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UMass Signs 19 on National Signing Day

Feb. 6, 2013 (UMassAthletics.com)- Entering his second year as head football coach at the University of Massachusetts, Charley Molnar announced on Wednesday the signing of 19 newcomers to National Letters of Intent. The group is highly regarded as one of the most anticipated classes in the program’s history. The class includes student-athletes from Massachusetts to Florida to Germany.

1261067988-media-4faf778aIn addition to the 19 signed today, newcomers Josh Bruns and Sam Zeff have already enrolled in classes for the Spring semester bringing the total class to 21 on Wednesday. Cameron Mock who also started at UMass this Spring counts as a member of last season’s NLI class.

The scholarship class is made up of a total of five defensive linemen, three linebackers, two defensive backs, eight offensive linemen, one tight end, one quarterback, three wide receivers and one running back.

Additional newcomers for next season include non-scholarship players Klysmann Afonso, DuVaughn Beckford, Nate Crutchfield and Nick Valles who have also joined the Minutemen for the Spring semester.

Nine different states are represented along with the first German born player in program history.

The one area that was most addressed was along the offensive line where six of the eight offensive linemen measure 6-foot-5 or taller including three who are 6-foot-7. The Minutemen also added 10 new players to the defensive side of the ball.

This group comes on the heels of the 2012 recruiting class that made a major impact on last year’s squad. All told 12 true freshmen earned starts for the Minutemen.

UMass will also announce several preferred walk-on players later after they have officially enrolled at the University.

 Peter Angeh – DL • 6-2/245 • Silver Spring, Md. • The Bullis School Enock Asante – DL • 6-2/260 • Trenton, N.J. • Steinert H.S. E.J. Burston – WR • 6-3/170 • Bradenton, Fla. • Palmetto H.S. Josh Bruns – OL • 6-5/285 • Bullhead City, Ariz. • Glendale C.C. Steve Casali – LB • 6-2/225 • Farmingville, N.Y. • Sachem East H.S. Terrel Correia – OL/DL • 6-7/280 • Nantucket, Mass. • Nantucket H.S. Sharif Custis – TE • 6-3/215 • Philadelphia, Pa. • St. Neumann-Goretti H.S. Shaquille Harris – WR • 6-2/206 • Palmetto, Fla. • Palmetto H.S. Tyshon Henderson – OL • 6-7/315 • Newark, N.J. • St. George’s School (R.I.) Fabian Hoeller – OL • 6-3/301 • Cologne, Germany • FOS Ansbach • Cologne Falcons Shane Huber – LB • 6-3/235 • Basking Ridge, N.J. • Saint Peter’s H.S. Daquan Mack – RB • 6-1/247 • Levitttown, Pa. • Pennsbury H.S. Cameron Mock* – OL • 6-7/305 • Clayton, N.M. • Clayton H.S. Peter Ngobidi – LB/DL • 6-2/260 • Hyde Park, Mass. • Catholic Memorial Jordan Page – OL • 6-5/300 • Ewing, N.J. • The Pennington School (N.J.) Jackson Porter – DB • 6-1/185 • Ellicott City, Md. • Mt. Hebron H.S. Rich Queen – OL • 6-3/275 • Alendale, N.J. • Bergen Catholic H.S. Todd Stafford – QB • 6-7/250 • Riverside, Conn. • Greenwich H.S. Elijah Wilkinson – DL • 6-4/310 • Downingtown, Pa. • Downingtown West H.S. Arthur Williams – DB • 6-3/185 • Sebring, Fla. • Sebring H.S. D.J. Woods – WR • 5-9/170 • Coral Springs, Fla. • University H.S. Sam Zeff – OL • 6-5/275 • Montclair, N.J. • Montclair H.S. * Mock enrolls as a mid-year player and will count as a member of the 2012 class



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