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2013 Recruiting Class Announced

2013 Recruiting Class Announced

30 New Bulldogs Joining 2013 Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Thirty new Bulldogs were added to the football roster as the first full recruiting class of Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Yale Head Coach, and his staff was announced today. There are 29 student-athletes in the class of 2017 and one newcomer from 2016 among the talented crop coming to New Haven this summer.

The 2013 recruiting class has players from 17 states, including four from Georgia and three each from Ohio and California. Almost every position is covered by the class with a heavier concentration of offensive linemen and wide receivers, for which there are four each.


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Benjamin Bedard
6-4, 265
Grand Ledge, MI
Grand Ledge HS

At Grand Ledge: As team captain his senior year, had 60 tackles, 14 TFLs and 5 sacks… Second-team all-state, second consecutive first-team all-league, Mid-Michigan Dream Team, and Rival's Michigan top 100 his senior year… Three-year academic all-aeague… Team was conference champions in 2010 and 2011… Seven-time letterwinner between football (3) and track (4)… National Honor Society president.

HS Highlights

Personal: Benjamin Bedard is the Son of George and Karen Bedard… Interested in history with an emphasis on American history.

Kevin Blohm
6-4, 250
San Francisco, CA
Saint Ignatius

At St. Ignatius: 2011 and 2012 first-team San Francisco… Captain of 2012 Division 1 Open CCS Championship and Norcal runner-up squad… 2011 Division 3 CCS Champions… Six-time varsity letterwinner between football (3) and track (3)… Senior year track captain… Set school freshman and sophomore discus records.

HS Highlights

Personal: Kevin Blohm is the son of Ken and Helen Blohm… Brother, Chris Blohm '11 (TE), signed by 49ers as a free agent.

Khalid Cannon
6-6, 265
Gadsden, AL
Gadsden City HS

At Gadsden: Graded above 90% in all 2012 games… "The Gadsden Times" and "the Messenger" first-team All-County… Team captain and three-year letterwinner… Team made playoffs in 2012 and 2011, and won the region championship in 2010… Lettered in basketball as a center… An AP scholar, National Achievement finalist and Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete region winner.

HS Highlights

Personal: Khalid Cannon is the son of April Cannon… Interested in chemistry with hopes of becoming a pharmacist or a pharmacologist… Enjoys reading, watching sports and playing video games on the PS3… Summer intern at the Physician's Apothecary… Dad played football at Miles College.

Robert Clemons III
6-0, 175
Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach HS

At Laguna Beach: Team captain and four-year letter winner... All-CIF, Three-time first-team all-league, one-time second-team all-league... Two-time team offensive MVP... Two-time league champions... Ran track for a year... Four-year scholar-athlete... Two-time HS English department award.

HS Highlights

Personal: Robert Clemons III is the son of Robert Jr. and Kimberly Clemons... Interested in Political science with aspirations of becoming an attorney... Enjoys playing beach volleyball.

Victor Egu
6-3, 230
Concord, CA
De La Salle High School

At De La Salle: 2012 first-team all-league, second-team all-metro and "Cream of the Crop" selection… 2012 NCS champions, state champions and USA Today National champions… Six-time letter winner between football (4) and track (2)… MVP of the track team as a sprinter… Scholar-athlete… Honor roll.

HS Highlights

Personal: Victor Egu is the son of Kenneth and Gertrude Egu… Enjoys reading, sports, drawing and building random things… Born in Nigeria and moved to America when he was five.

Mason Friedline
6-5, 290
Seattle, WA
King's High School

At King's: 2012 first-team all-state and first-team all-league offensive and defensive line, Seattle Times Star Times Selection… 2011 first-team all-league offensive and defensive line… Team captain of the 2012 league champions… Made it to state quarterfinals four consecutive years… Nine-time varsity letter winner between football (4), basketball (2) and track (3)… 2012 league champion and fourth in state in shot put… Four-year honor roll… Got a perfect score on the national financial capability test… Received 11 D1 offers before deciding on Yale… Student body president of his HS.

HS Highlights

Personal: Mason Friedline is the son of Michael Friedline and Vicki Young… Interested in a career of sports marketing and international business… Enjoys reading, cliff jumping, travelling, weightlifting and playing pick-up basketball… His sister, Lily, is adopted from China.

