CASTLETON, Vt. – The commitments continue to roll in for the Castleton football program, as head coach Tony Volpone announced 10 more newcomers for the incoming Class of 2023 Friday.
The group features five players from New York, two from New Hampshire, and one each from Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine.
Nate Warrington, a linebacker from Corinth, N.Y., was a team captain, a two-time Section 2 All-Star and the Capital Region Scholar Athlete in 2018. He recorded more than 100 tackles in a season twice in his career for Corinth, and was named the Corinth High School Athlete of the Year.
Coach Volpone: "Nate has a great upside. We really like the way he runs and pursues the football. He has a great build for our field side linebacker positions. Once he commits himself to the weight room he will be a complete player and he has a great future here."
David Fletcher, an offensive lineman from Valley Stream, N.Y., was a two-way starter for Valley Stream South. He has received praise for his hard work and leadership, and was a New York State Honor Society Member in the classroom.
Coach Volpone: "David is an offensive lineman that did a lot of similar things in high school that we are going to ask of him here. He moves well for an offensive lineman and that lends himself to pulling and trapping well in our offense."
Colby Mason, a defensive lineman from Milton, Vt., stays in state after earning Second Team All-State accolades as a defensive lineman at Milton High School. A North/South Bowl Game selection, Mason was also a captain for the Yellowjackets.
Coach Volpone: "Colby is an in state product that has a very high ceiling. He comes with a great frame for the DL position and runs well for his size. He comes from a well-established program in the state of Vermont and we look forward to him having a great career."
Caleb Graves, a linebacker from Hadley, Mass., was a team captain, First Team All-Star selection and was named Second Team All-Western Massachusetts as a senior. He will provide versatility for the Spartans in the front seven, having played multiple spots on the line and as a linebacker.
Coach Volpone: "Caleb is a playmaker at the LB spot. He can make a multitude of plays on any play. He stripped the ball from the ball carrier in full stride and then brought it back for a touchdown all in one motion. We really like his combination of size and speed and think he has a bright future."
Jacob Gonzalez, a defensive lineman from Mechanicville, N.Y., that brings a host of accolades to Castleton. He was a team captain, a First Team Central Division honoree, a Section 2 All-Star and earned his team's Mr. Red Raider award. He was also the team's "One Award" winner.
Coach Volpone: "We really like Jacob's first step and overall take off as a defensive lineman which is crucial for the position. He has the size and ability to hold his own at the line of scrimmage. He will bring some much needed help at the defensive line corp."
Isaiah Forrest, an offensive lineman from Claremont, N.H., was a four-year starter for Stevens. He was a key contributor to Stevens' success in his time, winning 27 games in his time with the Cardinals.
Coach Volpone: "Isaiah comes from a very successful New Hampshire program that turns out tough players. His high school program has players that can run block. He had a very successful high school career and we look forward to adding him to our offensive line."
Tim Santaw, a wide receiver from Swanzey, N.H., was a three-year starter for Monadnock, the 2018 Monadnock Offensive Player of the Year, a two-time First Team All-State selection and was a member of the 2018 New Hampshire State Championship team. He was selected to the 2019 New Hampshire East-West High School All-Star Game following his senior season.
Coach Volpone: "Tim is very versatile and athletic while having some pretty good size. He was a great leader for his high school team and helped them achieve great success. With his size and athleticism he could be a tough match up for some defenses. We look forward to working with him as a Spartan."
Marlon Laing, a running back from Selkirk, N.Y., was a three-year starter for his team at Ravena Coeymans Slkirk, an was twice named his team's Offensive MVP. He was also named a Section 2 Class B First Team Running Back in 2017.
Coach Volpone: "Marlon is a very impressive player and also young man. He is a very smooth runner that makes big plays look easy. He is also a threat catching the ball from the running back position. He has the ability to make a big play anytime he touches the ball."
Immanuel Pettengill, a defensive lineman form Wallagrass, Maine, was a team captain for Fort Kent Community High School and was twice named Lineman of the Year in addition to earning his team's MVP honors. He has received praise from his high school coach for his dedication to the game and for his leadership abilities.
Coach Volpone: "Manny is a passionate player that we look forward to working with. He will be a great addition to our offensive line corps and should breed some more competition within it."
Hunter Tarbania, a linebacker form Stittville, N.Y., was a team captain for Holland Patent, a Section 3 Champion and was named First Team All-Section 3.
Coach Volpone: "Hunter is a highly recommended player to our program. He can dissect plays and then get himself in the right position to make a big play. He can get off blocks and can tackle well in open space. We look forward to his future here."