Needing to add athletic play makers on both sides of the ball, the UMass Minutemen have sent out quite a few scholarship offers to high school standouts over the last few months. One prospect to receive a chance to suit up for UMass after impressing the coaching staff at camp last month, was class of 2015 athlete Hergy Mayala of Trinity-Pawling School in New York.
"I went to their camp, and did really well. The camp was really fun. I had a chance to play on both sides of the ball, which I really liked. Coach (Tom) Masella is the one who announced the offer news to me, a couple days after the camp," the 6-foot-2 and 190 pound senior stated to Hustle Belt.
"I mean it is a blessing from god just to know that I could play for such a great program. Coach Masella told me they don't know yet if they would like to play me on offense or defense," Mayala added.
The offer from UMass wasn't the first for Hergy, and certainly won't be his last. So far during the recruiting process Rutgers, Connecticut, Monmouth, and Old Dominion-where he might visit later this summer-have handed out scholarship offers, while many other programs are showing increased interest.
Playing his first year of high school football in the United States since moving to New York from Canada, Mayala flourished on both sides of the ball last season for Trinity-Pawling.
As a junior, he pulled in 44 receptions for 782 yards, and scored seven total touchdowns, while also racking up well over 20 tackles and two interceptions on defense.
Taking the recruiting process day-by-day, Hergy, who is currently ranked the 62nd athlete and 635th overall recruit in the class of 2015, according to the 247Sports Composite, has yet to name a top three or anything, but knows exactly what he is searching for in a school before he gives out his commitment later this year.
"Right now nothing is made yet. All the schools that have offered me so far are all great programs, and that is including UMass," he said. "I'm looking for a program that is going to help me grow both as an individual, and as a football player, and give me a chance to play in the National Football League. Somewhere from the mid season to the end of the season is when I think I will be ready to announce where I want to go."
Interested in seeing Hergy Mayala in action? Check out these highlights, courtesy of Hudl: