Spiders announce signing class

University of Richmond head football coach Danny Rocco announced the signing of 13 student-athletes on Wednesday.  The student-athletes submitted National Letters of Intent to play for the Spiders beginning in the 2013 season.  The 13-member signing class includes seven offensive and six defensive recruits.

The 2013 recruiting class will join a highly-talented Spider Football team that returns 17 starters from a 2012 squad that went 8-3 and earned a share of the CAA Football conference title.  The Spiders had numerous quality wins in 2012, defeating Villanova in Philadelphia, while also taking down then No. 2-ranked James Madison.  Richmond also defeated perennial CAA power Delaware at Robins Stadium and long-time rival William & Mary to claim the Capital Cup.

Head coach Danny Rocco will discuss the 2013 Richmond Football recruiting class at the Richmond Marriott West from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Coach Rocco will be joined by members of his staff and video highlights of the 2013 recruiting class will be shown.  The event, which includes light refreshments, is free and open to the public and media.  No RSVP is required.

Below are full biographies for all 13 of the Spider Football signees.

Porter Abell

Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County

Quarterback/Wide Receiver

6-0 • 185

Head Coach: Jason White

High School: Four-year letterman and three-year starter … 2012 All-State honoree … Two-time All-Region and All-District … Two-time Rockbridge County Offensive Player of the Year … Finalist for 2012 Virginia State AA, WSLS and WSET Player of the Year Awards … 2012 Region III Offensive Player of the Year … 2012 Blue Ridge District Offensive Player of the Year … Roanoke Times and Time Land 2012 Offensive Player of the Year … 2012 Rockbridge County Pete Brewbaker Award winner … Multiple-time WSET, WSLS and WDBJ Player of the Week in 2012 … 2011 Virginia Preps All-State Underclassmen Team … 2010 All-Southern Valley and Roanoke Times Sizzling Sophomore Team as a kick returner … Started two years at quarterback, helping team to 18-6 record while totaling 5,044 yards of offense … Holds Rockbridge County records for single-season rushing yards (1,813), single-season rushing touchdowns (26), single-season points scored (156), career yards per carry (7.2) and career rushing yards by a quarterback (3,193) … Also a two-year letterman and starter on the baseball team …

Personal: Son of Scott and Crissie Abell … Father, Scott, played baseball at Longwood from 1988-92 … Has a sister, Emily … National Honor Society … FCA.

Brian Brown

Richmond, Va./Hermitage

Wide Receiver

6-2 • 185

Head Coach: Patrick Kane

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com … Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Rated the 40th-best player in Virginia by ESPN … Standout at both wide receiver and defensive back … Started three seasons at wide receiver and free safety … First-Team All-State as a senior … Second-Team All-State as a junior … District Player of the Year as a defensive back in 2012 … Four-time All-Region … Four-time All-District … Two-Time All-Metro … Helped Hermitage to Central Region championships in 2010 and 2011 and a state runner-up finish in 2010 …

Personal: Son of Tammy Smith and Rodney Brown.

Brendan Coniker

Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny

Defensive Back

6-1 • 185

Head Coach: Art Walker

High School: Three-year letterman and starter … Helped North Allegheny to state championships in 2010 and 2012, four-straight WPIAL championships and a 49-2 record the last three seasons … Team was ranked fourth in the nation in Fox Sports Poll and 13th by USA Today …  Two-time All-State … Two-time All-Conference … Two-time Post Gazette Fab 22 selection … Chosen to play in 2012 East/West All-Star Pennsylvania All-Star Game … All-Big School Team … 2011 First-Team  WesternPaFootball.net … Also lettered in track for two years …

Personal: Son of Joseph and Aleli Coniker … Has two sisters, Marianna and Daniella, and two brothers, Brian and Ben.

Winston Craig

Greensboro, N.C./Lucy Ragsdale

Defensive Line

6-3 • 260

Head Coach: Thomas Norwood

High School: Three-year letterman and starter on the defensive line and at tight end … Named All-Conference and All-Area honors during his senior season, earning a spot on the All-State ballot … Team captain … Also lettered in track and wrestling, earning All-Conference honors in both … Qualified for the state finals in both shot put and discus two times, placing third in the state in the discus in 2011 … Scholar Athlete …

Personal: Son of Darren and Laura Craig … Has a brother, Bryce … Volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club.

Kieran Gregory

Germantown, Md./Quince Orchard

Defensive Line

6-3 • 210

Head Coach: Dave Mencarini

High School: Three-year letterman and starter at defensive end and tight end … Earned All-County and All-Gazette First-Team honors his senior season … Honorable Mention All-Met … Team captain … Helped Quince Orchard win three division titles, two regional titles and two state finals … Also lettered in track …

Personal: Son of Percell and Miriam Gregory … Has a brother, Kyle, and a sister, Kori … Volunteered at his church's Bible school … Honor Roll.

