By Harry Allison

Villanova head coach Andy Talley, who is retiring after the 2016 season, announced his 2016 recruiting class with the signing of 17 scholastic athletes to National Letters of Intent.

In choosing to come to Villanova, the group of 17 signees will join a program that has experienced a great deal of recent success. Over the last eight seasons (2008-15), the Wildcats have tallied an overall record of 66-35 (.653) and have made five playoff appearances during that stretch. The program’s postseason success over the last eight seasons includes winning the 2009 national championship and advancing to at least the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs on two other occasions. Villanova has also had a total of 87 All-CAA Football selections and nine major conference award winners since 2008.

Below are capsules of each of the Villanova Football signees.

Name Position Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
Nanakofi Appiah OL 6-7 255 Bowie, Md. CH Flowers
Nowoola Awopetu DB 5-11 185 Staten Island, N.Y. Port Richmond
Justin Covington RB 5-11 205 Bronx, N.Y. Cardinal Hayes
MJ Dumas OL 6-5 319 Indianapolis, Ind. Lawrence North
Peter Fallon OL 6-3 285 Milford, Mass. Millis
Paul Grattan OL 6-3 295 Pittsburgh, Pa. Mt. Lebanon
Changa Hodge WR 6-1 178 East Stroudsburg, Pa. East Stroudsburg South
Keeling Hunter LB 6-1 220 Franklin, Tenn. Franklin Road Academy/Peddie School (N.J.)
Zac Kerxton WR 6-0 180 Haymarket, Va. Battlefield
Patrick Lawler OL 6-7 270 Milton, Mass. Thayer Academy
Josh McGrigg WR 5-10 175 Alexandria, Va. Mt. Vernon
Jack Schetelich QB 6-2 185 Cranford, N.J. Cranford
Aaron Seigle DL 6-3 280 Harrisburg, Pa. Susquehanna Township
Korey Stevens DB 5-11 175 Columbia, Md. Gilman School
Todd Summers TE 6-6 220 Murrysville, Pa. Franklin Regional
Terrell Vassel DB 6-1 190 East Orange, N.J. DePaul Catholic
Jeff Wiley DL 6-4 245 Pennington, N.J. Hopewell Valley


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