– The Georgetown University football team and Head Coach Rob Sgarlata
have announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the December early signing period. The Hoyas have added two offensive and two defensive players, consisting of an offensive lineman, a slot receiver, a defensive back and a linebacker. The four newcomers, who hail from across the country, will join the Blue & Gray next fall as members of Georgetown's Class of 2023.
"The people make the place and Georgetown is a very special place because of the individuals who make up our community," Sgarlata said. "As we evaluated potential members of the Class of 2023, we emphasized finding outstanding student-athletes who will enhance our community both in the classroom and on the field. Our early signees are highly accomplished in both of these areas. Most importantly, they are quality human beings who value our core principles of 4 for 40, SISU, and Men for Others. I am extremely excited to have them join the Hoya football family."
SS | 6-1 | 180
Silver Spring, Md. / Bullis School
Three-year starter at Bullis School, serving as a team captain as a senior … Named the Upper School Varsity Football Fall 2018 Defensive MVP … Helped lead Bullis to the 2015 IAC Championship … Also a member of the track & field program … Finished second in the conference in the triple jump … In the classroom, is an honor roll student.
Sgarlata on Cambell: Jovone is a very athletic and intelligent defensive back. He is a sure tackler who has exceptional ball skills. Jovone's physical play and his ability to play man to man jumped off of his senior film.
LB | 6-1 | 205
Franklin, Tenn. / Christ Presbyterian Academy
Two-year starter at Christ Presbyterian Academy, serving as team captain as a senior … Named TSSAA First Team All-Region as a senior and second team as a junior … Helped lead Christ Presbyterian to a state championship in 2018 … Also a four-year starter and two-time captain of the lacrosse team, earning all-state honors as a senior … In the classroom, named to the TSSAA All-Academic Team.
Sgarlata on Horne: William is a versatile defensive player who plays with a great motor. He is explosive at the point of attack and runs well.
WR | 5-7 | 160
Franklin, Tenn. / Battle Ground Academy
Four-year starter and two-year captain at Battle Ground Academy … Named the regional player of the year, first team all-region as well as all-county and all-state as a senior … Earned first team all-region honors at running back as a junior … Helped lead Battle Ground to the state semifinals in 2017 and a state runner-up finish in 2018 … Also a member of the wrestling and track & field programs … In the classroom, is a member of the National Honor Society.
Sgarlata on Reed: Tiy is an explosive offensive weapon who is a threat from the backfield or in the slot. He has the ability to make a defender miss in the open field and will also be a threat as a returner on special teams.
OL | 6-2 | 280
Beaverton, Ore. / Aloha
Started all three years at Aloha High School, serving as a three-year captain … Named conference honorable mention at center as a sophomore, third team all-conference as a junior and second team as a senior … Was a two-time Aloha Lineman MVP and the team's Family Award recipient … Also a member of the varsity rugby and track & field teams … Named first team all-state in rugby and helped Aloha win the 2018 state championship … In the classroom, was a two-time all-league academic team selection and a member of the National Honor Society … Cousin Zion Faaopega plays football at Eastern Washington University … Cousin Kendrick Bourne is on the San Francisco 49ers roster.
Sgarlata on Telesa: Sam is an extremely physical offensive lineman who plays with great leverage. Sam's footwork and tenacity were the qualities that jumped off of his senior films.
The Hoyas finished the 2018 season with a 5-6 overall record and tied for second in the Patriot League with 4-2 mark. The four wins in league play are the most by a GU program since joining the conference in 2001. The five wins are the most since 2012.