Saturday, March 28, 2020

UMass Football Recruiting 2021--Caleb Schmitz

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Caleb Schmitz, a 6-3 181 pound Safety from Warwick HS in PA has a UMass offer.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hudl.com has highlights.

Penn Live has Schmitz the #77 prospect in PA.

This article from yesterday covers his current recruiting.

Schmitz has 20+ offers including Army, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and several Ivies and FCS schools.

Friday, March 27, 2020

UMass Football Recruiting 2021--Robert Jackson

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Robert Jackson, a 6-6 250 pound DE from Archbishop Wood HS in PA has a UMass offer.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from Pittsburgh Sports Now on March 25th features Jackson.

This article from October 2019 features Jackson.

Jackson has 10+ offers including Rutgers, Pitt, BC, Syracuse and Temple from the Northeast. DE is a position of need for the Minutemen and lots of playing time is available in Amherst.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

UMass Football News--March 26th, 2020

Former UMass broadcaster Josh Maurer may have had the Coronavirus, but was unable to get tested.

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Isaiah Rogers killed it during his Pro Day. As a DB he went 12-12 GP-GS 23 UT 12 AT 42 TT 3-10 TFL and 4-58 INT.

In punt returns Rogers went 11-120 42 LONG.

In kickoff returns, he totaled 53-1295 24.4 AVE 87 long.

He led FBS in total kick return yards by a wide margin. He was 26th in yards per return.

None of the NFL draft pundits have reacted to Rogers' Pro Day numbers. Any team picking him is going to get a bargain .

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Tajae Sharpe joins the Vikings.

Vikings press release on signing Sharpe.

Sports Illustrated has a good article on Sharpe. From the article:

"Sharpe, however, made good use of the opportunities he got in his final season with Tennessee.

He played fewer than half the snaps on offense for the first time in his career but finished second on the team with four touchdown receptions. He was one of two Titans wide receivers (Adam Humphries was the other) with a catch percentage that exceeded 70 percent (a career-high 71.4 percent). Also, 20 of his 25 receptions (80 percent) resulted in first downs."

Sharpe didn't get targeted a lot at Tennessee. When he was, he did good. Sharpe's 2019 highlights.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

UMass Football Recruiting 2021--Travonte O'Neal

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Travonte O'Neal, a 6-4 230 pound DE from Vero Beach, FL has a UMass offer.

Hudl.com has Junior highlights.

This article has a paragraph on O'Neal's recruiting.

This article has O'Neal as one of the Treasure Coast's top prospects.

This article has a video interview with O'Neal and talks about his recruitment.

O'Neal has a Power Five offer from Arkansas and UMass, FIU and Coastal Carolina. Defensive end is a position of need for UMass and there will be lots of playing time available in Amherst.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

UMass Football Recruiting 2021--Ryan Mosesso

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Ryan Mosesso, 6-5 250 pound TE from Dedham, MA has a UMass offer.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has junior highlights.

The Minutemen are Mosesso's first offer. Drawing interest from FBS and FCS schools in the Northeast.

Monday, March 23, 2020

UMass Football News--March 21st, 2020

MassLive has a post on how the UMass athletic dept is navigating academic and medical issues stemming from the Corona virus shutdown. 

Winter sports athletes who need surgery haven't had them. In addition, football players, who strength train are going to have a difficult time replacing workouts as gyms are closed.

As Bamford said hopefully the NCAA will allow either a late Spring practice or an enlarged Summer training period. That's assuming there is any Fall sports at all.

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Sports Illustrated has ranking potential Rivals for Boston College. UMass and UConn rank low because, as SI points out, it's hard to have a rivalry when BC is so much better than either team.

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Springfield defensive tackle Terry Lockett verbals to Syracuse. Had a UMass offer.

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NJ.com has six recruits recently visiting Rutgers. Included were two with UMass offers I've covered here Rene Konga and Matt Gulbin.

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Troy coach Chip Lindsey is grateful the Trojans were able to complete five practices before the virus shutdown hit.

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New Mexico State cancels Spring practice.

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FIU cancels Spring practice.

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Despite the virus Auburn is full steam ahead in constructing their new $60 million performance center.

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Army hires a new recruiting coordinator.

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Liberty cancels their Spring game and Pro Day.

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Akron coach Tom Arth looks for maturity during uncertain times..

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

UMass Football Recruiting 2021--Kevin Jourdain Jr

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Kevin Jourdain Jr, a 6-4 250 pound DE from Holyoke, MA has a UMass offer.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

NCSA profile here.

Hampshire Gazette First Team All Region.

Jourdain has four FCS offers including Harvard, Yale, Princeton plus Holy Cross. Defensive end is a position at UMass that has a lot of playing time available.