Feb. 5, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Coming off a Patriot League championship season, Lafayette football has inked the commitments of 26 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, it was announced on Wednesday as part of National Signing Day.
The Leopards' coaching staff recruited 14 offensive players, 11 defensive players and one special teamer for the Class of 2018, the second scholarship class in the Patriot League era.
Offensively, there are four wide receivers and four offensive linemen, three tailbacks, two tight ends and one quarterback. Defensively, the Leopards brought in four linebackers and four defensive backs, two defensive ends and a safety. One long snapper also joined the squad. The offensive linemen average 6-6, 296 pounds and the defensive linemen will check in at an average of 6-4, 223.
The members of the Class of 2018 come to College Hill from 10 states, with 10 players from Pennsylvania, including four Lehigh Valley commits, three Connecticut and New Jersey, two each from California, Illinois, New York and one apiece from Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts and Michigan.
"We added size, speed and athleticism, which is what you always want to be able to say about a recruiting class," said Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani, who is coming off his fourth Patriot League title. "Our staff did an exceptional job scouring the country to find kids who meet our student-athlete mold."
Lafayette lays claim to Patriot League titles in 1992, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2013. The Leopards are coming off a 5-7 mark which featured a 4-1 mark in Patriot League play leading to a conference title and the Leopards' fourth appearance in the FCS playoffs. Lafayette garnered a pair of top 25 wins, dominating No. 5 Fordham (27-14) and No. 15 Lehigh (50-28).
On Saturday, April 12, the 2014 Leopards will see their first action in the annual Maroon-White Spring Game at Fisher Stadium. Lafayette will open the 2014 regular season on Sept. 6, traveling to Fairfield, Conn. to face Sacred Heart. The Leopards open at home a week later with Robert Morris. The regular season concludes with the 150th Meeting of college's football's most-played and longest continuous rivalry when Lafayette and Lehigh square off in Yankee Stadium on Nov. 22.