If you’re a fan of Princeton football — and if you’re reading this, we’re guessing you are — then this probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard about the incoming Class of 2022.
A highly-touted class that started generating national buzz last summer was officially announced Tuesday by head coach Bob Surace, who shared additional thoughts on the group in the latest edition of the Original Eleven podcast, which you can listen to below.
The Class of 2022 has been ranked atop the FCS field by both HeroSports.com and 247sports.com, which is a credit to both the depth of talent throughout the class, as well as some of the highest-ranked recruits that lead the group. HeroSports.com ranked the Top 250 FCS recruits, and Princeton had 10 recruits listed among the group; the Tigers also led the FCS with four Top-25 recruits and two Top-10 recruits (#1 Brevin White and #8 Tola Banjoka).
You can listen to Surace give more detail about each player by clicking on the podcast, and you can read about the full class below.
The Princeton Football Class of 2022
|Luke Aschenbrand||OL||6-3||285||Phoenix, Az.||Pinnacle|
|Michael Azevedo||DE||6-4||250||San Diego, Calif.||Clairemont|
|Tola Banjoka||DL||6-5||245||Fort McMurray, Alberta||Episcopal|
|Zachariah Beagle||LB||6-0||235||Rockledge, Fla.||Cocoa|
|Daniel Beard||LB||6-0||190||Mobile, Ala.||St. Paul’s Episcopal|
|Carson Bobo||TE||6-5||235||Birmingham, Ala.||Oak Mountain|
|Christian Brown||DB||6-0||180||Delray Beach, Fla.||Atlantic Community|
|Kevin Bruce||LB||6-1||240||Needham, Mass.||Needham|
|Henry Byrd||OL||6-5||270||Nashville, Tenn.||Ensworth|
|Harrison Caponiti||TE||6-4||230||Rye, N.Y.||Brunswick School|
|Jack Carter||OL||6-5||270||Cornelius, N.Y.||William A. Hough|
|Dylan Classi||WR||6-1||190||Englewood Cliffs, N.J.||Bergen Catholic|
|Dawson De Iuliis||S||5-9||195||Yardley, Pa.||St. Joseph’s Prep|
|Caden Dumas||TE||6-5||225||Holden, Mass.||Choate Rosemary Hall|
|Trey Gray||RB||5-11||180||Greenville, S.C.||Wren|
|Ike Hall||LB||6-2||225||San Diego, Calif.||St. Augustine|
|Andrei Iosivas||WR||6-4||185||Honolulu, Haw.||Punahou School|
|Larkin Ison||LB||6-1||195||Augusta, Ga.||Westminster School|
|Matthew Jester||LB||6-3||230||Spring, Texas||Klein|
|Alex Kilander||DL||6-2||265||Santa Margarita, Calif.||Santa Margarita Catholic|
|Tré McMillan||RB||5-11||200||Dacula, Ga.||Dacula|
|Emmett McNamara||DL||6-6||240||Little Silver, N.J.||Red Bank Catholic|
|Uche Ndukwe||DL||6-4||230||Dedham, Mass.||Noble and Greenough|
|Preston Parsons||WR||6-5||220||Hanover, N.H.||The Hun School|
|Michael Polk||WR||6-0||180||Long Beach, Calif.||Williston Northampton|
|Ford Roberts||OL||6-4||280||Duluth, Ga.||Greater Atlanta Christian|
|Ché Rogers||CB||5-11||170||Tacoma, Wash.||Stadium|
|Connor Scaglione||OT||6-5||265||Cloister, N.J.||Northern Valley Regional|
|George Triplett||P||5-11||165||Elkins, W.V.||Elkins|
|Brevin White||QB||6-2||185||Stevenson Ranch, Calif.||Paraclete|
|Zackary Zambrano||OL||6-4||290||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||American Heritage|
OL • 6-3, 285 • Phoenix, Az.
Before Princeton — played multiple positions, including offensive tackle and guard, defensive tackle and end, and fullback … served as team captain … lettered in track & field.
