Dexter School head football coach Casey Day confirmed to ESPNBoston.com this afternoon that Class of 2014 two-way lineman Dan DiNicola has verbally committed to UMass.
The 6-foot-6, 275-pound DiNicola, a Walpole resident, had a variety of Division 1 FBS and FCS interest, including offers from Old Dominion, James Madison and Monmouth.
"He felt like it was his top choice since the junior day," Day said. "He loved the director of the program under Coach Molnar. [Tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator] Shane Waldron has done a fantastic job recruiting him all along, and he has built a great relationship with [offensive line coach Dave] Johnson."
UMass also had an offer out to Dexter's other big lineman, James Hendren, who committed to Boston College in late May. One of Dexter's Class of 2013 products, lineman Costa Toubekis, is coming to UMass as a preferred walk-on.
Scouts Inc. praises DiNicola's strength and run blocking ability, while suggesting offensive guard may be the fit for him at the next level (complete scouting report HERE -- Insider only)
DiNicola has the size and athletic ability most would like for in an Offensive lineman at the next level. May be a Guard in college if he does not improve his quickness to be an edge protector. Improved technique and strength will increase his value. Most likely a low level Division 1 prospect.
Here's some highlight film on DiNicola: