W&M announces 12-player incoming football class

W&M announces 12-player incoming football class
February 6, 2013, 3:15 pm
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Feb. 6, 2013) - William and Mary head football coach Jimmye Laycock has announced the Tribe's 2013 signing class, which includes 12 student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent with the Tribe this afternoon.

“Our staff did an excellent job of identifying and addressing our needs,” Laycock said. “One area we focused on was depth on the offensive front.  Beyond that we concentrated on versatility, and I think we attracted a good group of young men whom I expect to make a positive impact on our program. While the staff did a thorough job along the entire eastern seaboard, I was especially pleased with talented group of eight student-athletes we brought in from Virginia.”    

In addition to eight signees from Virginia, the class also includes players from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. The group consists of three offensive linemen, two defensive backs, a quarterback, running back, tight end, wide receiver, linebacker, linebacker/defensive end and defensive back/wide receiver.

Complete bio information for all 12 signees is available below.

The Tribe's annual Green and Gold Spring Game is scheduled for April 13 at Zable Stadium. W&M will open the 2013 season at West Virginia on Aug. 31.

Name                                                Pos.           Ht.            Wt.                 Hometown/High School
Richie DiPietro II                         DB              5-11        196                Olney, Md. / Sherwood HS
Jonathan Dunn                            RB              5-9           192                Springfield, Va. / West Springfield HS
Chris Durant                                 OL              6-4           286                Oak Hill, Va. / Oakton HS
Jaiven Knight                                TE              6-3           225                Durham, N.C. / Hillside HS
Connor Hilland                            OL              6-4           287                Stafford, Va. / Brooke Point HS
Brandon Louth                             LB               6-2           240                East Windsor, N.J. / Peddie School
Jhalil Mosley                                  QB              6-0           185                Keswick, Va. / Monticello HS
Zach Rhodes                                  OL              6-6           300                Chesterfield, Va. / Thomas Dale HS
Xavier Roscoe                                LB/DE      6-3           218                Woodbridge, Va. / Gar-field HS
Keanu Reuben                              DB/WR    6-1           180                Virginia Beach, Va. / Landstown HS
Jesse Santiago                               WR             6-1           190                Yorktown, Va. / Grafton HS
Aaron Swinton                             CB              5-9           160                Lancaster, Pa. / McCasky HS           

Richie DiPietro II

Olney, Md./Sherwood High School

Defensive Back

5-11, 196

Head Coach: Mike Bonavia

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a safety and running back for head coach Mike Bonavia at Sherwood High School … Earned first-team all-league honors as a safety in 2011 and 2012 … Big 33 nominee … Honored as his team’s defensive player of the year as a junior … Finished his career with a school-record 12 interceptions … Totaled 82 tackles and six interceptions as a senior … Posted 103 tackles and five interceptions as a junior … Named a Scholar Athlete after maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better while playing sports … Also garnered Minds in Motion distinction for maintaining a GPA of 3.25 or better while playing sports … Earned the Student of the Month Award … Personal: Son of Richard and Jennifer DiPietro … Brother, Richard, wrestled at the University of Maryland (2006-10) … Enjoys working out, playing video games, helping people out and watching football.

Jonathan Dunn

Springfield, Va./West Springfield High School

Running Back

5-9, 192

Head Coach: John Biddison

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a running back and cornerback for head coach John Biddison at West Springfield High School … Finished his career with 3,100 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns … Also totaled 370 receiving yards with two scores while piling up 700 kickoff return yards and a touchdown … Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals … Rated as the state’s No. 55 best player by the Roanoke Times … Earned second-team All-Patriot District honors as a senior after totaling more than 900 yards with nine touchdowns … Garnered first-team all-district distinction as a junior … Also earned first-team All-Northern Region accolades and honorable mention All-Met honors in 2011 … Named honorable mention all-district as a sophomore … Volunteered with multiple community projects and helped coach a youth basketball team for SYC … Personal: Son of Gracus and Patricia Dunn … Enjoys drawing and painting.

