LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell head football coach Joe Susan announced the six players who will complete his team’s incoming freshman class on Wednesday afternoon.
“We are fortunate to be able to complete our class of first-year players,” Susan said. “The young men who have chosen to be a part of our program represent needs at specific positions. We feel that they will add important depth to our team. A number of these young men will play a significant role in all three phases of the game.”
The Bison, who inked 12 players during NCAA football’s first ever Early Signing Period in December and added four to the class on the first day of the traditional signing period in February, now boast incoming freshmen from eight different states: Pennsylvania (6), New Jersey (4), New York (3), Texas (3), Ohio (2), Connecticut, Delaware and Oregon as well as Washington, D.C. Eleven different position groups are represented, including four at offensive line and three at defensive end.
The Bison went 5-6 (2-4 Patriot League) in 2017, posting the Patriot League’s best nonconference winning percentage. They graduate 19 seniors, including nine regular starters and six of their eight 2017 all-Patriot League selections.
Bucknell kicks off its 2018 campaign on Sept. 1 by hosting William & Mary. The Bison will play five games at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium during their 133rd season of competition. Nine of their 2017 opponents are on the 2018 slate, with Villanova and Penn taking the place of Marist and Cornell.
LB, 5-10, 205, Scarsdale, N.Y., Scarsdale High School
Scarsdale High School: Three-year letterwinner in football … served as team captain as a senior and was an all-league pick as a junior … selected to play in the Section 1 All-Star Game … honored on the All-Section 1 First Team as one of top 35 players in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Rockland Counties … named to the Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame “Golden Dozen,” which is awarded every year to the county’s top 12 scholar-athletes … awarded the David Buchanan Trophy, given annually to the Scarsdale football player who combines the best performance on the field with the best performance academically … as a senior, made 60 tackles, 11 for a loss, and rushed for 700 yards and five touchdowns … helped Scarsdale reach the section finals for the first time in school history during junior season … the Raiders also advanced to the section semifinals his sophomore year and section quarterfinals his senior campaign … was also a three-year letterwinner in track & field and one-year letterwinner in golf.
Personal: Max Aaron Bunzel … born March 30, 2000 in Scarsdale, N.Y. … son of David and Cheryl Bunzel … has two brothers: Ethan and Will.
Coach Susan’s Scouting Report: “Max was a two-way player in high school, playing both fullback and linebacker. We project him as a linebacker on our team. He has the potential to be an important player on our special teams as well.”
DE, 6-3, 230, West Linn, Ore., West Linn High School
West Linn High School: Two-year letterwinner in football … captured all-state accolades and was named West Linn’s Defensive MVP as a senior … recorded 95 tackles (65 solo) that season to help the Lions lead Oregon in scoring defense … West Linn went 21-4 during his junior and senior seasons, each year winning a conference title and advancing to the state quarterfinals … two-time all-conference selection … also lettered twice in basketball.
Personal: Luke Hamper … born May 10, 1999 in Portland, Ore. … son of Kris and Tami Hamper … has five siblings: Kyle, Taylor, Mark, Jake and Taran … older brother Kyle is a linebacker at the University of New Hampshire … shares a hometown with Sam Chitty and Blake Fletcher, members of the Bucknell football team’s class of 2020.
Coach Susan’s Scouting Report: “Luke played both defensive end and linebacker during his high-school career. He has the size potential to be an outstanding defensive end in our system. He runs very well and is effective as a pass rusher.”
RB, 6-0, 200, Wadsworth, Ohio, Wadsworth High School/Taft School
Wadsworth High School: Four-year letterwinner in football, wrestling and track & field … captained football and wrestling teams as a junior and senior … all-conference selection in football … two-time state qualifier in wrestling, finishing fifth as a junior … posted a 31-8 record as a senior … in track & field, anchored the 4x200 relay team that placed 11th at the state meet … also ran the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash and was a member of the 4x100 relay team … 2017 Medina Gazette Male Senior Athlete of the Year … completed a post-graduate year at the Taft School, where rushed for over 1,000 yards … finished high school career with 45 touchdowns.
Personal: Alexander Mason Jones … born October 8, 1998 in Hackensack, N.J. … son of Mike and Rachel Jones … has two siblings: Arianna and Braedon … father Mike played football at Villanova … uncle Bob Jones played defensive end at Penn State and for the New York Giants.
Coach Susan’s Scouting Report: “Alex was at our camp in the summer and was impressive in his ability to run at his size. He was an outstanding high-school wrestler and possesses excellent balance and leverage with the ball in his hands.”
QB, 6-3, 190, Norwalk, Conn., King School
King School: Four-year letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball … captained all three teams as a junior and senior … in football, was a three-time all-league selection and Offensive Player of the Year … two-time All-New England pick … led King School to the 2014 FAA title and 2016 and 2017 New England Class C crowns … owns school records in career passing yards (5,410), career passing touchdowns (49) and career wins as a starter (29) … also proved to be a threat to run the ball, totaling 1,745 career rushing yards and 23 touchdowns … in baseball, was a two-time all-league pick and helped King School finish as the 2017 New England Class C runner-up … in basketball, earned two Coaches Awards and one Most Improved Player nod.
Personal: Renn Ean Lints … born February 23, 2000 in Stamford, Conn. … son of Craig and Bri Lints … has a younger brother, Kaden … honor-roll student at the King School.
Coach Susan’s Scouting Report: “Renn is an excellent athlete as a quarterback. He played football, basketball and baseball in high school and excelled at all three. We are excited about how he performed as a dual-threat quarterback and how he will fit into what we plan to do offensively.”
OL/TE, 6-5, 240, Garden City, N.Y., Garden City High School
Garden City High School: Lettered in football … in 2016 and 2017, Garden City was crowned the Long Island Champions and captured the Rutgers Cup as the best team in Nassau County … during that two-season stretch, the Trojans went an undefeated 24-0.
Personal: Sean Michael Norton … born May 8, 2000 in Garden City, N.Y. … son of Michael and Kristen Norton … has four older siblings: Brittney, Ryan, Mark and Madison … brother Ryan played football at Syracuse from 2012 to 2015 before transferring to Stony Brook to play lacrosse … brother Mark Ellis played lacrosse at Stony Brook from 2014 to 2016 before moving to Hofstra as a graduate transfer in 2017.
Coach Susan’s Scouting Report: “Sean primarily played as an offensive tackle in high school. Depending on how he progresses physically, he will help us as either a line-of-scrimmage tight end or as an offensive tackle. He is a very good athlete and is one of the better pass protectors we have recruited.”
K, 6-2, 220, Skillman, N.J., Montgomery High School
Montgomery High School: Three-year letterwinner at Montgomery High School … named school’s Special Teams Player of the Year and Iron Cougar as its top lifter … former soccer player who picked up football in ninth grade … primarily played on the offensive line … was a center, tackle and guard for the Cougars … as a senior, took over as kicker for the final six games and went 3-for-4 on field goals and 16-for-20 on extra points … booted a 35-yard field goal, good for second in Montgomery’s history.
Personal: Chandler Cox Turner … born November 3, 1999 in Newtown, Mass. … son of Josh and Cheryl Turner … has an older brother, John … father Josh played soccer at Hobart College … uncle David Ray was a kicker at the University of Alabama and for the Los Angeles Rams.
Coach Susan’s Scouting Report: “Chandler is a young man who was a unique combination of offensive lineman and kicker in high school. He will join our program as a kicker for placements and kickoffs.”