Tuesday, January 23, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Shannon Junior verbals to UMass

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Shannon Junior a 6-3 210 pound Athlete/OLB from Humble, TX has Tweeted he's committed to UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on Junior's verbal.

Junior had FBS offers from Army and Louisiana Monroe.


Umass Football News--January 23rd, 2018


Brian Phillips joins the UMass Staff as Director of Sports Performance.

Back in 2012 Phillips was a featured lifter by Mass-Lift, the Massachusetts chapter of USA Powerlifting. I'm a member of NH USA Powerlifting. Phillips' lifts are, ahem, a little heaver than mine.

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The Athens News thinks Ohio is set up for another good year in 2018. UMass plays at Ohio on September 29th.

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Coastal Carolina expands its recruiting base. The Chants also add a OL transfer from Michigan.

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Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, an Eagles fan was arrested for punching a police horse after Philly's win over the Vikings.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Francis Bemiy

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Francis Bemiy, a 6-4 220 pound OLB from Montreal, QC was offered by UMass on December 16th.

247Sports page here.

Former UConn verbal.

Hudl.com has video.

Bemiy has four offers including FAU and New Mexico.

UMass Football News--January 22nd, 2018

RotoWorld report on a NFL Draft analyzer that believes Adam Breneman has a "really high" floor. Even for football writers, that's a tortured metaphor.

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Duquesne adds another FBS transfer.

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Georgia Southern's Tyson Summers, who was fired hours after losing to UMass, has joined the Georgia staff.

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Meanwhile, Florida International has signed the top recruiting class in Conference USA. Two four-star recruits!

247Sports ranks FIU's class as #63 in the nation.

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Charlotte adds a offensive coordinator from Youngstown State.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Habakkuk Baldonado II

I've blogged about Habakkuk Baldonado, a 6-5 230 pound DE from Italy once before.

This story says he will take an OV to Michigan State.

UMass Football Recruiting 2018---Caleb Okechukwu III

I've blogged about Caleb Okechukwu, a 6-4 252 pound DE from Washington, DC a couple of times before.

This report says Okechukwu will take an OV to Texas.

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UMass Football News--January 20th, 2018

BYU finalizes its 2018 and 2019 schedules. Both years the Cougars play UMass at Gillette.

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Appalachian State recaps the 2017 season.

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Boston College releases its 2018 schedule. The Minutemen and the Eagles tangle on September 1st at the Heights.

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A Bleacher Report writer has a post on teams who could regress the most in 2018. Two of them are on UMass' 2018 schedule.

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The four-game redshirt rule looks likely to pass. This could help teams like UMass where depth is always an issue.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Jake Syptak II

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I've blogged about Jake Syptak, a 6-5 280 pound OL back in May of 2017.

Syptak recently de-commited from SMU.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com now has highlights from his senior season.

This article talks about his de-commit from SMU.

Syptak originally had 19 offers including a number of Ivy League schools.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Michael Sullivan

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Michael Sullivan, a 6-6 305 pound OL from Norfork, MA has de-commited from Kent State.

247Sports two-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Sullivan has taken several unofficial visits to UMass. The Minutemen have not offered so far.

UMass Football News--January 18th, 2018

The grandson of legendary UMass coach Dick MacPherson, Mackey MacPherson, has been hired as running backs coach at Kent State.

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Underdog Dynasty has a way-too-early 2018 Sun Belt Power Rankings. The Minutemen will play Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern this year.

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Football Scoop has an interesting post on how Army went from 2-10 to 10-3 in two years. UMass starts a four-game series with the Black Knights starting in 2019.

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BYU has been trying to upgrade its technology for fan access. The UMass football game November 18th and the subsequent BYU-UMass hoops game were both involved.

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UMass opens its 2018 season against FCS Duquesne. The Dukes just got a QB transfer from Florida Atlantic. He's a former Palm Beach Player-of-the-Year. Duquesne want 7-4 in 2017 including a 27-24 loss to Liberty.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Khalil Hunter

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Khalil Hunter, a 6-0 250 pound FB/DL from Thaddeus Stevens JUCO is drawing interest from UMass. He will visit Amherst January 26th.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Lancaster Online has a post on how video turned Hunter into a major-college prospect.

Hunter was First-Team All Conference in 2017.

247Sports has a Q &A story with Hunter.

Hunter is the #1 rated JUCO fullback. UMass is one of the few schools that runs
a pro-set "heavy" (with a fullback). If Hunter signs with UMass, he'll get more reps than most anywhere else.

Hunter has an offer from Howard; drawing interest from a wide range of Power Five schools.