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Florida lineman Frank Carter commits to UMass (video) 

The University of Massachusetts just added a big piece to its 2014 recruiting class. A very big piece.

Frank Carter, a 6-foot-2, 334-pound offensive lineman from Hillsborough, Fla., announced his commitment on Twitter Tuesday:

“I am officially committed to the University of Massachusetts! #UMASS #MINUTEMEN.”

According to Big County Preps, a Tampa-centric recruiting site, Carter attended UMass camp in June.

He’ll be UMass’ heaviest player and fifth listed at over 300 pounds.

Big County Preps evaluated him as follows:

“A massive body with quick feet and a mean punch. Was a standout performer at the BHSN/BCP Ignite Showcase. Our No. 8 ranked interior offensive line prospect.”

Carter is the fifth member of this recruiting class, joining Philadelphia-area running back J.T. Blyden, Connecticut wide receiver Norvel Stewart, New Jersey defensive end Jason Smith and California offensive lineman Anthony Fernandez.

UMass will enter the 2013 season with just two offensive lineman — Anthony Dima and Vincent Westcarr, who were even in the program in July 2012. But they’ve attempted to restock. Rutgers transfer David Osei and junior college transfer Josh Bruns join a group that includes seven true freshman — Sam Zeff, Jordan Page, Cameron Mock, Fabian Höller, Terrel Correia, Tyshon Henderson, Rich Queen — a redshirt freshman, Tyrell Smith, and two sophomores, Al Leneus and Matt Sparks.

Carter and Fernandez will join that group in 2014.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

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