POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Marist football head coach Jim Parady has announced the addition of 26 newcomers to the program for this season. The incoming class includes student-athletes from 10 different states - New York, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The new class consists of five defensive backs, four defensive linemen, four running backs, four wide receivers, three offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, two linebackers, one tight end, and one kicker.
"The coaches did an excellent job of recruiting this group of student-athletes from across the country," Parady said. "This group gives the program its most athletic class in our history. The combination of size, length and speed will allow them to compete for playing time as freshmen."
Here is a closer look at Marist's incoming class:
Ed Achziger - Quarterback - Dublin, Calif. - 6-0 / 180
Coach Parady: "Ed can not only make all the throws we ask, but also create with his feet and be a threat with the ball in his hands. He is a true dual-threat quarterback."
John Brennan - Defensive Line - Croton, N.Y. / Croton-Harmon - 6-3 / 235
Coach Parady: "John is one of two Croton Tigers joining us this year, and comes in as a talented local student-athlete who will look to contribute right away on the defensive line."
DeAndre Brown - Running Back - Weston, Fla. / Cypress Bay - 5-10 / 195
Coach Parady: "DeAndre is a hard-nosed, downhill runner who can get those tough extra yards for you in a variety of ways."
Evan Chase - Running Back - Bel Air, Md. / Maryland Christian Academy - 6-2 / 230
Coach Parady: "Evan brings the elements of size and power to our backfield, not only as a runner but as a blocker as well."
Garrett Clay - Running Back - Cumberland, Md. / Fort Hill - 5-10 / 180
Coach Parady: "Garrett's speed, elusiveness and football savvy will be a tremendous asset to our running back position."
Dylan Clay - Wide Receiver - Cumberland, Md. / Fort Hill - 5-10 / 180
Coach Parady: "Dylan is a versatile athlete with the skill set to play a number of positions. His speed and playmaking ability are a natural fit for the wide receiver position."
Derek Gardner - Tight End - Wall, N.J. / Wall Township - 6-2 / 240
Coach Parady: "Derek can play both sides of the ball; his size and athletic ability will be an asset to our tight end position, as both a receiver and blocker."
Jonathan Higgins - Defensive Line - Cumberland, Maine / Bridgeton Academy - 6-3 / 255
Coach Parady: "Jonathan has a rare combination of size and athletic ability that make him a skilled addition to the defense."
Jesse Mainiero - Defensive Back - Croton, N.Y. / Croton-Harmon - 5-10 / 185
Coach Parady: "As a former quarterback, Jesse has a great understanding of the game, and that combined with his natural athletic ability make him a tremendous addition to our defensive secondary."
Michael Marston - Defensive Back - Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard - 6-0 / 185
Coach Parady: "Michael has the size we covet in a defensive back, and his coverage skills also make him a quality addition to the secondary."
Dillan Martin - Defensive Back - Downington, Pa. / Downington East - 6-0 / 205
Coach Parady: "Dillan is a tough-as-nails competitor who has an unmistakable desire for the football and is an outstanding addition to our safety position."
Earl McGuire - Linebacker - Jacksonville, Fla. / Sandalwood - 6-0 / 225
Coach Parady: "Earl has the intensity and physicality required of a linebacker, but also the ability to run sideline to sideline."
Caylin Moore - Quarterback - Carson, Calif. / Verbum Dei - 6-1 / 170
Coach Parady: ""Caylin has tremendous confidence as a football player, and is both a fierce and skilled competitor. He will be a great addition to our quarterback position."
Donovan Morris - Offensive Line - Lawrence, N.J. / Lawrence - 6-4 / 255
Coach Parady: "Donovan has the size and frame we search for in offensive linemen, and will be a tremendous addition to that group."
Nicholas LaPerche - Kicker/Punter - Audubon, Pa. / Methacton - 5-11 / 195
Coach Parady: "As both a kicker and punter, Nick's versatility will be an outstanding asset to our special teams units."
Joe Nilan - Linebacker - Malvern, Pa. / Malvern Prep - 6-0 / 220
Coach Parady: "Joe fits the linebacker mold in terms of size, ability and intensity, and is a great addition to our linebacker group."
Zachary Quarles - Defensive Back - Upper Marlboro, Md. / St. John's College - 5-9 / 170
Coach Parady: "Zachary has outstanding feet and cover skills, and will bring determination and confidence to our defensive backfield."
Dan Rice - Offensive Line - New Windsor, N.Y. / Cornwall - 6-5 / 235
Coach Parady: "Dan has a tremendous frame and he's still growing. He'll work at offensive tackle for us, and brings a good measure of athleticism to that position."
Connor Riley - Running Back - Rumson, N.J. / Rumson Fair Haven - 5-10 / 185
Coach Parady: "One of several multi-positional student-athletes in this class, Connor has experience all over the field, and his diverse natural skill set will be a great asset to our running back group."
Donqutae Robinson - Wide Receiver - Peekskill, N.Y. / The Brunswick School - 6-2 / 215
Coach Parady: "Donqutae is a very skilled student-athlete, and his size can help us create matchup problems in the passing game."
Ryan Schneider - Offensive Line - Germantown, Md. / Georgetown College H.S. - 6-4 / 255
Coach Parady: ""Ryan has the size and feet to play anywhere on the offensive line, and his aggressive style of play will be an asset in the trenches."
Marco Vahoua - Defensive Line - Marietta, Ga. / Pope - 6-0 / 295
Coach Parady: "Marco has immense strength and power, and will be a great asset to our defensive line group."
Richard Van Cleft - Defensive Line - Cresskill, N.J. / Cresskill - 6-3 / 240
Coach Parady: "Richard has ideal size and skills for a defensive lineman, and will be a tremendous addition to our defense."
William Webb - Defensive Back - Potomac, Md. / St. John's College - 6-1 / 175
Coach Parady: "Billy's size and skill set will help him to be a force in our secondary, and he is certainly a tremendous addition to that position group."
Darian Williams - Wide Receiver - Riviera Beach, Fla. / Seminole Ridge Community - 6-1 / 170
Coach Parady: "Darian has speed to stretch the field vertically, as well as size to be a threat in the middle of the field and as a blocker."
Zach Williams - Wide Receiver - Cambridge, Mass. / Belmont Hill (Loomis Chaffee) - 6-2 / 195
Coach Parady: "Zachary is an outstanding athlete whose combination of size and speed will be a great asset to the receiver group."
The Marist football team will begin its 2012 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Bryant. The Red Foxes will open their five-game home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 8 against Bucknell, and will open Pioneer Football League (PFL) play on Saturday, Sept. 22 against Davidson on Alumni Weekend. Marist is heading into its fourth season as a member of the PFL.