Saturday, February 06, 2016

Recruiting 2016--Gavin Monagle

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The latest version of the UMass roster has Gavin Monagle, as a RSFR defensive back.

Monagle is a 6-0 185 pound DB from Topsfield, MA.

Hudl.com has highlights.

NCSA Recruiting has his profile.

This article from 2014 features Monagle.

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Saturday--February 6th, 2016

SB Nation looks at returning experience and production for 2016 and finds UMass dead last in college football.

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Cycoby Burch makes one writer's best names team.

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ODU announces its 2016 and the article reminds Minutemen fans of a painful episode.

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Victor Cruz discusses his future with the Giants.

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UMass ended up with 247Sports #78 ranking in college football recruiting. That's three notches behind Boston College.

Thought experiment. Here's BC's recruits. Would you take the Minutemen's or BC's?

BC ended up last in the ACC (by a fairly large margin).

Speaking of the Eagles, Paul Pasqualoni (former Syracuse and UConn HC) joins the Boston College staff.

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UConn ended up last in AAC (but it was close).

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College football considers expanding replay's for the targeting rule.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Friday--February 5th, 2016





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Dan Malone talks about UMass' recruiting success as an independent.

The Boston Herald takes note.

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Western Michigan again led the MAC in recruiting. You remember the Broncos went 1-11 in 2013. Since then Western Michigan has gone 16-10 and went to two bowls. Their recruiting has made a dramatic change in their record.

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Delaware Online has video, an interview and comments from the coach on Taylor Edwards signing with UMass. Good stuff.

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NorthJersey.com has a post on Leyshawn Askew signing with the Minutemen.

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Campus Insiders has a post on who won the recruiting battle for every state.

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Louisiana Tech announces their 2016 schedule.

So does FIU.

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BC Interruption says the Eagles recruiting is a house of cards.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Thursday--February 4th, 2016


Highlights from yesterday's signing day.

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Some thoughts about UMass' 2016 class:

1. Whipple said he expects the 2017 class to be even better.

2. Whipple and several of the assistant coaches inferred that recruits were more excited about playing nationally known teams than going to DeKalb or Akron.

3. The UMass staff received positive feedback from other college staffs about the recruiting process in Amherst.

4. I like the number of defensive recruits. In our first four years, UMass wanted to jump-start the offense. Usually the numbers would be like 13 offensive recruits and 8 defense. This year, with the big class, UMass signed 16 defensive players and five of them will be on campus for Spring ball. So far, we have not been winning shootouts. Last year in our three wins, the defense gave up 14, 17 and 26 points. In four losses, the defense also played well enough to win. I think the improved depth and more size and talent will pay big dividends in the future (just don't expect UMass to beat all those SEC teams).

5. Whipple said UMass will be adding four or more "preferred walk-ons" in a couple of weeks. A number of Massachusetts players will be in that group.

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Dan Malone says Infinite Tucker makes the LOI Day all-name team.

Dan has a post on UMass signing three-star QB 
Andrew Ford. With the possible exception of Jeff Krohn, who was starting quarterback for a PAC10 team, Ford is the highest rated QB ever to sign with the Minutemen.

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Matty Vautour breaks down the 2016 recruiting class.

Matty says social media was a big part of the Minutmen's recruiting success.

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Bob McGovern has takeaways from UMass' recruiting class.

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Delaware Online has a story about Taylor Edwards signing with UMass.

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Philly.com has a post about Charly Timite and Raquan Thomas signing with the Minutemen.

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App.com has a story about Tyler Thompson signing with UMass.

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Euclid HS, Sharif Saleem's old school had a big signing day yesterday.

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Martin Mangram's school, Buford High did well also.

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The Miami Herald has a post about Antoine Webster signing with the Minutemen.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Optimus Prime Updates

UPDATE: I'm pretty tired after two trips down to UMass in less than 24 hours. 

So far, not too much available we didn't already know.


Looking at 247Sports UMass recruiting page, it looks like the Minutemen signed all their verbals except for Zuriel Davis. That might be a paperwork thing. It appears nobody flipped at the last minute. That's good news.

Michael Traini's last ever post at Hustle Belt is a recruiting recap of today's signings.

There will be lots more media coverage tomorrow. I'll have some images and start to talk about how we did and how UMass did it.

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Bob McGovern says Mark Whipple hit his stride with this recruiting class.

Dan Malone has a post on JUCO QB Andrew Ford verbaling to UMass.

Dan will post today's updates.

Michael Traini has a post on UMass' recruiting at Hustle Belt.

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As of 7:30 AM, the Minutemen are one ranked #75 nationally, one step behind Boston College.

If we were in the Sun Belt, we'd have the top class.

We'd be in the top half of the AAC.

