UMass Football Signs 19 Newcomers To National Letters Of IntentMinutemen class regarded as one of the best in the Mid-American Conference
Feb. 6, 2013- 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.
In 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.
2013 UMASS FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS
Peter Angeh - DL 6-2/245 Silver Spring, Md. The Bullis School
Earned Ridgewood News All-Suburban Second Team accolades as a senior ... Also named the 2012 National UnderClassmen North Jersey Best Lineman ... An All-Division and All-Conference selection as a senior ... A versatile member of the offensive and defensive lines having played tackle, guard, center, defensive tackle, defensive end and long snapping on special teams ... A two-year starter who helped the offense produce 3,223 passing yards and 1,944 rushing yards in 2012 ... Also competed in basketball and track and was a charity softball coach for children with disabilities for two years.
Earned MHSFCA All-State and ESPN Boston MIAA All-State accolades in 2012 ... Named to the All-Mayflower Conference Team in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... A four-year selection to the Cape & Island League All-Star Team ... Recorded 26 receptions for 372 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... Helped lead Nantucket to the 2011 Division 4 Super Bowl Championship ... Also a standout during his prep career on the basketball team where he was a three-time Cape & Island League All-Star and served as team captain during his senior year.
A German national who played for the Cologne Falcons which is an American Football team that is in the North Division of the German Football League ... Attends FOS Ansbach which is a high school in Ansbach, Germany ... Plans to study molecular engineering at UMass ... A four-year starter for the Falcons where he played every position on the offensive line ... Named an All-GFL selection four consecutive years (2009-12) ... Named to the German National Team in 2011 and 2012 ... A two-time team captain (2011 & 2012).
As a senior, earned All-SOL National Conference First Team honors ... Named to the Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern PA Fourth-Team ... A three-year starter and team captain as a senior ... Rushed for 687 yards on 109 carries with eight touchdowns ... Ran for over 1,000 yards as a junior with 15 touchdowns ... Posted over 2,000 yards rushing for his career ... Also a member of the basketball team as a junior and senior serving as team captain in 2012-13 ... Spent summers coaching football and basketball camps for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
SHARIF CUSTIS TE 6-3 / 215 PHILADELPHIA, PA. ST. NEUMANN-GORETTI H.S.
As a senior, was an All-Catholic League Class AA First Team Selection ... Named to the Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern PA Second Team ... Earned "Top Tight End" honors at the 2012 Nike SPARQS Football Combine ... In 2012, had 11 receptions for 289 yards and 7 touchdowns ... Also held offers from Stony Brook and Temple ... Older brother Kadeem played defensive end for Temple from 2009-12.
Highly decorated linebacker at St. Peter's Prep ... Served as team captain in 2012 and was named to the All-New Jersey First Team, All-Metro Team, All-County First Team, and First Team All-Conference ... Earned HCIAL Defensive Player of the Year honors ... Selected to the Chesapeake Bowl and was named one of the game's Top 10 Performers ... A New Jersey Super 100 Selection ... As a senior, posted 91 tackles (46 solo), 18 tackles for loss, four sacks and one interception ... As a junior, had 65 tackles, seven TFLs, and one interception ... Was an honors student and was active in community service ... Also held offers from Navy, Temple, UCF and Buffalo.
An All-Erickson selection in 2012 after throwing for 1,689 yards with 17 touchdowns ... Also earned All-New England honors and was named the team's Comeback Player of the Year ... A pocket-passing quarterback with a big arm, but missed much of his sophomore and junior seasons with injury ... Committed as a junior and was the first commitment of the 2013 class ... Was a three-year member of the lacrosse team ... His father Rick played football for Dartmouth, while his brother Tucker played at Georgetown.
JORDAN PAGE OL 6-5 / 300 EWING, N.J. THE PENNINGTON SCHOOL (N.J.)
An All-New Jersey Prep selection and named to the all-area first team as a senior ... Served as team captain ... Selected to the New Jersey North-South All-Star Game ... Played on the offensive and defensive line ... On defense he posted 52 tackles, including 24 for loss, and had three sacks ... On offense did not allow a sack all season while the rushing attack had a 1,000-yard runner for the year ... Earned All-prep honors as a freshman and junior as well ... A five year starter on the basketball team ... His father Amadi Penn played basketball at Rider, while his cousin Rich Gunnell played football at Boston College and in the NFL ... Also offered by Temple.
PETER NGOBIDI LB/DL 6-2 / 260 HYDE PARK, MASS. CATHOLIC MEMORIAL H.S.
An All-Massachusetts selection and an All-Catholic Conference pick as a senior ... Had 68 tackles, 12 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2012 ... As a junior had 60 tackles (20 for loss) and nine sacks ... Team co-captain in 2012 ... Rejoins for Catholic Memorial teammate A.J. Doyle who will be a sophomore quarterback at UMass in 2013.
Earned the Mercer County "Fuzzy" Falzone Award which is presented to the area's top lineman ... Named to the All-Division Team and the New York City SPARQ All-Combine Team ... Grew up playing soccer as his family immigrated to the United States from Ghana nine years ago ... Explosive athletic ability with a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash and can dunk a basketball ... Also played offensive guard in high school.
ARTHUR WILLIAMS DB 6-3 / 185 SEBRING, FLA. SEBRING H.S.
