MU football announces 2014 recruiting class
MANSFIELD - Mansfield University head sprint football coach Graham Johnsen has announced the 2014 recruiting class.
"This recruiting class specifically addresses significant needs for our program," said Johnsen who enters his third season at the helm of the program. "Our coaching staff worked diligently to bring in this talented class. We are specifically pleased with the quality and depth we brought in on the offensive line and running back positions but make no mistake, we were also able to bring in high quality recruits at all position groups."
Thirty-nine student-athletes have committed to date to playing for Mansfield in the upcoming 2014 season.
The class includes players from five states with at least 25 recruits earning all-conference honors during their high school careers.
Mansfield enters its seventh year as a member of the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL), one of the most unique collegiate varsity football leagues in the country. In addition to Mansfield, the league is comprised of Army, Navy, Cornell, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Post and Franklin Pierce.
Mansfield, which drew more than 6,000 fans to the season opener against Princeton last season, returns 42 players from last year's roster including 22 who saw starting action sometime during the 2013 campaign.
"The nice part is that we have a solid corps of returners that will lead, guide and push our new additions," explained Johnsen. "This talented class will have newcomers vying for starting spots across the board. Our staff is excited and anticipates some great battles during our camp this fall."
Mansfield opens the 2014 season when the Mountaineers host the University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 20.
2014 Mansfield University Football Recruiting Class
Jake Adcroft, OL/LB, 6-0, Dalton, Pa. / Lackawanna Trail
Named 2nd Team All-League â¦ selected team Captain â¦ high honor student â¦ two-year starter on offensive line.
Austin Bennett, QB, 6-0, Beavertown, Pa. / Midd-West HS
Transfer from Juniata College â¦ honorable mention Daily Item All-Star â¦ team captain â¦ played QB, RB, TE, DE, S, K and punted in high school earning Coaches Choice Award â¦ Leadership Award recipient â¦ earned MVP Offense Award.
Wyatt Covert, LB, 5-6, Wellsboro, Pa. / Wellsboro HS
2nd Team NTL â¦ 1,028 career all-purpose yards â¦ 234 career tackles and led team in tackles with 110 his senior season.
Andre Cox, DE/OLB, 6-0, Morrisville, Pa. / Morrisville HS
Named Team Defensive MVP â¦ selected to All-Conference honors â¦ totaled 67.5 tackles, 21 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries â¦ played in Bucks County All-Star Game.
Mark Davis, OL, 5-6, Philadelphia / Mastery Charter
Two year starter at OG and OC â¦ received the coaches award his senior year.
Zachary Dawson, DL/OL, 5-10, Mt. Holly Springs, Pa. / Boiling Springs HS
Defense end and snapper with 30 tackles senior season.
Brandon Ellers, OL, 6-1, Waverly, N.Y. / Waverly HS
Two year starter at OG and OC â¦ was also a member of the wrestling team.
Jay Green, LB, 5-10, Sayre, Pa. / Sayre HS
2nd team NTL â¦ 3rd Team District 4.
Theodore Greene, OL, 5-8, Ulster, Pa. / Athens HS
Named team Outstanding Lineman of the Year â¦ excellent student.
Stephen Hall, DL, 5-7, Oneida, Pa. / Marian Catholic
Two year starter on the defensive line â¦ All-Conference Selection.
Myles Hauser, WR/RB, 5-8, Pennsauken, N.J. / Bishop Eustace Prep
Two year starter on offense and defense â¦ was named a team captain.
Joshua Jackson, RB, 5-7, Geneva, N.Y. / Geneva HS
Rushed for 1,695 yards and 23 TDs â¦ 1st Team All-Conference selection â¦ member of Section V Class B Championship team.
Raymond Jackson, WR/RB, 5-11, Staten Island, N.Y. / New Dorp HS
Two year starter â¦ 35 receptions for 538 yards and 9 touchdowns â¦ 1st Team All-Conference â¦ First Team All-Section â¦ captain.
Brian Jannone, PK, 6-1, Canton, Pa. / Canton HS
Connected on 26-27 PATs during senior season with career long 40-yard field goal â¦ earned 1st Team All-NTL named to 2nd Team All-Region â¦ Honorable Mention All-State.