Chris Durant

Oak Hill, Va./Oakton High School

Offensive Lineman

6-4, 286

Head Coach: Jason Rowley

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman for head coach Jason Rowley at Oakton High School … Earned first-team all-state honors by Virginia Preps and second-team all-state distinction by the coaches as a senior … Also garnered first team All-Concorde District, first-team All-Northern Region and first-team All-Met accolades in 2012 … Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals … Rated as the state’s No. 56 best player by the Roanoke Times … Earned two letters as a center on the basketball team … Member of the Oakton Madrigals and the “Bed by 7” a capella group … Personal: Son of Charles and Lois Durant … Enjoys playing Xbox, hanging out with friends, watching movies and baking on occasion.

Jaiven Knight

Durham, N.C./Hillside High School

Tight End

6-3, 225

Head Coach: Antonio King

Prep: Four-year letterwinner as a tight end for head coach Antonio King at Hillside High School … Earned all-conference and all-area honors as a junior and a senior … Selected as the offensive lineman of the year in 2012 … Two-year letterwinner as a center on the basketball team … Personal: Son of Kevin Knight and Dora and Gary Lanier … Enjoys spending time with family and video games.

Connor Hilland

Stafford, Va./Brooke Point High School

Offensive Lineman

6-4, 287

Head Coach: Jeff Berry

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a guard, tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end for head coach Jeff Berry at Brooke Point High School … Honorable mention all-state selection as a senior … Also earned first-team All-NW Region, first-team all-district and second-team all-area distinction in 2012 …  Garnered second-team all-district and honorable mention all-area accolades as a junior … Member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars … Personal: Son of Robert and Alexandra Hilland … Enjoys weightlifting, fitness, basketball, lacrosse and spending time with family.

Brandon Louth

East Windsor, N.J./Peddie School


6-2, 240

Head Coach: Frank DeLaurentis

Prep: Four-year letterwinner as a middle linebacker and fullback for head coach Francis DeLaurentis at Peddie School … Two-time team captain … Honored as the 2012 Mid Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Defensive Player of the Year … Finished his career with 438 tackles, averaging 13.69 tackles per game, with 71 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks, two interceptions and nine forced fumbles … Garnered first-team honors at linebacker from MAPL and the Star Ledger as a senior … Named to the Trenton Times Defensive Honor Roll (11/1/12) … Heart of a Giant nominee as a senior … Selected as the 12th Man Club Defensive Player of the Week …  First-team selection as a linebacker by MAPL, Star Ledger,Trentonianand TimesArea All-Stars in 2011 …  Second-team All-MAPL and All-Prep Star Ledger selection as a linebacker in 2010 … Also a four-year letterwinner on the winter and spring track teams as a thrower … Volunteered with the Special Olympics … Personal: Son of Brian and Joanne Louth … Brother, Brian, played football at Rhode Island … Enjoys fishing.

Jhalil Mosley

Keswick, Va./Monticello High School


6-0, 185

Head Coach: Rodney Redd

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a quarterback for head coach Rodney Redd at Monticello High School …  First-team all-district selection as an athlete and second-team choice as a quarterback … Served as a team captain in 2012 … Rated as the state’s No. 66 best player by the Roanoke Times … Finished his career with 6,012 combined passing and rushing yards, second most in school history … Set a single-game school record with 388 combined passing and rushing yards during the 2012 season … Finished his career with 4,364 passing yards and 48 touchdowns … Also rushed for 1,648 yards with 21 scores … Lettered three times as a guard/forward on the basketball team and twice as an outfielder on the baseball team … First-team all-region and first-team all-district selection in basketball in 2012 … Served as a team captain in basketball as a senior … Personal: Son of Jack Ridley, Jr., and Yolanda Mosley-Ridley … Sister, Juwuhn Smith, played basketball at Bowie State … Enjoys playing sports, listening to music, going to the movies and hanging out with friends … Attends Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church where he attends Sunday School and is a member of the Usher Board and the Youth Ministry.

