Mass HS Football Super Bowl Previews (11/30/16)…

Let’s take a look at some of this weekend’s Super Bowl match-ups and some of the key players that will impact these games. We will pick the outcome of these games later on this week.

Division 1Xaverian versus Everett in the Division 1 Super Bowl in Lynn on Saturday at 1:00 PM. Wow, what a game. They already met back in September with Xaverian coming out on top in a close 17-14 win but this Everett offense has improved dramatically since that game having scored over thirty five points in every game since the end of September. Not only do they have U Conn bound QB Jordan McAfee running their offense but they also have a number of running backs and wide receivers including Marvens Fedna, Chris Jenkins, Mike Sainristal and Jason Maitre that can contribute at a high level. The problem is they will be going against the Xaverian defense which is the best in the state with stars like Brown bound DE Cal Flanders, LB AJ Ryan, LB Colin Lama and DB Mehki Henderson. If McAfee can throw against the Hawks defense they could generate enough points to pull the upset.

Division 1AKing Philip versus Reading at Gillette Saturday at 8:00 PM. KP looks to finish off a perfect season coming off a tough 33-28 victory over Bridgewater Raynham. Led by RB Shane Frommer, RB John DeLuca and a punishing offensive line, look for KP to win out over a tough Reading team led by QB Corey Diloretto and RB Nick DiNapoli.

Division 2Duxbury versus Shrewsbury at Gillette. After not playing their starters on Thanksgiving, we finally see the full Duxbury squad on the field against Shrewsbury. Loaded with talent including QB Bobby Maimaron with offensive threats in RB Devin DeMeritt and Harvard bound WR Ryan Reagan. Duxbury sacrificed a perfect season by losing to a very good Marshfield team in a 53-0 drubbing on Thanksgiving so look for Duxbury to come out flying and win against a solid Shrewsbury team led by MLB Mike Mulvena and OLB  A.J. Laramee. It would have been fun to see the full Duxbury team on the field against a Marshfield team that had three close losses to undefeated Falmouth, undefeated King Philip and a very good Catholic Memorial team. The MIAA really needs to move to a Super 8 type format where the top eight teams across divisions are pulled out and play one another for the state championship. Sitting starters on Thanksgiving in advance of a Super Bowl game just goes against everything high school football is all about.

Division 2AMarblehead versus Falmouth at Gillette at 3:30 PM. In a match-up of unbeaten teams, can QB Nick Couhig, RB Mike LaFrange and the Clippers finally give Marblehead a game? The Magicians have dominated every game they have played this season but the Falmouth offense has been consistent as they have racked up wins over good competition. That being said, look for Marblehead TE Andy Clough and WR Derek Marino to power the Marblehead offense to a win.

Division 3Hanover versus Grafton Saturday at Gillette at 11:00 AM in a match-up of unbeaten teams. Look for Hanover running back Brad Rodgers and Grafton’s WR/DB Ifeatu Melifonwu to provide the fireworks in a close game.

Division 3AEast Bridgewater versus St. Mary’s of Lynn at Gillette at 9:00 AM – Unbeaten St. Mary’s led by RBs Calvin Johnson and Abraham Toe look to stay perfect against a tough East Bridgewater squad led by junior RB Eric Duhamel.

Division 4Mashpee versus Wachonah at Gillette – Sophomore WR Devaun Ford, 6’4″ WR Michael Barrows and QB Nick Carpenter look to lead the Mashpee Falcons and look to keep pace with the high scoring Wahconah offense led by senior QB Will Genaway.

Division 4AMaynard versus Millis-Hopedale Saturday at Worcester State at noon. The high scoring Maynard offense led by senior RB Nate Duplessis looks to stay unbeaten against a skilled Millis-Hopedale team led by star WR Brian Espanet and 6’8″ and 255 pound freshman tackle Kevin Pyne.

Could Boston College Keep AJ Dillon In Massachusetts? (11/29/16)…

Four star RB/LB recruit AJ Dillon recently announced on Twitter that he would take an official visit to Boston College. Having already committed to Michigan, this raises some interesting questions about where Dillon will ultimately play football in college. The key issue comes down to which side of the ball Dillon will play on and how quickly he wants to get out on the field. Boston College provides the much better path if Dillon wants to play at the running back position and if he wants to play immediately as he would be a top recruit for Head Coach Steve Addazio and Boston College as they try and turn things around over at the Heights. Dillon has been heavily recruited as a linebacker by top schools including Michigan, Penn State and Virginia but he might be looking to stay as a running back and find that his best path for that would be by going to Boston College. The other huge upside for BC in getting Dillon to flip from Michigan would be the message it would send to other top Mass recruits including Dillon’s Lawrence Academy teammates Finn Dirstine (the top ranked 2018 offensive lineman) and Ryan Betro (one of the top ranked 2018 defensive linemen). Dillon could be a game changer for BC if he could influence other top local prospects to follow his lead to Chestnut Hill. Coach Addazio definitely needs to produce and to do so he will need the top players in Massachusetts to stay home so getting top prospects like Dillon, Dirstine and Betro would be a major step in the right direction for the Boston College football program.

