Football Inks 21 as Part of Incoming Class of 2019

Football Inks 21 as Part of Incoming Class of 2019

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College head football coach Patrick Murphy announced that 21 student-athletes have signed on to join the program for next season. Of that number, 19 have signed National Letters of Intent and will begin attending Saint Anselm in the fall, while two others joined the Hawks for second semester of this year and are participating in spring ball.

"We are very excited about this incoming recruiting class." Murphy said. "We are bringing in young men that are not only good people and are excellent in the classroom, but also have the potential to be exceptional football players. Academics, as always, are a huge priority for us; with over 98 percent of this class receiving some kind of academic merit award. In our recruiting process, that's where the process starts. Then we move to the prospect's character and then finally the football ability."

Added recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach Yon Boone: "Our overall class, with signees and walk-ons, has student-athletes from 13 different states and districts. We have every expectation that some of these freshmen will contribute next season. With our top four receivers graduating, including the NCAA Division II all-time leader in receptions, Justin Bernard (Cambridge, Mass.), we are really looking for a great class of wide receivers to push for playing time."

Gavin Ajoku (Weymouth, Mass.) is a 6-foot-1-inch, 185-pound wide receiver out of Catholic Memorial High School, where he was an all-conference selection and team MVP. He led the team in scoring the last two seasons, including last year when he made 73 catches for 1,084 yards.

Emmanuel Akinlosotu (Upper Marlboro, Md.), the brother of rising sophomore Michael Akinlosotu (Upper Marlboro, Md.), is a 6-0, 205-pound linebacker from Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School. Akinlosotu's accolades include Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention, Maryland big schools All-State honorable Mention, Prince George's County Coaches' First Team, All-Gazette Second Team and Southern Maryland Athletic Conference vs. Prince George's All-Star selection.

John Aylward (Tewksbury, Mass.), a 6-0, 200-pound quarterback graduate from Tewksbury Memorial High School. Aylward led Tewksbury to a 13-0 record and a Division 3 Massachusetts State Championship his senior year as he threw for 1,370 yards and 18 touchdowns, en route to being named a Merrimack Valley Conference All-Conference First Team pick. Aylward also did a post-graduate year at Williston Northampton School, where he helped the team to a 7-2 mark, playing in eight games and earning a spot on the All-Colonial League Second Team. He tossed for 1,347 yards and 17 TDs, while rushing for three scores.

Erik Baghdasaryan (Watertown, Mass.) is a 6-1, 265-pound offensive lineman that played at Watertown High School, where he served as a captain, was a two-time Lineman of the Year and two-time Ultimate Lifting Warrior. Baghdasaryan was also a Middlesex Freedom League All-Star and a Shriners League All-Star selection.

Christian Brady (Scituate, Mass.), a 6-3, 200-pound quarterback/athlete, played at Scituate High School, where he garnered Patriot League All-Star honors as a dual-threat QB that beat teams with his arms and his legs.

Will Collins (Hollis, N.H.) is a 6-2, 245-pound defensive end that played at the Brooks School, where he was an All-New England selection his senior year and an All-League Honorable Mention pick as a junior. He helped his team capture the Sean Brennan Bowl as a senior.

Issa Conteh Jr. (Bowie, Md.), a 5-10, 175-pound defensive back, played at Bowie High School and served as a two-time captain. Conteh tallied 141 tackles, 15 interceptions and 25 pass breakups, while returning two kicks and an interception for touchdowns. His accolades include Washington Post All-Met as a senior, All-County as a junior and senior and VTO Elite MVP and NUC 5 Star MVP as a senior.

Eric Fairweather (Londonderry, N.H.) is a 5-11, 175-pound quarterback/athlete, who was a three-year starter at nearby Londonderry High School. As a senior, Fairweather threw for 1,225 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,245 yards and 19 TDs. On the defensive side of the ball, he picked off five passes and broke up two more on just nine throws that came his way. That overall performance earned him New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year honors, as well as a handful of other accolades, including New Hampshire Mr. Football, USA Today New Hampshire Offensive Player of the Year, Joe Yukika Foundation New Hampshire Player of the Year, All-State First Team, All-Conference First Team, NHIAA Scholar-Athlete Award, WMUR Hometown Hero, CHaD All-Star, team Offensive MVP, team Academic Award and team Mr. Intensity Award. As a junior, he was the team's leading tackler as he amassed 46 tackles and four interceptions, as well as six touchdowns as a slot back. He was an All-Conference First Teamer at defensive back and the team's MVP.

Conner Gates (Lawrenceville, Ga.), a 6-3, 275-pound offensive lineman out of Brookwood High School, was a two-time captain and two-time Player of the Week. Gates served on the Senior Leadership Council and was a four-time Gwinnett County Daily Post Offensive Honor Roll selection.

Kyle Hill (Upper Marlboro, Md.) is a 5-10, 175-pound wide receiver from Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, where he averaged 15.8 yards per catch his senior season and was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year. He was selected to start the Prince George's County All-Star Game and made five catches for 103 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown grab. As a junior, Hill captured a 4A State Championship in both football and basketball. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a Great Rivalry Academic and was given a scholarship award from the U.S. Marines.