Zach Rhodes

Chesterfield, Va./Thomas Dale High School

Offensive Lineman

6-6, 300

Head Coach: Kevin Tucker

Prep: Two-year letterwinner as an offensive tackle for head coach Kevin Tucker at Thomas Dale High School … Earned honorable mention all-district honors as a senior … Garnered second-team all-district and first-team All-Tri-Cities distinction in 2011 … First-team all-academic selection in 2011 and 2012 … Personal: Son of Jim and Lori Rhodes … Mother attended W&M … Enjoys lifting, video games and music.

Xavier Roscoe

Woodbridge, Va./Gar-field High School

Linebacker/Defensive End

6-3, 218

Head Coach: Tom Gryder

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a tight end and linebacker for head coach Thomas Gryder at Gar-field High School … Earned first-team all-district honors as both a tight end and outside linebacker in 2012 … Garnered honorable mention all-state distinction as a tight end in 2011 … Also named first-team all-region as a tight end and second-team all-region as a defensive end as a junior … First-team all-district selection at both positions that season … Rated as the state’s No. 85 best player by the Roanoke Times … Three-year letterwinner on the basketball team as a power forward and center … Member of the National Honor Society … Personal: Son of James Roscoe and Renee Brown … Father played football for the San Francisco 49ers … Enjoys playing the piano, basketball and video games.

Keanu Reuben

Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown High School

Defensive Back/Wide Receiver

6-1, 180

Head Coach: Tommy Reamon

Prep: Standout quarterback, free safety, running back and tight end for head coach Tommy Reamon at Landstown High School … Honored as the LHS offensive and defensive player of the year as a senior … Garnered the Percy Harvin/Michael Vick Award in 2011 … Selected as the junior varsity MVP in 2009 and 2010 … Won an AAU National Gold Medal in the pentathlon … Member of DECA, FBLA and African American Culture Society (Male Summits) … Personal: Son of Andrew Reuben and Leroyonette Davis-Reuben … Enjoys basketball, working out in the gym and playing Xbox.

Jesse Santiago

Yorktown, Va./Grafton High School

Wide Receiver

6-1, 190

Head Coach: Jared Van Acker

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a wide receiver, running back and defensive back for head coach Jared Van Acker at Grafton High School … Honorable mention all-state selection as a wide receiver in 2012 … Also earned first-team all-district honors as a wide receiver and a defensive back as a senior … … Rated as the state’s No. 95 best player by the Roanoke Times … Second-team all-district selection as a defensive back in 2011 … Four-year letterwinner as a guard/forward on the basketball team … Honorable mention all-district selection as a junior … Member of the Future Business Leaders of America … Earned academic honors in ninth and 10th grade … Personal: Son of Chico and Nancy Santiago … Enjoys playing sports and watching sports.

Aaron Swinton

Lancaster, Pa./McCasky High School


5-9, 160

Head Coach: Rob Monzon

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a cornerback, wide receiver and a running back for head coach Rob Monzon at McCaskey High School … Big 33 selection as a senior … Earned all-league honors as a defensive back, running back and kick returner in 2012 … Honored as his team’s most valuable player as a senior … Named a Lancaster Newspaper All-Star as a kick returner in 2012 … Rushed for 828 with seven touchdowns as a senior … Averaged 9.3 yards per carry … Also totaled 39 receptions for 681 yards with 10 touchdowns … Returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns ... Posted 66 tackles and four interceptions … Four-year letterwinner as a point guard on the basketball team …  A top-five district “watch list” selection … Garnered second-team all-league honors as a junior … Also earned a letter as a high jumper/long jumper on the track and field team … Personal: Son of Aaron Swinton and Lynette Morales.


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