Myles Gaines
5-11, 175
Tallahassee, FL
Lincoln HS

At Lincoln: Senior year captain... Led team in receptions (48), receiving yards (635) and yards per catch (13.2) while notching four touchdowns… Selected for All-Big Bend and All-Region Honorable Mention… Team finished 14-2, runner-up for the state championship... Won district, sectional and regional championships… Won numerous WR MVP awards at various national camps… Also ran track and played lacrosse... Junior year pre-season All-American, but saw limited action due to an injury… Sophomore year at Chiles High School, led team with 41 catches, 498 yards and seven TDs… Only sophomore in the Big Bend region to be in the top five in receptions, yards and TDs.

HS Highlights

Personal: Myles Gaines is the son of Edward and Hope Gaines…

Peter Gerson
6-3, 245
Madison, CT
Daniel Hand High School

At Daniel Hand: Tallied 34 career sacks… Team captain and three-year varsity letter winner… 2012 All-SCC, all-area and first team all-state… Team finished 13-0 including an SCC Championship and a Class L state championship, and ranked No. 1 in the state… CT Scholar Athlete of the Year… Recipient of the CT High School Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Scholarship.

HS Highlights

Personal: Peter Gerson is the son of Tom and Nancy Gerson… Interested in economics and a career as a teacher… Enjoys reading, fishing and astronomy… His favorite musical artist is Michael Buble… He was coached by former Yale player Michael Ciotti '90.

D'Amani Grayer
5-8, 175
Phoenix, AZ
Brophy College Preparatory

At Brophy College Prep: Had 978 rush yards with an average of 6.5 yards per carry and 14 total TDs in 2012… At corner, made 52 tackles, two blocked kicks, 11 pass break-ups and one defensive touchdown… 2011 first-team all-section running back and 2012 honorable mention All-A2 Central State corner… Section champions in 2011 and 2012… Seven-time letter winner between football (3) and track (4)… Team captain and record holder in the 4x1, 4x4, 100-meter and the 200-meter... Distinguished student award… National achievement finalist.

HS Highlights

Personal: D'Amani Grayer is the son of D'Antoni and Lisa Grayer… Interested in psychology, law and business with plans of owning his own company… Enjoys volunteering with youth football, drumming, cheese tasting and video games… Is talented at imitating voices and faces… His dad played Arena Football for the Portland Dragons from 1996-1998.

Leo Haenni
6-3, 225
Franklin, OH
Bishop Fenwick

At Bishop Fenwick: Had 71 career receptions for 1238 yards and 13 TDs along with 8 interceptions... Two-time first-team GCL receiver, two-time second-team all-area receiver... Senior year GCL Receiver of the Year… Team captain of a squad that won the Greater Catholic League Championship… Received six varsity letters between football (3), basketball (1) and volleyball (2)… Captained the volleyball team and played center for basketball… GCL Academic All-Star.

HS Highlights

Personal: Leo Haenni is the son of Mark and Martha Haenni… Intends to major in biomedical engineering… Likes the band, "Empire of the Sun."

Dale Harris
5-10, 190
Brooklandville, MD
St. Paul's School

At St. Paul's: Rushed for 1700 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2012… 2012 All-MIAA, Big 33 All Star, Baltimore Touchdown Club, all-metro… Team captain and four-year letter winner… Received six other D1 offers before deciding on Yale… Selected to the honor Roll and Headmaster's List.

HS Highlights

Personal: Dale Harris is the son of Dale Harris Sr. and Melissa Glaros… Interested in economics and biomedical engineering… Enjoys snowboarding and is a big fan of the Baltimore Ravens.

Bryan Holmes
5-11, 205
Holland, MI
West Ottawa HS

At West Ottawa: Had 45 of 53 kick-offs downed for touchbacks, and averaged 43 yards on punts in 2012… all-conference, all-area and honorable mention all-state… Lettered three times… A Merit scholar, National Honor Society member and scholar-athlete.

HS Highlights

Personal: Bryan Holmes is the son of Greg and Naney Holmes… Interested in business and business management… Enjoys snowboarding, golf and disc golf… Loves to water ski

Beau Iverson
6-9, 265
University Place, WA
Charles Wright Academy

At Charles Wright: 2012: Led team in sacks, receptions (10), receiving yards (220) and TDs (4)… Nisqually League MVP, all-area first team DE, all-state TE & DE… Nisqually League Champions… Tacoma Athletic Comission Athlete of the Year (scholar-athlete award)… 2011: led team in sacks… First team all-league DE & TE, honorable mention all-area DE… Lettered six times between football (4) and basketball (2)… 2011 honorable mention all-league center in basketball.