Personal — born Jan. 20, 2000 … son of Bryan Aschenbrand and Tara O’Brien … has a younger brother Brent … enjoys playing chess and ping pong … undecided on course of study at Princeton.
DE • 6-4, 250 • San Diego, Calif.
Before Princeton — ranked as a 3-star DE recruit, and named the #1 defensive end in San Diego … ranked 76th among all 2018 FCS recruits by HeroSports.com … earned first-team all-league and first-team all-academic by the San Diego Union Tribune … recorded 19.5 sacks, 38 tackles for loss, 66 tackles, seven forced fumbles, six deflections, four blocked field goals and a punt block over final two seasons … two-time team captain and led Clairemont to two league titles … selected to play in the San Diego vs. Inland Empire Makasi Bowl … played end, tackle and outside linebacker … also lettered in wrestling, water polo and track & field; voted captain of wrestling team.
Personal — born June 23, 2000 … son of John and Barbara Azevedo … has an older brother Jon … enjoys drawing and digital art, spear fishing and playing video games … considering political science or history as focus at Princeton.
DL • 6-5, 245 • Fort McMurray, Alberta
Before Princeton — ranked as eighth recruit overall in all of FCS by HeroSports.com, one of four Princeton recruits inside the Top 25 … held scholarship offers from several Power 5 schools, including Georgia and Wisconsin … led team to IAC title and earned all-league honors … voted team captain … also lettered in track & field.
Personal — born March 30, 1999 … son of Funke and Tope Banjoko … has an older sibling Keji … enjoys music … plans to study economics at Princeton.
LB • 6-0, 235 • Rockledge, Fla.
Before Princeton — led Cocoa in both tackles and forced fumbles while leading team to 2017 4A state championship … team captain … recorded almost 300 tackles during career … three-time all-conference selection … recipient of the 2017 Henry O. Langston Scholar-Athlete Award … received the Excellence in English Award … posted top GPA of the football team.
Personal — born January 22, 2000 … son of Ron and Erika Beagle … has a younger brother Micah … enjoys weightlifting and lacrosse … interested in entrepreneurship and hopes to include that with economics studies at Princeton.
LB • 6-0, 190 • Mobile, Ala.
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Before Princeton — averaged more than 80 tackles per season over three seasons … scored 26 touchdowns in two years … showed versatility by playing multiple positions on both sides of the ball, including quarterback, running back, returner, linebacker, and all defensive backfield positions … led St. Paul’s Episcopal to three state titles … named local Player of the Week … voted team captain … also lettered in track and helped team to state title … recorded 100 hours of community service in high school … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — born March 20, 2000 … son of Dale and Contagra Beard … has an older brother Darrius and a younger sister Olivia … enjoys both sports and fishing … plans to study in the medical field at Princeton.
TE • 6-5, 235 • Birmingham, Ala.
Before Princeton — named a Top 250 FCS recruit by HeroSports.com … earned first-team all-county honors … led team in both receiving yards (over 900) and receiving TDs (12) … voted to the North/South Alabama All-Star Game … played quarterback early before moving to tight end as a sophomore at Oak Mountain … also lettered in basketball and track … Top-10 javelin thrower in Alabama … member of the National Honor Society Leadership Team … voted Student-Athlete of the Week.
Personal — born Feb. 7, 2000 … son of Cindy and David Bobo … has a younger brother Dylan … involved with Young Life … plans to study engineering at Princeton.
DB • 6-0, 180 • Delray Beach, Fla.
Before Princeton — earned all-county honors while playing defensive back, running back, wildcat quarterback, and receiver … led team to two state finals, as well as two regional and county titles … chosen to play in the Florida vs. Georgia All-Star Game, as well as the North vs. South Palm Beach County All-Star Game … four-year varsity member of track & field team … two-time state finalist and 2016 Athlete of the Year in track & field … nominated for Viners Scholarship and Pathfinder athletic scholarship … earned State Championship Scholar-Athlete Award.