Ranking the Mass HS Class of 2018 Recruits # 1-10 (11/28/16)…

Ranking the top ten high school football prospects in Massachusetts for the class of 2018 based on this season’s performance, the college recruiting process and having watched many play in games this season.

  1. Finn Dirstine –  T / G – Acton-Boxborough HS, Lawrence Academy – Dirstine is a 6’5″  and 320 pound offensive lineman who runs a 4.8 forty yard dash. Already offered by Miami, Boston College, Illinois, Syracuse and U Mass. He also recently visited Notre Dame and Alabama. As an offensive lineman at Lawrence Academy, Dirstine has played an important part in Michigan bound RB AJ Dillon racking up thousands of yards rushing.  http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4524227/580a51d45caa592534e8fb77
  2. Pat Freiermuth – TE / DE – Pentucket HS, Brooks School – This 6’6″ and 240 pound TE / DE is a verbal commit to Penn State after receiving offers from Boston College, Duke, Rutgers and many others. At Pentucket HS Freiermuth displayed his athletic skills by playing quarterback before moving over to the TE position. A skilled pass catcher with size he could have a major impact at a Big Ten program like Penn State. Update: Was offered by LSU on 11/29/16.http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6035099/57fa633a7bddf81ce02b5e6a
  3. Jake Bobo – WR / FS – Belmont Hill – A big target at 6’4″ and 185 pounds, Bobo routinely out jumps defensive backs to make plays and has excellent hands. Another terrific athlete Bobo also plays basketball and lacrosse. Bobo has received offers from Duke, BC, Wake Forest, Dartmouth, URI, Elon and is receiving interest from  Stanford, U Conn and UNC. Look for his next offers to come from U Conn or UNC.http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4458131/58082412842eb282b85adb3b
  4.  Ryan Betro– Walpole HS / Lawrence Academy – DT / OL – A force on the defensive line Betro stands 6’4″ and 285 pounds. An aggressive and disruptive defensive lineman he has the speed to play inside or on the edge and can can also act as a pulling guard on the offensive line. He has been offered by Sacred Heart and has received interest from Boston College and will very likely hear from other FCS and FBS schools. Update: Also received interest from Delaware, Coastal Carolina, Yale and URI.
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  5. Jay Symonds –  TE / DE – BB&N – This 6’4″ and 245 pound tight end is a big body and plays physically on both sides of the ball. A highly productive player in the ISL he displays good athleticism in the passing game and has received interest from BC, Duke, U Conn, Rutgers, UCF, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, U Penn and Holy Cross. Look for FCS and FBS offers to roll in over the next few months. Recently visited Harvard.http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3204331/jay-symonds
  6. Danny Abraham – RB – Boston College High School – Abraham is a 5’11” and 185 pound running back who runs a reported 4.5 forty yard dash. Playing against top competition in Massachusetts all season long, Abraham has shown he can produce at the highest level. He currently holds an offer from Boston College with interest from Duke, Stanford, Virginia, Harvard and others.  http://www.hudl.com/athlete/6340522/highlights
  7. Bryce Shaw – Bridgewater-Raynham – MLB/FB – Shaw stands 6’1″ and 205 pounds leads the trojans on defense after playing a brutal schedule against some of the top teams in the state. Shaw is productive playing in a three back run system but really excels on the defensive side of the ball as a stay at home linebacker that fills gaps and makes plays. He often uses his quick first step to stuff the run or pressure the quarterback. Shaw has had interest from Duke and Navy with more schools likely interested after a very solid all-around junior season.                                                                                      http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6374146/580d40cd11fa7f32f85756bb
  8. John Grady – QB / OLB – Newton North High School – Grady is a terrific all around athlete playing football, hockey and baseball all at the varsity level and we have him as the top overall quarterback in the 2018 class. Standing 6’1″ and 215 pounds he has arguably the strongest arm in the 2018 quarterback class and can also take off and run the ball with great success. Grady has received interest from Boston College and will likely hear from more schools in the coming months.http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6224161/57fa67b63bd81463c47641ef
  9. Mike Yarin – QB / S – St. John’s Prep – Yarin stands 6’1″ and 180 pounds and has already committed to U Conn to play baseball. Another terrific all around athlete he played on both offense and defense last season and was utilized all over the field. Despite his commitment to U Conn, Yarin has indicated that he is open to being recruited for football and with his play this season he will likely attract interest from schools. Yarin displays great charisma and leadership from the quarterback position and this bodes well for SJP next season.http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5434658/580382883bd81479c8d73fa1
  10. Zach Banks – Cushing / Salisbury – LB – A solid 6’2” and 225 pound linebacker who reclassed from the 2017 class after Cushing disbanded their football program. Banks is a good cover linebacker and finds himself near the ball and has a good field presence. Banks has received interest from Boston College, Rutgers, Yale, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3274016/57fead065caa5822dc93a142
  11. Hunter Gorgas – St. John’s Shrewsbury HS – TE / DE – A big target at 6’5″ and 245 pounds, Gorgas lines up as a traditional tight end and also as a wide receiver as he has excellent hands. Also plays defense and has received interest from Boston College and Maryland.                                          http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5331857/583f803cdfd8b91c580da9ce
  12. Isaiah Likely – WR / LB – Malden / Everett High School – Another big WR target Likely is 6’2″ and 180 pounds and runs a reported 4.6 forty yard dash. A physical athlete Likely plays well on both offense and defense and if he adds size to his frame he could project as a big receiving target or also defensive prospect. After a productive junior season look for Likely to pick up interest from local schools. Update: Likely will play for Everett next year and could have a big season with the defending State Champions.                                                                      http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6759075/583ced805b3cb006587f33d1
  13. Cedric Gillette – Andover HS – WR / CB – Filling in nicely at WR for Brown commit Dan Gemmel, Gillette standing at 6’1” and 172 pounds has become EJ Perry’s top receiving target in the high powered Andover offense. A good athlete who plays baseball, Gillette has also contributed on defense from the cornerback position.                                                                                   http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4236874/583751bb5b3cd8245000841b
  14. Chad Peterson – North Attleboro – QB – At 6’2” and 195 pounds Peterson is an athletic quarterback who throws well and makes smart decisions to move the ball downfield. Also a very good basketball player he is a good leader on both the football field and on the hardwood. With Peterson’s arm and his overall athletic skill set he should receive interest from schools.                                                                 http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4013050/583b8e9ac124d826f893c510 
  15. Domenic DePaoli – LT – Xaverian Brothers HS – Following in the footsteps of other physical XBHS linemen, DePaoli stands large at 6’3″ and 270 pounds. Playing on the line with Dartmouth bound OL Jake Guidone and Brown bound TE/DE Cal Flanders, DePaoli consistently opens running holes for Bentley bound RB Devon Piccinin. With so many of his current teammates receiving college offers it is very likely DePaoli will draw significant interest as well.                                                                                 http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5037880/5846fbf7b534592fb837e026

