Sacred Heart Lands 15 on National Signing Day

Fairfield, CT (February 3, 2010) – Sacred Heart University Head Coach Paul Gorham announced the signing of nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent as well as receiving commitments from six other student-athletes for the 2012 season. This year's recruiting class includes nine players from New Jersey, three from Massachusetts, and one each from New York and Connecticut.

Check out some of the newest Sacred Heart Pioneers in action:

Kellen Sperduto - Fullback/Linebacker, 6-1/220 - Oldwick, NJ / Immaculata High School

Kellen Sperduto played for Head Coach Pierce Frauenheim at Immaculata High School.  He was a selection to the Courier News All-Conference and New Jersey Star Ledger All-Area first-teams following his junior and senior campaigns. Sperduto racked up 1,236 rushing yards and six touchdowns as well as 85.5 tackles while serving as team captain.  His high school team won back-to-back Mid-State division titles in 2010 and 2011 and was ranked as the top squad in Somerset County during both seasons.  During Sperduto's tenure Immaculata High School compiled a 27-6 record and reached the State finals in 2011 as well as the semi-finals in 2011.  An all-around athlete Sperduto also played as a corner infielder on his high school baseball team.

Matthew Morganelli, Jr. - Offensive/Defensive Line, 6-2/285 - Smithtown, NY / Smithtown High School West

Matthew Morganelli, Jr. attended Smithtown High School West, playing for Head Coach Peter Cerullo.  As a lineman who played on both sides of the ball, Morganelli recorded 41 tackles, five sacks, 48 pancake blocks, and seven tackles for loss in his senior season. He was also named to the Newsday All-Long Island Team and the All-Metro second-team.   Morganelli was also earned an all-division player as well as a member of the Newsday Top 40.  Off the field he is a member of the Business Honor Society.  Morganelli also competed on his high school track and field team.

Daniel Galvin - Linebacker/Defensive End, 6-2/211 - Allendale, NJ / Northern Highlands Regional High School

A three-year starter at Northern Highlands Regional High School, Daniel Galvin is a first-team all-league selection and served as team captain.  While competing under Head Coach Chris Locurto, Galvin registered eight sacks while earning an all-county honorable mention.

Nicholas Bartoli – Offensive Line, 6-0/280 - Falls, PA / Wyoming Area

Nicholas Bartoli will be a Pioneer after playing for Head Coach Randy Spencer at Wyoming Area High School.  Bartoli aided his team to a runner-up finish in both District Two and the Eastern Conference.  He was named an all-district and all-conference performer as well as being tabbed on the All-State third team.  Bartoli participated in the Unico East-West All-Star Game and is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the National Society for High School Scholars.

Brandon Johnson - Offensive Line, 6-3/290 - Wakefield, MA / Wakefield Memorial High School

Brandon Jackson is an offensive lineman who won a pair of Small League Championships in his final two years at Wakefield Memorial High School.  He was a first-team all-star who received an invitation to play in the Agganis All-Star Classic.  Johnson also competed in the shot put and discus for his high school track and field team.

Ryan Harrington - Linebacker, 6-2/220 - Shrewsbury, MA / Cushing Academy

Ryan Harrington was a member of the ISL Champions at Lawrence Academy before moving on to play prep football at Cushing Academy.  During his time at Lawrence Harrington, he served as team captain while standing out academically as an honor roll student-athlete. 

Ryan Breen – Offensive/Defensive Line, 6-3/273 - Ocean, NJ / Ocean Township High School

Ryan Breen was named to the All-Shore third team as a lineman at Ocean Township High School under Head Coach Don Klein.  Breen received the Vince Lombardi Award as chosen by the All-Shore media.  He also competed on his high school's Indoor Track and Field team.

Ryan Byrne – Offensive Line, 6-2/257 – Hazlet, NJ / Red Bank Catholic

Ryan Byrne heads to Sacred Heart after winning a 2011 Division championship for Head Coach Jim Portela at Red Bank Catholic High School.  Byrne was a first-team all-conference and all-division performer.  He also secured a place on the non-public All-State third-team.  Byrne made the honor roll in every quarter of high school and also served as captain of his high school basketball team.

John Snee - Linebacker, 6-1/210 - Marshfield, MA / Boston College High School

John Snee played for Head Coach Jon Barlett while at Boston College High School where he was named a Catholic Conference All-Star.  Snee was named a Scholar-Athlete and was part of a team that claimed a Division I championship.

 

Devin McKenna - Linebacker, 6-2/224 - Millstone, NJ / Notre Dame High School

Devin McKenna attended the Hun School of Princeton upon graduation of Notre Dame High School. McKenna's career high school totals include 504 career tackles, 13 sacks, two interceptions, and 16 forced fumbles. He was named to the non-public All-State first-team on two occasions as well as earning a pair of nods to the All-South Jersey first-team. McKenna garnered first-team honors to both the CVC All-Conference and the All-Area in every year of high school. McKenna's prep team claimed the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championship in 2011 and he went on to serve as a captain in the circuit's All-Star game.  He also excels in the classroom and is a member of the National Honors Society and the Latin Honors Society.

Anthony Rubino - Running Back/Linebacker, 5-8/190 - Pompton Plains, NJ / Pequannock Township High School

Anthony Rubino's career statistics at Pequannock Township High School include 1,267 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on offense as well as 74 total tackles and two sacks on defense.   Rubino, playing for Head Coach Edward Kopp, was part of a great turnaround for his high school program, securing three straight playoff appearances following nine consecutive losing seasons. Rubino was the team's captain in his senior season and was named an all-Conference, all-county, and All-Area Daily Record performer as a running back.  He was also named to the all conference and all county teams as a running back.   He was named to the MSG Varsity All-Metro Watch List his senior season while also earning a spot on his high school's honor roll.

Shaun Bowman – Offensive Line, 6-2/285 - Cheshire, CT / Cheshire High School

Shaun Bowman was a two-year letter winner on the offensive line at Cheshire High School while playing for Head Coach Mark Ecke.  He was a member of the 2010 Class LL State Championship team after finishing as the runners-up in the previous season.   Bowman also excels in the classroom as a four-time honor roll student-athlete and a two-time Student of the Month.

Jonathan Valentine – Offensive Line, 6-3/270 – Lincroft, NJ / Middletown South

Jonathan Valentine will arrive in Fairfield, CT after playing offensive line at Middletown South High School under Head Coach Steve Antonmucci.  Valentine was named Second-Team All Group 3, APP All-Shore Second Team, and A-North All-Division.  His team finished as the Group 3 State runners-up in three of the last four seasons.  Valentine was invited to participate in the 2012 All-Shore All-Star Game.  He also holds a 3.5 unweighted GPA and competed on his high school track and field team.

Joseph McGuckin – Defensive Back, 6-3/188 – Cherry Hill, NJ / Bishop Eustace

Joseph McGuckin played the safety position for Head Coach Robert Cormier at Bishop Eustace High School.  He excels in the classroom as well as the football field and was named to the all-academic team.  McGuckin is also a member of the National Honor Society and played on high school basketball team.

Giuseppe Ottaiano - Offensive Line/Defensive Line - 6-1/235 - East Hanover, NJ / Hanover Park High School

Giuseppe Ottaiano was a two-time all-conference, all-area, and all-group lineman at Hanover Park High School under Head Coach Gerry Moore.  He was also a two-year varsity starter on the wrestling team. In the classroom, Ottaiano achieved high honors in his final three years of high school.