Saturday, April 29, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Jaquris Smith

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Jaqurius Smith (good name), a 6-3 194 pound LB from Lakeland, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a 10/04/16 article from Scout.com by Corey Bender:

"Smith, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, is a rangy outside linebacker that does a great job of reading and reacting to the football. Smith diagnoses the play, and then accelerates to initiate contact with his opponent. Impressive athlete for the position that can operate in space. He can continue to work on his explosiveness. "

Smith has seven FBS offers including Syracuse from the Northeast.

Saturday--April 29th, 2017

This article from News Advance.com reports Coach Whipple and AD Ryan Bamford have discussed adding Liberty to future UMass schedules. The article states Whipple and Bamford will meet this weekend to discuss future scheduling.

Liberty is in Lynchburg, Va if you've forgotten. BTW, the Flames are in the process of a $1 billion dollar  facilities construction that includes a indoor football practice facility.

The Flames are serious about their football.

UMass, Liberty, Army and New Mexico State could form a unofficial mini-conference. It would sure make scheduling easier.

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ESPN predicts Mississippi State has a 95% chance of win against the Minutemen when they meet on November 4th, 2017.

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Appalachian State lost five commitments to Power Five teams late in last year's recruiting period. The App State coaching trust thinks the new recruiting rules could help Group-of-Five schools.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Jarvis Ware

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Jarvis Ware, a 5-11 170 pound DB from Apopka, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a 02/28/17 article on Scout.com by Drew White:

"Ware, who is a rising star as a cover corner with good size and ball skills, says it is his role to be one others can follow on his team.

"I feel like I'm a good teammate and I motivate others to compete," he said.  

"I feel like I'm a leader on the defensive side of the ball."

Received a 98.94 rating in a Nike camp (scroll down about 25% of the list).

This article features Ware and his offer from Oregon.

Ware only has three offers, but two are from Southern Mississippi and Oregon.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Jaeveyon Morton

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Jaeveyon Morton, a 5-9 160 pound DB/Athlete from Detroit, MI has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Rivals.com three-stars.

Partial quote from a Scout.com report dated 04/11/17 on the Cleveland Opening Original (a skills camp) by Allen Trieu.

"Jaevon Morton from Detroit King won MVP and deservedly so. A kid with double-digit offers, Morton has good speed and is very physical."

This article features Morton.

Morton has fifteen offers including most of the MAC and Syracuse, Rutgers and Temple from the Northeast.

Thursday--April 27th, 2017


UMass football coaches cover the country recruiting.

Twitter quote by Steve Costello:

"If i ask how fast a kid is and you tell me he's 4.3, don't be offended when i offer to sell you 1 of the 3 condos i own in Dubai ."

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Check out this video from UMass Sports Net.

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Hawaii will ditch white helmets for the 2017 season.

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WITHOUT COMMENT

ESPN lays off more than 100 employees.

Digital add spending jumps to record $72.5 billion in 2016.

In the past week 43% of the page views on the UMass football blog were by portable devices : iPhone, Android and iPad...

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Recruiting 2017--Tyris Lebeau

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" report UMass has added Tyris Lebeau, a 6-2 200 pound Safety from Vanier College to the Minutemen's 2017 class.

Hudl.com has video.

NCSA has his recruiting profile.

Lebeau's Twitter announcement.

This article from canadafootballchat.com features Lebeau.

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Wednesday--April 26th, 2017



Adam Breneman is excited to be playing at Fenway Park.

The Boston Herald covers area teams playing in Fenway this fall.

The Maine Black Bears says playing old rival UMass will be great.

NESN reports college football is returning to Fenway Park.

Jack Driscoll gets some coverage from the New Haven Register in an article about the Fenway series.

The Hartford Courant looks at UConn's date with Boston College at Fenway.

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Georgia Southern HC Tyson Summers is excited about the Eagles' direction. UMass plays Georgia Southern at McGuirk on October 21st.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Michael Lewis

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Michael Lewis, a 6-6 235 pound DE from Jonesborough, TN has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Lewis has ten offers including Army and Navy from the Northeast.

Tuesday--April 25th, 2017

The Orlando Sentinel ranks UMass #125 going into the 2017 season.

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UMass coaches are out combing the country for recruits.


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BYU has a lineman who's 6-7 410. Doesn't seem as if he's a very good athlete though. I'll take UMass Raquan Thomas who looks to be a four-year starter at 6-5 392.

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Temple football looks to run the rock in 2017.

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The Oracle has five predictions for USF football in 2017.

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THE APOCALYPSE, IT'S REALLY CLOSE.

Mrs Blog and I were up in southern Maine for the day yesterday. We stopped at Mike's Clam Shack seafood store to get some lobster meat to take home.

Lobster chunks were $59.95/pound (and no, that's not a typo).

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Jorien Vallien

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Jorien Vallien, a 6-2 184 pound WR from Alexandria, LA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Partial quote from a 03/21/17 article on Scout.com by Chris Karpman:

"As a junior, Vallien had a highly productive season that he nonetheless felt didn't fully realize his expectations. He was credited with 63 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdown receptions in only nine games, but Alexandria went 6-6 overall. 

Vallien said he'll work on speed and getting his body in the best shape possible for his senior year. He'd like to gain 10-15 pounds and be able to use that extra size and strength on the field."

Rivals.com three-star player.

Vallien has fifteen offers with UMass as the only team from the Northeast.

Monday--April 24th, 2017

UnderDog Dynasty takes a positive look on the UMass Spring game.

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Blake Frohnapfel attends the Spring game at Marshall.

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Nick Souza of the UMass Daily Collegian liked his time covering UMass Sports.

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Five Tennessee Vols who stood out in the Spring game. UMass visits Knoxville on September 23rd. Mrs Blog and I will be there.

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UnderDog Dynasty recaps Temple's Spring game.  We're going to be there too.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Matt Rosso II

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Back on March 20th, 2017 I blogged about Matt Rosso, a 6-6 260 pound OL from Fairless Hills, PA.

This article from Wednesday by Scout.com updates his recruiting.

Partial quote from the article:

"Syracuse and Boston College are both pushing for visits so they can see Rosso and get to know him better.

"They want me to come there but I just don't know when," he said. "They'll probably want me to camp."

Rosso speaks the most with coaches from Virginia and UMass, but Temple is paying close attention."

Rosso currently holds offers from UMass and Virginia.

Saturday--April 22nd, 2017


Spring game highlights. Be sure to watch the opening two plays: Ford to Brennon Dingle. Also see Cycoby Burch's NFL-style toe tap his second INT.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a nice write-up on the Spring game.

The UMass Daily Collegian also has a post covering the game.

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Chris Berman's visit made ESPN.

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Thanks to the UMMB for attending the game. I like the band music better than the canned stuff the speakers play.

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