2015 NLI SIGNEES
2015 SPRING ENROLLEES
UMASS FOOTBALL NLI SIGNEE BIOS
OL - 6-5/320 - Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead HS
Before UMass: Played tackle at Marblehead HS ... Named to the 2014 Mass Prep Stars 1st Team Performance Gridiron Super Team ... Won back-to-back Northeastern Conference (2013, 2014) titles at Marblehead.
DL - 6-4/340 - Mars, Pa./Mars Area Senior HS
Before UMass: Competed for Mars Area Senior High School in Mars, Pa., where he played defensive tackle ... 2013 Pennsylvania Football News Class AAA Second Team All-Star ... 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review First Team All-Conference ... Was nominated for the 2014 Mr. PA Football Class 3A/4A Award ... Drew interest from Bowling Green, Maryland, Missouri, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Temple.
OL - 6-6/300 - Westwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers HS
Before UMass: Played for head coach Charlie Sevenson at Xaverian Brothers HS ... Started high school career at tight end before moving to offensive tackle as a junior and senior ... Named to the 2014 American Family Insurance All-USA Massachusetts Football Team ... Earned All-Massachusetts "Super 26" honors as a senior in 2014 ... 2014 Catholic Conference Lineman of the Year ... Named To The 2014 Mass Prep Stars 1st Team Performance Gridiron Super Team ... Helped Xaverian win the 2014 Massachusetts Division I State Championship after finishing as runners-up in ... Noted to have quick feet and an aggressive blocking technique ... Also played defensive tackle ... Brother of former Boston College tight end C.J. Parsons.
OL - 6-6/305 - Cohasset, Mass. /Suffield Academy
Before UMass: As a senior at Suffield Academy, played nine games and recorded 38 total tackles (22 solo, 16 assisted) as well as three sacks under head coach Drew Gamere ... Put up almost identical numbers as a junior with 43 total tackles (23 solo, 20 assisted) and six sacks in nine games ... Was named First Team All-State, all-area, all-region, all-county, and all-conference in 2014 after Suffield won the state championship ... Led Suffield to a 9-0 record in 2013 averaging over 260 rushing yards per game ... Competed in wrestling and lacrosse as well ... Was a state champion wrestler for Suffield ... Earned Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors in 2011-12 while at Cohasset HS ... Worked as a volunteer for the National Braille Press in Boston which promotes literacy for blind children.
K - 5-10/170 - Englishtown, N.J./Manalapan HS
Before UMass: Ranked as the 24th-best kicker in the country according to KohlsKicking.com ... Tabbed as a All-New Jersey Second-Team pick in 2014 ... A two-time First-Team All-Shore selection and a two-time All-Class A North pick for head coach Ed Gurrieri ... As a senior, named to the MSG All-Metro Second Team ... His 195 career PATs is a New Jersey state record ... Overall for his career, he posted 237 career kicking points ... Helped Manalapan go 11-1 in 2014 en route to the NJSIAA Central Jersey 5A Championship title ... Converted 52-of-52 PATs ... As a junior, was 57-of-60 on PATs and 3-of-6 on field goals ... Handled punt and kick-off duties as well ... Attended the Kohl's National Invitational Scholarship Camp in 2014, the Western Showcase Camp in 2014 and the Eastern Showcase Camp in 2013 ... Also held an offer from Hawaii and interest from Rutgers, Penn State, Maryland and Old Dominion.
DB - 5-9/155 - Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
Before UMass: Three-year letter winner for head coach Rocco Casullo ... Was named second-team all-county and second-team all-state as a senior in 2014 ... Had 50 tackles, six pass break-ups, two interceptions and eight touchdowns as a senior ... Was also a first-team all-country performer on the track.
LB - 6-5/225 - Miami, Fla./Northwestern HS
Before UMass: Played for coach Eddie Brown helping Northwestern reach the playoffs after missing postseason play in 2013 ... Member of the basketball team where he is currently averaging 12.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game ... Also held an offer from UAB, Florida Atlantic, and Mississippi State
DB - 6-1/200 - Warwick, R.I./Bishop Hendrickson
Before UMass: Played for three seasons at Bishop Hendrickson High School for head coach Keith Croft ... Helped Bishop Hendrickson to Rhode Island State Championship Titles in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 ... A two-time selection to the American Family Insurance All-USA Rhode Island Football Team (2013, 2014) earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2014 ... Named to the 2014 Providence Journal All-State First Team at wide receiver and All-Division I at defensive back ... As a junior in 2013, was a first-team all-state selection in both football and track ... Won the state indoor and outdoor long jump championships in 2013-14 ... Named the Warwick Beacon's 2014 Male Athlete of the Year ... Is the first Division I-A player from Bishop Hendrickson since Will Blackmon committed to Boston College in 2002 ... In his senior year he rushed for 270 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries, caught 36 passes for 621 yards and six touchdowns, returned three kickoffs for a total of 28 yards and five punts for a total of 131 yards over 12 games played ... On defense at safety, he recorded 84 total tackles including a sack in 12 games as a senior ... As a junior in 2013, had 420 yards receiving, 125 yards rush, and scored six touchdowns on offense while tallying 50 tackles and four interceptions on defense ... Finished his prep career with 194 total tackles and nine interceptions in 34 games.
