Bulldogs Introduce 30 Members of New Class

Bulldogs Introduce 30 Members of New Class

Yale's Class of 2022 Joins Defense of Ivy Title

 

Class of 22 Roster in PDF

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Tony Reno, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, has announced his Class of 2022, which includes student-athletes from 17 states and the United Kingdom.

Twenty-six of the incoming first-years were high school team captains, while the same number played more than one sport. The new Bulldogs cover a variety of areas with a balance. There are 14 on offense, 14 play defense and two specialists.

The 30 additions to the 2018 roster will impact Yale's defense of the Ivy League Championship.

"We are very excited about the 2018 class," said Reno. "We feel that we have found 30 men who love the game of football and want to build on the tradition and legacy of the Yale Football family."  

 

 

YALE FOOTBALL CLASS OF 2022

 

Noah Aaron

6-0, 180

Wide Receiver

Winston-Salem, NC

At The Groton School: Played WR/DB… 2x All-ISL… All-New England Scholar… Earned All-ISL Second Team in Basketball and Track

Personal: Noah Aaron is the son of Monica and Darryl Aaron… Interested in economics… Lived in Canada for a year… Enjoys reading

Aaron Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6470183/5a32d3ca5797ec0db0974e6d

 

Brian Abraham

6-4, 205

Defensive Back

Brockton, MA

At Xaverian Brothers High School: Played DB… Catholic Conference Defensive Player of the year… Boston Herald Globe All-Scholastic… All-State… State Champions in 2015… Had 39 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 15 deflections his senior year… Team Captain… Also played basketball and ran track

Personal: Brian Abraham is the son of Udo and Adimchi Abraham… Worked with kids at as a camp counselor during summer

Abraham Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5045808/5a2e996da677e62798225226

 

Spencer Alston

5-10, 185

Running Back

Vienna, VA

At South Lakes High School: Played RB/WR/RET… 3x 1st Team All-Conference… 2x 1st Team All-Region… Honorable Mention All-Region… 1st Team All-State… 2nd Team All-State… 1st Team All-Metro… Honorable Mention All-Metro… CoA Offensive Region Player of the Year… Northern Virginia HOF Player of the Year nominee… Pigskin Club All-Team… Also played lacrosse

Personal: Spencer Alston is the son of Grace Cole-Alston and Todd Alston… Interested in economics

Alston Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4585149/59b8980d0c53742d3cf414bb

 

Jack Biestek

6-3, 205

Wide Receiver

Chapel Hill, NC

At Cardinal Gibbons: Played WR/RB/QB… 2x All-Conference… Offensive MVP… Career Rushing – 2,300 yds and 21 TD, Career Receiving – 1,800 yds and 12 TD… Conference Champions 2017… Also was a two-time state champion in lacrosse

Personal: Jack Biestek is the son of Christe and Jim Biestek… Interested in economics… His father played football at Boston College from 1985-89… Uncle, Bob Biestek, played football at Boston College from 1981-84… Uncle, Tom Waddle, played football for the Chicago Bears from 1989-95… Grandfather, Gino Cappelletti, played football for the New England Patriots from 1960-1970

Pronunciation: Bee-stek

Biestek Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4092085/5a33076ba0223a26f02d9b96

 

Sebastian Bruno

6-4, 240

Defensive Line

Dakoy Beach, IL

At Olympic Heights High School: Played DE/DT/OT… All-State Honorable Mention… All-County 1st Team… All-Conference 1st Team... As a senior 55 tackles, 15 TFLs, 6 sacks… Competed in discus in track and field

Personal: Sebastian Bruno is the nephew of Pierre Augustin… Raised in Haiti… Moved to US in childhood to live with uncle, aunt, and little brother… Interested in mechanical engineering

Bruno Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5306487/59ac966364df210f5043c8b0

 

