DU Announces 2009 Football Recruiting Class

Michigan State transfer Dave Williams (WR)

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University head football coach Jerry Schmitt announced the addition of 19 student-athletes to the Dukes football program Thursday.

The incoming class covers six states and also includes four former Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) products.

This is the second season Duquesne has offered scholarships in the sport of football in the modern era.

"Our staff did an outstanding job of identifying and filling our needs," said Schmitt. "I'm impressed with the athletic ability of these young men combined with their overall academic achievement. Our staff is looking forward to working with them this fall."

The 2009 season will be Duquesne's second as an associate football-playing member of the Northeast Conference.

The Dukes, who return 14 starters from last year's 3-7 team, will open four weeks of spring practice on March 30. The annual spring game will take place on Saturday, April 25 on Rooney Field. The time of the game is to be announced.



KEVIN BARTHELEMY - Recognized as the underclassman lineman of the year in 2007 ... was named University of Pittsburgh 2008 Specialty Camp MVP (long snapping) ... earned three varsity letters for football ... played basketball and track in high school ... plans to major in marketing/marketing management.

SEAN BRADY - Completed 108-of-172 passes (63%) for 2,038 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior for 6-4 Canisius High School ... was one of 10 finalists for the Conolly Cup awarded annually to the most outstanding player in Western New York ... named second team 2008 All-Western New York by the Buffalo News ... broke Canisius' single-season records for passing yardage and touchdown passes in a season ... led Class AA Canisius to the Monsignor Martin Association League AA championship game ... team captain ... also played basketball.

DEVIN DUGGAN - Played for the 2007 Seaboard Conference champions last season at Valley Forge Military Academy (8-2) ...named Seaboard Conference defensive player of the year ... was a first team all-conference strong safety and team MVP ... led team with 80 tackles including five sacks and 15 tackles for loss ... forced and recovered four fumbles and added a pair of interceptions ... was an all-conference defensive back for a Class AAA Bethlehem Catholic team that was ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania in 2006 ... helped Bethlehem Catholic to a 9-3 record and first playoff appearance in five years ... National Honor Society student.

REGGIE EILAND - Named second team small school all-state ... also earned a spot on the Washington Post Prince George's 3A/2A/1A all-league team and the Prince George's Gazette-Star all-county first team ... key blocker for 8-3 Gwynn Park's' high-powered running attack ... helped the Yellow Jackets to the 2A South Region playoffs ... 19 touchdown runs came through his side of the line ... three-year letterman.

WILL HENSON - Helped AAAA Coatesville to a 7-4 record and 4-2 third place finish in the Ches-Mont League Red Division ... two-year starter and three-year letterman ... also lettered twice in track ... named first team all-league and all-area ... was a team co-captain ... recipient of the Rich Como Award given to the player who exhibits citizenship and leadership on and off the field ... was listed as one of the Top 30 offensive linemen in Southeastern Pennsylvania by the Philadelphia Inquirer ... four-year honor student.

SERGE KONA - Led team in tackles and special team plays his senior season ... named to the All-Gazette second team defense ... named to ESPN RISE honorable mention for the state of Pennsylvania ... also made the 2008 All-Sentinel second team defense.

DERRICK LAKINS - Won the 2008 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title ... averaged 9.1 tackles per game during his senior season ... named to the first team all-conference in the WCAC ... a recipient of the United States Marine Corps Honor, Courage and Commitment Award ... named to the ESPN RISE honorable mention for the state of Maryland ... overall high school record of 36-4 ... three year varsity letterman.

HORVIN LATIMER - Was the leading tackler for Liberty's 15-1 PIAA Class AAAA state champion squad ... had 122 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks and two interceptions as a senior ... also caught nine passes for 175 yards as a blocking tight end ... selected to play in the Pennsylvania Big 33 game ...first team all-area ... two-year starter ... totaled 85 tackles including nine sacks and forced five fumbles as a junior.

KEVIN MIRANDA - Named to the 2008 class AAA Parkway Conference all-conference football team for offense ... earned top 22 recognition on offense in class AAA Parkway Conference in 2007 and 2008 ... was placed on the 2008 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Parkway Conference first team offense.

