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Sr. RB/S Davon Lawrence Commits to Stony Brook University

Posted Friday, March 05, 2010 by Stony Brook Univ

Feb. 3, 2010

Stony Brook, N.Y. -

A total of eleven standout football players signed national letters of intent today with defending Big South Conference Champion Stony Brook, head coach Chuck Priore announced. The Seawolves incoming class includes ten high school football players and defensive lineman Andrew Nelson (Uniondale, N.Y.) who will transfer from Hofstra University to join the team in the fall. The newest additions to the football team represent the largest contingent of local talent since Priore took over as leader of the Stony Brook program.

"When you have the opportunity to win a championship, it's certainly going to affect the local recruiting landscape, and I think that's evident with the ten Long Island football players we were able to add to our program", Priore said. Included in the talented group of new Stony Brook players are five all-New York State selections including JeVahn Cruz (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.), Jawara Dudley (Queens, N.Y.), Kevin Hauter (Moriches, N.Y.), Davon Lawrence (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and Devante Wheeler (Staten Island, N.Y.). Today's signing of Cruz, along with the addition of spring transfers Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) and Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.), and current Stony Brook rising junior Edwin Gowins (Bellport, N.Y.), means that the Seawolves roster will boast the last four Hansen Award winners who have all been recognized as the top high school football players in Suffolk County. "It is always our goal to try and keep the best players here on Long Island", Priore said. "I think our offense and the way it is structured will continue to attract the great running backs on Long Island."

The Seawolves, who won the 2009 Championship in only their second year in the Big South Conference, will have an overall incoming class of 19 players including eight athletes who enrolled at Stony Brook for the spring semester and will be participating in spring practices. With 26 graduating seniors, the Seawolves were also looking to bolster their roster immediately. The seven mid-year enrollees are expected to bring valuable college playing experience to the roster immediately and will help fill some of the void left by Stony Brook's graduating players.

Coach Priore and the Stony Brook Seawolves will begin spring practice on April 7 with the spring game on May 1. All practices are held in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium and are open to the public. The official practice schedule will be posted on www.goseawolves.org once finalized. The 2010 Stony Brook football season will kick off on Saturday, September 4 in Tampa, Florida when the Seawolves take the field against the University of South Florida in Raymond James Stadium. With the addition of 19 new football players to the 2010 Seawolves roster, Coach Priore is excited about the future of Stony Brook Football. "Winning the Big South Championship, having the full complement of scholarships and with South Florida, Buffalo and Army on our schedule for the next three years, our football program is well positioned to continue enjoying great success", said Priore. "The commitment that our University has given to football shows our local athletes, our fanbase and Stony Brook alumni that we're in a great situation to succeed."

Stony Brook 2010 Football Signing Class
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School/Previous School)
Sheldon Armstrong* DB 5-11 180 Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Polytechnic/Utah State)
JeVahn Cruz QB/DB 5-8 165 Wheatley Heights, N.Y. (Half Hollow Hills West)
Jawara Dudley LB 6-0 195 Queens, N.Y. (Roosevelt)
Kyle Essington* QB 6-2 185 Chino Hills, Calif. (Brea Olinda/Fullerton Coll.)
Kevin Hauter DL 6-3 220 Moriches, N.Y. (William Floyd)
Al-Majid Hutchins* DB 5-11 185 Newark, N.J. (East Orange/Rutgers)
Brock Jackolski* RB/WR 5-10 200 Shirley, N.Y. (William Floyd/Hofstra)
Roosevelt Kirk* DL 6-3 260 Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O'Dowd/Laney Coll.)
Davon Lawrence RB 6-1 205 Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. (Sachem North)
Dominick Maddox* DB 5-11 205 Converse, Texas (Converse Judson/Navarro Coll.)
Bryant McAdoo WR 6-5 185 New York, N.Y. (Cardinal Hayes)
Miguel Maysonet* RB 5-10 200 Riverhead, N.Y. (Riverhead/Hofstra)
Nicholas Moody QB 6-1 180 Carrollton, Texas (Creekview)
Grant Nakwaasah LB 6-0 200 Dallas, Texas (Berkner)
Tanner Nehls TE 6-2 230 Houston, Texas (William B. Travis)
Andrew Nelson DL 6-4 300 Uniondale, N.Y. (Uniondale/Hofstra)
Cody Precht OL 6-3 280 Centerport N.Y. (Harborfields)
Andres Trujillo* LB 6-0 220 Miami, Fla. (American)
Devante Wheeler QB/CB 6-0 180 Staten Island, N.Y. (Poly Prep)

* Enrolled at Stony Brook Spring 2010

Sheldon Armstrong • DB • 5-11 • 180 • Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Polytechnic/Utah State)

Prior to Stony Brook: Attended Utah State University ... played in one game in 2009 against Texas A&M ... redshirted as a freshman in 2008.