Trenton Charles

5-8, 165

Running Back

Baton Rouge, LA

At Scotlandville Magnet High School: Played RB/RET… 3x  4-5A All-District… 2x All-Metro… 2x All-State (LWSA)… Career Rushing – 3,400 yds and 40 TDs, Career Receiving – 1,100 yds and 10 TDs… 2016 District Champions… Div. 1 State Runner-Ups in 2016… Div. 1 State Semifinalist in 2017… Scholar-Athlete… Principal's List… Dean's List… Honor Roll… Also ran track

Personal: Trenton Charles is the son of Rolanda and John Colar… Interested in biomedical engineering

Charles Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4786104/59d3b8292ab19419580330cc

 

Ajay Culhane

6-0, 185

Kicker/Punter

Westlake Village, CA

At Oaks Christian: Played K/P… 2x All-Marmonte League Specialist of the Year… 2x All-League… All-Ventura County… All-Area Kicker and Punter… CIF S.S. Champions in 2017… State Runner-ups in 2017… Marmonte League Champions in 2016/2017… Four Year Scholar-Athlete… Also was captain of the soccer team

Personal: Ajay Culhane is the son of Jamie Culhane and Iqbal Husain… Sister, Asha Culhane, is a heptathlete at University of California – Berkley… Interested in economics

Pronunciation: Cull-HANE

Culhane Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4528389/59b488dfa018a2123c0b9151

 

Josh De St. Jean

6-5, 288

Offensive Line

South Bend, IN

At La Lumire School: Played OT/TE/DL… 2x All-Conference… 1st Team All-Area… Honorable Mention All-Area… 2016 GLCAC Champions… 2x School Male Scholar-Athlete Award… Also played basketball and lacrosse

Personal: Josh De St. Jean is the son of Debera de St. Jean… Interested in ethics, politics, and economics… Interested in music, reading, investing, sports and road trips

De St. Jean Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4471896/581a66b5f5605e24b4e73277

 

Isaiah Dunham

6-2, 200

Defensive Back

Evansville, IN

At F.J. Reitz: Played DB/WR… 2x All-City… 2x All-Conference… 2x All-State… Conference Champions in 2016/2017… Sectional Champions in 2016… Also played basketball and baseball

Personal: Isaiah Dunham is the son of Angela and Paul Dunham… Brother, Elijah Dunham, plays baseball at Indiana University… Interested in economics

Pronunciation Note: DONE-um

Dunham Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4605110/589cca93e97ab82d2874effd

 

Kyle Ellis

6-0, 188

Defensive Back

Cumming, GA

At Greater Atlanta Christian School: Played DB/WR… All-Region 1st Team… Gwinnett County Scholar-Athlete… Gwinnett County All-County Scholar Team… As a senior- 53 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions on defense… 4x Regional Champions… State Championship Game in 2016… State Semi-Finals in 2017… Also played basketball

Personal: Kyle Ellis is the son of Kimberly and Ernest Ellis… Enjoys reading and music… Competed on youth swim team for 6 years… Interested in engineering

Ellis Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7959606/5a25c85664ea290d6c11352e

 

Shane Frommer

5-11, 190

Linebacker

Norfolk, MA

At King Phillip Regional High School: Played RB/LB/DB/RET… Boston Globe Division 2 player of the Year… Hockomock Player of the Year… Suite Sports Player of the Year… As a senior - rushed for 18 TDs, 1,500 yards, 6.3 average and 2,000 all-purpose yards… MIAA D1A State Champions in 2016… MIAA D2 State Champions in 2017… 2x Kelley-Rex Hockomock League Champions in 2016/2017… Also played lacrosse and hockey

Personal: Shane Frommer is the son of Jennifer and Robert Frommer… Father played football at Worcester Polytechnic Institute… Uncle, Jayson King, played baseball at Framingham State… Interested in engineering and economics

Frommer Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4456209/59d9621632dc580d0c705ca6

 

