Four football players sign with MU
Mansfield University head sprint football coach Graham Johnsen has announced that four student-athletes have committed to playing for the Mountaineers for the 2013 season.
"We are excited to have these four young men join our Mountaineer family," said Johnsen. "They certainly fit our philosophy of recruiting character and academics first and foremost. We're very pleased these four student-athletes have made a commitment to join us and believe they have the type of character we can continue to build our program around."
Kirk Haskill - A junior college transfer kicker and punter from the College of the Sequoias in California, Haskill was a three-year starter at Redwood High School where he posted a 3.96 GPA. He connected on 17-18 PAT attempts at the College of the Sequoias. Haskill is also a California Scholastic Federation Lifetime member and was a 1st team All-League Specialist in high school.
Kyle Pierce - A quarterback from Spencer-Van Etten High School, Pierce was a two-year captain as well as an All-Section IV selection in 2011. He was selected to play in the Ernie Davis All-Star game this year. An outstanding student, Pierce is a member of the National Honor Society and carries a 3.9 GPA. He is a three-time Scholar of the Month and a member of ARM (Athletes as Role Models). He is the son of former Mountaineer wideout Cliff Pierce.
Derrick Burd - A student-athlete at Mansfield High School, Burd played football under former Mountaineer player and assistant coach Tom Dickinson at North Penn High School. Last season, Burd found the endzone four times on 65 touches. Burd is also a member of the Mansfield High School boys basketball team and is projected play tight end for the Mountaineers.
Brandon Pace - Pace will transfer to Mansfield from Erie Community College. A three-year starter at Bennett High School, Pace was named All-Western New York at cornerback and ranked as the top cornerback in Section VI. He was credited with 24 solo tackles and six touchdowns during his senior season, returning two of the interceptions for touchdowns.
"It's a good start to what our staff expects to be a strong recruiting class," said Johnsen.