Those who are accustomed to seeing members of the Massachusetts football team’s coaching staff regularly may be experiencing some type of withdrawal.
UMass coaches immediately hit the recruiting trail following the team’s 41-21 loss to Buffalo on Nov. 28, hoping to bolster a its recruiting class before the winter dead period of recruiting kicks in next week, when coaches are not allowed to contact recruits.
It’s been a busy recruitment period. The Minutemen have reportedly touched base with prospects ranging from Ohio to Arkansas and even hosted multiple players from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, which recently announced it would not continue its football program next season.
Two days ago, UMass picked up a verbal commitment from 2-star defensive tackle Mario Patton, as reported by the Maroon Musket. Patton, a 6-foot-3, 290 pound senior from Cleveland, is the 10th verbal commitment to the Minutemen’s 2015 recruiting class. He visited Amherst in early December, and spoke with Hustle Belt regarding his decision,
“I chose UMass because it was a great academic school, and I am very comfortable with the area. I really connected with the players, and the coaches there. Another reason why I chose them was because I want to get out of Ohio, and have new experiences,” he said.
Patton joins these nine other verbal commits to UMass. Continue reading