Recruiting Recap: Week of May 4

With a steady trickle of news stories published each day chronicling high school seniors’ college decisions, we’ll do our best to provide a weekly recap on who is going where.

Before we start, keep in mind a few details about Division III recruiting:

1 — Incoming freshmen don’t sign letters of intent. Even when the newspapers say they do. Of course, as a faithful Daily Dose follower you already knew that.

2 — Tracking Division III recruits is a unique challenge so we’re not trying to be comprehensive here. We’ll list recruits as we see them mentioned in newspaper articles online.

If you want to add someone, feel free to do so using the comments feature below. But please provide the newspaper link as verification. Even if you list the recruit’s position, stats, high school class schedule and favorite brand of cereal to prove your fidelity, we need the newspaper link.

Enough with the disclaimer. On with the show…

East: Springfield Reloading Rushing Attack?

At least two high school running backs have announced their intentions to suit up for the Springfield College Pride.

The Pride successfully lobbied for the services of Pennsville (NJ) HS product Andrew Jackson. Then Walkill (NY) HS senior J.J. Maloney, who overcame ACL injuries to rush for 20 touchdowns, announced he would enroll at Springfield according to the Times-Herald Record of Middletown, NY.

Of course there’s no guarantee that either player will stay at the running back position at the college level. But you can’t blame them for being attracted to a triple-option offense that rambled for close to 4,000 yards last season.

Shawn McMann of Lely (FL) HS announced he will make the long trip north to attend Fitchburg State in Massachusetts.

North: Talent Gathers in Ohio

Jupiter (FL) High School tackle Chris DeCamillo will play for Ohio Northern.

“They’re Division III but they’ve had players go to the NFL and I thought I might get a good look,” he told the Jupiter Courier. “They also have a freshman team and I’m pretty sure I can start on that.”

Eaton HS wide receiver Chad Norton will join OAC rival Mount Union.

Andrew O’Connell, a Penn High School senior, will continue his academic, football and baseball careers at Wooster.

Savas Melidis who played offense, defense and special teams for Carthage (IL) HS will attend Millikin University.

South: Gantt Keep a Good Man Down

The Brewton (AL) Standard reports that W.S. Neal Senior Brandon Gantt, who overcame a shoulder injury during his high school career, will attend Huntingdon this fall.

“I had a chance to visit the campus. I felt I had a good workout for them. They have a good staff and a new weight room. They’re doing some work on their field, but it should be ready by next fall,” remarked Gantt on his visit to the Montgomery based school.

Bellaire (OH) high school linemen Dirk Soland and Luke Sulek will play for Washington and Jefferson. Each played both ways in high school.

Dion Moore and Bryan Randall of Henry County (GA) HS will head to Maryville.

West: True Blue Boys

The first year of college always brings some anxiety because of the unknown, so why not keep some familiarity where you can?

Richard Tanner and Zach Reed who played for the Blueboys of Carthage (IL) HS will attend Illinois College, which has the same mascot.
Reed told the Hancock County (IL) Journal Pilot that he looks forward to joining his brother Joe who will be a junior at the Jacksonville, Illinois school: “”He really encouraged me to come over there,” said Zach. “Me and him are pretty close. He had good things to say about them, and I feel comfortable going there.”

Naples (FL) HS product Kai Sanders will attend Lake Forest while teammate Eloy Ozaeta will enroll at Dubuque.

If you’re looking for information on St. John’s recruits, check out this St. Cloud (MN) Times article.

Similarly you can track which high school students are heading to Linfield, Puget Sound and Willamette at this site.

NOTE: Thanks to Cat11 and Johnnie Esq. for the heads-up on those links.

Coming Attractions…

Names that have crossed our desk through the miracle of online newspapers listed by region, then alphabetically by destination:


Amherst: Bill Wood, Shorecrest (FL)
Cortland State: Brendan Hill, Cooperstown (NY)
Delaware Valley: Please see full list here
FDU-Florham: Sam Trotta, Delran (NJ)
Fitchburg State: Shawn McMann, Lely (FL)
Hartwick: Chris Harrison, Notre Dame (NY)
Kean: Matt Bouchard, Woodbridge (NJ); Keith Gladden, Asbury Park (NJ); Jared Greenberg, Butler (NJ); Mike Hall, Middlesex (NJ); Jimmy Moreno, Linden (NJ)
King’s: John Navone, Easton (PA)
Lycoming: Please see full list here
MIT: Stephen Toth, Valley Central (NY)
Montclair State: Cameron Barker, Lawrence (NJ); Brian Kapp, Lyndhurst (NJ)
Moravian: Tyler Williams, Whitehall (PA)
New Jersey: Adam Oliszewski, Lawrence (NJ)
Plymouth State: Nate Gooden, Pinkerton Academy
Rowan: Justin Hinds, Woodbridge (NJ); Matt Lenarski, Lawrence (NJ); Robert Rose, Piscataway (NJ); Ken Siano, Woodbridge (NJ)
RPI: Please see release here
Springfield: Andrew Jackson, Pennsville (NJ); J.J. Maloney, Walkill (NY)
St. Lawrence: Luke Burris, Notre Dame (NY)
SUNY-Maritime (Varsity in 2006): Ryan Leary, Tavares (FL); Danny McManus, Tavares (FL)
Susquehanna: Jarrid Myers, Easton (PA)
Union: Ryan Kraynak, Wyoming Valley West (PA)
Wesleyan: Kevin Leamy, Gateway (NJ)
Widener: Khalee Prothro, Dinwiddie (VA)
Wilkes: Todd Kresge, Easton (PA)


Aurora: Don Robinson, Vero Beach (FL); Harvey VanCleave III, Morris (IL)
Allegheny: Eric Makel, Liberty (VA)
Augustana: Zach Anderson, Paraclete (CA); Christopher Green, Pontiac (IL); Brad Monier, Bureau Valley (IL); Preston Jones, Bureau Valley (IL); Travis Morgan, Pecatonica (IL); Dan Rosenkrans, Pecatonica (IL); Eric Smith, Flanagan (IL); Matt Todd, Lena-Winslow (IL)
Bluffton: Joel Sienicki, Northridge (IN)
Concordia (Wis): Nick Biederer, Johnsburg (IL); Adam Pawlak, South Fork (FL)
Earlham: Derrick Freshwater, Marion (IN); Randy Kerns, National Trail (OH); Chris Owens, Highlands (OH)
Franklin: Kevin Lynch, Delta (IN); Patrick Sheller, Delta (IN)
Illinois Wesleyan: Travis Calzavara, Eastland-Pearl City (IL)
John Carroll: Easton Gunnoe, South Fork (FL); John LeMaster, South Fork (FL)
Manchester: Joel Hawkins, Fairfield (IN)
Millikin: Brandon Davis, Charleston (IL); Matt Habermehl, Tavares (FL); Savas Melidis, Carthage (IL); Dustin Stephens, Prairie Central (IL)
Mount Union: Andrew Boothe, Harvey (OH); Dan Georgatos, Foothill (CA); Chad Norton, Eaton (OH); Josh Whisnant, Beaver Falls (PA)
Muskingum: Shane Colvin, Parkersburg (WV); Steve Mamak, Iroquois (NY)
North Central: Eric Trout, Carmi-White County (IN); Perry Welch, Eastland-Pearl City (IL)
Ohio Northern: Bert Bathiany, Highlands (OH); Michael Bonomini, Highlands (KY); Ty Callkins, Mount Vernon (OH); Chris DeCamillo, Jupiter (FL); Shaun Matisak, Highlands (OH); Bobby Peck, Mount Vernon (OH)
Rockford: Raul Meza, Harvard (IL)
Tri-State: Jason Hochstetler, NorthWood (IN); Andrew Huber, NorthWood (IN); Milton Sumpter, Bradford (FL)
Wabash: Matt Kraft, Castle (IN)
Wheaton: Jesse Scott, Notre Dame (NY)
Wisconsin Lutheran: Jake Schweder, McHenry (IL)
Wittenberg: Weston Lawrence, Highlands (OH); Please also see this Springfield (Ohio) News-Sunarticle
Wooster: Andrew O’Connnell, Penn (IN)


