The Southern Virginia Football team has announced new signings for the 2010 team. Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald and his staff are looking to find the players to help the program continue to grow, and seek a second winning season in program history in 2010. Fitzgerald inked 16-players for the team, and this is in addition to several players who are already here for the spring semester. The recruiting for the Knights is not finished, as coaches still have players targeted to sign over the coming weeks.
"Our football program is very happy to have these 26 (Including current Spring Semester attendees) new players joining our football program," said Fitzgerald. "Last year our coaching staff signed the most talented freshmen class in SVU football history. Our staff has followed up last year’s class with this group of very talented players. If we can continue to bring in players of high character and high athletic ability each year, success is sure the follow.”
"This is a very talented group of young men that will carry on the development of the great Southern Virginia University tradition," continued Fitzgerald. "It's hard for me to hide my excitement for this group of players. We are going to be very talented this fall, but as Juniors and Seniors, this group of young men is going to take the SVU football program to another level."
The list of signings is as follows, followed by a quote from
Coach Fitzgerald about each recruit:
Ralph Bosolet- 5-10 RB/DB
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y. ... High School: John F. Kennedy... Parents are Robert & Cathy Bosolet...Lettered four years in football for Alex Vega and two years in track and baseball... Named to the Honor Roll, Arista Honor Roll, and Spanish Honor Society...Recruited by Brigham Young University and Weber State... One of the three Bosolet triplets attending SVU.
“Our staff really liked what we saw from Raph,
he is sure to push for playing time early on”
Robert Bosolet- 5-10 WR/ SS
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y. ... High School: John F. Kennedy... Parents are Robert & Cathy Bosolet... Lettered three years in football for Alex Vega and also lettered in baseball and basketball...Top 30 in high school, and named to Honor Roll... coaches a youth basketball team... Team went to semi-finals rookie year... One of the three Bosolet triplets attending SVU.
“Robert will have to make a position change, after playing Tight End for much of high school. But Robert is a very hard worker and we would be surprised if he doesn’t find a way to get on the field for us this fall.”
Ryan Bosolet- 5-11 RB/WR
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y. ... High School: John F. Kennedy... Parenst are Robert & Cathy Bosolet... Lettered four years in football for Alex Vega and also lettered in basketball... was Top 30 in high school, and named to the Honor Roll... named football captain his senior year... helped coach youth basketball and baseball... One of the three Bosolet triplets attending SVU.
“Ryan is a hard worker, we expect him to play in our backfield as a freshmen.”
Austin Cheney- 5-9 SS/RB
Hometown: Farmington, UT. ... High School: Viewmont ... Parents are Jim & Jana Cheney...Lettered three years in football for Brad Lloyd, and in baseball... Was named 1st Team All-Region senior year, was team MVP... was named Honorable Mention All-Region junior year... recruited by DePauw, Illinois College, Linfield, and Willamette... Was an Eagle Scout and was on Seminary Council... teammate Jeremy Lieber also signed for the Knights.
“When you watch Austin’s film, he jumps out the screen at you. Austin will have an opportunity to make a immediate impact in our defensive backfield.”
Dylan Dikes- 5-10 WR/ DB
Hometown: Prosser, WA. ... High School: Hanford ... Parents are Raymond & Michelle Aparicio... Lettered three years in football for Rob Oram and four years in track & field... was an honor student... team was a playoff team for two seasons... recruited by Pacific Lutheran University.
“Our staff liked what we saw from Dylan on film. He has a chance to play early as a receiver.“
DeVante Dukes- 5-6 RB/LB
Hometown: Macon, GA. ... High School: Rutland ... Parents are Curtis & Loretta Dukes... Lettered two years in football for George Collins and also lettered in track... voted Best Two-Way Player... teammates Markese Farrar and Michael Johnson also signed with the Knights.
“Devante runs around and makes plays on defensive. Our staff is excited to have him in our program.”
Markese Farrar- 5-11 FS
Hometown: Macon, GA. ... High School: Rutland ... Parents are Jasmine Brown... Lettered four years in football for George Collins, and four years in track & field... teammates DeVante Dukes and Michael Johnson also signed with the Knights.
“Markese will be making a position change at SVU, after playing defensive line for much of his high school career. However, our staff expects Markese to find his way onto the field as a DB or LB.”
Brock Hayward- 5-11 FB
Hometown: Lakewood, CO. ... High School: Green Mountain ... Parents are Aaron & Heidi Hayward... Lettered two years in football for Von Davis, and one year in lacrosse... was VP of High School DECA.
“Brock will compete for playing time at the fullback position immediately.”
Michael Johnson- 5-7 RB
Hometown: Macon, GA. ... High School: Rutland ... Parents are David Johnson & Angela Thomas...Lettered three years in football for George Collins... teammates DeVante Dukes and Markese Farrar also signed with the Knights.
“Michael is an impact player at the running back position. We expect him to play immediately in our offensive backfield.”
Jake Larsen- 6-0 Safety
Hometown: Madison, AL. ... High School: Bob Jones ... Parents are Dave & Cathy Larsen... Lettered three years in football for Kevin Rose, and lettered in track & field...Won the Rotary Youth Leadership Award... Team placed 4th in Alabama senior year... Received the Drew McGammon Award from coaches senior year...Huntsville Times Elite Team Award 2009... Huntsville Times Athlete of the Week 1/10/10... recruited by Huntingdon, Birmingham Southern & Mississippi College... played lead in high school musical... an Eagle Scout.
“Jacob is an athletic strong safety/outside linebacker. Our staff really liked what we saw from him on film.”
Jeremy Lieber- 6-0 QB
Hometown: Farmington, UT. ... High School: Viewmont ... Lettered three years in football for Brad Lloyd, and one year in lacrosse and basketball... Won most Inspirational award in 2009... offensive leader in all-purpose yards... Named 1st Team All-Region Quarterback... teammate Austin Cheney also signed for the Knights.
“The son of a coach! Jeremy has a great knowledge of the game and makes very good decisions. Our staff expects Jeremy to compete for playing time at the quarterback position.”
Kyle Miller- 6-0 OL
Hometown: Montrose, CO. ... High School: Montrose ... Parents are Mark & Rochelle Miller... Lettered three years in football for Todd Casbier... Voted Montrose Football Most Valuable Offensive Linemen in 2009... Earned several awards at Western State Football camp... Earned Certificate of Recognition for Foreign Language... Recruited by Western College, Snow college & Mesa State.
“Kyle is a talented offensive linemen. Our staff believes Kyle will fit into our offensive system very well.”
Brad Pickens- 5-9 C/DT/ LS
Hometown: Deltona, FL. ... Recruited by Lagrange College, Dordt College & Greensboro College.
“Brad will step on campus and compete for the Long Snapping position immediately."
Steven Scott- 5-9 DB/RB
Hometwon: Riverdale, UT. ... High School: Bonneville ... Parents are Chris & Stephani Scott... Lettered two years in football for Matt Williams, and also lettered three years in track... named to the All-Area and All-Region teams and was named Honorable Mention All-State.
“Our staff liked Steven a lot when watching his film. We expect Steven to contribute to our backfield early and often.”
Mitch Stevenson- 6-1 QB
Hometown: Muskogee, OK. ... High School: Muskogee ... Parents are Michael & Kelli Stevenson... Lettered three years in football for Matt Hennesey, and also lettered four years in baseball... Named 2009 All-Conference, 1st Team All-District. 2008-2009 Academic All-District... was 2009 Team Captain...2009 Coaches Aid Prime Time Player of the Weekin the state for weeks 4,8 & 9...2009 Gatorade Player of the Week for week 10... recruited by university of Dallas, Tabor College, Bellevue (NE), Saint Mary's University, Saint Louis University & East Central University among seven other schools... Earned Duty to God award.
“Mitch is a very talented quarterback that will compete for playing time early. Our staff liked the fact that Mitch comes from an offensive system that is very similar to ours.”
Ken Stopczynski- 5-11 WR
Hometown: Boise, ID. ... High School: Mountain View ... Parents are Kenneth & Sally Stopczynski... Lettered two years in football for Coach Borchert, and also lettered one year in basketball and three years in track... Named offensive player of the game three diferrent times... Named to the hnor roll... Earned his Eagle Scout Award.
“Ken is a receiver that our staff enjoyed watching on film. If Ken reports to camp in shape, he will push for playing time early.”
Tony Villagran- 5-7 K/P
Hometown: Miramar, FL. ... High School: American Heritage ... Parents are Patrick & Beatriz Villagran... Lettered two years in football for Byron Walker, and also lettered three years in soccer... Named Special Teams Player of the Year at American Heritage... Named 2nd Team All-County... played club soccer for Weston F.C. ... member of the US Soccer Academy.
“Anthony has a tremendous amount of talent as a kicker. Anthony will push the kickers that we have on our roster for playing time immediately.”
Stetson Weeks- 6-1 QB
Hometown: Preston, ID. ... High School: Preston ... Lettered three years in football for Shawn Marion, and also lettered two years in basketball and one year in golf...Named Team Captain senior year for all three sports.
“Stetson is an athletic player that has the chance to contribute to our football program in a number of ways. Our staff likes the fact that Stetson can play either offense of defense for us.”
The following players are ccurrently attending the spring semester at SVU in anticipation of the fall season.
David Viel QB/DB
“David is very athletic and having him on campus improves our team athleticism immediately.”
Tony Knaperek DB
“Tony is currently recovering from an injury, but our staff expects Tony to contribute as a defensive back in the fall.”
Brandon McDonald RB
“Brandon was very successful as a junior college running back in California. We expect him to make an impact in our offense immediately.”
Vance Bynum DB
“Vance is an athletic Cornerback with a tremendous upside. Vance has the cover skills to contribute early.”
Stephen Jensen OL
“Stephen is a smart and athletic offensive linemen. Stephen is going to play early and often for us.”
Mark Stopczynski RB
“Mark is a big and physical running back. Our staff is expecting big things from Mark this fall.“
Dallon Galeai OL/DL
“Dallon is a young man with a tremendous upside. If he continues to get bigger and stronger, he will have a chance to contribute for us in the fall.”
Tyler Bowen K
“Tyler had a very successful high school career as a kicker. Our staff expects him to contribute this fall.”