CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University football program has received more commitments for the incoming Class of 2023, as announced by head coach Tony Volpone Monday.
The newest group features four players from New York, two from Vermont, two from Connecticut and one each from New Jersey and New Hampshire.
Ben Reid, an offensive lineman from Hudson Falls, N.Y., will bring a strong leadership background and strong academics to Castleton, having been a team captain and Merit/Honor Roll Student at Hudson Falls. He was also a three-time First Team Class B North Offensive Lineman, and was an All-State Honorable Mention.
Coach Volpone: "Ben is someone that we are very excited about. He gives us a legitimate presence at the line of scrimmage right away as he is very powerful and gets movement whenever he is blocking someone in a one-on-one situation. Ben has a tremendous upside and we are thrilled to have him."
Raymond Robinson, a defensive back from Keyport, N.J., was a four-year letterwinner at Keyport, including two years as a starter. He earned Shore Sports Network Player of the Week accolades, and will bring a high motor to the Spartans defense.
Coach Volpone: "Ray is an explosive player that bring lots of value as a shut-down corner. He has the frame and length to play the ball well in the air but also has the speed to run with wide receivers. He also brings an added dimension to the special teams game as a legitimate big play returner."
Colby Johnson, a linebacker from Blossvale, N.Y., will arrive on campus in the fall after wrapping up his Camden Senior High School career as a two-time Central New York First Team All-Star, Team Most Outstanding Defensive Player and the school record holder for most tackles in a single game. He was also a New York State Scholar Athlete.
Coach Volpone: "Colby is a physical player that will play down-hill and is not afraid of contact. He compliments that nicely by having some good football IQ. He will fit nicely in the field side of our defense as he can cover ground pretty well also."
Tyler Marois, a wide receiver from Manchester, N.H., comes to Castleton from Manchester Memorial as a two-year starter for his squad. He earned the 2018 Coaches Award, and was one of the team's leaders as a senior.
Coach Volpone: "Tyler is a good sized target that runs efficient routes and has solid hands. He will be a welcomed addition to the wide receiver corp."
Ryan Delehoy, a defensive lineman from Canton, Conn., was a three-year starter for Canton, and twice earned All-Conference Honorable Mention accolades. He plays an old-school style in the trenches in addition to having experience on both sides of the line.
Coach Volpone: "Ryan is a good sized kid that will bring a presence to our defensive line unit. He moves well for a big player and uses his hands well to get off of blocks and make plays."
Saijon McIntosh, a wide receiver from Waterbury, Conn., travels north in the fall after winning Warren F. Kaynor Technical's Offensive MVP award and earning a spot as a team captain his senior year. He was a two-year varsity starter, and provides athleticism and big-play capabilities to the wide receiving corps.
Coach Volpone: "Saijon is a difference maker. Anything can happen with the ball is in hands. His combination of strength and speed are very unique for this level. He is an immediate threat any time he touches the ball as a wide receiver or returner. His potential is enormous and we look forward to working with him."
Izaya Balta, an offensive lineman from Queensbury, N.Y., will provide depth for the Spartans' blocking corps. He is noted as a dedicated player that transformed himself over his high school career for Queensbury.
Coach Volpone: "Izaya is a dedicated player to the weight room that comes from a very strong program. He is a big guy that carries himself well and can help us at the line of scrimmage. We look forward to him becoming a part of our program and working with our coaching staff."
Sterling Spoon, a linebacker form Watervliet, N.Y., comes to Castleton after earning Section 2 First Team honors as both a linebacker and an offensive lineman. He was also named an All-State Offensive Lineman and earned Watervliet's 110% Award.
Coach Volpone: "Sterling is an old school football player. He plays hard and fast. He was a very effective player on both sides of the ball in high school and we think he will bring a high level of intensity and physicality to our defense. We think he is a good addition to our interior defense and will help defend the run."
Sam White, a defensive lineman from Poultney, Vt., makes the short trip to Castleton after earning First Team All-State recognition and a spot in the annual Shrine Game. He was also a team captain and played in the Vermont North/South Bowl.
Coach Volpone: "Sam is a local product who was quite accomplished as a high school athlete. We are hoping he can give us some immediate contribution within our defensive line corp. He is an athlete and has the strength to hold his own. We are excited that he has the chance to hopefully play in front of his family."
Kristopher Carroll, a wide receiver from Brattleboro, Vt., stays in-state with the Spartans after earned First Team All-State recognition as a fullback and Second Team All-State honors as a defensive lineman. He was also a North/South Bowl and Shrine Game participant.
Coach Volpone: "Kris is an in state talent that was quite accomplished in his high school career. He has great versatility that allows him to play a number of different positions. He also has some very sought after skills in the area of special teams as a long and short snapper. We are excited he chose to stay close to home and come to Castleton."