Nick Gargiulo

6-5, 275

Offensive Line

Yorktown Heights, NY

At Somers High School: Played OT/DT… 2x Section I All-League… 2x 1st Team All-Section… 1st Team All-State… 2nd Team All-State… Section A – Lineman MVP… Section I Class A Outstanding Lineman… Section I Football Coaches Association Class A, League B Outstanding Offensive Lineman… N.Y.S.P.H.S.A.A. Finals Class A – Most Valuable Offensive Lineman… Lo Hud/Journal News – Super II Recipient… All-Metro Team… Section I – Offensive Line MVP… Golden Dozen Football Team… State Champions in 2016… Also played basketball

Personal: Nicholas Gargiulo is the son of Barbara and Jack Gargiulo… Was a football and basketball camp counselor… Enjoys tennis and golf… Interested in economics, statistics, data science

Pronunciation Note: Gar-jew-lo

Gargiulo Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5407706/583b19405b3cb00064f911b6

 

Brett Gerber

6-4, 225

Linebacker

Bradenton, FL

At Manatee High School/Bradenton Christian High School:  Played LB/DE/QB/TE… 2x All-Area… 1st Team All-State… Honorable Mention All-State… 2x Team MVP-… 2015 total tackles leader in the state of Florida (169)… 2016 tackles per game leader in the state of Florida (18.1)… Also played basketball and competed in weightlifting

Personal: Brett Gerber is the son of Bethany and Allan Gerber… Played football for his father in high school… Interested in cellular and molecular biology

Gerber Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/2237302/57e6f406ed57ee46d85f9662

 

Tate Goodyear

6-4, 275

Defensive Line

Cincinnati, OH

At Sycamore High School: Played OT/DE… 2x 1st Team All-League… 1st Team All-Tri State… Pro Football Focus Player of the Year… 2nd in the League in sacks… 45 straight starts… 35 straight starts on both sides… Regional Runner Up in 2016… Sectional Champions in 2016… Sectional Runner Up in 2017… Also played basketball

Personal: Tate Goodyear is the son of Holly and Benjamin Goodyear… Interested in economics

Goodyear Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4083952/58332742c124d70ba09417aa

 

Jaylan Granberry

5-10, 180

Defensive Back

Nashville, TN

At Martin Luther King Jr. High School: Played DB/WR… All-City… All-Region… Was a 4-year starter… Team leader in interceptions and defensive TDs… State Championship Runner-Ups in 2017

Personal: Jaylan Granberry is the son of Amanda Kelly and Patrick Granberry… Interested in music production, animation, and coding… Plans on majoring in computer science

Granberry Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6150663/57e9d8f75caa592b44cd6e44

 

Nick Henkel

6-5, 185

Quarterback

Greenwich, CT

At Brunswick School: Played QB… 3x All-New England… 3x All Erickson League… 2x League Offensive Player of the Year… 2x Team Offensive Player of the Year… Elite 11 National Jr. of the Week… 7,021 career passing yards… 86 career passing TDs… 2x New England Bowl Champions

Personal: Nick Henkel is the son of Eleni and Peter Henkel… Father, Peter Henkel, played baseball at Yale… Brother, Matt Henkel, played baseball at Dartmouth… Sister, Lexi Henkel, played lacrosse at Yale… Grandfather, Oliver "Pudge" Henkel, Yale '58, played on Yale's first Ivy League Championship football team in 1956… Interested in music and production

Henkel Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/3524161/59e8dd9db535250cd80d17c5

 

Dathan Hickey

6-1, 180

Defensive Back

Bristol, CT

At Bristol Central High School: Played WR/RB/DB/QB… Team MVP… All-State… Walter Camp All-State… 2x All-Conference… 3x All-Press… New Haven Register All-State Team… All-City… All-Connecticut Team… 1,402 rushing yards and 30 TDs his senior season… Had 48 tackles and two interceptions his senior season… Division Champions… National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete… Also played basketball and baseball

Personal: Dathan Hickey is the son of Pamela and Roderick Hickey… Father, Roderick Hickey, played basketball at Western Connecticut State University… Enjoys singing and dancing

Pronunciation Note: DAY-thin

Hickey Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6301859/5a19a40a8cd3fb02cc251f54

 

