Stony Brook football coach Chuck Priore on Wednesday announced a 14-man recruiting class that includes two quarterbacks, two transfers from Boston College who should make an impact on offense and an influx of defensive help for the pass rush and at linebacker.
Junior Ben Holmes arrives with two years experience as the starting quarterback at Nassau CC. “He threw for a lot of yards and had success running the football,” Priore said. “His experience will blend in well with our returning quarterbacks.”
Freshman Tyquell Fields led Stepinac to the 2015 CHSFL Class AAA title, and he was named offensive player of the year. “He brings great athleticism to the quarterback position,” Priore said. “He’s a prolific thrower who has the ability to change field position with his legs.”
The transfers from BC include sophomore running back Jordan Gowins, who played high school football for St. Anthony’s and won the Hansen Award as the top player in Suffolk in 2013, and 5-6 junior wide receiver Sherman Alston Jr., who also is a punt and kickoff returner. Two other offensive recruits are linemen Anthony Catapano of Carey High, who won the Martone Award as Nassau’s top lineman, and Ian McLean of St. Augustine, Florida.
On the defensive side, the Seawolves added two athletic 6-4 linebackers in Tyrek Graham of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Elijah Finneran of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, along with cornerbacks Terrell Morrison, who played with Fields at Stepinac and was named LoHud player of the year, and Augie Contessa of Commack.
A group of four defensive linemen includes Tahriq Gordon of Brooklyn’s Nazareth High; Sam Kamara of Carteret, New Jersey; Peterson Octavien of Naples, Florida, and Jordan Scarbrough of Pittsburgh, who sat out his senior high school season with an injury but was ranked a Top 20 player in Western Pennsylvania as a junior.