October 25, 2011 - 10:53 AM
---Phil Valenti, a 6-7 senior forward from Aquinas High School in Rochester, has given a verbal commitment to attend Canisius College, according to a source.
Valenti averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists while helping Aquinas (23-2) reach the Class A state semifinals last season. Valenti was also offered scholarships to Boston University, Hofstra and Central Connecticut State.
Canisius had a scholarship available when incoming freshman Jose Agosto didn’t qualify academically. The 6-5, 215-pound Agosto signed with Canisius last spring.
August 9, 2011 - 2:57 PM
---UB enjoyed a nice recruiting haul last weekend and added some more talent on Tuesday with the verbal commitment of Ohio quarterback Mason Schreck, a source told The News.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Schreck drew interest from Wisconsin, Kansas, Northwestern, North Carolina State, South Florida, Michigan State, Bowling Green and Akron.
July 16, 2011 - 5:48 PM
---Fresh off the news that quarterback Chazz Anderson is transferring to UB, the Bulls added another late recruit in Georgia cornerback Matthew Quick, The Buffalo News has learned.
Quick is a product of Westlake High School which lists Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and Adam “Pacman” Jones as graduates. Quick, who also excels in track and field, was originally slated to join Georgia as a preferred walk on but Bulls’ recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones began recruiting him heavily in June.
Quick signed scholarship papers with UB on Saturday and will open with the Bulls when training camp begins Aug. 8.
“During the last week of school, Coach Jones came down to my school and said he wanted to offer me,’’ Quick said. “Coach [Jeff] Quinn gave him the ok and they flew me up here [on Friday] and showed me around. It was great. They care more about the person you’ll become after you graduate and not just the person you are on the field.’’
UB is creating a nice pipeline into the talent-rich state of Georgia. Peach State natives on the Bulls' current roster include sophomore Najja Johnson (Atlanta), redshirt freshmen Cordero Dixon (Suwanee), Devon Hughes (Tyrone) and Kendall Roberson (Decatur) and true freshman Tony Daniel (Hiram). The Bulls also have a verbal from linebacker Adrian Lindsey (Douglasville), who was a teammate of Daniel's at South Paulding High.
The Bulls play at Georgia in 2012.
July 1, 2011 - 10:27 AM
---Former UB athletics director Bob Arkeilpane has been named the AD at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Arkeilpane, a Sweet Home and Syracuse graduate and the former deputy AD at Cincinnati, will succeed Dr. Ray Cieplik who will retire this summer after having served the Coast Guard Academy for more than 40 years.
Arkeilpane was the AD at UB from 1999-03.
June 29, 2011 - 1:39 PM
---Charlie Coles made it official what has been long rumored: Former Iowa and Butler coach Todd Lickliter is joining the Miami (Ohio) staff as an assistant coach. Lickliter coached Butler to NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 2003 and ’07 which means Coles is adding a quality assistant. One can also speculate that - given Coles age - Miami has already hired its next head coach.
---Former UB assistant coach Chris Hawkins has been hired as an assistant at Radford, his alma mater. A strong recruiter, Hawkins was part of the staff when UB advanced to the MAC Tournament finals for the first time in 2005.
---Saint Peter's John Dunne received an extension from the school.
June 27, 2011 - 4:40 PM
---UB received its second verbal commitment in as many days, landing Sweet Home quarterback Jordan Johnson.
Johnson, who attended the second session of the Bulls Jr./Sr. Camp at UB Stadium on Sunday informed the staff of his intentions Monday afternoon.
“I felt like they gave me the best opportunity to play Division I football,’’ Johnson told the News. “”It’s close to home and my family can watch me play football and show what I can do on the field. The have a good academic program and academics come first.’’
Johnson, who plans to major in broadcasting or sports management, received interest from Syracuse University, Connecticut and Boston College among others. UB considers Johnson an athlete, much like Niagara Falls quarterback Dale Stewart who is a true freshman for the Bulls.
“It’s really not determined which position I will play,’’ Johnson said. “We’ll know by the team next season starts.’’
One of the more exciting players in Western New York, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Johnson passed for 1,042 yards, rushed for 1,182 yards and 25 TDs as a junior.
Johnson’s commitment comes on the heels of the Bulls landing linebacker Adrian Lindsey from South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Ga., who verballed to UB on Sunday. Coach Jeff Quinn, recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones and the rest of the staff is once again striking early on the recruiting trail. Johnson is the fourth prospect to commit to UB joining Lindsey, Depew offensive tackle Jaden Cotton and Canisius guard Corey Madlock.
The Bulls also had four commitments this time last year including Williamsville South quarterback Joe Licata.
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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.
Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.
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