Osorachukwu Ifesinachukwu

6-3, 240

Defensive End

Austin,TX

At Vandegrift High School: Played DE… 1st Team All-District 25-6A… 1st Team All-Centex… 1st Team All-State TX-6A… 28 career sacks… 263 career tackles… 40 career tackles for loss… 7 forced fumbles… 5 career fumble recoveries… 1 career interception… 3x Bi-District Championship… Regional Champions… Also competed in track

Personal: Osorachukwu Ifesinachukwu is the son of F.Ada and K. Gozie Ifesinachukwu…Enjoys the piano, trumpet, and drawing… Interested in biomedical engineering

Pronunciation Note: awe-sor-uh-chew-ku        e-face-een-nah-chew-ku

Nickname: Oso

Ifesinachukwu Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5312494/59d26fbbb534f226045cda5b

 

Elliott McElwain

5-11, 205

Running Back

Trussville, AL

At Hewitt Trussville: Played RB… 2x 1st Team Trussville Tribune… 1st Team All-State… Friday Night Player of the Game…  Over 2,000 all-purpose yards in his senior season… 2x Regional Champion in 2016/2017… Also competed in track

Personal: Elliott McElwain is the son of Juanita Taylor… Brother, Baily McElwain, plays football at Vanderbilt… Mother played tennis at Huntingdon College

McElwain Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/2614071/5a01fa0942105d0c10475c3d

 

Reid Nickerson

6-4, 220

Defensive End

Friendswood, TX

At Friendswood High School: Played DB… 1st Team All-District… 2nd Team All-County… Houston Touchdown Club Scholar-Athlete Award Finalist… Academic All-State Elite Team…10 career interceptions… 6 career forced fumbles… Also played basketball and baseball

Personal: Reid Nickerson is the son of Lisa and Joe Nickerson… Interested in psychology

Nickerson Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/2109348/59c6aedb4ba86a0a40d100fb

 

Griffin O'Connor

6-3, 208

Quarterback

Huntington Beach, CA

At Edison High School: Played QB… CIF Player of the Year… 2x Sunset League MVP… Orange County Student Athlete of Character… 1st Team All-CIF… 1st Team All-Sunset League… 2nd Team All-State… 2nd Team All-Sunset League…ASB Athletic Character Award… Varsity Team MVP… 2x Head Hunter Award… Most Inspirational… Varsity Most Improved… 4x Scholar-Athlete… 7,205 Career Passing Yards… 73 Career Passing TDs… 20 Career Rushing TDs… CIF Southern Section Champions… 2x Sunset League Champions

Personal: Griffin O'Connor is the son of Pam and Tim O'Connor… Enjoys painting, drawing, coaching, and traveling… Interested in economics

O'Conner Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/3622698/5a21ba8264df1b247c8ae116

 

Miles Oldacre

5-11, 195

Defensive Back

Spring, TX

At Klein Oak High School: Played RB/DB/LB… First-Team All-District… District 15A-6A Newcomer of the Year Runner Up… Scholar Athlete of the Week… 6 career INTs… 6 career sacks… 6 career forced fumbles… 2x Bi-District Champions in 2016 and 2017… Also played basketball and competed in track & field

Personal: Miles Oldacre is the son Yvette and Patrick Oldacre… Uncle, Aundre Oldacre, ran track at the University of Virginia… Interested in mechanical engineering

Pronunciation Note: OLD-A-ker

Oldacre Video:

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4418038/59edeff8f56a0c11780f7f78

 

Seun Omonije

6-1, 192

Wide Receiver

The Colony, TX

At St. Marks School of Texas: Played WR/DB/RET/RB… Team Offensive MVP… Captain… Scored 14 career total TDs… Also played basketball and track

Personal: Seun is the son of Alenda and Femi Omonije… Father played basketball for University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria)… Plans on majoring in computer science

Pronunciation Note: SHAY-oon Oh-moan-ee-jay  

Omonije Video:

https://a.hudl.com/video/3/5148187/5a022cb0b0192209206e56ff

 

