Most days when I hear about new offers, I simply report the name, position and other schools showing interest. Today I found a recruit that is getting interest from UMass and has a lot of good things to say about the program and the coaching staff.
Garrett Dolly, a middle linebacker from Cumberland, Md., has received interest from UMass, and so far it looks like the Minutemen are on the top of his list. Dolly took time to speak with XOFan’s Matt Alkire and said Coach Molnar and his staff are doing a tremendous job selling the program.
I really like the way that Senior (Head Coach Charley Molnar) is stepping into UMASS and changing the tempo and direction of the program immediately there. I also get the impression from Coach Molnar that he’s completely genuine at all times which isn’t a feeling you get talking to coaches. I got to talk to him for a little while and he was very down to earth. … You also don’t see a lot of head coaches leading by example, but that’s a big thing you can see from Coach Molnar. He’s a big family guy; he’s always running around campus which shows his team he stays in shape so he expects the same. There’s just a lot to like. He’s not just preaching it from a podium.
Dolly also mentioned how much he liked Defensive Coordinator Phil Elmassian, who had a two-hour meeting with the recruit. “I’ve been around a lot of coaches in my time and I haven’t met many like him, I can say that much,” Dolly said.
The 5’11, 223 pound middle linebacker is a two-star recruit and has piqued the interest of Army, Navy, UConn and Buffalo. It’s never a bad thing to recruit against the likes of UConn and future MAC foe Buffalo, but I think it’s great to hear that the military academies are showing interest as well. It shows that the kid has the grades and the discipline already. This 2009 ESPN article about Dolly speaks volumes:
He’s highly motivated in what he wants to do and the goals he wants to achieve. He wants to play college football on Saturdays. He believes in himself and his abilities. He wants to succeed in the worst way. He does everything in his power every day of his life to be a success on the field and off the field.
UMass has extended offers to two more Florida athletes. Chris Nee is reporting on Twitter that the Minutemen have offered Taylor Marini, a tight end from Lake Mary, Fl. Marini is a three-star recruit that has a impressive list of offers so far, ranging from Minnesota to Florida International, according to Rivals. Check out his highlights here.
The Minutemen also offered Kevin Maurice, an offensive and defensive lineman from Orlando, according to Brendan Sonnone from the Orlando Sentinel. Maurice also tweeted about the offer. UMass is in for a local recruiting battle as Boston College was the first school to offer Maurice, according to the Sentinel.
By the sound of things on Twitter, UMass is having a football camp on Saturday, and a few recruits are going to be there.
DeVonte Hughes, a linebacker from Indiana, tweeted that he was going to be on campus for camp. Hughes is also visiting Boston College but has yet to receive an offer from either school. Steven Casali, a tough runner with a UMass offer, also tweeted about this Saturday’s camp. Finally, Haiden Nagel, a Tampa athlete with a UMass offer will visit UMass on Friday and attend camp the next day, according to Twitter.