Named to the 58th Florida Athletic Coaches Association Football All-Star Game ... South-Central All-Star Football Classic selection ... As a senior had 45 tackles, six interceptions, a blocked punt and two touchdowns.
Named to the Bradenton Herald All-Area Second Team ... Helped Palmetto to a No. 1 ranking in the Florida Class 5A division ... Teammate of Shaquille Harris ... As a senior, had 25 catches for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns ... In 2011, posted 31 catches for 406 yards and seven touchdowns ... was a three-year starter helping Palmetto reach the District Finals twice (2010, 2011) and win the District Championship in 2011 ... Also a starter on the basketball team and was a State runner-up, Regional champion and District champion as a sprinter ... Also held offers from Florida International, Miami (OH), Middle Tennessee, Toledo and Western Michigan.
JACKSON PORTER DB 6-1 / 185 ELLICOTT CITY, MD. MT. HEBRON H.S.
A speedy defensive back/running back in high school where he was also on the track & field team as a sprinter in the 100 and 200-meter dashes ... A three-year selection to the All-Howard County Team as a wide receiver and as a defensive back ... As a running back he had 69 carries for 293 yards and three touchdowns ... Totaled more than 1,100 yards of total offense as a wide receiver and running back along with 12 career touchdowns ... On defense had 100 tackles including 48 unassisted as a senior with four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) ... Selected to the 2012 Maryland All-Star game ... Helped Mt. Hebron to its first winning season since 2004 ... On the track, was an all-county selection and holds the Mt. Hebron records in the 55, 100, 200 and 300 meter dashes ... Bronze medalist in the 200 meter dash at the 2012 Maryland State Championship ... Won the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the 3A East Regional Championship ... Named an AAU Track & Field All-American in 2009 and 2010 ... An honor roll student who also spent time volunteering as a camp counselor over the summer and with Meals on Wheels.
STEVE CASALI LB 6-2 / 225 FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. SACHEM EAST H.S.
Joins the Minutemen after playing at Sachem East under UMass alum Brian Harvey ... The most decorated individual player in Suffolk County history as he holds 18 different Sachem East football records ... Had 252 carries, 1915 yards rushing, 20 touchdowns and 104 tackles in 2012 ... As a senior earned the following awards: All-Division, All-County, All-Long Island, All-Metro teams, Hansen Award (top player in Suffolk County), Collatta Award (top LB), Cipp Award (top RB), Burnett Award (Def. Player of the Year), Suffolk County Div. I MVP ... Two-year team captain ... In three seasons, recorded 3,697 total offensive yards with 41 career touchdowns ... Defensively, had 214 career tackles with 98 in 2012 and 80 in 2011 ... Member of the National Honor Society.
An Honorable Mention selection for the Class 5A All-State team ... Member of the Bradenton Herald All-Area Second Team ... Teammate of E.J. Burston at Palmetto ... Helped Palmetto to a No. 1 ranking in the Florida Class 5A division ... Earned a spot on the 21st Annual Brad Price Memorial PAL Bowl Team ... As a senior had 41 receptions for 586 yards with 10 touchdowns ... In 2011 as a junior had 45 receptions for 842 yards and 15 touchdowns ... A team leader for the basketball team in scoring and rebounding as a four-year starter ... Member of the track team as a sprinter and high jumper ... Also held offers from Temple, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.
TYSHON HENDERSON OL 6-7 / 315 NEWARK, N.J. ST. GEORGE'S SCHOOL (R.I.)
Named to the All-New England Team as a senior as well as the All-ISL League First Team, All-Providence Journal, a PROJO All-Star, Team MVP and Offensive Line MVP ... Played offensive and defensive line ... Had 56 tackles including 25 solo stops as a senior ... Also recorded eight tackles for loss and forced four fumbles ... Earned All-League and All-New England honors as a sophomore and junior as well ... Captain of the football, basketball and track teams ... An all-star basketball player and team leader in rebounds and blocks as a sophomore and junior ... Named Team MVP for track.
D.J. WOODS WR 5-9 / 170 CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. UNIVERSITY H.S.
Led University High School to a 13-0 record and a State 3A Championship title ... Honored to the Miami Herald First Team and was listed among the top 50 seniors in Dade & Broward County ... As a senior, had 35 receptions for 349 yards and three touchdowns ... Also had seven rushes for 100 yards and one punt return for 47 yards ... A member of the track team and an honor roll student as well ... Also held offers from Georgia State, Indiana, Kentucky, Toledo and Tulane.
Named the All-County Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman as a senior ... Was an All-League First-Team selection ... Named to the Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern PA Second-Team ... Also a Big 33 Football Classic selection ... Selected to play in the 2013 Valor Bowl which is the Chester County All-Star game.
PETER ANGEH DL 6-2 / 245 SILVER SPRING, MD. THE BULLIS SCHOOL
As a senior, was named First Team All-State, All-County and All-Conference ... Earned Washington Post All-District First Team honors and was named to the Washington Post All-MET Second Team ... Also named to the All-Gazette Second-Team ... In 2012 was the captain of the defensive, Team MVP and the conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Had 71 tackles, including 21.5 for loss, and 9.5 sacks as a senior ... Led the team in tackles by more than 20 as a defensive lineman ... As a junior had 82 tackles with 17 sacks, 24 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery ... Has a black belt in Kung Fu ... Held offers from Cincinnati, Ohio, Temple and Western Michigan ... An honor roll student who also performed over 100 hours of community service and played on the baseball team.