Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Claudin Cherelus verbals to UMass

Claudin Cherelus, a 6-2 195 pound Safety has verbaled to UMass.

I've blogged extensively about Cherelus before.

Cherelus is a fast OLB who should play early for the Minutemen. He's a big get for UMass.

Recruiting 2017--Caeleb Washington

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According to Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" Caeleb Washington, a 6-3 260 pound DE/DT from Georgia Prep Sports Academy picked up an offer from UMass this weekend.

NCSA Recruiting Profile here.

Hudl.com has video.

247Sports page here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Jacoby Herring verbals to UMass

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Jacoby Herring, a 6-5 180 pound WR from Riverside C.C. in CA has verbaled to UMass.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" had a post on Herring on 01/17.

Hudl.com has video.

Was a three-star Rival.com player coming out of HS with offers from PAC-12 Washington State as well as Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming.

Recruiting 2017--Jake Byczko verbals to UMass

Jake Byczko, a 6-3 240 pound DE/LB has Tweeted he's verbaled to UMass.

Originally a UConn commit. I've blogged about Byczko before.

That's four Massachusetts recruits this cycle.

Recruiting 2017--Gerrik Vollmer

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Back on January 17th, UMass offered to Gerrik Vollmer, a 6-5 280 pound OT from Germany.

247Sports page here.

Originally verbaled to Louisville.

Hudl.com has video.

Played for the German state and national team.

Besides UMass, Vollmer has offers from Temple and Buffalo.

Monday--January 23rd, 2017

Well, the big recruiting weekend came and went and so far no muskets have been fired or other rumbles. Let's hope more is going on behind the scenes.


If you missed it, Bob Diaco landed on his feet with a $825,000 contract as the defensive coordinator for Nebraska.


The Power Five conference have passed the "Jim Harbaugh" rule nixing Spring Break practices in other states.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Recruiting 2017--Hunter Brown II

On Friday, I blogged about Hunter Brown, a 6-1 270 pound DT from St. John's Prep verbaling to UMass.

The Salem News has a story about Brown commit to UMass and some background about him.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Recruiting 2017--Jyvon Brown

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Jyvon Brown, a 6-4 190 pound pro-style QB has received an offer from UMass.

247 Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hudl.com has video.

This article partially features Brown.

Besides UMass, Brown has an offer from Texas State. Drawing interest from Rutgers and Temple.

Recruiting 2017--Jaylen Tolbert

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Jaylen Tolbert, a 6-3 185 pound WR from Mobile, AL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Tolbert originally committed to Jax State. Now has offers from South Alabama and Ball State as well as the Minutemen.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hunter Brown--Verbals to UMass

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St. John's Prep Tweets Hunter Brown, a 6-1 275 pound DL/FB has verbaled to UMass.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps page.

Massachusetts High School Coaches Association All-State Team.

Recruiting 2017--James Alston

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JUCO Football Frenzy reports UMass is targeting James Alston, a 6-7 305 pound OT from Grossmont C.C. in CA.

Twitter announcement here.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a 11/29 Scout.com article by Scott Eklund:

"For a guy my size, I have really quick feet and I move them really well," Alston noted when asked to describe his game. "My first three kicks (kick steps) are explosive and then I have long arms, so that helps me keep guys out of the backfield and it gives my quarterback time to throw the ball down the field."
Alston's journey is an interesting one.

After completing a solid prep career in Hackinsack, New Jersey, Alston signed with Virginia Union, a Division Two program, but he wasn't happy there, so after his redshirt season, he decided to leave and moved out west to get a fresh start."

Alston has offers from Purdue and Texas State.

Friday --January 20th, 2017

Today's a big day in the recruiting cycle. A number of recruits will be making official visits to Amherst.

247Sports has a list of player visits for today.

Hopefully, the Minutemen will pick up some verbals from this group. WR's and DB's are among the players who could lock up some early playing time if they commit to UMass.

Recruiting 2018--Jesse Luketa

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Jesse Luketa, a 6-3 215 pound OLB from Mercyhurst Prep in PA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from November 2016 features Luketa.

MaxPreps has stats.

Luketa holds 17 offers including BC, Syracuse, Rutgers and Pitt from the Northeast.

Recruiting 2018--Lancine Turay

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Lancine Turay, a 6-6 240 pound DE from Irvington, NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a 01/02 Scout.com article by Brain Dohn:

"Defensive end Lancine Turay, the brother or Rutgers defensive end Kemoko Turay, picked up his first offer when Syracuse extended one. The spring will be huge for Tuary, who plays at Irvington (N.J.) High and has an impressive frame. Rutgers and Penn State are also showing a lot of interest."

This article from December of 2016 features Turay.

Besides UMass, Turay holds an offer from Syracuse.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Amir Gillis

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Amir Gillis, a 5-10 190 pound Safety/Dual threat QB from Simon Gratz HS in Philly has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article from September of 2016 features Gillis.

UMass is the first offer for Gillis. Drawing interest from UConn, Pitt and Temple.

Thursday--January 19th, 2017

Matty Vautour reports UMass has fired defensive coordinator Tom Masella.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on changing the defensive coordinator.

In five years in FBS, UMass has yet to win a shootout. The wins have been grind-it-out defensive struggles. The Minutemen needs more talent and bodies on defense for the new defensive coordinator to work with. Hopefully, we'll get a coach with some national recruiting connections to make that happen.


Boston College announces three early enrollees, two of whom had UMass offers.


The NCAA may adopt a mandatory fourteen week schedule. That would give every team two bye weeks each season.

UMass A.D. Ryan Bamford Tweeted two bye weeks would provide additional flexibility for an independent like UMass, making scheduling easier.


Oregon suspends their strength and conditioning coach after a training program puts three players in the hospital.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Recruiting 2017-Tori Singletary

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Several recruiting services indicate Tori Singletary, a 6-4 215 pound DE from Jacksonville, FL has received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a 01/16 article by Jermy Werner on Scout.com.

"I'm just going to see the see the coaches and the players," Singletary said. "Basically I just want to feel comfortable at the school."

Singletary said he'll make his decision close to Signing Day."

Singletary holds offers from Illinois, Troy, Tulane and Old Dominion.

Recruiting 2017--Jake Byczko

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Jake Byczko, a 6-3 240 pound DE/LB from Auburn, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Originally verbaled to UConn. New coach Randy Edsall has been changing the Huskies recruiting class. That's engendered some negative comment. The Hartford Courant also has a post on the recruiting changes.

Hudl.com has video.

Byczko drew interest from BC, Syracuse, Buffalo and others.