2019 NLI Day

UAlbany Sports Information

Name

Position Height Weight High School Hometown
Jackson Ambush Linebacker 5'11" 208 Linganore New Market, MD
Elijah Ayers Cornerback 6'1" 175 Springfield Central Springfield, MA
Garrett Bledsoe Linebacker 5'10" 200 La Salle Cincinnati, OH
Jalahn Dabney Running back 6'1" 200 Somerville Somerville, NJ
Shawn Evans Safety 5'10" 185 St. Frances Academy Accokeek, MD
Darren Fields Cornerback 6'3" 185 Irvington Irvington, NJ
Rickey Gamble Wide Receiver 5'9" 170 Joseph C. Wilson Magnet Rochester, NY
Joe Greaney Linebacker 6'4" 235 Arlington Catholic
Jordan Irizarry Wide Receiver 6'0" 175 NSU University Pembroke Pines, FL
Rushawn Lawrence Defensive Line 6'4" 240 Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Philadelphia, PA
Christian Lewis Running Back 5'11" 185 Farrell Farrell, PA
Liam Maloney Offensive Line 6'8" 265 Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons Schenectady, NY
Shane McLaughlin Quarterback 6'0" 190 Lackawanna CC West Grove, PA
Joey Mitchell Kicker/Punter 6'1" 195 Dublin Coffman Dublin, OH
Jonny Moore Offensive Line 6'5" 320 Erie Erie, PA
Kevin Singer Offensive Line 6'6" 285 Columbine Littleton, CO
Jared Verse Defensive Line 6'4" 215 Central Columbia Berwick, PA
Larry Walker, Jr. Safety 5'11" 182 Aliquippa Aliquippa, PA

JACKSON AMBUSH

Accolades: First-Team All-County and team captain as a senior. … Compiled 110 tackles and six sacks during his career. 

Gattuso’s take: “Jackson’s a physical, hard-nosed inside linebacker. He may not be the biggest guy, but he runs really well. He fits our style of defense.”

ELIJAH AYERS

Accolades: Led Springfield Central to Massachusetts Division III state championship. … Team captain. … MassLive Student-Athlete of the Week. … Student body president. 

Gattuso’s take: “A big, tall corner who fills a big need for us, getting bigger in our secondary. I think he’s got the ability to be a lockdown corner as he progresses.”

GARRETT BLEDSOE

Accolades: First-Team Greater Catholic League South, First-Team All-District and All-State at linebacker. … Recipient of LaSalle’s David Kaiser Award in 2018. … Senior captain. … Twice was Defensive Player of the Game in state title games. … Posted 75 tackles in 2018. … Had 345 tackles in his career.

Gattuso’s take: “Garrett played with a lot of good players in high school. He’s another very athletic, fast linebacker.”

JALAHN DABNEY

Accolades: Jersey Sports Zone Player of the Year. … USA Today All-New Jersey First Team. … Rushed for 1,623 yards with 28 touchdowns. … As a quarterback, completed 111 of 170 passes for 1,821 yards and 27 TDs.

Gattuso’s take: “Jalahn is an extremely good athlete. He won Player of the Year awards all around. He’s going to be a quarterback/running back/athlete in our offense.”

SHAWN EVANS

Accolades: All-WCAC Second Team and All-Conference defensive back. … Five-time Player of the Game. … Totaled 202 tackles, eight tackles for loss, seven pass break-ups, a sack, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. … Also returned an interception 107 yards for a touchdown.

Gattuso’s take: “Shawn comes from a great program at St. Frances. He’s a physical, tough safety who has cover skills.”

DARREN FIELDS

Accolades: 2018 Team captain. … Two-time First-Team All-Conference player and one-time All-County honoree. … Helped lead his team to its first sectional title game appearance in 12 years.

Gattuso's take: “We’re excited about Darren. He’s a jersey guy, a big corner who also can play safety. He’s been very good at both positions. We’re trying to get bigger at corner, and we think he’ll be a great fit for us.”

RICKEY GAMBLE

Accolades: Three-time First-Team All-League, two-time First-Team All-Rochester Area and one-time All-State. … Team captain. … Led team to first Section V championship in 2017. ... Over the past two seasons compiled 56 catches for 1,070 yards with 27 touchdowns. Also intercepted 10 passes.

