There is no doubt that the Seawolves’ football program has tremendous momentum. After another successful postseason run and a move into the prestigious Colonial Athletic Association conference for football, Stony Brook football is definitely moving in the right direction. In addition to the on-the-field success of the team, Coach Chuck Priore has prioritized recruiting as a means to accelerate the growth of the Stony Brook football program. The 2013 recruiting class is highlighted by some high-impact transfers and immensely talented freshman both from New York and across the country. Players who have transferred from other institutions are denoted with an asterisk.
DB Reggie Allen (Frostproof, FL): Allen was a versatile athlete at Frostproof High School in Polk County in central Florida, playing on the track and baseball teams in addition to playing a prominent part of the Frostproof football team. He made some plays as a wide receiver, but his impact was most noticeable as a safety where he provided many hard hits throughout the season. He is solidly built at 6’0 and 171 pounds and has a 4.65 forty-yard time. He was courted at various points during his recruiting by schools as large as USF, Georgia Tech, and Kentucky.
LB Humphrey Anuh (Columbia, MD): The Seawolves have made inroads into the mid-Atlantic and Anuh will be a solid pickup. A graduate of Hammond High School, Anuh was selected to play in the 2012 Maryland Crab Bowl, an All-Star game of the most outstanding football players from the state of Maryland. Anuh (6’2, 200 lbs) also had an offer from the recently promoted FBS program at the University of Massachusetts and had interest from Minnesota and Northwestern.
*QB Conor Bednarski (South Pasadena, CA): Bednarski follows Kyle Essington in making the transition from Fullerton College to Stony Brook. Bednarski averaged 223 yards per game and threw for 25 touchdowns in his sophomore season at Fullerton. Prior to junior college, Bednarski starred at South Pasadena High School where he started under center for three seasons. Vanderbilt also showed interest in Bednarski during his recruiting. Bednarski has good size (6’3) and showcases a strong yet accurate arm in addition to possessing above average mobility.
DB Tyrice Beverette (Lakewood, NJ): Beverette was a four year starter at quarterback at Lakewood High School (alma mater of J.R. Smith of the Knicks) but will be asked to contribute to the Seawolves secondary. He was the All-Class B Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 while tallying 71 tackles and 10 pass breakups. Beverette (6’1, 195 lbs) also had offers from Delaware, Navy, and Rutgers. He cited his close relationship with current Seawolf DB Jaheem Woods (a former Monmouth County Player of the Year) as a reason he opted to come to Stony Brook.
DL Josh Bevillard (Fort Myers, FL): A talented defensive lineman, Bevillard (6’2, 244 lbs) was a productive player at Bishop Verot High in Fort Myers, Florida. He recorded 27 tackles and three sacks as a senior, being named to the News-Press All-Area Honorable Mention team. He participated in the John Carrigan Rotary South All-Star Football Game, a premier all-star game in southwest Florida.
DL Ousmane Camara (Bay Shore, NY): A dominating defensive lineman, Camara was one of the top high school football players in all of New York State. ESPN named him the #9 overall player in New York State and gave him a 3* rating. Camara’s exciting potential also led to offers from Purdue, Buffalo, and James Madison. Camara has outstanding size but is also extremely athletic.
*LB Ron Denig (Selden, NY): Denig was a standout player at Newfield High School in Selden and spent one year at CW Post prior to committing to the Seawolves. Denig (5’10, 220 lbs) was a hard-hitter in high school and earned the MSG Varsity Rob Burnett Defensive Player of the Year Award, an accolade given to the top defensive player in Suffolk County. His senior campaign also earned him the Collotta Award, given annually to Suffolk County’s best linebacker.
LB Dakota Everett (Effort, PA): Everett comes to Stony Brook after finishing a tremendous career at Pleasant Valley High School in eastern Pennsylvania. Everett has an ideal blend of size (6’4, 245 lbs) and speed. He had 136 tackles and 5 sacks as a senior and these accomplishments earned him a spot on the Pennsylvania All-State team at linebacker (for reference, two of the other senior linebackers on the 4A All-State team are headed to West Virginia and Penn State). He was also considering opportunities at Maine, New Hampshire, and Towson.
*K/P Nick Ferrara (Hicksville, NY): Ferrara is coming home to Long Island after graduating from the University of Maryland in December. Ferrara was arguably the most sought-after placekicker in the Northeast coming out of St. Anthony’s High School. Ferrara had a promising start to his career at Maryland, going 18-25 on field goals en route to being named to The Sporting News freshman All-ACC team. However, he sustained an injury early in his sophomore year and became relegated to a kickoff specialist that season. He took over punting duties as a junior at College Park. He suffered a hip-tendon injury in the preseason of his senior year and did not participate in the Terps’ 2012 campaign after being named to the preaseason ACC 2nd team.
RB Tyler Fredericks (Lawrence, NY): Fredericks was a multidimensional star on a championship Lawrence High School football squad in 2012. At Lawrence (the alma mater of former Charger Shane Olivea), Fredericks tallied 1567 rushing yards as a senior. He was named All-Nassau County and 2nd team All-State as a senior. Fredericks possesses a good combination of size (6’0, 215 lbs) and agility.