Jeremiah Hamlin

Jacksonville, Fla./University Christian

Running Back

6-0 • 221

Head Coach: David Penland

High School: Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Four-year letterman and starter … Helped University Christian to 14-1 record and state championship during his senior season, earning MVP honors in state title game … Second-Team All-State … First-Team All-Region … AA Elite Team … Helped team reach playoffs for first time in six years during junior season … Three-year letterman and starter in basketball … Also lettered in track …

Personal: Son of Felicia Williams … Honor Roll.

Nick Holloway

Apex, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons

Tight End

6-6 • 235

Head Coach: Steven Wright

High School: Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Two-year letterman and starter … Began playing during junior year of high school … Second-Team All-Conference in 2012 … Team captain … Helped lead Cardinal Gibbons to 20-0 conference record and to back-to-back eighth place finishes in the North Carolina 3A playoffs … Four-year letterman and three-year starter in basketball … Team captain … Earned all-conference honors in 2011 …

Personal: Son of Brett and Holly Holloway … Father, Brett, played football at Eastern Kentucky from 1988-92 … Has a sister, Emily … Academic All-Conference … Volunteered at Habitat for Humanity.

Patrick Kliebert

New Orleans, La./Archbishop Rummel

Offensive Line

6-8 • 320

Head Coach: Jay Roth

High School: Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Two-year letterman and starter … Helped Archbishop Rummel win the 5A state championship his senior season, posting a 14-0 record … During his junior season, team went 12-2 on the season, making the state quarterfinals …

Personal: Son of Vernon and Beth Kliebert … Has a brother, Christopher … LHSAA Football Academic All-State … Honor Roll … Vice President of his class both junior and senior year … Also involved with his church.

Kyle Lauletta

Exton, Pa./Downingtown East


6-3 • 200

Head Coach: Michael Matta

High School: Two-year letterman and starter … Two-time All-Chesmont League and All-Southeastern PA League … 2012 Maxwell Award winner … League MVP in 2012 … Team captain helped lead team to pair of Chesmont League titles and 19-2 record … Starting at quarterback, totaled 5,243 total yards and 64 total touchdowns in two seasons …

Personal: Son of Joe and Kim Lauletta … Has two brothers, Trey and Bryce, and one sister, Brooke … Father, Joe, played football at the Naval Academy from 1983-86 … Uncle, Lex Lauletta, also played football at the Naval Academy from 1977-80 … Uncle, Lance Lauletta, played lacrosse at Bucknell from 1976-79 … Grandfather, Joe Lauletta, played football and basketball at Delaware from 1953-56 … National Honor Society … Honor Roll … Special Olympics volunteer … Co-founder of Pass It On Program which donated new and gently used sports equipment to the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia.

Hardy Lester

Wytheville, Va./George Wythe

Tight End

6-5 • 220

Head Coach: H.S. Ingo

High School: Lettered and started all four years … 2011 All-State selection … Group A Div. I Defensive Player of the Year … Three-time First-Team All-Region honoree … Three-time First-Team All-District selection … Three-year captain … Helped lead George Wythe to state championship in 2012 and four district titles … Also lettered in basketball, earning all-district and all-region honors …

Personal: Son of Steve and Lisa Lester … Father, Steve, played football for the University of Richmond from 1981-84 … Has a brother, Drew … National Honor Society … Honor Roll all four years … Volunteers with Relay for Life.

Charles Mack

Lithonia, Ga./Wesleyan School

Defensive Back

6-2 • 190

Head Coach: Franklin Pridgen

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com … Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Three-year letterman … All-County honoree … Totaled 81 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and six pass breakups during senior season … Team captain … Helped lead Wesleyan School to state semifinals in 2010 and quarterfinals in 2011 … Also lettered in basketball and track …

Personal: Son of Charles and Audria Mack … Father, Charles, played football at Georgia Tech from 1983-87 … Cousin, Jimmy Coleman, played football at Tulane … Has one brother, Jordan … Merit List.

Tafon Mainsah

Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic

Defensive Back

5-9 • 185

Head Coach: Jim Oddo

High School: Two-year letterman and starter … 2012 All-Mega 7 Conference selection … Also named Second-Team All-Meck … Totaled 35 tackles, 5 TFL and four interceptions during his senior season … Also returned 3 punt returns for touchdowns … Helped lead Charlotte Catholic to back-to-back Mega 7 Conference titles, reaching the state championship game in 2012 …

Personal: Son of Steve Mainsah and Lillian Ngong … Has a sister, Kristal … Honor Roll.

Brandon Waller

Ardmore, Pa./Haverford


6-3 • 234

Head Coach: Joseph Gallagher

High School: Three-year letterman and starter … Named Top Defensive Prospect in 2012 by the Philadelphia Inquirer … Also lettered in track, earning medalist honors at state in the javelin as well as All-Conference honors …

Personal: Son of Scott and Karin Waller … Has a sister, Briana … Helped run the children's program at Hope Chapel … Honor Roll.

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