DB - 5-10/175 - Buford, Ga./Buford HS
Before UMass: A 5-foot-10, 175-point defensive back from Buford, Ga., who helped powerhouse program Buford High School to a Class 4A state championship in 2014 ... Named to the 4A all-region second team in 2014 ... Also saw time at wide receiver and was named to the 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post Offensive Honor Roll during the 2014 season.
RB - 5-10/205 - Melbourne, Fla./Palm Bay HS
Before UMass: A three-star running back from Palm Bay High School who had offers from several FBS schools including Pittsburg, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, and Temple among others ... Played for head coach Dan Burke ... Named to the FACA All-District Senior Team in 2014 ... Ran for 966 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... Selected to the 2015 Space Coast vs. Treasure Coast All-Star Game ... As a junior in 2013, ran for 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns ... Earned All-State honorable mention, all-district first team, and all-conference first-team honors in 2013 as well.
DL - 6-6/220 - Wichita Falls, Texas/WF Hirschi HS
Before UMass: As a senior for head coach Danny Youngs in 2014, was named to the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A All-Texas First Team as a defensive end ... Recorded 54 tackles, including 29 for loss, and had 15 sacks in just eight games ... His 15 sacks led all players in the Wichita Falls area ... Also named to the District 4A All-District Second Team and the Red River 22 All-Star Team.
LB - 6-2/200 - Miami, Fla./Miami Killian HS
Before UMass: Was a standout linebacker for Killian High School in Miami, Fla. ... Participated in the Miami-Dade North-South All-Star Game and was an Associated Press Florida Class 8A Third Team All-State selection in 2014 ... Was one of only six linebackers selected to play for the South Team in the Miami Dade North-South All-Star Game.
DL - 6-3/290 - University Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights
Before UMass: Played for head coach Jeff Rotsky at Cleveland Heights ... Earned 2014 Northeast Lakes All-District Team special mention honors ... Named Team MVP and team captain as a senior ... Posted 24 tackles including six TFL's in 2014 ... Was a preseason All-Ohio Football Team Honorable Mention entering senior season ... A self-described fan of comic books who began reading and collecting when he was eight years old... Received interest from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, and Minnesota.
WR - 6-3/185 - Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS
Before UMass: Played wide receiver and defensive back for Citrus High School in Inverness, Fla. ... A three-star prospect according to 247Sports that ranks as the No. 75 athlete and No. 124 player from Florida ... Listed as the No. 59 wide receiver according to Rivals ... 2013 All-Chronicle Football Team ... Competed in the 2014 Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game, during which he caught the eventual game-winning touchdown pass to complete a 22-point rally in the 29-28 win ... Drew interest from Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Michigan, South Alabama, South Carolina and UCF ... Also competed on the Citrus High School Basketball Team, where he was a 2013-14 All-Chronicle selection.
TE - 6-6/205 - Bossier City, La./Parkway HS
Before UMass: Played for head coach David Feaster ... Helped Parkway reach the Class 5A State Championship game in 2013 ... Earned All-District Honorable Mention honors as a junior ... Extremely athletic with the ability to high point the football ... Highly rated at the National Underclassman Camp as a top-10 recruit ... Also played basketball at Parkway High School ... Held an offer from South Alabama and was recruited by Louisiana Monroe and Louisiana Lafayette.
OL - 6-4/250 - Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand
Before UMass: Played guard, tackle and tight end for Hand head coach Steve Filippone ... Helped Hand advance to the Class L state quarterfinals in 2013 ... Played basketball as well ... Also received interest from Army.
OL - 6-4/325 - Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach HS
Before UMass: Highly recruited three-star player for head coach Lenny Jankowski at Vero Beach High School ... Ranks as the 69th tackle in the country according to 247Sports and 64th by ESPN ... Held offers from Purdue, Marshall, Temple, and Illinois among others ... Named all-area as a junior and senior ... Possesses a 440 bench press and a 500 squat coming out of high school ... Helped Vero Beach post an 11-1 overall record in 2014 en route to a District 8-8A championship title.
QB - 6-7/245 - Chandler, Ariz./ Hamilton HS
Before UMass: A pro-style quarterback who played for two years at Hamilton for coach Steve Belles ... Played in 14 games as a senior, completing 175 of 274 passes totaling 2,483 yards and 24 touchdowns to just nine interceptions ... Ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns ... Led Hamilton to the 2014 Arizona State Championship game for the first time in 65 years ... Named MVP of the Great American Rivalry Game against Brophy Prep ... Also a power forward on the basketball team where he was considered a Division I prospect.
