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UMass Commit: Nick Berus

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Nick Berus, a longsnapper from Pine-Richland High School in Pennsylvania, has committed to UMass as a preferred walk-on.

The news comes from Rubio Longsnapping, a longsnapping camp that Berus participated in. Chris Rubio mentioned the commitment on Twitter:

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Berus is the second longsnapper to commit to UMass has a preferred walk-on during the offseason. Emmett Odegard, a 2013 longsnapper from Greenwich High School in Connecticut, committed in late February.

Both longsnappers will duke it out for the spot left behind by Matt Testani, who announced he was transferring from UMass back in December.

Here is the updated list of walk-ons who have committed to UMass.

  • Nate Crutchfield, QB: Montclair High School (N.J)
  • Klysmann Afonso, WR: Jireh Prep (N.C.)
  • Garrett FitzGerald, OL: Catholic Memorial High School (Mass.)/Saint Anslem College (N.H.)
  • Logan Laurent, K/P: Exeter High School (N.H.)
  • Joe Tyo, OL/DL: Dennis-Yarmouth High School (Mass)
  • DuVaughn Beckford, DB: Nantucket High School (Mass)/Assumption College (Mass)
  • Nick Valles, RB: Danvers High School (Mass)
  • Michael Dowe, Jr., DL: Cromwell High School (Conn)/Western New England University
  • Dillon Tighe, WR: Arundel High School (Md.)
  • Markus Colin, K: Allentown High School (N.J.)
  • Andrew Ellis, LB: Barnstable High School (Mass)
  • Costa Toubekis, OL: Dexter High School (Mass)
  • Will Giggi, OL: Medfield High School (Mass)
  • Aaron Oberst, OL/DL: Phillips Academy (Mass)
  • Lukas O’Connor, QB: Culver City High School (Calif.)/Avon Old Farms (Conn)
  • Emmett Odegard, LS: Greenwich High School (Conn)
  • Jordan Keli’inui, RB/LB: Mashpee High School (Mass)
  • Zak Orcutt, QB/S: Mashpee High School (Mass)
  • Hunter Burlinson, DB: St. John’s High School (Mass)/Assumption College (Mass)
  • Nick Berus, LS: Pine-Richland High School (Pa.)

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  1. umass1991 says:

    This shows that recruiting is truly 365 days / yr.. Also, it appears he is “signing” a LOI (?) so that would answer a previous question I had if that’s what a Preferred does..

  2. ms says:

    Brandon Howard, who missed last season, is back on the spring roster at TE. He will be a RS So. Great news.

  3. Larry says:

    Welcome aboard Nick.

    Now make the snaps and get downfield and make some tackles.

    Always like it when the LS makes the tackle after a punt.

    Larry sec 109

    1. Bob McGovern says:

      As a friend of mine said yesterday: UMass is becoming “Longsnapper U”

      1. Andy says:

        That’s because last season we were “3 and out U.” and needed good snaps on punt plays!

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