May 9, 2005

Yale Announces Class of 2009

May 9, 2005

New Haven, CT - Yale football has finalized the list of 36 incoming student-athletes set to join the Bulldogs this fall as the Class of 2009.

Breakdown
There are 36 members of the class with 14 offensive players and 15 on defense. Six players are listed as both offense and defense and another is a kicker. Five are considered walk-ons (Giffen, Boisi, Yergan, Vidal and Matias).

States
Texas and New Jersey both send five members of the 2009 class to New Haven, while Connecticut was a close second with four players on the list.

Family Ties
Offensive lineman Mike Cautero could be blocking for his brother, Matt '06, a running back at Yale... Defensive back Rylan Spence will be trying to tackle his brother, Jordan '07, a running back... Casey Gerald is the son of former Ohio State football star Rod Gerald, who played both QB and WR for the Buckeyes... Joe Dennison's father, Rick, played nine seasons for the Denver Broncos and has been a coach for them since 1995.

Abare Twins Know Hardware
Twins Bobby and Larry Abare (AY-bear) come from an Acton-Boxboro High School team that won 50 straight games including four state titles.

Connecticut Player of the Year
Mike McLeod was the 2004 New Haven Register Player of the Year and a first-team all-state pick.

Coke Over Pepsi
Ryan Fodor, another first-team all-state pick from the Nutmeg State, was Connecticut's Coca-Cola Player of the Year... Landon Hairgrove (HAR-grove) and Kyle Hawari both played in the prestigious Coca-Cola North Texas All-Star Game.

Big Guys in Their States
Jay Pilkerton was named first-team all-state in Tennessee while Joe Hathaway was a North-South New Jersey All-Star Game participant and a Super 100 New Jersey pick.

	Abare, Bobby	LB	6-2		210	Acton-Boxboro Regional/Acton, MA
	Abare, Larry	DB	6-2		200	Acton-Boxboro Regional/Acton, MA
	Boisi, Peter	OL/DL	6-2		225	Chaminade/Mineola, NY
	Cautero, Mike	OL	6-4		270	Ridgefield/Ridgefield, CT
	Dale, Darius	OL/DL	6-4		300	West Seattle/Seattle, WA
	Davis, Ty       	OL	6-2		260	Bullard/Fresno, CA
	Dennison, Joe	QB	6-4		200	Regis Jesuit/Centennial, CO
	Drake, Jarrett	WR	6-3		195	Thornridge/Dolton, IL
	Ebeling, Ken	WR	6-3		185	Mahwah/Mahwah, NJ
	Fodor, Ryan	QB	6-3		195	Daniel Hand/Madison, CT
	Gerald, Casey	DB	5-11		175	South Oak Cliff/Dallas, TX
	Giffen, Taylor	WR/DB	5-11		175	University City/San Diego, CA
	Hairgrove, Landon	OL	6-3		275	Grapevine/Colleyville, TX
	Hammell, Davis	OL	6-6		310	Episcopal/Alexandria, VA
	Hart, Brady	DB	6-0		200	State College/State College, PA
	Hathaway, Joe	DL	6-3		260	Clifton/Clifton, NJ
	Hawari, Kyle	DE	6-5		240	Plano West/Plano, TX
	Helmrich, Josh	QB/P	5-9		180	Upper St. Clair/Pittsburgh, PA
	Hickenbottom, Kevin DB	6-3		190	Ballard/Seattle, WA
	Jones, Shane	DL	6-3		260	Tullahoma/Tullahoma, TN
	Kana, Bryan	DL	6-3		255	Bishop Guertin/Bedford, NH
	MacQueen, Grant	WR	6-3		195	West Windsor Plainsboro South/Princeton Junction, NJ
	Matias, Sam	WR/DB	6-4		190	Valparaiso/Valparaiso, IN
	McLeod, Mike	RB	5-11		200	New Britain/New Britain, CT
	Palumbo, Jason	LB	6-2		200	St. Ignatius/Solon, OH
	Pilkerton, Jay	LB	6-2		215	Montgomery Bell Academy/Nashville, TN
	Plummer, Matt	LB	6-2		195	Voorhees/Califon, NJ
	Richmond, Jay	DE	6-2		230	Fairfield College Prep/Monroe, CT
	Santoro, Steven	RB/DB	6-0		175	Suffern/Suffern, NY
	Sato, Adam	LB	6-2		225	Saratoga/Saratoga, CA
	Sedden, Patrick	QB	6-2		190	Lake Highlands/Dallas, TX
	Simmons, Jarren	RB	6-2		200	Corvallis/Corvallis, OR
	Spence, Rylan	DB	5-10		170	Colleyville-Heritage/Colleyville, TX
	Stephenson, Brian	RB	5-8		180	Shawnee/Lima, OH
	Vidal, Eric	RB/LB	5-11		215	Friends Academy/Uniondale, NY
	Yergan, Chris	K/P	5-10		190	Columbia/South Orange, NJ

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