High School: A 2008 graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School ... two letters in football for the Jack Rabbits ... named second-team all-Moore League after making 56 tackles as well as tallying two interceptions, five pass break-ups and one fumble recovery ... selected to the 605 All-Star Football Classic ... helped Long Beach Poly win the PAC-5 Southern Section CIF championship ... honored for the `Play It Smart' program by the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame, Inc.

JeVahn Cruz • QB/DB • 5-8 • 165 • Wheatley Heights, N.Y. (Half Hollow Hills West)

High School: Attends Half Hollow Hills West High School ... 2009 Hansen Award winner as the top football player in Suffolk County ... all-Long Island, all-county and all-division as a senior ... Class A first team all-New York State on offense ... Division III MVP for Suffolk County ... MVP of the Suffolk County championship game, leading his team to the county title and a 12-0 record ... threw for 1,531 yards and 24 TDs and rushed for 1,789 yards and 24 TDs in 2009 ... totaled 3,873 all-purpose yards as a senior ... also lettered in basketball and track.

Jawara Dudley • LB • 6-0 • 195 • Queens, N.Y. (Roosevelt)

High School: Attends Roosevelt High School ... Class B first team all-New York State on defense and all-county selection as a senior ... recorded 85 tackles as a senior ... all-conference pick in 2008 ... all-academic in 2008 and 2009 ... two-time team captain ... also lettered in basketball, wrestling and track.

Kyle Essington • QB • 6-2 • 185 • Chino Hills, Calif. (Brea Olinda/Fullerton Coll.)

Prior to Stony Brook: Attended Fullerton College in Fullerton, California ... played two seasons ... threw for over 680 yards and six touchdowns in 2009 ... helped team to a 10-2 record.

High School: A 2008 graduate of Brea Olinda High School ... three-time letter winner in football for the Wildcats ... first team all-Centary League as a senior ... team's Offensive Back of the Year ... National Honor Society.

Kevin Hauter • DL • 6-3 • 220 • Moriches, N.Y. (William Floyd)

High School: Attends William Floyd High School ... three-time letterwinner for the Colonials ... Class AA first team all-New York State on defense ... 2009 Zellner Award as the best lineman in Suffolk County ... all-Long Island selection as a senior ... recorded 98 tackles and 17 sacks in 2009... two-time captain of the team ... helped William Floyd to a 10-2 mark in 2009 and 10-1 in 2008 ... also lettered in wrestling.

Al-Majid Hutchins • DB • 5-11 • 185 • Newark, N.J. (East Orange/Rutgers)

Prior to Stony Brook: Played three seasons at Rutgers University ... played in six games for the Scarlet Knights in 2009, getting in on one tackle.

High School: A 2007 graduate of East Orange High School ... three letters in football for the Jaguars ... rated the No. 1 cornerback in New Jersey by Rivals.com... first team all-state and all region as a senior ... finished with 42 tackles, two interceptions, eight passes broken up, three forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries as a senior ... first team all-Essex by the Star Ledger... also kicked 15 extra points ... invited to the NY/NJ High School All-Star Classic.

Brock Jackolski • RB/WR • 5-10 • 200 • Shirley, N.Y. (William Floyd/Hofstra)

Prior to Stony Brook: Played two seasons at Hofstra University ... rushed for 76 yards, caught 14 passes for 114 yards and was the team's leading kickoff returner with his average of 22.1 yards per return as a sophomore in 2009 ... also caught five passes for 68 yards ... as a freshman he led the team with 1,200 all-purpose yards, including 541 yards on the ground ... ranked among the top-10 players in the Colonial Athletic Association in all-purpose yards.

High School: A 2008 graduate of William Floyd High School ... three letters in football for the Colonials ... 2007 New York State Player of the Year for Class AA ... 2007 Hansen Award as the top football player in Suffolk County ... rushed for 1,381 yards and 31 touchdowns ... totaled 3,603 yards and 64 touchdowns for his high school career ... two-time all-Long Island pick ... also lettered in wrestling and track ... two-time captain in football.

Roosevelt Kirk • DL • 6-3 • 260 • Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O'Dowd/Laney Coll.)

Prior to Stony Brook: Attended Laney College in Oakland for two years ... two-time first team all-Golden Gate Conference pick ... made 34 tackles in 2009, including four sacks and an interception.

High School: A 2008 graduate of Bishop O'Dowd High School ... lettered all four years ... three-time all-conference pick ... also lettered in basketball ... all-conference selection in that sport as a senior.

Davon Lawrence • RB • 6-0 • 185 • Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. (Sachem North)

High School: Attends Sachem North High School ... Class AA second team all-New York State on offense ... all-Long Island, all-county and all-division as a senior ... Division I Player of the Year in Suffolk County in 2009 ... rushed for 1,887 yards and scored 25 touchdowns as a senior ... tied school-record with five touchdowns in one game vs Commack ... helped his team to a 10-1 record and a No. 13 ranking in New York  State... recorded 63 tackles on defense with one interception ... named his team's MVP for 2009.

Dominick Maddox • DB • 5-11 • 205 • Converse, Texas (Converse Judson/Navarro Coll.)

