Wednesday, February 21, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Crishawn Long

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Crishawn Long, a 6-2 200 pound OLB from Cleveland, OH has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports two-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article ranks him one of the top players in the Cleveland area.

Besides UMass, Long has offers from five MAC schools plus Temple.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Zududo Igwenagu

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Zukudo Igwenagu, a 6-3 210 pound Safety from Worcester, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Igwenagu is the cousin of Emil Igwenagu, who was a four-year letter winner at UMass (2009 to 2011). Emil functioned as a H-back. UMass used him as a fulback and TE.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" report Igwenagu will visit UMass this Sunday.

He currently holds four offers including Rutgers, Buffalo and Bryant.

UMass Football News--February 20th, 2018

Underdog Dynasty has a post on the UMass-New Mexico four game series starting in 2020.

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NJ.com has Adam Breneman as a 6th round pick in a mock Eagles draft.

The Bleeding Green Nation also has the Eagles picking Breneman.

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UConn adds three assistant coaches.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

UMass Football News--February 19th, 2018.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on 12 New Jersey players who made UV's to Amherst on the 17th.

New Jersey is arguably the top recruiting area in the Northeast. UMass signed 3 Garden State recruits in both 2017 and 2016. The Minutemen did not have a New Jersey recruit in the 2018 class.

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Speaking of recruiting, a SB Nation article has UMass showing the largest two-year drop in recruiting rankings in FBS football.

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The USF newspaper comments on the Bulls' 2018 season.

USF raises $7 million towards an on-campus football complex.

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The Penn State student newspaper has a story about UMass-Penn State Super Bowl bet that ended up in the Nittany Lions favor.

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Tennessee QB Quentin Dormady, who played most of the game against UMass last fall, is leaving the Vols as a senior transfer.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Izaiah Henderson

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Izaiah Henderson, a 6-4 265 pound DE from Middletown, NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Henderson has five FBS offers including BC, Rutgers, Maryland and Buffalo.

UMass Football News--February 17th, 2018


UMass and New Mexico State add a four-game series starting in 2020.

New Mexico state went 7-6 in 2017 and broke a 57-year bowl drought with a thrilling overtime win against Utah State.

Aggie fans were pretty happy with their bowl win.

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UMass and Akron added a home and home series in 2019 and 2020.

The Zips, one of the MAC's perennial bottom feeders, surprised everyone by making the MAC's championship game.

Unlike New Mexico State, the Zips bowl game did not have a happy ending.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on UMass scheduling New Mexico State and Akron.

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Appalachian State has won 27 of its last 30 Sun Belt games. UMass and the Mountaineers will play again in 2020.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Shitta Sillah

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Shitta Sillah, a 6-4 208 pound OLB from Middletown, NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

NJ.com has an article featuring Sillah.

Sillah holds seven offers including Syracuse, BC, Rutgers and Buffalo from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--February 16th, 2018


UMass adds two graduate assistants. I blogged about Valerian Ume-Ezeoke back on January 31st.

UMass announcement here.

Troy's Stonehill bio here.

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MassLive reports Randall West brings energy to the the UMass hoops team.

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UMass 2018 opponent Georgia rises to #3 in the pre-season rankings.

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BYU picks up several three and four star transfers.

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Charolette 49ers look to rebound from a 1-11 season with their 2018 schedule.

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USF wishes for a $40 million indoor practice facility.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--David Ojabo

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David Ojabo, a 6-6 245 pound DE from Blairstown, NJ Tweet's he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article features Ojabo.

Ojabo has eleven offers including UConn, BC, Syracuse and Rutgers.

UMass Football News--February 15th, 2018

Matty Vautour reports on UMass QB Randell West joining the basketball team.

West's UMass bio.

The Daily Collegian also has a post on West.

I watched the game and West played pretty good for only one practice. He defended well. Could have been more aggressive on rebounds, but definitely looked like he belonged.

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The Duquesne student newspaper has a story about the five FBS transfers in the Dukes' 2018 recruiting class.

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Georgia Southern adds former Eagle player Adrian Peterson to their staff. Peterson ran for a FCS playoff record 333 yards and five touchdowns against UMass on December 4th, 1999.

Georgia Southern signed the Sun Belt's top recruiting class including double-digit three-star recruits.

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FIU had a really good recruiting class---ranked higher than instate rivals FAU and UCF.

The Minutemen and the Panthers tangle on September 15th.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Taylor Morin

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Taylor Morin, a 5-10 160 pound athlete from Chantilly, VA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article features Morin.

