Brown Football Class of 2018

Brown Football Class of 2018

Providence, Rhode Island - Brown football coach Phil Estes and the Bears' coaching staff have announced the 29-member Class of 2018, a deep and talented group, who will launch their college careers on College Hill in the Fall of 2014.  The incoming class represents 14 states, 17 players who were team captains, 23 who received either All-State or All-Region honors, and 10 who were National Honor Society members.

Sanoj Allen

Defensive End

6-3, 230

East Coweta HS - Sharpsburg, GA

Athletic: Captain of his team as a senior, helped lead team to Georgia 6A playoffs, All-Region selection.

Academic: National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Scholar Athlete

Personal: enjoys playing basketball, guitar, drums and acting…Son of Jonas Allen


Aidan Beresford

Offensive Line

6-4, 275

Marshfield HS – Marshfield, MA

Athletic: 3-year starter, team captain senior year, 2013 Atlantic Coast League All-Star, 2013 Patriot Ledger All Scholastic Honorable Mention, 2013 ESPN Mid-Season All-State Offensive Player, 2013 Team Offensive Player of the Year Award

Academic: 2014 National Football Foundation Eastern MA Scholar Athlete, National Honor Society, Scholar Athlete Award for both Varsity Football & Basketball,  4-year Honor Roll

Personal: enjoys playing basketball, lifting, going to the beach…Son of Dean and Mary Beresford


Jalen Broome


5-10, 175

Potomac HS – McLean, VA

Athletic: Rushed for 2,125 yards and 25 TD's as a senior, VaPreps 2013 Private All-State Offense, All-Conference and All-State in football as a sophomore, junior and senior, Second Team All-Metro Washington Post as a senior.

Personal: played basketball at Potomac HS, authored weekly column on college sports for the Potomac Reporter…Son of Kevin Broome and Marita Broome


Oliver Bucka

Tight End

6-6, 225

Menlo-Atherton HS – Atherton, CA

Athletic: 426 yards receiving and 3 TD's as a senior, 41 total tackles including 9 for a loss as a senior, 2013 First Team All-League, 2012 Second Team All-League.  Member of the varsity basketball and lacrosse programs.

Academic: Member CSF

Personal: enjoys movies, golf, sports…Son of Larry Bucka and Nancy Travers


Matthew Byer

Wide Receiver

6-2, 185

Oak Park HS – Oak Park, CA

Athletic: 100 receptions for 1,929 yards and a southern section record 30 TD's in senior season, 2013 MaxPreps 1st team All-American (small schools), 2013 CalHi Sports 1st team All-State (medium schools), 2013 All-CIF 1st team (Northwest division), 2013 CIF Co-Offensive Player of the Year - Northwest Division, 2013 LA Times All Area 1st Team, 2013 Fox Sports West 1st team, 2013 All-Ventura County Coaches 1st team - small schools, 2013 Ventura County Star All County 1st team, 2013 Ventura County Star Co-Offensive Player of the Year, 2013 All Tri-Valley 1st team, 2013 Tri-Valley Co-Offensive Player of the Year, 2013 Ventura County Coaches - MVP receiver - small schools.

Academic: Honors, Ventura County All-Academic 1st Team, Tri-Valley League First Team All-Academic.

Personal: enjoys all sports, hanging out with friends, attending sporting events…Son of Larry and Lori Byer


Adrian Caesar


6-1, 195

Miami Coral Park Senior HS – Miami, FL

Athletic: football and track at Coral Park

Academic: Scholar Athlete of the Year, Freshman Scholar Athlete of the Year, National AP Scholar with Honors

Personal: Father played at Boston College and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.  Adrian is the Vice president of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Program.   He enjoys eating different foods….Son of Ivan Caesar II and Robyn Caesar


Connor Coughlin

Free Safety

6-1, 205

Patchogue-Medford HS – Medford, NY

Athletic: 2-time captain of football team.  66 receptions for 1,079 yards and 16 TD's as a senior.  Also had 77 tackles on defense and 13 career int's.  1st team All-State as a senior, All Long Island First Team, All Division, All County, Suffolk County Division 1 MVP.

