William and Mary signed 15 athletes to national letters of intent on Wednesday, including three quarterbacks and several athletes who played multiple positions, such as two-way lineman and placekicker Jared Templeton out of Tyrone (Pa.) Area High School and fellow Pennsylvania prep star Luke Rhodes, an all-region linebacker and a record-setting running back at Hollidaysburg Area High.
The class features five players from Virginia, including defensive lineman Jasper Coleman of Richmond's James River High and Jared Velasquez of Robinson High School in Fairfax, an all-region pick as both a defensive back and a running back.
"They're listed at one position, but the flexibility that they present is what we're looking for," said Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock, whose team is coming off an 8-4 record and its second straight playoff appearance.
William and Mary typically looks to redshirt incoming freshmen with an eye toward developing players for five full seasons, but Laycock is open to the possibility of someone earning immediate playing time.
"I don't see it right now, with the returning players that we have, but after we go through spring ball and all that, you never know," he said. "Like I told the recruits, it's kind of the best of both worlds. If there really is a need and they have the ability, we will play some freshmen, but we're not a program that has to play freshmen."
2011 Tribe signees:
Mikal Abdul-Saboor, QB, 5-10, 214, Alpharetta High School, Alpharetta, Ga.First-team all-region pick in 2010 after passing for 2,100 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for another 1,052 yards and 16 TDs. His 3,152 total yards and 35 combined TDs set school records.
Christian Brumbaugh, QB, 6-2, 191, South Fayette High School/McDonald, Pa.The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League's all-time passing leader with 7,164 career yards. Threw 72 career touchdown passes and set WPIAL single-season records with 3,726 passing yards and 52 TD passes.
Jasper Coleman, DL, 6-3, 271, James River High School, RichmondFirst-team all district and honorable mention all-region as a senior. Also the 2010 Dominion District shot put champion in indoor track.
Nick Easter, OL, 6-3, 286, Colonial Forge High School, StaffordThree-year starter earned all-region and all-district honors as a senior. Also earned all-area honors from the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star.
Zack Fetters, QB, 6-2, 195, Gaithersburg High School, Montogmery Village, Md.The 2010 Washington Post player of the year after throwing for more than 2,000 yards and rushing for more than 600 as a senior, accounting for 41 touchdowns and earning first-team all-state honors. Also had 10 interceptions as a safety.
Braxton Hicks, DE, 6-3, 215, Phillip O'Berry Academy, Charlotte, N.C.All-conference pick in 2009 and 2010 and an all-county selection as a senior. Had 19 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2010.
DeAndre Houston-Carson, DB, 6-1, 171, Massaponax High School, WoodfordAll-district first-team pick as a defensive back and a running back and all-region as a defensive back in 2010. Rushed for 1,000 yards and was school's offensive player of the year.
Anthony Johnson, WR, 6-1, 167, Mountain View High School, FredericksburgFirst-team all-district and second-team all region after totaling more than 600 receiving yards and making 10 touchdown catches as a senior. Finished his career with 2,660 yards and 27 TDs.
Andrew Jones, OL, 6-1, 270, Naples High School, Naples, Fla.Naples Daily News all-area and first-team all-district pick in 2009 and 2010. Two-year letterwinner as a thrower on the track and field team.
Keith McBride, RB, 6-0, 210, Memphis University School, Collierville, Tenn.McBride spent 2010 as a redshirt at Navy after winning back-to-back state titles as a junior and a senior, going a combined 26-0. Two-time all-county running back and the 2009 champion in the 200 meters.
Tre McBride, 6-0, 184, WR, Ola High School, McDonough, Ga.Three-year starter recorded more than 1,500 all-purpose yards as a senior. Averaged 9.8 yards per rush and more than 25 yards per catch and had 10 TD receptions in 2010.
Lou Petrocelli, OL, 6-3, 305, Old Tappan High School, Norwood, N.J.First-team all-couty selection after helping Old Tappan to the New Jersey North 1 Group 3 state championship game. Also throws the shot put and discus on the track and field team.
Luke Rhodes, LB, 6-2, 225, Hollidaysburg Area High School, Hollidaysburg, Pa.First-team all-region and second-team all-state pick in 2010. Also a running back who set school records for most points scored in a career (208) and most touchdowns (34).
Jared Templeton, DL, 6-3, 284, Tyrone Area High School, Tyrone, Pa.Four-year letterwinner was an all-state pick and the Altoona Mirror's player of the year in 2010. Helped team to 12-1 record as a senior and was an all-district selection as a defensive and an offensive lineman.
Jared Velasquez, DB, 6-0, 195, Robinson High School, FairfaxFour-year letterwinner was the Concorde District offensive and defensive player of the year as a senior and a first-team all-district pick as a defensive back, running back and kick returner. First-team all region pick as a running back and a defensive back and the 2010 Northern Region defensive player of the year.