Damarkus Jones, RB/B, 5-7, Philadelphia, Pa. / Lincoln HS
Two year starter â¦ 84 rushes for 372 yards.
Larry Kasmarcik, RB/WR/P, 6-1, Newark Valley, N.Y. / Newark Valley
Racked up 793 all-purpose yards with 5 TDs in nine games during senior season â¦ Ernie Davis All-Star â¦ also punted for Newark Valley.
Eddie Keitel, CB, 5-10, Philadelphia / Lincoln HS
7 receptions for 111 yards.
Paul Lassiter, LB, 5-10, Taylor, Pa. / Riverside HS
Two year starter â¦ racked up 103 tackles his senior season (82 solo) â¦ All-Conference LB.
Dustyn Mack, DB, 5-9, Waverly, N.Y. / Waverly HS
Derek Marshall, WR, 6-1, Elmira, N.Y. / Notre Dame HS
53 receptions for 921 yards â¦ All-Conference and All-State Selection.
Kevin Mee, OL, 5-10, Dunmore, Pa. / Kings College
Transfer from Kings College â¦ played football at Dunmore High School.
Tevin Miller, QB, 6-1, Randallstown, M.D. / New Town HS
Passed and rushed for 27 touchdowns in his senior yearâ¦ which happened to be his first year of playing footballâ¦
Trelijah Miller, RB/DB, 5-9, Milwaukee, Wis. / Riverside University HS
Transfer from Arkansas Baptist â¦ selected to 1st Team Milwaukee City All-Conference in HS â¦ named 1st Team All-Conference track and field.
Kyle Post, DE/OLB, 5-10, Sayre, Pa. / Sayre HS
All-NTL â¦ District 4 All-Star
Eric Provosty, WR/RB, 5-6, Effort, Pa. / Pius X HS
1st Team All-Conference â¦ 1,244 all-purpose yards and 7 touchdowns in his career â¦ 129 career tackles.
Billy Robbins, P/ATH, 6-4, Pottsville, Pa. / Pottsville HS
Averaged 35 yards per punt during senior season.
Sean Rock, RB, 5-8, Clarks Summit, Pa. / Abington Heights HS
Accounted for 866 all-purpose yards and helped team post 10-2 record earning AAA District II runner-up â¦ Second Team All-Region selection.
Justin Service, DB/WR, 5-11, Pennsburg, Pa. / Perkiomen HS
Wade Smouse, WR/DB, 5-11, DuBois, Pa. / DuBois HS
Christian Sookdeo, ATH, 6-1, Carmel, N.Y. / Carmel HS
Transfer from Wittenberg University â¦ completed 61 percent of his passes as a high school senior for a 1,200 yards with five touchdowns â¦ posted a QB rating of 96â¦ At Wittenberg he transitioned to safetyâ¦
Leron Strothers, RB, 5-8, Philadelphia / Lincoln HS
Eddie Stewart, DB/ATH, Endicott, N.Y. / Union-Endicott HS
Section 4 All-Star
Devin Sumner, WR/DB, 5-11, Oxford, Pa. / Oxford
All-Conference wide receiver selection â¦ All-Conference defensive back who led team with six interceptions.
Hunter Thomas, QB/DB, 5-10, Elmira, N.Y. / Notre Dame HS
Section 4 All-Star/All-State â¦ All-State in baseball â¦ 86-152 passing for 1,503 yards and 12 touchdowns â¦ Captain.
Dennis Torbert, OL, 6-1, Millersville, Pa. / Penn Manor HS
Nick Torsell, OL, 5-10, Bellwood, Pa. / Bellwood-Antis HS
Tallied 121 tackles in his career â¦ named team's Defensive Player of the Year â¦ three sport standout in football, wrestling, and track.
Eli Warnick, TE/WR, 6-2, Muncy, Pa. / Muncy HS
1st Team HAC/All-NTL â¦ racked up 815 total yards in his career.
Corey Whitlock, DB, 5-9, Randallstown, M.D. / Randallstown HS
All-Conference/Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star Game Selection Team MVP
Tyler Wolcott, TE, 5-10, Waverly, N.Y. / Waverly HS