For years, head coach Bob Surace has brought in talented classes of football players looking to bring Princeton to the top of the Ivy League mountain. Now the reigning Ivy League champion is reloading in hopes of staying there for both the present and future.
Surace introduced the 27 members of the Class of 2018 on Tuesday, and he is excited about both the talent and versatility that they bring to Princeton football.
“As a staff, we are really looking forward to working with this group and seeing what they add to our program,” Surace said. “We feel like we replaced some key graduation losses on both lines, while adding impact players at the linebacker, defensive back and offensive skill positions. They understand the challenges we face defending the Ivy League title and I'm confidant that they will show up in the fall in the best shape possible so they are ready to compete.”
The breakdown by projected position looks like this:
DL (5): Bryant, Dziak, Holuba, Kuehm, Perez
LB (6): Fossati, King, Martello, Percival, Perloski, Wolff
DB (2): Hoffman, Melancon
OL (6): Bush, Fletcher, Hartmeier, Ramirez, Shofner, Sweigart
QB (2): Lewis, Lovett
RB (2): Dunay, Murphy
WR (3): Clarke, Cotton, Maristany
TE (1): Petruzzi
Read the bios of the full Class of 2014 below.
DL • 6-2. 250 • Fleming Island, Fla.
At Fleming Island — named to the Super-11 Team as one of the top 11 players in the county … invited to the “Battle at the Border” all-star game (Florida vs. Georgia) … played both defensive end and tackle, as well as nose guard … earned all-county and all-conference honors … named Team MVP … led team in both sacks and tackles as a senior … led team to undefeated regular season and district championship as a senior captain … also lettered in weightlifting … received AICE (Cambridge Program) Diploma … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — born May 6, 1996 … son of Randall and Sheree Bryant … father is a member of the Princeton Class of 1984 and played one year of wide receiver for the Tigers … has three older siblings: Austin, Khiry and Kaya … cousing J.B. Brown played for the Miami Dolphins … enjoys coaching youth football, writing poetry and volunteering … may study social policy or religious studies at Princeton.
OL • 6-2, 265 • Tampa, Fla.
At Plant — earned all-state, all-region and all-county honors on the offensive line … named Most Outstanding Lineman in Hillsborough County … NFF Scholar Athlete Scholarship Award recipient … led team to four district championships, two state semifinals and one state championship … three-year starter; didn’t allow a sack during senior season … recorded 66 knockdowns in 11 games … named team captain senior year … named NFF and Tampa Tribune Scholar Athlete … senior class president … NHS Board member … earned Academic All-State honors.
Personal — born Feb. 18, 1996 … son of Dennis Bush and Margaret Locke … has an older sister Alexx … enjoys fishing, boating and reading … hopes to study financial engineering at Princeton.
WR • 6-1, 180 • Houston, Texas
At Houston Christian — earned all-state honors and named Houston Touchdown Club Ironman of the Year (top two-way player) … played wide receiver and defensive back, while also returning punts … caught 99 passes for 1,802 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career … averaged 25.0 yards per catch and scored eight touchdowns as a senior; added seven interceptions and two defensive touchdowns … named to the TexasHSFoootball.com State Private School Elite Second Team … Houston Chronicle Preseason All-Greater Houston (private schools) … team MVP and team captain as a senior; led team to state finals … invited to Rock Knapp All-Star Classic … also lettered in basketball and track … earned All-SPC South honors in basketball … member of the National Honor Society … two-time academic all-state honoree in both football and basketball.
Personal — born May 16, 1995 … son of Shaun and Kate Clarke … has younger twin siblings, Christian and Caitlin … uncle Brian Clarke played football at Yale … enjoys peer tutoring and community service … interested in international affairs.
WR • 6-4, 190 • Winnetka, Ill.
At New Trier — earned all-area and all-conference honors during both junior and senior seasons … averaged more than 15 yards per catch … team captain … one of eight students (of a pool of 3,000) chosen to speak at an anti-bullying seminar for freshmen.
