Monday, June 27, 2016

Recruiting 2017--James Blackman

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James Blackman, a 6-4 pro-style QB from Glades Central in Belle Glade, Florida announced on Twitter he's received an offer from UMass.

Twitter post here.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com video here.

This article features Blackman.


Besides UMass, Blackman has 12 offers including Temple from the Northeast.

Recruiting 2016-- Elijah Robinson IV

North Jersey.com says "electrifying" UMass WR recruit Elijah Robinson will play in the 38th annual Phil Sims North-South All-Star game.

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Monday--June 27th, 2016

Tajae Sharpe learns from Harry Douglas.

A Titans online writer thinks Sharpe is a lock to make the 53-man Tennessee roster.

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Phil Steele predicts a rebound year for Boston College.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews 2016 Minuteman opponent Louisiana Tech.

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The Virginia Pilot says students will be the big winners in Old Dominion's stadium expansion.

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An Alabama newspaper reports on the grind that is football recruiting on players.

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Some high schools coaches believe specializing in one sport increases injuries.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

UMass Recruiting 2017--Cole McCubrey verbals to UMass

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The Minutemen pick up their second verbal in 24 hours. Cole McCubery Tweets he's committed to UMass.

I just blogged about McCubery Friday.

UPDATE: McCubery also excels in discus and shot put.

Season football stats from this December 15th article.

Congrats to Mike and Cole. Hope to see 'em on the field when we beat BC and UConn.

Recruiting 2017--Mike Ruane verbals to UMass

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UMass received it's first verbal of the 2017 recruiting cycle when Mike Ruane announced on Twitter he's committed to UMass

I've blogged about Ruane back on June 16th.

Chose the Minutemen over offers from Bowling Green, Old Dominion and Air Force.


Recruiting 2016--Elijah J. Robinson III

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I've blogged about WR recruit Elijah J Robinson a couple of times before.

NJ.com features Robinson in this article from yesterday.

Partial quote from the article:

"I am really excited for Elijah," said Fiore. "He has worked for everything he has received. UMass will be a great home for him and I know he is in great hands with Coach (Mark) Whipple.

Sounds like UMass has a good pipeline in New Jersey, a top recruiting pool in the Northeast.

NJ.com also has a slideshow New Jersey recruiting update. Robinson is #9 in the sequence.

Saturday--June 25th, 2016

The Sentinel & Enterprise reports Conner Lemieux has been given a scholarship.

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Former UMass assistant coach Gary Emanuel is now with the Colts.

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Boston poll Stephen Lynch opposes the proposed soccer stadium in Southie.

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Victor Cruz wants to be an actor.

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A SB Nation writer profiles Tajae Sharpe.

A Bleacher Report writer says Sharpe was a winner in the Titans mini-camp.

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Satellite recruiting camps come to the West Coast (no UMass mention), but Florida, Texas and California are  three of the  states that produce more FBS talent than the local schools can use.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Cole McCubrey

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Cole McCubery, a 6-0 220 pound LB/FB from Boylston, MA has announced on Twitter he has received an offer from the Minutemen.

NCSA recruiting page has stats.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from November of 2015 features McCubery.

Friday--June 24th, 2016

South Carolina plays Tennessee the week after they play us. Maybe we can catch 'em looking ahead. The Minutemen play at Knoxville on November 4th, 2017.

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh favors the UMass/Robert Craft plan to build a soccer stadium in Boston. This would not be an alternate home field for UMass football. It would bring revenue into the UMass system.

UMass vs Power Five teams will continue to be played in Gillette. Scheduled games against BC and UConn will be played there.

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An Auburn site, Track 'em Tigers previews common opponent opponent Mississippi State.

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Underdog Dynasty ranks the institutional support for AAC Teams. UConn's powerhouse basketball teams don't count for much as college football continues to dominate FBS athletic departments.

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Could helmet communications be coming to college football?

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Carson Lydon, a 6-3 237 pound LB from Virginia Tech is looking for a new home.

