Villanova's 2012 football recruits

Posted: February 02, 2012

Villanova had a sizable recruiting class in a few ways. The Wildcats signed 18 players, including plenty of height and heft.

Among the recruits are four offensive linemen and two defensive linemen. The Wildcats didn't bring in any quarterbacks, with three on the roster - two sophomores and a redshirt freshman for next year.

The four offensive linemen are Nico D'Angelo (6-feet-4, 270 pounds) of Holy Spirit in Absecon; Woodstown's Jake Prus (6-6, 260), Bradley Seaton (6-8, 280) of Brunswick High in New York, and Jonathan Green (6-2, 295) of North Schuylkill.

On the defensive line are Tanoh Ktassagnon (6-7, 245) of Wissahickon, and Patrick McGown (6-5, 230) of Sierra Canyon in California.

Besides the linemen, the other strength of the class is at linebacker.

Coach Andy Talley's Wildcats recruited four linebackers, including two highly touted area players, Corey Majors (6-1, 230), who spent last season in prep school at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts after an outstanding career at Neshaminy, and West Chester Henderson's T.J. White (6-2, 225), who has deep roots in the program.

White's father, Ted, played for Talley as a defensive lineman and is a former Villanova captain.

"He is very athletic, and one of the things you like about T.J. is his versatility," Talley said.

The same could be said of Majors, who was an Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania choice as a senior before playing at prep school.

"Corey was a Big 33 player at Neshaminy and he has gotten stronger this past season and we're excited to have him," Talley said.

The other linebackers are from Connecticut: Austin Calitro (6-2, 220) of Danbury High, and Don Cherry (6-2, 230) of Trumbull.

Eleven freshmen saw starting time last season, Talley said, so there won't be quite as much need for this class to make an immediate impact.

"This group has a little more time to develop because we return 21 of 22 starters, but we were thin at the linebacker spot and we can see some of these linebackers stepping in and helping us," Talley said.

Among the linemen, he cites Holy Spirit's D'Angelo, a starter on consecutive state title teams.

"He's a candidate to be a factor early," Talley said.

Talley, whose team won the Football Championship Subdivision title in 2009 and was a semifinalist in 2010, said he was highly pleased with this latest class.

"It is a talented group that showed a lot of maturity in the recruiting process," Talley said. "Once we get them adjusted, it could be one of the better classes we recruited."


Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at mnarducci@phillynews.com, 856-779-3225, or @sjnard on Twitter

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