Academic: scholar-athlete award for football, basketball and baseball, National Honor Society, Academic All-County.

Personal: enjoys playing basketball and baseball, lifting weights, listening to music…Son of Raymond and Lisette Coughlin


Gideon Dixon

Defensive Back

6-2, 180

Christian Brothers Academy – Syracuse, NY

Athletic: 2014 First Team All-Central NY, team captain senior year, 3-year starter at CB and All Central NY Player all three years

Academic: National Honor Society, High Honor Roll

Personal:  also lettered in track & field…Son of Gideon and Brandy Dixon


Brett Estes


6-2, 185

East Greenwich HS – East Greenwich, RI

Athletic: 4-year varsity starter on special teams, played TE and DE. Senior year, had a long punt of 52 yards and 10 punts inside the 20.  Converted 22 PAT's.   Caught the game-winning touchdown against Burrillville. Winner of the Overcoming Adversity Award.

Academic: Academic All State Junior and Senior year. NHS member, Spanish National Honor Society Social Chairperson, class of 2014 Social Chairperson. maintained over a 4.0 for all 4 years. Volunteered with sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica.

Personal: enjoys biking, traveling, playing the guitar…Son of Head Coach Phil Estes and Katie Estes


Kevin Garcia

Offensive Line

6-3, 300

St. Raphael Academy – Pawtucket, RI

Athletic: Second Team All Division(12), Football Captain, RIHSFCA All-Academic Team(10,11,12), Golden Dozen- Football, RI High School All Star Football Team(12), St. Raphael Academy All-Academic Team(9,10,11,12), Dennis O'Brien Memorial Award(Dedication to Saints Football)(12), Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award(11)

Academic: National Honor Society, Algebra 1 Award, Rhode Island Honor Society, Grade 9 Most Improved Student, Rensselaer Medal, Moore Scholar, Excellence in Social Studies Award, French Honor Society

Personal: Hobbies include cooking and writing…Son of Rafael Garcia and Genodys Garcia


Jacob Michael Hall


6-2, 220

Tippecanoe HS – Tipp City, OH

Athletic: school's all-time leading rusher with over 5,200 yards and a school-record 77 TD's, First Team All-Conference, Central Buckeye Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Three time All Southwest Ohio selection, 2013 First Team All Ohio.

Academic: Honors Scholars 2011, 2012, 2013, Central Buckeye Conference All-Academic Team.

Personal: enjoys basketball, music, video games…Son of Jim Hall and Laura Rakay


Matt Jenkins

Outside Linebacker

6-2, 220

Sequoia HS – Redwood City, CA

Athletics: CCS Special Teams Player of the Year, played varsity all four years of high school, captain of the varsity football and lacrosse teams.

Academic: CCS Scholar Athlete Award and CCS Scholastic Achievement Award, Honor Roll all four years of high school, Spanish Award.

Personal:  enjoys playing all sports, piano, guitar….Son of Brian and Laurel Jenkins



Bradford Miles Kimball

Defensive Line

6-3, 245

Mercer Island HS – Mercer Island, WA

Athletic: All KingCo 1st Team Offensive Tackle 2013, All KingCo  2nd Team Defensive End 2013, Mercer Island Lineman of Year 2013, All KingCo Offensive Tackle 2nd Team 2012,  Mercer Island  Team Captain 2013, four year Varsity football letterman, US Army National Combine, San Antonio,Texas invitee and participant 2013, Outstanding Performance Award for Tight End- University of Michigan Football Camp 2012, Northwest Elite Index Top 20 ranking 2013, Recognition by Seattle Times as a "White Chip" athlete and Seattle Times top 100  football players  Washington State 2013, national 2 star ranking - football 2013. Varsity letters is basketball and lacrosse, National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Recipient 2013, selected to Washington State East West  2013 All Star Football Game

Academic: Mercer Island_Student Athlete recognition 2013, Honor Roll and High Honors, Academic Effort Honor Roll, DECA State Qualifier 2013

