day out. He is very smart and really understands the game, which is so key to being successful at the next level."

Greg Doutre
Linebacker
6-2 | 215 Lbs.
Johnston, R.I. | Johnston H.S.

High School: Played both offense and defense throughout his high school career... Helped the squad to Rhode Island Super Bowl championships in 2008 and 2009... Earned All-Division honors in 2009... Collected Team Most Valuable Player honors on offense in 2009... Voted team Most Valuable Player on defense... Selected All-Division in 2010 and Second Team All-State... Recorded 121 tackles, totaled 676 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior.
 
Coach Joe Acciardo on Doutre: "Greg is just a beast out there. He just dominates in every position that he plays. He has great hands and once he catches the ball he is very tough to bring down. As a linebacker, he just has a great nose for the ball and the field becomes much smaller once he is on the field. He plays the game the way it should be played and he really does look the part of a football player."

Daril Geisser
Wide Receiver
6-2 | 190 Lbs.
Warwick, R.I. | Moses Brown H.S.

High School: A versatile athlete, who played on the football, basketball, baseball and track teams... Served as the team captain of the football during his senior season... Selected Third Team All-League in both his sophomore and junior seasons... Earned the team's 12th man award... Helped his high school basketball team to the Rhode Island State Basketball Championship.

Coach LaJhon Jones on Geisser: "Daril is the best captain I have ever had. He is a great leader and a fierce competitor. He does a tremendous job at running routes and he really has a bright future ahead of him."

John Greenhalgh
Offensive Lineman
6-4 | 300 Lbs.
Chepachet, R.I. | Ponaganset H.S.

High School: Earned three varsity letters... Served as the team captain as a senior... Selected First Team All-Division... Earned Second Team All-State... Named Most Valuable Player by the Providence Gridiron Club... Helped his team to the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Rhode Island Division III State Championships... Older brother Matt Greenhalgh starts at center on the Rhode Island football team.

Coach Brian Gendreau on John Greenhalgh: "One thing about John is that he is really quick. He has very good agility and he is tough to handle. He is very smart and he knows what it takes to be successful at the next level."

Doug Johnson
Linebacker
6-0 | 225 Lbs.
Warwick, R.I. | Dean College

Dean College: Voted First Team All-Northeast in 2010 ... Two-year starter... Started in 21 games in his two years at Dean... Helped lead the team to the Valley of the Sun Bowl in Glendale, Ariz... Anchored a defense that was ranked No. 1 in the conference and fifth in the country among all junior college teams in 2009... Captain of the team in 2010 ... Second in the league in tackles... Led the team in tackles, sacks, tackles for loss this past year.

Coach Todd Vasey on Johnson: "In 28 years of coaching, he is one toughest players I have ever coached. He is also one of the fiercest competitors I have ever been around and he hates to lose. He is very much out of the same mold of Anthony (Baskerville) and Stanley (Dunbar)."

Andrew Kestenbaum
Offensive Lineman
6-4 | 305 Lbs.
Dartmouth, Mass. | Dartmouth H.S.

High School: Played both offense and defense during his high school career... Led the state of Massachusetts in defensive line tackles... Totaled 77 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior... Received the Walter Yak Memorial Award, which is given to the best two-way lineman... Named Old-Colony All-Star... Nominated for the Otto Graham Award... Was voted as the Most Valuable Player of the Thanksgiving Day game... Also played basketball, lacrosse and track.

Coach Richard White on Kestenbaum: "Andrew really developed into a great football player. He has really worked hard to get himself into football shape and he had a great senior year for us this season. I truly believe that he is just beginning to come into his own."

Assani Mudimbi
Running Back
5-11 | 170 Lbs.
Takoma Park, Md. | Montgomery Blair H.S.

High School: Named All-Montgomery County as a running back... Selected to the Washington Post All-Region Team... Led the team in rushing with 950 yards on the ground... Recorded seven touchdowns... During his senior year, he recorded 52 tackles and picked off four passes as a defensive back, tallied 255 yards kickoff return yards and one touchdown... Served as a team captain during his senior year... In the classroom he holds a 3.2 grade point average.

Coach Jeffery Seals on Mudimbi: "He is a tough inside runner, but he has the speed to get outside and make plays. He is very elusive and his extremely explosive in the open field. We will certainly miss him."
 
Selwyn Nicholas
Defensive Back
6-3 | 195 Lbs.
Brooklyn, N.Y. | Abraham Lincoln H.S.

High School: Served as a three-year starter... Recorded four interceptions during his senior year, which tied for the team lead... Anchored a defensive unit that ranked No. 1 in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL)... Helped the squad to the PSAL championship game in Yankee Stadium in 2010... Guided his team to a 12-1 mark as a senior ... Named to the All-Borough First Team.

Coach Sean O'Connor on Nicholas: "Selwyn is a very physical corner and he has a tremendous up side."

Jordan Sebastian
Defensive Back
6-0 | 215 Lbs.
West Haven, Conn. | The Hopkin School

High School: Played on the varsity team in all four years of his high school career... Served as the football team captain as a senior... Selected to the All-New England and All-Fairchester teams as a senior... Helped his squad to the Fairchester Conference and New England Championship titles in 2007 and 2008... Also played three seasons on the varsity basketball team.
 
Coach Joe Trainer on Sebastian: "Jordan is one of the most versatile players we have ever recruited since I've been at Rhode Island. He has great feet, great speed and the sky is the limit for him."

Damen Vargas
Defensive Lineman
6-2 | 285 Lbs.
Hanford, Calif. | College of the Sequoias

College of the Sequoias: Recorded 45 tackles and six sacks this past season en route earning the Coaches Award... Served as the team captain this past season... Prior to arriving at the College of the Sequoias, he was awarded team Most Valuable Player and was selected First Team All-League as an offensive lineman at Hanford West High School.

Coach Rob Doherty on Vargas: "Damen is a super hard-working kid and his motor never stops, but most of all he is a team-player that knows how to win."

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