2nd team All-State.

UMass is the first offer for Morin.

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--George Georgopoulos II






Mike Traini has an article about kicker George Georgopoulos' signing with the Minutemen.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--George Georgopoulos


 
 UPDATE: Georgopoulos Tweets he's committed to UMass. The Minutemen now have commits from a kicker, punter and long snapper.

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George Georgopoulos, a 6-3 215 pound punter form Greenville, SC has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

He's also recently visited UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Kohls Kicking Camp bio here.

Also has an offer from FCS Furman.

Monday, February 12, 2018

UMass Football News--February 12th, 2018

Some non-seniors missing from the 2018 Spring roster:

Cycoby Burch RSFR Safety.

Domenico Cipriani RSFR DL

David Weinstock FR OL

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Roto World says scouts still expect Adam Breneman to be drafted late in the third day of the NFL draft.

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report says Breneman was the biggest snub of the NFL combine (at the very end of the article).

Sports Day also has Breneman as one of the biggest NFL Combine snubs.

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Robin Jutwreten, a Swedish 6-4 240 pound DE took a visit to UMass. He ended up signing with Rutgers.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

UMass Football News--February 10th, 2018

UMass has changed recruiting coordinators. Previously, Charles Walker was recruiting coordinator. The current staff directory lists Steve Costello as defensive Recruiting coordinator and Darius Smith as offensive recruiting coordinator.

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SB Nation has s 2018 preseason ranking and has UMass at #102, which is a big jump from last year.

SB Nation also has a graphic on which college recruited best in every state.

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Liberty signed Jesse Lemonier, who had a UMass offer.

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The Knoxville News says in college football recruiting rankings, three may be the gold nugget.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

UMass Football News--February 9th, 2018

The first Spring 2018 roster is up on the UMass website.

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UMass Chanchellor Kumble Subbaswamy welcomes the 2018 football recruits.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on some of the preferred walk-ons who visited UMass the last weekend before LOI Day. Fan favorite Khalil Hunter is headed to JUCO, but is still interested in UMass.

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This article mentions UMass signee Justin Lewis.

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BC Interruption looks at the Eagles recruiting class.

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Georgia Southern signs the top-rated recruiting class in the Sun Belt.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Josh Jefferson


Josh Jefferson, a 6-2 295 pound OL from Washington, DC has signed with the Minutemen.

247Sports three-star recruit.

The Washington Post has a story about D.C. area players, including Jefferson, signing with college teams.

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Under Armour All-American. UMass' first ever Under Armour signing. Jefferson is also the second-highest rated player to ever sign with UMass out of high school.


UMass Football recruiting 2018--Helber Fagundes

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Helber Fagundes, a 6-5 290 pound OL from Everett, MA has signed with UMass.

247Sports page here.

This article states Fagundes was a dominate lineman for Everett HS.

Massachusetts Football Coach's "Super-26" All State team.

Mike Traini reported the UMass coaches intend Fagundes to "gray shirt" , i.e. join the team in January of 2019.

Fagundes is an intriguing prospect. He hasn't been playing American football long. He could remind UMass fans of Vladimir Ducasse, who is still playing in the NFL.

UMass Football News--February 8th, 2018


Matty Vautour reports UMass adds five recruits to it's 2018 total.

Mark Chiarelli of Mass Live has a story on the Minutemen's Signing Day and bios of several of the recruits.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports on what we learned about this year's UMass recruiting class.

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Former Everett coach John DiBiaso praises his players including Helber Fagundes, who signed with UMass.

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The Victoria News features DL Jake Ounsted's signing with the Minutemen. Ounsted is a straight "A" student and will study business at UMass.

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Some who got away:

Marshall signs two players who had UMass offers.

Jesse Lemonier, a DL from Hialeah, FL picked Liberty over an offer from UMass.

Will Lewis, a pro-style QB chose Penn State over an offer from UMass amoung others. Penn State also scooped up Massachusetts' top-rated player Pat Freiermuth.

Caleb Okechukwu, who was a UMass target, signed with Syracuse.

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UMass' opening 2018 opponent Duquesne, signed five FBS transfers, mostly from Power Five schools.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Timothy Moulton

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UMass has signed Timothy Moulton, a 6-4 250 pound DT from Archbishop Ryan HS in Philadelphia, PA.

247Sports two-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Philly.com reports Moulton has been a two-way force for Archbishop Ryan.

Chose UMass over FBS offers from Akron and UCF.