Personal — born Sept. 21, 1999 … son of Frank and Clintia Brown … has an older sibling Cedric and a younger sibling Thriegh … family members Carlos Jenkins (Vikings/Rams) and Kerry Brown (Ottawa) played professional football … interested in history … enjoys music and workouts … considering a pre-med focus at Princeton.
LB • 6-1, 240 • Needham, Mass.
Before Princeton — earned All-Bay honors as a middle linebacker … led Needham to the state quarterfinals … selected for the All-America Bowl … voted team captain.
Personal — born Oct. 23, 1998 … son of Robert Bruce and Dawn McDermott … has a younger sister Victoria … interested in sports memorabilia and law … plans to study economics.
OL • 6-5, 270 • Nashville, Tenn.
Before Princeton — earned all-region and all-mid state honors while playing on both the offensive and defensive lines … played both guard and tackle on the offensive line … named team captain … also lettered in both lacrosse and basketball; earned all-region honors in lacrosse … three-time Nissan Student-Athlete of the Week … National Football Foundation Student-Athlete Award recipient.
Personal — born July 1, 1999 … son of William and Trudy Byrd; father played football at Vanderbilt … has an older sister Susannah … enjoys tap dance and podcasts … plans to study political science at Princeton.
TE • 6-4, 230 • Rye, N.Y.
Before Princeton — earned first-team all-league honors … selected to the Wayne Sanborn Bowl … played tight end, defensive tackle/end, and outside linebacker … lettered in both lacrosse and baseball; started on lacrosse team that won New England title and was ranked in the national Top 10 in both 2017 and 2018.
Personal — born Jan. 16, 2000 … son of Michael and Meghan Caponiti … has two older sisters Madeleine and Isabella, a younger brother Henry, and a younger sister Olivia … undecided on course of study at Princeton.
OL • 6-5, 270 • Cornelius, N.Y.
William A. Hough
Before Princeton — ranked 102nd on the list of Top 250 national FCS recruits by HeroSports.com … earned both all-state and all-conference honors while playing offensive line, defensive end, and tight end at both Davidson Day and Hough High School … led Davidson to a state championship and undefeated season … selected to the Junior All-American Combine, the Freshman All-American Game, and the Freshman NFL Prep Academy … voted two-year captain … lettered in both baseball and golf … member of the Headmaster’s List.
Personal — born July 28, 1999 … son of Calvin and Cynthia Carter … has a younger sister Bella … enjoys fishing, hunting, and playing video games … plans to study history at Princeton.
WR • 6-1, 190 • Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Before Princeton — earned first-team all-state and all-county honors … set the Bergen Catholic career record for both receptions (92) and receiving TDs (20); had 55 catches for 943 yards and 12 TDs as a senior … earned all-league, all-metro and all-nonpublic honors … led Bergen Catholic to 2017 state title and #1 ranking in New Jersey, as well as #12 national ranking … selected to the New Jersey North vs. South Game … team captain … member of the National Honor Society, the Social Studies National Honor Society, and the Math National Honor Society.
Personal — born May 18, 2000 … son of Anthony and Jeni Classi … has two older brothers, Chris and Michael … enjoys traveling, hunting and basketball … plans to study Economics at Princeton.
Dawson De Iuliis
S • 5-9, 195 • Yardley, Pa.
St. Joseph’s Prep
Before Princeton — earned first-team All-Catholic League and All-Philadelphia honors as a free/strong safety … earned second-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors … recorded six interceptions … team went 27-1 over final two years and went to two state finals, including a win in 2016 title game; 2016 squad was ranked seventh nationally … selected to the Philadelphia City All-Star Game … team captain … AP Scholar … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — born Dec. 9, 1999 … son of Kathy and Dino De Iuliis; father played college football at Middle Tennessee State … has an older brother Dillon, who played football at Colgate … has three uncles who played college football, including one at Clemson and another at Lehigh … considering studying either Economics or Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton.
TE • 6-5, 225 • Holden, Mass.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Before Princeton — earned All-New England honors as a senior … helped Choate to two straight undefeated seasons and New England championships … scored two touchdowns and earned MVP honors of Senior Day win over Worcester Academy … played multiple positions on both sides of the ball, including quarterback, wide receiver, defensive end and free safety … lettered in basketball and earned two All-New England honors, as well as a New England title … won three AAU basketball national titles.
