Eni Falayi continues UMass football’s pipeline from Williston Northampton

  • Williston Northampton tight end Eni Falayi is shown at the Easthampton school. Falayi signed a National Netter of Intent to play at UMass. COURTESY WILLISTON NORTHAMPTON

  • Williston Northampton tight end Eni Falayi is shown at the Easthampton school. Falayi signed a National Netter of Intent to play at UMass. COURTESY WILLISTON NORTHAMPTON

Staff Writer
Published: 12/16/2020 10:54:34 PM

A pipeline is forming from the Williston Northampton School to the UMass football program.

For the second year in a row, coach Walt Bell announced a Wildcat will become a Minuteman. Eni Falayi, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end, signed his national letter of intent Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period. He was one of 15 players to commit to the Minutemen. Two of the players are transfers, while four of the 13 who signed National Letters of Intent are from Massachusetts. Bell could add more players during the early signing period, which extends through Friday.

Falayi was an All-Erickson League player at Williston Northampton during the 2019 season. (Williston did not play football this fall due to the pandemic.) The Peabody native is a three-star recruit and ranked No. 19 in the state, according to 247Sports. He’s the third-ranked tight end in Massachusetts.

“He’s gonna be a really versatile tool moving forward,” Bell said. “That was a slam dunk for us.”

He’ll be the second Wildcat on the roster, joining lineman Dominik Behrens from last year. Two other players, both juniors, have offers from UMass according to Williston coach Tommy Beaton.

“The big thing we try to do is bring in the best possible players we can and put them in a position to succeed,” Beaton said.

Falayi is one of four players from Massachusetts high schools in the class. Three more are from New York, and two are coming from New Jersey.

The other tight end is Ryan Mosesso, a 6-5, 245-pound three-star player from Marshfield. Mosesso played for Noble and Greenough School. 247Sports ranks him No. 15 in the state.

The lone quarterback in the group is Brady Olson. The 6-4, 195-pound signal-caller is from Bellingham and played at Milford High School. Prior to Milford, the three-star commit played at Bishop Feehan. Olson is a pro-style QB and is ranked No. 20 in the state by 247Sports. Olson was 6 feet tall and 165 pounds as a junior but had a growth spurt to mature to his current size.

“His body has completely changed. His continued development over this extended period has been incredible, and I’m excited to see his senior season,” Bell said. “He’s a guy completely invested in the process of what it takes to become a good college quarterback, and the fact that he’s local makes it even better.”

The fourth in-state player is Dominic Schofield, a 6-3, 230-pound linebacker from Milford. A teammate of Olson’s, Schofield (three stars) is ranked No. 13 in the state by 247Sports.

“Within six hours of your campus, that’s where you’re going to get a majority of your kids,” Bell said. “That’s four really good ones we’re excited to get with us.”

The Minutemen rounded out their offensive additions with two receivers.

Tray Pettway (6-3, 190) is from Prattville, Alabama. He spent the last two seasons at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Pettway is ranked the No. 10 wide receiver and No. 17 over in Alabama, and No. 72 among all JUCO players by 247Sports.

“A guy that if it weren’t for COVID, we’re probably…. We’re very fortunate to get Tray,” Bell said.

The other receiver is Jamir Roberts, a 5-10, 170-pound Owings Mill, Maryland, native. The three-star recruit played for The McDonough School in his hometown.

UMass added a three-star offensive lineman in Phil Jeffs. The 6-6, 270-pound Campbellford, Ontario, native graduated from Clarkson North High School before attending St. Thomas More, School in Connecticut.

Bell bolstered his defensive backfield with the addition of four players.

Javon Batten (6-3, 180) is a three-star recruit ranked No. 9 in New York by 247Sports. Batten attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York.

Dorian Helm (5-11, 175) is from Stone Mountain, Georgia, and played at Stephenson High School. He was current Minuteman Viczaril Alobwede’s high school teammate.

Jordan Mahoney (5-11, 165) is from Rock Hill, South Carolina. The three-star DB played for South Pointe High School. His older brother Jaylen starts for Vanderbilt.

Bryson Richardson (6-0, 200) brings some experience to the Minutemen. Richardson signed with North Carolina out of Buford, Georgia. He played in 11 games as a true freshman. He suffered an Achilles injury during a summer workout and missed the 2019 season following surgery.

Three linemen join the defense.

Jonathan Martin (6-4, 300) is from Suwanee, Georgia, and played for Collins Hill High. Aquan Robinson (6-5, 240) was a three-star player for his hometown high school in West Orange, N.J. Devin Baldwin (6-4, 260) played in two games as a true freshman for Rutgers in 2019. The Southfield, Michigan, native was rated No. 24 in Michigan by Rivals.com.

Rounding out Wednesday’s group is Raiheem Olalekan (6-4, 190), a three-star hybrid defensive end/linebacker from Owings Mills who played for New Town High School. The three-star player was a high school teammate of UMass linebacker Gerrell Johnson.

“There will be ramifications across college football from this recruiting class because you didn’t have the traditional run-up,” Bell said.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegbrwsk.

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