HS Highlights

Personal: Beau Iverson is the son of Jeff and Kristen Jefferson… Loves to swim, and enjoys music, movies and the outdoors.

Remick Kawawaki
6-2, 215
Vancouver, WA
Columbia River

At Columbia River: Rushed for over 3000 career yards with an average of more than eight yards per carry… Recorded 85 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown his senior year… Three-time (2010-12) all-league, all-district and offensive MVP, two-time (2011-12) all-level all-star, 2012 most valuable DB and all-state game selection… Captain of 2012 league champions… Lettered in lacrosse… Four-year scholar athlete, three years on Dean's list and senior year Clark College President's list selection.

HS Highlights

Personal: Remick Kawawaki is the son of Keith and Nicole Kawawaki… Grandfather played QB/RB at the University of Hawaii… Intended pre-med and history of medicine major interested in a career in natural medicine… Hobbies include hiking, rock climbing, back-packing, traveling, and bouldering… Enjoys thrift shopping… Travelled to Indonesia on a mission in 2012.

John Lancione
6-3, 270
Avon Lake, OH
Avon Lake HS

At Avon Lake: Senior year honorable mention all-conference and all-county… Team captain and two-year letterman… Team made it to the Division 1 state playoffs and won the Southwestern Conference Championship… Chosen for Summa Cum Laude and scholar-athlete.

HS Highlights

Personal: John Lancione is the son of John and Anne Lancione… Interested in economics and political science, with aspirations of being a lawyer… Hobbies include skiing, hunting, fishing, singing, model U.N. and cooking… Used to participate in theatre, and can make a mean loaf of bread… The first person in his family to attend an Ivy League school.

Darius Manora
6-0, 210
Alexandria, VA
St. Stephens and St. Agnes School

At St. Stephens and St. Agnes School: Set the league rushing record with over 4500 career yards… Team captain and rushed for 1600 yards and 17 TDs as a senior… Selected for all-league, all-state and team MVP three consecutive years… Eight-time letterman between football (4), track (3), and basketball (1)… Ran the 100 meter and played forward… Selected to National and Spanish National honor societies.

HS Highlights

Personal:  Darius Manora is the son of Gregory and Anna Manora… Interested in business and communications and has hopes of starting his own business… Enjoys drawing and public speaking… Can play four instruments and cook… Routinely visits elementary schools and church youth groups to speak about the importance of good character in everyday life.

Galen McAllister
5-7, 161
San Antonio, TX
James Madison HS

At James Madison: Rushed for 2264 yards and 18 TDs with an average of 7.4 yards per carry over his junior and senior seasons… Team captain and two-time varsity letter winner… Two-time first team all-district, MVP of Texas Showcase Combine… Team was two-time Bi-District champions, two-time Area champions and two-time regional champions… Two-time academic all-state and ranked 11th in class of 777.

HS Highlights

Personal: Galen McAllister is the son of Walden and Christina McAllister… Interested in a career as a sports medicine physician… Enjoys listening to music and spending time with family and friends… Was an alternate in the Texas All-State Choir.

Spencer McManes
6-3, 210
Roswell, GA
Blessed Trinity Catholic HS

At Blessed Trinity: Set single-game passing yards (302), single-season passing yards (1637), career passing yards (3921) and career passing TDs (35) school records… Two-year team captain, 2011 offensive player of the year and 2012 offensive back of the year… 2011 sub-region champions, made the Georgia sweet 16 for the first time in school history… 2012 sub-region runner up, repeat sweet-sixteen berth… Received six varsity letters between football (4) and baseball (2)… Played outfield for a 2012 squad that made the state playoffs elite-eight… November 2012 Male athlete of the Month for North Fulton.

HS Highlights

Personal: Spencer McManes is the son of Skip and Lori McManes… Intends to major in chemistry… Enjoys fishing, country music and working out.

Marty Moesta
6-6, 230
Grosse Pointe, MI
Grosse Pointe South HS

At Hotchkiss School (PG year): In 2012 had 10.5 sacks and was selected for the Cullinan football prize (team MVP)… Selected for All-Erickson Conference and First-team All-New England.

At Grosse Pointe:  Senior year captain and chosen as a Michigan high school football all-star… Team made it to state semi-finals… Four-time letter winner between football (2) and hockey (2) as a defenseman… Scholar athlete, AP State scholar, AP Merit scholar.

