Feb. 3, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team announced its 17-student-athlete recruiting class on National Signing Day. The class is Head Coach Rob Sgarlata’s second at the helm of the program. The Hoyas add nine on defense, eight on offense and one on special teams for the Class of 2020.
Sgarlata and the Hoyas have continue their effort to recruit nationally, with their class of 18 hailing from 10 different states, including four apiece from Florida and Pennsylvania, two apiece from California and Georgia and one from each of Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio. The program continues to search for leadership qualities with 13 former team captains
“Today is a very exciting day for our football program,” Sgarlata said. “The Class of 2020 has consistently achieved at an extremely high level both in the classroom and on the field. I would like to thank our Recruiting Coordinator, Alex Kolt and my coaching staff for their hard work and dedication. We are blessed to have incredible support in the athletic department and across our main campus. This combined effort has allowed us to recruit a nationally diverse group of student-athletes to the Hilltop. I would like to welcome the Class of 2020 to the Georgetown Football Family.”
6-1 | 180
Plantation, Fla. | Western
High School: Selected an All-Broward County Class 8A-6A honorable mention following his senior season…Selected Western’s defensive MVP as a senior after leading the team in interceptions and pass breakups…Coached by Adam Ratkevich. Personal: Son of Antone Goldwire and Stephanie Craney…Has one younger brother, Sean.
6-1 | 225
Pittsburgh, Pa. | Central Catholic
High School: A four-year letterwinner in football and wrestling…Helped Central Catholic to a PIAA Class AAAA State Football Championship in 2015…Coached in high school by Terry Totten Personal: Son of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Carmen Robinson…A member of the Honors Choir at Central Catholic.
6-1 | 212
Woodland Hills, Calif. | Sierra Canyon
High School: A two-year letterwinner and two-year starter at linebacker at Sierra Canyon…Also a one-year letterwinner in baseball at Sierra Canyon…Earned one varsity letter in football at Oaks Christian as a sophomore…Selected a team captain for his senior season…A two-time All-Gold Coast League (GCL) selection…Helped school to a GCL and CIFSS Division Championship and a 14-1 record during his senior season…Led GCL in tackles as a junior…Finished career with 227 tackles, six blocked punts, four caused fumbles and two interceptions in 27 games played…Coached in high school by Jon Ellinghouse. Personal: Son of Alfred and Heather Hernandez…Has one older sister, Elexa Hernandez…A member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
P | K
6-2 | 185
Helen, Ga. | White County
High School: A four-year letterwinner in football and two-year starter at placekicker and punter…Also a four-year letterwinner in basketball and three-year letterwinner in soccer…Selected as a team captain for soccer and basketball for his senior season…Named Georgia Class AAAA All-State Honorable Mention at placekicker in 2015…A Georgia Class AAAA First Team All-Region Specialist of the Year…Selected Class AAAA First Team All-Region in 2014…Helped football to three consecutive state playoff appearances…Broke school record for most career touchbacks…Coached by Bill Ballard in football. Personal: Son of Wayne and Beth Hurst…Two older brothers, JR and Eddie…Brother, JR plays basketball at Truett McConnell College, while brother, Eddie plays soccer at North Georgia…Nominated for Governors Honors.
6-5 | 290
Pittsburgh, Pa. |North Allegheny
High School: A two-year letterwinner in football at North Allegheny…Selected a team captain for his senior year…Was a Second-Team all-conference selection in 2015 and honorable mention all-conference in 2014…Selected teams Most Improved Award prior to his junior season…Helped football team to a 15-3 record during his junior and senior season…Coached in high school by Art Walker. Personal: Son of Ron and Liza Jelinek…Has one older brother, Braedon, one older sister, Erica and one younger sister, Brianna.
6-2 | 195
Newport Beach, Calif. |Mission Viejo
High School: A two-year letterwinner in football and one-year letterwinner in basketball at Mission Viejo…A two-year captain in football and a one-year team captain in basketball…Was selected league and CIF most valuable player in addition to All-State and Orange County Player of the Year in 2015…Selected First Team All-CIF, All-State and all-league as a junior…Went 28-2 with 28 consecutive wins as a varsity starter…Helped school to back-to-back South Coast League and CIF Championships…Led team to its first California State Championship and a No. 10 national ranking as a senior…Set school record with seven touchdown passes in one game…Broke school records in single-season passing yards (3,607), passing attempts (315), completions (198), touchdowns (41) and most 100-yard games in a season (16) and career (30)…Coached in high school by Bob Johnson…A National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award recipient. Personal: Son of Bret and Chalene Johnson…Has one younger sister, Cierra…Father, Bret played quarterback at UCLA and Michigan State, before playing professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Toronto Argonauts…Uncle, Rob Johnson played quarterback at USC and professionally with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants…Grandfather, Bob Johnson played quarterback at Fresno State.
6-6 | 285
Towson, Md. | Gilman
High School: A two-year letterwinner in football, where he started for two seasons at center, also a two-year letterwinner in track & field…All-MIAA “A” Conference and Honorable Mention All-Private School Maryland following his senior season…Ranked No. 122 player in the state of Maryland…Helped Gilman to MIAA “A” Conference Football Championships in 2014 and 2015…Helped Gilman to a No. 13 national ranking…Coached by Biff Poggi in high school. Personal: Son of Christopher and Elizabeth Keehner…Has one younger brother, Connor and one younger sister, Kendall.
5-11 | 170
Auburndale, Fla. |Auburndale
High School: A three-year letterwinner in football…Named a team captain for his senior season…Selected the defensive most valuable player following his senior season…Finished career with 125 total tackles, five interceptions and 17 pass breakups...Coached by William Deeds…Also a four-year member of the weightlifting team. Personal: Son of Kevin and Dana Kelley…Has one younger brother, Jaelyn.
