The class is comprised of five defensive linemen, three safeties, three cornerbacks, three wide receivers, two offensive linemen, two tight ends, a quarterback, a running back and an athlete. The newest class comes to UB from eight different states and Canada, including Michigan (6), New York (4), Georgia (3), Pennsylvania (2), New Jersey (2), Indiana, Massachusetts, Florida and Canada.
"I'm very excited with how this class shaped up," Leipold said. "We were able to maintain the majority of the commits that were here before our appointment. Led by Rob Ianello, I thought our assistant coaches did a great job in the month of January, going and identifying what our needs were still going to be in this class and really finishing strong in the last week of recruiting."
Joining the 17 student-athletes that signed their National Letters of Intent today, were four players that joined the program and enrolled at UB in January. Safety Jordan Collier and wide receiver Collin Lisa transferred to UB from UAB, defensive tackle Christian Gonzalez comes from Milford Prep and safety Dev Lamour is from Vanier College in Montreal.
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R-Fr. • SS • 5-10 • 185
Big-hitting safety who enrolled at UB in January after transferring from UAB where he spent one season as a redshirt… was a four-year starter for head coach Edgar Carson at Lovejoy High School… had 97 tackles, five tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 12 pass breakups as a junior… recorded four interceptions, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown as a senior… high school teammate of current Bulls, Brandon Williams and Randy Anyanwu.
Fr. • DT • 6-5 • 290
Newark, NJ/Shabazz/Milford Academy
Imposing prospect that played for head coach Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy last season and enrolled at UB in January… had 2.5 sacks and four tackles for loss at Milford last season… as a senior at Shabazz High School in Newark ,NJ, he had 57 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles.
Fr. • FS • 6-1 • 190
Montreal, QC/Vanier College
A native of Haiti, played both wide receiver and defensive back for head coach Peter Chryssomalis at Vanier College… plays with speed, has good reaction time and isn't afraid to be physical… had 20 receptions and four touchdowns as a senior… has a good relationship with current UB quarterback Chris Merchant from 7-on-7 camps in Canada.
So. • WR • 5-10 • 180
Sure-handed receiver who enrolled at UB in January after transferring from UAB… Saw action in two games for the Blazers and had one catch for nine yards… was a standout receiver for head coach Mike Owens at Chattahoochie High School… as a senior, Lisa earned first-team All-Region 6A Region honors ... was a honorable mention Class 6A All-State selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... also tabbed honorable mention All-State by Georgia Sportswriters Association ... listed as a Top 75 prospect in State of Georgia by Atlanta Journal-Constitution… was named his team's MVP after registering 51 catches for 992 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior… had 65 receptions for 1,136 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior.
Fr. • DT • 6-1 • 295
Indianapolis, IN/Ben Davis
Played for head coach Mike Kirschner at Ben Davis High School… possesses quick feet, is strong and plays with good leverage… had 53 tackles, six tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble his senior season… named to the Class 6A All-State Team as an offensive lineman… named one of the top 30 players in the state of Indiana... his team ranked first in the state and 20th nationally.
Fr. • CB • 6-2 • 185
York, PA/Central York
Versatile athlete who played for head coach Brad Livingston at Central York High School… had 60 tackles, two sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles his senior season… offensively, had 26 catches for 354 yards and four touchdowns and had 17 carries for 201 yards (11.8 ypc)… also a standout volleyball player, he helped lead the Panthers to the state title in 2014 and was named a first-team GameTimePA.com All-Star… younger brother of current Bull Andrews Dadeboe.
Fr. • DE • 6-3 • 240
Disruptive defensive end with size and speed that played for head coach Tim Conley at Southfield High School… had 49 tackles, including 23 tackles for loss and 13 sacks his senior season… named Detroit News All-Metro North… Detroit Free Press ranked him the 23rd best prospect in the state of Michigan… still evolving as a player as he has played only three years of organized football.
Fr. • RB • 5-11 • 212
Lawrenceville, GA/Mill Creek
Talented running back who played for head coach Shannon Jarvis at Mill Creek High School… ran for 1,150 yards on 144 carries (8.0 ypc) and scored 19 touchdowns his senior season… named a Top 20 player in the state of Georgia… a first-team All-Region selection… named the County Running Back of the Year… Atlanta Journal Constitution All-County First Team… rushed for 108 yards on only four carries in a game against Meadowcreek his senior season… also had a 212-yard performance and a 197-yard game as a senior.
Jr. • DE • 6-4 • 230
Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Township/ASA College
Explosive rush defensive end who is transferring to UB after playing two seasons at ASA College for head coach Dennis Orlando… in his two seasons with the Avengers, he had 52 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles… named All-Conference First Team as a sophomore… had 15 sacks his senior season at Winslow Township High School.
Fr. • DT • 6-0 • 268
East Amherst, NY/Williamsville North
Three-year starter at nose tackle for head coach Mike Mammoliti at Williamsville North High School… exhibits good speed and strength and has ability to get off the ball… had 55 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a junior... named All-Western New York First Team… Class AA North Co-Defensive Player of the Year… co-recipient of the Trench Trophy's Pit Bull Award… played fullback on offense where he specialized in blocking… also plays basketball Spartans.
