2017 UAlbany Football Signees

Name Position Height Weight Hometown Previous School
Daniel Banks DB 5'9" 164 Macondonia, OH Nordonia HS
Zac Barnard LB 6'3" 230 Atco, NJ Peddie HS
Damon Burton LB 5'9" 182 Rochester, NY Aquinas Institute
Eric Carter OL 6'3" 270 Jersey City, NJ Monroe College
Danny Damico LB 6'2" 230 Manlius, NY CBA
Jerod Diggs WR 5'11" 188 Washington, DC Lackawanna College
Anthony Lang DL 6'3" 227 Jamaica, NY Christ the King HS
Karl Mofor RB 5'8" 211 Greenbelt, MD Elenor Roosevelt HS
Ryan Solt OL 6'2" 284 Hardin, PA James M. Coughlin HS
Marquis Thornes WR 6'3" 184 Baltimore, MD McDonogh HS
Hunter Verdi OL 6'4" 335 Plantsville, CT Cheshire Academy
Zach Verdi DL 6'1" 256 Plantsville, CT Cheshire Academy
Justin Walker LB 6'0" 219 Bayonne, NJ Lackawanna College
Mazon Walker DL 5'9" 287 Huber Heights, OH Anthony Wayne HS
Isaiah Watson DE/LB 6'3" 220 Egg Harbor City, NJ

Cedar Creek HS

Antoine White DL 6'2" 286 Millville, NJ

Penn State/Millville HS

 Writing by: Bob Weiner

DANIEL BANKS, DB, 5-9, 164 lbs, Macedonia, Ohio Nordonia H.S.
All-County DB also competed in track for four years.
Gattuso’s take: “He’s an athletic kid who is quick. Ohio football players are great.”
ZAC BARNARD, RB. 6-3, 230 lbs, Atco, N.J. Peddie H.S.
As senior captain ran for 1,100 yards and 22 TDs. All-South Jersey selection.
Gattuso’s take: “He’s a kid who committed to UConn, but they pulled out. He’s a big athlete. He can play LB. We love his ability to move and run. A lot of upside.”

DAMON BURTON, DB, 5-9, 182 lbs, Rochester, N.Y. Aquinas Institute
Totaled 87 tackles and three QB sacks as a senior captain. First-team all-state and two-time state champion. Also boxed for five years and competed on baseball, lacrosse and track teams.
Gattuso’s take: “He’s an explosive athlete who is a heckuva football player. He came from another strong program. We like the fact that we keep getting some very good players from New York.”

ERIC CARTER, OL, 6-3, 280 lbs, Jersey City, N.J., Bayonne H.S./Monroe J.C.
Two-time first-team All-Conference and team Offensive MVP as senior. Two-time captain.
Gattuso’s take: “We liked Eric because of his athleticism. He is long and can play left tackle or right tackle. A lot of versatility and a little mean streak in him. We like that.”

DANIEL DAMICO, LB, 6-2, 230 lbs, Manlius, N.Y., CBA
Made 197 tackles, 48 tackles for a loss, recorded 4 ½ QB sacks and recovered two fumbles as senior captain. Team MVP, All-State MVP and Mr. Football in Section 3 AA.
Gattuso’s take: “He played defensive line three years and moved to linebacker. We got in on him. We love him. He’s a great student who had a great year. He’s  heckuva football player from another great program.”

JEROD DIGGS, WR, 6-0, 190 lbs, Washington, D.C. Perry Street Prep/Marshall University/Lackawanna College
Senior captain and two-time All-Conference in high school. NEFC All-Conference and MVP for Lackawanna.
Gattuso’s take: “We thought we could use a player of his ability. Big-time playmaker who came to football late in life. He gets better every year. He’s big-play football guy who can make some big plays for us.”




