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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Commerce LB Holines commits to UMass

By Brendan Hall

Springfield Commerce head coach Tyrone Mathis confirmed with ESPNBoston.com tonight that Class of 2013 tight end/linebacker Sha'ki Holines made a verbal commitment to UMass this afternoon.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Holines chose the Minutemen over interest from several other Division 1 programs, including a verbal offer from the University of Maine.

"He basically went to a lot of other camps, but he really liked the defensive line coach at UMass [Dave Solazzo]," Mathis said. "I just believe he's all camped out. We really didn't get any huge inclination from any other school that they wanted him, so he made his decison and I don't know if anyone is going to jump in at this point."

Holines helped the Red Raiders advance to the Western Mass. Division 2 Super Bowl last December after going 2-9 in 2010. For the 2011 season, he registered 132 tackles, including six sacks, and recovered four fumbles. As a tight end offensively, he caught 22 passes for 232 yards and three scores.