Brown Football Class of 2017

Providence, R.I. - Brown head football coach Phil Estes announced the 28 members of the Brown Football Class of 2017, who will join the Bears' football program in the fall. This outstanding group represents 14 states and includes the Gatorade Player of the Year from Rhode Island, a wide array of team captains, All-State selections,  MVP's and National Honor Society members.

 

Alexander Dale Atkins

6-2, 215

Linebacker

Northern Cambria HS

Northern Cambria, PA

Athletic---Had 142 tackles and 4 sacks…1st Team All State LB 2012…Tribune Democrat/Indiana Gazette Defensive Player off the Year 2012…Altoona Mirror 1st Team  2012…Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star…Gazette O-Line 1st Team 2011…high school coach was Paul Taranto…

Academic---National Honor Society…Science Award 2011…High Honors…

Personal---likes hunting , fishing, weight lifting and X Box…born 10/10/94…the son of Sherry and David Atkins.

 
 

Jeffrey Biestek

6-1, 245

Fullback

Cheshire Academy

Yalesville, CT

Athletic---All New England Prep 1st Team…1st Team All Colonial…NEPSAC Shot and Discus Champ '11, '12…had 76 tackles , 6 sacks and 3 INT's… prep school coach was David Dykeman…

Academic---1st Honors as a junior and senior…Trustees Award as a sophomore and junior.. 2nd-Honors 2011 and 2012.

Personal---born 4/22/1994…the son of Laura Lynne Tokle-Biestek.

 
 

Charles Barry

6-3, 225

Defensive End

Walter Johnson High School

Bethesda, MD

Athletic---1st Team All Gazette…1st Team All-County…Maryland Big School All-State 3rd Team…81 tackles , 19 sacks, 6 forced fumbles…31 catches for 556 yards and 11 TDs…his high school coach was Jon Kadi.

Academic---Honor Roll.

Personal---likes guitar, basketball and Madden…born 4/27/1995…the son of Donna Cohen and Clifton Barry.

 

Timothy Brandon Davenport

6-2, 215

Linebacker

Blackman High School

Murfreesboro, TN

Athletic---1st Team All District…1st Team All Area…Tennessee vs. Kentucky All-Star Border Bowl…National Football Foundation Admiral Lawrence Award winner…high school coach was Philip Shadowens.

Academic---graduating with Honors.

Personal---likes golfing, basketball and hiking…Brandon was born on 4/17/95…the son of Val and Tim Davenport.

 
 

Andrew DeSesa

6-3, 235

Defensive End

Mission College Prep

San Luis Obispo, CA

Athletic--- 3-year starter and 2-year captain… 1st Team All CIF, All-County and All-State in Div. 4…Had 108 tackles 2 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries…high school coach was Chad Henry.

Academic—Dean's List every semester…AP Scholar with Distinction…3-year Scholar Athlete.

Personal---Andrew likes lifting, piano and guitar…was born on 9/6-/4…the son of Barbara DeSesa

 
 

Clayton Douglas Eubank

6-3, 290

Offensive Line

Tesoro High School

Coto De Caza, CA

Athletic---2011, 2012 South Coast League Honorable Mention for Offensive line… coached by Brian Barnes.

Academic—Superintendent Honor Roll 2010,2011,2012…Principal's Honor Roll 2009,2010,2011,2012…

Personal—likes mountain biking, surfing, fishing and hunting…born 10/1/95…Clayton is the son of William Eubank.

 
 

Jordan Anthony Ferguson

6-2, 178

Defensive Back

Loyola High School

Madera Heights, CA

Athletic—2-year starter at Safety and Corner…led team in tackles with 57…also led team in KOR yards… All-CIF hurdler

Academic—member of the California Scholarship Federation and Honorable Mention recipient of the National Spanish Exam…did community service at the Jenesse and Young Angeles Service Center of America.

Personal—enjoys playing sports with friends….born 2/27/1995…the son of Traci and Jay Ferguson

 
 

Dakota Aubrey Girard

6-2, 250

Offensive Line

Nauset Regional High School

Wellfleet, MA

Athletic---Shriner's Bowl, ACL All-Star…Team MVP…high school coach was Keith Kenyon…

Academic---Representative at HOBY National Leadership Conference…winner of the Bremner Award for top Junior Student Athlete at Nauset…4-year Honor Roll.

Personal---likes shell-fishing…born 12/12/94…the son of Deirdre Oringer and James Girard.

 
 
 

Matthew Ernest Girard

6-3, 270

Offensive Line

Holyoke High /Phillips Exeter

Holyoke, MA

Athletic---Archie Roberts Award…All Western Mass for 2 years…All-AA Conference…All-NEPSAC…2-time captain at Holyoke, captain at Exeter…high school coach was Bob Lastowski and prep school coach was Bill Glennon.

Academic---National Honor Society, High Honors 4 years…AP Presidential Scholar…

Personal…likes ice skating and ATV riding…born 1/28/94…the son of Debra and Ernest Girard.

 
 
 

Bruce K. Hall Jr.

6-3, 260

Offensive Line

Leslie High School

Leslie, MI

Athletic---Jackson Citizen Patriot Dream Team…Lansing State Journal Class B All-Area  Team…selected for 2013 Michigan All-Star Game…won outstanding performance award at U. of  Michigan camp summer of 2012…high school coach was Scott Farley.

Academic---Member of National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars…

Personal…likes reading, working out, camping and current events…born 11/19/94… the son of Geodi and Bruce Hall.

 
 
 

Will Heikkinen

6-1, 195 

Wide Receiver

Andover High School

Andover, MA

Athletic:--1st Team All State Boston Globe and Boston Herald…All Merrimack Valley Conference…had 72 catches for 1175 yards and 9 TDs his senior year…126 catches for almost 2000 yards for his career…also had 7 career interceptions on defense…his high school coach was E.J.Perry.

Academic—Honor Roll every term…won both the Environmental Science and Survey of Film Underclassmen awards…September Student Athlete of the Month from the Eagle Tribune.

Personal—-enjoys film studies and skiing…born 8/10/94… the son of Mary and Rick Heikkinen.

 
 
 

Robert Gordon Hughes

6-3, 235

Defensive End

West Morris Central High School

Long Valley, NJ

Athletic--- 3-year starter in football…Captained both football and track…1st Team All-Group Defense, All-Area Defense,  1st Team All-County Offense and Defense, All-Conference 1st Team…All-Group finalist in javelin…48 tackles, 14 TFLs, 9 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries…Robbie's high school coach was Kevin Hennell.

Academic---High Honor Roll

Personal---likes golf, weight lifting and watching classic movies…born 10/10/94…the son of Linda and Peter Hughes.

 
 
 

Richard Jarvis

6-2, 215 

Inside Linebacker

Belmont Hill School

Watertown, MA

Athletic---MVP of his high school team…All-ISL…All-New England….18 receptions for 239 yds and 1 TD…25 tackles, 1 forced fumble and one fumble recovery…high school coach was Chris Butler…

Academic---Belmont Hill Honors…National High School Honors Society…National Achievement Participation Award

Personal---likes jazz piano and photography…born 4/20/1995….the son of Karla And Richard Jarvis.

 
 
 

Alexander Jette

6-1, 175

Runningback/Defensive Back

North Attleboro High School

North Attleboro, MA

Athletic---Boston Globe All-Scholastic 2012…Liberty Mutual Athlete of the Month…Hockomock League All-Star 2011, 2012…Mass Shrine Game…Captain 2012…also lettered in baseball and track…high school coach was Don Johnson…

Academic---Honor Roll 4 years…Renaissance Scholar…John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipient.

Personal---likes skiing, golf and basketball…born 8/29/94… the son of Jennifer and James Jette.

 
 
 

Thomas Edward Kutschke

6-5, 235 

Defensive Line

Lake Forest High School

Lake Forest, IL

Athletic---All-Conference 2011, 2012…1st Team All-Area and All County…NSC Defensive Player of the Year…had 14.5 sacks and 19.5 TFL while captaining his team…coached by Chuck Spagnoli.

Academic and Community Service - has been on Honor Roll and has worked at the Waukegan soup kitchen  and has worked bagging Christmas dinners for a homeless shelter and worked with the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association.

Personal---enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting…born 11/21/94… the son of Ed and Sue Kutschke

 
 
 

Jacob Mackay

6-5235

Defensive End

Fieldston School

Bronx, NY

Athletic—3-year starter in Football, all-Hudson Valley League as a junior…recorded 13 sacks and 30 tackles despite missing all but four games his senior year…selected all-New York City…lettered in basketball and track…captained the football team…high school coach was Gus Ornstein.

Academic—Honor Roll….Leader in Peer Mentoring for Minority Students and Leader of Diversity Club…placed 6th in the 2012 Berklee Jazz Music Festival.

Personal---Likes lifting, community service and playing the saxophone…born 4/1/96…the son of Mary Johnson.

 
 
 

Luke Marrone

6-0, 180 

Defensive Back

Bronxville High School

Bronxville, NY

Athletic---All-Conference, All-League…3-year starter and team captain senior year…Iron Man Award…Bob Burt award for courageous play…Phil Kuczma award for leadership…3-time Max Prep player of week …high school coach was Jeff Napolitano

Academic---Honor Roll, did community service helping the homeless.

Personal---likes movies, golf and playing music…born 7/30/94… the son of Maggie and James Marrone.

 
 
 

Nicholas Scott Marsh

6-4, 265

Offensive Line

Elder High School

Cincinnati, OH

Athletic---2-year starter, 2nd Team All-GCL…Honorable Mention All City…3-year letter winner in wrestling…high school coach was Doug Ramsey.

Academic---13 Quarters 1st Honors and three Quarters 2nd Honors…Tutoring Club, Latin Club and Key Club.

Personal---likes lifting weights and being in vocal groups…born 6/22/95… the son of Linda and Scott Marsh.

 
 
 

Kyle Austin Moreno

6-2, 195 

Quarterback

Amador Valley High School

Pleasanton, CA

Athletic---1st Team All-League…3-year starter and 2-time captain…threw for 2,200 yards and 20 passing TD's in 2012…4500 career passing yds and 700 career rushing yds…TV30 Player of Week…member of Northern California Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame.

