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Towson football signs largest class in history

Towson Athletic Communications Press Release

TOWSON, Md. – Towson head football coach Rob Ambrose announced the Tigers largest signing class in the history of the program. The 28 player class includes six student-athletes who are currently on campus and 22 student-athletes that will join the program in the fall.

“I would like to thank the efforts of the TEAM that helped to sign the largest class ever signed at this institution,” said Ambrose. “Numerous administrators, doctors and professors, support staff and students have worked tirelessly with our coaches and student-athletes for the past year to bring these new and exciting additions to our university family.

“When I look at this recruiting board, knowing the men and families behind these names, I cannot help but smile. Never have I been more pleased at the potential of these young men to represent our university.”

Mid-Year Enrollees

Mitchell Boals, DB, 5-11, 185, Schofield, Wisconsin (College of DuPage)
Enrolled at Towson in January…played two seasons for head coach Matt Foster at College of DuPage…finished sophomore season with 38 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two pass break-ups and a blocked kick…had season-best eight tackles against Ellsworth and Central Lakes…registered 12 tackles and two interceptions as a freshman…began his college career at Kansas State…played prep ball for head coach Luke Coenen at D.C. Everest High School.

Tibo Debaillie, DL, 6-3, 265, Gistel, Belgium
Enrolled at Towson in January…played for head coach Lee Rosky on the Ostend Pirates…helped team capture Belgian championship.

Abdoulaye Konate, LB, 5-11, 220, New York, New York (Wyoming Seminary Upper School)
Enrolled at Towson in January…played one year for head coach Kevin Kelly at Wyoming Seminary Upper School…played prep ball for head coach Kevin Fountaine at Poly Prep.

Metise Moore, TE, 6-4, 235, Denver, Colorado (City College of San Francisco)
Enrolled at Towson in January…played one season for head coach Jimmy Collins at the City College of San Francisco…appeared in just one game for the Rams…caught one pass for five yards…spent previous two years at Alcorn State…played final two years of high school for head coach Tony Lindsay at Denver South High School…caught eight passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns as a senior…added 10 catches for 140 yards and two scores during his junior season.

Adrian Platt, RB, 5-7, 187, Germantown, Maryland (Seneca Valley HS)
Enrolled at Towson in January…played for head coach Fred Kim at Seneca Valley High School…earned First-Team All-Met honors from The Washington Post after rushing for 2,579 yards and 42 touchdowns as a senior…set Maryland state record after rushing for nine touchdowns in a victory over Magruder…eight of the nine touchdowns came in the first half…finished game with 327 yards on 22 carries…rushed for 363 yards and six touchdowns on just 15 carries against Churchill.

Zane Ventimiglia, OL, 6-3, 300, Red Bluff, California (Butte College)
Enrolled at Towson in January…played for head coach Jeff Jordan at Butte College…helped the Roadrunners to a 9-3 record and a trip to the NorCal Championship as a sophomore…blocked for an offense that averaged 257.5 yards per game…redshirted at UC Davis in 2014…played prep ball for head coach Aaron Gingery at Shasta High School…earned Second-Team All-State, as well as First-Team All-CIF Northern Section and All-Eastern League honors as a senior…also garnered all-league laurels in discus…four-year scholar-athlete.

Signees

Warren Buckner, CB, 5-11, 175, Avon Park, Florida (Avon Park HS)
Played for head coach Wade Jackson at Avon Park High School…earned Third-Team All-State honors from the Florida High School Athletic Association after recording 35 tackles, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, six interceptions and 10 pass break-ups.

Cole Cheripko, OL, 6-4, 270, Germantown, Maryland (Northwest HS)
Played for head coach Mike Neubeiser at Northwest High School…two-time All-Montgomery County selection…helped pave the way for two of the top 12 running backs in Montgomery County…named as the Jaguars MVP as a senior…helped team to state championship as a sophomore…selected for the Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star game…older brother, Drew, played at Towson from 2011-14.

Josh Diaz, OL, 6-5, 271, Woodberry Forest, Virginia (Woodberry Forest HS)
Played for head coach Clint Alexander at Woodberry Forest High School…three-year starter on the offensive line…earned VISAA Division I First-Team All-State honors…named to the All-Prep League first team…originally from New York City.

Christian Dixon, LB, 5-11, 200, Matthews, North Carolina (Butler HS)
Played for head coach Brian Hales at Butler High School…earned First-Team All-State honors by NCPreps.com after finishing senior season with 183 tackles, seven pass break-ups and three blocked kicks…named to the All-Charlotte Observer First Team after helping the Bulldogs to a 12-2 record…named the Defensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas…two-time all-conference selection.

Rodney Dorsey, WR, 5-9, 175, Frederick, Maryland (Tuscarora HS)
Played for Vince Ahearn at Tuscarora High School…named the Frederick News-Post Offensive Player of the Year as a senior after rushing for 923 yards and 18 touchdowns, while also catching 44 passes for 625 yards and three scores…rushed for 276 yards in a first-round playoff game…earned honorable mention all-state honors after putting up over 1,000 all-purpose yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a junior…garnered Second-Team All-Area laurels as a sophomore.

Evan Finegan, P, 5-11, 210, Madison Heights, Michigan (Bishop Foley Catholic HS)
Played for head coach Sean Cobb at Bishop Foley Catholic High School…led the state of Michigan by averaging 44.8 yards per punt…earned First-Team All-State honors from the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Oakland News.

D’Mitri Francis, OL, 6-4, 315, Port Charlotte, Florida (San Jose City College)
Played for head coach Carlton Connor at San Jose City College…played for head coach Jordan Ingram at Port Charlotte High School.

Christian Greaves, WR, 5-11, 165, Kensington, Maryland (Albert Einstein HS)
Played two seasons for head coach Mike Bonavia at Albert Einstein High School…named to the All-Montgomery County Team as an all-purpose back and First-Team All-Sentinel as a wide receiver…added Honorable Mention All-Met accolades from the Washington Post…had 337 receiving yards in three games as a junior…recorded 65 catches for 1,227 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore at Northwest High School…led the state in receiving yards…earned Capital Gazette Second-Team All-State laurels…rated the No. 17 recruit in the FCS by HERO Sports…rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.

Nygil Johnson, OLB, 6-3, 200, Midlothian, Virginia (Manchester HS)
Played for head coach Tom Hall at Manchester High School…named a unanimous First-Team all-conference selection after recording 79 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss, eight sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior…also garnered First-Team All-Region, Second-Team All-State, Richmond Times Dispatch Second-Team All-Metro and Second-Team all-804 accolades…posted 3.5 tackles-for-loss as a junior…competes in the triple jump and hurdles as a member of the track and field team…rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com.

Ethan Knapp, OL, 6-4, 330, Warrington, Pennsylvania (Central Bucks South HS)
Played for head coach Tom Hetrick at Central Bucks South High School…named to the All-Suburban One League Continental Conference team as a senior…earned first-team honors from The Intelligencer as a junior.

Jacob Laub, OL, 6-5, 319, Burke, Virginia (Lake Braddock HS)
Played for head coach James Poythress at Lake Braddock High School…earned honorable mention All-6A North Region team after helping the Bruins to an 11-2 record as a senior…blocked for an offense that averaged 296.5 yards per game and scored 53 rushing touchdowns.

Eric Magnifico, FB, 6-2, 240, Hanover, New Jersey (Hanover Park HS)
Played for head coach Gerry Moore at Hanover Park High School…finished senior year with 48 catches for 249 yards and one touchdown…added 101 rushing yards on 20 attempts…earned First-Team All-North Jersey American White Division honors as a linebacker after recording 40 tackles and a sack…had 34 catches for 511 yards and four scores as a junior, after posting 34 receptions for 493 yards and three scores as a sophomore.

Vashon McCants, CB, 6-0, 180, Sterling, Virginia (Dominion HS)
Played two seasons for head coach Karl Buckwalter at Dominion High School…spent time at quarterback, running back and defensive back…helped lead team to deepest playoff run in school history…selected as the Loudon Times-Mirror Offensive Player of the Year as a senior…named to The Northern Virginia Daily All-Region 4A West First Team as an all-purpose back…finished season with 1,496 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, while also throwing for 1,202 yards and 17 scores…added 35 tackles, eight pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and two interceptions as a defensive back.