Personal — born April 5, 2014 … son of J. Spencer and Lisa Cotton … has a younger sister Caroline and two younger brothers, Bennett and Cameron … father played football at Stanford … interested in studying Chinese, possibly to work or study overseas after Princeton.
FB • 6-0, 230 • Cicero, N.Y.
At Cicero-North Syracuse — earned first-team All-CNY honors and first-team All-Section 3 … played running back, quarterback and linebacker … set seven high school records, including single-season rushing yards and touchdowns … rushed for 1,313 yards and recorded 150 tackles senior season … chosen to the John Arcaro Senior Bowl … two-year team captain … lettered in lacrosse … member of the National Honor Society, the Math Honor Society and the Business Honor Society … member of DECA.
Personal — born April 11, 1996 … son of Joseph and the late Bonnie Dunay … has an older sister Chelsea … enjoys golf and reading … may study economics and finance at Princeton.
DL • 6-3, 270 • Powell, Ohio
At Buckeye Valley — three-time all-county honoree … three-year starter who played on both lines, as well as linebacker and fullback … recorded more than 140 tackles and 12 sacks … led team in tackles as a senior … invited to play in the 2014 Cap City Senior Bowl … team captain in both football and track … lettered in track and wrestling … qualified for the Ohio Regional Track & Field Championships in the shot put … four-time MOAC scholar-athlete … student council member.
Personal — born April 17, 1996 … son of Chris and Stacie Dziak … has a younger brother Owen … father was a kicker at Indiana University of Pennsylvania … enjoys snowboarding, art and music … may study economics at Princeton.
OL • 6-3, 285 • Old Brookville, N.Y.
At St. Anthony’s — earned first-team all-state honors at center … named to the All-Metro and All-Long Island teams, as well as his all-league team … selected to the Daily News all-star team … served as team captain senior year and led team to Catholic League (CHSFL) title … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — born March 9, 1995 … son of Steven and Lucille Fletcher … father is a member of the Princeton Class of 1977 and played football all four years … has an older sister Natalie and two older brothers, Alex and Austen; Alex was a two-time All-Pac 10 selection at Stanford, and Austen was a two-time All-Ivy League selection at Dartmouth … enjoys fishing … may study history at Princeton.
LB • 5-10, 200 • Upper Saddle River, N.J.
At St. Joseph’s — voted New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior, as well as MSG Varsity New Jersey Player of the Year … selected to the USA Today All-USA Defensive Second Team … member of the MaxPreps All-American Team … named New Jersey Defensive Player of the Year as a junior … two-time first-team all-state and all-county selection … holds school records in career tackles (314), single-season tackles (154), career kicking points (199); record had been held by former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani’s son … once kicked off and recorded a safety on the same play … led St. Joseph to three state championships, including 2013 title as senior captain … helped team to Top 15 national ranking on MaxPreps … selected to play in the NY/NJ All-Star Game … lettered in both baseball and basketball … helped baseball team to county title … member of the National Honor Society, ACES of UNICO National and Green Knights Ambassadors.
Personal — born Nov. 1, 1994 … son of Tom and Maurizia Fossati … has three older brothers: Anthony, Dan and Chris … Anthony was an all-Patriot League honoree in football at Lehigh; Dan played linebacker at Iona … enjoys fishing, basketball and being at the shore … interested in criminal justice.
OL • 6-3, 265 • Los Angeles, Calif.
At Harvard Westlake — ranked 21st nationally among centers by ESPN … two-year All-Mission League selection … all-area selection by the Los Angeles Daily News … CaliHiSports All-San Fernando Valley selection … three-year varsity starter … team captain senior year … lettered in volleyball … National AP Scholar with Distinction … San Fernadno Valley Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Personal — born June 9, 1996 … son of Michael and Becca Hartmeier … father played football at UCLA from 1982-86 … has three younger siblings: Daily, Eden and Jack … enjoys music and skiing … may study politics or public policy at Princeton.
DB • 6-0, 170 • Apple Valley, Minn.
