AMHERST, Mass. -
For his first recruiting class at UMass, new head football coach Charley Molnar signed 24 players to National Letters of Intent as announced on Wednesday. The class represents 11 different states including 19 from the Northeast Region. The group represents the first full Football Bowl Subdivision recruiting class for the Minutemen as they begin competing in the Mid-American Conference next Fall.
The class also includes three players who enrolled for the Spring Semester at UMass after fulfilling postgraduate work during the fall of 2011: Jaurice Jones, Derek Beck and Rodney Mills.
"We are extremely pleased with this recruiting class and what they mean to the future of the UMass football program," said Molnar. "With this class, we have increased our size on the offensive line, improved improved team speed especially in the defensive back and wide receiver positions, have added immediate help at defensive end, and added depth at several other key positions."
WR 6-2 190
Weymouth, Mass. Weymouth HS
Played in the Shriners Game ... Earned All-Scholastic honors from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Patriot Ledger ... Served as captain on the football and track teams ... Record 936 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior ... Posted 2,000 total receiving yards and 27 touchdowns combined during his junior and senior seasons ... A Bay State All-Star selection on the track team for the high jump with a high mark of 6-feet, 10 inches ... Played for head coach Kevin Mackin.
WR 6-4 205
North Bridgton, Maine. Bridgewater-Raritan HS Bridgeton Acad. (ME)
Originally signed with UMass in 2011 but enrolled in Bridgeton Academy for a post-graduate year in fall 2011 ... Currently enrolled at UMass for the Spring 2012 semester ... As junior and senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School he was two-time All-County and All-Conference selection ... In Fall 2010 had 37 receptions for 631 yards and 6 touchdowns ... Also had 921 return yards and 2 touchdowns.
RB/CB 5-10 180
Mastic Beach, N.Y. William Floyd HS
All-Division, All-County, All-Metro Long Island, and All-State honoree ... Won the Hanson Award: for best player in Suffolk County ... Rushed for 412 yards in the Long Island Championship Game ... For the year he rushed for 2,562 yards, with 39 touchdowns ... Played for head coach Paul Longo.
OT 6-7 295
Rockville, Md. Georgetown Prep
A First-Team All-Gazette. All-Metro, and All-Conference selection ... Served as team captain in 2011 and was a two-time basketball captain ... Played for head coach Dan Paro.
OLB/TE 6-1 200
Philadelphia, Pa. Imhotep HS (PA)
Played in the Philadelphia All-City Game .... Served as team captain as a senior ... Brother Daquan is currently a sophomore cornerback at Temple ... Played for Mark Wilson ... Averaged six tackles and 1.3 sacks per game ... Led the league in sacks and was second in total tackles ... Played for head coach Mark Wilson.
LB/TE 6-3 230
Pelham, N.H. Cushing Academy (MA)
Led Cushing Academy to three championships and two undefeated seasons ... Was also an All-ISL Selection at Lawerence Academy prior to attending Cushing Academy He was the Defensive MVP and also won the Consistency Award ... Played for head coach Wayne Clark at Cushing Academy ... Averaged 7.8 tackles per game with 62 total tackles, one interception and one sack.
WR 6-1 180
Lake Worth, Fla. Lake Worth HS
Team captain and MVP as a senior ... Was named First Team All-Conference in each of the last three seasons ... An honor student in each year of high school.
QB 6-3 226
Lakeville, Mass. Catholic Memorial (MA)
Two-time Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team (Jr and Sr) ... Named Catholic Conference MVP ... Two-time tem captain. Also recruited for N.C. State ... Averaged 156 passing yards per game ... Completed 51-of-83 passes on the year for 936 yds ... Threw for 11 touch downs and just 2 interceptions ... Played for head coach Alex Campea.
WR/DB 5-11 170
Dade City, Fla. Pasco HS
Earned Second-Team All-State honors ... Was also a FACA All-Star Classic Selection ... Served as team captain ... Played for head coach Tom McHugh.