Bridgewater (VA): has a list of Eagles’ recruits here
Centre: Release on recruiting class
Dickinson: Ernie Ricci, Montour (PA)
Emory & Henry: Jason Freely, Liberty (VA)
Ferrum: Zack Brumfield, South Fork (FL); Jimmy King, Hidden Valley (VA)
Franklin & Marshall: Please see release here
Gettysburg: Neal Amato, Lawrence (NJ)
Grove City: George Fickley, Allderdice (PA)
Guilford: Danny Langston, Rosewood (NC)
Hampden-Sydney: Please see list here
Hardin-Simmons: J.W. Pendleton, Tolar (TX); Joseph Sinyard, Pace (TX)
Howard Payne: Christian Wright, Granbury (TX)
Huntingdon: Brandon Gantt, W.S. Neal (AL); Jeff Reamer, Wesley Chapel (FL); Milton Strother, Daphne (AL)
Johns Hopkins: L.J. Michalski, Bethel Park (PA); Joe Quinn, West Anchorage (AL)
Louisiana College: Derek Lewis, Van Vleck (TX)
Maryville: Russ Harris, Venice (FL); Gary Hughes, Etowah (GA); Dustin Locke, Gulf Coast (FL); Dion Moore, Henry County (GA); Bryan Randall, Henry County (GA). Please see more in this Maryville (Tenn.) Daily Times article
McDaniel: Anthony Catucci, Spalding (MD)
Mississippi College: Chris Catrett, Satsuma (AL); Ryne Davison, Fairhope (AL)
Muhlenberg: Jim Jeffers, Burlington Township (NJ)
North Carolina Wesleyan: Joey Belviy, New Bern (NC); A.J. Glenn, New Bern (NC)
Rhodes: Garrett Estes, Scottsboro (AL); Charles Hoggard, Arendell Parrott Academy (NC)
Salisbury: Chris Anthony, Saverna Park (MD); Tim Hackmann, Saverna Park (MD); Nick Sowells, Broadneck (MD)
Sul Ross State: Dustin Waldrep, Tolar (TX)
Texas Lutheran: Frankie Herrera, Port Isabel (TX)
Thiel: Steffon Radcliff, Osceola (FL); Rick Stevey, Norwin (PA)
Trinity (TX): Chris Baer, Shiner (TX)
Washingston U: Danny Luce, Stanwood (WA)
Washington & Jefferson: Matt Ellinger, Bexley (OH); Will Flynn, Allderdice (PA); David Gitlitz, Bexley (OH); Bobby Heron, Wheeling Central (WV); Matt Mazgaj, Southwestern (NY); Dirk Soland, Bellaire (Ohio); Luke Sulek, Bellaire (Ohio)
Waynesburg: Eric Cox, Jefferson-Morgan (PA)
Wesley: David Eslin, Broadneck (MD); Steve Jones, Annapolis (MD). Also please see this Delaware State News story.
Westminster (PA): Please see list here


Beloit: Jacob Marsh, Richmond-Burton (IL); Mike Whitmore, Rockford East (IL)
California Lutheran: Steve Milanoff, Davis (CA)
Carroll: Alex Pfannensteil, Central Catholic (OR); Jeremy Winter, Madison East (WI)
Chapman: Domenic Donata, Paraclete (CA); Kyle Floyd, Pahrump Valley (NV)
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps: Ashton Clarke, Stevenson (CA); Philip Trapp Stevenson (CA)
Concordia-Moorhead: Levi DeVries, Mahnomen (MN); Cory Johnson, Moorhead (MN)
Dubuque: Eloy Ozaeta, Naples (FL)
Illinois College: Jason Murphy, Charleston (IL); Zach Reed, Carthage (IL); Richard Tanner, Carthage (IL)
Lake Forest: Kai Sanders, Naples (FL)
Linfield: Brent Desmond, Salinas (CA); Please see these comments and this article
Loras: Mark Kapraun, Harvard (IL)
Menlo: Brandon Gresham, Ceres (CA)
Minnesota-Morris: Please see release here
Monmouth: Anthony Goranson, Belvidere (IL)
Puget Sound: Kent Hamar, Sunset (OR) (See link in comment below)
St. John’s: Bryan Busack, Redlands (MN); Luke Radel, Redlands (MN); Also please see article posted here
UW-La Crosse: Andrew Gebel, Oshkosh West (WI)
UW-Plattville: Matt Klug, Green Bay East (WI)
UW-Stevens Point: Dan Bassindale, Bay Port (WI)
Wartburg: Jake Kuennen, Denver (CO)
Whitworth: Sam Weber, Coast Union (CA)
Willamette: Pat Bransfield, Grant Pass (OR)

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