Academy of Holy Angels
At Academy of Holy Angels — named to the All-Metro Dream Team … two-time first-team all-conference honoree … All-USA Performer of the Week … Aspire Athlete semifinalist … played both safety positions, as well as cornerback, on defense; also played wide receiver and returned kicks … scored 10 touchdowns and recorded three interceptions and two forced fumbles in four postseason games senior year … led team to state final … team captain in both football and basketball … lettered in baseball as well … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — born Feb. 7, 1996 … son of Curt and Karen Hoffman … has an older sister Megan and a younger brother Danny … enjoys wakeboarding and skiing … may study economics or finance.
DL • 6-4, 235 • Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.
At Bergen Catholic — two-time first-team all-state selection … earned multiple all-metro and all-league honors … played defensive end, outside linebacker, and all positions on the offensive line … set school record with five sacks in one game … invited to Semper Fidelis Bowl, the New York vs. New Jersey All-Star Game and the North vs. South Jersey All-Star Game … led team to 2012 state final … captain of both football and lacrosse teams … all-county honoree in lacrosse … member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, the Math Honors Society and the Social Studies Honors Society.
Personal — born Jan. 20, 1996 … son of Robert and Anne Holuba … father played right guard at Penn State … has four older siblings: Lauren, Rob, Fran and Jack … Rob is a member of the Princeton Class of 2006 and played linebacker; Jack played center at Harvard … enjoys traveling, camping and fishing … may study economics.
LB • 6-1, 210 • Buford, Ga.
At Buford — earned all-state honors … earned Dexter Wood Leadership and Service Award … led team in tackles while playing both linebacker and defensive end … also played quarterback, tight end and H-back … team won three state championships during his four years … named Touchdown Club Player of the Week and Lineman of the Week … served as team captain … also lettered in track … named track team’s most improved performer … National Merit with Honors … George Morris Scholar Athlete … member of the President’s Honor Roll … freshman mentor … Eagle Scout … member of the BETA Club.
Personal — born April 16, 1996 … son of Chris and Moana King … has a younger sister Jasmin and a younger brother Christopher … enjoys surfing, billiards and playing cards … may study neurobiology.
DL • 6-5, 335 • Mountain Lakes, N.J.
At Mountain Lakes — earned all-state, as well as all-conference and all-league honors, playing both nose guard and offensive tackle … named to the All-Daily Record team … averaged 75 tackles per season over final two years at nose guard … team went 23-1 over final two years and reached both state finals; won the 2013 state championship … earned letters in golf and baseball … member of the National Honor Society and its committee board.
Personal — born Oct. 31, 1995 … son of Scot and Kathryn Kuehm … has a younger brother Alexander … enjoys golf and fishing … may study economics/finance or accounting.
QB • 6-1, 200 • Edmond, Okla.
At Bishop McGuinness — two-time all-state selection by Tulsa World … first-team all-state quarterback by the Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) … named the 2013 Big City Player of the Year … threw for 3,800 yards and rushed for 3,500 yards over final two seasons combined … reached at least two state quarterfinals … selected to the OCA all-star game … team captain senior year … three-year letterwinner in track … member of the National Honor Society … member of the OKC Warriors Mentoring Program … KAIROS Spiritual Retreat leader … President’s Scholar.
Personal — born June 29, 1995 … son of Jeff and Jonkeeta Lewis … has a younger brother Jarett … enjoys skiing and outdoor activities … may study economics.
QB • 6-3, 205 • Hyattsville, Md.
At DeMatha Catholic — earned first-team all-county and second-team all-state honors … offensive team MVP … set school record in both passing yards and passing touchdowns … led DeMatha Catholic to a state championship and a Top 20 national ranking … selected to the Maryland all-state game … team captain … lettered in baseball … two-time selection to the Principal’s List … four-year selection to the honor roll.
Personal — born April 25, 1996 … son of John and Joan Lovett … has three older sisters: Mary Eileen, Erin and Colleen … enjoys songwriting, fishing and training … may study economics.
