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UMass Recruiting: Josh Bruns, Notes

(UMass commit Josh Bruns/Scout)

UMass picked up a verbal commitment from Josh Bruns, an offensive tackle from Bullhead City, Ariz. who has been playing for Glendale Community College. The news comes via Scout, which indicates that Bruns was on campus on Friday.

Bruns is the first JUCO commit for the 2013 class, and the only JUCO player Charley Molnar and staff have accepted a commitment from aside from punter Colter Johnson.

Florida Atlantic, Idaho State and Southeast Missouri State also offered Bruns.

In high school, the 6’5, 285-pound athlete was named second-team All-State. Scout listed him as first-team All-State and first-team All-Region. Back then he was fielding interest from Arizona, Arizona State and Northern Arizona, according to Rivals. He was also on Scout’s All-Sleeper team due to his frame.

The commitment is a bit of a head-scratcher for two reasons: 1) The Minutemen very rarely get commitments out of Arizona, especially from offensive linemen; and 2) Molnar has said in the past that UMass would not recruit junior college players. In fact, in an interview with the Maroon Musket, Molnar said: “We dont even have a coach assigned to any junior colleges. That’s not part of my vision for the football team as we move forward.”

However, with the recent departure of offensive lineman John Wallace, UMass may be in a position where it needs add depth immediately. While the Minutemen have a a deep class of offensive linemen, they will need some experience up front to compete next season.

Here is the updated list of recruits who have verbally committed:

  • Cole Ormsby, DE: Windsor HS (Conn)
  • Todd Stafford, QB: Greenwich HS (Conn)
  • Steven Casali, LB/RB:  Sachem East HS (N.Y.)
  • Richard Queen, OL: Bergen Catholic HC (N.J.)
  • Sam Zeff, OL: Montclair High School (N.J.)
  • Jordan Page, OL: The Pennington School (N.J)
  • Terrel Correia, DE/OL: Nantucket High School (Mass)
  • D.J. Woods, WR: University School (Fla.)
  • Tyshon Henderson, OL: St. George’s School (R.I.)
  • Shane Huber, LB: St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.)
  • Peter Ngobidi, LB/DE: Catholic Memorial High School (Mass)
  • Enock Asante, OL/DT: Steinert High School (N.J)
  • Daquan Mack, HB/FB: Pennsbury High School (Pa.)
  • Nate Crutchfield, QB: Montclair High School (N.J) - preferred walk-on
  • Klysmann Afonso, WR: Jireh Prep (N.C.) - walk-on
  • Jackson Porter, DB: Mt. Hebron High School (Md.)
  • Sharif Custis, TE: St John Neumann (Pa)
  • Julian Taylor, DE: Williamstown High School (N.J.)
  • Brandon Peoples, RB: Milford Academy (N.Y.)/Archbishop Wood High School (Pa.)
  • Josh Bruns: OL: Glendale Community College (Ariz)

Molnar and Co. have also extended a few more scholarship offers.

Perhaps most interesting is that UMass offered Robert Davis, a 2013 running back from the Tampa Bay area who recently decommitted from Cincinnati. Davis mentioned the offer on Twitter. According to 247 Sports, Davis is a two-star recruit and holds offers from Memphis, Ball State and Bowling Green. ESPN has Davis as a three-star recruit.

Isaiah McKenzie, a 2014 wide receiver from American Heritage High school, has also reportedly picked up an offer from UMass. Check out his highlights here.

Finally, Dale Harding, a 2016 linebacker from Eastern Christian Academy in Maryland, has picked up a UMass offer. Rivals’ Shawn Brown broke the news on Twitter.

11 Comments

  1. ms says:

    He’s not even listed on the three-or four-deep. No wonder he wants out. Seems like a bright and very capable student. If he can play, bring him on!

  2. Jon says:

    Looks like the staff may have got another transfer from Michigan (a WR this time). Ricardo Miller said on twitter that he was at UMass this weekend and will be there by spring break. Ideally he could step right in and fill Deion Walker’s production.

    1. RL says:

      Is Ricardo miller a TE or WR? Looking at his size, he would be the biggest WR in the MAC. About 6′ 5 and 235.

      1. RL says:

        Actually, looks like that 6’5 is off. Latest Michigan roster has him at 6’3 220.

      2. Dave says:

        From some cursory internet reading, it sounds like Michigan switched him over to tight end at some point. Out of high school, he was listed as being able to play either WR or TE.

        1. Bumpa says:

          http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2012/11/wrte_ricardo_miller_leaves_mic.html

          He is a TE..it appears he might have already graduated? Which would be early. He was an early enrollee, and his bio leads me to believe he isn’t an academic slouch by any means. This would be good. We need someone else at TE besides Gronkflower.

          1. SJGMoney says:

            The article says he’s a redshirt sophomore. Unless he has managed to get his degree in 2.5-3 years I doubt he is going to be able to play next year, going to have to sit out a year.

    2. Bob McGovern says:

      I have reached out to several sources regarding this kid, and while there is definitely something there, I don’t have enough to run with an article. This is something that I will follow, but in fairness to the parties involved, I won’t write an article at this time. Great catch guys.

        1. SJGMoney says:

          Interesting, looks like he will get his degree in only 3 years. Pretty impressive. As the guy wrote, it looks like he is a “tweener” with no fit in a pro style offense. However in a spread a smaller TE can be very useful (just watch Oregon some time).

  3. Steve says:

    Just a guess to the connection, but maybe when Coach Hudson was at New Mexico he knew about Bruns.







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