July 27, 2006
Here are the 28 new members of the Yale Football team, all of whom report to New Haven on Aug. 21 to begin preparation for the 2006 season.
Wayzata High School
At Wayzata High School: All-conference...Three-year letter winner in both football and track and field...Helped lead Wayzata to its first state championship his senior year after the Trojans lost in the championship game the previous season...Trojans beat Cretin-Derham Hall 28-24 in the Metrodome for the title...Made a crucial sack in the title game...Personal: Jonathan Charest, born Dec. 13, 1987, is the son of Ann and Chuck Charest...Plans to major in biology and aspires to be a geneticist...Eagle Scout...Once worked as a milkman.
Saint Louis, MO
Christian Brothers College High School
At Christian Brothers College High School: Two-sport athlete, three-year letter winner in football and basketball...Played at five different positions in high school football, racking up 14 career interceptions at CB and over 50 tackles a year...gained 600 yards receiving and 500 yards passing his senior year...Three-time first-team all-conference CB, Two-time team MVP, two-time all-district...Ranked second-most versatile player in the state by GTC Grid Report...Helped team to conference champs in 2003 and district champs in 2004...National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award...St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete Award...Hispanic Heritage Foundation Gold Medallion for Community Service...Monte Senor Shockley Award for Social Justice...Personal: Isaiah DeLeon-Mares, born Aug. 14, 1987, is the son of Loretta DeLeon... Hobbies include community-service, church-related activities, and poetry...Enjoys music and weight-lifting...Intends to major in economics or political science...Wants to work with people and make an impact on their lives on a daily basis...Best friend Jeremy Maclin is WR at Missouri...Friend Eric Hunt is DB at Brown, and friend Joey Sherer is LB at Penn.
Orland Park, IL
Providence Catholic High School
At Providence Catholic High School: Two-sport athlete, four-year letter winner in football and track...1,000 yard rushing in both junior and senior years...State champs in 2002 and 2004...97-yard kick return, the longest in title game history, in 2004...Two-time All-Chicago Catholic League Conference...Illinois state scholar...Two-time all-academic team... Personal: Jordan John Farrell, born Jan. 4, 1988, is the son of William and Renee Farrell...Hobbies include billiards, going to the driving range, and weight lifting.
Los Angeles, CA
Cathedral High School
At Cathedral High School: Two-sport athlete, four-year letter winner in football and three-year letter winner in track and field...Three-time all-league, team MVP...sportsman of the year award...Holds school 100m and long-jump records...Scholar-Athlete Award...8 Academic distinction awards...Gear-Up Scholarship...Personal: Ricardo Galvez, born Feb. 20, 1988, is the son of Marcia Santiago...Intends to major in mechanical engineering and wants to be a NASA engineer...Hobbies include building airplane models, designing engines, and designing and building solar cars...First member of his family to attend college.
Bonne Terre, MO
North County Senior High School
At Iowa State: Received a full football scholarship and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Scholarship...Transferred to Yale after freshman season...At North County Senior High School: Three-sport athlete, lettered four years in football and track, one year in basketball...played tight end and linebacker before switching to quarterback senior year...behind center, led North County to an 11-1 record, threw for 2,053 yards and 22 touchdowns, ran for 611 yards and six touchdowns...kicked PATs and finished with 255 career tackles...All-conference TE as junior, ranked as No. 37 tight end in the country and 11th best player in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com...First-team all-state linebacker...Personal: Andrew John Haase, born Feb. 20, 1987, is the son of John and Elizabeth Haase...Intends to major in economics and work in business...Hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and golf.
Valparaiso High School
At Valparaiso High School: Two-sport athlete, three-year letter winner in football, two-year letter winner in baseball ... First-team all-state, Old Spice Indiana Player of the Year...Indianapolis Colts Academic All-Star Team...Indiana all-star...85 tackles senior year...Personal: Timothy James Handlon, born April 19, 1988, is the son of Mike and Charlann Handlon and the second Handlon to play football for Yale...Older brother Matt '06 was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs at DB...Tim runs his own lawn-mowing business and intends to major in economics...Hobbies include going to the beach, lifting weights, history, and patriotism.
Lauderdale Lakes, FL
Pine Crest School
At Pine Crest School: Three-sport athlete...Three-year letter winner in football, four-year letter winner in basketball, two-year letter winner in track...had two kickoff returns of more than 80 yards...Played at running back, receiver, safety, and linebacker...Scholar-Athlete Award ...Had a dozen 3-pointers in one game while playing for the Pine Crest basketball team...Personal: Travis Henry, born March 30, 1988, is the son of Stafford and Yvonne Henry...Teammate Zach Nolan plays football for Stanford.
