Howell Football Commitments/Lacey Football News Release

Posted by Scott Stump –


Howell head coach Cory Davies has a host of football commitments to announce from a team that won the American Division title in the fall and reached the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV semifinals.

Senior WR/DB Rob Handy has committed to Division II Assumption College, where he joins Colts Neck quarterback Chris Chiarelli and Lacey defensive lineman Mike Stuppiello in the incoming recruiting class. Also as previously reported, senior WR Phil Adamo, an All-Shore Media first-teamer who set several school records, is headed to Monmouth University.

Senior quarterback Jimmy Ryan, who set multiple school records this season, led the Shore Conference in passing yards and was an All Shore Media first-team selection, is headed to Montclair State along with senior WR/DB Johnny Bukowiec.

Senior RB/WR/DB Will Hayes is headed to Milford Academy, a well-regarded prep school that has sent numerous players on to Division I programs. Former Howell star Ryan McGuinness did a post-grad year at Milford and has since gone on to a great career at New Hampshire.

Senior linebacker Rob Malfara has committed to Rowan, wide receiver Joe Murphy is headed to William Paterson, lineman Cole Panacionne is going to Widener.

Junior Ryan Handy, who will be one of the Rebels’ top returners next year, has received some Division I-A interest as a kicker/punter, according to Davies. He also has received Division I-AA looks as a receiver/defensive back. He recently was chosen as the Most Valuable Player at kicker/punter at the BigTime Football Showcase on May 7 at Rutgers.

—Also, to follow up on an earlier report on Lacey, Lions coach Lou Vircillo also had a news release on his four seniors committing to colleges that is below:

Four of the five senior starters of the 2009 Lacey Football Team have finalized their college intentions for 2010.

Mike Stuppiello, named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Constitution Division, and 1st Team All Shore received a full grant to attend Assumption College Worcester, MA. He was highly recruited by D 1AA universities: Holy Cross, Sacred Heart and Marist. Besides being a two-way starter for three years in football, Mike excelled for three years as the Lion’s heavyweight varsity wrestler as well as participating in track.

Joe Tulino never played organized sports until he entered high school. Through his hard work and dedication, he started for two seasons on the Varsity Football Team as a lineman. He wrestled for four years and has started for two seasons in Lacrosse. Joe has developed physically through vigorous weight training. He has also maintained a 4.3 grade point average. He has been recruited by Sacred Heart University and received a grant to play the defensive line. He plans to study physical therapy. Both Mike and Joe are members of the National Honor Society.

Cory Neal also started organized football in his freshman year. He became a starter on the offensive line as a junior and was named All Conference and 3rd Team All Shore as a senior. He is an honor roll student, he will attend Monmouth University on a full grant where he plans to play center on the offensive line. History will be his major field of study. During his four years in high school Cory also participated in three years of track.

Anthony Caputo was an outside linebacker and offensive back for the Lions, starting for three seasons. He also developed into a very competitive javelin thrower for the track team. He was named to the All Division 1st Team in Football. Anthony is an honor roll student who will study criminal justice at Monmouth University on a full grant.

The Lacey Township High School Athletic Department is especially proud to announce  that all four student-athletes are members of this year’s All Shore Football Scholar Team.

They will be honored at a brunch at Gibbs Hall at Fort Monmouth, on June 6.


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