Courtesy of William & Mary Athletics
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Coming off one of the most successful
seasons in school history, William and Mary Head Football Coach Jimmye
Laycock announced the College's signing of 13 prep players to National
Letters of Intent this afternoon. Also included in the Tribe's incoming
class is UNC transfer, quarterback Mike Paulus.
"We came into this off-season looking to improve in some specific areas,
especially along the offensive and defensive fronts," stated Laycock. "I
think the staff did a tremendous job of addressing those needs, both on the
front and in other areas. As we move forward, I anticipate this class will
have the opportunity to contribute greatly to our future success."
The incoming freshman class is comprised of players from five states along
the east coast from North Carolina to New Jersey. In addition to five
signees from Virginia, the class also includes players from New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina. The group consists of three
defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, one quarterback, one linebacker,
one kicker/punter and three wide receivers/defensive backs.
Additionally, the College previously announced the transfer of former high
school All-America quarterback, Mike Paulus from the University of North
Carolina. Paulus, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., came out of Christian
Brothers Academy as one of the more heralded scholastic quarterbacks in the
nation, and was ranked the No. 1 player in New York by SuperPrep and was the
state's Gatorade Player of the Year. He is already enrolled at classes at
William and Mary and will participate in spring practice. Paulus will have
two seasons of eligibility for the Tribe.
After posting one of the best seasons in the program's history in 2009, W&M
will look to build upon that success during the upcoming campaign. The
College will return 13 letter winners (seven offense/six defense) from last
season's team that equaled a school record with 11 wins, advanced to the
NCAA Semifinals for the second time in the last six years and ranked as high
as third in the final national polls.
W&M will open its season against a Colonial Athletic Association opponent
for the second time in the last four years when it plays at Massachusetts on
The following is a complete list of the Tribe's class of 2010 with short
Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour H.S.
Head Coach: Lou Cerro
Prep: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Lou Cerro at Montour High
School - Earned second-team all-state honors as a senior after garnering
third-team distinction as a junior - Will participate in the Pennsylvania
Senior East vs. West Game - Reserve for the Big 33 Pennsylvania vs. Ohio
Game - Participant at the 2009 Army National Combine in San Antonio -
Selected to the all-conference team as both an offensive and defensive
lineman following his junior and senior seasons - Served as a team captain
in '09 - Member of the Honor Roll - Volunteered with the Interact Club -
Personal: Son of George and Connie Beerhalter - Born on March 11, 1992.
Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring H.S.
Head Coach: Tim Fulton
Prep: Three-year letterman at Cave Spring for head coach Tim Fulton ...
Named to River Ridge All-District First Team (offense) and River Ridge
All-District Second Team (defense) ... Earned River Ridge Offensive Lineman
of the Year Award ... Named to Region IV First Team (offense) and AA
All-State Second Team (offense) by both the coaches and the AP ... Helped
lead Cave Spring to its first regional title in school history ... Also
captain of the Academic Challenge Team at Cave Spring - Personal: Son of
Jean Smith and Michael Berry ... Born on Aug. 31, 1991.
Cumberland, Md./Allegany H.S.
Head Coach: Tom Preaskorn
Prep: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Tom Preaskorn at Allegany H.S.
- Associated Press Consensus All-State First Team selection as a kicker in
'09 - Also earned first-team all-state honors from Rivals.com - Chosen
first-team all-area as a kicker and a punter as a senior - Selected to play
in the Maryland Crab Bowl and captained the Washington, D.C. team -
Connected on all eight of his field goal attempts with a long of 43 yards as
a senior - Also recorded 50 touchbacks, converted 60-of-64 extra-point
attempts and averaged 40.3 yards per punt with a long of 57 - Chosen
first-team all-state (small schools) and first-team all-area as a junior -
Was 6-of-9 on field goal attempts with a long of 48 yards, while converting
42-of-43 extra point attempts - Registered 26 touchbacks - Played varsity
baseball for three years as a first baseman and a pitcher - Served as a
Cumberland Rotary Club Student Representative as a senior - Volunteered with
Net-Aid (a service organization) as both a junior and a senior - Personal:
Son of Robert and Judith Carpenter, both of whom graduated from W&M in 1983
- Born on Dec. 15, 1991.
New Bern, N.C./New Bern H.S.