Sachse High School
At Sachse High School: Four-year letter winner in football, two-year letter winner in track ... First-team all-district senior year...Academic all-state...Garland Hall of Fame...Winner of numerous academic honors including Texas Scholar and National Merit Commended Scholar recognition...Won two $1,000 college scholarships, one for the most outstanding male senior athlete in the district and one from the booster club for performance on the field and in the classroom...Personal: Cody D. Jacoby, born Jan. 7, 1988, is the son of Brad and Gayle Jacoby...He intends to major in engineering and hopes to become an engineer...Hobbies include bass guitar, golf, basketball, and video games.
Long Grove, IL
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
At Adlai Stevenson High School: Three-sport athlete, lettered four years in football and track, played two years in basketball...Ran for 961 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 7.8 yards per carry senior year...All-conference and all-area junior and senior years...Helped lead football team to conference championship and undefeated regular season senior year...Football team made state playoffs all four years...Won National Gold Medal for Original Essay at NAACP ACT-SO competition...National Achievement Scholarship ...Personal: Carl Johnson, born Feb. 10, 1988, is the son of Mike and Andrea Johnson...Intends to major in economics or international studies...Hobbies include music and cooking...Teammate Mike Morrissey is a LB at Boston College.
Southington High School
At Southington High School: Gatorade State Player of the Year...Holds all-time state passing record...All-state senior year and two-time all-conference at quarterback...All-CCC-North as a junior and senior...MVP senior year...MVP of state championship game...Personal: Matthew Kelleher, born Dec. 3, 1987, is the son of Mike Kelleher and Merry Davidson Bush...Intends to major in biology and aspires to be a doctor... High school rival of Yale teammate Mike McLeod '09 (New Britain High School).
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara High School
At Santa Barbara High School: Two-sport athlete, lettered in football and track all four years...League MVP at quarterback...Three-time first-team all-county in football...Two-time county and league champion in 300m hurdles and 400 meters...California Scholarship Foundation Sealbearer...Endowment for Youth Scholarship...First recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award...Santa Barbara Roundtable Scholar-Athlete of the Year in both football and track senior year...Personal: Reid Lathan, born Aug. 12, 1987, is the son of Reginald W. Lathan and Nancy J. Lathan...Intends to major in economics and go into business research.
At Delbarton School: Two-sport athlete...Two-year letter winner in football...One-year letter winner in baseball...Football team won conference championship in 2004 and 2005...Football team made state finals in 2005...1.90 ERA out of bullpen in baseball...Tied for third in sacks on football team...Personal: Thomas McCarthy, born Sept. 6, 1988, is the son of Kevin McCarthy, Sr. and Mary Ellen Weber...Hobbies include deep sea fishing...Sports camp counselor...Intends to major in economics...High school teammate of Yalies Kevin McCarthy '08 (brother) and Rob McEwan '07...Did not play football for the first time until sophomore year of high school...Ex-teammate Matt Bashaw plays DE at Columbia...Ex-teammate Mark Paski plays OL at Princeton.
Warren T. White High School
At Warren T. White High School: Three-year letterman in football and basketball...captain of both teams...First-team all-district...First-team academic all-state...Led football team to first playoff appearance in six years...Summa cum laude...Longhorn of the Year...National Merit Finalist...Personal: Benjamin A. Meyer, born Dec. 14, 1987, is the son of James and Louisa Meyer...Hobbies include skiing and scuba diving...spent time as an AAU basketball coach...Intends to major in economics and mathematics.
Bishop Guertin High School
At Bishop Guertin High School: Played football, baseball, track and field, soccer, and basketball...Two-year letterman in football and baseball...Three-year letterman in baseball...captain of track and baseball teams...Lowell Sun All-Star...Union Leader All-Star...All-state...Co-MVP of the football team senior year...Bishop Guertin went undefeated and won the state championship for the second consecutive year in 2005...44-yard punt average...47 for 47 PATs, two game-winning field goals...New Hampshire finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award...Winner of Joe Yukira New Hampshire Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame...First-team all-state in baseball...Starting catcher in the New Hampshire-Maine all-state game... Personal: Thomas Francis Mante, born Nov. 24, 1987, is the son of Bruce and Kim Mante...Intends to major in biology and aspires to a career in genetics...Hobbies include guitar and piano.