We'd be #2 in the MAC.

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Mark Whipple announces the first official signing of the day.










Tucker's Hudl.com highlights.

From August of 2014: Tucker poised for a big year.




OK, got to shut down now to get ready to drive down to Amherst for the luncheon. More updates this afternoon.

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I'll be going to the LOI luncheon later today. Hope to have some news and images post.

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February 3rd--- Letter of Intent Day 2016

The National Football Post reports Randall Jette makes his bid for the NFL.

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The Portland Press-Herald reports on Liam Coen's being named offensive coordinator for Maine.

GoBlackBears.com has a post on Liam's hiring.

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The Miami Herald says out-of-state teams are harvesting Florida's talent.

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Sports NOLA has funny tales from LOI Day.

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Athletic Business says teams toe a thin line with negative recruiting.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Recruiting 2016--Andrew Ford and Cody Banks verbal to UMass

UMass continued on a truly amazin' recruiting roll as two three-star recruits verbaled to the Minutemen yesterday.

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Andrew Ford, a three-star JUCO QB has verbaled to UMass. Bob McGovern has the story.

247Sports page here. I've blogged about Ford before.

Originally signed with Virginia Tech.

2013 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player-of-the-Year.

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McGovern reports in another post, Cody Banks, a 6-7 250 pound TE from Richmond, VA has also verbaled to UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has senior highlights.

Originally committed to UCF.

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With yesterday's verbals, 247 Sports ranks UMass as #78 in the nation ahead of a number of Power Five schools.

The Minutemen are #2 in the MAC recruiting rankings and tied with Western Michigan in three-star recruits.

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Tuesday--February 2nd, 2016

ESPN has twelve reasons why college football is better than the NFL.

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College football coaches wonder why there is no early recruiting signing period.

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AP looks at previous #1 college football recruits and finds a mixed bag.

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Monday, February 01, 2016

Recruiting 2016--Rankings as of today

Bob McGovern says positive momentum for UMass football recruiting continues.

247 Sports has UMass ranked #85 nationally after getting a verbal from three-star recruit Bilal Ally.

247 Sports ranks the Minutemen #2 in the MAC recruiting ratings.

Boston College is ranked last in the ACC.

UConn is rated next to last in AAC.

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Monday--February 1st, 2016

Catching up on non-recruiting news.

UMass adds former UMass players Matt Dawson and Scott Woodward to the staff.

UMass post on Dawson's appointment here. Matty Vautour has a story about the new coaches and coaching position changes here.

Dan Malone has a longer report on the additions.

NBC Sports has a story about coaching additions at UMass and Hawaii.

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The latest iteration of the Spring football roster has the new coaches plus the early enrolled players.

Numbers available:

1--ex Tajae Sharpe & Kelton Brackett
3--ex Kassan Messiah
4--ex Randall Jette
6--ex Jamal Wilson
7--ex Blake Frohnapfel
9-ex Trey Dudley-Giles
10--ex Marken Michel
15--ex A.J. Doyle
16--ex Elgin Long
17--ex Jovan Santos-Knox
20--ex Lorenzo Woodley
22-ex Shadrach Abrokwah
23--ex Blake Lucas
25--ex Joe Colton
33--ex Rodney Mills
54--ex Trey Seals
55-ex Josh Bruns
62--ex Zach Belcher
64--ex Al Leneus
70--ex Ryan Johnson
77--ex Tyrell Smith
78--ex Matt Sparks
88--ex Bernard Davis
91--ex Chris Carter
92--ex Robert Kitching III

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Former UMass player and coach Clarence Brooks has been battling esophageal cancer.

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The Detroit Free Press has a story on why colleges and recruits play musical chairs.

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For the nth time, there is going to be a new start-up spring  pro football league.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday--January 31st, 2016 Mangram, Ally and Davis verbal to UMass

The next to last day of 2015 ended with a bang as UMass received verbals from three recruits.

Martin Mangram tweeted he had verbaled to UMass. He had fourteen other FBS offers including Iowa, Illinois, Wake Forest and more. He's a 247Sports three-star player.

Bilal Ally also Tweeted his commit to the Minutemen. He's also a 247Sports three-star recruit.

Also verbaling to UMass was OL/DL Zuriel Davis.

247Sports currently ranks (without three-star recruit Ally included) 89th in the nation. That's one notch ahead of UConn and third in the MAC.

That's an outstanding result. With Ally added UMass should be in the mid to low 80's, which would be right there with most Group-of-Five teams. If the Minutemen should add another two or three three-star recruits, UMass would be in low-level Power Five ratings.

Either way, it's the best recruiting class in UMass history. The 2016 schedule is insane, but after that brighter days are coming for UMass football.