 Neil Horenburg (Freehold, N.J.), a 6-3, 280-pound offensive tackle, played at Red Bank Catholic High School, where he was an All-Division selection and the team's Most Outstanding Lineman as a senior. That year, the team won the Non-Public Group 3 State Championship and finished the season ranked 67th in the country on MaxPreps and third in the tri-state on MSG Varsity.

Matt Lavallee (Nashua, N.H.) is a 6-3, 270-pound offensive lineman out of nearby Nashua High School North. Lavallee was a USA Today All-State First Team selection, a CHaD All-Star and the team's MVP as a senior, as well as an All-Conference First Team pick as both a junior and senior.

Nathaniel Lewis (Rockville, Md.), a 6-1, 175-pound defensive back, was a four-year varsity player and two-year starter at the Bullis School, where he started on both offense and defense as a senior. Lewis helped his team to three conference titles during his career.

Mike Mofor (Laurel, Md.) is a 5-8, 200-pound running back out of Eleanor Roosevelt High School, where he rushed 196 times last year for 2,021 yards and 29 touchdowns. His accolades included Washington Post All-Met Second Team, All-Prince George's County First Team and All-DMV Elite Football First Team.

Patrick Munley (Attleboro, Mass.), a 6-1, 230-pound defensive end, played at North Attleboro High School, where he led the team in tackles (62) and sacks (10.5) as a senior. Munley was recognized as a Hockomock League All-Star and took home a handful of other accolades, including HockomockSports.com Hock 5 Defensive Line, HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Honorable Mention, Sun Chronicle All-Star, Boston Globe D3 Player of the Week (Sept. 22), Balfour Award (Defensive MVP of North Attleboro vs. Attleboro Thanksgiving Day game), NAHS Defensive MVP and NAHS Teammate Award.

Thomas Reilly (Marshfield, Mass.) is a 6-5, 320-pound nose guard out of Marshfield High School. Reilly played a pivotal role on one of the best defenses in Massachusetts, as he anchored the Super Bowl Champions at nose guard as a senior.

Brandon Sharp (Washington, D.C.), a 5-11, 175-pound wide receiver, played at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, where he caught 25 passes for 457 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. The Honor Roll student was named all-league and earned a spot on the Prince George's County All-Star Team.

 James Sullivan (Tewksbury, Mass.) is a 5-11, 215-pound running back graduate of Tewksbury Memorial High School. For his career, Sullivan, who crafted three seasons of 1,000-plus all-purpose yards, amassed 3,000 yards rushing, 1,000 yards receiving and 53 total touchdowns. His team won a Super Bowl Championship, two Northeast Sectional Championships and three conference titles.

Martin Tamga (Silver Springs, Md.), a 6-0, 175-pound athlete out of Paint Branch High School, tallied 12 tackles, two interceptions, two rushing touchdowns and 17 catches for 150 yards and a score. PBHS captured a regional championship and three divisional titles during Tamga's tenure.

The Hawks also added a pair of junior college transfers for the current spring semester. Andy Klouda (Solon, Iowa) is a 5-11, 190-pound defensive back that comes to the Hilltop from Iowa Central Community College, where he totaled 88 tackles, including 41 solo stops, over the course of two seasons. Klouda graduated from Solon High School.

A.J. Holman (Irvine, Calif.), a 6-1, 185-pound wide receiver, transferred in from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he caught 61 passes for 681 yards and five touchdowns over two seasons. Holman earned All-Long Beach Dream Team First Team and All-Trinity League honors as a senior at Saint John Bosco High School, as well as All-Trinity League recognition as a junior at Orange Lutheran High School.

Class of 2019 NLI Signees

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Pos.

Hometown/High School School

Gavin Ajoku

6-1

185

WR

Weymouth, Mass./Catholic Memorial

Emmanuel Akinlosotu

6-0

205

LB

Upper Marlboro, Md./Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr.

John Aylward

6-0

200

QB

Tewksbury, Mass./Tewksbury Memorial

Erik Baghdasaryan

6-1

265

OL

Watertown, Mass./Watertown

Christian Brady

6-3

200

QB/ATH

Scituate, Mass./Scituate

Will Collins

6-2

245

DE

Hollis, N.H./Brooks School

Issa Conteh Jr

5-10

175

DB

Bowie, Md./Bowie

Eric Fairweather

5-11

175

QB/ATH

Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry

Conner Gates

6-3

275

OL

Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood

Kyle Hill

5-10

175

WR

Upper Marlboro, Md./Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr.

A.J. Holman

6-1

185

WR

Irvine, Calif./Saint John Bosco (Orange Coast)

Neil Horenburg

6-3

280

OT

Freehold, N.J./Red Bank Catholic

Andy Klouda                

6-0

205

DB

Solon, Iowa / Solon (Iowa Central CC)

Matt Lavallee

6-3

270

OL

Nashua, N.H./Nashua HS North

Nathaniel Lewis

6-1

175

DB

Rockville, Md./Bullis School

Mike Mofor

5-8

200

RB

Laurel, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt

Patrick Munley

6-1

230

DE

Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro

Thomas Reilly

6-5

320

NG

Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield

Brandon Sharp

5-11

175

WR

Washington, D.C./Woodrow Wilson

James Sullivan

5-11

215

RB

Tewksbury, Mass./Tewksbury Memorial

Martin Tamga

6-0

175

ATH

Silver Springs, Md./Paint Branch

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