Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Recruiting 2016--Bentley Easley

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Several recruiting services report UMass has offered to Bentley Easley, a 6-3 320 pound DT from Coffeeville JUCO.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Originally committed to Idaho back on December 20th.

Recently visited UTSA and Eastern Michigan.

Partial quote from a March 28th article from Scout.com.

"I’m a nose guard with a big body. I can clog the hole, run stop. At the same time, I’m a good pass rusher so I’m versatile. For my size, I’m agile.”

After he visits Eastern Michigan, Easley says he’s looking to make a decision quickly. He plans on enrolling at the school he selects in June."

UMass will be Easley's first FBS offer after Idaho.

Wednesday--May 25th, 2016

ESPN ranks Week #1 SEC games including UMass @ Florida.

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CBS Sports reports today's recruits don't like classic uniforms.

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Speaking about uniforms, UCLA signs a $280 million deal with Under Armour.

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The Deseret News says it's the Big 12 or bust for 2016 opponent BYU.

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Underdog Dynasty looks at 2016 opponent Troy Trojans.

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Louisiana Tech has a challenging early schedule.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Recruiting 2019--Owen Pappoe

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Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Owen Pappoe, a 6-0 200 pound OLB from Loganville, GA.

247Sports page here.

YouTube Video "The Freak".

A partial quote from a May 16th Scout.com article on Pappoe:

"Pappoe is a freak freshman with over 30 scholarship offers.  He started the second half of his freshman season at outside linebacker and he fit right in.  He is very athletic and he really processes things well and plays the game under control. Some that have known him for years think he could be even better as a running back.  Regardless of where he plays, he is going to be one of the best in 2019.  Most top programs in the South have offered. "

This article from March 26th, 2016 features Pappoe.

USA Today has him as the top recruit in the 2019 class.

Pappoe has thirty offers including most of the SEC and Boston College from the Northeast.

Tuesday--May 24th, 2016

Inside the Gators previews UMass and has five questions about the 2016 Minutemen with Dan Malone.

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Victor Cruz and the Giants have a targeted return date.

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Old foe and 2017 opponent Georgia Southern changes its athletic logos.

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Conference USA gets a new TV contract.

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BC's Troy Flutie gets arrested.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Recruiting 2016--Elijah J. Robinson

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Michael Traini reports UMass has picked up its 17th three-star recruit for August's freshman class.

Robinson is a 6-2 170 pound WR from Monclair, NJ.

Elijah J. Robinson is a 247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has senior season highlights.

This article from March 2015 features Robinson.

MaxPreps has stats. In his senior year Robinson had 8 GP 31-626 20.2 AVE 70 LONG 10 TD's

Robinson had offers from Old Dominion, Rutgers and Temple.

He is the fifth WR to join the Minutemen's 2016 class. He joins:

Brennon Dingle 5-9 170 three-stars
Patrick Volcey 6-3 190 two-stars
Infinite Tucker 6-5 195 three-stars
Sadiq Palmer 6-3 185 three-stars.

Seventeen three-star players is one more than BC and should move the Minutemen's 2016 class ranking in the high 70's nationally.

Monday--May 23rd, 2016

The Eagle-Tribune says Boston College's 2016 OOC schedule is a collection of cupcakes.

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Buffalo's Colin Lisa is the fourth former UAB player to transfer back to Blazers.

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AAC team South Florida has been playing their games at Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium. They're exploring an on-campus stadium.

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Speaking of the AAC, Campus Insiders previews the 2016 league.

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Pilot Online has a post about Old Dominion's choices if the Big12 grabs one or more of the AAC's teams. Mentions UMass.

Speaking of Old Dominion, our October 8th opponent is previewed by the Orlando Sentinel.

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SB Nation has "UConn makes its case for the Big 12".

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Recruiting 2019--Kenyetta Watson II

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Several recruiting services report UMass has offered to Kenyetta Watson II, a 6-1 160 pound Safety from Loganville, GA.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Attended a Junior Day at Florida State earlier this Spring.

His dad played for BC.

UMass and BC are currently Watson's two offers.

Saturday--May 21st, 2016

al.com predicts the over/under for the SEC in 2016 and thinks Florida will be up and Mississippi State and South Carolina down.

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Six Titans recruits (including Tajae Sharpe) are ranked in NFL.com's top-100 rookies.

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James Ihedigbo plans to be playing football this year.

