Central Delaware Sports
New Delaware football coach Brock signs 16 recruits
New Delaware football coach Dave Brock and the Blue Hens were voted sixth in the CAA preseason poll (UD sports media relations/Chris Mlynarczyk).

NEWARK – Just two and a half weeks after finding out that he was headed for Delaware, new football coach Dave Brock announced 13 high school seniors will be joining him as Blue Hens in the fall.

The 13 are joined by three transfers that Brock also announced as part of his first official signing class on Wednesday, the national signing day for fall sports.

The transfers include running back Jordan Thomas from Rutgers as well as former St. Elizabeth High standout Eric Patton and ASA Community College (N.Y.) product Kennedy Ogbonna at linebacker.

Patton was the state Defensive Player of the Year two seasons ago. He’s already been enrolled at Delaware and will be eligible for spring practice.

And, while Brock spent last fall as Rutgers’ offensive coordinator, Thomas left the Scarlet Knights before Brock arrived there.

In all Brock said he lost only two recruits who had verbally committed to Delaware before K.C. Keeler was fired as coach on Jan. 7.

There was one quarterback in the class, Kyle Yocum, from Reading Pa.’s Exeter High. The school’s all-time leading passer with 3,815 yards, the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder threw for 38 touchdowns and ran for 27.

“It’s an exciting day for the Delaware football family,” said Brock. “Any time you make additions, you really get excited. I think we have some quality people and quality players coming into the program.”

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