John Mullins III, DL, 6-4, 270, Basking Ridge, New Jersey (Ridge HS)
Played for head Bill Tracy and Ridge High School…recorded 51 tackles in helping the Red Devil to an 8-2 record as a senior…earned Second-Team All-Courier News All-Area honors on offense…All-Mid-State 38 Football Conference and Watchung Division First Team honoree on defense.

Bryce Perkins, OL, 6-3, 270, McSherrytown, Pennsylvania (DeLone Catholic HS)
Played for head coach Corey Zortman at DeLone Catholic High School…four-year starter on the offensive line for the Squires…finished senior season with 56 pancake blocks…added 65 tackles, five sacks and one forced fumble…returned an interception for a touchdown as a junior…earned York-Adams League Division III Second-Team All-Star honors after junior season.

Brion Seagraves, DB, 6-0, 190, Greensboro, North Carolina (Dudley HS)
Played for head coach Stephen Davis at Dudley High School…helped the Panthers to the 4A state championship as a senior…selected to the Metro 4A All-Conference team as a junior and senior… earned First-Team All-Area accolades after finishing senior season with 103 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and five interceptions…had 109 tackles, four tackles-for-loss and three interceptions as a junior…also a member of the basketball team.

Jaelen Thompson, RB, 5-11, 185, Middletown, Pennsylvania (Middletown HS)
Played for head coach Brett Myers at Middletown High School…named the Eastern Pa. Player of the Year after rushing for 1,605 yards as a senior…selected to the PA Writers All-State team, Eastern PA team and a Mid Penn All-Star…helped lead the Blue Raiders to a 14-1 record and the 3A state championship game…nominated for Pennsylvania Mr. Football…finished career as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 3,940 Yards…ran for 1,132 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior, after amassing 901 yards and 11 scores as a sophomore.

Coby Tippett, DB, 5-9, 165, Westwood, Massachusetts (Cheshire Academy)
Played one year for head coach David Dykeman at Cheshire Academy…helped the Cats to an 8-2 record and the NEPSAC Wayne Sanborn Bowl championship…named to the Class A All-New England team…named ESPNBoston Mr. Football as a senior at Xaverian Brothers High School…helped the Hawks to back-to-back MIAA Division I state championships…scored touchdowns on a rush, reception and interception in state championship victory as a senior…accumulated 1,114 all-purpose yards and intercepted eight passes…had 17 total touchdowns, including three interception returns, on just 53 touches…rated a two-star recruit by ESPN.com…son of NFL Hall of Famer Andre Tippett.

Jackson Truitt, OL, 6-3, 275, West Middletown, Delaware (Appoquinimink HS)
Played for head coach Brian Timpson at Appoquinimink High School…earned First-Team All-State honors at guard, while also receiving Second-Team All-Conference accolades as a defensive lineman…garnered Second-Team All-State laurels on the offensive line as a junior…two-time academic all-state selection…participated in the Blue-Gold All-Star Game…also scored 15 goals and had 15 assists for the state runner-up lacrosse team.

Nick Vermillion, FB, 6-0, 245, Davidsonville, Maryland (Archbishop Spalding HS)
Played for head coach Kyle Schmidt at Archbishop Spalding High School…helped the Cavailers to a 9-2 record as a senior…earned First-Team ALL-MIAA honors as a senior after garnering second-team laurels as a junior…finished career with 307 tackles, an average of 13.0 tackles per game…selected to participate in the Maryland Crab Bowl…member of three MIAA championship teams in baseball.

Myles Wright, TE, 6-2, 234, Baltimore, Maryland (St. Frances Academy)
Played for head coach Henry Russell at St. Frances Academy…helped the Panthers to the MIAA conference championship…earned Baltimore Sun First-Team All-Metro honors after catching 24 passes for 374 yards and two touchdowns…selected to the All-MIAA as a junior…rated a three-star recruit by ESPN.com…rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Kobe Young, DB, 6-0, 185, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Parkland HS)
Played for head coach Martin Samek at Parkland High School…earned All-Northwest honors from the Winston-Salem Journal as a junior.

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