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2016 UMass football recruiting: JUCO DL Ali Ali-Musa commits to Minutemen

A 6'3" 275-pound DL from Nassau Community College on Long Island, Ali Ali-Musa will bring some much needed pass-rushing to the Minutemen in 2016

The Massachusetts Minutemen picked up a commitment on Friday from a JUCO defensive lineman that will certainly help their pass rush for 2016 and beyond.

Ali Ali-Musa's verbal commitment to UMass was first reported by the Maroon Musket, and the 3-star lineman will be a welcome addition to the Minutemen defense for the 2016 season. Ali-Musa choose the Minutemen over offers from MAC foe Buffalo and FCS members Bethune-Cookman, Tennessee-Martin, and Norfolk State.

Ali-Musa's primary skill is his ability to get to the quarterback, something that UMass has been sorely lacking since their move up to FBS. His addition will make the defensive line more of a factor going into UMass' first season as an independent. The Minutemen need someone who can create havoc from the defensive line and they hope Ali-Musa is that player.

Recruiting Profile:

Ali Ali-Musa | Committed to UMass | Annandale, VA (Nassau CC)

DE/DL | 6'3" | 275 lbs. | 247Sports Composite: 0.8333 (★★★)*

Twitter: @Musa_LOuDBoMb

Ali-Musa and his teammate at Nassau defensive lineman Zach Cannon both took official visits to UMass in July for the Minutemen's 3rd annual recruiting clambake. They came away impressed with the school, and after some deliberation, Ali-Musa gave UMass his verbal commitment. Ali-Musa spoke to Scout Recruiting about his official visit back in July which you can read here.

Ali-Musa will have two years of eligibility remaining once he joins the Minutemen in 2016. Check out his highlights here, courtesy of Hudl: