Monday, August 18, 2014

Arizona Names Recruiting Class

Fullback Tyler Sousley
Press Release

The University of Arizona is proud to announce its 2014 recruiting class with Head Coach Sean Duffy casting a wide net to bring some of the best Rugby talent in the world to Tucson, Arizona. This 21-player class marks the largest in program history, fresh off their 2014 Runner Up finish at National Championships this past Spring and opening of their brand new Rugby stadium on campus named after the late Dave Sitton.
This year’s recruiting class includes players from nine different states domestically, with student-athletes from three foreign countries joining the Wildcats. Headlining the group are players from two professional academies, with Flyhalf Ben Crossley (Saracens Academy) and Center JJ Fanucci (Stellenbosch Academy) teaming up with players from outstanding American programs like Flankers Jake Rice and Bobby Chiovitti (Sacramento Jesuit) and Lock Sean Coleman (Xavier High School).

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The group includes two High School All Americans in Fullback/Wing Tyler Sousley (Penn HS) and Scrumhalf Jonah Eldridge (CK McClatchy HS), along with two Stars & Stripes Selectees in Number Eight Camden McGregor (Colorado Grizzlies) and Prop Mason Pedersen (Belmont Shore).
Coach Duffy pointed to the success on the field this past year and the embrace by the university community as key reasons for the recruiting success in his first year at the helm. “Our on-field success this past year was our biggest recruitment tool,” said Coach Duffy, “which was further assisted by our ability to work closely with admissions to help bring the best Rugby talent in the world to Tucson. The sky is the limit for this group and our program and I can’t wait to get started.”

2014 Recruiting Class:
Ross Burke- Number Eight- New York Rugby Club (NY)
Bobby Chiovitti- Flanker- Sacramento Jesuit (CA)
Sean Coleman- Lock- Xavier High School (NY)
Ben Crossley- Flyhalf- Saracens Academy (UK)
Shane Dempsey- Fullback- Salve Regina University (NH)
Tanner Dolby- Center/Wing- Granite Bay Rugby Club (CA)
Jonah Eldridge- Scrumhalf- CK McClatchy High School (CA)
JJ Fanucci- Center- Stellenbosch Academy (SA)
Ben Joseph- Center- Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (MD)
Alec Kelly-Jones- Lock/Flanker- Sutton Valence School (UK)
Will Kelly-Jones- Lock/Flanker- Sutton Valence School (UK)
Billy Lopez- Flyhalf/Scrumhalf- Belmont Shore Rugby Club (CA)
John Lowe- Hooker/Prop- Kings College (NZ)
Doug Neary- Center- Mount Saint Joseph’s High School (MD)
Camden McGregor- Number Eight- Colorado Grizzlies Rugby Club (CO)
Mason Pedersen- Prop- Belmont Shore Rugby Club (CA)
Bill Petti- Hooker- Darien High School (CT)
Jake Rice- Flanker- Sacramento Jesuit High School (CA)
Tyler Sousley- Fullback/Wing- Penn High School (IN)
Dante Weeks- Wing- Granite Bay Rugby Club (CA)
Dacoda Worth- Center- Scottsdale Blues Rugby Club (AZ)


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