Noah Pope

6-1, 205

Linebacker

Memphis, TN

At St. Georges Independent School/Choate Rosemary Hall: Played LB/RB/TE/DE… All-League… New England Championship

Personal: Noah Pope is the son of Ramona Pope… Enjoys basketball and chess… Interested in economics

Pope Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9761540/59c82e27b5343a0424cdc452

 

Adam Raine

6-4, 268

Defensive Lineman

Basingstoke, England

At Berkshire School: Played OL/DL… NEPSAC Class B Lineman of the Year… All-NEPSAC Class B First Team… Class B Independent All-League First Team… NEPSAC Champions

Personal: Adam Raine is the son of April and Daniel Raine… Spent 1 year at the Berkshire School… Interested in Psychology

Raine Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/10044968/59d1426219b0100e08a0ed24

 

Garry Raymond

6-6, 230

Tight End

Colorado Springs, CO

At Cheyenne Mountain High School: Played TE/LS/DE… 1st Team All-Conference… 1st Team All-State Academic… State Champions Runner-Ups… Also competed in basketball and track and field

Personal: Garry Raymond is the son of Mollie and Jay Raymond… From an Air Force family… Has moved 12 times and attended 3 high schools… Interested in economics

Raymond Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5186240/59d1899b6e81b5111cc1bf03

 

Jaylan Sandifer

6-4, 195

Wide Receiver

Centerville, GA

At Northside High School/Choate Rosemary Hall: Played WR… 1st Team All-New England… League Champions… Also played basketball

Personal: Jaylan Sandifer is the son of Edith and Freddie Sandifer… Enjoys playing basketball and video games… Interested in mechanical engineering.

Sandifer Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/3370493/57ddc51e0aff7bc8f83f276b

 

 

Cubby Schuller

6-6, 270

Offensive Line

Bedminster, NJ

At Bernards High School: Played OL/DL… 1st Team All-Division… 1st Team All-Area… 1st Team All State Group 2… Honorable Mention All-New Jersey Offense… New Jersey Super 100 Selection… New Jersey Mini Maxwell Award… Team MVP… 4x Scholar Athlete… National Honors Society… 138 career tackles… 6.5 career sacks… 4 career fumble recoveries… State Finals… Also played basketball, baseball, and track

Personal: Cubby Schuller is the son of Tracey and Cub Schuller… Father, Cub Schuller played football at Colgate University… Interested in a biological science

Schuller III Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4001910/5a2dc3ca578df320980565c8

 

Conor Smith

6-5, 260

Offensive Line

Little Silver, NJ

At Red Bank Catholic High School: 2x All-Division… 2017 Lombardi Award Winner for Best Front 7 Player… Division Champions

Personal: Conor Smith is the son of Linda and Chris Smith… Father played football at Boston University… Brother, Liam Smith, plays football at Duke… Uncle, Kevin Smith, played football at Northwestern… Uncle, Brian Smith, played football at Rhode Island… Uncle, James Smith, played football at Bloomsburg… Interested in economics

Smith Video

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5344504/59d90a83d468a906dcdeb289

 

Nick Tibbetts

6-2, 230

Long Snapper

Uncasville, CT

At Montville High School: Played TE/FB/DL/LS…12 Varsity letters in Football (4), Wrestling (4), Lacrosse (4)...3-sport Captain...4.5 star #11 National LS recruit (Kohls Long Snapping)… National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award… CT Association of Schools 2018 Scholar-Athlete Award… CT Association of Athletic Directors State Winner… Eastern CT Conference (ECC) All-Star… ECC Scholar-Athlete… ECC Sportsmanship Award… Team MVP… ECC Divisional Champions… State Wrestling Champion ... Academic All-State & All-State Wrestling 2018... Founder of Active Athletes

Personal: Nick Tibbetts is the son of Diane Jean and Mark Tibbetts… Mother played volleyball at University of Rochester… Cousin, Sam Rodgers, played football at Syracuse University… Interested in political science

Tibbetts Video

http://www.hudl.com/v/29kpVi