ANTHONY LANG, DE. 6-3, 225 lbs Jamaica N.Y. Christ the King H.S.
Senior captain was a first-team All-State selection. Recorded 45 tackles and six sacks. Also lettered two years in basketball.
Gattuso’s take: “Anthony is a kid we’ve been after for a long time. Saw him at camp and liked him. He’s a guy who can play a lot of positions. We see him as a flexible, athletic pass rusher. We expect him to be a great pass-rusher on the edge for us.”



KARL MOFOR, RB. 5-9, 208 lbs, Laurel, Mo. Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.
Totaled 1,991 rushing yards and 21 TDs as senior, 4,084 yards 46 rushing TDs, 56 total TDs in career. Senior captain. Two-time All-County.
Gattuso’s take: “We think Karl has a lot of attributes. Big, physical kid. We like that he can carry the ball a lot. Must find a way to take burden off Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks.”


RYAN SOLT, OL. 6-2, 284 lbs, Hardin, Pa. James M. Coughlin H.S.
Senior captain and two-time Wyoming Valley and Pennsylvania All-State selection. Father, Ron, played in NFL with Colts and Eagles.
Gattuso’s take: “Ryan’s father played at Maryland. I had him in camp as a freshman. He’s a guy who had FBS offers. We’re excited about him. Big, very strong athlete. We love his athleticism and he is tough. Comes from a football family. Pure guard.”


 MARQUIS THORNES, WR. 6-3, 185 lbs, Baltimore, Md. McDonogh H.S.

Caught eight TD passes and made three interceptions as a senior captain. Second-team All-Met selection on defense. Also played basketball and ran track.
Gattuso’s take: ”Big, long receiver who comes from great program in Maryland. We like that he’s a big receiver more than just a possession receiver. He’s an excellent all-around athlete.”

HUNTER VERDI, OL. 6-4, 335 lbs, Southington, Conn. Cheshire Academy.
Offensive OL MVP. Played football, baseball, wrestling, lacrosse and track.
Gattuso’s take: ”We really like Hunter. He’s a big guy like Matt Campion. Impressed with his versatility, because he can play center, guard or tackle.

ZACH VERDI, DL 6-1, 256 lbs, Southington, Conn. Loomis Chassee/Cheshire Academy
Captain at Loomis as junior. Hunter Verdi’s brother
Gattuso’s take: “He’s a hard-nosed kid who was at camp with his brother. Plays with a hard-nosed brand of football. Good defensive end and run-stopper.”


JUSTIN WALKER, LB. 6-0, 219 lbs, Bayonne N.J. St. Peter’s Prep/Caldwell University/Lackawanna College
Team captain as a senior.
Gattuso’s take: “He comes in at a time when we graduate three seniors at linebacker. Big thing for us is he’ll make us better.”

MAZON WALKER, DL. 5-10, 279 lbs, Huber Heights, Ohio. Wayne H.S.
Defensive MVP, team captain and recorded 72 tackles, six QB sacks and three fumble recoveries as a senior, when he earned third-team All-State and first-team All-Conference and All-District honors.
Gattuso’s take: “Aggressive, physical kid. I’m not afraid of the 5-10, 5-11 defensive linemen. He was overlooked because of his height. He’ll be a nose guard for us. Very powerful and explosive.”
ISAIAH WATSON, DE/LB. 6-3, 220 lbs. Egg Harbor City, N.J. Cedar Creek H.S.
Two-time All-Conference player and led his team to New Jersey State title in 2015.
Gattuso's take: “He’s a steal for us. Three FBS offers including Army, Old Dominion and Buffalo, but he became available for us. Big, athletic kid who played TB and LB. Very versatile.”

ANTOINE WHITE, DL. 6-2, 290 lbs, Millville N.J. Millville H.S./Penn State University
Two-time captain in high school as well as All-Conference and All-State. Two-year letterman for Nittany Lions and recorded 80 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and five QB sacks.
Gattuso’s take: “Antoine is in situation where he became available. Big man who can run. He has a lot of big-game snaps under his belt. He can make an impact and help us keep rotation going on the line. He’s a good get for us.”



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