Personal: enjoys stock market investing, skiing, traveling, boating…Son of Bradford and Pamela Kimball


Thomas Joseph "T.J." Linta


6-3, 233

Hamden Hall Country Day HS – Branford, CT

Athletic: Career stats (So.-Sr.): Passing; 8,013 Yds, 82 TDs, Rushing: 1,233 Yds, 27 TDs. 1st Team All-New England (2012, 2013) 1st Team All-Conference (2011, 2012, 2013) NUC All-American (2013), NUC Most Valuable Quarterback (2013), Quarterback for Hamden Hall who won the Fairchester league championship and made an appearance in a New England Bowl Game for first time in school history.

Academic: National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete (2013).

Personal: enjoys playing the guitar and coaching at youth football clinics…Son of Joseph Linta and Kathleen Linta


Zachary Tyler Marti

Offensive Line

6-2, 285

Christopher Columbus HS – Miami, FL

Athletic: 2nd team all-county, all state 3rd team, 3 year letter 

Academic: Honor Roll, top 5 % of senior class

Personal: enjoys fishing and hunting…Son of Pedro and Ana Marti



James Martino


6-1, 225

Hopkins School – Woodbridge, CT

Athletic: Ten time varsity letter winner in football (5) and baseball (5). Selected two times for the first team NEPSAC All-New England football team and four times for the first team All-Fairchester League football team. Lead the Hopkins Football team in tackles and rushing senior year with; 13 tackles per game and 3.5 tackles for a loss per game along with 85 yards rushing per game and 7.2 yards per carry.  Over four years averaged 10.5 tackles per game and 2 tackles for a loss per game along with 85 yards rushing per game and 7.1 yards per carry.  Elected captain senior season.

Academic: Selected as a Hopkins School Senior Fellow – Senior mentor for a Hopkins underclass student advisory group.

Personal:  enjoys baseball.  Starting catcher for the Hopkins varsity baseball team for four years. Selected three times for the first team All-Fairchester League baseball team. Lead the Hopkins baseball team in home runs and had a four year batting average above three hundred. Elected sole captain for senior season…Son of Gary and Leslie Martin


Christian Montano

Offensive Line

6-4, 265

Hamden Hall Country Day School – Orange, CT

Athletic: First Team All Fairchester Offensive Center, First Team All New England Offensive Center, Captain of team.

Academic: 8 Semester of honor roll. Received Award for independent science research at school about the effects of fertilizer runoff on local aquatic habitats.

Personal: enjoys volunteer work, golf, fishing, spending time with family and friends….Son of Gary and Kendra Montano



Zachary Allen Neill

Outside Linebacker

6-0, 198

Liberty HS – Surprise, AZ

Athletic: -Team Captain, All-State First Team Defense (LB/SS) and All-State Second Team Offense (RB) as a Senior, 142 total tackles in senior season, 1514 yards on 155 carries (9.8 yards/carry) and 16 touchdowns as running back in senior season, 6 kick returns for 184 yards and 1 touchdown as kick returner during senior season.  Anchored 4x400 relay team which finished second in the state in Division One.

Academic: National Honor Society, Scholar Athlete

Personal: enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, riding ATV's, lifting weights…Son of Nick and Crystal Neill


Keeghan O'Hern

Defensive Line

6-4, 230

Christian Brothers Academy – Syracuse, NY

Athletic: 54 solo tackles, 30 assisted tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, 9 sacks as a senior.  Named First Team All-Central New York and Honorable Mention All-State.