He's a Houston resident and would love to play for the Texans.

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Hotnewhiphop.com likes the Remy Boyz new track "Victor Cruz".

Sportsnaut.com thinks Cruz will be ready to go for week #1.

Scout.com wonders if a Cruz-Beckham tandem is a pipe dream.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Claudin Cherelus

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Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Claudin Cherelus, a 6-2 195 pound Safety from Naples, FL.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a May 6th article from Scout.com about Cherelus receiving his first offer from Minnesota.

"Coach Mike Sherels is the Minnesota coach that offered me," Naples (Fla.) Golden Gate safety Claudin Cherelus said to GopherDigest. "He told me he liked my size a lot and he loved my playing style. He watched us practice yesterday and he loved the way I'm aggressive and not afraid to hit someone. He said he's a man of chances and he sees a lot of potential in me, and so he wanted to offer me a scholarship to Minnesota. He liked my leadership too on how I'm helping the younger guys when I can and always being positive and coaching people up. The offer from the Gophers is at strong safety."

UMass and Minnesota are Cherelus' two offers so far.

Friday--May 20th, 2016

The BC Blog "BC Interruption" says the October 10th, game between the Minutemen and the Eagles will have its start time determined by the UMass athletic dept.

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A BYU writer ranks the 2016 Cougar's schedule by excitement.

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The Tennessean says Tajae Sharpe is a virtual lock to make the Titans roster.

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As an honorary member of the SEC this year, UMass fans will be interested in 16 reasons the SEC will rule the 2016 college football season.

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The Hartford Courant has a story on how UConn recruits for football.

A San Antonio newspaper wonders if ESPN would push for UConn to be admitted to the Big12.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Michael Adams

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Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Michael Adams, a 6-1 305 pound DT from Summerville, GA.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has some stats.

Partial quote from a April 30th article in Scout.com about Adams.

"Chattooga High School uses Adams in a variety of positions. He has played the 1 and 3 technique and he’s also played defensive end. “My coach has said he was also thinking of using me as an outside linebacker. I move well for someone that is 6' 3" – 300.” Michael is throwing the shot this spring to aid his flexibility and hip movement for those positions.

Tech has not been the only visits for Adams this spring. Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, and West Virginia are a few of the schools that received visits. The West Virginia visit led to an offer for Michael. His offer total now stands at nine. Adams plans to return to West Virginia this summer along with a visit to Central Florida. Adams is also starting to hear from several SEC schools."

Besides UMass Adams has nine offers including Charlotte, Old Dominion and Georgia Southern.


Recruiting 2017--Frank Darby V

I've blogged about New Jersey WR Frank Darby several times before.

He was offered a UMass scholarship then committed to Iowa, then reopened his recruiting. Everyone expected him to go to Rutgers, but he recently committed to Arizona State.

No word if UMass was involved the second time around.

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Thursday--May 19th, 2016


WWW.Vikings.com has five things to know about Marken Michel.

The Vikings made some moves that might make Marken's quest more doable.

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Rap artist Fetty Wap names his latest track after Victor Cruz.

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NFL Broadcast has some quotes by NFL players about sports commentary. Includes James Ihedigbo.

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OOPS

Memphus RB Jarvis Cooper gets a huge Memphis-centric tattoo, then decides to transfer.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Recruiting 2018--Jaaron Jackson

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Several recruiting sources report UMass has offered to Jaaron Jackson, a 6-2 220 pound DE from Lakeland, FL.

Jackson's 247Sports page here.

This article features Jackson.


Results from a Nike camp held on 02/14/16. Type "Jaaron Jackson" in the search box, there's many screens.

Jackson holds offers from UMass, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi and USF

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Wednesday--May 18th, 2016


Randall Jette at the Packers camp.

Pro Football Talk mentions Jette's Martha's Vinyard roots.

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Dan Malone covers moving the Tulane game to McGuirk. As Malone points out, A.D. Ryan Bamford managed to add two games to McGuirk. That's good work. It's also a good omen for possible conference affiliation in the future. You have to feel Bamford is up to the task of getting the Minutemen in a conference if the opportunity arises.

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The opening line for the Gators-Minutemen is Florida by 37.

The Gators have many choices in their offensive line.

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UConn gives HC Bob Daco a raise and a two year extension in his contract.

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College Football News previews the 2016 AAC.

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2016 opponent Old Dominion says they'll pay full cost of attendance for football and basketball.

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