ATH - 5-10/174 - Mayfield, Ohio/Mayfield HS
Before UMass: Mayfield High School running back and wide receiver ... Rushed 83 times for 676 yards (6.9 per carry) and five touchdowns in 2013, when he also caught 25 passes covering 468 yards with three receiving scores ... 2014 Associated Press Northeast Lakes All-District choice ... 2013 Morning Journal Northeast Lakes All-District honoree ... 2014 Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Academic All-Ohio Football Team selection ... Also ran track at Mayfield, where he broke the state record in the indoor 60-meter with a time of 6.72.
UMASS FOOTBALL EARLY ENROLLEE BIOS
WR - 6-3/203 - Catholic Memorial
Before UMass: Attended Catholic Memorial, where he competed as a wide receiver.
WR - 6-2/165 - Boynton Beach, Fla./Boynton Beach HS/Hawaii
Before UMass: A transfer from the University of Hawaii where he redshirted the 2014 season ... A 2014 graduate of Boynton Beach High School in Florida...rated as the No. 55 player in the Sun-Sentinel Class of 2014 ranking of Palm Beach County...led Boynton Beach with 23 catches for 584 yards and 10 TDs as a senior...ranked No. 18 in the Prep Builders HOT 25 list...caught four passes for 206 yards and two scores against eventual Class 6A state champion Miami Central in the first round of the state playoffs...participated in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game...during his junior year, recorded 17 catches for 315 yards and nine TDs...a standout track and field sprinter...as a senior, captured the district championship in the 100-meter with a time of 10.83 seconds...finished third in the 200-meters...as a junior, conference champion, third in the district and fifth in the region in the 100-meter...ran the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay team which won consecutive district titles. ... Born in Boynton Beach, Fla....nickname is "DJ"...has one brother and one sister...mother is Andria Crenshaw of Boynton Beach, Fla.
LB - 6-3/230 - Leicester, Mass./Leicester HS/Connecticut
Before UMass: Initially enrolled at Connecticut before transferring to UMass during the 2015 spring semester ... Played fullback, linebacker and defensive end at Leicester High...2013 ESPN Boston MIAA All-State...GoLocal Worcester All-Star......as a senior in 2013, recorded 79 tackles, 11 sacks and two interceptions....also carried 77 times for 779 yards and nine touchdowns, adding four more touchdowns through the air...served as a team captain...helped Leicester win the MIAA Division 5 Super Bowl title in 2011 and earned another title trip in 2012...in 2012, recorded 92 tackles and led Central Mass. with 14 sacks, also rushing for 437 yards and eight touchdowns ... Was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in Massachusetts by Rivals and No. 14 by Scouts, Inc.
WR - 6-3/185 - Chula Vista, Calif./Mission Bay HS
Before UMass: Originally signed with UMass on Feb. 5, 2014 ... Enrolled at UMass for Spring 2015 ... Had 72 catches for 1,516 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns at Mission Bay High School ... Invited to be a member of the U-19 United States Football Team in 2014 ... Earned All-San Diego Section honors as a senior ... Named the NUC All-West Offensive Player of the Year ... A National Scholarship Merit Award Winner ... Originally from Illinois, but attended school at Mission Bay as a junior and senior ... Was also a member of the basketball team ... Also held offers from Duke and Indiana.
QB - 6-4/220 - Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrenceville School
Before UMass: Originally signed with UMass on Feb. 5, 2014 ... Enrolled at UMass for Spring 2015 ... Played for coach Daniel O'Dea at Lawrenceville High School ... Three-star grade according to ESPN ... A two-time All-MAPL First Team selection (2012, 2013) ... Also a two-time Star Ledger Prep Player of the Year (2012, 2013) ... Threw for 1,959 yards and 20 touchdowns with just five interceptions as a senior ... Tied the New Jersey record with eight touchdowns thrown in a single game during the 2013 season ... Played in seven games before suffering a season-ending knee injury during his final year ... Threw for 2,268 yards and 24 touchdowns with eight interceptions as a junior ... Led Lawrenceville to the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championship.
RB - 6-0/200 - Fairport, N.Y./Milford Academy
Before UMass: Attended Fairport High School before completing a prep year at Milford Academy ... A three-star prospect according to 247 Sports and Rivals ... Averaged 6.9 yards per carry when he ran for 1,381 yards and 12 touchdown during his third and final year on varsity at Fairport ... Rushed 40 times for 357 yards (8.9 per carry) and five touchdowns during his postgraduate time at Milford Academy ... Also drew interest from Boston College, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Western Michigan.