August 21, 2019
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Former UCLA commit among 21 signees for UMaine football team

Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Ashley L. Conti | BDN
University of Maine's Harold Alfond Stadium.

A linebacker who received scholarship offers from 10 Football Bowl Subdivision teams and decommitted from UCLA highlights a list of 21 players who signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to continue their football careers at the University of Maine starting next season.

Two players from Maine and a highly-recruited punter and place-kicker also were among the players who accepted football scholarships from the Black Bears.

“I think it’s one of the best classes we’ve had since I’ve been here,” UMaine first-year head coach Nick Charlton said. “It’s a good combination of younger and older players.”

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The Black Bears’ recruiting time was shortened because they went 10-4, won the Colonial Athletic Association title and advanced all the way to the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals for the first time in school history.

The coaches, who were directing the team in November and ran into a recruiting dead period (no contact) in December, had to scramble in January.

Charlton said last season’s unprecedented success has definitely helped recruiting.

“It definitely made Maine a very attractive place [to attend] and the staff worked hard and did a real nice job,” Charlton said.

Kolin Demens, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker from Southfield, Michigan, received offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin, in addition to UCLA. The two-time, first-team all-state linebacker at Detroit Country Day School played this year at Avon Old Farms in Connecticut and helped the Winged Beavers go 7-1.

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