BUENA VISTA, Va. The Southern Virginia Football team has announced six 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 six more players for the team, and this is in addition to several players who are already here for the spring semester along with 16 recruits named earlier. The recruiting for the Knights is not finished, as coaches still have players targeted to sign over the coming weeks. As those players are signed they will be announced. The newest group of signings is as follows.
Caleb Bennett- 5-11 TB
Hometown: Malad, ID. ... High School: Malad ... Parents are Ralph and Lamona Bennett... Lettered three years in football for McKay Young, and also lettered in basketball and track... Named All-District 2nd Team Linebacker, 1st Team Running Back... Named All-district MVP and All-State 1st Team Running Back... Named Team Captain... Holds school single game rushing record, single season rushing record, and career rushing and touchdown records... Member of Band and Pep Band, and participated in the swing choir... Was an Eagle Scout... Also recruited by Montana Tech.
Colby Clarington- 6-0 WR
Hometown: Macon, GA. ... High School: Rutland ... Parents are Connie & Leonard Williams... Lettered three years in football for George Collins... Won Best Dressed and 4-Years Perfect Attendance... high school teammates DeVante Dukes, Michael Johnson and Markese Farrar also signed with SVU.
Jacob Lee- 6-4 OL
Hometown: Mt. Olive, N.C. ... High School: East Duplin ... Parents are Johnny & Lee Ann Lee... Lettered two years in football for Bryan Aldridge, and also lettered in track & field... Named Offensive Player of the Year for East Duplin HS in 2008... All-Area Honorable Mention 2006... All-Area First Team OL 2007... A National Tech Honor Society Member... is an Eagle Scout.
Bryan Lorenzen- 6-0 WR
Hometown: South Jordan, UT. ... High School: Bingham ... Parents are Mark & Trisha Lorenzen... Lettered two years in football for Dave Peck, and also lettered two years in track... Team was 2008 & 2009 Region Champs... Team was 2009 stats Champs, and 2008 Runner-Up.
Alex Martinez- 5-9 LB
Hometown: Mesa, AZ. ... High School: Mountain View ... Parents are Henry & Dana Martinez... Lettered two years in football for Tom Joseph, and also lettered in wrestling... Named 2nd Team All-Region Linebacker in 2009... Team was Region Champs in 2009 & 2008... 9th grade Wrestling MVP... J.V. Wrestling Region Champs 2007... J.V Football Region Champs 2007.
Jace Peterson- 6-0 S
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT. ... High School: Olympus ... Parents are Brad & Shona Peterson... Lettered three years in football, the last for Mike Smith, former SVU Head Coach, and also lettered in baseball... Was All-Region for Football... Was Freshman Student of the Year... Was an Eagle Scout, on the seminary council presidency, and student council... A 2008-2009 member of the National Rugby Champions highland Rugby team
The following student-athletes are currently on campus for the Spring Semester:
Vance Bynum- 5-7 CB/ WR
Hometown: Newark, N.J. ... High School: Northern Nash & Rocky Mount College: Louisburg College ... Parents are Rev. Robert & Theresa Bynum... Lettered in football for coaches Darrien Donaldson and B.W. Holt, and also lettered in wrestling... Made the Dean's List at Louisburg... Speaks Spanish, and wrestles... recruited by Appalachian State and N.C. State for wrestling.
Tyler Bowen- 5-11 K
Hometown: Fruit Heights, UT. ... High School: Davis ... Parents are Travis & Janet Bowen... Lettered three years in football for Coach Bishop, and also lettered two years in baseball... Team was Region Champs in 2005 as well as State Champs... Named to High Honor Roll at Davis... Served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Richmond, VA... married to Caitlin Bowen.
Dallon Galeai- 6-2 LB/ DE
Hometown: Orlando, FL. ... High School: Dr. Phillips College: Southern Tech... Parents are Duke & Kim Galeai... Lettered three years in football for Coach Salapa... Played at Southern Tech for Coach Henderson.
Stephen Jensen- 6-4 OL
Hometown: Wake Forest, N.C. ... High School: Wake Forest- Rolesville ... Parents are Mark & Julie Jensen... Lettered three years in football for Earl Smith... Was named Academic All-Conference... Was named All-Conference... Team was conference Champs... fluent in Spanish, was an Eagle Scout... served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Las Vegas, NV.
Anthony Knaperek- 5-11 WR/ CB
Hometown: Tempe, AZ. ... High School: Marcos DeNiza ... Parents are Robert & Laura Knaperek... Lettered three years in football for Roy Lopez, and also lettered a year in track... Was named honorable Mention... holds school total offense record, and most points scored... A member of DECA... An Eagle Scout.
Brandon McDonald- 5-11 RB
Hometown: Rocky Mount, N.C. ... High School: Rocky Mount ... College: College of the Canyons... Mother is Margarita McDonald... Lettered three years in football for B.W. holt and Coach Schock, and also lettered in wrestling and track... Was 4th in State Wrestling at 189lbs... Played for Garret Tujague at COC... Won the Yogi Award for Special teams at College of the Canyons.
Mark Stopczynski- 6-0 RB
Hometown: Boise, ID. ... High School: Centennial ... Parents are Ken & Sally Stopczynski... Lettered two years in football for Lee Newman... Was named Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year, and State 5A Player of the Year.
David Viel- 5-11 QB
Hometown: Tempe, AZ. ... High School: Marcos DeNiza ... Parents are David & Christie Viel... Lettered three years in football for Roy Lopez, and three years in basketball... Named All-City Tempe QB... 2nd Team All-Region QB 2006 & 2007... 1st Team QB East Valley Tribune... holds school passing records for season passing, career passing, season TD passes, career TD passes 7 most TD passes in a game... Recruited by Colorado, University of San Diego, Cal Lutheran, Redlands 7 New Mexico Highlands.