Monmouth University Head Football Coach Kevin Callahan announced the Hawks 2016 recruiting class during the programs Ninth Annual National Signing Day Celebration in the Multipurpose Activity Center. Callahan’s class of signees is made up of 17 student-athletes from four states including ten from New Jersey.

That group includes Middletown South’s Matt Mosquera, who quarterbacked the Eagles to the #1 ranking in the state this past season but was recruited at Monmouth for his kicking abilities. Mosquera converted 22 of 24 field goal attempts during his high school career and 142 of 144 extra points and earned Shore Sports Network honors in December. Joining Mosquera in West Long Branch will be 2015 Toms River North graduate Adam Kakar, who played at Milford Academy in the fall and is enrolled at Monmouth for the current spring semester. The 6’3, 295 pound defensive tackle has impressed the Hawks coaching staff in the brief time he has been on campus and could figure in the mix this coming fall at the tackle position on the defensive line.

Monmouth addressed it’s biggest offseason needs by signing six offensive lineman, among them 6’7, 270 pound tackle Keith Williams from Overlea High School in Baltimore, Maryland and 6’4, 275 pound Brian Syracuse from Nanuet High School in New York. Among the three linebackers in the recruiting class is Evan Powell of perennial South Jersey power Cherokee High School. Powell finished with a school record 297 tackles in his career and will join his brother Jake, a redshirt freshman tight end on the Hawks.

Callahan, who will begin his 23rd season as the only coach in Hawks history, also announced today that Monmouth will play all road games in November so the long-awaited construction project at Kessler Stadium can begin in late October.

Monmouth is coming off a 5-6 season and will tentatively begin spring practice on March 30th with the annual Blue/White Spring game expected to be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016.