Feb. 7, 2018
2018 SIGNING DAY CENTRAL
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne head coach Jerry Schmitt announced the signing of 12 players to national letters of intent as well as the addition of five Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) transfers to the Dukes' program on Wednesday as part of National Signing Day.
All told, the Dukes now have a 21-member recruiting class after the Dukes signed four players to NLIs in December.
"Today we welcome a talented and dedicated class of student-athletes to Duquesne University and our football family," Schmitt said. "They will join our current team members as we pursue excellence on the field, in the classroom and through serving our community."
"I want to recognize the quality work done by our coaching staff representing Duquesne throughout the new recruiting process spanning both the early and traditional signing periods. I also want to thank our administration, faculty and support staff for helping to educate the recruits on their visits about the benefits of attending Duquesne University."
The Dukes' recruiting class includes six players from Pennsylvania, six from Florida, three from Ohio and one player each from California, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Texas. The class features seven defensive backs, four linebackers, three offensive lineman, three wide receivers, a quarterback, a defensive lineman, a running back and an athlete.
Duquesne's five FBS transfers include three players from power-five schools in Kam Carter (Pitt), Daivon Ellison (Syracuse) and Isaiah Johnson-Mack (Washington State). Carter appeared in nine games on the defensive line for the Panthers in 2017. Ellison played in nine games last season for the Orange after starting nine contests as a sophomore in 2016, ranking fifth among defensive backs in the ACC in tackles per game. Johnson-Mack, who started all 12 games at Washington State last season, ranked second on the team in receiving yards and touchdowns.
Johnson-Mack's high school teammate, Daniel Parr, is also a mid-year transfer for the Dukes. Parr, a former quarterback at Florida Atlantic, appeared in eight games for the Owls with three starts. He threw for 588 yards with four touchdown passes.
Reid Harrison-Ducros becomes the second player in as many seasons from Boise State to transfer to Duquesne after quarterback Tommy Stuart joined the Dukes as a graduate transfer prior to last season. Harrison-Ducros, a former three-star recruit, appeared in 20 games in two seasons with the Broncos, registering 26 solo tackles in those years.
Johnson-Mack and Parr are two of six players from the Sunshine State in the class, along with defensive backs Jake Collins (Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista) and Tim Lowery (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven), offensive lineman Vincent Lumia (Riviera Beach, Fla./Suncoast), wide receiver Kenyon'TA Skinner (Winter Park, Fla./Lake Howell).
The class also features six players from Pennsylvania, including five WPIAL standouts in linebacker Anthony Dellovade (Oakdale, Pa./West Allegheny), offensive lineman Eric Neill (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley), defensive backs Mahlik Strozier (Rochester, Pa./Rochester) and Tyler Wallace (Midland, Pa./Beaver) along with Dellovade's high school teammate Will Weber (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny). In addition, all-state linebacker and December signee Jahan Worth (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) also hails from the Keystone State.
Rounding out the linebacker core for the class is Lucas D'Orazio (Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio/Cuyahoga Heights), who is joined by a pair of fellow Ohio signees in offensive lineman Ryan Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Euclid) and wide receiver Trey King (Centerville, Ohio, Centerville).
Isiah Adams (Reseda, Calif./Cleveland), a three-time All-City wideout from southern California is also slated to join the Dukes, while Ky'Ren Cunningham (West Bloomfield, Mich./St. Mary's) is the lone running back in Duquesne's 2018 class.
Leandro Debrito (Pawtucket, R.I./Monroe College), an all-conference defensive back at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y. signed with Duquesne, as well.
These 21 student-athletes will join the Dukes' program which has won four Northeast Conference (NEC) titles in the last seven seasons. Duquesne has recorded 20 winning seasons in the last 23 years.
The Dukes open the 2018 campaign at UMass on Saturday, Aug. 25.
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