Mashpee High Athletic Director Matt Triveri announced that two former football stars, running back/linebacker Jordan Keli'inui and quarterback/safety Zak Orcutt, will be walking-on at UMass.
The story was first reported yesterday by the Cape Cod Times.
Keli'inui and Orcutt were captains on Mashpee's historic 2011 squad, which blew out Cardinal Spellman in the Division 4 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium for its first such title in school history. Keli'inui did a post-graduate season at Williston-Northampton School this past fall, and is expected to join in this coming fall. Orcutt, who is already enrolled at UMass, will join the team for spring practices.
The two will join defensive lineman Kevin Byrne, a redshirt senior, among the Mashpee natives on the squad.
Also of note is the building pipeline of Cape Cod & Islands region players to UMass. The Minutmen signed Nantucket tight end Terrel Correia to its 2013 recruiting class on Feb. 6, and also has confirmed walk-ons in Barnstable linebacker Andrew Ellis and Dennis-Yarmouth two-way lineman Joe Tyo. Nantucket defensive back DuVaughn Beckford will also be walking-on to UMass after two years at Assumption College, while former Martha's Vineyard star Randall Jette will be a redshirt-sophomore in the fall.