Marblehead football rising senior tackle Derek Dumais has given a verbal commitment to UMass-Amherst, Magicians head coach Jim Rudloff confirmed to ESPN Boston.
The news was first reported by Bob McGovern of the Maroon Musket.
“It was never a question of whether Derek was going to have the potential to be a Division 1 college player because he was always a giant," Rudloff said.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive and defensive tackle has played left tackle for Marblehead during the last two year’s, protecting the blindside of left-handed quarterback Matt Millett. Dumais was also part of a line that led running back Brooks Tyrrell to 1,932 yards on the ground last season.
“Last year, we were probably fifty-fifty with run and throw," Rudloff said. "Derek’s always excelled as pass protector and he’s played right tackle. We’re not sure where we’re going to put him this year."
Dumais become the second in-state lineman to give a commitment to the Minutemen for the 2015 season, joining Xaverian guard Joe Parsons, giving his commitment after last weekend’s clam back hosted by the program.