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Former Temple Commit to Play for UMass

(UMass Commit Shakur Nesmith/

Shakur Nesmith, a wide receiver from Pennsylvania who originally committed to Temple in 2012, will play for UMass as a walk-on and attempt to earn a scholarship, according to multiple sources.

Nesmith was a 2012 recruit from Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia, and verbally committed to the Owls the summer before his senior year. After signing with the Owls, the three-star recruit – and several others in Temple’s 2012 class – did not clear the NCAA Clearinghouse for freshman eligibility.

In order to become eligible, Nesmith attended Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. One source told the Maroon Musket that he is academically eligible to play for UMass, and “he’ll try to earn a scholarship.” Until then, Nesmith will be a recruited walk-on for the Minutemen.

Milford Academy is the same institution where Brandon Peoples went after his senior year. Peoples also committed to Temple in 2012, but did not qualify for his freshman year. After a prep semester, he verbally committed to UMass, but after some concerns regarding academics, the program went in a different direction. Peoples eventually signed with Wagner College.

It is unclear what year Nesmith will count toward if he earns a scholarship. If he is considered a 2013 recruit, it means that one of UMass’ 25 currently occupied scholarships opened up. If he counts for 2014, he will occupy one of the 20 remaining spots.

Nesmith will add immediate depth to the UMass receiving corps. The 6’4, 192-pound athlete is a big target and has been clocked at sub-4.5 speed.

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  1. umass1991 says:

    Bob, curious about your comment of Shakur counting against the 2013 class… if there was a scholly open, wouldn’t they have just offered him that instead of as a walkon?

    1. Bob McGovern says:

      Slightly complicated, but the long and short of it is that he is unlikely to be a 2013 kid b/c he needs to “make it” in school, so to speak. Unless something happens that I have yet to be informed of, he will likely count against 2014.

  2. boris says:

    can’t wait for the musket to be at august practices and fine tuning projected
    depth chart

    go umass

  3. NJUMASS08 says:

    I love walk-on’s. They work that much harder to get a scholly.

  4. ms says:

    What’s interesting to me is that he has committed to UMass as a walk-on. As a former three-star recruit, I’m surprised that he isn’t willing to wait to see what transpires. Definitely speaks well for the efforts of our great staff and the reputation of the University. Nice.

  5. Ryan says:

    This could be great or this could be a non-story. Not getting too excited early so i’ll chalk this up in the we shall see catagory.

  6. Chizzle says:

    Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. is a hot bed for Div. 1 football talent. Plus, they don’t mess around. There isn’t anything to do up there but study and play football.

    I had a former student of mine look into going there and was excited about how structured it was. It was the best thing for him but I think he got nervous and got cold feet.

    Love how UMass is getting kids from Milford Academy in NY…. good pipeline to have.

    1. Umike says:

      I’m more curious with the pipeline over at Imhotep High, seems like they have some talent.

  7. SJGMoney says:

    Serious size and now more depth at the WR position, good to see.

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