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Marist Football Welcomes 26 Newcomers For 2013 Season
Courtesy: Marist Athletics  
Release: 05/08/2013
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Courtesy:Marist Athletics

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Marist head football coach Jim Parady has announced the addition of 26 newcomers for the 2013 season. The incoming class includes student-athletes from eight different states: Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas.

By position, the class includes five offensive linemen, four running backs, three linebackers, two cornerbacks, two fullbacks, two kicker/punters, two safeties, two tight ends, one defensive tackle, one defensive end, one wide receiver and one quarterback.

“This freshman class represents some of the most well-known hotbeds of football recruiting in the country,” Parady said. “We are pleased that we were able to add depth and address specific needs in this recruiting class. Our coaches did a great job identifying and landing student-athletes that really fit the Marist football model.”

Here is a closer look at Marist’s incoming class:

Ruben Avalos – Linebacker – 6-2 / 217 – Orlando, Fla. / University

Coach Parady on Avalos:  “Ruben provides us with solid coverage skills and speed at the linebacker position.  We believe he can thrive for us in our defensive scheme.” 

Highlights

Elijah Ball – Running Back – 5-9 / 189 – San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan

Coach Parady on Ball:  “Elijah is an explosive runner who can change the game every time he touches the ball.  He is also a skilled blocker and receiver out of the backfield.”

Highlights

Brett Blank – Kicker/Punter – 6-2 / 170 – Point Pleasant, N.J. / Point Pleasant Borough

Coach Parady on Blank:  “We ask our kickers to do a lot for us in our special teams units and Brett can certainly help us there.  He has demonstrated skill across all phases of the kicking game.”

Highlights

Jonathan Boozer – Fullback – 6-0 / 220 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas

Coach Parady on Boozer:  “ ‘Versatile’ is the best word to describe Jonathan as a football player.  He is a pro-style ‘H-back’ who can line up anywhere and contribute as a runner, blocker or receiver.”

Highlights

Jimmy Braun – Linebacker – 6-2 / 238 – Hopatcong, N.J. / Lenape Valley

Coach Parady on Braun:  “Jimmy is a hard-nosed, high-motor player.  He is a thumper who will bring with him an energy and passion that we love to see in our defensive players.”

Highlights 

Marcellus Calhoun – Running Back – 6-0 / 185 – Columbus, Ohio / Bishop Hartley

Coach Parady on Calhoun:  “Marcellus demonstrates great speed, balance and vision as a runner.  He hits the hole with purpose and always looks to finish.”

Highlights

Michael Corcione – Safety – 6-0 / 197 – Manalapan, N.J. / Red Bank Catholic

Coach Parady on Corcione:  “Our safeties must run various coverages yet also be physical enough to roll into the box.  Michael’s game reflects both of these qualities, along with great awareness from the secondary."

Highlights 

Leon Cummings – Running Back – 5-9 / 205 – Gainesville, Fla. / Oak Hall

Coach Parady on Cummings:  “Leon shows great burst out of the backfield; once he clears the line of scrimmage he runs with both speed and power.  He’s also a talented kick returner.”

Highlights

Tenkorang Darko – Safety – 6-1 / 186 – Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes

Coach Parady on Darko:  “Tenkorang packs a punch when he hits you. That’s why we call him Tank. He will bring in both speed and solid coverage skills to our defensive backfield."

Highlights

Rich Duncan-Murphy – Offensive Line – 6-4 / 270 – Bensalem, Pa. / Bensalem

Coach Parady on Duncan-Murphy:  “Rich has a big frame; will continue to fill out and come into his own.  He moves very well and takes pride in finishing blocks.”

Highlights

Anthony Francis – Quarterback – 6-2 / 200 – Providence, R.I. / La Salle

Coach Parady on Francis:  “It’s easy to see why Anthony was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Rhode Island.  He is a competitor and true leader on the field who can make all the throws.”

Highlights 

Joshua Gibbs – Offensive Line – 6-3 / 340 – Philadelphia, Pa. / West Philadelphia Catholic

Coach Parady on Gibbs:  “Joshua provides us with some real bulk up front.  He possesses good feet for a big man and will shore up the interior of our offensive line.”

