Saturday, January 21, 2017

Recruiting 2017--Jyvon Brown

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Jyvon Brown, a 6-4 190 pound pro-style QB has received an offer from UMass.

247 Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats. has video.

This article partially features Brown.

Besides UMass, Brown has an offer from Texas State. Drawing interest from Rutgers and Temple.

Recruiting 2017--Jaylen Tolbert

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Jaylen Tolbert, a 6-3 185 pound WR from Mobile, AL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Tolbert originally committed to Jax State. Now has offers from South Alabama and Ball State as well as the Minutemen.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hunter Brown--Verbals to UMass

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St. John's Prep Tweets Hunter Brown, a 6-1 275 pound DL/FB has verbaled to UMass. has video.

MaxPreps page.

Massachusetts High School Coaches Association All-State Team.

Recruiting 2017--James Alston image
JUCO Football Frenzy reports UMass is targeting James Alston, a 6-7 305 pound OT from Grossmont C.C. in CA.

Twitter announcement here. has video.

Partial quote from a 11/29 article by Scott Eklund:

"For a guy my size, I have really quick feet and I move them really well," Alston noted when asked to describe his game. "My first three kicks (kick steps) are explosive and then I have long arms, so that helps me keep guys out of the backfield and it gives my quarterback time to throw the ball down the field."
Alston's journey is an interesting one.

After completing a solid prep career in Hackinsack, New Jersey, Alston signed with Virginia Union, a Division Two program, but he wasn't happy there, so after his redshirt season, he decided to leave and moved out west to get a fresh start."

Alston has offers from Purdue and Texas State.

Friday --January 20th, 2017

Today's a big day in the recruiting cycle. A number of recruits will be making official visits to Amherst.

247Sports has a list of player visits for today.

Hopefully, the Minutemen will pick up some verbals from this group. WR's and DB's are among the players who could lock up some early playing time if they commit to UMass.

Recruiting 2018--Jesse Luketa image
Jesse Luketa, a 6-3 215 pound OLB from Mercyhurst Prep in PA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

This article from November 2016 features Luketa.

MaxPreps has stats.

Luketa holds 17 offers including BC, Syracuse, Rutgers and Pitt from the Northeast.

Recruiting 2018--Lancine Turay

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Lancine Turay, a 6-6 240 pound DE from Irvington, NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

Partial quote from a 01/02 article by Brain Dohn:

"Defensive end Lancine Turay, the brother or Rutgers defensive end Kemoko Turay, picked up his first offer when Syracuse extended one. The spring will be huge for Tuary, who plays at Irvington (N.J.) High and has an impressive frame. Rutgers and Penn State are also showing a lot of interest."

This article from December of 2016 features Turay.

Besides UMass, Turay holds an offer from Syracuse.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Amir Gillis image
Amir Gillis, a 5-10 190 pound Safety/Dual threat QB from Simon Gratz HS in Philly has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article from September of 2016 features Gillis.

UMass is the first offer for Gillis. Drawing interest from UConn, Pitt and Temple.

Thursday--January 19th, 2017

Matty Vautour reports UMass has fired defensive coordinator Tom Masella.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on changing the defensive coordinator.

In five years in FBS, UMass has yet to win a shootout. The wins have been grind-it-out defensive struggles. The Minutemen needs more talent and bodies on defense for the new defensive coordinator to work with. Hopefully, we'll get a coach with some national recruiting connections to make that happen.


Boston College announces three early enrollees, two of whom had UMass offers.


The NCAA may adopt a mandatory fourteen week schedule. That would give every team two bye weeks each season.

UMass A.D. Ryan Bamford Tweeted two bye weeks would provide additional flexibility for an independent like UMass, making scheduling easier.


Oregon suspends their strength and conditioning coach after a training program puts three players in the hospital.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Recruiting 2017-Tori Singletary

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Several recruiting services indicate Tori Singletary, a 6-4 215 pound DE from Jacksonville, FL has received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

Partial quote from a 01/16 article by Jermy Werner on

"I'm just going to see the see the coaches and the players," Singletary said. "Basically I just want to feel comfortable at the school."

Singletary said he'll make his decision close to Signing Day."

Singletary holds offers from Illinois, Troy, Tulane and Old Dominion.

Recruiting 2017--Jake Byczko

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Jake Byczko, a 6-3 240 pound DE/LB from Auburn, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Originally verbaled to UConn. New coach Randy Edsall has been changing the Huskies recruiting class. That's engendered some negative comment. The Hartford Courant also has a post on the recruiting changes. has video.

Byczko drew interest from BC, Syracuse, Buffalo and others.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Recruiting 2017--Brian Roberts image
Brian Roberts, a 6-0 182 pound Safety from Jacksonville, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass and will take an official visit this weekend.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

This August 2016 article from the MAC Blog "Hustle Belt" features Roberts.

Partial quote from an August article by Zack Harig:

"The six-foot, 195-pounder out of Trinity Christian High School says he is projected to play safety at the next level but could also continue playing outside linebacker, providing versatility with his recruitment.

"I play fast and I'm really physical," Roberts told us about his play style."

Also ran track and field.

Roberts has 12 offers with UMass the only one from the Northeast.

Tuesday--January 17th, 2017

Maine HC Harasymiak has a short audio interview about playing UMass at Fenway Park next year.

The Black Bears went 6-5 in 2016, but three of their five losses came from two FBS teams and National Champion James Madison.


College football had its highest ever average scoring in 2016.


ESPN ranks Boston College #13 in an early 2017 prediction of the ACC.


Giants Wire says if Victor Cruz stays with the Giants, he's facing a salary cut.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Recruiting 2018 -- Jasiah Provillon

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Jasiah Provillion, a 6-2 185 pound athlete from Irvington. NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports four-star player. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Provillion has eleven offers including Penn State, Syracuse, BC and Pitt from the Northeast. He'd be a big (if not the biggest) signing for the Minutemen.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Recruiting 2017--Xavier Steele

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Xavier Steele, a 5-11 176 pound CB from Orange Lutherian HS in CA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247 Sports page here. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Also ran Track & Field.

UMass is Steele's first FBS offer.