Great Meadows, NJ
Hackettstown High School
At Hackettstown High School: Two-sport athlete, three-year letter winner in both football and basketball ... First-team all-conference quarterback, first-team all-region defense ... Warren County Football Player of the Year ...Team MVP... 2005 Skyland Conference Champions...Wendy's High School Heisman Nominee...Express Times and Lafayette College Academic All-Star...NJSIAA Scholar Athlete...Personal: Max Newton, born Oct. 5, 1987, is the son of Mark and Cindy Newton...Newton enjoys traveling and has served as a youth umpire and youth sports camp counselor...Father Mark was captain of Amherst College football team and was a three-year letterman.
Pingry High School
At Pingry High School: Played football, hockey, and lacrosse...four-year letter winner in football...Three-year letter winner in lacrosse...Two-year letter winner in hockey...First-team all-conference in football...State champions in lacrosse...Centennial Cup for outstanding male athlete...Personal: Justin Franklin Oplinger, born May 20, 1988, is the son of Stephen and Missy Oplinger...Hobbies include movies and guitar...Worked at a pizza place...Intends to major in economics.
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Wooster High School
At Wooster High School: Earn seven letters between football and track & field teams... First-team all-conference and all-county offensive lineman... Second-team all-district... Played on two league championship and playoff teams... Threw shot and discus and had three varsity letters... Three-time scholar-athlete recipient... Northeast Ohio Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete... Brent Kirk Foundation Scholarship... Personal: Cory Palmer, born July 14, 1988, is the son of Hugh and Rita Palmer.
Temecula Valley High School
At Temecula Valley High School: Played football, baseball, and track...Three-year letter winner in football...Two-year letter winner in track...All-league TE, LB, All-Inland Valley LB...Wendy's High School Heisman Nominee...National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete...Team MVP and team captain...Personal: Austin Pulsipher, born July 13, 1988, is the son of Allen and Ann Pulsipher...Hobbies include surfing, wakeboarding, hiking, and camping...Aspires to be a doctor or a dentist...Father played football at Brigham Young University...Uncle Daniel is the legendary Utah placekicker/punter.
Mt. Vernon, NY
Rye Country Day School
At Rye Country Day School: Played football, basketball, and baseball...Four-year letter winner in football and baseball...Three-year letter winner in basketball...Football team MVP...All-New England offense senior year in football...All-time leader in home runs for baseball team...2006 Big 4 Champions in football...2006 Golden Dozen Scholar-Athlete Team for the top 12 scholar-athletes in Westchester Country...2006 Urban League Black Scholar...Chris Mello Scholarship/Award from the Golden Dozen committee...Personal: Rodney Jeremiah Reynolds, born Jan. 27, 1988, is the son of Rodney J. and Lillian F. Reynolds...Hobbies include making and listening to music, poetry, reading, and writing...Ran sweet potato pie business, "Jeremiah's Pies"...Worked as baseball camp counselor...Intends to major in economics...High school teammate David Thomas '08 plays on the Yale football team...Second cousin Evelyn Ashford is the Olympic gold medalist.
Paul Matthew Rice
Cleveland Heights, OH
University High School
At University High School: Division III co-defensive player of the year... First-team all-Ohio safety...First-Team Ohio News Network All-Ohio...Selected to play in Big 33 All-Star game...Four-year letter winner in football and basketball, MVP junior and senior years in both sports...Football co-captain senior year...Part of school record 4x100 relay team in track...National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award...Personal: Paul Matthew Rice, born July 3, 1988, born July 3, 1988, is the son of Louis and Jana Rice... Both parents are doctors, and father played football at Harvard...Yale won both The Game and the Ivy title in father's senior year.
At Campbell Hall: Captain of football and track teams...Three-year letter winner in track...Two-year letter winner in football...Over 1,500 yards rushing in both junior and senior year...11.32 100m in track...Division offensive player of the year...First-team all-section, all-area, all-league...All-section in track...Led football team to state finals in 2005; team reached quarterfinals in 2004 and 2003...Bishop Garver Athletic Achievement Award...National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award...Offered scholarships to Air Force and Naval academies for football...Personal: Brandon Shepard Scott, born Nov. 10, 1988, is the son of William Scott III and Frejeanne Scott...Intends to major in biomedical engineering and go into sports medicine...Hobbies include working out, video games, and listening to music...Camp counselor at Sierra Canyon Day Camp...Ancestor, Freddie Shepard, pitched and played outfield in the Negro Leagues for six different teams between 1943 and 1948 and went on to play minor league baseball between 1948 and 1950.
