Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Big East notable signings on NSD
By Andrea Adelson and Matt Fortuna
The four- and five-star recruits get all the pub on national signing day, but every player who gets a scholarship is worthy of their own attention.
With that in mind, Matt and I went through the bios of every single player who signed with one of the 10 Big East teams for 2013 to find players with notable stories -- whether they have famous fathers, relatives who played football or something else that makes them unique.
Here is a brief snapshot of the more notable signings.
Yes, the Knights signed twins, Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin. Pretty neat. What's more incredible is the fact that Shaquem earned an FBS scholarship despite playing without a left hand. Doctors removed it when he was 4, as he suffered from Amniotic Band Syndrome, a congenital birth defect caused by entrapment of fetal parts.
Hargrave Military Academy DB Mike Tyson. Need we say more? OK then. Tyson is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety from Norfolk, Va., who possesses a knack for the ball and forced 13 turnovers in his final two seasons at Lake Taylor High.
Coventry (Conn.) High tight end Tommy Myers has quite the Husky roots. His mother, Peg, holds the school's hoops record for most rebounds in a game (25). His father, Norm, was a UConn tight end. Tommy's sister, Kelly, plays hoops at St. Francis (N.Y.).
Three-star QB Billy Cosh played the final three games of last season for Butler (Kan.) CC with a torn ACL, losing to Iowa Western CC in the NJCAA title game. He passed for 2,856 yards and 25 scores with nine picks for 11-1 Butler, this after starting his career at Kansas State. He underwent surgery in December and says he will be ready come June. At Arundel High, Cosh was the all-time passing leader in Maryland prep history, and his father, Chris, is a former KSU and USF defensive coordinator.
ESPN150 receiver James Quick from nearby Trinity High is the Cardinals' top prospect, having become Kentucky's all-time receiving leader. Now it's on to following in the footsteps of father Rhonyia, who also played at Louisville.
Lots of family lineage in this signing class. Spencer Hollie's dad, Doug, is a former SMU standout who played in the NFL. Jesse Montgomery's father, Alton, played for the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. And the Mustangs may just have the next Leon Sandcastle. Deon Sanders Jr., son of the great football/baseball player Deion Sanders, enrolled in January.
There is one more notable addition: defensive back Myles Crosby, who became one of the youngest stars in the modeling industry at age 17, posing in Calvin Klein ads for jeans, underwear and the Euphoria fragrance.
Did you know there is an international football championship? Quarterback Brayden Scott did. Scott captained the Team USA squad that participated in the International Federations of American Football Under-19 World Championships in Austin, Texas, in the summer of 2012. Team USA won a silver medal.
Some good family lineage at Rutgers as well. Bryant Gross-Armiento has two brothers who play football at Colgate. He recently added Armiento to his last name to honor his adopted family. Defensive tackle Josh Klecko is the son of former New York Jets All-Pro Joe Klecko and the brother of former Big East Defensive Player of the Year Dan Klecko. Taylor Marini's dad, Tony, played basketball at UCF in the 1980s, and Dorian Miller's brother, Dejuan, played 38 games at Oklahoma as a wide receiver with 75 receptions during his career.
Fullback Auggie Sanchez followed his brother, Armando, to USF. Linebacker Nigel Harris has two USF connections: His brother, Brandon, joined the USF football program as a walk-on in 2012. His cousin, Lindsey Lamar, was a standout performer at USF from 2009-12.
Kicker Jim Cooper Jr. followed his dad to Temple. Jim Sr. was also a kicker at Temple from 1983-86 under head coach Bruce Arians. Artel Foster's cousin, Wade Manning, played receiver and cornerback former for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos from 1979-82; Jihaad Pretlow's father, Malik Jackson, played football at Rutgers in the early 1990s; Averee Robinson's brother, Adrian, was a three-time first-team All-MAC defensive end for Temple from 2008-11 and just finished his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Steelers; Julian Taylo's father, Rufus, is a Temple alum who walked onto the men’s basketball team in 1989; and Kiser Terry's brother, Terrell Channell, lettered in football at Temple in 2006.