Gattuso’s take: “I was really impressed with Rickey in camps. He’s very quick, very athletic. He really knows how to run a route. He’s going to help us not only in our offense, but also in our return game.”

JOE GREANEY

Accolades: Three touchdowns and two PATs as a senior. ... Boston Herald Catholic Central League Football All-Star selection for three straight years from 2016 to 2018.

Gattuso's take: "Joseph Greaney really stood out in his senior year. He is a big and physical middle linebacker in our system. His brother, Thomas, is on our team as well."

JORDAN IRIZARRY

Accolades: All-County Selection. … Senior captain. … Caught 98 passes in his career for 1,622 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Gattuso’s take: “Jordan impressed us early. He’s another good route runner, good hands, and he comes from a really strong program. He’s got all the intangibles we’re looking for in a student-athlete.”

RUSHAWN LAWRENCE

Accolades: Posted 76 tackles, including 20 for a loss, with 17 sacks, two forced fumbles a pass break up and an interception.

Gattuso’s take: “Rushawn is a pass-rushing defensive lineman who has good size and good length. He’s a great athlete.”

CHRISTIAN LEWIS

Accolades: Two-time team captain helped Farrell to a PIAA 1A state championship. … D10 Player of the Year. … Rushed for 2,470 yards as a senior, the third-most in state history. … Set nine school records. … Scored 38 touchdowns.

Gattuso’s take: “Christian is another multi-talented player who can play on either side of the ball. He scored 38 touchdowns as a running back. Very dynamic. He’s different than the guys in our group right now in that he’s more of a slasher, speed guy at the tailback position.”

LIAM MALONEY

Accolades: Five-year starter was a three-time First-Team All-Section II player and two-time All-State player. … Was a two-time First-Team All-Star for both the Times Union and Daily Gazette.

Gattuso’s take: “Liam is 6-8, 275 pounds right now. He’s grown immensely over the last six months. We see massive upside with Liam and, as he develops, eventually becoming a left tackle and anchoring our offensive line.”

SHANE MCLAUGHLIN

Accolades: Threw for 1,856 yards and 22 touchdowns at Lackawanna Community College, leading the team to its first 11-0 season and an El Toro Bowl victory. … First-Team All-Conference. … Finished fifth in NJCAA in passing touchdowns and sixth in passing efficiency.

Gattuso’s take: “Shane was a very successful quarterback at Lackawanna. He had a great year. He’s a lefty and a pure pocket-passer. He’s got a strong arm and is just a natural quarterback.”

JOEY MITCHELL

Accolades: Averaged 40-plus yards per punt. ... Chris Sailer Kicking/Punting Champion. ... Ohio All-Central District First-Team Selection.

Gattuso's take: "Joey Mitchell is an outstanding punter. In high school, he showed the ability to kick deep, kick to targets and roll back. We also believe he has great potential as a kickoff specialist. He comes from a great family and program. We are excited for his arrival."

JONNY MOORE

Accolades: Team captain. … Two-time First-Team All-Region and two-time First-Team All-Big School. … First-Team All-Academic. … 2017 Western Pennsylvania Second Team.

Gattuso’s take: “Jonny is a big human being. He’s going to play offensive line, but he was a tight end in high school. He’s a big, athletic project at tackle. He hasn’t played much offensive line, but we think he’s going to fit in really well there.

KEVIN SINGER

Accolades: Named to Denver Post’s 2017 All-Colorado Team. … All-Colorado Offensive Lineman MVP in 2017. … 2017 CHSAA 5A All-Star. 

Gattuso's take: "He was a young man from prep school. To get him here mid-year to compete on the offensive line is great. He’s going to be out there all Spring getting some reps to help give him a chance to compete as a freshman."

JARED VERSE

Accolades: Team captain. … Two-time All-PHAC First Team and one-time All-PHAC Second Team.

Gattuso’s take: “He’s a big, tall, long athlete. We brought him in as a pass-rusher at defensive end, but he’s also a heck of a tight end and H-back. So we see him as a multi-purpose guy. Ultimately, we think he’s going to be a big pass-rusher.”

LARRY WALKER JR

Gattuso’s take: “Larry is just an overall impressive young man. He’s an Aliquippa, Pa., kid who comes from a program with a great tradition. He’s just a very impressive young man and a heck of a football player.”

Accolades: Recorded 56 tackles, including three for a loss, with six interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack.

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