Rhode Island Adds 11 Players on National Signing Day

Rhode Island Adds 11 Players on National Signing Day

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island football head coach Jim Fleming announced the addition of 11 players for the 2019 roster on National Signing Day Wednesday.

This year's recruiting class includes two junior college transfers and nine true freshmen. It is the smallest class in terms of numbers since Fleming took the program over, but the Rams also return 66 players, including 17 players who were able to redshirt as freshmen in 2018.

Fleming and his staff have added four offensive linemen, three linebackers, two defensive backs, one tight end and one quarterback. The class includes four players from New Jersey, two from Florida and one each from California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York and Rhode Island.

The members of the 2019 Rhode Island recruiting class are:

Jonathan Alvarado | Video
6-1 | 230
Bloomfield, N.J. | Don Bosco
A four-year starter at powerful Don Bosco, Alvarado comes from the same program that produced current Rams L.B. Mack III and Sebastian Delasoudas. A Second-Team All-State selection in 2018, he also earned First-Team All-County, First-Team All-League and First-Team All-North Jersey recognition as a senior. He played linebacker and fullback. On the defensive side of the ball, he piled up eye-popping numbers with 150 tackles, 96 solo stops, 21 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Andre Blackett | Video
6-0 | 235
Easton, Pa. | Lackawanna
A mid-year commit who comes to Rhode Island with two seasons of eligibility, Blackett led Lackawanna to an El Toro Bowl victory in 2018. A two-time Second Team All-Conference pick for Lackawanna, he had 64 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries last fall. A Dean's List student, he comes from the same program that produced current Rams Branyan Javier-Castillo and Keith Wells. Blackett chose URI over Robert Morris, Old Dominion and Sacred Heart.

Cole Brockwell | Video
6-0 | 210
Westport, Conn. | Staples

A team captain for Staples High in the fall, Brockwell earned Second-Team All-FCIAC honors while leading his team to a 7-3 record. It was the team's best mark in three seasons. Brockwell had 77 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble and was named to the Ruden Report All-FCIAC Team. His father, Mark, and his uncle, Kurt, both played for the Rams. Mark is URI Hall of Famer who earned All-Yankee Conference honors as a linebacker in 1984.

Antonio Carter II | Video
Defensive Back
6-1 | 180
Orlando, Fla. | Oak Ridge
A team captain for Oak Ridge as a senior, Carter earned Second-Team All-Metro honors last fall. He won his team's Hard Hat Award as a junior, and the Pioneer GPA Award as a senior. A three-year letter winner with the program, he is a physical corner with exceptional speed. Carter also had offers from Wagner, Fordham and Gardner-Webb.

Kevin Cerruti | Video
Offensive Line
6-3 | 290
Long Branch, N.J. | Long Branch
A team captain, Cerruti led a major turnaround for the Long Branch football program. After going 2-8 in 2016, Cerruti led his team to back-to-back NJSIAA Sectional Championships in 2017 and 2018. A two-way starter as an offensive lineman and linebacker, he earned First-Team All-State honors in 2018 and was First-Team All-Shore as both a junior and senior. His interception return for a touchdown sparked his team to the NJSIAA Central Group IV title. He chose Rhode Island over Robert Morris and Wagner, among others.

Sean Connolly | Video
Offensive Line
6-2 | 270
River Vale, N.J. | Bergen Catholic
A two-way starter for powerful Bergen Catholic, Connolly lined up at tackle on the offensive side of the ball. Connolly earned First-Team Super Conference honors last fall, as voted on by the league's coaches. He also earned Second-Team All-Bergen County recognition. Connolly chose Rhode Island over Merrimack and Duquesne, among other schools.

Montaner Fresilli | Video
Offensive Line
6-1 | 280
South Kingstown, R.I. | South Kingstown
A two-year captain and three-year, two-way starter for South Kingstown, Fresilli was a three-time All-State selection. Though he visited several schools – including Massachusetts, Buffalo, Columbia, Princeton, Lafayette and New Hampshire – Fresilli committed to his hometown school in the fall. He figures to be an interior lineman and learned from current Rhody center Dwayne Scott at URI's camps.

Dimitrios Gkountoudis | Video
Offensive Line
6-3 | 300
Munich, Germany | Clearwater Academy
A native of Germany, Gkountdis is an interior offensive lineman with brute strength. In two seasons at Clearwater Academy in Florida, he broke his school's record for pancake blocks while also allowing zero sacks. He also had offers from Delaware State, Massachusetts, Tennessee Tech and Central Arkansas.

Jordan Jones | Video
Defensive Back
6-0 | 170
Brooklyn, N.Y. | Nassau CC

A junior college transfer from Nassau Community College, Jones comes to Rhode Island with two seasons of eligibility. A team captain in the fall, Jones was a JuCo All-American in 2017 and led Nassau to the Red Grange Bowl in 2018. He had an interception in the game, helping his team defeat Northland, 46-6. In 22 career games for Nassau – a program that produced current Rams Ahmere Dorsey, Naim Jones and Malik Wilder – Jones recorded 11 interceptions. He picked Rhode Island over Sacred Heart, Indiana State and LIU Post.

Darius Perrantes | Video
6-0 | 215
Valley Village, Calif. | St. Francis
A two-time Anselus League MVP for St. Francis, Perrantes passed for more than 5,200 yards and had 48 touchdown passes in 25 games over his final two seasons. A dual-threat quarterback, he also rushed for 704 yards and 17 touchdowns. Perrantes led St. Francis to the 2017 CIF Southern Section Division III championship game, earning All-Area Player of the Year honors in the process. His older brother, London, was a starting point guard for Virginia in basketball from 2013-17 and now plays professionally in Europe.

Brady Roark | Video
Tight End/Long Snapper
6-2 | 235
Mahwah, N.J. | St. Joseph Regional
Roark earned Second-Team All-County honors while helping lead St. Joseph to a Non-Public Group 4 state title and No. 1 overall ranking in the state last fall. HighSchoolAmerica.com ranked St. Joseph No. 15 nationally in its year-end poll. A physical blocker who can line up as a true tight end or an H-Back, Roark is athletic in the receiving game. He chose Rhode Island over St. Francis and LIU Post.