ORONO, Maine — Fitzpatrick Trophy winner Ben Lucas of Cony High School is one of 16 football players who have signed letters of intent to play football at the University of Maine, the school announced in a news release Wednesday.
“This is a group we are excited about getting the opportunity to work with and grow into outstanding Black Bear student-athletes,” Maine head coach Jack Cosgrove said.
Lucas, a record-breaking quarterback for Augusta-based Cony, received the Fitzpatrick Trophy, which represents the state’s top senior player-sportsman, after leading the Rams to a 9-2 record and its first football state championship since 1932 last fall.
He completed 225 of 373 pass attempts for 3,357 yards, 41 touchdowns and just eight interceptions this season, capped off by a 24-of-46, 347-yard performance in Cony’s come-from-behind 30-23 win over Kennebunk in the state final.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 230-pound Lucas concluded his high school football career with 7,575 passing yards and 89 touchdown passes — both considered unofficial state records — while throwing just 28 interceptions in more than 900 passing attempts.
The new class of UMaine recruits also includes Dexter Turner of South Paris, a Cushing Academy defensive tackle who was an All-New England selection by the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council.
The other UMaine signees include:
— Drew Belcher, quarterback, Reading, Mass., a two-time Daily Times Chronicle Player of the Year and 2012 MVP.
— Darian Davis-Ray, running back, Harrisburg, Pa., a two-time all-conference selection and team offensive MVP.
— Angelo Dason, defensive back, Egg Harbor Township, N.J., named first-team defensive back both junior and senior seasons.
— Jamil Demby, Vineland, N.J., first-team All-South Jersey and first-team All-Conference.
— Sinmisola Demuren, defensive back, Mitchellville, Md., a two-year starter for nationally ranked Demantha Catholic HS.
— Jeffrey DeVaughn, defensive back, Folcroft, Pa., named to All-Delaware Valley (DelVal) second team.
— Uchenna Egwuonwu, defensive tackle, Union, N.J., named first-team all-conference.
— Darrius Hart, defensive back, Toms River, N.J., named first-team All-Shore.
— Cody Levy, offensive tackle, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., earned All-State Honors in Double-A.
— Mozai Nelson, defensive back, Uniondale, N.Y., named All-League.
— Christopher Okupsk, offensive tackle, West Long Branch, N.J., three-year varsity starter and a first-team all-state selection.
— Andrew Stevens, defensive tackle, Camden, N.J., named to the first-team Independence Division.
— Connor Walsh, defensive end, Milton, Mass., named ESPN Boston All-State.
— Micah Wright, wide receiver, Newark, N.Y., three-year starter.