The Massachusetts Minutemen have not let their move to being an FBS Independent stop them from aggressively and effectively recruiting student-athletes to join their program in Amherst. Their 2016 class is by far the best class the Minutemen have ever seen, and it's still growing in number and quality.
Elijah J Robinson, a composite 3-star wide receiver from Montclair High School in Montclair, NJ (247, Rivals), announced his commitment to UMass to Twitter earlier this afternoon:
after a wonderful visit I am proud to say that I am furthering my education and football career at UMass #GoUMass pic.twitter.com/2PDT0QUlB4— Elijah J. Robinson (@ejr__7) May 22, 2016
Robinson was kind enough to speak with us at UDD about his commitment to the Minutemen and why UMass was the right fit for him.
"Well first, the coaching staff was very excited about me and they showed it very well," Robinson said. "The campus and the facility is amazing and once I stepped foot in it I just knew the place was the right fit for me."
Robinson had been talking with Bowling Green and Toledo recently as well as UMass, and held offers from Old Dominion, Rutgers, and Temple prior to National Signing Day in February. Robinson had a few academic steps to take care of prior to being able to sign with any school, which is why his commitment was available at this stage of the 2016 recruiting cycle. He advised that everything is cleared up and that he's excited to get up to UMass as soon as he can.
"I believe I'm signing [my NLI] Wednesday or Thursday and I think I'm coming in for the summer," Robinson said. He also plans on studying psychology once enrolled at UMass.
With Robinson's commitment that gives the Minutemen 17 3-star players in their 2016 class, by far the most they've ever had. They have also shown with Robinson's addition that they are not done looking to add to an already talented class that is ranked #80 in the nation before Robinson is included. If the Minutemen can keep recruiting at this level, their on-field performance should see dividends very soon despite the lack of a conference home.
You can check out Robinson's most recent highlight tape courtesy of Hudl below: