Local high school football stars dot WCU’s recruiting class of 2022 – Daily Local

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WEST GOSHEN >> Over the past two decades under head coach Bill Zwaan, West Chester’s football program is at its best when it can get its playmakers into the end zone on a regular basis.

“We look at who we win and who beats us, and those are the qualified guys,” Zwaan said. “So we are focusing our recruiting in those areas.”

Zwaan and his team have devoted much of their focus and resources to finding Difference Makers, and WCU’s recruiting class of 2022 certainly looks like a group that fits the bill. With not one but two top quarterback prospects and one of the best running backs ever to come out of Chester County, the roster of newcomers has plenty of potential power.

“You look at the stats of the kids we have as a quarterback and running back and it’s just amazing,” Zwaan said.

In all, West Chester has signed 20 high schoolers, has solid commitments from two more and is adding a transfer to bolster a roster that went 6-5 last fall. And in addition to inking several ultra-promising skilled players, Zwaan and company also set out to replenish his roster with big bodies along the offensive line.

“We win when our skill kids score touchdowns,” he said. “And it helps when we have a big offensive line so our quarterbacks have time to throw it, and our runners have holes to go through.”

The Rams also added a few receivers that were high on their priority list, as well as a trio that could form the backbone of the secondary in years to come. But the headliners are undoubtedly quarterbacks Ethan Kohler and Cooper Jordan, as well as runner Dayshawn Jacobs. All three were named First Team All-States in 2021 by the Pennsylvania Football Writers Association.

“Everyone in our league was tough on those guys,” Zwaan pointed out. “So it’s great that we don’t have to play against them and they play for us.”

West Chester went to a familiar high school program – West Chester Rustin – to secure runner Dayshawn Jacobs, who just completed a senior year that included 2,741 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns – both single-season records at Ches-Mont .

“He’s so good in the hole, making that quick move that gets him past the tackler and into the next level,” Zwaan said.

At 5ft 10in and 175lbs, Jacobs is the reigning Daily Local News Player of the Year and reminds West Chester coaches of former Rustin and WCU star Rondell White.

“We’ve seen this kid break all of Rondell White’s records,” Zwaan said. “And while it’s hard to compare anyone to Delly given what he’s done for us, Dayshawn’s advantage is huge. We have visions of what we got out of Rondell.

“Delly wasn’t big, but he was tough. No (defender) ever really had good shots on him and that’s what we see with Dayshawn. He’s not big, but he does take no huge blows that can hurt you.

And when it comes to Kohler and Jordan, it’s obvious that Zwaan thinks they’re one of the best calling duos ever introduced to the program in the same class. Of Perkiomen Valley, Kohler (6-2, 195) completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,392 yards and 28 touchdowns last fall (with just four interceptions). And Jordan (5-11, 165) had 3,432 total yards while guiding Bishop Shanahan to the PIAA 4A semifinals.

“We had two great ones – honestly,” Zwaan said. “Two of the best, in our opinion, in the region, whatever the level (of university aspiration). We’re really lucky to have them – it’s just amazing. I couldn’t feel better with these two guys.

Kohler is more of a returning passer and Jordan is a real dual threat guy.

“Ethan can run the ball, but he’s more of a pocket passer. He’s got a great arm, he’s really smart,” Zwaan said.

“And looking at all that Cooper can do, it feels like a lot of things we did with AJ Long when we won the (PSAC in 2018).”

With Jacobs and Jordan, West Chester went on and got two of their top three local recruiting priorities. The third – Kennett’s Multidimensional Kalen Frazier – had WCU as a runner-up, but decided to commit to Indiana (Pennsylvania).

“We wanted to say, ‘hey, we have the three best local kids,’ and we got close,” Zwaan said.

Another focal point was targeted with the addition of six offensive linemen: Nick Bozetto (6-3, 300), DeShawn Johnson (6-4, 290), Darren Miller (6-1, 300), Jake Phillips (6-3, 280), Ethan Vargo (6-3, 305) and Giovanni Graham (6-2, 290).

“It’s a great O-line class,” Zwaan said. “With their size and their athleticism, we really feel that we have solidified our offensive line in recent years.”

According to Zwaan, last season’s starting guards Dom Carey and Nika Wright have another year of eligibility but have decided to skip one final season.

“When we were unstoppable offensively, we had a big, physical offensive line,” he said. “So we went for bigger guys and got bigger. All are now offensive linemen in our minds. A couple could slide into defense at some point.

Always on the lookout for pass-catching threats, West Chester added two promising wides who are effective for different reasons. North Penn’s Levi Carroll is a big physical guy, and Robby Longo (Springfield Delco) is a speedster.

“Levi was at the top of our board,” Zwaan reported. “He doesn’t have blazing speed, but he’s 6-foot-4, can catch the ball in the middle and score in the red zone. And he has enough speed, so I feel like he has a chance to play early.

“Robby has that quickness where he can score from 75 yards, or make a short pass and turn into a 30-yard gain.”

Top defensive prospects include safeties Maurice Beverly (6-0, 215) and Damir Williams-Bey (5-11, 180) who come from the Imhotep charter and Monsignor Bonnor from the top program, respectively. Upper Moreland cornerback Cameryn Jackson (5-11, 165) has verbally committed but has yet to officially sign his national letter of intent.

“They can all cover, but Beverly will hit you,” Zwaan said. “I think he’s a steal for us. He’s a legit I-AA (FCS) caliber player.

Another defenseman to watch is La Salle linebacker Chris Thompson (6-3, 230), who has the mentality and ability to one day become an everyday starter.

“He has a mean side to him,” Zwaan explained. “When we talked to him, we said, ‘we have to catch this kid.’ He loves playing football and we can’t wait to see what he can do here.

West Chester will open spring training on March 28 and hold their annual intra-squad spring game on April 22 at Farrell Stadium.

West Chester University Football Recruitment Class of 2022

Maurice Beverly 6-0 215 S Imhotep Philadelphia

Damien Bogsch 6-4 220 DE Marple Newtown Newtown Square

Nick Bozzetto 6-3 300 OL Monsignor Bonner Drexel Hill

Levi Carroll 6-4 185 WR North Penn Lansdale

Alex Checchia 6-5 240 TE CR South Southampton

Zack Gillen 5-9 165 WR Wilson Easton

Giovonni Graham 6-2 290 OL Imhotep Ambler

Cayden Hess 6-1 185 WR Jersey Shore Jersey Shore

Dayshawn Jacobs 5-10 175 RB WC Rustin West Chester

Deshawn Johnson 6-4 290 OL Interboro Norwood

Cooper Jordan 5-11 165 QB Bishop Shanahan Downingtown

Ethan Kohler 6-2 195 QB Perkiomen Valley Schwenksville

Robby Longo 5-11 165 WR Springfield (Delco) Springfield

Darren Miller 6-1 300 OL North Penn Lansdale

Danny Moynihan 6-4 215 OF Abington Jenkintown

Emmanuel Nukah 6-2 200 LB Conwell-Egan Levittown

Jake Phipps 6-3 280 OL Appoquinimink Middletown, Del.

Chris Thompson 6-3 230 LB La Salle Philadelphia

Ethan Vargas 6-3 305 OL Dallastown Dallastown

Marcus Williams 5-11 175 ATH Easton Easton

Damir Williams-Bey 5-11 180 S Monsignor Bonnor Philadelphia

Verbal commitments, not officially signed

Cameryn Jackson 5-11 165 CB Upper Moreland Willow Grove

Tyzeem Kinney 6-0 210S Cheltenham Ambler

Transfer

Mike Darcy 6-2 225 TE Long Island Lansdale University

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