University of Delaware Football Announces 2012 Recruiting Class, Incoming Transfers
February 1, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware football head coach K.C. Keeler announced on Wednesday the signing of 10 outstanding high school recruits who have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to attend UD on a scholarship and compete for the Blue Hens this coming fall.
In addition to the 10 recruits, Keeler (at right) also announced the additions of transfers Trent Hurley from Bowling Green and Sam Collura from Pittsburgh. Hurley is a sophomore quarterback from Connellsville, Pa. (Greensburg Central Catholic HS) and Collura is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman from Elkridge, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS). Both are enrolled at Delaware and will take part in spring drills beginning in March.
The 10 incoming recruits hale from six different states, including two each from Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and includes three wide receivers, two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, one defensive back, one running back, and one kicker.
Six of the 10 recruits took part in Delaware’s one-day high school camp this summer.
“This is a big day all around the country and it is for us too,” said Keeler, who will enter his 11th season this fall. “This is a great class for us and we are exicted that we got what we wanted and needed. This is a special group, not only as football players but as people. Our staff really enjoyed working with this group and we are looking forward to them contributing to our program in the future.”
Delaware, which advanced to the NCAA national title game three times during the 2000’s, including a national title in 2003, just missed a spot in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 when the Blue Hens posted a 7-4 overall record and won its final three games.
Below are biographies on the 10 incoming recruits and two transfers along with quotes from Keeler:
CONNOR BOZICK • 6-5 • 300 • Offensive Line • Severn, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)
Outstanding offensive tackle and guard at DeMatha Catholic High School for head coach Elijah Brooks...another in a long line of DeMatha standouts to play at Delaware, including two-time All-CAA center Rob McDowell who closed out his career this past fall having started every game of his career...earned second team Big Schools All-State honors in 2011 and was a first team All-Prince George’s County and second team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference pick as a senior...rated as the No. 45 top high school player in state of Maryland...started in the Crab Bowl and Chesapeake Bowl All-Star games...only lineman picked as a Top 10 performer in the Crab Bowl...team went 7-4 and lost in the semifinals of the conference playoffs in 2011...served as team captain as a senior...also competes in lacrosse and wrestling at DeMatha....attended UD Football Camp...plans to major in sport management or marketing at Delaware...grandfather, John Bozick, played football at Penn State; uncle, Bruce Bozick, played college football at Kentucky; and father played college football at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy... last name pronounced “bo-zick” ...full name is John Connor Bozick...son of John and Vickie Bozick.
“We have been very fortunate with the kids we have gotten from DeMatha. It is a great program and the kids come in understanding what they need to do in terms of committment and academics. Connor is a very athletic big man who had some interest from some of the bigger schools but liked what he saw here. He has a big frame and has great footwork.”
CRAIG BRODSKY • 5-11 • 195 • Defensive Back • Orange Park, Fla. (Fleming Island HS)
Outstanding athlete who played defensive back for head coach Jeff Webb at Fleming Island High School...two-time All-State selection....two-time member of the Florida Times Union All-First Coast team...named to the Florida Times Union Super 24 Team as a senior...rated by Rivals.com as one of the top 160 players in the state of Florida...served as team captain and was voted team Most Valuable Player as a senior...exciting all-purpose player who intercepted 12 passes over his final two seasons, returning five for touchdowns...also returned five kickoffs and punts for touchdowns as a senior in 2011...led team to a record of 21-4 over his final two seasons...team went 12-1 and advanced to regionals in 2010 and posted a 9-3 record and advanced to the second round of the state tournament in 2011...rated a 2-Star Prospect by Rivals.com...attended UD Football Camp...runs the 40-yard dash in 4.44...plans to major in exercise science at Delaware...son of Rob and Dana Brodsky.
“We first saw Craig at our one-day workout and were very impressed. He is a special football player who can play corner or safety and can also return punts and kickoffs. When he gets the ball in his hands, he is electric. He plays very fast and his speed was a major factor in why we liked him so much. He is an impressive young man and a high academic performer. It was a no-brainer when we saw him.”