Academic---4-year scholar athlete…4-year Honor Roll…awarded Pleasanton Unified School District Character Award…

Personal---likes golf and reading and is president of his school's chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes…born 2/7/95…the son of Nancy and Mark Moreno

 
 
 

Joshua Morris

5-10, 180

Runningback

La Salle Academy

Bristol, RI

Athletic—two-time 1st Team Providence Journal All-State selection…Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year 2011…Division 1 Back of the Year after running for 1,422 yards…Team captain and offensive MVP…had 4,224 career all-purpose yards and 42 TD's…had 3,350 career rushing yards… high school coach was Geoff Marcone.

Academic—four-year Honor Roll

Personal—-likes snowboarding, fishing, boxing and working out…born 8/6/95…the son of Lisa and Luis Morris.

 
 
 

Kyle Kosei Obana

5-10, 170

Defensive Back

Punahou School

Honolulu, HI

Athletic—lettered in track and soccer as well as football…Special Teams MVP, Senior Award, Oceanic Cable 16 Student Athlete Award…Football University Top Gun Invitee… member of the ILH 4x100 Champion…high school coach was Charles "Kale" Ane.

Academic—National Honor Society , National Society of High School Scholars, Excellence in Social Studies Sward, Dean's List, Punahou Scholar-Athlete.

Personal—-likes music, weightlifting, golfing, hiking, and hanging out with family and friends…born 4/23/95… the son of Kara and William Obana.

 
 
 

Johnny Pena

5-10, 195

Runningback

Salpointe Catholic High School

Tucson, AZ

Athletic---all-time leader in rushing and TD's at his school with 4,765 career yards and 64 career TD's…All-State and All-Conference…high school coach was Dennis Bene…

Academic---Salpointe Scholar…National Honor Society…Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award…DaVinci Humanities Award…Shamrock Farms Outstanding Student Athlete Award… volunteers at UMC…

Personal---likes hanging out with family and friends, playing video games and pick-up basketball and working out….born 9/12/94… the son of Elia and John Pena.

 
 
 

Michael Ramirez

5-9, 185

Defensive Back

Orange Lutheran HS

Anaheim, CA

Athletic—Team Co-Captain and 3-year starter…high school coach was Chuck Petersen

Academic-  a member of the National Honor Society… achieved high honors and was a CSF member…

Personal—-likes going to the beach, movies, lifting and hunting…Michael was born on 3/3/94…the son of Josie and Jessie Ramirez.

 
 
 

Sam Russell

6-2, 210

Defensive Back

Cheshire Academy

Newton, MA

Athletic—Captain at Newton South…Dual County League All-Star…NEPSAC 2nd Team All League…Coach's Award…prep school coach was David Dykeman

Academic—Honor Roll Junior and Senior years …First Honors post-graduate year.

Personal--- born 8/10/94…the son of Roberta Goganian and Macey Russell.

 
 
 

John Adam Simpson III

6-6, 230

Defensive End

Siegel High School

Murfreesboro, TN

Athletic--1st Team All-State, All-District and All-Area and Defensive MVP…Selected for Toyota East-West All Star Football Game and KY/TN Border Bowl…Team captain and MVP…senior year had 127 tackles, 27 TFL 11 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries… high school coach was Greg Wyant

Academic---Football Academic Excellence Award…National Honor Society, Excalibur Honor Society, Beta Club.

Personal—-likes basketball, golf, hiking and fishing….born 1/2495…the son of Karen and John Simspon Jr.

 
 
 

Garrett Swanky

6-2, 185

Wide Receiver

Brentwood School

Los Angeles, CA

Athletic—1st Team All-League his junior and senior years…All-CIF junior and senior year…had 46 receptions for 743 yards and 10 TD's…on defense had 26 tackles and 4 interceptions…high school coach was Patrick Brown.

Academic—Honor Roll every semester.

Personal—-likes skiing and wakeboarding, hiking and playing basketball…born 7/27/94…Garrett is the son of Catherine and Barron Swanky.

 
 
 

Max McGarvey Tylki

6-1, 200

Outside Linebacker

Xavier High School

Wethersfield, CT

Athletic---All-SCC, CHSCA All-Connecticut Team…Walter Camp All-CT Team…New Haven Register and Hartford Courant All-State Teams…high school coach was Sean Marinan.

Academic—a member of the National Honor Society

Personal—born 9/29/95…the son of Elizabeth and Darius Tylki.

 
 
 

Jake Whalen

6-2, 240

Defensive Line

Exeter Academy (Xavier HS)

Durham, CT

Athletic---member of 2011, 2012 Connecticut Double L State Champions, both teams undefeated…2012 Connecticut All-State wrestler at 195 lbs…2013 New England Prep School Champion wrestler at 220 lbs… prep school coach was Bill Glennon.

Academic---National Honor Society…2012 AP Scholar with Honors…2012 Academic All State

Personal---likes lifting, video games and hanging out with friends…born 11/24/93…the son of Karen and Mike Whalen.