And So It Begins; Michigan Lands 2013 Verbal From Former Penn State Commit

Ross Douglas, a 4-star prospect, was one of the first to decommit from Penn State. Yesterday he chose Michigan as his new home.

There has already been much written about the potential frenzy surrounding the recruitment of these Penn State players. Where does UMass fit into the free-for-all on 2012 and 2013 Penn State talent?

You’ve probably looked at the list of northeast Penn State players compiled by Matty V. A couple of these players did report offers from UMass before committing to PSU. Namely, Wendy Laurent an offensive linemen from New Jersey and Jordan Lucas a safety from Worcester Academy. Both are 2012 recruits and are 2-star and 3-star prospects respectively.

It isn’t far fetched for Molnar and company to reach out to them. That said, it looks like Charley won’t be stopping there.

Maroon Musket reported that UMass has reached out to WR Eugene Lewis of the class of 2012. In addition, based on this NY Times article, we can assume that the coaching staff has contacted Joe Lusardi (a high school coach in Randolph, N.J.) who coaches Brendan Mahon.

Here’s the thing — Lewis is a 4-star recruit. Mahon is also a 4-star recruit. These types of PSU players will have their pick of schools.

With that being said, that right there shows us that the coaching staff is not limiting themselves to the 2- or even 3-star guys that have been recruited by Massachusetts in the past. Maybe the staff can actually make a real run at one of these top tier PSU players. I don’t anticipate it happening. However, based on the recruiting thus far, it’d wouldn’t be shocking.

There is a lot for the staff to sell these players on. That is especially because they have just been exposed to a highly negative situation in Happy Valley. At this point, Molnar and the Pioneer Valley should look like a refreshing change of pace.

Remember what Charley said regarding his staff shortly after he was hired; “I was looking for coaches that believed in the student-athlete model, that put the student first and the athlete second.” Yeah, yeah. Every coach in America will say that. However, based on the feedback we have seen from the class of 2013, this coaching staff should be exactly what a former PSU commit is looking for.