Sacred Heart University head football coach Mark Nofri announced 19 commitments to the Pioneers Class of 2020 on National Signing Day. SHU Football added to the roster the following: Chris Agyemang (Billerica, Mass.), Drew Casey (Lake Orion, Mich.), Eddie Cuddahy (Leominster, Mass.), Juwan Dolbrice (Linden, N.J.), Brian Fraga (Essex, Mass.), Kieran Glynn (Miller Place, N.Y.), Chris Hayes (Brick, N.J.), Jordan Keefe (Brick, N.J.), Alton Lacks (Owings Mills, Md.), Imamu Mayfield (Freehold, N.J.), John Phelan (Bridgewater, N.J.), Shawn Ramcheran (Matawan, N.J.), Billy Ritchey (Langhorne, Pa.), Aliem Shaw (Cliffwood, N.J.), Josh Sokol (Hopkinton, Mass.), Johnathan Spencer (Virginia Beach, Va.), Michael Stapert (East Brunswick, N.J.), Aaron Thompson (Englewood, N.J.) and Zack Tripodi (New Fairfield, Conn.).
The Pioneers added four additional student-athletes to the signing class on Thursday. Nick DeMoura (Cheshire, Conn.), Ben Pryor (Bristol, Conn.) Alex Roman (Frenchtown, N.J.), and Mike Wilen (Colts Neck, N.J.)
"I am extremely happy with the student-athletes that have committed to play for our program," said Nofri. "My staff has done a tremendous job this year finding the best student-athletes that fit what we do on the field and in the classroom."
Agyemang, a 6-foot-4, 240 pound defensive lineman was named the Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today at Proctor Academy. He made 81 tackles, eight for a loss, with an interception in eight games to earn First-Team All-New England honors.
Casey is a 6-foot, 190 pound safety that served as team captain at Lake Orion High School in 2015. He earned Central Mass All-Star honors as a senior, while serving as team captain.
Cuddahy, a 6-foot-4, 260 pound offensive lineman is finishing his scholastic career at Leominster High School. He served as team captain as a senior and earned four varsity letters.
DeMoura is a 6-foot-1, 240 pound defensive lineman that played at Cheshire Academy in 2015.
Dolbrice is a 6-foot-0, 190 pound corner that helped lead The Peddie School to a state crown. He earned Second-Team All-State, First-Team All-MADL as he accrued 1,500 all-purpose yards.
Fraga is a 6-foot-6, 300 pound offensive lineman that comes to SHU from Governors Academy, where he earned All-ISL accolades. An All-New England selection on the field, he was honored by the Boston Globe with All-Scholastic recognition.
Glynn is a 6-foot-3, 295 pound offensive lineman at Miller Place High School. He was a team captain as a senior, earning All-State honors.
Hayes, a 6-foot-1, 240 pounds defensive lineman led Brick Memorial to the state finals with 11 sacks as a senior. He was named to the USA National Football Team, earned First-Team All-Division and Third-Team All-Shore.
Keefe is a 6-foot-3, 235 pound defensive lineman from Brick Township High School, where he played on back-to-back Class 'A' South Championships. He was named Second-Team All-Shore as a senior, finishing the campaign with 85 tackles and 17.5 sacks.
Lacks, a 6-foot-1, 260 pound defensive lineman, played on two state championship teams at McDonogh School. During a four-year varsity career he was a two-year captain and a First-Team All-Conference selection.
Mayfield is a 5-foot-8, 205 pound running back, that led The Hun School to a 2015 Prep 'A' State Title and the 2014 Central Jersey Group 5 State crown. He twice earned team MVP honors and picked up Third-Team All-State accolades as a senior.
Phelan, a 6-foot-2, 200 pound quarterback, threw for 3,940 yards in two seasons at Immaculata High School, finishing second in school history in touchdowns. He led the team to back-to-back state semifinal appearances, earned First-Team All-League and was team captain in 2015.
Pryor is a 6-foot 190 pound wide reciever that played at St. Paul Catholic in 2015. He made 139 catches for 1,622 yards and scored 28 touchdowns.
Ramcheran, is a 5-foot-10, 170 pound corner from Matawan Aberdeen Regional. He led the squad to the 2014 state championship, earning MVP accolades in the title game.
Ritchey, a 6-foot-3, 240 pound tight end was a two-time All-League selection at Neshaminy High School. Over his four-year varsity career, he led the team to a District One Championship, earned All-Southeastern Pennsylvania and First-Team All-Bucks County.
Roman, a 5-foot-11, 210 pound linebacker, served as team captain at Notre Dame High School, earning MVP honors and First-Team All-Mercer County. He accumulated 117 tackles and rushed for 1,100 yards.
Shaw is a 6-foot, 200 pound linebacker that earned Second-Team All-State in 2014 as he led Matawan Regional High School, to the state championship. He was one of the top-five linebackers in the state and twice was named All-Division defensively.
Sokol is a 6-foot-3, 275 pound offensive lineman that is attending Hopkinton High School. He was named All-League Lineman MVP and was a two-time TVL All-Star.
Spencer is a 5-foot-11, 165 pound corner back from Middle Creek High School, where he was an East Coast All-State selection and First-Team All-Conference receiver. During his career he earned MVP, Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year accolades
Stapert, a 6-foot-5, 190 pounds wide receiver, was named offensive MVP at St. John Vianney High School. He made 31 catches for 883 yards and 1 touchdowns on his way to earning Non-Public All-State honors.
Thompson is a 6-foot-3, 200 pound safety that earned two state championships at Paramus Catholic High School. As a senior he finished with 67 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Tripodi, is a 5-foot-10, 195 pound running back that attends New Fairfield High School. He carried the ball 335 times in 13 games as a senior, accumulating 2,191 yards and scoring 26 times on the ground.
Wilen, a 6-foot-1, 210 pound linebacker won a state championship at Red Bank Catholic. He earned All-Division Defensive player honors as a senior.
"We have some great football players committed to be Pioneers for the next four years," Nofri concluded, "but most importantly I think we have outstanding young men enrolling to SHU and they will fit in perfectly to the University and its mission."
SHU football has gone 25-11 in the three seasons that Nofri has been head coach since removing the interim tag. The Pioneers captured the 2013 and 2014 NEC crowns, finishing the 2014 season ranked in the top-25 in the nation in both the coaches and media poll.