Feb. 5, 2003
Twenty-three student-athletes have signed national letters-of-intent to play football for Boston College, head coach Tom O'Brien announced on Wednesday, the traditional "signing day" for college football.
"We're very excited about this outstanding group of young men," O'Brien says. "I want to congratulate our coaching staff on a job well done. This is a tremendous class of student-athletes, talented at many different positions."
The class, which features players from virtually every offensive and defensive position, includes local standouts Gosder Cherilus, a 6-7, 275-pound offensive lineman from Somerville High School; Tyrone Pruitt, a 5-11, 195-pound safety from Brockton High School, and Lennox Whitworth, a 6-0, 220-pound Catholic Memorial running back from Milton.
The Eagles mined O'Brien's home state of Ohio for help along the offensive and defensive lines and at defensive back. Cincinnati products Tom Anevski (6-3, 280, OL), Ty Hall (6-4, 285, OL), Nick Larkin (6-3, 245, DL) and DeJuan Tribble (5-9, 180, DB) will join fellow Buckeye State natives Kevin Sheridan (6-3, 265, OL, Royalton) and Ryan Thompson (6-4, 250, Akron) on the BC roster.
The class, ranked as high as 10th nationally by some scouting services, also includes SuperPrep All-America wide receiver Dorien Bryant (5-11, 175, Swedesboro, NJ), SuperPrep All-America running backs Andre Callender (5-11, 190, Roselle, NJ) and Jo-Lonn Dunbar (6-1, 215, Syracuse, NY), and Parade All-America offensive lineman Ryan Poles (6-5, 285, Canandaigua, NY). The 23 high school standouts are joined by one junior college transfer, quarterback Paul Peterson (6-0, 180, Ephraim, UT) who comes to BC from Snow College.
The complete list of signees:
Tom Anevski (OL, 6-3, 280, Elder/Cincinnati, OH)
Selected to SuperPrep All-Midwest team...named All-GCL, District, City and All-State...led team to the 2002 Ohio state championships...National Honor Society member...selected to play in the 2003 North-South All-Star Game and the 2003 Big 33 Ohio-Penn All-Star Game...three-star prospect and ranked 35th best prospect by Rivals.com...coached by Doug Ramsey.
Justin Bell (DL, 6-3, 250, Mount Vernon/Alexandria, VA)
Selected to SuperPrep's All-Virginia team...also started at tight end...two-year starter and helped his team to its first Northern Region championship in 18 years (2001)...first-team All-District as both a TE and DE and named second-team All-Region as a TE...four-year member of the basketball team...was the national district champion in shot put and discus (2001)...three-star prospect and ranked 42nd at TE by Rivals.com...coached by Jody Stone.
Dorien Bryant (WR, 5-11, 175, Kingsway Regional/Swedesboro, NJ)
Considered one of the top athletes in the country...made Lemming and SuperPrep All-America teams...rated 11th best prospect in the East and 10th-rated DB by Lemming...considered the fourth-best prospect out of the state of New Jersey and eighth-ranked WR by SuperPrep...a four-star prospect by Rivals.com...ninth-ranked WR and 63rd-best prospect in the country...was a dangerous return man with six touchdowns...had six interceptions and returned three for TDs...voted All-League, All-County and All-State...was clocked at 10.29 (100m)...coached by Tony Barchuck.
Andre Callender (RB, 5-11, 190, Seton Hall Prep/Roselle, NJ)
SuperPrep All-American...ranked as 15th-best back in the country and 12th-best prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep...made Lemming All-East team as the 38th-best prospect...holds four school records - yards in a game (358), yards in a season (1,772), yards in a career (4,370) and TDs in a game (6)...tied for most TDs in a season (24)...averaged more than eight yards per carry for his career...rushed for 1,136 yards as a sophomore, 1,772 yards as a junior, and 1,450 yards as a senior...selected to the Governor's Bowl...two-time All-State selection...two-time first-team All-County...selected to the Heisman team...two-time Star-Ledger Player of the Week...selected student-athlete of the month...three-time All-County in track...ranked fifth in the nation in the high hurdles as a junior...was clocked at 10.6 (100m) and 13.8 (110 highs)...four-star prospect and 17th-ranked RB in the nation by Rivals.com...coached by Eric Gobble.
Gosder Cherilus (OL, 6-7, 275, Somerville/Somerville, MA)
Named to Lemming's All-America team as the 14th-ranked OT in the country and the 14th-best prospect in the East...named 25th-best OT and third-best prospect in New England on SuperPrep's All-America team...three-star prospect as the 35th-best OT by Rivals.com...selected to the Massachusetts "Super 26" All-State team...coached by Tony Gulla.