SAM COLLURA • 6-4 • 28 8 • Offensive Line • Elkridge, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS / University of Pittsburgh)
Currently enrolled at Delaware after transfer from Pittsburgh following fall semester...will take part in spring drills and have redshirt freshman eligibility this fall...joins UD offensive line unit that graduated four starters, including All-American guard Gino Gradkowski...expected to play guard for Delaware...did not see action at Pitt last season as a true freshman for head coach Todd Graham....rated one of the top 20 prospects in the state of Maryland by Rivals.com...two-way starter at DeMatha for head coach Bill McGregor…as a senior in 2010, compiled 86 tackles and 12 sacks at defensive end and had 14 receptions for 287 yards (20.5 avg.) and five touchdowns at tight end…compiled 28 catches for 581 yards (20.8 avg.) and eight TDs for his career…two-time All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC)… All-Prince Georges County…helped team to a 9-3 mark and second consecutive berth in the WCAC championship game…DeMatha went 31-5 (.861) during his three varsity seasons…rated one of the top 50 prospects in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep…rated a 3-Star Prospect by Rivals.com...son of Joseph and Kelly Collura...last name pronounced “kuh-lore-uh”.
“Sam is another DeMatha product who we are really excited about. He went to Pitt as a tight end and they moved away from that position. He has upped his weight to 288 and really looks good. He is an athletic kid who can be a great offensive guard for us. He has good feet and good balance and will challenge for a starting spot on our line which lost four starters. He needs a full spring to get comfortable at offensive line but we are very excited about having him.”
MARK DOE • 5-9 • 165 • Wide Receiver • Collingdale, Pa. (Academy Park HS)
Standout wide receiver and defensive back for head coach Jason Voshyski at Academy Park High School in Delaware County...has outstanding speed and athleticism...honorable mention All-State selection by Pennsylvania Football News as a defensive back in both 2010 and 2011...earned All-Del Val Conference honors all three varsity seasons, earning first team all-purpose honors on offense and defense in 2011, first team honors on defense in 2010, and honorable mention honors at wide receiver and defensive back in 2009...earned first team All-Delaware County honors on defense in 2011 and honorable mention notice in 2010...named Academy Park High School team Most Valuable Player as a senior...as a senior, posted 77 tackles and three sacks and returned four of his five interceptions for touchdowns, caught 13 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 632 yards and eight touchdowns...for his career, registered 165 tackles, six sacks, seven interceptions (six for touchdowns), 42 receptions for 790 yards and six touchdowns, and rushed for 964 yards and nine touchdowns...team went 8-4 in 2011 and advanced to regional quarterfinals...attended UD Football Camp...runs the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds...also competes in track & field...plans to major in psychology...son of James and Comfort Doe.
“Mark ran the fastest 40-yard dash time out of the nearly 400 athletes who took part in our one-day camp over the summer. He was just spectacular and we could tell quickly he was someone who we really wanted here at Delaware. We took one look at him and offered him that day. We need to get more dynamic to compete and Mark is a flat-out burner and explosive. He is a great kid who will really fit in well with our team chemistry.”
ERIC ENDERSON • 6-1 • 185 • Kicker/Punter • Hampton, Va. (Phoebus HS)
Enjoyed an outstanding career as a placekicker, punter, and quarterback for head coach Stan Sexton at Phoebus High School...three-year starter...one of the top kickers in the state...earned All-State, All-region, and All-district squads all three seasons as a kicker and punter....led team to a 13-2 record and No. 6 ranking in the state this past season when the team won its fourth straight state title....threw a 50-yard touchdown pass in the state title game to put Phoebus up for good...team won 45 straight games at one point during his career...also played soccer....National Honor Society student...plans to major in communications at Delaware...son of Mark and Kim Enderson.
“Eric is another player who really impressed us in his one-day workout here. We saw him kick and he made something like 30 in a row. He didn’t miss many. He is a talented kid who is a football player, not just a specialist. He had the kind of intangibles we liked and when you find a kid like him, you take him. Our plan is to redshirt him (with All-CAA kicker Sean Baner returning) and really see a bright future ahead for him.”
SIMBA GWASHAVANHU • 6-1 • 180 • Wide Receiver • Gaithersburg, Md. (Gaithersburg HS)
Standout wide receiver and defensive back at Gaithersburg High School for head coach Kreg Kephart...consensus All-State performer as a senior, earning first team Big School honors..earned second team All-Metro honors by the Washington Post as a senior...started at wide receiver in Maryland Crab Bowl Game...has been timed at 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash....born in Zimbabwe and also lived for a period of time in China....son of Wilbert and Ruth Gwashavanhu...full name is Simbarashe Gwashavanhu...last name pronounced “gwash-uh-vahn-who”.
