June 5, 2014

Lebanon Valley Football Welcomes Class of 2018

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley College football will welcome 43 newcomers to its roster when the Dutchmen open camp this August, as they look to defend their 2013 Middle Atlantic Conference championship.

The Dutchmen (8-3 in 2013) return three all-MAC performers, including all-American linebacker Frank Gaffney, running back Austin Hartman, and right guard Zach Smith. They start the season Sept. 6 at Franklin & Marshall.

Of the incoming class, 40 are freshmen, including LVC's first recruits from Florida, Jonathan Jones(Brandon/Plant City, Fla.) and Javon Nelson (Middleton/Tampa, Fla.), while three are transfers.

Four pairs of high school teammates make the jump to Annville with Exeter's Evan Lysczek and Ryan Vogel, Middletown (Md.) products Tim Pirrone and Tim Schumacher, Pine Grove's Ryan Heim and Guy Zimmerman, and South Western's Tyler Sterner and Brandon McMinn. Two other incoming freshmen join brothers already on the team - York Suburban's Steve Salcedo with rising junior John Salcedo, and Lodi (N.J.)'s Randol Almonte with rising sophomore Fernando Almonte.

Ten other newcomers will reunite with former high school teammates who are returning Dutchmen: Cocalico'sSpencer Moser (Austin Hartman and Kevin Antol), Greensburg-Salem's Dylan Berberick (Anthony Sorbin), Lancaster Catholic's Jon Wentworth (Trevor St. Clair), Northern York's Colt Baxter (Travis Saylor), the Pine Grove pair of Zimmerman and Heim (Trent Mars and Adam Soltys), the South Western duo of Sterner and McMinn (Jeff HackerRyan Dotson), Manheim Central's Joe Aument (Mike SmithReid Pavlik, and Alex Beamesderfer), and Warwick's Tommy Garner (DJ Johnson).

Transfers include quarterback Nick Cascarino (Rensselaer Polytechnic/Cedar Crest High School), punter Corey Wall (Misericordia/Northern Lebanon High School), and wide receiver Kyle Zimnik (Clarion/Delaware Valley High School). Cascarino did not make an appearance for RPI as a freshman but was a local stand-out at Cedar Crest; Wall punted for Misericordia in 2012 and had his best game at Arnold Field with a career-long kick of 63 yards; Zimnik red-shirted as a freshman last year at NCAA Division II Clarion.

With the incoming class, all six Lebanon County high schools with football will be represented on LVC's roster: freshman Robert Beidler (Annville-Cleona), junior Matthew Smoluk (Palmyra), sophomore Corey Wall (Northern Lebanon), senior Tyler George (ELCO), sophomore Nick Cascarino (Cedar Crest), and freshman Jeremy De La Cruz (Lebanon).

Class of 2018 By Position
Offense - 21
Defense - 20
Special Teams - 2
QB - 5
RB - 5
TE - 1
WR - 5
FB - 2
OL - 3
S - 5
LB - 8
CB - 4
DL - 3
K/P - 2

Class of 2018 By State
Pennsylvania - 35
Maryland - 3
New Jersey - 2
Florida - 2
New York - 1

Class of 2018
NameClassPos.Ht.Wt.High SchoolHometown
Jeff AdamsFrILB6-3206PottsgrovePottstown, Pa.
Anthony AgostiFrTB5-9170Marian CatholicNesquehoning, Pa.
Randol AlmonteFrCB5-11196LodiLodi, N.J.
Joe AumentSoDE5-10240Manheim CentralManheim, Pa.
Colt BaxterFrWR5-11165Northern YorkDillsburg, Pa.
Cameron BeckmanFrILB5-10215DoverDover, Pa.
Robert BeidlerFrTE6-1208Annville-CleonaCleona, Pa.
Dylan BerberickFrDE6-1207Greensburg-SalemGreensburg, Pa.
Nick CascarinoSoQB6-0187Cedar CrestLebanon, Pa.
Mike CecchiniFrWR5-10170HauppaugeSmithtown, N.Y.
Tyler ConlonFrOLB6-2200PhillipsburgPhillipsburg, N.J.
Nick CostagliolaFrQB6-2184LewisburgLewisburg, Pa.
Tyler CottleFrQB6-3185ElizabethtownElizabethtown, Pa.
Jeremy De La CruzFrWR5-7178LebanonLebanon, Pa.
Andrew DeardorffFrK5-9157Penns ManorSpring Mills, Pa.
Tommy GarnerFrOLB6-0201WarwickLititz, Pa.
Michael GilgerFrCB5-7161Our Lady of LourdesShamokin, Pa.
Ryan HeimFrTB5-9156Pine GroveSchuylkill Haven, Pa.
Jonathan JonesFrTB5-10198BrandonPlant City, Fla.
Blake LutzFrFS6-0176Berks CatholicReading, Pa.
Evan LysczekFrFB5-9195ExeterReading, Pa.
Brandon McMinnFrFS5-11179South WesternHanover, Pa.
Spencer MoserFrTB5-7181CocalicoDenver, Pa.
Javon NelsonFrCB5-9166MiddletonTampa, Fla.
Nick NewtonFrSS6-0187LehightonLehighton, Pa.
Alex NicolasFrFB5-7193NeshaminyLanghorne, Pa.
Michael OgunyemiFrFS5-8170New TownOwings Mills, Md.
Tim PirroneFrQB5-10152MiddletownMyersville, Md.
Tyler RhoadsFrOLB5-8174ChopticonBushwood, Md.
Steve SalcedoFrWR5-10185York SuburbanYork, Pa.
Tim SchumacherFrSS5-10165MiddletownMyersville, Md.
Malik ShiversFrILB5-11232Conrad WeiserWomelsdorf, Pa.
Nathan ShrawderFrCB5-10175ShikellamySunbury, Pa.
Jordan SpahrFrOLB6-2210Lampeter-StrasburgStrasburg, Pa.
Tyler SternerFrQB6-0190South WesternHanover, Pa.
Cyree Sutton-AmesFrTB5-7175Great ValleyMalvern, Pa.
Robert Van HornSoOT6-2267Mahanoy AreaRingtown, Pa.
Ryan VogelFrOT6-2280ExeterReading, Pa.
Corey WallSoP5-11177Northern LebanonJonestown, Pa.
Jon WentworthFrOT6-3275Lancaster CatholicLititz, Pa.
Mark WilliamsFrDE5-11227Panther ValleyLansford, Pa.
Guy ZimmermanFrILB6-0195Pine GrovePine Grove, Pa.
Kyle ZimnikFrWR6-1180Delaware Valley

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