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TU signs 17 recruits

5 February 2014 By Matt Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor No Comments
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Towson announced its 2014 recruiting class on National Signing, Wednesday Feb. 5. Head Coach Rob Ambrose and his staff held a celebration at Charles Village Pub to reveal the class of 17 new players.

The class includes nine offensive players, six defensive players and two special teamers. Head Coach Rob said he was excited for the potential of the recruiting class.

“On paper, potentially, this could be the best class that was ever recruited,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “Each one of those guys got to sit in my office or come on a visit based on their potential, but it’s what they do on the next level that will make a difference.”

Highlighting the 2014 class are running backs Dontea Ayres and Greg White, quarterback Ellis Knudson a trio of offensive linemen.

Towson will add two running backs to the committee that will have the task of replacing former star Terrance West.

Ayres, a three-star recruit from Wicomico High School in Maryland, was originally part of Rutgers’ 2013 recruiting class. However, he did not play this season due to injury.

Ayres ran for a total of 3,370 yards in his high school career and garnered attention from schools like Duke, West Virginia and NC State.

“[Ayres is] talented, physical, quick and great vision,” Ambrose said. “More importantly, when he sat on my couch in my office, he wants to be here more than anything else. He wants to be a part of this, he thinks we can do better and he wants a hand in this.”

White, a two-star recruit according to rivals.com, chose Towson over offers from Maine and Ohio. Despite being 5-foot-8, he posted a 4.57 40-yard dash, according to ESPN.

In his senior year at West Philadelphia Catholic High School, White totaled 1,338 yards. He added 1,467 yards and 28 touchdowns in his junior season.

Joining sophomore quarterback Connor Frazier will be Knudson, who is an All-District player from Hayfield High School in Alexandria, Va. In his junior season, Knudson posted 1,504 yards and 14 touchdowns.

His ability to throw the ball deep is an asset that helped him in high school. Knudson can throw over 50-yards, sometimes off-balance.

Another area that saw many leave the program was the offensive line, which only returns one starter. Offensive Line Coach John Donatelli announced three new linemen hoping to be the future of the position.

Ambrose and his staff received commitments from Jesus Barrio from McKinney, Texas, James Hall of Cape Coral, Fl. and Matt Kauffman from York, Pa.

Hall’s strength stands out beyond his teammates, as he is able to bench press 380 pounds. Kauffman’s 20 tackles and four sacks in his senior season earned him All-County honors.

“We were lucky enough to play in football games where we were blowing people out that the young guys got a ton of experience,” Ambrose said. “We may not have as many, but they have a great mentor in Coach
Donatelli and they have great experience behind some of the best offensive linemen that have ever played here.”

Full 2014 recruiting class:

Greg White RB- West Philadelphia Catholic HS

Eddie Releford DE/OLB- Pima Community College

James Scott LB- Gloucester HS, VA

Monty Fenner DB- Oscar Smith HS Chespeake, VA.

Tyron McDade DB- Friendship Collegiate Academy, DC

Zach Herron TE- Manchester Valley, MD

James Hall OL- Cape Coral HS in Cape Corla, FL

Daniel Sutton K- New Hope Solebury HS in PA

Will Hayes LS- North Forsyth HS, Winston-Salem, NC

Marquise Watts TE- North Point HS in La Plata, MD

Sam Gallahan WR- St. Stephens & St. Agnes HS

Niquekko Cook DE- Meade HS, MD

Dontea Ayres RB- Rutgers University/ Wicomico High School

Jesus Barrio OL- McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney Tx.

Reece Burnett DT- Lake Braddock HS, Burke, Va.

Matthew Kauffman OL- York Suburban HS, York, Pa.

Ellis Knudson QB- Hayfield HS, Alexandria, Va.

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