Jan. 22, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -
As the first day of the 2013 Spring semester begins at the University of Massachusetts, seven newcomers to the football program will have an early start to their careers. The student-athletes chose spring enrollment which will give them an opportunity to get acclimated to courses, take part in spring practice, and get an extra semester in the weight room prior to the start of the Minutemen's 2013 season.
The group includes three scholarship players in offensive linemen Josh Bruns, Cameron Mock and Sam Zeff.
Two members of the group, Montclair High School teammates Nate Crutchfield and Zeff, graduated early for the chance to get a head start in college.
Bruns enrolls after transferring from Glendale Community College, while Mock initially signed an National Letter of Intent last February, but was unable to join the program after suffering an injury prior to the season's start.
DuVaughn Beckford joins the Minutemen after playing two years at Assumption as a defensive back.
Also joining the program are Klysmann Afonso (Medford, Mass.) and Nick Valles (Danvers, Mass.).
SCHOLARSHIP SPRING ADDITIONS:
OL 6-5 / 285 Bullhead City, Ariz. Mohave HS Glendale Community College
Bruns signed with UMass in Dec. 2012 after playing the previous two seasons at Glendale Community College ... Helped Glendale to an 8-3 overall record in 2012 including a Sun Bowl win ... Played in nine games with offense averaging nearly 200 yards rushing and 244 yards passing ... Was a Second-Team All-Arizona selection as a left tackle as a senior at Mohave ... Also honored as a First-Team All-State pick and a first-team all-region honoree by Scout.com.
OL 6-7 / 305 Clayton, N.M. Clayton HS
Originally signed an NLI with UMass during the 2012 signing period as a part of Charley Molnar's first recruiting class ... Deferred joining UMass due to injury prior to the 2012 season ... Earned First-Team All-New Mexico honors as an offensive lineman and Second-Team All-State honors as a defensive lineman ... Also earned First-Team All-District honors at both positions ... Served as team captain of both the football and basketball teams.
OL 6-5 / 277 Montclair, N.J. Montclair HS
First Team All-New Jersey selection in 2012 as an offensive tackle ... Co-captain at Montclair alongside Nate Crutchfield ... Led Mounties to a 12-0 season in 2012 and a state championship ... Earned First-Team All-Essex honors ... Also offered by UConn, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Temple, Toledo and Tulane
NON-SCHOLARSHIP SPRING ADDITIONS:
WR 5-9 / 175 Medford, Mass. Mystic Valley (MA) Jireh Prep (NC)
Enrolls at UMass in the 2013 spring after doing a post-graduate year at Jireh Prep in North Carolina ... Earned CAC All-Star honors in his senior year at Mystic Valley ... Was a four-year starter on offense ... An athlete who played wide receiver, running back and was a kick returner.
DB 6-0 / 180 Nantucket, Mass. Nantucket HS Assumption
Played two seasons at Assumption before transferring to UMass ... Saw action in four games during the 2012 season after not playing as a freshman in 2011 ... At Nantucket High School, was an all-star in football and basketball ... Rushed for 450 yards and had 577 receiving yards as a senior ... Hauled in 10 career interceptions on defense ... Awarded one of 35 Beinecke Scholarships by Nantucket Cottage Hospital which is given to graduates of Nantucket, members in the community of hospital staff who are pursuing an education in health care-related fields.
QB 6-2 / 200 Montclair, N.J. Montclair HS
Co-captain alongside Sam Zeff at Montclair High School in 2012 ... Graduated high school following Fall 2012 in order to take spring classes at UMass ... Helped guide Montclair to a 12-0 season and a state championship ... Threw for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final season.
RB 5-10 / 200 Danvers, Mass. Danvers HS
Graduated from Danvers in Spring 2012 where he ran for 1,012 yards and hauled in 300 yards receiving as a senior ... Was an NEC All-Star.