Football Team Announces 2010 Incoming Class

Head Coach Tom Gilmore

Video: Coach Gilmore on the Incoming Class

WORCESTER, Mass. — Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore has announced the 2010 incoming class for the Crusaders. Thirty student-athletes will join the Holy Cross program for the 2010-2011 academic year.

“Overall, I think it is a very good class,” said Gilmore. “This is a fairly sizeable group with 30  players, but we needed to add some depth at several positions due to graduation, in particular on the defensive line and in the secondary. We also attracted some really good quality on the offensive side of the ball, making this a well rounded class. There are going to be some good opportunities for these recruits to fill in on the depth chart right away.”

The 30 players making up this year's class include 12 on offense, 17 on defense and one kicker. Holy Cross has added five wide receivers, five linemen, one running back and one quarterback on the offensive side of the ball, while bringing in seven linemen, five linebackers and five backs for the defense.

Holy Cross returns 12 starters from its 2009 squad which posted an overall record of 9-3, won the Patriot League title with a 5-1 mark in conference games, and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for only the second time in school history. The Crusaders are scheduled to play their annual spring game on Saturday, April 17.

A complete list of the 2010 Holy Cross football incoming freshman class follows. For biographical information on each player, click on his name.


Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Hometown, High School
Gary Acquah, DE, 6-2, 235, Bronx, N.Y., Mount St. Michael Academy
Pete Anastasio, LB, 6-1, 215, Camp Hill, Pa., Camp Hill H.S.
Joe Bell, DE, 6-4, 220, Lowell, Ind., Lowell Senior H.S.
Blake Berresford, OL, 6-5, 285, Montoursville, Pa., Montoursville Area H.S.
Matthew Boyd, DT, 6-3, 250, Dallas, Texas, Bishop Lynch H.S.
Mike Chieco, OL, 6-5, 290, South Hadley, Mass., South Hadley H.S.
Mike Fess, WR, 6-0, 175, Caldwell, N.J., James Caldwell H.S.
Philip Gough, DB, 5-11, 175, Hinsdale, Ill., Fenwick H.S.
Chris Higgins, DB, 5-11, 170, Miramar, Fla., Pine Crest School
Kyle Holland, OL, 6-3, 265, Old Forge, Pa., Old Forge H.S.
Daryl Howell, DE, 6-1, 232, Richmond, Va., Hermitage H.S.
Jimmy Jordan, WR, 6-4, 190, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Pine Crest School
Jake Keller, OL, 6-3, 258, Cincinnati, Ohio, La Salle H.S.
Jay Knighton, DT, 6-2, 265, Pottstown, Pa., Hill School
Max Librizzi, QB, 6-5, 220, Essex Junction, Vt., Essex H.S.
John Macomber, PK, 5-11, 200, Vienna, Va., Georgetown Prep School
Brendan McGovern, LB, 6-0, 230, Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic H.S.
Emanuel Mendoza, OL, 6-6, 290, Bronx, N.Y., Cardinal Hayes H.S.
Mike Mirabella, LB, 6-0, 219, Tampa, Fla., H.B. Plant H.S.
Scotty O'Donoghue, LB, 5-11, 205, Tampa, Fla., Sickles H.S.
Irvin Scott, DB, 6-1, 180, Brookline, Mass., Brookline H.S.
George Sessoms, DB, 5-11, 190, Peabody, Mass., St. John's Prep School
Jon Smith, WR, 6-3, 185, Matawan, N.J., Matawan Regional H.S.
Ross Smith, WR, 6-2, 185, Lewis Center, Ohio, Olentangy Orange H.S.
Nate Stanley, WR, 6-2, 205, Euclid, Ohio, St. Edward H.S.
Mike Tucker, DE, 6-2, 240, Chester Springs, Pa., Downingtown East H.S.
Michael White, DT, 6-1, 280, Indianapolis, Ind., Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School
Reggie Woods, RB, 5-10, 191, Bowie, Md., C.H. Flowers H.S.
Tyler Zeoli, LB, 6-1, 220, King of Prussia, Pa., Upper Merion Area H.S.
Andrew Zitnik, DB, 5-11, 175, Warren, Ohio, Warren G. Harding H.S.