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UND adds three recruits, two from junior college

GRAND FORKS - After the spring football season, University of North Dakota coach Chris Mussman said there was a chance recruiting for the 2012 season wasn't yet complete.

GRAND FORKS - After the spring football season, University of North Dakota coach Chris Mussman said there was a chance recruiting for the 2012 season wasn't yet complete.

A need, he said, remained for depth in the defensive secondary, which will face a number of wide-open opposing offenses this fall when UND plays its initial schedule in the Big Sky Conference.

That need may have been filled as UND announced Thursday that it has added three players to the 2012 roster - including two junior college transfers from California.

Will Lewis and Clordion Kennedy, both northern California junior college transfers, will join UND in time for fall camp, which is roughly a month away. And high school player J.D. Allen from Amarillo, Texas, also will join the program.

Lewis and Kennedy, both safeties, could see the field right away as both enter with impressive credentials.

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"These two add great depth for us at a position where we needed to add some bodies going into fall camp," Mussman said. "We have followed these two since the beginning of the spring semester and we're fortunate enough to get them on campus.

"Both have the ability to make an immediate impact."

Lewis, who is from Pittsburg, Calif., played at Los Medanos College, where he led his team in tackles (72) and interceptions (5).

Lewis also was a first-team all-conference selection.

Kennedy, who is from Antioch, Calif., was a first-team selection on the all-Bay Valley team after leading Contra Costa College in tackles (55). Of the 55 tackles, 41 were solo stops.

Allen, a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, played at Canyon Randall High School where he helped lead his team to the third round of the Class 4A Texas high school playoffs for the second straight season.

He registered 150 tackles during the regular season, earning Class 4A all-state honors by the Associated Press.

He is scheduled to play in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game July 31 in San Antonio.

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"J.D. is a player that we were fortunate to be able to get into our program," Mussman said. "We feel like he was overlooked by a lot of schools, but we're excited to get a player of his caliber to add some versatility to our linebacker depth. He can play multiple positions for us in our 3-4 defense and that was important to us."

UND opens the season Aug. 30 at home against South Dakota Mines.

Nelson writes for the Grand Forks Herald

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