Highlights 

Cameron Gibson – Cornerback – 5-11 / 175 – Waycross, Ga. / Ware County

Coach Parady on Gibson:  “Cameron is an athlete in every sense of the word.  He played three sports in high school and shows outstanding speed and body control from the corner back position.” 

Highlights

Gabriel Gutierrez – Offensive Line – 6-4 / 285 – Eagle Pass, Texas / Winn

Coach Parady on Gutierrez:  “We were extremely impressed with Gabriel’s technique the first time we saw him.  He also plays with a nastiness that will help him compete early on.”

Highlights

Joe Jordan – Wide Receiver – 6-3 / 190 – Wanaque, N.J. / Lakeland Regional

Coach Parady on Jordan:  “Joe brings to us considerable length at the receiver position.  He can stretch the field vertically and climb the ladder to win jump balls in the air.”

Highlights 

Demarcus Hall – Running Back – 5-9 / 187 – Garland, Texas / Lakeview Centennial

Coach Parady on Hall:  “Demarcus is a compact and powerful running back.  He runs with great patience and once his blockers create lanes for him, he takes off with purpose.”

Highlights 

Mike Maccarone – Kicker/Punter – 6-0 / 170 – Gibbstown, N.J. / Paulsboro

Coach Parady on Maccarone:  “Mike is a real power in the kicking game.  He has a big leg and can hit field goals from distance, while also making the ball hang on the kickoff and punt units.”

Highlights 

Landon Moore – Defensive End – 6-4 / 235 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. / Hudson Valley CC

Moore, who played one year at Hudson Valley Community College, will have sophomore eligibility starting in the 2013 season, and participated with the team in Spring Practice. Coach Parady on Moore: “Landon has a long frame with great pass-rushing ability. He has put on 25 pounds since he’s gotten here.”

Highlights

Daniel Njoku – Defensive Tackle – 6-2 / 265 – West Hempstead, N.Y. / West Hempstead

Coach Parady on Njoku:  “Daniel is a big, athletic presence on the defensive line.  He is great leg drive once contact is made, which something we really look for from our guys up front.”

Highlights 

Carter Odenweller – Cornerback – 6-0 / 189 – Spring, Texas / Northland Christian

Coach Parady on Odenweller:  “Carter is a superb athlete who can impact the game at a number of positions offensively and defensively. Carter’s high school coach described him as their team’s Swiss Army Knife."

Highlights

Camilo Padron – Fullback – 5-11 / 215 – Miami, Fla. / Belen Jesuit

Coach Parady on Padron:  “Every aspect of Camilo’s game is a physical.  He was a two-way standout who seeks contact and will definitely bring a level of toughness to the Foxes.”

Highlights

Matthew Poveromo – Tight End – 6-1 / 220 – Washingtonville, N.Y. / Washingtonville

Coach Parady on Poveromo:  “Matt is a local product who excelled as a quarterback.  He is a big, strong athlete who we believe can contribute to us as a tight end and also on special teams.”

Highlights

Seamus Ryan – Offensive Line – 6-3 / 265 – Sparta, N.J. / Pope John XXIII Regional

Coach Parady on Ryan:  “Seamus is an athletic, hard-working lineman.  He’ll use his solid technique and footwork to provide immediate depth on the offensive line.”

Highlights

Tarik Stovall – Tight End – 6-3 / 220 – White Plains, N.Y. / Archbishop Stepinac

Coach Parady on Stovall:  “Tarik is a big target who can really get going out when he’s out in space.  He is very skilled when he’s unattached, something we ask of our tight ends quite often.”

Highlights

Jordan Tucker – Linebacker – 6-2 / 220 – Leesburg, Fla. / Leesburg

Coach Parady on Tucker:  “Jordan is a playmaker who really fits with what we ask of our defensive players.  He rushes with speed off the edge but can also cover and tackle very well.”

Highlights

Kyle Wurzel – Offensive Line – 6-4 / 275 – Austin, Texas / Saint Michael’s Catholic Academy

Coach Parady on Wurzel:  “Kyle brings both size and physicality to us at the offensive tackle position.  He is very polished and utilizes great footwork and pad level to get the job done up front.”

Highlights

The Marist football team opens the 2013 season, its fifth as a member of the Pioneer Football League, on Saturday, Aug. 31 with a home game against Sacred Heart. It’s the first of five games the Red Foxes will play at Tenney Stadium this season.

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