*DB Zedrick Gardner (Miami, FL): Gardner was a member of the famed Miami Northwestern football team, the alma mater of elite athletes such as Marvin Jones (Jets) and Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville Cardinals). A talented defensive back, he spent the last two years at ASA College in Brooklyn, New York. Gardner was a Northeast Football Conference 2nd Team selection this past season.
OL Armani Garrick (Brooklyn, NY): A well built offensive lineamn (6’3, 298 lbs), Garrick enjoyed a successful career at Fort Hamilton High School. He was an all-city selection on both lines, but will focus on developing as an offensive lineman at the next level. Garrick selected Stony Brook after considering offers from Rhode Island and Buffalo. He will join Fort Hamilton teammate Travon Reid-Segure at Stony Brook University.
OL Lionel Guillaume (Plantation, FL): Guillaume is a highly touted lineman from Plantation High School in south Florida. The Rivals 2* prospect carries an imposing frame at 6’2 and 275 pounds. He likely profiles as an interior lineman at the collegiate level. He is raw but many scouts have characterized him as a player who may blossom into an elite talent in college.
LB John Haggart (Sayville, NY): Haggart rushed for 1158 yards and 14 TDs as a senior but had an equally potent impact on defense where he had 41 tackles and 11.5 sacks. These accomplishments led him to multiple accolades including a spot on the 1st team All-State and All-Long Island teams. The South Shore native was also runner-up for the Hansen Award, given to the top player in Suffolk County. Haggart has a solid frame at 6’0 and 210 pounds.
DB Marvin Hart (Minneola, FL): Hart (5’10, 180 lbs) was a second-team All-Central Florida selection as a senior. Hart is part of the first graduating class at Lake Minneola High School. Hart also had offers from 6 other schools before choosing Stony Brook University.
*RB James Kenner (Willingboro, NJ): Kenner (5’11, 210 lbs) comes to Stony Brook along with ASA College teammate Zedrick Gardner. As a sophomore, he rushed for 676 yards on 88 carries (7.7 YPC) and reached the endzone eight times in only nine games. Prior to ASA, Kenner was a member of the the football team at Paul VI High School in south Jersey.
DB Quinton Littlejohn (Gaithersburg, MD): Littlejohn was a dynamic part of the Watkins Mill High School football team. After losing the starting tailback job as a senior, Littlejohn was utilized in many roles as a multidimensional athlete on the offense. A track champion, he was part of the Watkins Mill 4×200 relay state runner-up team as a junior.
*Max Martinez (Wichita, KS): Martinez arrives at Stony Brook after completing two seasons at JuCo powerhouse Butler Community College in Wichita, Kansas. Martinez (5’9, 196 lbs) was an All-Metro selection at Bishop Carroll high schol in 2010. At Butler, Martinez tallied 59 tackles with 3 interceptions in his sophomore season while playing safety.
LB Kamani Odrick (Montclair, NJ): Odrick was immensely productive as a senior at Montclair High School (alma mater of David Tyree), tallying 133 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He also had an offer from Southeast Missouri but his coach reported that he nearly had a late offer from Boston College as well. Odrick (6’2, 205 lbs) will likely play linebacker at Stony Brook.
WR Keyon Pinnock (Columbia, MD): Pinnock has good size (6’2, 196 lbs) and comes to Stony Brook from Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland. Like classmate Humphrey Anuh, Pinnock played in the 2012 Maryland Crab Bowl.
DB Travon Reid-Segure (Brooklyn, NY): Reid-Segure was a big-time prospect as a junior, receiving an early scholarship offer from Syracuse and interest from Wisconsin and Notre Dame. He unfortunately sustained a torn right ACL late in that season that hurt his stock. He had a successful senior season and once again earned a scholarship offer from Syracuse along with Temple, Buffalo, and UMass. However, he stayed true to Stony Brook, a program which showed unwavering interest in the talented defensive back even as he recovered from his injury. Reid-Segure (5’9, 174 lbs) will play cornerback for the Seawolves next season.
DL Markinson Sainvil (Orlando, FL): Sainvil (6’0, 230 lbs) is a product of Lake Nona High School in Orlando, Florida. He had 55 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior and participated in the Orange County All-Star Game. He has good speed and was part of his high school 4×100 team.
DL Allen Singleton (Humble, TX): Singleton was a 2nd team All-District player as a junior and honorable mention All-District player at Atascocita High School (Texas 5A, District 13) in Humble, a town located just outside the Houston metroplex.
*TE Will Tye (Middletown, CT): Tye was a 3* Rivals recruit out of high school after graduating from the Salisbury School in 2010. He chose to attend Florida State University where he initially redshirted in 2010. He saw limited action in four games in his redshirt freshman year of 2011. Tye has great size (6’3, 263 lbs) and will have an early impact on the Stony Brook offense both with his blocking expertise and his receiving expertise.