Following a season in which the Tribe captured the CAA title, Head Coach Jimmye Laycock and his staff capped off the successful 2010 campiagn by adding 15 more scholarship players to next season’s roster on National Signing Day.
This year’s recruiting class includes a great deal of talent on both sides of the ball.
Highlights include quarterback Christian Brumbaugh, an accomplished signal caller who holds the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League’s all-time passing mark with 7,164 career yards. He led his high school to two straight undefeated seasons and was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous All 22 Team twice. He also gathered interest in Akron, Bowling Green and Pittsburgh according to Scouts.com
Zach Fetters, a quarterback/athlete from Gaithersburg, Md. will also enter the College with an impressive resume. Fetters threw for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for more than 600 during his senior season in which he was named Maryland Old Spice High School Football Player of the Year in 2010 and the Washington Post’s 2010 Player of the Year. Fetters was apparently very close to committing to CAA rival James Madison, but chose the Tribe at the last minute.
The Tribe scored a big transfer on National Signing Day as tailback Keith McBride transferred from FBS power Navy to the College. McBride redshirted at Navy and will enter the College with four years of eligibility.
Defensively, Laycock and his staff continued to show a penchant for identifying good defensive backs. A program that has already developed Darren Sharper ’97, Derek Cox ’09 and sophomore standout B.W. Webb landed another promising prospect with the signing of defensive back Jared Velasquez from Fairfax, Va.
Velasquez was honored as the Concorde District Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Northern Region Defensive Player of the Year, and the Washington Post All-Met first team. Velasquez entertained offers from FBS school West Virginia and CAA rival Richmond before choosing the Tribe.
A complete list of the Tribe’s 2010 signing class is below:
*Mikal Abdul-Saboor* QB 5-10 214 Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta H.S.
*Christian Brumbaugh* QB 6-2 191 McDonald, Pa./South Fayette H.S.
*Jasper Coleman* DL 6-3 271 Richmond, Va./James River H.S.
*Nick Easter* OL 6-3 286 Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge H.S.
*Zack Fetters* QB/ATH 6-2 195 Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg H.S.
*Braxton Hicks* DE 6-3 215 Charlotte, N.C./Phillip O’Berry Academy
*DeAndre Houston-Carson* DB 6-0 171 Woodford, Va./Massaponax H.S.
*Anthony Johnson* WR 6-1 167 Fredricksburg, Va./Mountain View H.S.
*Andrew Jones* OL 6-1 270 Naples, Fla/Naples H.S.
*Keith McBride* RB 5-11 210 Collierville, Tn./Memphis University School (Navy)
*Tre McBride* WR 6-0 184 McDonough, Ga./OLA H.S.
*Lou Petrocelli* OL 6-3 305 Norwood N.J./Old Tappan H.S.
*Luke Rhodes* LB 6-2 225 Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area H.S.
*Jared Templeton* DL 6-3 284 Tyrone, Pa./Tyrone Area H.S.
*Jared Velasquez* DB 6-0 195 Fairfax, Va./Robinson H.S.