Maine football adds 8 players on signing day, Mainers expected to make an impact on O-line

“There is definitely a need there, but we’re going to be addressing it.”
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Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 9:49 PM EST
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ORONO, Maine (WABI) - National signing day for UMaine football. The Black Bears bringing in 8 players.

Most of them will join the vaunted “Black Hole” defense.

“Defensive back was a big part of this and we have certain room, certain spots for scholarships, and defense of back was a big one,” says UMaine head coach Nick Charlton, “To be able to sign some of these guys really really happy with the group that we have.”

A different type of recruiting this year. Trust in connections with mostly virtual game footage and player interviews.

“We are not trying to sell people things that aren’t real. We are trying to give you the real experience here” says Charlton, “Because you know, we are trying obviously to recruit young players to come here. But, we want them to stay, we want them to thrive, and become great players here, great student-athletes. So, it’s about being very authentic and then it’s about communication.”

With All-American offensive lineman Liam Dobson leaving the program, Coach Charlton knows he will need to fill some holes before the spring season.

“There is definitely a need there, but we’re going to be addressing it. We’re confident in the guys we have currently in the program,” says Charlton, “Liam has played guard and tackle. One of the big names its going to be definitely a big part of everything again is Gunner Docos who’s going to be stepping up. Who is a Maine kid, obviously. He’s going to be back probably in a big way, to be honest with you. We plan on him coming back next fall as well.”

The offensive line also addressed with the addition of former Thornton Academy player, and Sacred Heart transfer, Jack Webb.

“He’s coming back home which we’re really excited about. He played a little bit during his time at Sacred Heart. I think he’s looking for a new opportunity,” says Charlton, “Certainly the Thorton Academy connection is a big one there. He’s excited about getting back up here.”

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