Jo-Lonn Dunbar (RB, 6-1, 215, Corcoran/Syracuse, NY)
SuperPrep All-American...ranked 16th at RB by SuperPrep...made Lemming All-East team as the 37th-best prospect...was the Central New York Player of the Year...named first-team All-State as a senior, rushing for 2,182 yards and 22 TDs...named second-team All-State as a junior...had 83 tackles, two sacks, four forced fumbles as a senior...finished his career as a four-year starter and career rushing leader with 5,136 yards...was a three-star prospect and the 28th-ranked RB by Rivals.com...a standout two-way player...coached by Tim Schmidt.
Ryan Glasper (S, 6-0, 180, Southington/Southington, CT)
SuperPrep All-American...ranked 17th-best DB in the country and third-best prospect in East...made Tom Lemming's All-East team as the 45th-best prospect...a two-time first-team All-State in Connecticut as both a WR and DB...earned All-League and All-Area...team captain...three-star rated prospect and 31st-best safety by Rivals.com...coached by Jude Kelly.
Ty Hall (OL, 6-4, 285, Anderson/Cincinnati, OH)
Selected to Lemming's All-Midwest team and the 20th-best OT in the nation...named to SuperPrep's All-Midwest team...received All-Conference, All-City, All-District and All-State awards...National Honor Society member along with being in the Spanish National Honor Society...selected to play in the 2003 Ohio North-South All-Star game along with the Big 33 Ohio-Penn All-Star game...three-star prospect and the 24th-ranked offensive guard by Rivals.com...two-way player...coached by Vince Suriano.
Trey Koziol (TE, 6-5, 240, Hinsdale Central/Hinsdale, IL)
Named SuperPrep All-American as the ninth-rated TE prospect...named 27th-best player in Midwest by SuperPrep...made Lemming's All-Midwest team as the 24th-ranked TE in the country...named Chicago Tribune All-State...All-Conference and All-Area as a senior...team captain...All-State Academic...three-star prospect and the 15th-ranked TE and eighth-best prospect out of Illinois by Rivals.com...coached by Ken Schreiner.
Ray Lankford (LB, 6-2, 220, McKeesport/McKeesport, PA)
Selected to Lemming's All-East team and the 24th-best safety in the country...SuperPrep named him the 22nd-best prospect in Pennsylvania...selected All-Quad West...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's All-Class AAAA team...played all three DB positions...three-star prospect and the 49th-ranked safety by Rivals.com...coached by George Smith.
Nick Larkin (DL, 6-3, 245, St. Xavier/Cincinnati, OH)
Named to the All-Midwest teams by both Lemming and SuperPrep...selected All-GCL...named GCL Defensive Lineman of the Year...named All-City, All-District and All-State...selected to play in the 2003 Ohio North-South All-Star game...a three-star prospect and 36th-best DE by Rivals.com...coached by Steve Rasso.
Taji Morris (DB, 5-10, 180, The Peddie School/Edgewater Park, NJ)
Considered the 41st-best prospect in the East by Lemming...made SuperPrep All-New Jersey team as the 32nd-best prospect...named first-team All-State after running for 1,068 yards as a senior and 3,158 yards in his career...named to the 12th Man TD Club Coaches' First-Team All-State...named second-team All-Area by The Trentonian...Named first-team All-State and All-Area by the Trenton Times...was a three-star prospect and rated the 45th-best RB prospect by Rivals.com...coached by Frank Delaurentis.
Brad Mueller (DB, 5-11, 165, Mars Area/Valencia, PA)
Named 32nd-best prospect in the East and 14th-best safety by Lemming...SuperPrep named him the 21st-best prospect in Pennsylvania...three-star prospect and the 28th-best DB prospect...Pennsylvania 100m sprint champ and took runner-up honors in the 200m...2001 All-Conference RB and DB, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette North Fab 22...offensive MVP in 2001 and 2002...All-Conference, All-State and WPIAL Player of the Year in 2002..second-fastest 40 time in the nation at the Nike combine (4.31)...holds eight school records...a two-way standout...coached by Scott Heinauer.
Paul Peterson (QB, 6-0, 180, Snow College/Ephraim, UT)
All-WSFL Conference quarterback...led conference in passing for 2001 and 2002...first-team JUCO All-American...last year completed 64% of his passes for 2,900+ yards...had 35 TDs (two games with six TDs and two games with five TDs) passing and four rushing TDs with only 10 INT...coached By Jeff Kilts.
