June 11, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- In concurrence with the visits to the Miami University campus by incoming freshmen between now and June 28 for the 16 sessions of Summer Orientation, MURedHawks is introducing each of the 25 freshman football recruits to their future classmates.
Coach Don Treadwell's recruiting class was ranked No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference by Vandelay Sports last February, while four future RedHawks were ranked by Vandelay to be among the Conference's top 11 individual freshmen.
This is the third of five stories that will appear, with the remaining introductions scheduled for June 19 and 25. Each story will include five of Miami's recruits. Today, we highlight freshmen Nate Gerbus, Kent Kern, DaQuan Lucas, Jay Mastin and Spencer McInnis.
Get ready Miami freshmen ... your first-year classmates appear to have what it takes to help the RedHawk football team soar in 2012!
NATE GERBUS: Linebacker, 6-1, 220 ... Cincinnati, OH ... St. Xavier High School ... Coach Steve Specht
A teammate of fellow RedHawk recruits Bryson Albright and Brandyn Cook, Gerbus helped lead Coach Steve Specht's Bombers to a 10-4 record, a Region 4 championship and a berth in the 2011 Division I state semifinals ... Gerbus injured his knee in the semifinal contest ... he was the GCL's Defensive Player of the Year, a first-team All-Tri-State choice, and a second-team all-stater ... Gerbus's senior-year statistics included 145 tackles and 17 quarterback sacks ... also lettered in wrestling ... a member of the National Spanish Honor Society ... will major in business at Miami ... the son of Alan and Mary Gerbus.
Coach Treadwell about Nate Gerbus: "He is very physical and a punishing tackler. Nate has the ability to be an impact player not only on defense, but also with special teams. He's a very exciting player to watch."
KENT KERN: Linebacker, 6-1, 220 ... Toledo, OH ... St. John's Jesuit High School ... Coach Doug Pearson
A first-team All-state selection as a senior, he twice won all-conference and all-district honors for Coach Doug Pearson's Titans ... he was a two-way star at St. John's, registering career defensive statistics of 255 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback sacks and caused 11 fumbles ... offensively, his stats included 2,461 rushing yards (33 touchdowns) and 768 passing yards (12 TDs) ... served as team captain his senior season ... ranked among ScoutingOhio.com's Top 150 ... Kent's brother, Kevin, plays football at Dayton and his uncle lettered in football at the Air Force Academy ... carried a 4.2 GPA in the classroom ... the son of Michael and Martha Kern.
Coach Treadwell about Kent Kern: "His body already looks like that of an upperclassman. As a linebacker, Kent has that wingspan that defensive ends typically have. He's been involved with martial arts since a very young age. He wrestles for the fun of it, just to stay in shape. How many kids do that? We're really excited about Kent."
DaQUAN LUCAS: Defensive Back, 5-11, 185 ... St. Stephens, SC ... Timberland High School ... Coach Art Craig
The Timberland Wolves (14-1), led by Lucas, were state champions in 2011 ... DaQuan was the 2A Division I Defensive Player of the Year and Frederick County Defensive Player of the Year ... he earned all-state and All-Low-Country honors ... as an outside linebacker, DaQuan had 114 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 12 quarterback sacks in 2011 ... as a running back last season, he was equally impressive, rushing for 890 yards and 19 touchdowns ... Timberland's football team has compiled a 26-2 record the last two seasons ... he made the Max Prep All-America second-team ... Lucas also earned four letters as a sprinter for the track and field team ... an Honor Roll student in the classroom ... intends to major in kinesiology at Miami ... the son of Franklin Lucas and Yvette Ravenell.
Coach Treadwell about DaQuan Lucas: "The thing that excites us about DaQuan is that he is a multiple player. He could play corner or safety for us, plus he is a very dangerous return man. When he hits you, you definitely know it. He's run a hundred meters in 10.7, so he can really accelerate. We're excited about his future."
JAY MASTIN: Safety, 6-1, 200 ... Centerville, OH ... Centerville High School ... Coach Ron Ullery
Coach Ullery's Centerville Elks made the state playoff each of the last three seasons, assembling a cumulative win-loss record of 24-10 ... Jay was a first-team all-conference and All-GWOC selection and was a second-team pick on the all-district squad ... in 7.5 games as a senior, he recorded 76 tackles, three TFLs and eight PBUs ... career-wise, he made 238 stops, broke up 17 passes, and totaled six TFLs and four interceptions ... ranked No. 100 on ScoutingOhio.com's Top 150 ... served the community by helping to feed Dayton's homeless and working as a volunteer with youth football ... he's undecided as to his major at Miami ... the son of Lara Mastin.
Coach Ullery about Jay Mastin: "Jay was the QB of our defense the past 2 years. He was asked to do a multitude of things on defense and excelled at all of them from his FS position. Jay is a very intelligent player and prepares extremely well for each opponent. He is one of the best run-support FS's we've had at Centerville in the 35 years I've coached there. He anticipates well and always seems to be in position to make plays."
Coach Treadwell about Jay Mastin: "You look at him and you can envision the range that he has. He's 6-1, 200 as a pup out of high school, so when Jay gets filled out ... wow! Jay has excellent ball skills and loves the game of football."
SPENCER McINNIS: Running Back, 5-9, 175 ... Commerce Township, MI ... Orchard Lake St. Mary High School ... Coach George Porritt
A fast and powerful runner, he played in the Army All-American High School Game on Dec. 30 ... an all-area, all-Catholic, all-region and all-state performer ... Coach Porritt's Eaglets won the Michigan Division 3 State Championship in 2011 (12-2) as McInnis carried the ball 23 times for 213 yards and three touchdowns in the title game ... last season, he rushed for 1,550 yards on 203 carries and scored 25 TDs ... St. Mary's was the runner-up in the state title game in 2009 and '10 ... McInnis also lettered three times in lacrosse as a midfielder ... comes from the same high school that sent Jason and Justin Semmes to Miami ... Spencer's father played football at Eastern Michigan ... Spencer has taken mission trips to Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala ... plans to major in architecture at Miami ... he is the son of Patrick and Julie McInnis.
Coach Treadwell about Spencer McInnis: "One of the positions we want to improve is at running back. You can't get much better of a program than Orchard Lake St. Mary. Their players are disciplined and unselfish, and they understand their role. He comes from a great family and you understand why Spencer is the type of quality young man that he is. He's a no-frills player who always goes north and south."
The Miami RedHawk football squad is "All In" for the 2012 season! Are you? Get your tickets today so that you can be part of what promises to be an exciting season. Invite your family to be a part of Miami's popular "Family Weekend", September 26-27. The RedHawks host arch-rival Ohio that Saturday afternoon, so there's no better time to root on the Red & White. Purchase four Family Weekend tickets for just $44! But wait ... there's more! Included in the purchase are four vouchers for free hot dogs and drinks AND a free Miami hat. To order, call (513) 529-HAWK, visit the Athletic Ticket Office at Millett Hall, or order tickets online at www.MURedHawks.com.