Personal — born Jan. 1, 1999 … son of Joe and Maggie Dumas … has an older brother Talen and a younger sister Lily … grandfather played tight end at Notre Dame; uncle played quarterback at Western Michigan … enjoys basketball, music and video games … undecided on course of study at Princeton.
RB • 5-11, 180 • Greenville, S.C.
Before Princeton — ranked 104th on the list of Top 250 national FCS recruits by HeroSports.com … earned all-region, all-area and all-conference honors while playing running back and wide receiver on offense, cornerback/safety on defense, and in the return game … led Wren to 11-1 record and conference title … two-time team captain … invited to the North South Bowl … also earned all-region honors in track … West Point Leadership Award recipient … member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society.
Personal — born July 25, 2000 … son of Lavetta and Sherman Gray … enjoys working out … plans to study economics at Princeton.
LB • 6-2, 225 • San Diego, Calif.
Before Princeton — ranked 23rd on the list of Top 250 national FCS recruits by HeroSports.com, one of four Princeton recruits inside the Top 25 … earned first-team All-Western League and second-team All-CIF honors while playing outside linebacker, defensive end, and tight end … two-time All-CIF Academic Team honoree … recorded 22 sacks over final two seasons and 18 tackles for loss as a senior … led St. Augustine to one CIF division title, two league titles and two CIF finals … team captain … lettered in basketball … received first ever Admiral’s Award for outstanding work in the community and leadership among peers, by the Midway Foundation … National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Personal — born August 14, 1999 … son of Sandra and Henry Hall … has a brother Cavett … cousin Tony Jefferson plays for the Baltimore Ravens … interested in film and art, as well as investing … enjoys weightlifting, traveling, and video games … considering studying either economics or political science.
WR • 6-4, 185 • Honolulu, Haw.
Before Princeton — earned first-team all-conference honors … caught three touchdowns and named MVP of the 2017 Honor Bowl … led Punahou to the state tournament as a senior … team captain … also lettered in track and basketball … earned Most Outstanding Male Performer at track meets in both junior and senior years … National Junior Honor Society member.
Personal — born Oct. 15, 1999 … son of Mihai and Evelyn Iosivas … has a younger sibling Alexandru … enjoys songwriting, track & field, and video games … considering studying finance and geopolitics at Princeton.
LB • 6-1, 195 • Augusta, Ga.
Before Princeton — earned Augusta Chronicle all-area honors twice and all-region honors four times … led defense in tackles three years … played multiple positions on both sides of the ball all four seasons … selected GISA All-Star Game … team captain all four years … led team to playoffs … also lettered in basketball and won a state title … Augusta University African American Academic Achievement award recipient … National Honor Society and Beta Club member.
Personal — born Sept. 15, 1999 … son of Larkin Jr. and Latarsha Ison; father played football at Sewanee … has two older siblings, Kyla and Sidney … enjoys reading and writing poetry … plans to study economics at Princeton.
LB • 6-3, 230 • Spring, Texas
Before Princeton — ranked in the Top 150 on the list of Top 250 national FCS recruits by HeroSports.com … earned all-district honors as linebacker … led district in turnovers as a senior (four interceptions and three forced fumbles) … featured in several local publications: VYPE Magazine, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle … helped Klein earn a Top 100 ranking in Texas and reach the second round of the playoffs … team captain … Academic All-State and All-District honoree … Student Council elected officer … National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society member … National AP Scholar.
Personal — born August 4, 2000 … son of Ellen and Larry Jester … has two older siblings, Kimberly and Sam … both father and uncle played football at Rice … enjoys working out, watching The Office, and playing Xbox … plans to pursue a concentration in Operations Research and Financial Engineering, and then get a certificate in either biological engineering or finance.
DL • 6-2, 265 • Santa Margarita, Calif.
