Chris Barnett, a tight end who had at one point signed with the University of Michigan, left the school and started showing interest in UMass, has decided to switch positions and commit to Missouri Southern State University.
Back in October, Barnett told the Maroon Musket that he had picked up a UMass offer and was seriously considering joining the program. Yesterday, he said he wants to “ go (Division 2) and play middle linebacker instead of tight end.” He indicated that he had a few knee injuries and felt a change in position would be better for the longevity of his football career.
“I feel I can be the new prototype at 6’6 and 255 pounds, with 4.52 speed,” he said. “I started at linebacker all through high school, so I know the position. I have a good IQ for the game being a coaches son, and playing offense allows me to read the offenses better while I’m on D.
“I don’t want have to worry about my knees getting targeted as I would when I catch the ball on offense. I want to do the hitting now.”
Missouri Southern State plays in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Barnett will be able to play during the 2013 season.
As the UMass football team continues to build the 2013 class, it’s still keeping an eye on the future.
The Minutemen have offered a scholarship to Cecil Cherry, a 2015 linebacker/fullback from Frostproof High School in Florida. The news comes from Deep South Recruiting’s Michael Bradley:
According to 247 Sports, Cherry already holds an offer from Florida and has piqued Miami’s interest.
Check out his highlights here:
UMass has also offered Bryce Motes, a 2014 wide receiver from Fleming Island High School in Florida.
Motes mentioned the scholarship on Twitter:
UMass offensive lineman Nick Speller has signed with Integrity Sports Management, a sports agency in Hawthorne, NJ. The company made the announcement on Twitter: