It’s the first national signing day of UMass’ 1A life. I’m trying not to get excited. Thought it’s not really working. I know the coaching staff is working at a massive disadvantage as the school moves to the FBS. Thus, expectations must be lowered.
Looking into the MAC’s recruiting a bit; it’s basically a game of getting the best two-star guys you can. The three-star kids are more allusive for the MAC teams. Yes, coaches get them but not at a high clip.
Whether the staff nabs a three-star player or two, or is forced to go with solely “under the radar” talent, this class is going to go a long way in determining the position the team is in during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Success on the field in 2012, 2013 and beyond is going to be the only way for football to truly catch on at the FBS level. I’m not talking about runaway, unrealistic success. More along the lines of simply contending in a highly entertaining MAC.
Doing so should get the recruits that Massachusetts needs to continue to compete at the 1A level. Additionally, bringing that compete level up should translate into growing a solid fanbase.
First thing’s first… It all starts with laying the pipeline tomorrow.