Post 870 – Team Preview 2022: DePaul Spartans

DePaul Spartans 

2021: 

  • 9-3 
  • Lost to Red Bank Catholic in the Non-Public A finals, beat Holy Spirit in the semifinals, and Immaculata in the first round 
  • Scored 286 points: 23.83 average 
  • Allowed 98 points: 8.17 average 
  • Wins included St. Joe’s (Montvale), Seton Hall Prep, Delbarton, and Irvington 
  • Losses were to St. Peter’s Prep and Don Bosco 

Graduation: 

  • DE Q’yaeir Price – Rutgers 
  • DB A’Khoury Lyde – Wisconsin 
  • DB Eddie Conoran – Central Michigan 
  • DE Nevin Earl – American International 
  • LB Chris Chasia – American International 
  • OL Angel Mercedes – Pace 
  • WR Marshawn Ferguson – St. Thomas More (Ct. prep), then Old Dominion in January 
  • OL/DL Shane Alveranga – Franklin Pierce 
  • OL Dan Haramis – Union College 
  • LB Qumar Howard – Post University 
  • OL Robert Terreros – Muhlenberg 
  • LB Ken Pierce – U New England 
  • LB Tom McGuire – U New England 
  • QB Zach  Zambardi – Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
  • LB Patrick Kiefer – Dominican (NY) for lacrosse 
  • QB AJ Rodriguez – Seton Hall for baseball as a walk-on

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 5 

Quarterback: 

  • Patrick Grusser, Junior, 6-2, 190 – projected starter 
  • Gavin Bickford, Sophomore, 6-1, 175 – pushing hard for time 

Running Back: 

  • Anthony Almeida, Senior, 5-9, 185 – returning starter; injured late in year
  • Jadin Johnson, Junior, 5-8, 160 – returning starter at the slot receiver who will also play here 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Jadin Johnson, Junior, 5-8, 160 – returning starter at the slot receiver 
  • Dez Jones, Sophomore, 5-11, 185 – returning starter 
  • Blake Thomas, Senior, 6-4, 185 – projected starter who saw action 
  • James McDonagh, Senior, 5-11, 170 – projected starter in the slot; saw time 
  • Elijah Burress, Sophomore, 6-1, 170 – part of the rotation 
  • Altirique McElveen, Senior, 5-9, 155 – part of the rotation in the slot 

Tight End: 

  • Jake Kucera, Senior, 6-3, 240 – returning starter 

Offensive Line: 

  • Anthony Aviles, Senior, 6-4, 275 – returning starter at left tackle 
  • Nazario Ramos, Junior, 5-11, 260 – projected starter at left guard 
  • Triquil Monroe, Junior, 6-1, 275 – projected starter at center 
  • Josh Turner, Junior, 6-0, 265 – projected starter at right guard 
  • Josh Duran, Senior, 6-7, 285 – projected starter at right tackle; saw action 
  • Michael Troutman, Sophomore, 6-4, 270 – sixth man along the line 

Defense: 

  • Formation: Multiple 3-and-4-man fronts 
  • Returning Starters: 3 

Defensive Line: 

  • John Villata, Senior, 6-2, 225 – projected starter at end; saw action  
  • Lucas Young, Senior, 6-4, 220 – projected starter at end; saw action 
  • Paul Vidal, Junior, 6-2, 285 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Jorden Caldwell, Junior, 6-3, 315 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Jay Gardenhire-Crooks, Sophomore, 6-8, 340 – part of rotation at tackle  
  • Josh Turner, Junior, 6-0, 265 – part of rotation at tackle

Linebacker: 

  • Isaiah Pierce, Senior, 5-10, 190 – projected starter in middle 
  • Matt Huliev, Junior, 6-0, 200 – projected starter on outside; saw action 
  • Javarus WIlliamson, Senior, 5-10, 190 – projected starter on outside 
  • Jeremy Lopez, Junior, 5-11, 185 – will play often on outside 
  • Anthony Jacobson, Senior, 6-0, 220 – provides depth 
  • Anthony Nittoli, Sophomore, 5-9, 180 – provides depth 
  • Yacire Howell, Sophomore, 5-10, 190 – provides depth 

Secondary: 

  • Nyair Domnie, Senior, 5-9, 180 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Jaylin Harrell, Senior, 5-9, 170 – returning starter at cornerback; competing  
  • DeShawn Stewart, Sophomore, 6-2, 175 – competing at cornerback 
  • Jeff Lopez, Senior, 5-10, 180 – returning starter at strong safety 
  • Devin McClintock, Junior, 5-11, 180 – competing at free safety 
  • Milton Crespo, Junior, 5-11, 175 – competing at free safety 

Special Teams: 

  • The kicker will be senior Luke Monteyne, while punter has Monteyne and Thomas competing 
  • Johnson, Domnie, and McElveen will be the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Saturday, 9/3, at St. Joe’s (Montvale) 
  • Friday, 9/9, St. Peter’s Prep at home 
  • Saturday, 9/17, Archbishop Stepinac (NY) at Rutgers 
  • Friday, 9/23, at Paramus Catholic 
  • Friday, 9/30, Bergen Catholic at home 
  • Friday, 10/7, Hudson Catholic at home 
  • Saturday, 10/15, at Pope John 
  • Saturday, 10/22, at Delbarton 
  • Friday, 10/28, Don Bosco at home 

Concerns: 

  • Youth and inexperience: the talent is there 

Recruiting: 

  • Domnie verballed to Delaware 
  • Kucera has offers from Bowling Green and LIU with strong interest from Patriot League schools 
  • Aviles has offers from Marist, LIU, and Saint Anselm 
  • Duran has size, speed, and athleticism; he needs more film – high 1-AA/low 1-A interest 
  • Thomas has offers from Maine and LIU with interest from Delaware 
  • Young has an LIU offer 
  • Villata is 1-AA/D2 
  • Pierce, Williamson, and others are D3 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • Grusser has a chance to be a top recruit 
  • Johnson is super fast with a size issue, with interest from Marshall and UMass 
  • Vidal is a low 1-A/high 1-AA prospect 
  • In the sophomore class, Jones, Burress, Stewart, and Gardenhire-Crooks had Power-5 potential 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We’re excited about this group. With a large senior class that just graduated, it’s a young team with a lot of energy. There are a lot of holes to fill, defensively, but many kids have waited their turn to play. Offensively, there is talent at the skill positions and the line is coming along well.” – Head Coach Nick Campanile

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