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Tajae Sharpe is helping under-performing Titans WR's get the point.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Recruiting 2016-- Elijah J. Robinson II

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I've blogged about 2016 UMass recruit Elijah J. Robinson, a 6-2 170 pound WR from Montclair, NJ before.

This article from today's Montclair Time features Robinson and his participation in the Phil Sims North-South Classic.

Quote from the article:

"I’ve been working on my receiving, including running good routes and catching the ball, since the end of last season," said the soon-to-be UMass Minuteman. "There is always room for improvement and you simply have to keep working hard to get better."


Thursday--June 23rd, 2016


If you're a UMass football fan or supporter and haven't ever attended the annual golf event, it's a great time.

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The latest edition of mic'd up has UMass strength coach Connolly.

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A South Carolina newspaper previews UMass.

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SB Nation talks about the financials of Power Five teams playing teams like UMass.

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Local politicians come out against a soccer stadium on UMass owned land in Southie.

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A Sports blog about the Titans has Tajae Sharpe as a rookie to watch.

iSportsweb.com asks if Sharpe can really be the Titans featured WR?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Recruiting 2018--Justin Johnson

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PennLive.com reports UMass has offered to Justin Johnson, a 6-6 330 pound OL from Inhotep Charter school in PA.

Story here.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

NCSA recruiting has some stats.


Johnson holds offers from UMass and Texas Tech. Lot's more to come.

Wednesday--June 22nd, 2016

Special thanks to the blog reader who pointed me to this article by Athlon Spots ranking all 128 head coaches. The ranking includes the institutional support and situation.

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UMass recruit Tyler Thompson will play in the North-South Football Classic in New Jersey on June 27th.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews 2016 opponent Louisiana Tech.

Underdog Dynasty says the Bulldogs have become a coveted job.

The Louisiana Tech strength coach helped train Navy Seals.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Alec Lindstrom

Alec Lindstrom, a 6-2 240 pound OL from Shepard Hill's, MA has verbaled to BC.

His only other FBS offer was from UMass.

Since his brother already plays for the Eagles, we probably didn't have much of a chance after BC offered.



Tuesday--June 21st, 2016


Ticket plans are available for both sides of the state.

And for young alumni. I don't fall into that demographic :)

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ESPN projects the Tennessee Titans 53-man roster and includes Tajae Sharpe.

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247Sports says Victor Cruz is almost ready for training camp.

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The Tampa Bay Times has the top five story lines in the AAC conference.

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The News-Gazette ranks 2016 opponent BYU #45.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday--June 20th, 2016

Reading the tea leaves.

If you've been following the recruiting news here during the Spring, it's noticeable that Whipple and staff have been active on the JUCO scene.

What positions have the UMass brain trust been recruiting? It seems they have been targeting TE's, DL's and DB's.

The 2016 UMass recruiting class is very strong in TE's and DB's. DL's are the most difficult position to recruit. We did good by our standards, but it's not the strongest position in our recruiting class.

How does this impact 2016? Well, I think at least one and maybe two of our TE recruits won't redshirt. The Minutemen's offense was 65th in total offense last year and 109th in scoring (ouch!). Whipple's pro-set offense works better with a TE. In 2015, UMass was 48th in total offense (421.8 yards/game. Last year we dropped to 399.4/yards game. In 2014 we were #75 in scoring (27.3 points/game). Scoring dropped to 22.2 points a game in 2015 (108th out of 128 teams).

Jean Sifrin made a difference.

I would think one of those JUCO TE's would realize lots of playing time should be up for grabs at UMasss for 2016.

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Rant Sports says Tajae Sharpe will be the Titans #1 receiver going into the 2016 season.

NFL.com cites Sharpe as one of two wide receivers who were winners coming out of mini-camp.

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How Victor Cruz plans to attack the six weeks leading up to training camp.

The Victor Cruz Foundation sponsors a "Father's Day" camp.

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One UMass 2016 opponent, South Carolina, previews common opponent Mississippi State.

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