Alfred University football team to welcome 80 new players this fall
ALFRED, NY — The Alfred University football team will welcome 80 new recruits when preseason camp opens in mid-August. The new players include a trio of transfers and 13 high school all-state selections, 12 from New York State.
Among the new recruits are three New York State all-stars from Hornell High School: quarterback Dominic Scavo, linebacker Zack Bacon and wide receiver Brendan Buisch.
Other New York State all-stars in the Saxons’ 2013 recruiting class include: Tyler Johnson, quarterback from East Syracuse-Minoa High School; Lee Girard, linebacker from Glens Falls High School; Ryan McDonnell, quarterback/kicker/punter from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School; T.J. Crye, quarterback from Avon High School; Sean Murphy, offensive lineman from Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo; Kyle Abernathy, cornerback from Canisius High School in Buffalo; Justin Delgado, tight end from Chester High School; Jason Dorsainville, defensive tackle from Ramapo High School; and Justin Riccio, quarterback from Woodlands High School.
The Saxons also have a Michigan state all-star coming in this fall in quarterback Mitchell Myler of Sacred Heart High School in Mount Pleasant, MI.
Scavo, a two-time New York State Class B First Team all-star (2010, 2011) and 2011 NYS Class B Player of the Year, transfers to Alfred from Ithaca and will begin his AU playing career as a freshman. A two-time All-Greater Rochester First Team pick and two-time Livingston County Athletic Association (LCAA) all-star (2010, 2011), the 6-3, 210-pound Scavo was the starting quarterback at Hornell High his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, leading the Red Raiders to three straight unbeaten seasons, each culminating in a state Class B championship.
Bacon is a two-time New York State First Team all-star. He earned Class B honors as a linebacker in 2011 and Class C honors as a running back in 2012. Bacon (6-0, 230) also played on Hornell’s three state title teams and on the 2012 squad that lost in the state Class C title game. A state wrestling champion as a senior, Bacon was a two-time All-Greater Rochester First Team (2011, 2012) all-star and a four-time Livingston County Athletic Association all-star (2009-12).
Buisch (6-3, 205) earned NYS First Team Class C honors and was a First Team All-Greater Rochester all-star in 2012. He was also a Livingston County Athletic Association all-star as a senior last fall.
Johnson comes to AU after transferring from Division II American International University (Springfield, MA). He was a Second Team New York State Class A all-star and Central New York Co-Player of the Year as a senior in 2011, when he led East Syracuse-Minoa to the third of its three straight Section III Class A championships. Like Scavo, Johnson transfers to AU with four years eligibility.
Girard (6-0, 215) was a Second Team Class B all-state pick as a senior at Glens Falls High. He was also a Section II Class B West First Team all-star.
McDonnell (5-10, 180) was a First Team Class A all-star as a placekicker/punter in 2012. He also earned First Team All-Section II and First Team All-Area honors last fall. McDonnell is the son of Alfred University Hall of Fame quarterback Paul McDonnell.
Crye (6-1, 185) was a two-way player at Avon High School last fall, when he was named a First Team New York State Class D all-star at linebacker. As a quarterback, he was also a First Team All-Greater Rochester all-star, a Livingston County Athletic Association all-star, and the Section V Class DD Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.
Murphy (6-1, 275) was an honorable mention NYS Class AA all-star as a senior last fall. He also earned First Team All-Western New York honor, First Team All-Monsignor Martin honors; and was a Western New York Football Weekly First Team all-star.
Abernathy (5-10, 170), was an honorable mention New York State AA all-star and Third Team All-Western New York selection in 2012. He was also a Western New York Football Weekly First Team all-star.
Delgado (6-3, 220) was a New York State First Team Class D all-star as a linebacker last season at Chester High School, where he also played tight end.
Dorsainville (6-1, 240) was an honorable mention NYS Class AA all-star defensive lineman in 2012. He also earned Section I all-star honors and was named a league and county all-star as well.
Riccio (5-8, 170) is a two-time all-state Class C quarterback at Woodlands High School (Hartsdale, NY), earning Third Team honors in 2012 and honorable mention in 2011. He was also a Section I all-star and all-league performer in 2011 and 2012.
Myler (5-10, 175) was a First Team Michigan state all-star as a senior in 2012 and was a member of the Sacred Heart team that won a state championship in 2010.
Other top recruits to the Saxons include:
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