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NAME POS CL HT WT HOMETOWN/HS (TRANSFER) HIGHLIGHTS
Jalen BookerLBJr.6-3255Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge (Lackawanna College)Watch
Chris BoydDL Fr.6-3280Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores/Milford AcademyWatch
Jack DawsonOL/DL Fr.6-2260Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin FallsWatch
Spencer DeMedalDBFr.6-0180New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington AreaWatch
Jake DixonTEFr.6-6220Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park (Lewis University)Watch
Thomas "Mack" GreyOLFr.6-1285Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's PrepWatch
Davie HendersonWRFr.6-2175Winter Haven, Fla./Winter HavenWatch
Maxi HradecnyOL/DL Fr.6-2315 Vienna, AustriaWatch
Jassir JordanDBFr.5-11190Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa/Milford AcademyWatch
Roman MacekDLFr.6-2280McKees Rocks, Pa./MontourWatch
DeWayne Murray IIIRBFr.5-9190Homestead, Pa./Steel ValleyWatch
Alex SmithQBFr.6-4200Dormont, Pa./Keystone OaksWatch
Tommy StuartQBGr.6-0205Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall (Boise State)Watch
Mark WeidemanOLFr.6-3270Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-RichlandWatch
Brett ZanottoLBSo.-RS6-0230Pittsburgh, Pa./Franklin Regional (Maryland)Watch


A CLOSER LOOK AT THE 2017 DUQUESNE FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS

JALEN BOOKER
Had 42 tackles (19 solo), 8.0 sacks (-53 yards) and 14.5 tackles for loss from his defensive end spot for 10-1 Lackawanna College (Scranton, Pa.) in 2016 ... earned first team All-Northeast Conference honors ... posted a season-high 10 tackles, including 3.5 TFL in a 42-33 win over Monroe College ... played running back and defensive end in high school ... was named All-Tidwater as a defensive end ... shared the PenSouth Conference Defensive Player of the Year honor ... had 70 tackles as a senior ... was also a standout wrestler, finishing as the state runner-up in the Division 5 220-pound weight class.

CHRISTIAN BOYD
Was a three-year starter at Mona Shores High School ... was named all-area first team defense & Dream Team defense by MLive ... had 63 tackles, including 28 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a 16-year-old senior ... played last season at Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.) where he had four sacks and forced a fumble for the 11-0 Falcons.

JACK DAWSON
Played on both sides of the line at Chagrin Falls ... was a two-time all-Ohio pick at noseguard ... had eight sacks, 13 tackles for loss and blocked four kicks as a senior ... was named the defensive player of the year in the Chagrin Division of the CVC ... also named second team Division III all-Ohio by the Associated Press ... earned a spot on the News-Herald (Willoughby, Ohio) first team defense ... is also a standout varsity wrestler.

SPENCER DeMEDAL
Was a three-time all-region player in both football and basketball ... standout at safety who also ran for 1,022 yards, threw for 354 yards and caught passes for 293 yards ... scored 29 total touchdowns in five different ways as a senior: rushing (21), passing (3), receiving (4), interception return and kick return ... was named to the WKBN-TV (Youngstown, Ohio) Big 22 ... earned a spot on the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 2A all-state team (athlete) ... helped Wilmington Area (12-2) to the PIAA Class 2A state semifinal.

JAKE DIXON
Outstanding athlete comes to Duquesne from Lewis University (near Chicago) where he was part of a Division I volleyball recruiting class ranked No. 2 nationally ... was also recruited by Stanford and Penn State in volleyball ... earned 11 varsity letters at Bethel Park, including four in volleyball, four in basketball and three in football ... had 43 receptions for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns as a three-year starter at tight end ... earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette South Fabulous 22 in football ... was a first team all-state volleyball player and high honor roll student ... was one of 22 players in the country chosen to attend training camp for the Junior Olympic Volleyball Team last July ... received FCS football interest from Duquesne, Davidson and Bucknell before initially committing to play volleyball ... his mother, Julie Blanc, played volleyball at Duquesne ... is the cousin of former Dukes QB/WR Connor Dixon (2008-11) ... grew five inches in high school.

THOMAS "MACK" GREY
Helped St. Joseph's Prep (14-0) to the Class 6A PIAA state championship ... it was the third state title in four years for St. Joe's ... was the starting center for a dominant offensive line ... played for a team that had 20-25 Division I recruits ... was named to the Red Division All-Catholic first team.

DAVIE HENDERSON
Three-year letterman had over 20 catches for nearly 400 yards for 8-3 Class 7A Winter Haven ... team captain ... was an all-district pick ... named honorable mention all-county ... selected to play in the SFA South Central All-Star Classic.

MAXI HRADECNY
Played for one of Europe's top American football clubs, the Vienna Vikings since he was nine years old ... was a three-time member of the junior national team ... also played for the U19 Austrian national team ... was part of two European Championship teams.

