Thursday, December 12, 2019

UMass Football recruiting 2020--Holden Willis

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Holden Willis, a 6-4 205 pound WR from Greenback, TN has a UMass offer.

247Sports page here. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Class 1A Division Mr. Football.

Recently received a PWO offer from Tennessee.

Willis currently has six offers with UMass as the only offer from FBS.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Evan Anderson

Evan Anderson, a 6-3 325 pound OG from Orlando has a UMass offer. Recently had a home visit by the Minutemen staff.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

MaxPreps has some stats.

Anderson has FBS offers from Bowling green, FIU, FAU, Kent State, Toledo, Troy and USF. It all starts with the OL. Lots of playing time available up in Amherst.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Dymere Miller

Dymere Miller, a 6-0 175 pound Athlete from Salisbury School took an OV to UMass last weekend.

247Sports page here.

Salisbury School has an extensive bio here.

This article from 2018 has Miller #91 in the top 225 players from Pennsylvania.

MaxPreps has some stats.

Also Daily Local News 2019 All-Area Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Miller currently has five offers with UMass as the only offer from FBS.

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Tyrell Lawrence II

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Tyrell Lawrence, a 6-7 344 pound OT from Clearwater International Academy has a UMass offer.

He took an OV to UMass last weekend.

I blogged about Lawrence back in May. has 2019 video.

Lawrence is getting late interest from Syracuse, Pitt and Minnesota. Check the rosters Tyrell; Power Five interest is great, but UMass is where the playing time resides.

Monday, December 09, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Jackson Manning

Jackson Manning, a 6-5 240 pound TE/DE from Kennesaw, GA made a visit to Amherst this weekend.

247Sports page here. has video.

NCSA recruiting profile here.

UMass is the first FBS offer for Manning. Both TE and DE is a position of need for the Minutemen.

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Onuma Dieke II

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Onuma Dieke, a 6-4 185 pound WR from Atlanta, GA recently had a home visit by the UMass staff. I blogged about Dieke back in November.

247Sports page here. has video.

This article from October features Dieke.

This article has some stats from his junior year.

Dieke also has a FBS offer from Southern Alabama.

Saturday, December 07, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Mike Mikula verbals to UMass

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Mike Mikula, a 5-11 180 pound WR has Tweeted he'll attend UMass as a PWO. has video.

NCSA Recruiting profile here. has a Q & A with Mikula here.

Welcome to UMass Mike. Hope you have a fun career with the Minutemen.


Blog Note: No blog post tomorrow, December 9th.

Friday, December 06, 2019

UMass Football News-- December 6th, 2019

I watched the NJAA Championship Game last night. Links to the box score, photos and more here.

Robert Kennedy, a 5-10 180 CB had a good game for Lackawanna. He had 5 TT and 2 BKUP's . I've blogged about Kennedy before. The game featured defense and the two teams had over 20 total TFL.

The 247Sports UMass Pennsylvania prospects lists only Kennedy from Lackawanna. The Minutemen do not appear to be recruiting anyone from Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Another write-up on the game here.


Pro Football Focus has Isaiah Rogers as First Team All-American. It was a treat watching him run back kicks this year.

Rogers was also picked All-New England.


Inside Athletics has a interview with UMass A.D. Ryan Bamford. He relates the UMass brain trust wants to build the football program with four-year recruits. He feels retraining recruiting classes is critical to Minutemen future success.


I read a 247Sports article (and I can't find it again) that related over 1,900 college football players have entered the transfer portal over the the last 12 months. That's a fairly mind-boggling average of over 14 players per FBS program. That would be a projected loss of 58 players per team over a four year period.

This could be the start of a new era in college football if this level of turnover continues. Rebuilding UConn just lost eight players to the portal.

Keeping players may replace recruiting players as the critical dynamic in team building.


Thursday, December 05, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Zakee Swann

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Zakee Swann, a 5-7 170 pound RB from Irvington, NJ has  a UMass offer.

247Sports two-star player.

First Team All-Conference 2019.

This article features Swann. He took a visit to Amherst back in March.

Besides UMass, Swann has FBS offers from Buffalo, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Indiana.