A source told ESPNBoston.com tonight that Wachusett Regional senior tight end Jon Lucier will be heading to UMass in the fall of 2014 as a preferred walk-on.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Lucier has picked up some late life on the Class of 2014 recruiting cycle, with walk-on offers from Maine and New Hampshire as well as interest from Division 2 programs such as Assumption and Merrimack. Lucier, a Jefferson resident, operated primarily in a blocking role for the Mountaineers, who found themselves snakebitten in 2013 as they went 3-8.
Last week, we profiled Lucier's unique background, which includes loading hay at a nearby farm every summer, and once singing backup for Kenny Rogers. He remains an intriguing prospect for his projectable frame, and natural strength.
“What I think a lot of the coaches are looking at with him is where he is three years from now. I think he has great work ethic,” Mountaineers head coach Mike Dubzinski told ESPNBoston.com last week. “He has some natural strength, he’s been in the weight room a lot. Unfortunately, just due to still getting taller, he hasn’t put on the weight that some kids who stop growing in the 10th grade might.”
Lucier is the latest in-state prospect to pledge to UMass as a walk-on, joining the likes of Alfred Adarkwah (Doherty), Joe Previte (Brockton/Northfield-Mt. Hermon) and Jordan Fiske (Wahconah/East Coast Prep) in the 2014 recruiting class.