Pioneer Football Continues to Build Incoming Class - Announces 11 Commitments

Pioneer Football Continues to Build Incoming Class - Announces 11 Commitments

The SHU football coaching staff has announced 11 additional commitments to the Pioneer roster for the 2012 season.  Sacred Heart's incoming freshman class currently stands at 32 names who will wear the red and white for the first time in the upcoming season.  The diverse class includes players from nine different states:  New Jersey (11), Massachusetts (8), New York (7), Connecticut (1), Virginia (1), Pennsylvania (1), New Hampshire (1), California (1), and Oklahoma (1).






The 11 newest Pioneers include:

Jackson King - Running Back/Wide Receiver, 5-10/170 - Merrimack, NH / Merrimack High School

King comes to Sacred Heart after a standout high school career at Merrimack High School in New Hampshire. King played five positions in high school and was named team captain his senior year, in which he chewed up nearly 1,500 all-purpose yards and scored 14 total touchdowns. Last year he was named the New Hampshire Sports Page DII Player of the Year and Merrimack High School Offensive Most Valuable Player. King also played on his school's basketball team.  

Raymond Noel - Quarterback, 6-1/190 - Lowell, MA / Lowell High School

Noel comes to Sacred Heart as a first team all-conference player at Lowell High School in Massachusetts. He recorded over 2,300 yards passing in his senior season and over 1,100 yards on the ground. Noel broke 14 school records during his time at Lowell and was his league's Most Valuable Player on offense. He also competed on his school's indoor track and baseball teams.

Nicholas Sorel - Linebacker/Running Back, 5-11/205 - Rhinebeck, NY / Rhinebeck High School/FDR 

Sorel was named team captain as well as the defense's Most Valuable Player at FDR under Head Coach Brian Bellino. Sorel captured all-league honors as well as being named a Poughkeepsie Journal All-Star. During his junior year he recorded 85 tackles and five touchdowns. Sorel was also an all-league performer on the basketball court.

Dane Dudick - Defensive/Offensive Line, 6-3/290 - Oklahoma City, OK / G.A.R Memorial High School and New Hampton Prep School

Dudick arrives at Fairfield after competing at G.A.R Memorial High School as well as New Hampton Prep School. Dudick was an All-State and All-District performer in Oklahoma as well as an All-New England and All-Prep School honoree in the Northeast.  Academically, he was a recipient of the Presidential Scholar award. Dudick also spent time on the basketball court and both the lacrosse and baseball fields while in high school. 

John Craig - Defensive End/Long Snapper, 6-1/205 - Belmont, MA / Belmont High School

Craig was selected as his squad's Defensive Player of the Year as well as serving as the team captain in his senior season.  Craig played for Head Coach Kevin Gildea at Belmont High School and was selected MVP of the team's Thanksgiving Day Game last year.  He also was a member of the basketball, baseball, and lacrosse teams at Belmont.

Vincent Narog - Wide Receiver/Linebacker, 6-1/190 - Mohegan Lake, NY / Archbishop Stepinac

Narog brings a resume to Sacred Heart that includes All-State, All-County, and All-League accolades. He recorded 655 receiving yards, 61 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and eight touchdowns as both a wide receiver and a linebacker. Narog was a team captain under Head Coach Mike O'Donnell at Archbishop Stepinac High School in New York. He also played on his school's baseball and basketball teams.

Brett Harrington - Defensive End/Tight End, 6-3/225 - Chelmsford, MA / Chelmsford High School

Harrington is an all-conference performer on the gridiron and won the Dan Gleason Outstanding Lineman Award as well as being named Merrimack Valley Defensive Player of the Year. He recorded over 100 tackles and seven sacks in his senior year.  Harrington played at Chelmsford High School under Head Coach Bruce Rich and served as captain of both the football and basketball teams.

Michael Rutigliano - Fullback, 6-1/265 - Commack, NY / Hauppauge High School

Rutigliano comes to Sacred Heart as a six-time high school Scholar-Athlete award winner in football, wrestling, and baseball. He was captain of the football team under Head Coach Joe Patrovich. Rutigliano was named All-Division and Academic All-Conference as well as the team's Offensive Most Valuable Player. 

