As Signing Day draws near, there is no shortage of recruiting news.
UMass is no longer pursuing Brandon Peoples, a running back from from Warminster, Pa. who verbally committed last month, according to a source with knowledge of the recruiting process. Peoples had originally committed to Temple and then decommitted shortly after Steve Addazio left the school for Boston College.
With Peoples no longer in the picture, UMass has one scholarship running back committed in the 2013 class - Daquan Mack. It sounds like Charley Molnar and Roderick Plummer paid Mack a visit:
Speaking of commits, the Maroon Musket has learned that several athletes who have verbally committed will be on campus on January 25, according to a source. Richard Queen, Shane Huber and Shaquille Harris will take their official visits on that day.
E.J. Burston, a wide receiver who is teammates with Harris, will also visit. Burston has not yet committed to UMass, and it is unclear if he holds an offer.
There will also be two defensive linemen and three other recruits, but their names were not released.
We did learn that three athletes who committed elsewhere will not be on campus, as was initially reported. Justin Williams (Michigan State), Derrick Dunlap (Eastern Michigan) and Deshai Powell (Eastern Michigan) are not expected to visit on Jan. 25.
Things are going to get interesting really quickly.
Phil Vandersea, a UMass football great from the 1960s, will be inducted into the UMass Hall of Fame.
Matt Vautour from the Daily Hampshire Gazette had some interesting roster notes. He reported that Ryan Carter (DB) will forgo his final year and graduate in the spring. Vautour also indicated that – aside from John Wallace and Brian Dowling – Ryan Delaire (DL), Greg Hilliard (LB) and Jamar Smith (RB) are looking to transfer.
Vautour also indicated that quarterback Kellen Pagel is “likely done” with football at UMass.