CASTLETON, Vt. – Tony Volpone, head coach of the Castleton University football team, is excited to announce the first series of commitments of the class of 2022 to the Spartan program.
"Our first commitments are a great combination of line of scrimmage players and skill players. We have some potential immediate impact players who can play at the line of scrimmage right away on both sides of the ball based off their recruiting film. They are complemented nicely by some very versatile skilled athletes that can play well in space and some that can play a number of positions," said Volpone. "It has been a great start and we are excited about others who have just recently committed or given us a verbal commitment."
Chance Fee is a wide receiver from Spotswood High School in Spotswood, N.J., who was a third team all-conference honoree. A division all-star, he received the 2017 Borden's Baller Award for his play as a senior.
Ben Forte is a native of Rensselaer, N.Y., who played on the offensive line for Columbia High School. A team captain, Forte was a first team all-division and second team all-conference selection. He is also a four-time scholar-athlete award winner for his academic proficiency.
Tucker Gaudette was a two-year starter on the offensive line for BFA St. Albans. A resident of Georgia, Vt., he earned first team all-state honors, was selected to play in the North/South Game, and plans to participate in the Shrine Game held at Spartan Stadium in August.
Matt Hill comes from Lake Grove, N.Y, in Eastern Long Island and played on the defensive line at Sachem North High School. A three-year starter, Hill earned first team all-division honors and was picked to play in the PAL All-Star Game. He served as a team captain and received the "most outstanding lineman" award.
Ean Kearney has chosen to stay close to home, as he lives in Rutland, Vt., and attended Rutland High School. The offensive lineman was a second team all-state selection as well as a participant in the North/South Game.
Peyton Mavrides is a native of Kinderhook, N.Y., who played quarterback at Ichabod Crane High School. A team captain, Mavrides set the single game school records for most passing yards and most passing touchdowns. He is also a three-time scholar-athlete honoree.
Xavier McKenna comes to Castleton after an outstanding career as an outside linebacker for Goshen High School in Goshen, N.Y. A team captain, he was named Defensive MVP after leading the team in interceptions, forced fumbles, and defensive touchdowns.
Damon Reynolds hails from Houlton, Maine, and is slated to be an offensive lineman at Castleton after playing on both sides of the ball at Houlton High School. He started all four years, was a captain twice, and was a two-time all-conference selection as both an offensive lineman and defensive lineman. He participated in the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl.
Joe Stevens is a native of Feeding Hills, Mass., and played on the defensive line for Agawam High School. A team captain, he earned first team all-league honors twice, first team All-Western Massachusetts recognition twice, and the Big Brown Award twice.
Joe Stimpfel hails from Aquebogue, N.Y., located on Long Island, and was a three-year starter at Riverhead High School. A two-time captain, Stimpfel earned all-division honors and was named a PAL high school all-star.
Castleton University posted a 6-4 overall record in 2017 and finished third in the ECFC at 5-2, the fourth straight year the Spartans have had a winning conference record.