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Throughout the day, the Massachusetts football team will announce its 2016 recruiting class. Here is a list of current Minutemen signees, accompanied by a brief description. This is Mark Whipple’s recruiting recruiting class as UMass head coach.
DB – Antione Webster, 6-feet, 185 pounds, Miami, Florida
Webster is the first commit of the day for the Minutemen and will add depth to its young defensive back core. Webster, a 3-star recruit in high school also had offers from Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Oregon State, Syracuse and West Virginia amongst others.
Check out his highlight tape here.
LB/RB – Taylor Riggins, 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, Rochester, New York
Riggings joins the Minutemen as a 3-star recruit out of high school that will play linebacker. Riggins initially committed to Syracuse in the summer of 2015 according to 247sports.com.
Although listed as both a running back and linebacker coming out of high school, Riggins will turn his focus to defense when he gets to Amherst with the pileup of running backs already committed to the Minutemen.
Check out his high school tape here.
TE – Taylor Edwards, 6-foot-4, 228 pounds, Wilmington, Delaware
According to 247Sports.com, Edwards received interest from 12 different schools and offers from six before the 3-star recruit committed to UMass on Sept. 24. Edwards previously verbally committed in July after the annual Clam Bake, but he followed up a week later saying he had not committed anywhere. He later confirmed his commitment to the Minutemen in September.
Edwards is a pass-catching threat as more of a wide receiver/tight end hybrid. You can see his highlights here.
DB – Isaiah Rodgers, 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, Tampa, Florida
Whipple and his staff spent plenty of time in the Sunshine State, adding Rodgers to UMass’ deep list of expected Florida recruits. Rodgers committed in late December and is listed as a 2-star recruit by 247Sports. Along with playing at outside corner, he had plenty of experience as a punt returner in high school and was a constant danger to the defense.
Here’s some highlights from his senior season at Blake High School
DE – Charly Timite, 6-foot-3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Timite is a 3-star recruit out of high school and could instantly make an impact as a defensive end. He also had received interest from Boston College, Penn State and Rutgers amongst others.
Check out his highlight tape here.
TE – Cody Banks, 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, Richmond, Virginia
Right off the bat nothing stands out more with Banks than his 6-foot-7, 260-pound frame. The Minutemen’s offense didn’t look or operate the same without Jean Sifrin this past year, and with Rodney Mills graduating Banks has the potential to be a key part in Whipple’s pro-style offense.
In addition to UMass, Banks also held offers from Maryland and North Carolina State amongst other schools. You can check out Banks’ highlight videos here.
WR – Brennon Dingle, 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, Baltimore, Maryland
Despite his small size, Dingle, a 3-star recruit, had an offer from Maryland and drew interest from Cincinnati, Ohio State, Pennsylvania State and West Virginia before committing to UMass in mid-August, according to 247Sports.He is perhaps the best of UMass’ receiving group it hopes to make official today.
You can check out highlights of the speedy receiver’s senior season at Perry Hall High School here.
DB – Cycoby Burch, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Orlando, Florida
Burch is one of the more heralded recruits in this year’s crop as a 3-star recruit, according to 247Sports and ESPN. The safety drew offers from eight other schools – including Wisconsin, North Carolina and West Virginia – and committed to UMass on Dec. 14. According to the Maroon Musket, Burch is highest-rated defensive back to commit to the Minutemen in their short time in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Burch will join a young secondary corps including sophomores Brandon Mangram and James Oliphant who will need to fill the shoes of departing seniors Randall Jette, Trey Dudley-Giles and Joe Colton. Here’s some video of Burch.
S – Patrick Volcy, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Naples, Florida
Volcy is another Florida product out of Golden Gate High School. He committed to UMass Dec. 18 and is rated a 2-star recruit by 247Sports.
Check out his highlights here.
WR – Infinite Tucker, 6-foot-5, 198 pounds, Huntington, New York
Tucker adds to UMass’ list of receiving recruits as a 2-star prospect, according to 247Sports. He signed his letter of intent this morning.
Here’s some highlights on Tucker, who lined up at wide receiver and running back in high school.
