Feb. 3, 2010
KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island football head coach Joe Trainer announced Wednesday the addition of 13 players, who signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play football for the Rams beginning in the fall of 2010.
The recruiting class includes three defensive backs, three defensive lineman, two wide receivers, one athlete, one running back, one tight end, one offensive lineman, and one quarterback.
Among the 13 additions to the 2010 squad are three Hofstra transfers in the form of defensive back Chris Edmond, wide receiver Billy Morgan and quarterback Steve Probst.
Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown H.S.
Germantown High School: Served as the team captain during his junior and senior seasons... Three-year varsity starter... Selected to the Philadelphia All-Public First Team... Named to the Germantown High School All-Decade Team... Played quarterback throughout high school... Threw for 2,681 yards and 27 touchdowns during his career.
Germantown High School head coach Michael W. Hawkins on Ramadan Abdullah: "Ramadan (Abdullah) is a highly competitive player, who gives everything he has when he is on the field. He is very coachable and he hates to lose."
Whitman, Mass./Dean College
Two-year starter at Dean College... In two seasons with the team he helped the Bulldogs to a 19-2 record and back-to-back Northeast Football Conference Championships... Teams ranked 11th (2007) 15th (2008) in the National Junior College Poll... Participated in the Graphic Edge Bowl in Cedar Falls, Iowa on the campus of Northern Iowa, which was the team's first bowl appearance in 20 years... Played strong side defensive end both seasons and anchored the defensive line that ranked No. 1 in the conference in total defense and third nationally, while giving up just 190 yards per game... Voted Defensive Player of the Year by his teammates.
Dean College head coach Todd Vasey on Nick Baker: "He is a relentless player, who plays every play as if it is his last. He was one of our leaders and anchored our defensive line. Nick has tremendous character and in 27 years of coaching, he is one of the finest young men I have ever coached."
Philadelphia, Pa./Valley Forge Academy
Valley Forge Academy: Started 16 games during his two-year career... Served as the team captain in 2009... Two-year all-conference honoree... Helped the squad to a 12-4 record during his two-year career... Guided the squad to a 7-1 record and a Seaboard Conference Championship... Also recruited by Temple and Morgan State.
Valley Forge Academy head coach Don DiCarlo on Darrell Dulany: "Darrell (Dulany) is one of those kids that nobody wants to be hit by. He is very dedicated, a good kid all-around and is a reliable team leader."
Johnston, R.I./Dean College
Dean College: Helped his squad to back-to-back Northeast Football Conference championships... Started 22 games in two years... Guided his team to an 8-1 record in 2009... Recorded 28 tackles and a team-high 12 pass breakups in 2009... Attended St. Raphael's Academy before attending Dean College where he helped his squad to the 2007 Division I Rhode Island State Championship... Named 2007 Rhode Island Gridiron Player of the Year... Earned All-State First Team.
Dean College head coach Todd Vasey on Stanley Dunbar: "Stanley (Dunbar) is an outstanding player and is totally fearless. He always matched up against our opponents' best wide receiver and he always did a great job. He is great in the classroom and is totally reliable. The sky is the limit for Stanley and we are really going to miss him."
2008-09 Hofstra: Played in 22 games during two seasons with the Pride... Was fifth on the team in tackles in 2009 with 51 stops... Recorded 2.5 tackles for loss and recovered one fumble... Started seven at linebacker as a freshman in 2008...Was third on the team with 71 tackles, including 33 solo stops.
Freeport High School: Played football, basketball and lacrosse... Was awarded the 2006 Thorpe Award as Nassau County's Player of the Year... Named to All-New York State and All-Nassau County teams at Freeport... Recorded 1,103 yards on 112 carries at running back and 109 tackles at middle linebacker for the Red Devils as a senior... Posted 21 tackles in a single game... Notched 111 tackles as a junior.
Former Hofstra head coach Dave Cohen on Chris Edmond: "Chris (Edmond) started from the day he stepped foot on campus at Hofstra. He hits like a linebacker and runs like a defensive back. He was a phenomenal guy to work with and I think he is going to be able to help Rhode Island immediately."
Bloomfield, N.J./Worcester Academy
Worcester Academy: Played one year at Worcester Academy where he played defensive end and tight end... Prior to playing at Worcester Academy, Gibson played at Bloomfield High School were he helped the squad to three straight league titles and was named All-League Second Team."
Worcester Academy head coach Dave Dykeman on Derek Gibson: "Derek (Gibson) is an extremely hard worker and is very dedicated to being successful. He has a tremendous amount of athleticism and he should be a great fit at Rhode Island."
Branford, Conn./Cheshire Academy
Cheshire Academy: Served as the team captain during his senior year... Rushed for 1,120 yards, totaled 420 receiving yards and had 12 touchdowns as a senior... Received All-New England honors in 2009... Helped guide his team to an 8-1 record during his senior year.
Cheshire Academy head coach Dan O'Dea on Travis Hurd: "Travis (Hurd) was just a fantastic running back for us over the last couple of years. He has a great work ethic on and off the field, which will benefit him tremendously once he arrives in college."
Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville H.S.
Tottenville High School: Selected Second Team to the New York City Public School League as a junior and senior... Helped the squad to the league playoffs for three-consecutive seasons... Won the John Drennan Memorial Coaches Award as a senior, an award that given each year for leadership and athletic ability... Finished his high school career with 145 total tackles and 15 sacks... Earned three varsity letters and served as a three-year starter at defensive end, linebacker and tight end... Also played on the high school basketball team where he averaged 21.0 points and 15.0 Rebounds Per Game.
Tottenville High School head coach Jim Munson on Josh Moody: "He's an outstanding athlete, but he is an even better person. He has not hit his peek just yet as a football player."
2009 Hofstra: Played in 11 games during his freshman season and caught 13 passes for 173 (13.3 yards per catch) with the Pride.
Cardinal O'Hara High School: Played four years of basketball, ran track for four years and played three years of basketball... Named All-Pennsylvania, All-Catholic and All-Delco in football in 2008... Also named All-Catholic and All-Delco in track in 2008... Had 30 catches for 511 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior... Also compiled 17 tackles, 21 pass deflections and one interception... Played for the Pennsylvania All-Stars against the Ohio All-Stars in the Big 33 Classic at Hershey Park Stadium.
Former Hofstra head coach Dave Cohen on Billy Morgan: "I felt Billy (Morgan) was our most explosive player. I feel as if he has a bright future in the CAA. He has great determination and maturity."
Rutherford, N.J./St. Mary's H.S.
St. Mary's High School: Three-year varsity starter... Helped the team to the New Jersey State Finals... Named All-Bergen County Second Team... Unanimous All-League selection during his junior and senior seasons... Was also recruited by Stony Brook, Maine and New Hampshire.
St. Mary's High School head coach Mike Sheridan: "Kevin's (Mustac) biggest upside is that his best years are still ahead of him. He is very physical, has great feet and is very athletic."
Buffalo, N.Y./Sweet Home H.S.
Sweet Home High School: Selected as the team's Most Outstanding Receiver... New York Class A Co-Player of the Year... Named All-Western New York First Team... Helped his squad to back-to-back New York Class A State Championships... Named Most Valuable Player of the New York Class A State Championship... Nominated for the Lions Club All-Star Game... Led the team with 33 receptions, 524 yards and eight touchdowns... Played defensive back and recorded seven interceptions two of which he returned for touchdowns... Was also recruited by Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
Sweet Home High School head coach John Faller: "De'Shon has great hands and possess all the ability. He runs a 4.47 40-yard dash and has a tremendous athleticism. He is a great team player and he just wants to win. I think this will be a great fit for him."
North Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale H.S.
2008-09 Hofstra: Saw action in seven games as a sophomore... Finished second on the team in rushing (332 yards)... Passed for 466 yards and five touchdowns... Played in six games and started five as a true freshman...Completed 102 of 170 passes (60.0%) for 951 yards and seven touchdowns...Posted a single game best of 222 yards on 21 of 33 passing against 2008 National Champion Richmond.
Farmingdale High School: Played four years of football and basketball and two years of lacrosse... Member of Farmingdale's Nassau County championship, Long Island finalist and Rutgers Cup championship team... Earned the Doc Snyder Award as a senior as Nassau County's Most Outstanding Quarterback after passing for 860 yards and eight touchdowns, and rushing for 702 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games... Named to All-County and All-Long Island teams in 2007... All-County pick as a junior.
Former Hofstra head coach Dave Cohen on Steve Probst: "I think Steve (Probst) has an unbelievable feel for the game and he knows how to make things happen. He is a high character guy and is a hard worker. I think he will be able to help Rhode Island get to the next level."
Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis H.S.
Curtis High School: Started in 13 games at defensive end and center... Served as team captain during his senior year... Helped his squad to an 11-2 mark and the PSAL New York City Championship... Selected as the Most Valuable Player of the PSAL New York City Championship game... Selected All-City by the New York Post, New York Daily News and Repeat Advance... Named as a finalist for the Barberi Memorial Award... Also recruited by Albany, Delaware and Wagner.
Curtis High School head coach Pete Gamberdella: "James (Timmins) will bring tremendous leadership to Rhode Island. He is a great kid off the field. The thing we liked most about James was his motor; he does not stop working."