Saturday, January 30, 2016

January 30th, 2016--Optimus Prime Weekend #2

It's a big recruiting weekend for the Minutemen. I'll focus on player visits in today's blog and maybe do the staff changes and other news tomorrow or Monday.

Bob McGovern has a list of this weekend visiting players.

A cut-and-paste from Bob's article:

According to Maroon Musket sources, here is a list of visitors who will be making official visits to Amherst this weekend:

Bilal Ally (RB), Green Cove Springs, FL 
Leyshawn Askew (DT), Wayne, NJ - Committed 
Larnel Coleman (DE/TE), Medford, MA 
Zuriel Davis (DT), Jacksonville, FL 
Andrew Ford (QB), Lackawanna Community College 
Sam Franklin (S), Crystal River, FL (East Coast Prep) 
Martin Mangram (ATH), Buford, GA 
TJ Rayam (DT), Alabaster, AL 
Martial Washington (S), Hinesville, GA 
Chris Tucker (DE/FB), Nashville, TN


I've blogged about several of these players before.

Leyshawn Askew is a 6-6 DT from Wayne Hills, NJ. He verbaled to UMass back on July 25th.

Since my last post on Ashew, has senior highlights.


I blogged about T.J. Rayam, a 6-1 290 pound DT from Alabaster, AL yesterday.


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Bilal Ally is a 5-10 185 RB from Green Cove Springs FL.

247Sports three star player. two-star. has senior highlights.

Ran for a Florida playoff state record 496 yards in one game.

This article co-features Ally.

Ally holds nine offers including Cincinnati and Georgia Tech.


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Larnel Coleman is a 6-7 250 pound DE/TE from Medford, MA. has highlights.

NCSA Sports has his recruiting profile.


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Zuriel Davis is a 6-5 315 pound DT from Jacksonville, FL.

247 Sports says he committed to UMass yesterday. has highlights.

Played in the Blue-Gray Bowl January 16th.


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Andrew Ford is a 6-3 215 pound QB from Lackawanna Community College.

247Sports three-star player. has season highlights.

Partial quote from a November 16th article by

Originally a member of Virginia Tech’s 2014 class, Ford redshirted his initial collegiate season before transferring to Lackawanna last summer. In his redshirt freshman season there, Ford went 110-of-195 (56.4 percent) passing for 1,764 yards and 23 touchdowns to six interceptions.
Since the conclusion of Lackawanna’s season, Ford has seen strong interest. Colorado, Pittsburgh, Arizona State and others showed initial interest and more have come in since Iowa State offered last week.

Ford holds an offer from Iowa State.


Sam Franklin is a 6-2 200 pound WR from Inverness, FL. I've blogged about him before.

Franklin originally signed with the Minutemen in 2015. 247Sports had him the highest-rated recruit in that class.

He ended up playing one year at East Coast Prep. has East Coast prep highlights.

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Martin Mangram is a 5-11 180 pound Athlete from Buford, GA. I've blogged about Mangram before.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

Mangram has fourteen FBS offers. Also brother of UMass DB Brandon Mangram.

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Martial Washington, is a 6-1 207 pound Safety from Riceboro, GA. two-star player. has senior highlights.

Washington has a soft commit to Georgia Southern.


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Chris Tucker is a 6-3 245 pound DE/FB from Jackson, TN has senior highlights.

NCSA has his recruiting profile.

Tucker also holds an offer from Temple.


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