Dziugas “JJ” Meilutis
6-2 | 230
Kaunas, Lithuania | South Fort Myers
High School: A three-year letterwinner in football…Also a two-year letterwinner in wrestling and track…Named football team captain for his junior and senior season…A 2015 LCAC All-Conference selection and Florida 7A Honorable Mention All-State selection…Helped program to three-consecutive Florida 6A District Championships, before helping program to a Florida 7A District Championship in 2015…Helped school to Florida 6A Region Finals in 2013 and 2014…Finished career with 161 tackles and 22 sacks…Coached by Anthony Dixon…Earned Scholar Athlete Award for three-consecutive years (2013-15). Personal: Son of Linas Meilutis and Ingrida Meilutiene…Has one older sister, Sarune.
6-3 | 190
Logansport, Ind. | Crown Point | Heritage (Va.)
High School: A three-year letterwinner in football and three-year letterwinner in basketball…Named team captain for football and basketball during his senior season…Selected 2015 Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention, Second Team All-State and first team all-league and all-region following his senior season…Also earned Washington Post All-Met Play of the Year in 2015…A 2014 second team all-conference selection…Finished career with 72 receptions for 1,383 yards and 18 touchdowns…Coached by Reid Prosser. Personal: Son of Eric and Leslie Miller…Has one older brother, Connor and one younger sister Chloe…A member of the National Honor Society.
6-3 | 243
Pittsburgh, Pa. | Plum
High School: A four-year letterwinner and starter in football, baseball and ice hockey…Named football team captain for his senior season…Selected first team all-conference following his senior season…Coached by Matthew Morgan. Personal: Son of John and Lynda Nolan…Has one sister, Alexa…A member of the National Honor Society.
6-0 | 290
Atlanta, Ga. | Tri Cities
High School: A three-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Tri Cities…Selected team’s best offensive lineman as a sophomore and junior and best defensive lineman as a senior…Helped team go from 1-8-1 as a sophomore to consecutive 6-4 seasons as a junior and senior…Coached by Kenneth Miller. Personal: Son of Debra Putten…Has two older brothers, DeAndre and Ryan.
5-10 | 200
Lancaster, Ohio | Athens
High School: A three-year letterwinner in football and basketball…Named a team captain for football and basketball for his senior season…Selected First Team All-State, District Player of the Year and first team all-conference in football as a senior…Also an all-conference basketball selection…Helped high school to two conference championships, two regional runner-ups and one state final…Set school records for single-season rushing yards (2,160) and rushing touchdowns (38)…Coached by Ryan Adams. Personal: Son of David and Melanie Saltzman…Has one younger brother, Micah…A member of the National Honor Society and a Mclure Foundation representative.
6-4 | 220
Littleton, Colo. | Chatfield
High School: A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at quarterback…Named a team captain for his senior season…A Second Team All-State and First Team Academic All-State selection in 2015…Threw for 1,900 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing for two touchdowns during his career…Coached by Bret McGatlin. Personal: Son of Jason and Renae Schley…Has one younger brother, Dane and one younger sister, Trennah.
6-5 | 295
Perryopolis, Pa. | Belle Vernon
High School: A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter on the offensive line…Also a three-year letterwinner in basketball and two-year letterwinner in track & field…Named football team captain for his senior season…Selected first team all-conference, Second Team All-State and Terrific 25 as a senior…An all-conference honorable mention on offense and defense as a junior…Helped lead school to a Conference Championship as a senior…Coached by Matt Humbert. Personal: Son of Larissa Rathway…Has one older brother, Jake, a tight end on the Georgetown football team…Has perfect attendance in school for 11 years…A member of Student Council.
6-0 | 260
Warner Robins, Ga. | Covenant Academy
High School: A four-year letterwinner and four-year starter in football…Also a four-year letterwinner in basketball and track & field…A three-year captain on the football team, while also serving as captain of basketball and track teams for two years apiece…Helped lead Covenant Academy to an undefeated season and Region and State Championship in 2015…Rushed for 1,000 yards on 49 carries as a senior…Rushed for 2,429 yards and 32 touchdowns on 216 carries in 22 games over his final two seasons, averaging 11.2 yards per carry…Returned seven kickoffs for 278 yards and two touchdowns…On defense had 118 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks…Coached by Christopher Lee Oxford. Personal: Son of Perry and Pauline Tate…Has one older sister, Kaylah, one older brother, Keionte and one younger brother Kameron...Was elected Class President…A member of the National Honor Society.
6-1 | 168
Wilton Manors, Fla. | South Plantation
High School: four-year letterwinner and four-year starter as a defensive back…Named team captain for his senior season…Helped school defeat nationally ranked No. 8 Flanagan…Coached in high school by Nicholas Dellaria. Personal: Son of Crystal White…Has one older sister, Misty and one older brother, Cristopher.
6-3 | 215
Verona, N.J. | Delbarton
High School: A six-time letterwinner, playing quarterback at Delbarton…Named a Team Captain for his senior season…Selected First Team All-Morris County and First Team All-NJAC Conference following his senior season…Led Delbarton to NJAC Championship in 2015…Earned the Father Adrian McLaughlin Leadership Award…Coached by Brian Bowers. Personal: Son of Alexis and Matt Zebrowski…Has one older brother, Ty a current Georgetown student, one older sister, Annabelle and two younger brothers, Quinn and Christian…Father, Matt (MSB’89) played quarterback at Georgetown between 1985-1988…An AP Scholar.