“Simba is not big, but he is a very talented kid with a lot of athleticism. He was a first team All-State pick in Maryland who committed early with us. We expect him to develop into a great player who can help us.”
VINCE HOLLERMAN • 6-2 • 235 • Defensive Line • Woodbine, Ga. (Camden County HS)
Outstanding defensive end at Camden County High School for head coach Jeff Herron....one of two recruits from Camden County High School, joining fellow lineman Josh Plummer...earned All-State honors in Georgia as both a junior in 2010 and as a senior in 2011...two-time region Defensive Player of the Year in 2010-11....selected as Camden County Co-Defensive Most Valuable Player each of his final two seasons...recorded 30 tackles with two quarterback sacks in 2010 and posted 40 tackles with 12 sacks and two pass breakups as a senior in 2011...also recovered one fumble and forced another as a senior...led the 2012 team to a 12-1 record, a perfect 8-0 mark in regional play, a regional title, and a berth in the state Elite Eight...plans to major in engineering at Delaware...son of Jennifer Mathis.
“Vince is another player who committed early to us. He is a dynamic defensive end who just jumps off the charts on film. He played with four other defensivse lineman at Camden County who received Division I scholarships and he was the team’s defensive Most Valuable Player, which says a lot. He is a special football player with great strength who can bring a lot ot the table. We need players like him who can be dynamic, rush the passer, and put pressure on the passing game.
TRENT HURLEY • 6-4 • 220 • Quarterback • Connellsville, Pa. (Greensburg Central Catholic HS/Bowling Green University)
Currently enrolled at Delaware and will take part in spring drills beginning in March...will have sophomore eligibility this fall and will battle for starting spot along with returnees Tim Donnelly, Trevor Sasek, and Justin Burns...played two seasons at Bowling Green for head coach Dave Clawson...played in four games in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, completing 9 of 16 passes for 115 yards and one interception...was 6 of 10 for 69 yards vs. Western Michigan...standout quarterback at Greensburg Central Catholic for head coach Muzzy Collosimo...team captain... helped lead his team to a conference championship and an appearance in the state AA finals...played in East-West Pennsylvania All-Star game...first team All-State as a senior by the Associated Press...holds the school record for passing yards in a season and career....rated a 3-Star Prospect by Rivals.com...son of James and Lauren Hurley...grandfather Lawrence “Bobby” Locke pitched in for Cleveland, Philadelphia, Cincinnati and California in major league baseball.
“With the injury to Trevor Sasek last season, we really thought we had to take a transfer at quarterback. We recruited Trent out of high school so he had been on our campus. He was not a mystery. He has good size and good footwork and he can extend plays. We are excited to see what he can bring. He reminds us a little of Pat Devlin so that is a big plus.”
WILL LEWIS • 6-4 • 265 • Offensive Lineman • Jacksonville, Fla. (Bishop Kenny HS)
Standout two-way lineman at Bishop Kenny High School for head coach.....earned All-district honorable mention honors as a senior in 2011 despite missing six games with a sprained knee injury...earned Jacksonville All-City honors in both 2010 and 2011...first team All-district offensive lineman in 2010...rated by Rivals.com as the No. 3 offensive tackle in Jacksonville area, No. 5 in Northeast Florida, and No. 28 in state of Florida...rated a 2-Star Prospect by Rivals.com...son of Greg and Linda Lewis.
“Will also attended our one-day workout in the summer and committed early. He really impressed us with the way he dominated. He is yet another product from the Jacksonville area where we have had a great track record, thanks to our defensive line Phil Petitte. Will most likely will play tackle for us but he can play the guard or center position too.”
ANDREW PETERSON • 6-3 • 185 • Wide Receiver • Newark, Del. (Charter School of Wilmington HS)
Lone Delaware product in 2012 scholarship class...exciting pass-catcher who was an All-State selection as a senior in 2011 at Charter School of Wilmington for head coach and former Delaware player Tyran Rice...earned second team All-Blue Hen Conference honors...nominated to play in the annual Blue-Gold High School All-Star Game in June at Delaware Stadium...earned honorable mention All-Blue Hen Conference honors as a junior in 2010...served as team captain as a senior....caught 40 passes for 430 yards and 10 touchdowns and intercepted three passes as a junior....caught 45 passes for 586 yards and eight touchdowns, rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown, and intercepted one pass as a senior...team went 7-3 in 2010....attended UD Football Camp...also competed in track and field and basketball at Charter...has run a 4.6 40-yard dash...plans to major in exercise science at Delaware...son of Alexander and Sandra Peterson.
