By Kevin Williams - Shore Sports Network Director

WEST LONG BRANCH - Monmouth University head football coach Kevin Callahan announced a recruiting class of 18 student-athletes on Wednesday and called it “one of the most talented groups that we have ever recruited.”

Entering his 23rd year as the only football coach in school history, Callahan might be understating a group that appears to be the most athletic one ever headed to West Long Branch.

Toms River South’s Tymere Berry is the lone Shore Conference recruit in the class and was the last to commit to Monmouth, as he made his announcement on Signing Day Wednesday. Berry, a dual-threat quarterback during his high school career, is a superb athlete who most likely will be used as a slot receiver and potentially at multiple positions on the offensive side of the ball and as a return specialist.

Toms River South standout quarterback Tymere Berry became the latest addition to the Monmouth University recruiting class when he signed with the Hawks on Wednesday. (Photo via Tymere Berry/Twitter)

Two other Shore Conference players are headed to Monmouth as preferred walk-ons. Howell lineman Jeremy Subjinski and Jackson Memorial wide receiver/safety Matt Castronuova, a second-team All-Shore pick for the No. 1 team in the Shore this past fall. Also, Red Bank Catholic graduate Christian Wagar, a defensive back who played a post-grad season at East Coast Prep this fall, is headed to Monmouth as a preferred walk-on.

Coming off their first full season in the Big South Conference, the coaching staff broadened their recruiting base and to bring in four players from Florida, which is the same amount of players coming in from New Jersey. That group includes running back Myles Graham from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Miami. Graham is a transfer from Indiana University, where he saw action in eight games last season and ran for 81 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown.

In addition to four players from New Jersey and Florida, the Hawks' recruiting class includes four from Maryland, three from Pennsylvania and one each from New York, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Monmouth begins spring practice on March 26th and their 2015 opener is September 5th when they host Holy Cross.