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Holines Leaves UConn for UMass

Many UMass fans will remember Sha-ki Holines.

The Springfield, Mass. native committed to the Minutemen back in July 2012 but later flipped to the University of Connecticut. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound recruit was the first to decommit from Charley Molnar's 2013 class.

In a strange twist, Holines has changed his mind again, and will play football at the University of Massachusetts. Charley Molnar made the announcement today, and a source told the Maroon Musket about the news last night.

Holines was at UConn's fall camp for "a week or two" and "had his high school coach contact (UMass)" in order to get a release from his Letter of Intent, according to the source. Per NCAA recruiting rules, Holines will have to sit out this year, but he enrolled at UMass on Monday and began practicing with the team yesterday.

"This has been ongoing for a month," the source said.

He will still have four years of eligibility remaining, and this season will count as his redshirt year. It's currently unclear whether Holines' scholarship will count toward the 2013 or 2014 class, although it's "likely he will have to pay for this semester of college."

Holines was a three-star recruit out of Springfield Commerce and was receiving only moderate interest before UMass extended an offer. After he committed to Molnar's staff, UConn extended a verbal offer.

He is the second Huskies recruit to flip to UMass during the 2014 recruiting cycle. Jason Sylva, a linebacker at Dean College who had at one point signed with UConn, changed his mind during UMass’ Clam Bake in late July.

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