Jan. 30 recruiting notes

With Signing Day one week away on Wednesday, Feb. 6, here are a few things that have popped up as we wind down.

— UMass is starting to add to its 2019 class pretty nicely, as coach Walt Bell has secured three more verbal commitments over the last week or so.

As you can see here on the UMass 247 Sports site, the Minutemen just picked up two cornerback and one offensive tackle prospects. Don't put too much stock into the two-star ratings given to Michigan lineman Max Longman and Georgia defensive back Nasier Currie-Sudler. As we've said before, these evaluations sometimes are done hastily toward the end of the process. Don't be surprised to see both players outperform those expectations.

— Just a few days after their teammate and fellow Everett lineman Wilson Frederic committed to Sacred Heart, Jalen Iles Smith pledged to Assumption, and Gilbert Kabamba to Merrimack.

All three players had legitimate Football Bowl Subdivision interest at one point or another during their recruitments, and all three were among the top linemen we saw this season, so these are all great pickups for their respective schools.

This past season, former Everett wide receiver Anthony Norcia saw the field as a true freshman and caught 15 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Don't be surprised to see Kabamba make the same type of early impact.

— Salem sophomore Sam Ofurie has seen his recruitment spike quickly over the past week. The linebacker picked up a Boston College offer on Jan. 21, then Michigan followed just three days later.

As we said in a tweet not long after his reported BC offer, Ofurie can lay the lumber. It's easy to see why colleges are already interested, and we can only imagine how many more will hop on board once they get to evaluate him further.

— One of the better Division 3 pickups we have seen this cycle is BC High defensive tackle Keith Henderson committing to Wesleyan.

A strong, physical presence in the middle of the Eagles' defense over the last three years, Henderson should be able to hold his own in the NESCAC quite well.

His coach at BC High, Jonathan Brillo, agrees.

"I think (Henderson)'s a major steal for (Wesleyan)," Brillo said. "Good student, good kid, heavily involved in the church on Sundays and whatnot. I think he'll do great."

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