UMass brings in 19 new football recruits


AMHERST -- This time, UMass football coach Charley Molnar had 12 months to recruit in advance of college football's signing day.

The second-year Minuteman coach brought in 19 players, who signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

The new class is literally and figuratively heavy on offense. Eight members of the scholarship class play offensive line.

Six of the eight linemen signed are 6-foot-5 or taller and the smallest of them weighs 275.

The most interesting of the incoming linemen is Fabian Hoeller, a 6-3, 301 pounder, who plays football in Germany. Hoeller was a four-year starter for the Cologne Falcons.

Size is not limited to the offensive line. Quarterback recruit Todd Stafford of Riverside, Conn., is 6-7, 250. He threw for 1,689 yards and 17 touchdowns at Greenwich High School. He actually committed as a junior despite missing much of his sophomore and junior seasons with an injury.

Stafford will go into the mix for the starting job with Mike Wegzyn and A.J. Doyle, who split time last year.

The Minutemen will bring a little bit of size into the backfield with the recruitment of Daquan Mack from Levittown, Pa. Mack, who rushed for 2,000 yards in his career, is 6-1, 247 pounds.

Six Minutemen recruits are from New Jersey, four from Florida and only two from Massachusetts.

The Bay State Minutemen are lineman Terrel Correia of Nantucket, and Peter Ngobidi form Hyde Park, who played at Catholic Memorial.


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