Reinaldo Maristany IV
WR • 5-10, 150 • New Rochelle, N.Y.
At Loomis-Chaffee — all-league honoree … played most offensive skill positions and defensive back … senior captain … led team to six wins, most for the program in several decades … lettered in track & field … NEPSTA (New England Prep School Track and Field) 2012 4x100 champ … MVP junior year … Penn Relays 2014 Independent School Boys 4x400 champ … Rustic Pathways Star Alumni Award … Freshman Boys Peer Mentor … Boys Prefect, Boarding Boys Senior RA … elected Boys Head RA (Residential Advisor) … 2013 Founders Prize (Loomis-specific Award).
Personal — born Feb. 15, 1996 … son of Reinaldo Maristany III and Lizette Rivera … has three siblings: Jadzea, Mya and Myles … enjoys travel, drawing and politics … may study government and/or economics.
LB • 6-0, 200 • Rumson, N.J.
Rumson Fair Haven
At Rumson Fair Haven — earned first-team all-state Group 2 honors … first-team all-conference honoree … led team to 2013 Central New Jersey Group 2 state championships … played outside linebacker and strong safety … team captain senior year.
Personal — born March 6, 1996 … son of Jimmy and Sheila Martello … father played football at Rutgers … has an older brother James and a younger brother Nicholas … member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … may study economics.
DB • 5-8, 185 • Allen, Texas
At Allen — earned first-team all-district honors … led team to back-to-back state championships as a starting cornerback … lettered in track and powerlifting … regional qualifier in the 4x100 meter relay … won the USAG state level 5 title in parallel bars … University of Texas McCombs Business School DYNAMC Program equities presentation winner … National Merit Outstanding Participant … 2011 First Team USA Gymnastics Academic All-American … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — born April 20, 1996 … son of Norman and Chandra Isby Melancon … has an older brother Tyler and two younger sisters, Kirsten and Kelsey … has a cousin who plays for the San Francisco 49ers … interested in equities investing, screenwriting and chess … may study economics.
RB • 6-2, 200 • Centerville, Mass.
At Barnstable — earned ESPN Boston and Super 26 all-state honors … named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald all-scholastic teams … two-time league all-star … played running back, wide receiver and quarterback on offense, as well as linebacker and safety on defense … rushed for more than 1,100 yards as a senior; averaged 7.2 yards per carry … scored 17 touchdowns, including a long of 73 … caught 19 passes and recorded 58 tackles, including 4.5 sacks … led team to two state semifinals and one state final … team captain senior year … also lettered in hockey and baseball … member of the National Honor Society and the student council.
Personal — born Oct. 16, 1995 … son of Jim and Gretchen Murphy … has two younger sisters, Bridget and Ingrid … enjoys reading and weightlifting.
LB • 6-1, 200 • Melville, N.Y.
At Saint Anthony’s — earned first-team all-state and All-Long Island honors … earned first-team all-league honors … earned second-team All-Tri State honors … played both defensive end and outside linebacker … recorded 235 career tackles, as well as 18 sacks … led team to state championship as a senior captain … selected to the United Healthcare Long Island vs. NYC all-star game … also lettered in track & field … earned first-team all-league honors … league champion in the 200 dash … member of the National Honor Society … received St. Bonaventure Academic Award.
Personal — born Feb. 26, 1996 … son of Joseph and Valerie Percival … has a younger brother Justin … enjoys reading, playing the piano and writing music … may study pre-med.
DL • 6-2, 250 • Lauderhill, Fla.
At American Heritage — played defensive end, defensive tackle and nose tackle … led team to 2013 state championship … recorded two sacks and two fumble recoveries in district championship game … team captain … also lettered in weightlifting … qualified for state championships in weightlifting; finished in the Top 10 in the 238-pound division … AP Scholar … member of the National Honor Society … represented school in the Barry University Science Olympiad.
Personal — born May 4, 1996 … son of Helio and Niurka Perez … has a younger sister Laura … may study public policy and international affairs.
LB • 6-0, 215 • Harrisburg, Pa.
