Holy Cross Announces 2014 Football Signings

Head Coach Tom Gilmore

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore has announced the 2014 incoming class for the Crusaders. Twenty-four student-athletes will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2014.

"This is an outstanding class," said Gilmore. "We addressed our needs with talented players who will have an immediate impact on our depth at many positions. I am excited that they have chosen to join our family and look forward to an exciting future together."

The 24 players making up this year's class include 10 on offense, 13 on defense and one specialist. Holy Cross has added four wide receivers, two running backs, two quarterbacks, one lineman and one tight end on the offensive side of the ball, while bringing in six linemen, four backs and three linebackers for the defense.

Holy Cross returns 12 of 22 starters from its 2013 squad which went 3-9 and 1-4 in the Patriot League. The Crusaders are scheduled to open spring practice on Saturday, March 15. The annual spring game is set for Saturday, April 12.

A complete list of the 2014 Holy Cross football incoming freshman class follows. To view  biographical information on each player, click on his name below.


Name Pos.    Ht.      Wt.    Hometown / High School
Blaise Bell QB 6-3 190 Aurora, Ill. / Metea Valley
Daniel Bernard DT 6-3 315 Coral Springs, Fla. / North Broward Prep
Bradni Black DT 6-4 260 Ridgewood, N.J. / Bergen Catholic
Andre Harton WR 5-10 165 Alpharetta, Ga. / Alpharetta
Jordan Kupec DT 6-4 256 Yardville, N.J. / Steinert
Jack Kutschke DE 6-5 250 Lake Forest, Ill. / Lake Forest
Darrius Lacy WR 5-11 170 St. Petersburg, Fla. / Northeast
Brett Laurie DB 5-11 185 Glenview, Ill. / Glenbrook South
Nick McBeath LB 6-1 210 Miami, Fla. / Christopher Columbus
Mike McCaffrey DB 5-9 185 Winchester, Mass. / Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Will McGrail P 6-5 215 Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. / Don Bosco Prep
James McHale QB 6-3 205 Buchanan, N.Y. / Fordham Prep
Matt Millett WR 6-2 195 Marblehead, Mass. / Marblehead
Alim Muhammad DB 5-10 160 St. Louis, Mo. / Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day
Dan Proano LB 6-2 220 Chicago, Ill. / Notre Dame College Prep
Jayke Simsheuser TE 6-4 250 Lee's Summit, Mo. / Rockhurst
Tim Smith HB 6-2 225 Dartmouth, Mass. / Dartmouth
Charlie Steele OL 6-8 295 Melrose, Mass. / Melrose
Patrick Stewart DL 6-0 250 Potomac, Md. / Georgetown Prep
Chase Stratton DB 5-11 185 Alpharetta, Ga. / Alpharetta
Ahmad Tyler WR 6-3 180 Kansas City, Kan. / Rockhurst (Mo.)
Diquan Walker RB 5-10 180 Clearwater, Fla. / Clearwater Central Catholic
Lawton Ward LB 5-11 190 Marietta, Ga. / Marietta
Phil Zobrest DE 6-5 235 Alden, N.Y. / Alden