Shakur Nesmith, a wide receiver from Pennsylvania who originally committed to Temple in 2012, will play for UMass as a walk-on and attempt to earn a scholarship, according to multiple sources.
Nesmith was a 2012 recruit from Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia, and verbally committed to the Owls the summer before his senior year. After signing with the Owls, the three-star recruit – and several others in Temple’s 2012 class – did not clear the NCAA Clearinghouse for freshman eligibility.
In order to become eligible, Nesmith attended Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. One source told the Maroon Musket that he is academically eligible to play for UMass, and “he’ll try to earn a scholarship.” Until then, Nesmith will be a recruited walk-on for the Minutemen.
Milford Academy is the same institution where Brandon Peoples went after his senior year. Peoples also committed to Temple in 2012, but did not qualify for his freshman year. After a prep semester, he verbally committed to UMass, but after some concerns regarding academics, the program went in a different direction. Peoples eventually signed with Wagner College.
It is unclear what year Nesmith will count toward if he earns a scholarship. If he is considered a 2013 recruit, it means that one of UMass’ 25 currently occupied scholarships opened up. If he counts for 2014, he will occupy one of the 20 remaining spots.
Nesmith will add immediate depth to the UMass receiving corps. The 6’4, 192-pound athlete is a big target and has been clocked at sub-4.5 speed.