Fr. • QB • 6-4 • 205
Norton Shores, MI/Mona Shores
A four-year starter for head coach Matt Koziak at Mona Shores High School… threw for 4,491 yards and 50 touchdowns and rushed for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns over his junior and senior seasons… Detroit Free Press ranked him as the 38th best prospect in the state of Michigan… named first-team All-State as a senior… finished his career in the top five in state history in career touchdown passes, completions and passing yards… led the Sailors to the state championship game his senior season – their first appearance in nearly 50 years… also plays basketball at Mona Shores.
Jr. • OL • 6-4 • 293
Springfield, MA/Commerce/Hudson Valley CC
Transferring to UB after spending the previous two seasons at Hudson Valley Community College… ranked one of the Top 50 offensive tackles in Junior College... Played for head coach Mike Muehling at Commerce High School… was an All-League and All-Western Massachusetts selection as a senior.
Fr. • OL • 6-5 • 315
West Seneca, NY/West Seneca East
A three-year starter for head coach Jim Maurino at West Seneca East High School… team captain on a squad that went 24-5 in his three seasons as a starter… named to All-Western New York team… Class A South Lineman of the Year… Class A All-State First Team selection… was a finalist for the Trench Trophy – given to the Western New York Lineman of the Year… also plays basketball for the Trojans.
Fr. • CB • 5-11 • 170
Detroit, MI/Consortium Prep
Very athletic player who was both a wide receiver and defensive back for head coach John Pittman at Consortium Prep… had 52 tackles, three interceptions and five forced fumbles as well as 1,432 receiving yards and returned two kicks for a touchdown his junior season… as a senior, he had seven interceptions and four forced fumbles as well as 979 receiving yards and eight touchdowns… he was a serious return threat as he returned four kickoffs and one punt for a touchdown his senior season… also played baseball for the Cougars.
Fr. • TE • 6-4 • 240
Ypsilanti, MI/Lincoln/IMG Academy
After playing three seasons at Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, MI, he played his senior season for head coach Chris Weinke at IMG Academy… used primarily as a blocking tight end, he had 11 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown in his senior season at IMG… helped lead the Ascenders to a 10-1 record and a number one ranking in the state of Florida… at Lincoln, he had 19 receptions for 270 yards and two touchdowns… played high school ball at both Lincoln and IMG with fellow signee K.J. Osborn.
Fr. • WR • 6-0 • 180
Ypsilanti, MI/Lincoln/IMG Academy
After playing three seasons at Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, MI, he played his senior season for head coach Chris Weinke at IMG Academy… described as a good route runner with speed, he had 21 receptions for 379 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns as a senior… helped lead the Ascenders to a 10-1 record and a number one ranking in the state of Florida… also runs track and set the school record in the 100 and 200 meters while a junior at Lincoln High School… played high school ball at both Lincoln and IMG with fellow signee Tyler Mabry.
Fr. • Athlete • 5-9 • 190
Crestview, FL/Sebastian River
Played for head coach Kevin Pettis at Sebastian River High School… rushed for 1,844 yards and 27 touchdowns his senior season… he rushed for 5,017 yards and 59 touchdowns over his career... had three 200+ yard rushing performances his senior year… named 7A All-State Second Team… his brother, Micah, is a running back at UCF.
Fr. • TE • 6-3 • 235
Traverse City, MI/St. Francis
A physical tight end who played for head coach Greg Vaughan at St. Francis High School… missed his senior season with an injury… named All-Conference as a junior… also played basketball and baseball for the Gladiators… will join fellow St. Francis alum Jake Khoury on the roster.
Fr. • CB • 5-9 • 160
Baldwinsville, NY/Charles W. Baker
Versatile athlete who had success at both defensive back and running back for head coach Carl Sanfilippo at Charles W. Baker High School… on defense he had 74 career tackles with eight career interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown… rushed for 1,811 yards and 20 touchdowns his senior season… went over 100 yards in every game and had five 200-yard games… named All-State Fifth Team as a running back… two-time first-team All-Central New York selection… also plays basketball for the Bees.
Fr. • WR • 6-2 • 195
Buffalo, NY/Sweet Home
Played both wide receiver and defensive back for head coach John Faller at Sweet Home High School… two-year team captain… had 30 receptions for 515 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior… also played running back and rushed for 468 yards and 10 touchdowns… holds the school record for career receiving touchdowns (18), career receiving yards (1,148) and career catches (68)… ranked in the top 30 prospects in New York State… a finalist for the Connolly Cup – given to the top player in Western New York… first-team All-Western New York… two-time Class A North Defensive Player of the Year.
Fr. • FS • 5-11 • 190
Harrisburg, PA/Bishop McDevitt
Safety with speed and solid tackling skills who played for head coach Jeff Weachter at perennial power Bishop McDevitt… had 103 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble his senior season… had 22 tackles for loss over his career… PA Football News All-State First Team… Penn Football Writers All-State… EasternPAFootball.com Big School First Team… also ran track for the Crusaders where he was a member of the state champion 4x100 relay team and won the district title and earned the bronze medal at the National Outdoor Championships in the triple jump (45'8").