Thomas Barcia - Kicker, 6-0/185 - Somers, NY / Somers High School

Barcia is an all-league kicker who racked up 17 touchbacks playing at Somers High School in New York. Off the field, he is a member of the National Honors Society. Barcia also competed on the school's baseball and basketball teams.

William Foley - Defensive Back, 6-0/195 - Sterling, MA / Wachusett Regional / Northfield Mount Hermon School

Foley joins SHU via Wachusett Regional High School and Northfield Mount Hermon School under Head Coaches Mike Dubzinski and John Walsh. Foley also was a team captain for his school's baseball team. 

Nick Astone - Safety, 6-0/185 - Hightstown, NJ / Hightstown High School

Astone recorded 223 tackles in 23 varsity games and was named to the All-West Jersey Team playing for Head Coach Pete Brescia at Hightstown High School. He also participated on the school's Track and Field team.

 Previously announced players who have committed to Sacred Heart include:

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 Bowlman 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.


Moses Webb - Defensive Back/Wide Receiver/Running Back, 5-8/170 - Manassas, VA / Bishop Ireton High School

A three-sport letterman at Bishop Ireton High School, Moses Webb will bring his versatility to Sacred Heart in 2012. Webb captured All-State honors at three different positions: defensive back (2009), punt returner (2010), and wide receiver (2011). In his senior season Webb scored 16 touchdowns from the backfield and snagged four interceptions and on defense. He twice eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark in a single season and racked up four TD's in a single game as a senior. Webb led his team to an appearance in the VISFA semifinals. Academically, he is a member of the Engineers for Tomorrow.

Zachary Schafer – Linebacker, 6-1/205 – Mansfield, MA/Mansfield

Zachary Schafer set the single season record with 100 tackles at Mansfield High School under Head Coach Michael Redding. Schafer served as a captain in his senior season and was named a 2011 Massachusetts Coaches' All-Star, a Sun Chronicle All-Star, and earned a spot on the Boston Herald All-Scholastic squad. He also secured Hockomock All-League honors and was selected as the circuit's defensive MVP. Schafer's squad captured the 2010 Massachusetts Division II Super Bowl Championship in 2010 and captured the 2010-11 Hockomock League crown. He ranks third on the all-time tackles list as an honor roll student throughout high school.

Mensur Ibric – Defensive End/Tight End, 6-2/230 – Brooklyn, NY/Fort Hamilton

Mensur Ibric comes to SHU as the PSAL Linemean of the Year as well as being named an All-Brooklyn and All-NYC performer at Fort Hamilton High School. He played under Head Coach Daniel Perez and captured the 2010 NYC PSAL Championship. Ibric also earned recognition as a Brooklyn All-Star and was selected to play in the New York City vs. Long Island Empire Challenge Game.

Shane Scambray - Quarterback, 6-4/185 – Laguna Niguel, CA/Dana Hills

Shane Scambray will arrive at Sacred Heart after earning second-team all-league honors as well as collecting the team MVP award as a senior at Dana Hills High School. He racked up 2400 yards through the air including 18 touchdowns and one receiving TD under Head Coach Todd Russinkovich. Scambray captured the Dolphin Pride Award all four years of high school and attended the Ryla Leadership Camp.

Frank Bakirtzis – Tight End, 6-2/230 – West Orange, NJ/West Orange

Frank Bakirtzis earned a pair of All-Area first-team accolades while at West Orange High School under Head Coach John Jacobs. He was also named to the all-conference and all-county second teams. Bakirtzis was inducted into the Essex County Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame and is a member of the National Honor Society. He was also served as captain for the West Orange Baseball and Ice Hockey teams. Bakirtzis played in the East vs. West New Jersey All-Star game after grabbing 28 passes and two touchdowns in his senior year.

Ryan Malone – Running Back/Defensive Back, 6-1/180 – Mattituck, NY/Mattituck

Ryan Malone was a three-time All-Suffolk County student-athlete under Head Coach Jack Marilotta at Mattituck High School. Malone served as team captain in both his junior and senior seasons. He was part of the Mattituck squad that snapped the program's 15 year postseason drought with a trip to the playoffs in Malone's sophomore season. Academically, Malone was on the honor roll in every quarter since seventh grade. He was also a member of his high school basketball team for three seasons.