Name Position Height Weight High School Hometown
Joe Casale Safety 6'3" 180 Troy Troy, NY
Niko Culnan Offensive Line 6'3" 285 Colonie Colonie, NY
Joe Halasy Defensive Line 6'5" 235 Midwood Brooklyn, NY
Robert Lachmann Defensive Line 6'3" 230 Black Swans Hamburg, Germany
Mohab Omer Offenisve Line 6'4" 335 Shaker Latham, NY
Xavier Smith Cornerback 5'9" 170 McKinnley Canton, OH
Kobe Thomas Offensive Line 6'2" 260 Parkland Allentown, PA
Jeff Undercuffler Quarterback 6'6" 215 Holy Cross Academy Delran, NJ

Joe Casale • S • 6-3 • 180 • Troy High School (N.Y.)

Notable: As a senior totaled 82 tackles, six interceptions, four forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns for the Class AA New York State champions.

Head coach Greg Gattuso's take: "He's a two-time state champion, a very headsy, hard-nosed football player. He has a lot of ball skills, a lot of interceptions and makes a lot of big plays for Troy High School."

Niko Culnan • OL • 6-3 • 285 • Hudson Valley Community College / South Colonie (N.Y.)

Notable: Named to Liberty Division First-Team during his senior year at Colonie High School.

Gattuso's take: "He's a natural center, and we really felt we needed to build some depth there. We feel he has the ability to come in and help our football team immediately." 

Joe Halasy • DL • 6-5 • 235 • Midwood High School (N.Y.)

Notable: Compiled 44 tackles and seven sacks as a senior.

Gattuso's take: "Joe's a big, long, tough defensive end who really caught my eye with how aggressive he plays."

Robert Lachmann • DE • 6-3 • 230 • Hamburg Black Swans (Germany)

Notable: Had 86 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, seven and a half sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a senior. … Also scored a defensive touchdown, intercepted a pass and blocked four kicks. … Named Rookie of the Year in 2016.

Gattuso's take: "Robert is a bit of an older kid who's coming in from Germany. He's very athletic. He's coming mid-year, and we're very excited to get him in here with the team. He's got a lot of upside."

Mohab Omer • OL • 6-4 • 335 • Shaker High School (N.Y.)

Notable: Earned Liberty Division First-Team, Section II First-Team and Times Union First-Team honors as a senior.

Gattuso's take: "He's a giant, a big physical offensive lineman and a local product who comes from a great family. We're excited about him."

Xavier Smith • CB • 5-9 • 170 • Canton McKinley (Ohio)

Notable: All-Ohio Team Honorable Mention and All-Northeast Ohio Inland District First-Team as a senior. … Totaled 186 tackles, seven interceptions, four forced fumbles and eight pass break-ups during his career.

Gattuso's take: "Xavier is a very athletic corner from Ohio. He was an early commit for us, someone we had targeted early in the process. We're excited about what he can bring to the team."

Kobe Thomas • OL • 6-2 • 260 • Parkland High School (Pa.)

Notable: Named to the All-Eastern Pennsylvania Conference First-Team his senior year.

Gattuso's take: "Kobe was a guy we were chasing hard. He's one of the most technically sound, young offensive lineman I've seen in high school. He played in a great program. We think he can play tackle, center or guard — whereever we might need him."

Jeff Undercuffler • QB • 6-6 • 215 • Holy Cross Academy (N.J.)

Notable: Threw for 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. … Named to the All-Liberty Division Second-Team his final season. 

Gattuso's take: "We're excited about Jeff. He's 6-6. He can move around the pocket, runs well, has a good strong arm. He comes from more of a running program, but we see a tremendous upside in Jeff."



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