Stone Bridge RB Jared Cole (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
UMass gains a commitment from Jared Cole while Lake Braddock TE/DE Matthew Hibner piles up offers
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Stone Bridge running back Jared Cole (2020 RB 5-9 183) ended his recruiting journey last weekend with a commitment to the Minutemen of the University of Massachusetts.
For Cole, the comfort level of UMass and Amherst sealed the deal.
“The coaches at UMass, and the whole community and the family feel is what did it for me,” said Cole, who will be playing with his Stone Bridge teammates at the Falls Church 7-on-7 Passing League this Saturday.
Cole rushed for 1094 yards and 15 touchdowns on 97 carries in 2018, in addition to 24 receptions for 350 yards and four scores. The Bulldogs finished the season as the Class 6 state runner-up, losing to Highland Springs 37-26 in the final at Hampton University’s Armstrong Stadium.
Massachusetts is an FBS independent team, and plays the likes of teams such as Liberty, Rutgers Army, and Connecticut. Last season, the Minutemen, under head coach Walt Bell, were 4-8. However, the Minutemen are rich in tradition, having fielded a team since 1879 and boasting a program with 22 conference titles and an FCS national championship in 1998.
Hibner on fire with offers
Lake Braddock’s Matthew Hibner (2020 TE/DE 6-4 220) has been receiving scholarship offers with alarming regularity this spring, and with last weekend’s offer from Michigan, is now up to 28, all believed to have come this spring. Arizona State, Rutgers, Pitt, and Maryland also offered last week.
Hibner brings a unique blend of athleticism and brain power to any program. The 6’4”, 235-lb. junior tight end/outside linebacker will take over as the leader of the Bruin defense with the graduation of Josh Ahern (Virginia), and he fits the mold of the large Andrew Park-type of tight end that Lake Braddock, under coach Mike Dougherty, is famous for. With Billy Edwards returning at quarterback, the Bruin offense will be well served with Hibner’s hands, blocking ability, and leadership.
The junior is also a force in the classroom, sporting a 4.3 grade point average and SAT scores of 1400.
– Jim McGrath