Football adds four in early signing period
Dec. 17, 2010
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Stony Brook head football coach Chuck Priore has announced the signing of three student-athletes to national letters of intent on Friday. Juniors Joseph Danaker (Germantown, Md.), Ivan May (El Cajon, Calif.) and Steven Watts (San Clemente, Calif.) signed NLIs on Thursday. Additionally, freshman Michael Lisi (Franklin Square, N.Y.) has signed a grant-in-aid to play for the Seawolves. All four student-athletes will enroll at Stony Brook in the Spring semester and join the team for spring practice.
Danaker, a transfer from Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., earned second-team NJCCA All-American this past season. A first-team All-Northeast Football Conference and All-Region selection, Danaker played right guard for a Falcons team that went 9-2 and won the Graphics Edge Bowl over eighth-ranked Ellsworth Community College. Danaker played his high school ball at Northwest High School and earned second-team All-Montgomery County by the Washington Post.
Priore on Danaker: "Joe fits our offensive scheme very well. He's a tremendous run blocker, who is tough and has a great work ethic."
Prior to starring at Carey High School in Nassau County, Lisi spent this year at Suffield Academy in Connecticut. Lisi was given the Outstanding Lineman Award for the Tigers, who went 7-1 and clinched a third straight league championship. A first-team all-state and All-Long Island selection as a senior, Lisi played in the Upstate/Downstate Football Classic with fellow Seawolves Kevin Hauter, JeVahn Cruz, Davon Lawrence and Jawara Dudley.
Priore on Lisi: "Mike will help our depth at center, with the graduation of Paul Fenaroli."
A 5-10, 180-pound defensive back, May led the Griffins with 12 pass breakups. Honored by the team with his selection as the Griffins' Best Defensive Back of the Year, May led Grossmont to the Beach Bowl against Santa Ana College. As a standout at Valhalla High School, May earned second-team defense honors by the San Diego Union Tribune. He also was selected to play in the Alex Spano All-Star Classic.
Priore on May: "Ivan will add depth at cornerback. He brings experience and fundamentals after two years of college football at one of the best junior colleges in Southern California."
Watts, who played two seasons for Saddleback, earned second-team All-Southern California Football Association honors. A 6-4, 280-pound guard, Watts graduated from San Clemente High School where he was an All-South Coast League selection as a senior, representing the South in the annual North/South All Star Game.
Priore on Watts: "Steven's athleticism will have an immediate impact on this team. He's a natural pass blocker."