Head Coach: Bobby Curlings
Prep: Three-year starter for head coach Bobby Curlings at New Bern H.S. -
Earned second-team all-area honors - Helped team win the 2007 4AAAA State
Championship - Chosen as the Player of the Week versus West Craven - Also
lettered with the baseball and track teams - Personal: Son of Bill and
Renee Franklin - Born on May 1, 1992.
Fredericksburg, Va./Brooke Point H.S.
Head Coach: Jeff Berry
Prep: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Jeff Berry at Brooke Point High
School - Selected to the VHSCA All-State Team as a senior - Honored as the
2009 District Co-Defensive Player of the Year - Also garnered all-region,
all-district and all-area accolades as a linebacker - Helped lead team to a
pair of district championships - Also eared a pair of letters in basketball
and lacrosse - Personal: Son of Alex Goodman and Cynthia Howard - Born on
May 17, 1992.
Smithfield, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
Head Coach: Kevin Allen
Prep: Four-year starter for head coaches Kevin Allen and Monroe Wells at
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy - Two-time team captain - Earned the Kevin
Blanchard Leadership Award in '09 - Earned first-team all-state (VISAA)
honors as offensive lineman in '08 after earning second-team distinction as
a sophomore - Garnered second-team all-state honors as a defensive lineman
in '09 - Selected first-team all-conference (TCIS) as both a offensive and
defensive lineman as a sophomore and a junior - Also named to the
All-Suffolk News Herald First Team on both sides of the ball as a sophomore
and a junior - Chosen as the team MVP in '08 after recording 99 total
tackles, five sacks, 10 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and three
fumble recoveries - Earned the National Underclassman Combine Lineman Award
- Started all 10 games as a freshman - Helped team win TCIS conference title
as a sophomore and a senior, while the 2009 team claimed the VISAA DII State
Championship - Four-year letterwinner in track as a shot-putter - Served as
Vice President of Student Council and was president of Interact Club -
Personal: Son of Rick and Joelyn Goodman - Born on Dec. 31, 1992.
Stafford, Va./Mountain View H.S.
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
Head Coach: Eric Cooke
Prep: Earned honorable mention all-district and all-region honors as a
quarterback in '09 - Served as team captain as a senior and was chosen as
the team's MVP after accounting for more than 60 percent of the squad's
offensive production - Passed for 1,510 yards with 11 touchdowns while
rushing for 585 yards and three touchdowns as a senior - Honored as the
Freelance Star Offensive Player of the Week three times as a senior -
Despite missing most of his sophomore and junior seasons due to injury, he
finished his career throwing for 3,070 yards and 26 touchdowns while rushing
for 1,678 on 228 carries (7.4 ypc) with 12 touchdowns - Personal: Son of
Earnest and Kristin King - Born on Aug. 5, 1991.
Sicklerville, N.J./St. Augustine Prep
Head Coach: Dennis Scuderi
Prep: Earned second-team all-conference honors in '09 after rushing for 731
yards on 114 carries (6.4 ypc) with six touchdowns - Also hauled in six
catches for 105 yards with a touchdown - Rushed for 519 yards on just 59
carries with nine touchdowns as a junior - Two-star recruit by Rivals.com
and Scout.com - Personal: Son of Darnell Laws Sr. - Born on Dec. 19, 1991.
Jesse McNeal III
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
Head Coach: Todd Campbell
Prep: Selected to the Commonwealth All-District Team as a senior - Also
chosen to the Free-Lance Star All-Area Team in '09 - Finished season with 47
tackles, three interceptions, four passes defended, a forced fumble and a
fumble recovery - Also recorded 673 rushing yards on 109 carries (6.2 ypc)
and four touchdowns - Personal: Son of Jesse, Jr., and Janice McNeal - Born
on June 21, 1992.
Rahway, N.J./St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City)
Head Coach: Rich Hansen
Prep: Served as a team captain during his senior year - Threw for 1,610
yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior - Three-time participant in NJSIAA
Non-Public, Group IV Title games - Earned The Star Ledger first-team
All-State honors - All-Non-Public Group IV First Team Offense - First-team
All-Hudson - Hudson County Player of the Year - HCV All-County Team - NJTCC
Division IV All Conference First Team on offense - Named to the 2009 Super
100 All-State Football Team - MSG High School Game of the Week MVP
(9/26/2009) - Bigtime Positional Finalist at the 2009 Chuck Mound Bigtime
High School Football Awards - Hudson Reporter Athlete of the Week (11/29/09)
- Invited to play in the New Jersey vs. New England Senior Bowl - Finished
his SPP Varsity Football Career with an impressive No. 3 Final State Ranking
for 2009 - Four-year varsity basketball player under Coach Mike Kelly -
Back-to-back county champions - Earned Academic First Honors for all four
years - Personal: Son of Rafael and Allison Ortiz - Older brother of five
sisters - Born on Feb. 11, 1992.
Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy (University of North Carolina)
Head Coach: Joe Casamente
At UNC: Played in four games and was 4-for-13 for 33 yards with two
interceptions - Saw action on the final series in the win over No. 23 Boston
College ... Made first career start at Miami and was 1-for-4 for 10 yards -
Entered the Virginia Tech game for an injured T.J. Yates and was 3-for-8 for
23 yards and two picks - Saw first career action in the fourth quarter at
Rutgers and was 0-for-1 passing - Redshirted in 2007 - High School:
SuperPrep All-America - Ranked the No. 1 player in New York by SuperPrep -
Ranked the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country by Rivals.com -
Considered the No. 7 quarterback in the country by PrepStar - Named the New
York state Gatorade Player of the Year - Member of Tom Lemming's All-America
team - Ranked the No. 10 quarterback in the country by Scout.com -
Considered the No. 15 quarterback in the country by SuperPrep - Completed 58
percent of his passes for 2,304 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior - Led
team to an 11-1 record as a junior, falling in the state semifinals -
Completed 131 of 234 attempts for 2,084 yards and 23 touchdowns and nine
interceptions - Earned third-team all-state honors as a junior - Coached by
Joe Casamente - Personal: Son of Denise and David Paulus - Looking to
pursue a degree in marketing at the College - His brother, Greg, played
point guard for Duke's basketball team, then started a season at quarterback
for Syracuse - Brothers David, Matt, Danny and Chris played football at
Georgetown - His sister, Sarah, is a basketball player at Fairfield - Born
October 12, 1988.
Old Tappan, N.J./Northern Valley Regional H.S.
Head Coach: Brian Dunn
Prep: Earned first-team all-county and first-team all-league honors as a
senior - Recorded 23 sacks during a two-year span, which was a school record
- Served as a team captain - Honored as the Athlete of the Month for
Northern Valley Old Tappan - Selected as the Combine King MVP at the
National Underclassmen Combine New Jersey - Garnered the "Best Lineman" team
award - Represented OTHS as the league sportsmanship conference - Chosen as
the Defensive Player of the Week to Watch as a junior - Member of the Half
Ton Lifting Club as a senior - Personal: Son of Terence and Betty Reilly -
Born on Dec. 14, 1991.
Lansdale, Pa./La Salle H.S.
Head Coach: Drew Gordon
Prep: Three-year starter for Gordon at La Salle High School - Earned
first-team all-state honors and garnered first-team All-Southeastern
Pennsylvania distinction in '09 in helping his team to the 2009 State
Championship - Two-time All-Catholic selection - Earned all-city honors
twice - Team's leading tackler as a senior with seven tackles per game -
Also registered nine sacks, three forced fumbles and five defended passes -
Personal: Son of Robert and Trish Sinnott - Born on June 27, 1992.
Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch H.S.
Defensive Back/Wide Receiver
Head Coach: Michael Nesmith
Prep: Chosen to the DCSportsFan Super 60 Team as a senior - Honored as the
2009 DCSportsFan Defensive Player of the Year - Garnered first-team All-Met
accolades as a defensive back from the Washington Post - Selected to the
All-Gazette First Team as a wide receiver by the Montgomery Gazzette - Named
to the 2009 Maryland High School Consensus All-State Team - Chosen as the
2009 Division 4A Player of the Year - Earned Montgomery County 4A all-league
accolades - Member of the Washington Team in the Maryland Crab Bowl -
Finished senior season with 63 tackles, nine sacks and a pair of
interceptions - Also totaled 54 receptions for 807 yards and 11 touchdowns
as a wide receiver - Personal: Son of Ivan and Francis - Born on Oct. 19,