DL – Sharif Saleem, 6-foot-7, 250 pounds, Cleveland, Ohio
Saleem brings legitimate size and athleticism at the defensive end position. He originally committed to Bowling Green last May but decommitted and opted for UMass in December. According to 247Sports, Saleem, who also played wide receiver in high school, is a 2-star recruit at strong-side defensive end.
OL – Raquan Thomas, 6-foot-4, 345 pounds, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
With center Matt Sparks graduating and left tackle Tyrell Smith leaving the program, the Minutemen will have some new faces on their offensive line. Thomas played left tackle in high school but could be used at other positions along the offensive line when he arrives in Amherst.
Check out some of his high school highlight’s here.
CB – Martin Mangram, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Buford, Georgia
Mangram adds depth to a secondary that will look very different than last season for UMass. With defensive backs Randall Jette, Kelton Brackett, Joey Colton and Trey Dudley-Giles leaving, Mangram will join the young group of DB’s with Jordin Hamilton and James Oliphant that showed promise at the end of 2015.
Mangram held offers from many other schools with Illinois, Iowa State, Maryland and Syracuse topping the list. Check out his highlight tapes here.
RB – Tyler Thompson, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Oakhurst, New Jersey
The Minutemen have made it clear that this recruiting class had a major focus about adding speed to their offense. Thompson, a 3-star running back, also received offers from power-five schools such as Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and Virginia. Thompson joins running backs Sekai Lindsay and Marquis Young in what has potential to be a very talented and deep group of backs.
Check out his highlight tape here.
DL — Leyshawn Askew, 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, Wayne, New Jersey
Askew was one of UMass’ first commits back in late July following his attendance at the Minutemen’s annual Clam Bake. The defensive tackle was rated as a 3-star player by both ESPN.com and 247Sports and also received an offer from Temple, according to 247Sports. With the graduation of Robert Kitching III, there may be some snaps available on the defensive line for Askew as he competes for playing time in his freshman year.
You can watch a highlight video of him here.
RB – Peytton Pickett, 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, Arlington, Texas
Another talented back joins UMass after receiving other offers from Kansas, Southern Methodist and the University of Texas at El Paso. Like Thompson, Pickettt adds a lot of speed to the Minutemen backfield that Whipple will have at his disposure to mix and max with different packages.
Pickett’s highlight videos can be seen here.
QB – Andrew Ford, 6-foot-3, 211 pounds, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Many people thought that when the season was over that Ross Comis was going to be handed the key’s to the offense that was held by Blake Frohnapfel for the past two seasons. But Ford, a pro-style quarterback, will make camp interesting for Whipple in which will likely be the most noteworthy competition.
Ford was a 4-star recruit coming out of high school and had inititially committed to Virginia Tech before transferring to Lackawanna Community College. Ford will have three years left of eligibility remaining at UMass.
Check out his highlights here.
RB – Bilal Ally, 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Green Cove Springs, Florida
Ally is one of many talented running backs to join the Minutemen’s 2016 recruiting class. Ally also had offers from Cincinnati and Georgia Tech before ultimately deciding UMass.
Check out his high school highlight videos here.
CB – Bakhari Goodson, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, Apopka, Florida
Goodson is a non-ranked defensive back that joins UMass’ young group of cornerbacks. Goodson has good speed and vision and will compete for spots on both defense and potentially various special teams units.
Check out his highlight package here.
DL – Larnel Coleman, 6-foot-7, 249 pounds, Malden, Massachusetts
Coleman is another player UMass locked up today without an initial verbal commitment. A defensive end, he doesn’t have to travel far to Amherst from Malden, where he played at St. Clement High School. He brings size at 6-foot-7 and athleticism as a high school basketball player.
Check out some highlights of Coleman here.
RB – Tyshaun Ingram, 6-foot, 185 pounds, Winter Park, Florida
With the departures of Shadrach Abrokwah and Lorenzo Woodley from the football team, as announced last month, UMass still boasts talent among the running back group led by sophomores Marquis Young and Sekai Lindsay. Ingram hopes to add to this as a 2-star recruit with a mix of speed and power. He held offers from six schools including Bowling Green, Florida A&M and North Dakota State.
