Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Recruiting 2011--Joe Della Vecchia

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UMass is interested in Joe Della Vecchia, a 6-0 170 pdQB from St. Joseph's HS in CT.

Story here.

Della Vecchia holds the CT state TD records (85) as well as the career passing yards total of 7,693.

Drawing interest from Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Marist, Bentley and Rhode Island.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Frank, can you tell us what the depth chart looks like taking into account losing our seniors and the underclassmen who have played and/or showed the most progress this year. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

UNH is beating us up in recruiting so far this year.

Anonymous said...

ok unh fan

Anonymous said...

Drawing interest from Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Marist, Bentley and Rhode Island. - Why are we recruiting athletes that are not being recruited by any FBS schools? Is he a sleeper or do all of the other coaches feel he doesn't have the skills to compete at the FBS level?

vetteson said...

Recruiting will remain a problem for UMass until it decides, and makes its decision public, where it is going to be next fall. Why would a decent FCS player commit to UMass if in two years he's not playing at all. Why would a respectable FBS level recruit commit to UMass if UMass decides (or has to) remain in the FCS. And will it stay in the CAA? And if it does go into the MAC, the potential recruit would hold out a chance to be recruited by a team that has a chance to play for a National Championship. And, of course, what coaches will be here or gone? And so it goes........

UMass74 said...

I'll have a lot to say about next year's team.

It'll give us something to talk about this spring. Again, it will be my speculation. I don't have any inside information.

Let's get recruiting over with first.

Anonymous said...

As Vet pointed out, it would help our recruiting if the MAC would announce that we have been invited to join. On the Plus side - We will still have a shot at some 3-star players since many won't make their decision until the end of January based on whether they qualify academically and were they will sit on the depth chart.

Anonymous said...

His sister is a sophomore on the UMass softball team...

http://www.umassathletics.com/sports/w-softbl/mtt/dellavecchia_christine01.html

Anonymous said...

Just because it says he is getting interest from umass doesnt mean they are actually recruiting him...kids like to boast..kinda like 99 % of the people on here that probably said the same thing coming out of high school "i was getting recruited by Miami but i hurt my knee in high school so i ended up at marist!"
... because it says being recruited by Umass here doesnt mean its TRUE!

Anonymous said...

We should be going after three-star recruits; if we consistently land two-star recruits, and they pan out, that's a big plus. The players brought in have done well and are coachable; consider how many are currently playing in the NFL. I don't think that one can have any reasonable expectations of recruiting until the announcement is made if made at all; at that point, if and when it is made, UMass should be a legitimate destination school and we should be in the running with the likes of Connecticut, Rutgers, all of the MAC schools, Syracuse, and even BC and Maryland. I think we would be poised to make great offers to good athletes as we have been doing, only on a much more consistent basis. The coaches should be commended for preparing good teams consistently. If the move is made to the MAC then one can reasonably assume a significant investment in the facilities will also be made concomitantly; the FBS move is not being taken lightly and the University understands that moving is one thing, but to fulfill a ten-year plan of moving on to the Big East or the ACC beyond the MAC begins with a plan--and that plan is for the long-term. I think that the ACC would be a better fit once the program has matured and the right coaches are in place, but that's discourse for another time. Everything is an investment, as football is very expensive, but given the love this state has for the sport, and the growing quality of athletes from the area, it would be extremely foolish not to capitalize on the market that has demonstrated devotion to the Patriots. With Kraft behind the move, it only sweetens the residual gains to be made: for the university as a high(er) profile institution situated in an academically-rich region, and for the students, alumni, and other teams, who will also benefit. Still, I think that even if an announcement is made this year, we will be members of the CAA for at least another year if not two. Happy New Year and all seasons' blessings to all. Good health, prosperity, and happiness to all.

Anonymous said...

This young man is precisely the kind of player that UMass should be looking at closely! He can play. If he isn't a QB then he could certainly be moved to receiver or DB. Get football players. Look at what the Pats do. Adrian Zullo was only 5'7" and was neither the fastest nor the most physically gifted, but that young man could play. He has heart. I think that, given the resources and the budget, the coaching staff has done a tremendous job in recruiting good athletes who love to play football. We'll never compete with the likes of Penn State or Notre Dame, but these guys are doing something right.

Anonymous said...

Adrian Zullo was the NATIONAL high school sprint champ in the 100 meters in 1998. If he wasn't the fastest player ever at UMass, I don't know who was. 1A's didn't want him because of his size----and because of that UMass benefited greatly. For 5' 7" he was fearless. Now if we could only get two or three Zullos for 2011....

Anonymous said...

were not getting quality recruits. bottomline. we recruit undersize players who unh, delaware, nova dont take.

Anonymous said...

this kid isnt zullo. sorry

Anonymous said...

from up in the top roww sec 16 we like this guy a lot. Reminds us of Santos when he was in HS. Not real big or real fast but could really play.

Would seem like the kind of player we can use and will only help us.

Anonymous said...

Good to see all the recruiting guru's on here. Unfortunately nobody has any idea how good a player each is until 3 or 4 years in.