Santa Margarita Catholic
Before Princeton — two-time all-league honoree … recorded 125 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, six sacks and six fumble recoveries in final two years … played both defensive tackle and end, as well as offensive guard … led team to second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs … team captain … National Honor Society and California Scholastic Federation member … AP Scholar with Honor.
Personal — born Nov. 3, 1999 … son of Michael and Lori Kilander; Michael received his graduate degree from Princeton in 1993 … has an older brother Ryan and a younger brother Matthew; Ryan played football at Notre Dame from 2014-18 … enjoys reading, traveling, and speech & debate … interested in politics … plans to pursue a degree in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy.
RB • 5-11, 200 • Dacula, Ga.
Before Princeton — earned first-team all-state honors while playing running back, wide receiver, linebacker and defensive back … two-time all-county selection … named Offensive Player of the Year … All-Academic Team member … Scholar-Athlete honoree … averaged 9.8 yards per catch and led Dacula to two regional titles … selected to the All-Star Senior Bowl … team captain … reached state finals in track.
Personal — born April 11, 2000 … son of Corley and Madara McMillan … has two older siblings, Jasity and Terrell … interested in astronomy and politics … undecided on course of study at Princeton.
DL • 6-6, 240 • Little Silver, N.J.
Red Bank Catholic
Before Princeton — ranked 95th on the list of Top 250 national FCS recruits by HeroSports.com … earned all-area, all-division and all-conference honors while playing defensive end, defensive tackle, and outside linebacker … led Red Bank Catholic to playoff semifinal … selected to the All-Shore Conference Game, as well as the Phil Simms All-State Game … also lettered in basketball and volleyball … National Honor Society member.
Personal — born March 1, 1999 … son of Peter and Susan McNamara; Peter played football at Rutgers … has three older siblings: Moll, Connor, and MaryKate … enjoys weightlifting and playing the guitar … plans to study psychology at Princeton.
DL • 6-4, 230 • Dedham, Mass.
Noble and Greenough
Before Princeton — earned first-team All-Prep School (New England) and All-ISL (Independent School League) honors while playing defensive end, outside linebacker, and tackle … selected to the FBU All-American Bowl … team captain … also lettered in basketball and crew … class president … Student Life Council member.
Personal — born June 30, 1999 … son of Obiora and Laurette Ndukwe … has an older sibling Obi and a younger sibling Amarachi … plays the classical upright bass … considering studying either economics or in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy.
WR • 6-5, 220 • Hanover, N.H.
The Hun School
Before Princeton — earned all-state and all-league honors … scored 13 touchdowns in nine games as a senior … led Hun to a league title … played in the FBU national championship … also played tight end, quarterback, linebacker, and safety … also ran track and had the fastest freshman and sophomore times in New England in the 400.
Personal — born May 9, 1999 … son of David and Patricia Parsons … has an older brother Dave and a younger brother John; Dave plays lacrosse at Penn … solves Rubik’s Cube in 20 seconds … enjoys puzzles, hiking, and being in the water … plans to study either computer science or economics at Princeton.
WR • 6-0, 180 • Long Beach, Calif.
Before Princeton — led Valley Christian to the 2017 CIF Division 10 title, then did a PG year at Williston Northampton … played wide receiver, cornerback, and free safety … also lettered in track & field and set school records in the high jump (6-7), triple jump and 4×100 (10.7 average split).
Personal — born May 21, 1999 … son of Martha Garcia and Michael Polk … has a younger brother Matthew … enjoys playing the guitar, dance, and art … considering studying either economics or in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy.
OL • 6-4, 280 • Duluth, Ga.
Greater Atlanta Christian
Before Princeton — rated a Top-15 offensive lineman in Georgia … earned Regional Academic Player of the Year honors … two-time all-region honoree … named to the all-county team … won four regional titles and reached two state finals and two state semifinals; team with 51-7 over four years … team captain … named to the Gwinnett All-Star Game … played offensive tackle and all positions on the defensive line … named to the Academic All-State First Team … member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club … class president … leader of the Greater Atlanta Christian Spirit Group.