Click here for his highlight video.
TE – Avien Peah, 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Providence, Rhode Island
Peah, a 3-star recruit according to 247Sports, committed to UMass Aug. 2, leaving offers from Bryant and Rhode Island on the table. He’s a pass-catching threat that played on both sides of the ball in high school at La Salle Academy – he played tight end, fullback and defensive end. With Rodney Mills – the Minutemen’s do-it-all weapon on offense – graduating at the end of this year, Peah may have an opportunity to cease playing time at tight end.
Here’s a link to Peah’s senior year highlight package.
DL – T.J. Rayam, 6-foot-1, 308 pounds, Alabaster, Alabama
UMass got some strength up the middle to add to its group of incoming defensive linemen in Rayam, who lined up at defensive tackled and defensive end in high school. He’s unrated by ESPN and 247Sports but drew some interest from a number of Southeastern Conference schools before committing to the Minutemen this morning.
You can check out some highlights here.
DL – Ali Ali-Musa, 6-foot-3, 270 pounds, Garden City, New York
Ali-Musa, a JUCO prospect previously from Nassau Community College, signed his letter of intent in mid-December to become an early enrollee at UMass, spurning offers from multiple schools including Mid-American Conference programs Buffalo and Northern Illinois. 247Sports rates him as a 3-star recruit and he has shown the ability to line up at multiple spots on the defensive line.
You can watch his highlight video here.
DB – Patrick Amara, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Amara comes to UMass as an early enrollee after transferring from Pittsburgh in mid-January after his sophomore season. He will be forced to sit out the entirety of the 2016 season, per NCAA regulations, but he will return the following year with two years remaining of eligibility.
Amara lined up at safety in 20 games for the Panthers over two seasons and had 32 tackles to go along with an interception. Down the road, Amara can prove to be a valuable and experienced addition to the Minutemen’s secondary.
Check out his highlights here.
LB – James Bowe, Jr., 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Miami, Florida
It appears UMass is trying to build a pipeline in Florida, adding Bowe to the list of Sunshine State signees. Bowe actually originally committed to the Minutemen at last year’s signing day and joins UMass this year as an early signee. Per UMass, Bowe is expected to bring physicality and leadership.
Here’s some highlights of him.
DL/LB – Leon Flanagan, 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Staten Island, New Jersey
Flanagan brings versatility as an outside linebacker/defensive end from high school. He is one of UMass’ six early signees who is enrolled at the University for the spring semester. Unranked by ESPN and 247Sports, he committed to the Minutemen July 25 following the annual Clam Bake.
Check out a highlight video from his time at Curtis High School in Staten Island, New York here.
OL – James Reilly, 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, Norwell, Massachusetts
UMass adds to its offensive line with early signee and Massachusetts native James Reilly, an unrated recruit by 247Sports and ESPN. UMass special teams coach Mark Michaels, who recruited Reilly, said Reilly needs to continue working on his technique but is a “nice prospect” moving forward.
Here’s some tape on the offensive guard most recently out of Fox Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia.
DB – Tedrick Lowery, 6-foot, 225 pounds, Austin, Texas
UMass reached out to the Lone Star state to pick up JUCO prospect Tedrick Lowery out of Tyler Junior College. Lowery is an early signee who is a 2-star recruit by 247Sports. The Minutemen have liked using a nickel package in the past – notably with graduating senior Joe Colton – with a safety playing a hybrid linebacker position. Lowery may fit this mold.
Watch Lowery’s highlights here.
WR – Sadiq Palmer, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, Little Silver, New Jersey
With Tajae Sharpe graduating – and likely getting drafted in the 2016 NFL draft – UMass will need to finds its new go to receiver very quickly.
It’s also worth noting that assistant coach Dave Sollazzo did compare Palmer to Sharpe at the Minutemen’s signing day.
Palmer has good size and speed and could potentially play both inside and outside the numbers. Palmer also had offers from Old Dominion and Syracuse.
Check out his high school highlights here.
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