UMass will hold its first Junior Day of the 2013/14 recruiting cycle this weekend.
Per a source with knowledge of how Junior Days work, here is a brief synopsis:
UMass recruits all year, and during that process invites athletes to come to Junior Day. However, Junior Day is an open event so any high school prospect can attend. Attending Junior Day is not considered an official visit because the school pays no expenses. Every athlete pay for their own travel, lodging and meals.
Last year a number of BCS-level players participated in Junior Day, including John Montelus (Notre Dame) and Jack McDonald (Virginia). A few eventual UMass signees – Sam Zeff and Todd Stafford – visited as well.
Saturday’s Junior Day is the first of several. There are a number of football prospects who are involved with basketball and won’t be able to attend a Junior Day until UMass starts spring practice. Also, many colleges have their respective Junior Days at the same time, so a player that UMass is interested in may be committed to visiting another school that day.
Here is a list of who we know about. This is nowhere near the full list, but it’s what we have on our radar right now:
- Gavin O’Donnell, a wide receiver from Jermyn, Pa., tweeted that he will be on campus for Junior Day. O’Donnell is 6’0 and 170 pounds, and is both a football and track athlete. He and his father, Rob, have a really cool story stemming from the events on 9-11 … you should give it a read. Check out his highlights here.
- 247 Sports’ Sean Fitz tweeted that Connor Morehart, a 2014 defensive lineman from Pennsylvania with a UMass offer, will be on campus.
- As we mentioned before, Donte Angus and teammates Cedric Wright and Delane Hart will be at Junior Day. As far as I can tell, Angus is the only one with a verbal offer from UMass. They all go to Germantown High School in Pennsylvania.
- Rasaan Stewart, a running back/quarterback from Collegeville, Pa., tweeted that he will be in Amherst. Stewart is listed as an athlete by 247 Sports. Stewart was The Mercury’s 2012 All-Area Football Player of the Year.
- Elden Baker, an offensive and defensive lineman from the Salisbury School in Pennsylvania, tweeted that he was heading to UMass. Check out Baker’s highlights here.
- Bryce Boggs, a wide receiver/safety from Tabor Academy, tweeted that he was invited to Junior Day.
NOTES: UMass is definitely trying to make inroads at the University School down in Florida – alma mater of 2013 signee DJ Woods. The Minutemen have offered both Richard Yeargin III and Quincy Wilson, two highly-touted players from the Fort Lauderdale school. Yeargin is an outside linebacker and has offers from ACC, SEC and Big 10 schools, according to Rivals. Wilson may be one of the best cornerbacks in the country and has offers from everywhere, according to Rivals. Both of these guys are major, major reaches for UMass, but having Woods on the roster may be some incentive to check out Amherst. … The Minutemen have also offered Greg Stroman, a quarterback/athlete from Stonewall Jackson High School in Virginia. Preston Williams from the Washington Post broke the news on Twitter.
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