Thursday, June 21, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Two who got away

I've blogged about 6-4 216 pound Safety Zukudo Igwenagu before.

He recently verbaled to Rutgers.

I also blogged about Kervens Bonhomme, a 6-2 230 pound LB before.

Bonhomme verbaled to Indiana.

UMass Football News--June 21st, 2018


UMass Alumnus Martin Jacobson pledges $5.58 million to help fund a new practice bubble for football.

The Gazette, which has not yet replaced Matty Vautour, has story about the gift and notes some of the funds will go towards a high-rez scoreboard.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" also has a post on the gift.

This is good news for the football team and athletic dept. While not a hard-sided facility, it'll be functional and a big help in bad-weather Amherst. Along with the scoreboard, it's another year of improvements. UMass went decades without any sort of improvements in McGuirk and this means we're still on the way up.

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BC Interruption looks at the last five games between the Eagles and the Minutemen.

Speaking of BC, Athlon has five Eagles as preseason All-Americans.

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The Lawless Republic says Independent BYU shouldn't play a schedule like UMass or Liberty.

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Athlon Sports ranks Georgia's 2018 opponents in order of difficulty.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Recruiting 2019--Keynon Stewart verbals to Texas Tech

Keeynon Stewart, a 5-11 160 pound DB from Houston, TX has verbaled to Texas Tech.

I blogged about Stewart, who had a UMass offer, back on June 6th. Stewart was also the subject of a post on the "Fight Massachusetts" site.

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UMass Football News--June 20th, 2018

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" does a question-and-answer session with "BC Interruption".

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Sporting News has the over-and-under for UMass as 5.5.

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CBS Sports has Georgia at 10.5 wins. Second only to Alabama in the SEC.

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Spurred by football, Appalachian State athletics are on the rise.

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Social media has a growing impact on college football recruiting.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Dean Clark

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Dean Clark, a 6-1 180 pound Safety from Massillon, OH has received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This story from September of 2017 mentions Clark.

The McAllister Scouting Report has Clark as one of the better players in Ohio's 2019 class.

Besides UMass, Clark has FBS offers from Army and Air Force.

UMass Football News--June 17th, 2018

Former UMass player and assistant coach Malik Hall has been named head coach at Bates.

The Maine Press-Herald also has a story about Coach Hall being named HC.

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The Boston College site "BC Interrupted" kicks off a "UMass Week".

Speaking of BC, Mark Blaudschun asks if the Eagles are finally ready to join the ACC.

Athlon Sports previewed BC back on June 1st.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Cornelius Nunn

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Cornelius Nunn, a 6-0 170 pound Safety from Miami, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from a SB Nation site features Nunn.

Nunn has 23 offers, mostly from Power Five schools. BC and Pitt have offered from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--June 18th, 2018

Athlon Sports previews the 2018 Minutemen and ranks UMass as #107.

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The Boston Herald has a post on Paul Gorham's passing.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews the USF Bulls and ranks them #72. USF went 10-2 last year. The Bulls have to replace most of their offensive output, but retain most of their AAC-leading defense. If USF gets by Elon, Georgia Tech, Illinois and East Carolina, they may be the highest ranked team to play at McGuirk in the FBS era.

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Former UMass AD , and current Liberty University AD Ian McGaw has a question and answer session about Liberty Football and life as an Independent. Mentions UMass.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--David Broncati

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David Broncati, a 6-5 205 pound kicker from Norwalk, CT has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Broncati has a paragraph in this nj.com article on the Northeast's top specialists.

It appears UMass is the first offer for Broncati.

Friday, June 15, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Kalel Mullings II

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Kalel Mullings, 6-2 215 pound RB/LB from Milton, Ma attended the UMass camp last Saturday.

Mullings is a four-star recruit and the #2 rated recruit in Massachusetts.

I blogged about Mullings back in May.

This article reports he talked with UMass coaches during, but is leaning towards Michigan.

UMass Football News--June 15th, 2018

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I watched the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Jovan Santos-Knox play the Edmonton Eskimos last night.

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An Oregon Live reporter thinks the new NCAA transfer rule will encourage Power Five teams to poach players from Group-of-Five and FCS teams.

TMG Sports thinks the new transfer rules will be good for the players.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

UMass Football recruiting 2020--Zac Zinter


Zac Zinter, a 6-6 300 pound OT from Cambridge, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass. He visited UMass during the recent UMass big man clinic.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Zinter also has an offer from Boston College.


UMass Football News--June 14th, 2018

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Matty Vautour has a touching story about Paul Gorham and his love of coaching. I admire guys who never quit; Gorham never did.

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Las Vegas releases its over and under for all 129 FBS teams. UMass gets a 5 win prediction.

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The NCAA released two rule changes recently. Players will be able to play up to four games and still receive a medical redshirt. That's sensible with the 12 to 13 (with bowls) games most teams now play. In addition, player will no longer have to request their release from their current team in order to transfer.

USA Today has a post on how the transfer and redshirt rules will affect college football.

Sports Illustrated says the new rules are a win for both coaches and players.

The redshirt rule will allow freshmen to play some games and still redshirt. That should help motivation.

ODU Coach Wilder says the rules are a big day for college football. Quote from the story:

"Wilder said he instructed his staff to call the players in his 2018 recruiting class to notify them of the rule change and to deliver a message:

“They’re playing this year,” he said."

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