UMass Football Adds UConn Transfer, Springfield Native Sha-Ki Holines
Sept. 29, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts football head coach Charley Molnar announced late last week the addition of Sha-Ki Holines, a transfer defensive end from the University of Connecticut. The 6-foot-3, 260 pound defensive end joins the Minutemen after initially enrolling with the Huskies this year. He will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules and will have four years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2014 season. As a scholarship player, the Springfield, Mass., native will count against the 2013 signing class.
Holines was an outstanding prep player who was named to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association "Super 26" All-State Team as a standout at Commerce High School. He was a two-time Springfield Republican All-Scholastic selection including his senior campaign in 2012 where he had 80 tackles including 29 for loss. As a junior he had 122 tackles as Commerce's defensive MVP with six sacks included. Holines also played tight end with a combined 40 receptions for 549 yards and three touchdowns between his junior and senior campaigns.
Prior to enrolling at Commerce High School, Holines had never played organized football.
Along with UMass and UConn, the Springfield native was also highly recruited by Boston College.
With the graduation of seniors Kevin Byrne, Galen Clemons, Brandon Potvin and graduate student Justin Anderson, the addition of Holines this year will help next year's rotation among the defensive line.