ORONO, Maine -- Coming off a Colonial Athletic Association championship season in the fall, University of Maine head football coach Jack Cosgrove and his staff announced Wednesday that 16 future Black Bears have signed their letters of intent to attend the University of Maine beginning in the fall of 2014.
""We are very pleased to announce the signing of our 2014 Black Bear football recruiting class," said Cosgrove. "This is a group we are excited about getting the opportunity to work with and grow into outstanding Black Bear student-athletes. Personally, I would like to recognize the efforts of our coaching staff who evaluated, identified and pursued these very talented young men. It is also important to recognize the contributions of our current team members as hosts and ambassadors of this great University. Finally, we would like to thank the many administrators and faculty members from our campus community who greatly assisted us in selling our program. Their efforts were key in our procuring these young men!"
**Drew Belcher | 6'3" | 220 lbs | QB | Reading, MA | Reading Memorial High School**
Two-time Daily Times Chronicle Player of the Year ... 2012 league MVP ... 2012 Division 2 Player of the Year ... Three-year starter at QB ... all-time winningest QB at Reading (29-6) ... a 2012 Boston Globe All-Scholastic and ESPN All-State pick ... totaled 2,200 yards of offense and 21 touchdowns in 2013 ... helped lead team to the 2013 Middlesex League Championship ... led 2012 team to an unbeaten season, a Division 2 state championship and 2012 Middlesex League title.
**Darian Davis-Ray | 5'10" | 190 lbs | RB | Harrisburg, PA | Harrisburg High School**
Two-time All-Conference selection ... Team offensive MVP ... Big 33 nominee ... totaled 981 rushing yards, averaging 9.8 yards per carry, in addition to 271 receiving yards and 16 yards per catch.
**Angelo (AJ) Dawson | 5'8" | 170 lbs | DB | Egg Harbor Township, NJ | Holy Spirit HS**
Named first team defensive back both junior and senior seasons ... Two-time Ed Byrnes coaches award winner ... helped lead team to three state titles and Cape Atlantic League title.
**Jamil Demby | 6'4" | 300 lbs | OT | Vineland, NJ | Vineland High School**
First team All-South Jersey ... First team All-Conference ... First team Atlantic City Press All-Star ... won "King Scholar of the Year" award ... Summa Cum Laude.
**Sinmisola Demuren | 6'0" | 190 lbs | DB | Mitchellville, MD | Dematha Catholic**
Selected to play in the 2013 National Guard Maryland Crab Bowl ... Two-year starter for nationally ranked Demantha Catholic HS .. led team to an 11-1 record and a 2013 WCAC championship.
**Jeffrey DeVaughn | 5'10" | 170lbs | DB | Folcroft, PA | Academy Park HS**
Named to All-Delaware Valley (DelVal) second team ...All-Delco honorable mention ... captained team to a 10-3 record and the school's first ever District title ... totaled 50 tackles.
**Uchenna Egwuonwu | 6'2" | 270 lbs | DT | Union, NJ | Union High School**
Named first team all-conference ... All Union County and All-State group 5 ... two-year starter at Union high school ... led his team to the North 2 Group 5 State title game.
**Darrius Hart | 6'3" | 200 lbs | DB | Toms River, NJ | Toms River South**
Named first team All-Shore ... First team All-County ... Second highest interception total in league ... helped lead team to the semifinals of SJ Group 4.
**Cody Levy | 6'6" | 275 lbs | OT | Poughkeepsie, NY | Roy C. Ketcham High School**
Earned All-State Honors in AA ... Named All-Section Lineman of the Year ... All-League ... Poughkeepsie Journal all-star ... Senior all-star ... helped lead team to a league championship.
**Benjamin Lucas | 6'4" | 220 lbs | QB | Augusta, ME | Cony High School**
Honored as the Maine Gatorade Player of the Year ... James J. Fitzpatrick award winner ... Kennebec Journal Player of the Year ... Portland Press Herald Player of the Year ... helped team win 2013 state championship and 2012 Eastern Maine runners-up.
**Mozai Nelson | 6'0" | 197 lbs | DB | Uniondale, NY | Saint Anthony's High School**
Named All-League ... helped team to CHSFL Conference Championship with an 11-1 overall record and a regular season championship ... ran the fastest New York State track & field time in the 55-meters with a sprint of 6.54.
**Christopher Okupski | 6'3" | 320 lbs | OT | West Long Branch, NJ | Shore Reg. HS**
Three-year varsity starter ... First team All-State selection ... All-Monmouth County ... All-Division selection ... Earned All-Class B Central honors ... Shore Sport Network second team selection ... Helped team win the Class B Central title and reach their second-straight Central Jersey Group 1 final.
**Andrew Stevens | 6'3" | 260lbs | DT | Camden, NJ | Camden High School**
Named to the first team Independence Division ... helped team earn Royal Division Championship in 2013.
**Dexter Turner | 6'3" | 230 lbs | DT | South Paris, ME | Oxford Hills/Cushing Acad.**
Earned Cushing Academy Defensive Player of the Year honors ... NEPSAC All-New England ... PTC All-Conference ... Sun Journal Player of the Week ... Co-MVP at Oxford Hills high school ... Lobster Bowl All-Star ... Earned All-New England honors as a senior at Oxford Hills, totaled 75 tackles and three sacks.
**Connor Walsh | 6'3" | 225 lbs | DE | Milton, MA | Boston College High School**
Named ESPN Boston All-State ... Catholic Conference all-star ... Catholic Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Boston Globe/Patriot Ledger all-scholastic ... In 2013, totaled 85 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions ... helped lead team to the 2011 Catholic Conference championship and 2011 Super Bowl championship ... also paced team to the MIAA Division South final ... named to ESPN Boston.com All-State team.
**Micah Wright | 6'1" | 180 lbs | WR | Newark, NY | Newark High School**
Three-year starter ... First team all-state WR ... Finger Lakes East Player of the Year in 2013 ... Finger Lakes top-25 ... First team All-Selection on offense and defense ... totaled 33 catches for 790-yards and nine touchdowns with a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns during his senior season ... holds school record in touchdown receptions, receivings yards and interceptions in a career ... led team to Finger Lakes East Championship in 2013