“Andrew is probably the sleeper of this recruiting class. He has a great size at 6-3 and his potential is through the roof. We were very impressed with his hands, his focus, and his concentration. He has a tremendous upside.”
JOSH PLUMMER • 6-2 • 300 • Defensive Line • Saint Mary’s, Ga. (Camden County HS)
Standout defensive lineman at Camden County High School for head coach Jeff Herron....teammate of fellow Blue Hen recruit Vincent Hollerman...led the 2012 team to a 12-1 record, a perfect 8-0 mark in regional play, a regional title, and a berth in the state Elite Eight...team was nationally ranked in the top 10 at one point in the season...earned All-District (Region 3) honors as both a junior an senior....collected 39 tackles and 18 quarterback sacks over his final two seasons...son of Gus Plummer and Tionette Wright.
“Josh is a charismatic kid who the whole staff really fell in love with. He will play at about 290 lbs. for us and can be an explosive force off the line. He plays at one of the top programs in the country at Camden County. Football is so big down there and there is a culture where kids understand what they need to do to play at the next level. He looks to be back at 100 percent after a knee injury his junior year and we are exicted to have him. The sky is the limit for Josh.”
JALEN RANDOLPH • 6-1 • 230 • Running Back • Ridley Park, Pa. (Ridley HS)
Bruising running back with great size...standout at running back and linebacker at Ridley High School in nearby Delaware County (Pa.) for head coach Dennis Decker...named first team all-region running back by easternpafootball.com...earned All-Central League honors by the Philadelphia Inquirer three times, including first team honors at running back in 2011...three-year All-Delaware County pick by Delaware County Daily Times, including first team laurels on defense as a senior...played in second annual Chesapeake Bowl in December...named Central League Player of the Week in September when he rushed for a school-record 270 yards and four touchdowns vs. Marple-Newtown...Pennsylvania Big 33 Hot 100 Prospect List...took part in Under Armour 360 Combine in Baltimore, Md. in May, 2011...rushed for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior...led Ridley teams to a three-year mark of 32-7 and two league titles...team went 13-2 and won district title in 2009...rated a 3-Star Prospect by Rivals.com...son of Patrick and Julie Randolph....father is currently the wide receivers coach at NCAA Division III Ursinus (Pa.) College, was one of the all-time great running backs in Pennsylvania history, and enjoyed an outstanding career at West Virginia University....relative of Mike Randolph, who played football at Delaware in 1975-77.
“We wanted to recruit a big back in this class and we got the right guy. Jalen gives you something different in the backfield. He had some FBS offers but liked what he saw here at Delaware. He is a talented young man who is smooth and physical and can also catch the ball out of the backfield. He also is a high academic kid who comes from a good pedigree.”
|Name||Pos.||Ht./Wt.||Hometown/High School (Last School)|
|Connor Bozick||OL||6-5/300||Severn, Md./DeMatha|
|Craig Brodsky||DB||5-11/195||Orange Park, Fla./Fleming Island|
|Mark Doe||WR||5-9/165||Collingdale, Pa./Academy Park|
|Eric Enderson||K/P||6-1/185||Hampton, Va./Phoebus|
|Simba Gwashavanhu||WR||6-1/180||Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg|
|Vince Hollerman||DE||6-2/235||Woodbine, Ga./Camden County|
|Will Lewis||OL||6-4/265||Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny|
|Andrew Peterson||WR||6-3/185||Newark, Del./Charter School of Wilmington|
|Josh Plummer||DL||6-2/300||Saint Mary's, Ga./Camden County|
|Jalen Randolph||RB||6-1/230||Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley|
|Sam Collura (Fr.r)||OL||6-4/288||Elkridge, Md./DeMatha (Pittsburgh)|
|Trent Hurley (Soph.)||QB||6-4/220||Connellsville, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic (Bowling Green)|