CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University football head coach Tony Volpone has announced the newest wave of recruits for the program's incoming Class of 2023.
The group features four incoming freshman from New York, three from Connecticut, two from Vermont and one from Pennsylvania.
Dawson Pierson, a defensive back from Warminster, Pa., will come to Castleton in the fall with a hard-nosed, old-school style of play, according to his high school coach Rich Clemens. He is also a factor in the special teams unit, earning the Special Teams Player of the Year award in 2017.
Coach Volpone: "Dawson plays the game with controlled violence. He can come up and support the run quite aggressively, he demonstrates high football IQ and can cover ground quickly. He is going to be a great addition to our defensive backfield and can help in the area of special teams."
Robert Guerin, a defensive lineman from Thomaston, Conn., brings All-Brass Division accolades on both sides of the ball to the Spartans, as well as winning the Lee Award for being the top senior lineman. He was also a two-time captain for Sacred Heart High School.
Coach Volpone: "Robbie is someone we have been recruiting for some time. He has a great first step in his takeoff, which is so important as a defensive lineman. His motor is very evident as he runs a lot of plays down from the backside and he also has the ability to get off blocks at the line of scrimmage and make a lot of zero-gain plays. Our defensive line depth just got better with the addition of Robbie."
Michael McGrath, a tight end from New City, N.Y., joins the Spartans after earning Section 1 Class B All-State recognition, and provides versatility and athleticism on the field. A team captain for Albertus Magnus, McGrath is known as a team player who can play any position asked of him.
Coach Volpone: "Michael gives us a lot of versatility as he has played a lot of positions on the football field. He can make plays in a number of different areas due to his athleticism, and also brings a lot of value in the area of special teams as he can long snap for the punt game. Michael will be a very welcomed addition to the team."
Tyler Beauregard, a quarterback from Watervliet, N.Y., was named a Section 2 Class C Second Team All-Star for Watervliet High School in addition to being a team captain. He was dubbed by his high school coach, Brian Hoefer, as "a hard-working individual who pushes himself to improve daily."
Coach Volpone: "Tyler is a big physical QB who has a strong arm and can make plays happen with his feet when the pocket breaks down. He throws well on the run also and is a definite threat in the QB run game with his size and toughness."
Lestyn Williams, a running back from Plattsburgh, N.Y., makes the trip south to join the Spartans after hauling in First Team Section VII honors as a running back in addition to his team's Offensive MVP award. A captain of his high school squad, Williams is a versatile player who carried the offense his senior year.
Coach Volpone: "Lestyn is a great all-around athlete. He brings value to both sides of the ball. He is a running back that runs hard and low and is a linebacker on defense that can see windows and take them to create negative or no gain plays for the defense."
Matt Judson, a defensive lineman from Waterbury, Conn., earned All-Brass Division accolades as a defensive lineman in 2018 and was also honored with the Lee Award for his outstanding play as a lineman.
Coach Volpone: "Matt is a very strong player off the edge that can play the run and rush the passer very well. He will give us a legitimate pass rush off the edge and also a presence at the line of scrimmage. We are very excited about his future and high potential."
Quinten Asiedu, a linebacker from Waterbury, Conn., makes the trek north to join the Spartans' front-seven after winning the Coach's Award and All-Brass Division accolades as a linebacker. He was a team captain for Warren F. Kaynor Technical and provides versatility to play multiple positions on the field.
Coach Volpone: "Quinten is someone we have been recruiting for a while. He is a very good athlete who runs very well and can cover ground quickly. We like his ability to tackle in the open field and match speed with most opponent's skill players and his potential is exciting."
Ryan Engblom, an offensive lineman from East Islip, N.Y., was a two-year varsity starter and a key element to East Islip's 2016 Suffolk County Championship squad. Engblom provides versatility to the Spartans' offensive line as he can play at either the guard or tackle position.
Coach Volpone: "Ryan has the size that you can't coach and moves well for a big guy. What his high school career asked of him on offense will be very similar to what we ask of him. His mobility allows him to pull and trap well from both the tackle or guard spot. He comes from a great program on Long Island and he will be a great addition to our football program."
Matthew Wixson, a quarterback from Underhill, Vt., stays in the Green Mountain state after being a part of Mount Mansfield's 2018 Vermont Division 1 Championship team. Wixson is a hard worker who will join a crop of quarterbacks competing for the starting job in 2019.
Coach Volpone: "Matt is an in-state player that we have had a lot of contact with through the recruiting process. He comes from a State Championship team so he knows what it takes to play at a high level. We look forward to working with him and having him compete at our QB position."
Harrison Leombrund-Nicholson, a wide receiver from Underhill, Vt., will join his high school teammate Wixson at Castleton in the fall. A team captain, First Team All-State receiver, North-South Bowl selection and Shrine Bowl All-Star, Leombrund-Nicholson was a piece of the puzzle that led the Cougars over Rutland in the 2018 Vermont Division 1 Championship.
Coach Volpone: "Harrison is someone we are very excited about. As an in-state player he is quite accomplished and has many tools to be a successful college wide receiver. He is tall, has great body control, can go up and get the football at the high point and has some of the best hands I have seen in a while. He can be a great threat for us in the red zone."