Personal — born August 10, 1999 … son of Dawn and Scott Roberts … has two older brothers, Chase and Price; Chase played football at Georgia Tech … has cousins who played football at both Georgia and Stetson … interested in history … enjoys reading and playing basketball … plans to study economics at Princeton.
CB • 5-11, 170 • Tacoma, Wash.
Before Princeton — named the Defensive Back of the Year for the Pierce County League … earned all-league honors as both a defensive back and wide receiver; also played quarterback and returned kicks … qualified for an all-star game … two-year team captain … also lettered in track … member of the National Honor Society … SPCL and PCL Academic Award recipient.
Personal — born Sept. 7, 1999 … son of Monica Wylie and Marcus Rogers … has an older brother Tyler, who played college football … enjoys movies and swimming … hoping to study in the area of sports medicine at Princeton.
OT • 6-5, 265 • Cloister, N.J.
Northern Valley Regional
Before Princeton — ranked 109th on the list of Top 250 national FCS recruits by HeroSports.com … earned first-team all-state, all-group and all-league honors while playing on both lines, as well as tight end … nominated for State Defensive Player of the Year … recorded 119 tackles and 9.5 sacks as a senior … led team to state semifinal … two-year captain for both football and track … earned 12 total varsity letters (football, basketball, track & field) … had the fifth-best discus throw in the state … two-time first-team all-county in the shot put … won sectional title in basketball … National Honor Society member … Eagle Scout … News 12 New Jersey Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Personal — born Oct. 20, 1999 … son of Ben and Pam Scaglione … has an older sister Alyssa and an older brother Bernard … extended cousin Stan Walters was a Pro Bowler for the Philadelphia Eagles … interested in music production … undecided on course of study at Princeton.
P • 5-11, 165 • Elkins, W.V.
Before Princeton — named to the Kohl’s Kicking High School All-America Team … selected to play in the 2018 Blue-Grey All-American Game in Jacksonville, Fla. … three-time all-state and all-conference honoree … named the 2017 West Virginia Special Teams Player of the Year … achieved Top-15 national ranking by three ranking services, including #2 punter by Kornblue Kicking … placed second at the 2015 National Punt Pass & Kick Championships … averaged 39.8 yards per punt in career; posted Top-10 national average in gross punting as a senior (46.0 yards) … also scored 176 career points as a kicker, including career long of 45 … team captain … National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member … student body president … raised nearly $3,000 for Kick-It For Kids Cancer charity.
Personal — born March 25, 2000 … son of Jefferson and Silvia Triplett; father played football at Navy … has two younger sisters, Sofia and Alexandra … has several family members who played college football … enjoys hunting, fishing and traveling to Spain … plans to study economics and finance at Princeton.
QB • 6-2, 185 • Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
Before Princeton — a four-star national recruit and ranked #1 on the list of Top 250 national FCS recruits by HeroSports.com, one of four Princeton recruits inside the Top 25 … fielded scholarship offers from around the nation, including reigning NCAA champion Alabama … CIF Division V Player of the Year and all-state honoree … named the Offensive Player of the Year for the all-region team by the Daily News … Gold Coast league MVP; led Paraclete to CIF Division 5 title … threw for 3,931 yards and 54 touchdowns as a senior … selected to the Polynesian All-American Bowl … team captain … Scholar-Athlete Award recipient by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.
Personal — born July 25, 1999 … son of Deron and Andrew White … has an older brother Brady and an older sister Julia; Brady plays quarterback at Memphis … interested in the business world … enjoys golf and listening to country music … considering studying either economics or psychology at Princeton.
OL • 6-4, 290 • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Before Princeton — ranked as eighth recruit overall in all of FCS by HeroSports.com, one of four Princeton recruits inside the Top 25 … first-team all-state and all-county offensive lineman who played all three positions throughout his high school career … led American Heritage to three state titles; team went undefeated his last two seasons … selected to the Blue-Grey Game … two-year team captain.
Personal — born Dec. 29, 1999 … son of Heather and Gus Zambrano; father played college football … has a younger brother Hunter … enjoys weightlifting, reading, and music … plans to study international affairs and public policy at Princeton.