Richie Scudellari, Jr.
Saint Francis High School
At Saint Francis High School: Two-sport athlete...Captain of football team...Two-year letter winner in both football and track...Two-time first-team all-league...First-team all-Mid Penninsula...2200 pass yards, 20 touchdowns...CCS Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year...National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete...Regents Scholarship to UC Davis... Personal: Richard Scudellari, Jr., born Dec. 19, 1987, is the son of Richard and Carla Scudellari...Hobbies include lifting weights, surfing, and basketball...Worked as an athletic trainer...Father was a linebacker and team captain at Boston College...Intends to major in engineering.
Daniel "Eric" Senn
Trinity High School
At Trinity High School: Two-year letter winner in football...Nine interceptions senior year...All-metro as both defensive back and wide receiver...All-South senior year...First-team all-state defensive back...Numerous media awards including the Republic Bank Metro Player of the Year (2005) and Tremendous 26 Football Players (2005)...Captained team and won third state championship in four years...Personal: Daniel "Eric" Senn, born Nov. 7, 1987, is the son of Dan Senn and Jennifer Stewart...Hobbies include wakeboarding and snowboarding...Uncles Tommy and Louis founded Borders Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Mich....Models his game after Charles Woodson.
Lincoln High School
At Lincoln High School: Two-sport athlete...Two-year letter winner in football...Three-year letter winner in lacrosse...Captain of both teams...First-team all-state, first-team all-conference, and team MVP in football...Top 2005 receiver in state high school football...All-American, two-time first-team all-state, two-time first-team all-league in lacrosse...Football team was 24-2 over last two seasons...National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete... Personal: John Sheffield, born July 31, 1987, is the son of Sheri and Bucky (Roy) Sheffield...Intends to major in economics...Hobbies include sports and video games...Greens keeper at local golf course...Father was a varsity golfer at Texas Tech...Brother David Sheffield was Brown '06.
Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay High School
At Granite Bay High School: Two-sport athlete...Two-year letter winner in football and track...Only one sack allowed in 2004 and 2005 combined as an offensive guard...League MVP at guard...National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award and Scholarship...First-team All-Press Tribune...Football team was metro league champions in 2004 and 2005...AT&T Foundation Scholarship... Personal: Matthew Joseph Smock, born Feb. 22, 1988, is the son of Joseph and Lisa Smock... intends to major in economics and/or political science...played offensive line throughout high school, but was considered too small to play at most Div. I schools...came to Coach Siedlecki to try defense, which got him recruited by Yale.
Wells Stewart III
Elkin High School
At Elkin High School: Three-sport athlete...Two-year letter winner in football and tennis...Three-year letter winner in basketball...12 varsity interceptions at DB...led state in kicking points with 117 in 2005...184 varsity career kicking points...All-state, all-region place-kicker...Two-time all-conference defensive back...Captain of football and basketball teams... Football team was conference champions in 2003, 2004, and 2005, state champs in 2002, 2003, and 2005...Tennis team was state champs in 2003...U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award...U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award...Personal: Wells Stewart III, born April 8, 1988, is the son of Wells Stuart, Jr. and Susan Stuart...Intends to major in political science, economics, or history...Father went to Princeton...Hobbies include fishing, swing dancing, and ping pong.
At Germantown Academy: Four-year letter winner in football and baseball... Wendy's High School Heisman Nominee...Special recognition all-league/injury and all-city/injury senior year...First-team all-league and team defensive MVP junior year...Germantown won its league during Traynor's sophomore and junior seasons...Personal: Joseph Andrew Traynor, born Feb. 14, 1988, is the son of Patrick and Lisa Traynor...He is the sixth Traynor child to attend college, with four older siblings at Penn State and one sister, Tara, who rowed varsity crew at the U.S. Naval Academy...Father was an All-American track and country runner at Villanova and an international runner for five years after college.
Germantown High School
At Germantown High School: Two-sport athlete...Three-year letter winner in football...Four-year letter winner in track...First-team all-conference defensive end...Second-team all-conference running back...Two-time all-county defensive end, all-region defensive end...Team defensive MVP...Played in Wisconsin all-star game...Started at defensive end for 2003 state championship football team...Personal: Jack Wallace, born Jan. 31, 1988, is the son of Mark and Julia Wallace...Hobbies include Nintendo, Harry Potter, and swimming.