UMass Recruiting 2018--Cooper Garcia


UMass filled a need today signing Cooper Garcia, a 5-10 200 pound kicker from Ventura College, CA

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247Sports page here.

Hudl.comn has 2017 highlights.

2017 JUCO All-American.

Kicking stats here.

Hope Garcia has an All-American career at UMass


UMass Football News February 7th 2018--National Signing Day


UPDATE: A.D. Ryan Bamford related UMass has signed a ten-game series with Army and a eight game series with Liberty. Good news, that. Both teams are in our wheelhouse. Army is close and a historic program. Minuteman fans should have a good showing both home and away for the Black Knights.

FBS schedules also reports a home and home with Akron in 2019 and 2020. More future games will be announced after the contracts are signed.

More info on today's signings maybe later today or tomorrow.Until then, 247Sports has a list of the current signees.

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The UMass National Signing Day show will be available on-line here. It will also be available on some cable TV outlets. It's not on any Comcast channel I can find.

The UMass Football Twitter feed will report as the faxes come in.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on what to expect.

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Boston College signs a trio of Lawrence Academy All-Scholastics.

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Middle Tennessee State hopes to sign UMass target Josheph Norwood.

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UMass Footbal Recruiting 2018--Evan Deckers verbals to UMass

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Evan Deckers, a 6-3 245 pound long snapper, has Tweeted he's verbaled to UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

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

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Jake Ounsted II

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post and an interview with Jake Ounsted, who verbaled to UMass yesterday.

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UMass Football News--February 6th, 2018


Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on the coaching changes recently announced by UMass.

UMass announcement here.

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Two who got away:

Chad Ryland, a 6-0 177 kicker from Michigan chose Eastern Michigan over interest from UMass.

Gabe Brkic, a 6-3 170 pound kicker from Ohio has signed with Oklahoma. Brkic had an offer from UMass. I blogged about Brkic last month.

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A SB Nation writer feels previews 2018's Georgia Southern team and feels Georgia Southern could have the tools to rebound quickly.

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FIU adds a QB transfer from Bowling Green.

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Monday, February 05, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--George Caratan

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George Caratan, a 6-2 210 pound punter from Pacific Palisades, CA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Chris Sailor kicking camp bio here.

MaxPreps has stats.

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Jake Ounsted verbals to UMass.


Several Twitter feeds have announced Jake Ounsted a 6-0 260 pound DT from British Columbia has verbaled to UMass as a preferred walkon.

I've blogged about Ounsted before.

Ounsted is the fourth Canadian player to sign with UMass this recruiting cycle.

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Khalil Hunter II


Khalil Hunter, a 6-0 250 FB visted UMass this weekend. I've blogged about Hunter before.

Hunter is the #1 rated JUCO fullback. Besides blocking, Whipple likes to have the FB catch the ball out of the backfield. Not many teams run a pro-set "heavy" with a FB. It would seem UMass and Hunter would be a good match for each other.

247Sports has UMass as Hunter's favorite.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Michael Sullivan III

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts has a post on OL Michael Sullivan's verbal to UMass.

I've blogged about Sullivan a couple of times before.

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UMass Football News--February 3rd, 2018

Matty Vautour reports Andrew Ford is probably one of a few Eagles fans on the UMass team..

TE Taylor Edwards supports the Eagles.

Philadelphians Charlie Timite roots for the Giants and Ray Thomas-Ishman Jr is a Steelers fan.

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SB Nation has a post on the scarcity of high ranked recruits in New England.

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ESPN has a story on the weird and wonderful moments from the 2017 season.

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ACC Sports has a post on Boston College's running backs for 2018. The Eagles already have A.J. Dillion (the ACC rookie-of-the-year). The Eagles added Javian Dayne, the son of NCAA all-time rushing leader Ron Dayne.

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Former UConn QB Dan Orlovsky calls the UConn A.D. "a kind of schmuck". Probably not a good way to remembered if Orlovsky want to be employed by the UConn athletic dept any time in the future.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Joseph Norwood


Joseph Norwood, a 6-1 170 pound WR/S from Chattnogna, TN has a UMass offer.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Took a UMass visit last week.

His final three had been UMass, Middle Tennessee State and Tulane. Drew late interest from Nebraska and Tennessee.

This article says he will not take a visit to Nebraska after the Huskers decided not to offer.

As a recruit, a player needs to figure out who really wants him, not a school who views him a an afterthought.

UMass Football News--February 2nd, 2018

Victor Cruz is rooting for the Eagles.

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The Patriots road to the Super Bowl started in Amherst.

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UConn went 3-9 in 2017 and is lowering their season ticket prices.

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Georgia went to the National Championship game and is raising theirs.

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Rutgers cancels a 2020 and 2021 series with UCLA. UMass has openings in its schedule both years. The Scarlet Knights would be a good Northeast match-up.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Michael Sullivan verbals to UMass

Michael Sullivan, a 6-6 305 pound OL from Norwood, MA has Tweeted he's committed to UMass.

I've blogged about Sullivan before.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post about Sullivan's verbal.

Sullivan is a former Kent State commit. He's the second OL recruit in the 2018 class.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Kameron Jones II

I've blogged about Kameron Jones, a 6-5 280 pound OL from Starkville, MS once before.

The Daily Adviser reports Jones verbaled to University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Jones had twelve offers including UMass.

UMass Football News--January 31st, 2018

Mke Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on Valerian Ume-Ezeoke joining the UMass staff as a graduate assistant.

Ume-Ezeoke's New Mexico State players bio.

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The Miami Herald tells Dolphins fans to keep an eye on Adam Breneman in the NFL draft.

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UMass' Isenberg School of Management looks at why Boston is a great sports town.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Kemon Smith II

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I've blogged about Kemon Smith, a 6-2 280 DT from Slidell, LA before.

He recently Tweeted he's down to two schools: UMass and Oregon State.

This article from Oregon Live talks about his visit to the Beavers.

Monday, January 29, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Trey Jones III

Trey Jones, a a5-9 195 pound athlete has decommited from UMass. He Tweeted he'll be attending  Tyler JUCO this year.

I blogged about Jones a couple of times before.

Jones could be in the mix for 2019.

UMass Football News--January 29th, 2018

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a report the just concluded recruiting weekend.

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Underdog Dynasty previews the 2018 season of the Charlotte 49ers.

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BYU A.D. Tom Holmoe says the Cougars will stay as an independent, but he wants better results.

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Dawg Nation expects Georgia to be loaded again this year.

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SEC Country says Super Bowl #52 proves recruiting rankings matter.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

UMass Football News--January 27th, 2018


Big football recruiting weekend for the Minutemen.

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One who got away:

I've blogged about Zack Mathis, a 6-6 194 pound WR from Tampa, FL before.

Mathis, who had a UMass offer, signed with North Dakota State.

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I blogged about Eric Hallett yesterday.

This article reports North Texas could be interested in him, although they consider him leaning towards UMass (fixed link).

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One of the OV recruits this weekend is Almosse Titi, a 6-3 275 pound DT from Tampa, FL.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Also throws the shot and discus.

Titi has five offers, with UMass as the only FBS school.


Friday, January 26, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Eric Hallett

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Eric Hallett, a 5-10 170 pound CB from Cypress, TX has Tweeted he's de-committed from Washington State.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com video.

Hallett holds 25 offers including Army and Holy Cross from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--January 26th, 2018


Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has the recruiting visits that start today for this weekend.

The Minutemen could use a big finish as the recruiting period ends February 7th. The current recruiting class could use about four more three-star players. A TE and a kicker still needed.

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Sports on Earth has a 2018 preseason power ranking and has UMass as #111, up 19 spots from last year.

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The Duquesne student newspaper reports the Dukes' football team has won the Northeast Conference sportsmanship award. The writer also says the UMass-Duquesne game will be at Gillette...

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Former UMass assistant coach Sean Spencer has been named Assistant Head Coach at Penn State.

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I fixed the link to the scans of UMass football yearbooks and game programs. When Google killed off Picasa, it broke the link. It also deleted the caption from each image showing the year. It'll take a while caption 200+ image.I have a new scanner and I'll try to add some more years after 1990.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Kemon Smith

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Kemon Smith (good name), a 6-2 280 pound DT from Slidell, LA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Recently decommited from SMU.

Smith will visit UMass on January 26th (tomorrow). He has 22 offers with UMass the only offer from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--January 25th, 2018


UMass adds Dustin Mustin as a sports performance coach.

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Matty Vautour report Adam Breneman has injured his hamstring and won't play in the Senior Bowl.

Penn Live also has a post on Breneman's injury.

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BYU announces their 2018 schedule.

The Deseret News previews BYU's 2018 opponents.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Jesse Lemonier

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Jesse Lemonier, a 6-3 240 pound DE/OLB from Hialeah, FL has Tweeted he's receive an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Ventura College bio here.

Lemonier has five offers including Liberty and Miami (Ohio).

UMass Football News--January 24th, 2018

UMass Athletics announces Football Signing Day TV coverage. The announcement also has info on this year's season tickets. The home game themes are:

Aug. 28 vs. Duquesne • Youth Day
Sept. 22 vs. Charlotte • Class of 2022 and Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day
Oct. 6 vs. USF • Hall of Fame and International Students Day
Oct. 20 vs. Coastal Carolina • Family Weekend
Nov. 3 vs. Liberty • Homecoming
Nov. 10 vs. BYU • Band Day

This is nice. Non-local alums will be able to view the program live via a number of streams. 

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This article by News Day has updates from the Senior Bowl practices.

Land of 10 has a post on Adam Breneman's reflections on Penn State's 2013 recruiting class.

A SB Nation site looks at the TE's in the Senior Bowl and Adam Breneman is the first player covered.

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FIU releases their 2018 schedule.

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The Charlotte 49ers release their 2018 schedule.

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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.

Monday, January 15, 2018

UMass Football News--January 15th, 2018


The UMass Cheerleaders finished 7th nationally in the UCAnationals.

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UMass QB recruit Josiah Johnson accounted for two TD's in the Blue-Gray All-American game. I didn't get to see the game as Mrs Blog and I were making the nearly two-hour drive to Amherst to see the entertaining 2018 Hoops team pull another amazin' comeback. Winning sure makes that long return drive worth it.

The game is still available on ESPN3 replay.

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UConn hires Joe Dunn as offensive coordinator. You remember there was speculation Liam Coen or Brian Picucci could get the job.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

UMass football recruiting 2018--Josiah Johnson III

I've blogged about Josiah Johnson, a 6-5 203 pound QB from the Bolles School in Florida, and a UMass commit a number of times before.

This article has a paragraph on Johnson playing for the Gray team in today's Blue-Gray All Star game.

More information about the Blue-Gray All-American bowl here.

The game will be available on ESPN3 at 2:30 pm.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Gabe Brkic

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Gabe Brkic, a 6-3 170 pound kicker from Chardon, OH has been offered by UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from June of 2017 features Brkic.

Brkic's Kohl's Kicking Camp bio.

Brkic has six offers, with UMass as the only offer from the Northeast.

Friday, January 12, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Malcolm Magee III

I've blogged about Malcolm Magee, a 6-0 177 pound Athlete from Pascagoula, MS twice before.

This article reports on his intent to take an official visit to the University of Louisiana this weekend.

Umass Recruiting 2018--Jalen Scott II


Back in May I blogged about Jalen Scott, a 6-1 280 pound DT from Irvington, NJ.

This article from nj.com updates his recruiting. The article reports Scott will visit UMass just before the February recruiting deadline. The Minutemen were the first team to offer Scott. UConn, Rutgers and Cincinnati are showing late interest.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Habakkuk Baldonado

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Habakkuk Baldonado, a 6-5 230 pound DE from Italy, has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports two-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article partially features Baldonado.

Baldonado has seven offers including UConn and UCF.

UMass Football News--January 11th, 2018

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Good News for the 2018 UMass Football team; Matty Vautour reports Bryton Barr will return for next season. The Minutemen had been slated to lose to graduation five of the starting front seven on defense. Barr led UMass with 105 TT's.

Barr's Tweet on his decision.

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Former UMass assistant coach Greg Burns has been hired at Oregon State. Burns coached defensive backs at UMass in 2013.

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Former UMass player and coach Neal Brown is no longer a candidate for the head coaching position at Arizona.

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One who got away:

Robin Jutwreten, a 6-4 235 pound DE from Sweden has verbaled to Ritgers. Jutwreten had visited UMass.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Malcolm Magee II

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I just blogged about Malcolm Magee, a 6-0 177 pound athlete/DB from Pascagoula, MS.

This article reports the offers are piling up for the Ocean Springs football star.

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UMass Football News--January 10th, 2018

Two former UMass assistant coaches are candidates for offensive coordinator at UConn: Liam Coen and Brian Picucci.

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Former UMass player and coach Neal Brown has interviewed for the Arizona head coaching position. If Brown gets the job, I wonder if he'd offer the OC position to Whipple.

KGUN has Brown as the possible top candidate for Arizona.

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Conner Lemeux has been accepted into the Tufts School of Dentistry.

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College football talk predicts 2018 UMass opponent Georgia as #3 in this coming year.

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