At Bishop McDevitt — earned all-state honors … named Mid-Penn Keystone Defensive MVP and first-team all-star while playing both defensive tackle and defensive end … selected to the 2013 Princeton Football News all-state first team … 2013 Great American Rivalry Series student-athlete … named to multiple all-star teams last two years … recorded 212 tackles, including 101 solo stops … recorded 14 sacks, eight fumble recoveries and three interceptions … helped team to three state finals and four district championships … picked for the 2014 PSFCA East/West All-Star Game … team captain … member of the National Honor Society … student council class treasurer … Special Olympics volunteer … peer counselor … member of the NFL-Wharton Prep Leadership Program.
Personal — born Sept. 14, 1995 … son of Mike and Denise Perloski … father played football at Clarion … has a younger brother Jake … enjoys Philadelphia sports teams, as well as working out … may study economics or finance.
TE • 6-2, 235 • Gilbert, Az.
At Williams Field — earned all-state, all-section and all-division honors … played tight end, defensive end, and offensive tackle … won three division championships and reached two state semifinals … team captain senior year; started three seasons … lettered one year in both wrestling and track & field before concentrating on football; won district titles in both shot put and discus … National Football Foundation First-Team Scholar Athlete … All-Academic Wide Receiver/Tight End … Phoenix Suns SunStudent Scholarship Winner 2014 … historian for National Honor Society … LINK Crew Leader … founding member of both the Go Green Club and Big Red Rage Student Section Club … three-time recipient of the WF Black Hawk Citizenship Award … Mr. Black Hawk 2014.
Personal — born Nov. 10, 1995 … son of Jon and Kelly Petruzzi … father played football at the Air Force Academy … enjoys playing guitar, weightlifting and tennis … interested in nutrition, engineering and science.
OL • 6-2, 250 • York, Pa.
At Central York — two-time York County all-star selection … played all positions on both the offensive and defensive lines … allowed only seven sacks during three years on the offensive line … led team to two district championships and served as team captain both years … also lettered in wrestling and track … two-time county all-star in track & field … president of the Model United Nations Club … president of the Forensics/Speech and Debate team … National Honor Society and National Latin Honor Society member.
Personal — born Jan. 11, 1996 … son of Jermaine and Ruth Wilkins … has an older sister Shayna … enjoys volunteering and playing music … may study public policy.
OL • 6-4, 285 • Nashville, Tenn.
At Woodberry Forest — earned all-state, all-prep and All-Central Virginia honors on the offensive line … led team to two prep league titles … member of the football leadership committee … lettered in track & field, where he threw the shot put and discus … placed second at state championships in the shot put … member of the academic honor roll.
Personal — born July 9, 1996 … son of Stewart and Audrey Shofner … father and uncle both played football at Harvard … has three siblings: Robert, Alyssa and John Austin … Robert played football at Duke.
OL • 6-5, 235 • Washington Boro, Pa.
At Penn Manor — earned all-state honors … two-year all-league player on both sides of the ball … recorded 15 career sacks and 121 career pancake blocks … chosen for the Big 33 Football Classic … two-year football captain … graduating with honors.
Personal — born Aug. 13, 1996 … son of Mark Sweigart and Coleen Phelan … has an older sister Justina … enjoys working on cars … may study economics.
LB • 5-11, 200 • Atlanta, Ga.
At Woodward Academy — received the 2014 Atlanta Touchdown Club/National Football Foundation Award … all-region honoree … played running back and defensive back … averaged more than 8.4 yards per carry and 15.5 yards per reception … recorded 40 tackles and three interceptions, as well as a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the postseason … led team to 2013 regional championship and two more regional finals … team captain … lettered in track … state qualifier in track … member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society … class president … eagle scout … Magna Cum Laude graduate.
Personal — born Oct. 15, 1995 … son of Jerald and Deirdre Wolff … father played football at Northwestern; he was an All-America high school player who was coached by Dennis Green … has a brother Jerald … enjoys sports and traveling … considering studying pre-law, Spanish and economics.