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Alfred University set to welcome 130 football recruits
6/17/10

ALFRED, NY — The Alfred University football team will welcome 130 recruits when preseason camp opens in mid-August. Among the newcomers are 15 New York State high school all-stars.

The New York all-state recruits are Stephon Brown and Michael Hogan, defensive tackles from Syracuse; Joe McMurry, tailback from Hudson Falls; Dustyn Power, linebacker from Victor; David Lee Tack, free safety from Newark; Pat Teta, defensive lineman from Avon; Chris Gibbs, defensive back from Whitesboro; Derek O’Dell, tailback from Haldane; Austin Dwyer, tailback from Hornell; Matt Hettenbaugh, defensive back, and Matt Lundsten, linebacker, both from Randolph; Steve Kijowski, linebacker from North Tonawanda; Andrew Wascher, defensive end from Jamestown; Ian Halloran, running back from Eldred; and Brandon Yarnes, strong safety from Portville.

Brown (5-9, 255) is a two-time New York State AA and Central New York all-star (2008, and 2009) from Henninger High School.

Hogan, (6-0, 230) earned Class C all-state honors as a senior at Bishop Ludden High School in 2009.

McMurry (5-10, 205) transfers to AU from Albany State, where he redshirted his freshman season in 2009. He was a First Team Class B state all-star in 2008, his senior year at Hudson Falls High School.

Power (6-1, 185) was a Class A First Team all-state selection in 2009, when he was also named Section V Class A Defensive Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Greater Rochester all-star.

Tack (6-1, 185) was a Fourth Team Class B state all-star as a senior in 2009, when he earned All-Greater Rochester Second Team honors.

Teta (5-11, 250) was a Third Team Class D state all-star and an honorable mention All-Greater Rochester pick last fall.

Gibbs (6-1, 175) was a Class A all-state selection as a senior at Whitesboro High School last fall.

O’Dell (5-8, 175) is a two-time New York State all-star linebacker from Haldane High School, earning Second Team honors in 2008 and Third Team honors in 2009. He is also a three-time Section I and league all-star running back.

Dwyer (5-8, 165) was a state First Team all-star and state Class B Player of the Year after leading Hornell High School to a state Class B championship as a senior last fall. He also earned First Team All-Greater Rochester honors.

Hettenbaugh (5-11, 170) and Lundsten (5-10, 175) earned all-state honors after leading Randolph High School to a state Class D championship in 2009.

Kijowski (6-0, 215) was a state Class AA Second Team all-star and Section VI AA North Defensive MVP at North Tonawanda, which won a state Class AA championship in 2009.

Wascher (6-0, 205) is a two-time Class D state all-star (2008 and 2009) who helped lead his team to a state Class D title as a junior in 2008.

Halloran (5-6, 155) earned Third Team state Class D honors as a senior in 2009.

Yarnes (5-10, 190) comes to AU as a sophomore after transferring from Mercyhurst, where he played one season (2008). He was a state Class D all-star linebacker his senior year at Portville in 2007, when he was Big 30 Defensive Player of the Year.

Other notable recruits coming to AU this fall include: Connor Ferris, wide receiver from Albany Academy; Ryan DiFlavio, linebacker from West Seneca (NY) West High School; Michael Branche, free safety from Colonie (NY) High School; Jed Clouston, wide receiver from Baldwinsville (NY) High School; Jason Osborne and Vinny Tesoriero, offensive linemen from Liverpool (NY) High School; Cameron Robinson, offensive tackle from Henninger High School in Syracuse; Josh Halladay, cornerback from Johnson City (NY) High School; Tyler Brooks- Lambert, free safety from Midlakes (NY) High School; Jalen Gayle, linebacker from Niagara Falls; Jaron Pollino, wide receiver from Jamestown (NY) High School; Kevin Wagner, wide receiver from Kenmore (NY) East High School; Dylan LaMere, offensive lineman from Beekmantown (NY) High School; and Alec Ladonis, fullback/tight end from Berwick (PA) High School; and Josh Means, defensive back from Dubois (PA) Area High School.

Ferris (6-1, 205) was a First Team Class B Albany Area selection and a Section II Class B Second Team pick; DiFlavio (6-0, 250) was a Section VI AA South First Team all-star and AA South Defensive Player of the Year; Branche (6-4, 210) was a Section II Class AA Liberty Division Second Team all-star in 2009, when he was also his team’s starting quarterback; Clouston (6-0, 180), Osborne (6-1, 260), Robinson (6-1, 275) and Tesoriero (6-2, 320) were each named Central New York honors last fall; Halladay (5-8, 165) was a Section IV all-star; Brooks-Lambert (5-9, 170) was a Finger Lakes First Team all-league selection on offense and defense and an honorable mention All-Greater Rochester pick; Gayle was a First Team Section VI Class AA North all-star in 2009; Pollino (6-3, 200) was a Section VI AA South First Team all-star; Wagner earned Section VI Class A North First Team honors last season; LaMere (6-2, 250) was a First Team Section VII all-star last fall; Ladonis (6-0, 210) was a First Team District 2 running back last fall; and Means was a two-time all-conference selection (2008 and 2009).

Alfred is coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history. In 2009, the Saxons went 8-2, winning a share of the school’s first-ever Empire 8 Conference title and earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championship tournament. Thirteen starters (six offense; six defense; one special teams) and 32 letterwinners are set to return this fall.

AU opens its 2010 campaign Sept. 4 at home against Widener and after a bye week travels to St. Lawrence (Sept. 18). The Saxons play their Empire 8 opener Sept. 25 at Springfield and then return home for a Homecoming date with Frostburg (MD) State on Oct. 2. Alfred is at Empire 8 foe Hartwick Oct. 9 and at non-conference opponent RPI Oct. 16 before playing three straight at home. Games with conference rivals St. John Fisher (Oct. 23) and Ithaca (Nov. 6) are sandwiched around a non-league matchup with Rochester (Oct. 30). The Saxons play their regular season finale Nov. 13 at Empire 8 foe Utica.