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2013 Recruiting: Florida Speed

(2013 Recruit Marquez Valdes)

UMass had Twitter buzzing last night after showing interest in several Florida speedsters.

According to Rivals’ Chris Nee, UMass has made an offer to Marquez Valdes, a wide receiver from St. Pete.

Nee also tweeted that Toledo offered, and Florida International and South Florida are also interested. Valdes’ Rivals page confirms the offer. His ESPN and Scout pages have not been updated yet.

He has a Sunshine Preps page, but since I’m not a college coach, I can’t see any of his information – including height, weight, etc.

Luckily, the magic of the Internet informs me that Valdez is 6’2 and 180 pounds.

Valdes is from the same high school as Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin – two defensive secondary recruits that UMass has already extended offers to. We learned about these kids early in the game.

Here is Chris Nee’s tweet:!/RivalsCNee/status/179348208030457856

(2013 Recruit D.J. Juste/

Nee also tweeted that UMass was showing interest in D.J. Juste, a wide receiver and quarterback from Port St. Lucie.

He added that Mississippi State – who UMass plays today in the first round of the NIT – is also showing interest. Apparently the Bulldogs are interested in him as a quarterback. I’m going to go on a limb and say: If he’s good enough to play QB in the SEC, he’s probably good enough to play the same in the MAC.

According to Rivals, Georgia State and Florida International have already offered Juste scholarships. Scout  and ESPN have more of the same.

Port St. Lucie is a historically downtrodden program in the area, but Juste helped lead them to their first winning season in 18 years. From that same article, Juste had 1,000 yards in the air and on the ground.

I’m pretty sure Coach Molnar won’t be running the triple option, but an athlete like this can likely fit in any system.

Here is Nee’s tweet:!/RivalsCNee/status/179354817649586178

(2013 Recruit Zach Benjamin/Tampa Bay Times)

Finally, Kyle Bennett, a journalist covering football in the Tampa area, tweeted that Coach Suber has been talking to Zach Benjamin, a 6’5 wide receiver  from Tampa Catholic.

He tweeted that Benjamin attended Arkansas’ Junior Day, which 247 Sports confirms.

As of late February, Benjamin had not received any offers, but said he enjoyed USF, according to a Big County Preps article.

Here is what he said about his college preference: “I would like to play in a spread offense, but I don’t have a specific location. The bigger the school the more opportunities and I want to go Division I.”

According to Benjamin’s Twitter page, he thinks Coach Suber is a pretty “cool dude.”


  1. sleepy sheep says:

    No comment on the article but I love the Twitter battle with the BC birds. All those babies do is make excuses, trash opponents and avoid teams. Check out how many teams their fans hate!

    1. Bob McGovern says:

      All in all, not a bad Tuesday.

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