Ryan Poles (OL, 6-5, 285, Canandaigua Academy/Canandaigua, NY)
Gatorade Player of the Year for New York state...earned All-America honors from Parade, Riddell, PrepStar, Lemming and SuperPrep...made Eastbay Elite 100...ranked number one prospect in the state of New York by SuperPrep...earned first-team All-State, Greater Rochester, Finger Lakes as a senior and first-team All-State, Greater Rochester and second-team All-State as a junior...his father, Junior, played at BC from 1979-82...Rivals.com ranked him third in the nation as an OT and 40th-best prospect in the country, seventh-ranked prospect in the Atlantic East...was a two-way player...coached by Ed Mulheron.
Tyronne Pruitt (S, 5-11, 195, Brockton/Brockton, MA)
Three-year All-League selection...All-Scholastic by the Boston Herald, Boston Globe and The Enterprise...picked as Player of the Year by The Enterprise both junior and senior years...captain both junior and senior years...first junior ever to be selected captain...had 181 tackles in his senior year to go along with 148 in his junior year and 103 in his sophomore year...rushed for 1,444 yards his senior year and 960 yards his junior year...a three-star prospect by Rivals.com...two-way standout...coached by Armond Colombo.
Matt Ryan (QB, 6-5, 205, William Penn Charter/Exton, PA)
All-East selection by Lemming...named the 19th-best prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep...three-year starter at QB...as captain, led his team to an InterAc championship in his senior year...passed for more than 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in his career along with a completion percentage of 52%...All-InterAc as a junior and senior...selected first-team All-City and Southeastern Pennsylvania...also plays basketball and baseball...a three-star prospect and the 26th-rated QB by Rivals.com...uncle John Loughery was starting BC QB in 1980...coached by Brian McCloskey.
Kevin Sheridan (OL, 6-3, 265, St. Ignatius/N. Royalton, OH)
Named All-State in his senior year...named captain and offensive lineman of the year...two-year starter for the 2001 Ohio state football champions...three-star and the 60th-best offensive guard prospect by Rivals.com...coached by Chuck Kyle.
Jamie Silva (S, 5-11, 200, East Providence/East Providence, RI)
Named the 13th-best prospect in New England by SuperPrep...named All-State and All-Academic junior and senior years...four-year starter...rushed for over 4,500 yards in his career...2,100 yards and 29 TDs his senior year...recorded more than 300 tackles for his career...had 16 career interceptions...earned All-Area and All-Division in track and had a personal best 51' 1" in shot-put his junior year...named East Providence Outstanding Student-Athlete...two-star prospect by Rivals.com...coached by Sandy Gorham.
Ryan Thompson (DL, 6-4, 250, Archbishop Hoban/Akron, OH)
SuperPrep's All-Midwest team...All-City, All-District and All-State...Summit County Defensive Player of the Year...selected by Ohio Prep as the D-III Defensive Player of the Year...selected to compete in the 2003 North-South Ohio All-Star game and the 2003 Big 33 Ohio-Penn All-Star game...three-star prospect and 42nd-best prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com...coached by Ralph Orsini.
DeJuan Tribble (DB, 5-9, 180, North College Hill/Cincinnati, OH)
Made All-Midwest teams for both Lemming and SuperPrep...named Miami Valley Conference Player of the Year...selected All-City, All-District and All-State...2002 team MVP...selected to compete in the 2003 Ohio North-South All-Star game...a three-star prospect and the 39th-ranked DB by Rivals.com...a two-way standout...coached by Bruce Baarendse.
Lennox Whitworth (RB, 6-0, 220, Catholic Memorial/Milton, MA)
Named 16th-best FB prospect by Lemming...made SuperPrep All-New England team as the 11th-best prospect...three-star prospect and 47th-best RB by Rivals.com...had over 300- yards and four TDs in a win over Xaverian...selected to the Massachusetts "Super 26" All-State team...three-time All-Conference...Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic teams...named to the South team for the 2003 Shriners' Game...team captain...Co-Most Valuable Player...also lettered in lacrosse, track and basketball...rushed for 1,405 yards and 16 TDs in 2002...was a two-way player...coached by Dennis Golden.
Daniel Zepp (DL, 6-4, 270, St. Xavier/Louisville, KY)
Louisville Courier-Journal's All-State team as a junior and senior...named All-County and All-District...District Player of the Year...as a junior, had 49 tackles, 13 for loss and eight sacks...as a senior, had 68 tackles, 15 TFLs and nine sacks...selected to play in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star game...considered one of the top 20 player in Kentucky...three-star prospect and the 60th-rated DE by Rivals.com...coached by Mike Glaser.