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UMass football coach Charley Molnar confirms transfers

As future University of Massachusetts football players continue to give commitments to the Minutemen, some current ones have begun announcing their intentions to transfer.

Through UMass spokesman John Sinnett, UMass coach Charley Molnar confirmed that sophomore Brian Dowling and redshirt freshman John Wallace were transferring.

Wallace announced that he was leaving via Twitter: “Officially got my release from UMass. Thanks to everyone I met here you all touched my heart but it’s time for me to move on.”

Wallace, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman from Sommerville, was expected to be in the mix to start next year after making four starts at guard this season. The Minutemen are losing three starters — Quinton Sales, Stephane Milhim and Nick Speller — to graduation.

Dowling, a 5-foot-9 receiver from Wayne, N.J., is also departing. Dowling switched from running back as a true freshman to wide receiver this year.

Chris Dowling, Brian’s father, confirmed that his son, who started two games and appeared in eight others, will look elsewhere.

“You have to go where you’re loved,” Chris Dowling said. “Brian wanted to go someplace where he could contribute to something.”

Dowling had two catches for 10 yards.

Molnar said last week that he’d had several conversations with players about transferring.

VERBAL COMMITMENTS — The Minutemen have added three more recruits who are expected to sign in February.

According to Matt Alkire of the recruiting website Upper Hand Promotions, Philadelphia native Sharif Custis and Jackson Porter of Maryland, have verbally committed to the Minutemen.

Custis is a 6-foot-3, 197-pound tight end/defensive end who is attending Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia.

Porter is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback from Ellicott City, Md. He had an offer from Elon and interest from Connecticut, Maryland and North Carolina State.

MaroonMusket.com reported that Julian Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end from Williamstown, N.J., has also committed to the Minutemen after a weekend visit.

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

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