NCF On The Trail: Monmouth Hawks

Evan Butts gets Virginia offer, commits

June, 24, 2013
Tight end/defensive end Evan Butts (Newtown Square, Pa./Episcopal Academy) received a scholarship offer Saturday while attending a Cavaliers camp and is now on board with Virginia, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"I immediately had the sense that Virginia was the right place for me," the 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect said. "I'm beyond excited about it."

Boston College was also high on Butts' list. Army, Bucknell, Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Massachusetts, Monmouth, Navy, Ohio, Rutgers, South Florida and Temple were his other scholarship offers.

Virginia has eight commitments.

Jayhawks nab Jersey receiver 

December, 14, 2012
High three-star wide receiver Ishmael Hyman (Holmdel, N.J./St. John Vianney) committed Friday to play in the Big 12 for head coach Charlie Weis and Kansas, multiple sources report.

Hyman, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior, made an official visit to campus last weekend. He was recruited by Kansas assistant Rob Ianello.

Boston College, UMass, Rutgers, Syracuse, Bowling Green, Temple, Villanova, James Madison, Old Dominion, Buffalo, Monmouth and Purdue were his other scholarship offers. Programs such as Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Penn State showed interest.

WR DuBois Ross picks Buffalo 

September, 14, 2012
The Bulls have landed a 2013 verbal from pass-catcher DuBois Ross (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), reports.

Holy Cross, Massachusetts, Monmouth and Yale also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot, 178-pound prospect while programs such as Cincinnati, Syracuse and Temple showed interest.

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According to, Maryland extended a scholarship offer Friday to Elvis Dennah (Annapolis, Ind./Area Christian) and the 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect quickly committed to the Terps.

Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina, Monmouth and New Hampshire were some of the other programs recruiting the tall safety.

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Temple has received a commitment from defensive lineman Nikolaus D'Avanzo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley), according to

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound D'Avanzo also collected scholarship offers from Hampton, James Madison, Massachusetts, Monmouth and Old Dominion. Maryland and Rutgers recruited the rising senior.

D'Avanzo posted an electronically-timed 5.00 40-yard dash, 4.68 20-yard shuttle, 25.3-inch vertical and 68.43 SPARQ on the Nike Combine circuit this spring.

Temple has five verbals.

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Outside linebacker Ethan Gambale (Abescon, N.J./Holy Spirit) has verbally committed to Monmouth, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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New Jersey TE accepts offer 

October, 19, 2011
Senior tight end Zach Fabel (Absecon, N.J./Holy Spirit), 6-foot-2, 230-pounds, has committed to sign with Monmouth, the Star-Ledger reports.

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