Prior to Stony Brook: Played two seasons at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas ... totaled 31 tackles, including a pair for a loss in 2009 ... finished with 50 tackles and an interception for his career.

High School: A 2008 graduate of Converse Judson High School ... three letters in football for the Rockets... third team 5A all-state selection as a senior... 167 tackles and three interceptions in 2007 ... all-area and all-city selection as a senior... helped his team to an appearance in the state championship game in 2007 ... team captain as a senior ... also lettered in track.

Miguel Maysonet • RB • 5-10 • 200 • Riverhead, N.Y. (Riverhead/Hofstra)

Prior to Stony Brook: Played one season at Hofstra University ... led the Pride in rushing as a freshman in 2009 with 385 yards, scoring three touchdowns ... also caught five passes for 68 yards ... career-high 95 yards against Maine.

High School: A 2009 graduate of Riverhead High School ... 2009 New York State Gatorade Player of the Year... 2007 Hansen Award as the top football player in Suffolk County ... rushed for 2,328 yards and 33 touchdowns, leading Riverhead to a 12-0 record ... three time all-county pick ... twice an all-Long Island selection ... MVP of the NY Empire Challenge game (Long Island vs. NYC) ... team captain ... also lettered in track, basketball and lacrosse.

Bryant McAdoo • WR • 6-5 • 185 • New York, N.Y. (Cardinal Hayes)

High School: Attends Cardinal Hays High School ... four-time letterwinner in football for the Cardinals ... all-city and all-league selection as a senior ... 450 receiving yards and seven TDs as a senior ... totaled 600 yards and 10 scores as a junior... also lettered in basketball and track... two-time team captain for basketball.

Nicholas Moody • QB • 6-1 • 180 • Carrollton, Texas (Creekview)

High School: Attends Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas ... three letters in football for the Mustangs ... all-district selection as a senior ... threw for 1,345 yards ... rushed for 600 yards and 18 TDs ... also lettered in basketball ... team captain in football.

Grant Nakwaasah • LB • 6-0 • 200 • Dallas, Texas (Berkner)

High School: Attends Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas ... lettered three times in football for the Rams... all-district and all-city pick ... 85 tackles and three interceptions on defense as a senior ... also rushed for 400 yards and nine touchdowns ... 147 tackles and an interception as a junior.

Tanner Nehls • TE • 6-2 • 230 • Houston, Texas (William B. Travis)

High School: Attends William B. Travis High School ... two-time letterwinner for the Tigers ... all-district as a senior ... team's offensive MVP in 2009 ... caught 13 passes for 130 yards as a senior ... also played fullback and guard ...2009 ProspectFIT Athlete of the Year.

Andrew Nelson • DL • 6-4 • 300 • Uniondale, N.Y. (Uniondale/Hofstra)

Prior to Stony Brook: Member of the Hofstra University program for four years ... played in all 12 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2008 ... made 26 tackles for the Pride ... career-high five tackles against UConn.

High School: A 2006 graduate of Uniondale High School ... all-Nassau County as a senior ... selected to play in the 2006 Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge All-Star Game ... also lettered in track and wrestling.

Cody Precht • OL • 6-3 • 280 • Centerport N.Y. (Harborfields)

High School: Attends Harborfields High School ... three-year letterwinner for the Tornados ... all-Suffolk County as a senior ... played for Suffolk in PAL small-school senior all-star game ... all-division pick as a junior ... also lettered in lacrosse ... honor society.

Andres Trujillo • LB • 6-0 • 225 • Miami, Fla. (American)

High School: Attended American High School ... all-Dade County as a senior ... four-year starter and two-time captain for the Patriots ... team's defensive MVP ... also lettered in soccer, wrestling and basketball.

Devante Wheeler • QB/CB • 6-0 • 180 • Staten Island N.Y. (Poly Prep)

High School: Attends Poly Prep Day School in Brooklyn ... three-year letterwinner for the Blue Devils ... first team all-New York City and all-Brooklyn by New York Daily News and New York Post ... Class A second team all-New York State on offense ... recorded 20 touchdowns as a senior (5 passing, 6 running, 6 interceptions, 2 kick return and 1 punt return) ... also lettered in track.

Stony Brook 2010 Football Schedule
Day Date Opponent Place
Sat. Sept. 4 South Florida Tampa, Fla.
Sat. Sept. 11 American International STONY BROOK
Sat. Sept. 18 Brown Providence, R.I.
Sat. Sept. 25 Massachusetts STONY BROOK
Sat. Oct. 2 Open  
Sat. Oct. 9 VMI* (Homecoming) STONY BROOK
Sat. Oct. 16 Lafayette Easton, Pa.
Sat. Oct. 23 Coastal Carolina* Conway, S.C.
Sat. Oct. 30 Charleston Southern* STONY BROOK
Sat. Nov. 6 Presbyterian* Clinton, S.C.
Sat. Nov. 13 Gardner-Webb* STONY BROOK
Sat. Nov. 20 Liberty* Lynchburg, Va.
* Home Games in

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