WR 6-0 180
Linden, N.J. Linden HS
Earned Second-Team All-State honors ... Also a First-Team All-Division, All-Area, and All-Conference selection ... Played quarterback where he completed 61-of-110 passes for 927 yards and 7 touchdowns ... also had 67 rushes for 443 yards.
S/RB 6-0 180
New Hope, Pa. New Hope-Solebury HS
First-Team All-League defensive back and Second-Team All-League running back ... Served as team captain in 2011 and was an honor roll student ... Played for head coach Randall Taylor.
DL 6-1 300
Brooklyn, N.Y. Abraham Lincoln HS
Served as team captain in 2011 ... Led Abraham Lincoln to the New York City Championship with a 13-0 Record ... Named to the All-City and All State Teams ... Had 10 sacks this year ... Played for head coach Shawn O'Connor.
LB 6-2 235
Clifton, N.J. Paramus Catholic HS
A Second-Team All-North Jersey selection after posted 96 tackles and 4 interceptions ... Also ran for 1,300 yards and scored 16 touchdowns ... Played for head coach Chris Partridge.
RB/OLB 6-0 210
Everett, Mass. Everett HS
Named to the ESPN All-Massachusetts Team ... Earned All-Scholastic honors from the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald ... Led Everett to a state championship in each of the last two years which includes 25 straight wins ... served as team captain in 2011 for head coach John Dibiaso.
TE/LB 6-4 215
Orange, N.J. Orange HS
A two-time All-State, All-Conference and All-County selection ... Member of the National Honors Society Had 13 sacks this past season ... Played for head coach Randy Daniel.
WR 6-1 205
Gainsville, Fla. Jefferson HS Milford Academy (N.Y.)
Complete a post-graduate year at Milford Academy ... Earned Third Team All-State honors at Jefferson High School where he played for coach Bill Chaplick.
OT 6-7 305
Clayton, N.M. Clayton HS
A First-Team All-State offensive lineman and a Second-Team selection 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 ... played for head coach Jimmy Whiddon.
DL 6-2 230
Hoboken, N.J. Hoboken HS Pittsburgh Lackawanna College (PA)
All-American at Lackawanna Junior College where he had 55 tackles, 13 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and one interception ... Served as team captain ... Began his college career at Pittsburgh where he redshirted in 2009.
LB 6-2 225
Springfield, Mass. Cathedral High School Worcester Academy
All-Region offense and defense ... Named team Offensive MVP .... An honor roll student who was also an undefeated wrestler ... Had 87 tackles including 10 for loss and rushed for 550 yards with 12 touchdowns ... Played for head coach Dave Dykeman.
LB/TE 6-2 235
Middletown, Conn. Xavier HS (CT)
Earned All-Connecticut honors as a linebacker after leading Xavier High School to a 13-0 in 2011 ... Led Xavier to a pair of Connecticut State Championships ... Played for head coach Sean Marinan.
WR/DB 6-2 175
Piscataway, N.J. Piscataway Township HS
MSG Athlete of the Year ... Second Team All-State selection ... Also named to the First Team All-County and All-Area teams ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Led Piscataway HS to a pair of state championship titles in 2010 and 2011 ... Also played safety for head coach Daniel Higgins.
OL 6-5 285
Lanoka Harbor, N.J. Lacey Township HS
Second-Team All-State Selection as a senior and a second-team all-county pick as a junior ... Earned an invitation to the All-American Bowl ... Led Lacey Township to the a state championship title in 2011 ... Captain of both the football and basketball teams.
OL 6-4 275
Mililani, HI Punahou School
Named to the 2011 ESPN High School All-Hawaii Football Team ... Earned First-Team All-Conference honors under head coach Kale Anae ...
DB 6-0 170
Virginia Beach, Va. Salem HS (VA)
An All-Regional and All-Tidewater selection under head coach Robert Jackson ... Also named All-District ... A two time team captain ... Received multiple academic awards and was an ALLOT Scholar for African American Leaders.