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Villanova Football brings in elite talent on National Signing Day

The Wildcats have reloaded for another playoff push in 2020

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Happy Thursday Nova Nation! Yesterday was the early signing day for Villanova Football’s newest recruiting class, and it looks like the future is bright for the Wildcats. Thirteen recruits signed their letters of intent yesterday, and among them are the pillars on which the future of the program will be built. Five members of the class were All-State in high school, including WR Dapree Bryant, DL Jake Green, QB Ricky Ortega, OL Jake Picard, and DB Ethan Potter.

The class is heavy on defensive players, featuring two defensive linemen, two linebackers, and four defensive backs. Offensively, Villanova adds a quarterback, an offensive lineman, a tight end, and two wide receivers. This impressive class means that the Wildcats will continue to be one of the premier programs in the CAA and all of FCS Football. Mark Ferrante spoke highly of his newest players on his weekly radio show.

Congratulations to all the new players, and welcome to Villanova. It’s a great day to be a Wildcat!

In other news, Allan Ray will cement his Villanova legacy this weekend as the Wildcats retire his jersey, two Baseball Wildcats named preseason All-Big East, and the debate rages on as to which Championship team was better: 2016 or 2018? Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

So which Villanova NCAA title team was better, 2016 or 2018? | The Inquirer
“I think everyone has a word to say,’’ Phil Booth said about players debating this one. "When it starts up, everyone has something to say.”

Nova Notebook: Ray Helped Blaze a Path To Villanova | Villanova University Athletics
Allan Ray will have his Villanova jersey retired Saturday at halftime of the Wildcats' game vs. Kansas

Villanova vs Kansas

KU Jayhawks vs Villanova basketball series history | The Kansas City Star
Lagerald Vick and Dedric Lawson combined for 57 points and helped the Kansas Jayhawks beat Villanova last season at Allen Fieldhouse. That KU victory evened the all-time series, 4-4.

Big East

Could shutting down Daniel Ramsey be the right move for Xavier? | The Athletic
Injuries have kept the freshman forward off the court and a medical hardship waiver remains an option.

Villanova Football

Villanova loading up on defense in 2020 football recruiting class | The Inquirer
Villanova's 2020 recruiting class is filling its needs and off to a stronger start than last season.

Villanova Football Announces Early Signing Period Recruiting Class | Villanova University Athletics
VILLANOVA, Pa.—Fresh off a nine-win season and a FCS playoff appearance, the Villanova football program on Wednesday looked toward the future with the unveiling

Football recruiting: Tyrell Mims’ winding road to Villanova | The Inquirer
The defensive back, who signed with the Wildcats on Wednesday, started playing football to toughen up for the basketball court.

Signing Day in Delaware: Ethan Potter, others sign to play football in college | Delaware Online
Athletes around Delaware sign their letters of intent.

Hendricken's Picard Signs with Villanova | ABC6
Bishop Hendricken offensive lineman Jake Picard has signed to play college football at Villanova. The three time state champion was the highest ranked recruit in the state of Rhode Island this year.

Villanova Athletics

Villanova Picked Sixth, Two Wildcats Tabbed to Preseason All-BIG EAST | Villanova University Athletics
NEW YORK – Villanova baseball was picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll. Additionally, two Wildcats were named to the preseason

College Basketball

College Basketball All-Decade: The wildest 'What ifs?' of the last ten years | NBC Sports
These are the wildest what-ifs in college basketball in the last decade. What would have happened if Gordon Hayward made a shot? We find out.

NCAA president Mark Emmert meets with legislators as demand for changes in rules grows | ESPN
NCAA president Mark Emmert met with influential senators to discuss more uniform changes as public outcry and criticism grow.