HS Highlights

Personal: Marty Moesta is the son of Robert and Julie Moesta… Interested in studying economics and electrical engineering with the goal of owning a business… Enjoys video games and basketball… He's at least six inches taller than everyone else in his extended family… He has worked as a harbor attendant and interned at a hedge fund.

Duncan Morfitt
6-3, 215
Scottsdale, AZ
Notre Dame Preparatory

At Notre Dame Prep: As team captain, accumulated 70 tackles, two sacks and five forced fumbles his senior year… 2012 Division II, Section II and All-Southern Region first team linebacker… 2011 honorable mention linebacker… Five-time letter winner between football (3) and baseball (2)… Team captain and first team all-section third baseman in 2011… Selected to Dean's list and National Honor Society.

HS Highlights

Personal: Duncan Morfitt is the son of Jay and Pam Morfitt… Interested in pre-med with career aspirations of working in sports medicine… Enjoys sports, friends and music.

Foyesade Oluokun
(Fo-yay-sa-day O-lu-o-kun)
6-2, 200
St. Louis, MO
John Burroughs High School

At John Burroughs: All-League, All-District and first-team All-State senior year… Rated as a Super 30 Area Recruit… Team was three-time state runner up, three-time district champions and two-time league champions… Eight varsity letters between football and basketball… Team captain, All-League and All-District in basketball.

Personal: Foyesade Oluokun is the son of Steve and Josephine Oluoken.

Candler Rich
5-11, 188
Newnan, GA
The Heritage School

At the Heritage School: 2012: Ran for 1910 yards and 23 TDs, had 568 yards receiving and 7 TDs...  Intercepted eight balls and scored 37 total touchdowns… Rushed for 5887 yards and 72 TDs, had 1407 yards and 16 TDs receiving, intercepted 20 balls and had 102 total TDs over his career… Four-time GISA All-Region, Three-time GISA All-State, two-time Times-Herald All-County MVP, 2010 Times-Herald All-Purpose Player of the Year, 2012 Region 2AAA Player of the Year… Team captain of the 2012 2AAA Region Champions and GISA AAA State Runners-up… 13-time letterman between football (4), baseball (5) and basketball (4)… Starting centerfielder for the varsity states baseball championship as an eighth grader, team captain as a senior, all-state as a junior and sophomore, state champions as a freshman… Defensive team MVP as a sophomore and junior as a forward for the basketball team… State runner-up for the 100 meter as a junior on the track team… Class Salutatorian... AP scholar with distinction, national honor society, Georgia Merit scholar.

HS Highlights

Personal: Candler Rich is the son of Jimmy and Dorothy Rich… Intends on studying applied mathematics… Enjoys coaching youth athletics, student government and hunting.

Robert Ries
5-11, 185
Cincinnati, OH
St. Xavier HS

At St. Xavier: Had 75 Tackles, four interceptions, six pass break ups, three sacks, and 500 all-purpose yards his senior year… All-state, all-district, all-city and all-league, while also receiving the league Defensive Back of the Year… Team won the GCL League championship… Five-time letterman between football (3), baseball (1) and track (1)… Played outfield and ran the 100 and 200 in track.

HS Highlights

Personal: Robert Ries is the son of Steve and Maryann Ries… Interested in a career of investment banking… Enjoys golf, travel and skiing… Started a lawn care business…

Morgan Roberts
6-3, 210
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Country Day School

Transferred from Clemson

At Charlotte Country Day School: In 2010, set the CCDS single-season passing yards record (1968) and TD record (22), while also running for 706 yards and 14 TDs… 2010 NCISAA All-State QB, CISAA All-Conference QB, Strength and Conditioning All-American, CCDS team MVP, SCISA Shrine Bowl MVP, and WSOC Big 22 Player of the Year candidate… As captain in 2010, led the team to both NCISAA state championship and CISAA conference championship victories… 2009 NCISAA All-State QB, CISAA All-Conference QB, and CCOS Offensive Player of the Year… Led the team to the 2009 WCISAA State semifinals… Five-time letterman between football (3) and basketball (2)… Team captain and forward for the basketball team.

HS Highlights

Personal: Morgan Roberts is the son of Toby and Julie Roberts…

Blake Rowlinson
6-3, 205
Alpharetta, GA
Alpharetta HS

At Alpharetta: Had 52 career receptions for 815 yards and three TDs… Rated in the top 150 players of Georgia… First team All-North Fulton TE, second team all-region TE, 2010 National Underclassman Combine WR MVP… Team made the playoffs three straight years and won the regional championship in 2011… Three-year letterman and senior year captain… Ran the 400 in track... GA State Sectionals Qualifier in track... Played first base for the baseball team… Four-year scholar athlete, eight-time honor roll recipient, and AP scholar.

