SHU Football Finalizes 2011 Recruiting Class

SHU Football Finalizes 2011 Recruiting Class

Sacred Heart University head football coach Paul Gorham announced the addition of nine student-athletes to the incoming recruiting class for 2011.  They will join 12 other student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent as well as four other student-athletes already enrolled at SHU to make up this year's class. 

2011 Sacred Heart Football Recruiting Class Additions

Patrick Casey, Linebacker/Tight End, 6-1/213, Berlin, NJ / St. Joseph H.S. | Casey helped lead his team to the NP Group II State Championship in 2009 and 2010 playing linebacker and tight end for head coach Paul Sacco.  Casey was a three-time Cape Atlantic League First Team All-Defense selection his sophomore through senior seasons.  He led his team in tackles during the last three seasons ending his career with 300 total career stops.  A team captain in 2008 and 2010, he was named to the Atlantic City Press and Courier Post First Team All-Defense as a junior and senior.  As a tight end this past fall, he caught six passes for three touchdowns and was named to the Star Ledger Third Team All-Offense.  In the classroom, Casey was named the Cape Atlantic League and Brooks Irvine Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 


Tyler Dube, Wide Receiver, 6-0/170, Southington, CT / Southington H.S. | Dube played for head coach Dennis Hernandez, Jr. at Southington High School and was selected to play on the 2011 Connecticut Governor's Cup team.  Dube was named an All-State and All-Conference wide receiver while helping lead his team to the CCC North Championship.  He led the State of Connecticut in receptions in 2009.  Dube also played on the school's basketball team.





Rudyard Favard, Linebacker, 5-11/213, Malden, MA / Malden Cathloic H.S. | Favard was a three-year letterwinner and starter for head coach Bob Almeida at Malden Catholic High School.  Started 33 games at linebacker and recorded 207 career tackles.  A team captain his senior year, he was named a Weekend High School Football Hero.  Favard excelled in the classroom as well, earning Honor Roll status and Malden Observer All-Scholastic honors.  He is also a member of the wrestling and track & field teams.



Keith Farkas, Quarterback/Punter, 6-3/190, Nashua, NH / Nashua H.S. | Farkas quarterbacked the Nashua High School football team as a three year letterwinner and team captain under head coach Scott Knight.  Last fall, he threw for 1,984 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 506 yards and eight scores.  He helped lead his team to the 2008 New Hampshire Division 1 State Championship and a third place finish in the Division 1 Playoffs in 2010.  Named an All-State quarterback as a junior and senior and an All-State honorable mention pick as a sophomore.  He is a 2011 Army All-American Game nominee and named to the City of Nashua First Team All-Star.  After leading his team to the 2008 championship, he was named the ESPN/RISE Player of the Championship game.  He earned City of Nashua second team honors as a sophomore and junior.  During his career, he piled up 6,114 yards of offense and 64 touchdowns.  He threw for 5,608 yards and 56 scores over his three seasons under center.  In the classroom, Farkas is an Honor Roll student-athlete and is a member of DECA (national marketing organization).



Sir-Tay Jackson, Defensive Back, 5-8/180, New Rochelle, NY / New Rochelle H.S. (Bridgeton Academy) | Jackson graduated from New Rochelle High School where he played for head coach Lou DiRienzo and played last season at Bridgeton Academy for Coach Rick Marcella.  As a senior at New Rochelle he helped lead his team to the Class AA Section and League Championships.  He was named a 2009 All-League first team pick.  He was given the Coach Dennis Roland Academic award.  A team captain, he earned the Special Teams Player of the Week award.  At Bridgeton, he was named the MVP Defensive Back.  He was also a member of the track & field team.




William Lynner, Offensive Line, 6-3/275, Cohasset, MA / Cohasset H.S. (Choate Rosemary Hall) | Lynner was named a team captain at Cohasset High School for head coach Peter Afanasiw.  He helped lead his team to the South Shore League Championship while being named the Team MVP.  He was named to the South Shore League All-Star team and the Cohasset Football Defensive Player of the Year.  In the classroom, he was named a Patriot Ledger Scholastic All-Star.  He was selected to play in the Massachusetts Shriners All-Star Game.  He was also a member of his school's lacrosse team.





Samuel McCain, Linebacker/Wide Receiver, 6-1/185, Jamison, PA / Archbishop Wood H.S. | McCain was named a 2010 team captain at Archbishop Wood High School playing for head coach Steve Devlin.  He led his team to three Philadelphia Catholic League championships and three District 12 City Championships.  In his three-year varsity career, McCain helped lead his team to a 36-7 record.  He guided the team tot eh 2008 PIAA Eastern Pennsylvania title and his 2009 and 2010 teams were PIAA Eastern PA semi-finalists.  In 2010, he recorded 126 tackles with seven sacks and earned PIAA Eastern PA All-State honors.  Over his career he had 64 receptions for 983 yards and also had nine career interceptions.  He was named to the 2009 and 2010 Philadelphia All-Catholic and Philadelphia All-City first teams.  McCain was the recipient of the 2010 Maxwell Club Award and was named his school's Defensive MVP.  He was a two-time Philadelphia Daily News Player of the Week.  McCain was selected to play in the Bucks County Lions All-Star game.  He was also a member of his school's basketball and lacrosse teams and is an Honor Roll student-athlete.



Troy Moore, Defensive Line, 6-4/285, Worcester, MA / Saint John's H.S. (Bridgeton Academy) | Moore played for head coach John Andreoli at Saint John's High School where he was the winner of the Pioneer Award.  He helped lead his team to a championship and was named the team's Best Defense Lineman.  He won the Wolverine Award and was named an all-star his sophomore through senior years.  While at Bridgton Academy, he recorded 108 tackles and five sacks last fall and was named the winner of the Outstanding Defensive Lineman award.  He was also a member of the track & field team in high school.




Preston Sanford, Defensive Back, 5-10/175, Hoover, AL / Hoover H.S. | Sanford helped lead his team to a 41-4 record his three years on varsity at Hoover High School under head coach Josh Niblett.  He helped lead his team to the 2009 6A State Championship and was the state runner-up in 2008 and 2010.  In 2010, he recorded 39 tackles with seven interceptions, leading the region, and nine pass break-ups.  He was named to the first team All-Metro South and the All-Over the Mountain team.  He also garnered All-Tournament Team honors at the Palmetto 7-on-7 Showdown.  As a junior in 2009, he posted 42 tackles with eight pass break-ups, three caused fumbles and an interception.  Off the field, he was a Metro All-Academic Team pick and a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.  He was a member of the school's baseball team.