MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2001
Football Announces 2001 Recruiting Class
April 23, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU head football coach Steve Gilbert has announced the signing of 17 players during the spring signing period. The Dolphins begin their fourth season of competition this fall with an experienced team which features 24 seniors and returns 20 starters from a year ago.
The offensive line was the main focus for the Dolphins this spring, as JU signed 10 offensive players, including four linemen, four running backs, a tight end and a wide receiver. Highlighting this year's class of signees is wide receiver Tristan Parvatikar (Orange Park, Fla.) from Ridgview High School. The 6-foot, 170-pound wideout was a third-team all-state selection after recording 46 receptions and seven touchdowns as a senior. JU also signed Matthew Kappelmann (Jacksonville, Fla.), a 6-foot-1, 250-pound offensive lineman from Bishop Kenny High School and David Henriott (St. Petersburg, Fla.), a 6-foot-2, 275-pound offensive tackle who earned second-team all-state honors last season at St. Petersburg High School.
"Our focus is more concentrated on fitting specific needs now that we have an established program," said Gilbert, who has guided the Dolphin football program since its inception in 1997. "We are able to key our attention on specific areas throughout the entire recruiting process."
The Dolphins have signed seven players on the defensive side of the ball. Roberts Edwards (Plantation, Fla.), a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defensive end from St. Thomas Aquinas High School was an all-county selection last year and will provide depth on the D-Line for JU, which ranked 13th in the country last season with 32 turnovers gained. Other defensive signees include Chris Fairchild (Dunedin, Fla.), a 6-foot, 215-pound all-state linebacker from Dunedin High School and Robert Stalvey (Melbourne, Fla.), a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker who earned second-team All-Space Coast honors as a senior for Melbourne Catholic High School.
The Dolphins hope to sign 10-15 more players by the end of July as they prepare for their first season in the Pioneer Football League.