The players signing with the Jets: Brett Byford (C/Nebraska/Hartselle, AL/6-3, 300); Jehuu Caulcrick (RB/Michigan State/Findley Lake, NY/6-0, 255); Kenwin Cummings (LB/Wingate/Maxon, NC/6-2, 258); Nate Lyles (S/Virginia/Chicago, IL/6-0, 199); Bryan Mattison (DE/Iowa/Mishawaka, ID/6-3, 272); Al Phillips (CB/Wagner/Miami, FL/5-11, 195); Ropati Pitoitua (DE/Washington State/Spanaway, WA/6-8, 290); Paul Raymond (WR/Brown/Miami, FL/5-10, 170); Justin Valentine (FB/Minnesota/Columbus, OH/6-1, 230); Danny Woodhead (RB/Chadron State/North Platte, NE/5-7, 195).
Byford anchored the middle of the Husker offensive line in both 2006 and 2007, helping Nebraska post impressive offensive numbers each of the past two seasons. Byford was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 Conference pick each of the past two years.
Caulcrick, born in Liberia, was a three-year letterman at Michigan State, rushing for 2,336 career yards and 39 rushing touchdowns. His 21 rushing touchdowns in 2007 were a Michigan State single-season record and he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference.
Cummings, a two-time Hansen’s All-America pick on defense from Division II Wingate, led the South Atlantic Conference in quarterback sacks (7.5) and tackles for loss (18) while recording 71 tackles during his senior season.
Lyles, a three-year starter at cornerback for Virginia, finished with 160 tackles and four interceptions. He had 68 tackles as a senior.
Mattison, a captain on the Iowa defense, was named second team All-Big Ten by league coaches and Academic All-Big Ten. He finished his career with 171 tackles, 33.5 tackles-for-loss and 20 sacks, including nine sacks his senior season. Mattison’s father, Greg, is the new linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
Phillips, A three-time All-Northeast Conference cornerback at Wagner College, finished with 18 passes defended and seven interceptions in 2007, ranking among the nation’s top five in both categories. Phillips' 17 career interceptions rank first all-time in NEC history and third all-time in Wagner history. His kickoff return average (27.6) led the conference and his punt return average (11.2) ranked second.
Pitoitua, a Samoan who first played football his junior year in high school, had 79 tackles,12.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks in his final two seasons at defensive tackle for Washington State.
Raymond, a second team All-Ivy receiver at Brown in 2007, finished sixth in school history in career receiving yards (1,800 yards) and career receptions with 116. In 2007, Raymond ranked second in the Ivy League and ninth in the nation with 978 receiving yards.
Valentine scored 14 touchdowns, 11 rushing, as fullback for Minnesota, playing in 48 games in his career and rushing for a total of 225 yards while blocking for both Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney.
Woodhead, the two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner for Division II Chadron State in Nebraska, rushed for an NCAA-record 7,962 yards in four seasons.