HS Highlights

Personal: Blake Rowlinson is the son of Dave and Sue Rowlinson… Interested in pre-law and finance with aspirations of becoming a lawyer… Enjoys playing golf, hanging with friends, snowboarding, music and intramural basketball.

Jack Rushin
6-5, 275
Wilmette, IL
Loyola Academy

At Loyola Academy: Senior year had 64 tackles, 23 TFLs and 8 sacks… 2012 All-State, Chicago Tribune All-State honorable mention and first team Chicago Catholic League… Two-time Chicago Catholic League champions, 2012 state semi-finalists, 2011 state runners-up… Two-time Chicago Catholic League All-Academic and senior year academic all-state.

HS Highlights

Personal: Jack Rushin is the son of Jim and Mary Jo Rushin… Interested in economics and a career in investment banking… Has a rabbit named "Pepper"… Nephew of sports writer Steve Rushin.

Spencer Rymiszewski
6', 185
West Chester, PA
B. Reed Henderson HS

At B. Reed Henderson: Senior year as team captain rushed for 1032 yards and 18 total TDs... Made 44 tackles, six interceptions, 14 pass deflections and recovered four fumbles... 2012 first team all-league RB & DB, first-team all-area DB, first-team All-Southern PA DB, Ches-Mont League Most Outstanding DB...2011 first-team ALL-Ches-Mont league DB, first-team All-Area DB... 2012 team District 1AAA Runner-up... 2011 Ches-Mont League champions... Eight-time letterman between football (3), Lacrosse (4) and basketball... Team captain and two-time All-Ches-Mont midfielder... Junior year second-team All-Area... Member of the National Honor Society, National Jr. Classical League Latin Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars... Scholar Athlete.

HS Highlights

Personal: Spencer Rymiszewski is the son of Phil Rymiszewski and Linda Ives... The winner of the National Fraternity of Student Musicians Piano Auditions... Enjoys playing piano, cooking, sports and coaching... His Father played football for Army from 1978-82.

Jackson Stallings
6-1, 230
Moore, OK
Southmoore HS

At Southmoore: Career stats include over 1300 reception yards, 15 TDs, 100+ tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 12 Sacks… Played many positions… Team captain and MVP… 2012 all-conference, all-district, all-city and all-star… Six-time letterman between football (3), basketball (1) and powerlifting (2)… Team captain and state finalist in powerlifting… four-time recipient of the 4.0 award and principal's honor roll.

Hs Highlights

Personal: Jackson Stallings is the son of Dr. Glenn and Janna Stallings… Interested in political science with hopes of becoming a senator… Interested in poetry, politics and his faith… Paternal grandfather, Col. H.D. Stallings Jr. was in the early space program and was the first man to be weightless… Father was two-time All-American DB at South Western Oklahoma State University.

Brian Sykes
6-2, 200
Alpharetta, GA
Chattahoochee HS

At Chattahoochee: Team captain and four-year letter winner… 2012 first-team all-region, first-team All-North Fulton… 2011 honorable mention All-North Fulton… Made it to the Georgia 6A State playoffs in 2012… In 2011, made it to the Georgia 4A State playoffs and won the 4A Region 7 championship… Also played lacrosse, lettering twice as a midfielder… 2012 scholar athlete.

HS Highlights

Personal: Brian Sykes is the son of Kevin and Jaquata Sykes… Interested in studying economics en route to becoming a business owner or executive… Enjoys basketball, reading, chess and cars… Was an elementary school chess champion… Modeled at Hollister… Grandfather played for the Harlem Globetrotters… Brother Brandon Sykes played at Davidson, whereas his father played at Kentucky.

Copache Tyler
6-3, 275
Springfield, IL
Springfield Southeast HS

At Springfield Southeast: Four-time Springfield Defensive Lineman of the Year… Senior year captain and team MVP… All conference in 2012… Earned seven letters between football (4) and wrestling (3)… Captain of the wrestling team… Two-time all-conference and state qualifier… Academic All-Conference and State Scholar.

HS Highlights

Personal: Copache Tyler is the son of Copache and Tammy Tyler… Plans to be pre-med before entering a career in anesthesiology… Enjoys football, wrestling and weight lifting… An able impressionist.

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