Academic: Honors

Personal: enjoys snowboarding…Son of Matthew and Colleen O'Hern


Jack Palmore

Wide Receiver

6-2, 200

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School – Atlanta, GA

Athletic: Three year Varsity Football letterman. Senior Football Captain. Two-year offensive and defensive starter. Most Outstanding Wide Receiver 2013, two-time Iron Man weightlifting Champion, Helped lead team to Elite 8 in State playoffs, North Fulton/South Forsyth County defensive player of the week, Played in the North Fulton/ South Forsyth All-Star Game, Nominated for Sports Champions of Greater Atlanta. Four year Varsity Basketball Letterman. Senior basketball Captain helped lead team to Elite 8 in State playoffs, 2014 Coach's award. 2 year Varsity Letterman in Lacrosse

Academic: Graduate of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, AP Scholar Award, four year student ambassador and Head of Leadership Council (2013-2014) Student Liaison for "One School" Campaign

Personal: enjoys playing basketball, lifting weights, spending time with friends…Son of Marvin Palmore and Melody Pratt Palmore


Jared Shimberg (TE)

Tight End

6-5, 255

Berkley Prep – Tampa, FL

Athletic: Second Team All-State, All-County Honorable Mention, Team Captain, Team MVP, Hillsborough County All-Star Game, National Football Foundation Award Winner.

Academic: National Honor Society, National Merit Commended Scholar, Headmasters List.

Personal: Enjoy lifting weights, playing basketball, playing golf, hanging out with friends and playing video games….Son of Jim and Elizabeth Shimberg


Terrell Smith

Defensive Back

6-0, 175

Episcopal Academy – Newtown Square, PA

Athletic: 4 int as a junior where he helped lead his team to a (10-0) record and the Inter-ac Division Championship.  Named First Team All-Inter-ac and 2nd Team All-League.

Personal:  plays trumpet in a jazz band that has traveled to different parts of the world to play its music….Son of Thomas Smith and Latasha Hough


Frank Tull II

Wide Receiver

5-10, 180

Bishop Dunne HS – Desoto, TX

Athletic: 55 receptions for 958 yards and 11 TS's as a senior, 1st team all-district, 2nd team all-state, Team MVP, Offensive MVP, Track State Finalist.

Academic: A-B Honor Roll, TWC Academic All-American.

Personal: enjoys reading, jogging, community service….Son of Frank and Selena Tull


Micah Udeh

Defensive End

6-3, 200

Lakeshore HS – Mandeville, LA

Athletic: First Team All-District, Team Defensive MVP.  Also a member of the track & field team.  Posted a best 22.3 in the 200m and a 10.7 in the 100m.

Academic: Honor Roll

Personal: enjoys theater, music and the arts…Son of Igwe and Ikechi Udeh


Austin Werkheiser

Offensive Line

6-1, 265

Blessed Trinity Catholic HS – Roswell, GA

Athletic: 2013 team captain at Blessed Trinity and helped lead team to 3rd round in playoffs, selected 2013 all north Fulton, North Fulton/Forsyth Senior all star game nominee, 2013 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association State Senior All Star Game, 2013 Region 6-AAA A 1st team all region, 2014 Roswell Rotary Club student of the month, and selected by Atlanta journal constitution to AAA 1st team all state.

Personal:  enjoys fishing, off-roading, spending time with family and friends…Son of William and Andrea Werkheiser


Isaac Whitney

Defensive Back

5-9, 175

Venice HS – Venice, FL

Athletic: Senior Athletic Award for Football 2013, Jack Dundas Award for Football 2011, Defensive MVP for Basketball 2014.

Personal: enjoys wakeboarding, the beach, being with friends…Son of Jim and Rebecca Whitney


Jay Williams

Strong Safety

5-9, 185

Salpointe Catholic HS – Tucson, AZ

Athletic: Team captain.  Won Division 2 State Championship senior year.  1st team all state, 1st team all section, 1st team all state academic

858 rush yards (8.17 YPC), 64 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 int.

Personal: enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends…Son of John and Julie Williams


Jacob Wilner


6-2, 190

St. Mark's School of Texas – Dallas, TX

Athletic: Holds School Record for longest field goal (50). All North Zone selection football, Varsity Soccer Captain, Southwestern Preparatory Conference Soccer champions (10,11), Hunt Silcock Award, Spirit of the Game Award, All North Zone selection.

Academic: Honor Roll, High Honor Roll, Telos Society, Blue Guitar society, Lion and Sword Society, Community Service Board, Presidential Community Service Award.

Personal: enjoys community service, skiing, grilling…Son of Matthew Wilner and Lauren Rose