Football announces five additional NLI signees
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football program announced Wednesday, Feb. 6, that it has received National Letters of Intent from five student-athletes who have committed to join the team in 2019.
The Great Danes’ signees include a cornerback, wide receiver, linebacker, kicker/punter and offensive lineman.
They join 13 other student-athletes whose commitments had been announced this past December during the early signing period.
Overall, the class includes 14 team captains, four state champions and two class presidents. It spans seven states: Pennsylvania (six), New Jersey (three), New York (two), Maryland (two), Ohio (two), Florida, Massachusetts and Colorado.
UAlbany will welcome eight newcomers to the offense, including a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers and three offensive linemen.
On defense, the Great Danes have signees at every position. The class includes three linebackers, three cornerbacks, two safeties and a defensive lineman.
The five newest members of the recruiting class are:
CB • 6-3 • 185 • Irvington High School (Irvington, N.J.)
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.
Coach Greg Gattuso: “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, Jr.
WR • 5-9 • 170 • Wilson Magnet High School (Rochester, N.Y.)
Accolades: First-Team All-State as a junior and senior. … Three-time First-Team All-League. … Two-time First-Team All-Greater Rochester Area. … Team captain. … Helped team to first ever Section V championship in 2017.
Coach Gattuso: “Rickey’s just a dynamic, athletic receiver. I loved him in camps. I really really like everything I’ve seen about him. He’s going to be a great complement to our receiving corps. He can can play slot, he can play outside and he’s a great return guy as well."
LB • 6-5 • 235 • Arlington Catholic (Bedford, Mass.)
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.
Coach Gattuso: "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."
K/P • 6-1 • 195 • Dublin Coffman (Ohio)
Accolades: Averaged 40-plus yards per punt. ... Chris Sailer Kicking/Punting Champion. ... Ohio All-Central District First-Team Selection.
Coach Gattuso: "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."
OL • 6-6 • 185 • Columbine High School (Littleton, Colo.)
Accolades: Named to Denver Post’s 2017 All-Colorado Team. … All-Colorado Offensive Lineman MVP in 2017. … 2017 CHSAA 5A All-Star.
Coach Gattuso: "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."
To see UAlbany’s full recruiting class, CLICK HERE.