B.J. MORTON - Named all tri-cities first team and all-district second team ... played for Matoaca's regional runner-up team as a junior .. National Honor Society student ... also named to the Matoaca distinguished honor roll.

JAY PETTINA - Named to the 2008 class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference all-conference football team offense ... earned Indiana High School stat star of the week with 33 yards in interception returns for touchdowns ... recognized in 2008 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for leading in the categories of rushing, passing and receiving.

NICK REDDEN - Helped AAA Clearfield Area to a 10-3 record and MAC Conference championship and District IX title ... anchored an offensive line that paved the way for a pair of 1,000-yard backs and a 1,000-yard passer ... also started at defensive tackle where he had 46 tackles and 2.5 sacks ... named Associated Press and Pennsylvania Football News Class AAA first team all-state ... District IX offensive lineman of the year ... was first team all-conference as both a center and defensive lineman ... selected to play for the West in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association All-Star Game ... team captain ... three-year letterman ... also lettered in wrestling, basketball and track ... was the 2008 District IX discus champion.

LOGAN RUCKER - Second team all-conference defensive back for a 7-4 Fairmont team that was the first in school history to make the state playoffs ... named the team's most valuable DB ... finished with 34 tackles and one interception and three passes broken up as a senior ... also a two-year starter for the basketball team.

BILL VISCUSO - Named 2007 Lehigh Valley Conference second team offensive tackle ... recognized in 2007 by Morning Call Area as second team all-conference offensive tackle ... won second place in 2008 Pennsylvania Power Lifting 275 lbs.

LUKE WRIGHT - Led the Century High School Knights to a victory in the 2008 Carroll County Championship ... a leader in team receptions, touchdowns and interceptions his senior season ... named to the 2008 all-state team ... awarded 2008 Carroll County Times player of the year ... named 2008 all-conference offensive and defensive player of the year ... named to the 2008 all-digital sports team ... a 2008 Baltimore Touchdown Club all-star ... placed on the 2007 Maryland Super 22 team ... also played basketball and baseball.


2009 DUQUESNE FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS

NAME             HT  WT POS    CL  HOMETOWN/LAST SCHOOL
Kevin Barthelemy 6-3 250 OL    Fr. Moon Township, Pa.
                                   Moon Township
Sean Brady       6-0 175 WR/DB Fr. Orchard Park, N.Y.
                                   Canisius
Damon Cotton     6-0 190 WR/DB Fr. Aliquippa, Pa.
                                   Center
Devin Duggan     6-0 210 DB    Fr. Bethlehem, Pa.
                                   Bethlehem Catholic
                                   Valley Forge Mil. Acad.
Reggie Eiland    6-1 255 OL/DL Fr. Accokeek, Md.
                                   Gwynn Park
Will Henson      6-5 250 OL    Fr. Coatesville, Pa.
                                   Coatesville Area
Serge Kona      5-11 215 LB    Fr. Gaithersburg, Md.
                                   Gaithersburg
Derrick Lakins   6-0 215 LB    Fr. Upper Marlboro, Md.
                                   DeMatha Catholic
Horvin Latimer   6-1 225 LB    Fr. Bethlehem, Pa.
                                   Liberty
Justin Melhado*  6-1 190 DB    Jr. Ridgewater C.C.
                                   (Minn.)
Kevin Miranda    6-0 285 OL/DL Fr. Beaver Falls, Pa.
                                   Blackhawk
B.J. Morton      6-0 245 DL    Fr. Petersburg, Va.
                                   Matoaca
Jay Pettina     5-11 190 DB    Fr. Indiana, Pa.
                                   Indiana
Nick Redden      6-2 260 OL/DL Fr. Clearfield, Pa.
                                   Clearfield Area
Logan Rucker     6-2 190 DB    Fr. Kettering, Ohio
                                   Fairmont
Gus Sutera       6-2 250 OL    Fr. Haverford, Pa.
                                   Haverford
Billy Viscuso    6-2 270 OL    Fr. Emmaus, Pa.
                                   Emmaus
David Williams* 5-11 180 WR    Jr. Monroeville, Pa.
                                   Gateway
                                   Michigan State
Luke Wright     5-10 180 WR    Fr. Sykesville, Md.
                                   Century
* - indicates transfer
Posted on DuquesneSports.net, 3/31/09

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