With the Villanova Wildcats football team on hiatus from official practice until later this summer, the football staff will spend most of their time this spring and summer recruiting future players for the program. Villanova will hold three camps this summer for upperclassmen which will be used for player instruction, but primarily for introducing high school prospects to the Villanova campus and program. A fourth camp will be expanded to include middle school and high school underclassmen.
- June 21-24 (Grades 7-12)
- June 25 (Grades 11-12)
- June 28 (Grades 11-12)
- July 26 (Grades 11-12)
Even though those camps haven't started yet, the staff have made several offers to 2016 prospects thus far.
(Disclaimer: This is not an exhaustive list)
OL Lucas Niang - 6'6" 295 lbs. - New Canaan, CT
Niang is a 3-star prospect who holds several FBS offers, thus making him an unrealistic prospect for Villanova.
TE/DL Jeff Wiley - 6'4" 240 lbs. - Pennington, NJ
Wiley's older broth Drew signed with Villanova in February and will be a freshman linebacker this fall - that should help with the recruitment of the younger Wiley, who holds just the one offer from Villanova.
DL Tymir Oliver - 6'3" 265 lbs. - Philadelphia, PA
The West Philadelphia Catholic defensive end is a 3-star prospect, who holds offers from Virginia, Illinois, Temple, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Rutgers, who is currently in the lead for his commitment.
OL Joncarlo Valentin - 6'5" 290 lbs. - Philadelphia, PA
Valentin holds offers from Michigan, Auburn, Arizona State and Temple in addition to Villanova. The 3-star prospect is likely out of range.
OL Jahmir Johnson - 6'5" 270 lbs. - Philadelphia, PA
The Imhotep linemen currently holds offers from 'Nova, Temple and Delaware, and is a more realistic target than his teammate Joncarlo Valentin.
OL Matt Hennessy - 6'4" 270 lbs. - Ramsey, NJ
The Don Bosco linemen holds offers from James Madison, Fordham, Yale, Harvard and others.
QB Devante Cross - 6'2" 185 lbs. - Allentown, PA
Cross is a dual-threat QB on the gridiron, as well as a fairly good guard on the basketball court. Villanova offered earlier this month.
WR Elijah Fineran - 6'4" 200 lbs. - Bethlehem, PA
No relation to Villanova legend Brian Finneran, but they play the same position. 'Nova offered on June 3rd, adding to offers by Colorado State, Ohio, James Madison and Rhode Island.
TE Dan Archibong - 6'5" 245 lbs. - Springfield, PA
The Springfield product also plays on the defensive side of the ball in high school.
WR Zach Kerxton - 6'0 180 lbs. - Haymarket, VA
Kerxton has planned a visit to Villanova on June 11 after receiving an offer from 'Nova. He also holds offers from Towson, James Madison and Cornell.
Villanova is set to graduate six wide receivers after the coming season, so it's no surprise they have made some early offers there. The other area, offensive line, is typically a position that the staff likes to bring in multiple players at every year, so it's no surprise to see several offers there as well.
Expect more offers, and hopefully some verbal commitments, as the camps take place in a few weeks time.