The Bears on Thursday signed the following 14 undrafted free agents:
Nick Amoah, OL, California-Davis (6-2, 306)
Played in 46 games with 30 starts … Was named first-team all-Big Sky each of past two years … All 11 starts last season were at left tackle.
Tyson Bagent, QB, Shepherd (6-3, 213)
Owns record for most touchdown passes across all NCAA divisions with 159 … Was named first-team All-Mountain East as freshman after passing for 3,029 yards and 29 TDs … Was named second-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East, Shepherd's new conference, as sophomore after throwing for 4,349 yards and 36 TDs … Voted PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year and won Harlon Hill Trophy as Division II National Player of the Year in 2021 after passing for 5,000 yards and 53 TDs … Was named first-team All-PSAC East and PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year in 2022 after throwing for 4,580 yards and 41 TDs … Participated in NFL Combine and played in Senior Bowl on American Team coached by Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy … Led Martinsburg High School in West Virginia to two state championships.
Micah Baskerville, LB, LSU (6-0, 224)
Appeared in 54 games, starting 30 times at linebacker … Finished career with 260 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, and 4.0 sacks … Led LSU in tackles as fifth-year senior in 2022 with 89 … Outstanding all-around linebacker who brought leadership to field … Can play inside or outside linebacker position … Good against run and in pass coverage … Quick with good instincts to find football … Member of LSU's 2019 national championship team.
Justin Broiles, S, Oklahoma (5-10, 191)
Appeared in 57 games with 27 starts over five seasons, recording 182 tackles, 9.0 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, seven pass breakups and two fumble recoveries … One of three 2022 recipients of program's coveted Don Key Award, presented for excellence on and off field … last year earned honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from league's coaches … a first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree … played in all 13 games and started last 12 … ranked fourth on team with 71 tackles and registered 3.0 tackles-for-loss, one interception and two PBUs … Was a four-star recruit at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma.
Robert Burns, FB, Connecticut (5-11, 222)
Played first three seasons of college career at Miami (Fla.) from 2018-20, appearing in 16 games and rushing for 189 yards on 47 carries … transferred to Connecticut in 2021 and played in seven contests, running for 45 yards on 12 attempts … Founder and owner of Roberto's Donuts and is also COO and co-founder of Second Spoon, a non-profit organization that provides excess food from college dining halls to those in need.
Damien Caffrey, TE, Stony Brook (6-6, 262)
Appeared in 11 games each of last two seasons … Had seven receptions for 78 yards with long of 35 yards last year … Transferred to Stony Brook in 2021 after spending first three years of college at Long Island University.
Macon Clark, S, Tulane (5-11, 203)
Appeared in 59 games over five seasons, registering 204 tackles, 18.5 tackles-for-loss, 5.0 sacks, nine interceptions—returning two for touchdowns—18 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … Last year compiled 68 tackles, 8.0 tackles-for-loss, two interceptions, six pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery while playing in 14 games.
Aron Cruickshank , WR, Rutgers (5-9, 165)
Appeared in 54 games over five seasons at Wisconsin (2018-19) and Rutgers (2020-22), catching 103 passes for 908 yards and five touchdowns, rushing for 360 yards and three TDs on 40 carries and averaging 24.0 yards with four TDs on 107 kickoff returns and 10.0 yards with one TD on 21 punt returns … Last year played in 12 games with 10 starts, catching career-high and team-leading 42 passes for 385 yards and two TDs … Was four-year academic honor roll student and four-star recruit at Erasmus Hall High School in New York City.
Jalen Harris, DE, Arizona (6-4, 257)
Son of Sean Harris, a Bears linebacker from 1995-2000 … Appeared in 56 games over six seasons at Arizona, compiling 171 tackles, 26 tackles-for-loss, 14.0 sacks, 11 pass breakup and three forced fumbles … Last year established career highs with 51 tackles and 7.5 TFLs along with 3.5 sacks … At Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Ari., holds school's all-time record with 30 sacks … Was second-team all-region basketball player as shooting guard.
Robert Haskins, OL, USC (6-5, 297)
Transferred to USC in 2022 after playing in 45 games with 20 starts over four seasons at Virginia … Named honorable mention All-ACC in 2021 after playing in 10 games with seven starts at left tackle … Also played basketball at Fairfield Prep in Connecticut, helping team win 2015 state championship.
Gabriel Houy, OL, Pittsburgh (6-6, 306)
Played in 48 games with 32 starts over five seasons … Limited to eight games and five starts due to injury last year, with all five starts coming at right tackle … Appeared in 13 games with 12 starts—nine at right tackle and three at right guard—in 2021 … Was named to all-ACC Academic Team in 2020 and '21 … At Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh, was three-year starter on offensive line and also started at defensive tackle as senior … In addition, was all-conference performer in basketball and High Honor Roll student … Father Jeff is a dentist and mother Lori is a reporter for Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV.
Lorenz Metz, OL, Cincinnati (6-9, 316)
Appeared in 43 games with 27 starts over five seasons, teaming with Bears fourth-round receiver Tyler Scott …Started final five games at right guard last year … Was named first-team All-AAC in 2021 after opening eight contests at right guard …Didn't begin playing football until he was 18 and already a chemical technician in Germany … Played 12 games on defensive line for Kirchdorf Wildcats in German Football League in 2017, recording 48 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and a sack ... Grew up in town of Neuötting in Bavaria, Germany, located about an hour east of Munich near Germany-Austria border.
Thyrick Pitts, WR, Delaware (6-1, 201)
Appeared in 59 games over six seasons, catching 172 passes for 2,429 yards and 23 touchdowns … Started all 13 contests last year, catching career-high 57 passes for 631 yards and team-leading 10 TDs.
Andre Szmyt, PK, Syracuse (6-0, 200)
Record-setting kicker who burst onto scene as redshirt freshman, winning 2018 Lou Groza Award and earning unanimous All-America honors ... Syracuse's all-time leader in points (454) and ranks 13th in FBS history and fourth in ACC history in scoring … 85 career made field goals ranks sixth in FBS history and is Syracuse school record ... Most accurate kicker in program history, converting 81 percent of career field goals ... Made 57-of-62 field goals inside 40 yards (.919) ... Has most made PATs in school history (199) ... Two-time All-ACC and All-ECAC selection ... Four-time nominee for Burlsworth Trophy as top college player who began career as walk-on … 60 games played tied for most in program history … Was born at Lake Forest Hospital and attended Vernon Hills High School.
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