JASSIR JORDAN
Was an all-state performer in both football and basketball at Aliquippa ... helped the Quips to Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League football and basketball titles in 2015-16 marking just the 16th time in 103 years that the same school won both WPIAL championships in the same school year ... also helped Aliquippa to state championship game appearances in football (2015 & 2016) and basketball (2016) ... had 48 catches for 1,017 yards and 15 touchdowns as a receiver ... also had two rushing and one passing TD ... returned two of his eight interceptions for touchdowns ... also returned a pair of punts for scores as a senior ... scored 22 points - all in the second half - and handed out seven assists in Aliquippa's (30-0) PIAA Class AA basketball state title win over Mastery Charter North ... was named Class 2A first team all-state in basketball by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers after averaging 18.5 ppg. as a senior ... also earned a spot on the 2015 Pennsylvania Football Writers' Class AA All-State football team as a receiver ... with the WPIAL Class AA championship game against South Fayette tied and just over a minute remaining, he took a lateral pass and completed a 47-yard touchdown pass for the game-winning touchdown with 1:11 left to give Aliquippa its WPIAL-best 16th football championship ... the win came over a South Fayette team that had won 44 games in a row ... spent a post-graduate season at Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.) where he posted a pair of interceptions and broke up five passes for the 11-0 Falcons.

ROMAN MACEK
Three-year football letterman was a first team all-Northwest Nine Conference pick on both the offensive and defensive lines for two-straight years ... had 62 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss and 10 sacks from his defensive end spot as a senior ... was named second team Class 4A all-state offensive lineman by Pennsylvania Football News and was named to the Class 4A first team offensive line by WesternPAFootball.net ... four-year letterman and three-year captain for the wrestling team ... posted over 100 wins in his wrestling career ... also competed on the track team. http://www.hudl.com/v/1GDp5D

DeWAYNE MURRAY III
Was named Class 2A Player of the Year by the Pennsylvania Football Writers after helping Steel Valley to an undefeated season (15-0) and state championship ... the Ironmen were the first team in Pennsylvania to invoke the "mercy rule" (clock runs continuously when a team reaches a 35-point lead in the second half) in every regular season and playoff game ... rushed for 2,094 yards in averaging 12.8 yards per carry as a senior ... earned a spot on the 2016 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 ... was named first team all-conference on both offense and defense ... a four-year starter, he finished as the sixth-leading rusher in WPIAL history with 6,503 yards ... rushed for 1,615 yards and a WPIAL-leading 36 touchdowns as a junior.

ALEX SMITH
Was an outstanding dual-threat quarterback at Keystone Oaks, where he helped lead the Golden Eagles to their second WPIAL semifinal appearance in school history in 2016 ... was the first signal-caller in WPIAL history to throw for 3,000 yards (3,121) and rush for over 1,000 yards (1,117) in a season ... threw for 34 touchdowns and ran for 19 more as a senior ... earned a spot on the 2016 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 ... finished his career with 5,186 yards passing (50 TDs) and 1,940 yards rushing (29 TDs) in two years as a starter ... set a WPIAL single-game yardage record with 653 in a 77-49 loss to Beaver ... threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 203 yards and three scores in the Beaver game ... finished his career with multiple school records including season and career passing yards as well as career touchdown passes.

TOMMY STUART
At Boise State
Played in 12 games in two seasons at Boise State ... appeared in nine games as a redshirt sophomore in 2015 ... completed 12 of 18 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and ran for 62 yards and three scores ... made his Division I debut vs. Idaho State, completing 9-of-13 passes for 69 yard and one TD and rushing 11 times for 46 yards ... scored his first-career touchdown on a two-yard rush at UNLV ... added another rushing touchdown against Air Force ... ran six times for 23 yards and a touchdown at the Poinsettia Bowl against Northern Illinois ... saw action in three games as a redshirt junior ... completed his only attempt for 31 yards at Louisiana ... was a member of the 2015 Mountain West All-Academic Team ... redshirted in 2014 after transferring from Butte Junior College.

At Butte College
Began his college career at Butte College in Oroville, Calif., the same school that gave Aaron Rodgers his start ... was named Nor-Cal Conference Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-league quarterback after leading the Roadrunners to the 2013 California Junior College State Championship ... earned MVP honors in the title game ... Butte capped the season by being named co-National Champions ... completed 132-of-204 passes for 1,927 yards and 29 touchdowns with just three interceptions ...completed a league-best 64.7 percent of his passes.

High School
Led Calvert Hall College High School (Baltimore, Md.) to a record of 21-3 during his prep career ... led Calvert Hall to its first state title in school history, and the first conference title in 30 years as a junior ... named first-team all-state private school, and second-team all-state consensus (Associated Press) following that season ... also earned first-team all-metro honors ... totaled 2,500 total yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior ... accounted for more than 3,500 total yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior in earning first-team all-state private school honors for a second time ... was also named first-team AP All-State Consensus and first-team all-metro ... helped the team to a No. 3 state ranking ... was named Crab Bowl Most Valuable Player.

MARK WEIDEMAN
First team Class 6A all-Northern 7 Conference pick ... team captain ... was chosen to participate in the 2017 NFBD All-Star Showcase ... three-year starter was voted team most valuable offensive lineman as a senior and most improved player as a junior ... National Honor Society member.

BRETT ZANOTTO
At Maryland
Played in 10 games as a reserve linebacker as a freshman in 2015 ... led all Terps freshmen with 23 tackles (13 solo) ... posted a career-high five tackles against Indiana ... matched that total at Rutgers ... did not see action as a sophomore ... initially chose Maryland over Syracuse, Temple and a number of MAC schools.

High School
Was named first team all-state, AAA Greater Allegheny County First-Team and all-conference on both offense and defense ... led Franklin Regional with 107 tackles, including 11 TFLs as a senior captain ... also gained 908 yards on 125 carries (7.3 ypc) and 17 touchdowns on offense ... played in the Blue-Grey All American Bowl ... broke the school tackle record as a junior with 157 stops ... was a consensus three-star recruit ... was ranked as the second-best inside linebacker in Pennsylvania by Scout.

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