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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 15:27

Maine football locks up 16 recruits on National Signing Day

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ORONO - With gaping holes on the offensive line and the sudden loss of its star running back Maine football had work to do this offseason. After the dust settled on National Signing Day, it appears the Black Bears made out pretty well.


The Black Bears addressed most of their needs including the running back and defensive back positions, but bolstering the offensive line was the priority.


The Black Bears lost several starters on the offensive line, including star Jamil Demby. Head coach Joe Harasymiak locked up five offensive lineman in this years class with the hope that they'll be able to make an immediate impact.


Tyrie Francois  (6-6, 339 lbs), Michael Gerace (6-4, 300 lbs), Kevin Jones (6-7, 290 lbs), Vincent Schell (6-4, 290 lbs), Matthias Staalsoe (6-3, 295 lbs), and Tyler Royal (6-3, 335 lbs) all possess size and length that Harasymiak coveted.


"You know we got a bunch of guys back but certainly losing guys like Demby will certainly hurt you. We got a lot of guys in the program that will certainly help us win games next year. But out of these guys coming they're going to have to be ready to compete right away," Harasymiak said. 


Skowhegan senior Jon Bell also accepted an offer to play at Maine next season, he was not offered a scholarship. 


The only scholarship player suiting up in Orono next year will be former Edward Little quarterback Grant Hartley. 


Here is the full list of recruits.

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