Top 35 Uncommitted 2017 Football Prospects (11/27/16)…

Top 35 Remaining Uncommitted 2017 Football Prospects (as of 11/27/16).

  1. Dallas Hobbs – Cedar Rapids (IA) / Deerfield Academy – U Conn –  DE / TE – Standing 6’5″ and 240 pounds, Hobbs is an athletic defensive end with both size and speed. Hobbs sets the edge well and can track down running backs or put pressure on the quarterback with excellent hand and arm technique. Hobbs has offers from Army, U Conn, Toledo, Dartmouth, Brown, Fordham, Holy Cross and Lafayette while also receiving interest from Columbia, Pitt and UNH.                                                                                   http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3196812/58040553688ec318d037b607
  2. Coby Tippett – Xaverian (2016) Cheshire Academy – Uncommitted – DB / WR / KR – Tippet is a football player and a game changer. His father is in the NFL Hall of Fame and although he did not get his father’s size he did get his football ability. Tippet did it all at Xaverian Brothers HS last year and was easily one of the best players in the state. Tippet has no formal offers but he will play big time football. Tippet visited Alabama, Georgia and Auburn over the summer and is also close to Iowa as it is his Father’s alma-mater. Tippet is a player that will contribute at the next level with the only question being where he will land. Update: Visited Penn St. University and being recruited by Rutgers, Boston College, Maine, Stony Brook, University of Albany and Delaware. Offered by Maine, and Towson  on 11/29/16, 11/30/16.       http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8316076/5833d82bc124d70ba0944c9c 
  3. AJ Ryan – Xaverian – Uncommitted – MLB / TE – Was a second Xaverian to Brown commit and will be a physical linebacker at the next level. For Xaverian he also plays TE but at 6’2″ and 230 pounds he lacks the traditional size to play TE at the Division 1 level and will either focus on defense or play an H-Back type position. Update: Recently de-committed from Brown University, Interest from Princeton, Dartmouth and Colgate.                                                                      http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4048408/57c9a9dcda50b1164067c452
  4. Scott Murphy – Billerica HS – Uncommitted – DE / TE – Murphy started playing football as a junior and broke out last season recording 14.5 sacks. Murphy and has received offers from Bryant, Marist, Bucknell and with his stellar play look for Murphy to pick up bigger FCS offers or take a prep year and look to play FBS football. Either way, Murphy is a tremendously talented prospect as a DE/OLB. Committed to Army.                                                                                          http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6235403/57d9e052688ec600a8cba5d2
  5. Kevin Mensah – Holy Name, Shepard Hill HS – Uncommitted – RB – Mensah is one of the biggest names in the state but is having a rocky senior season. The MIAA had suspended Mensah for transferring schools and this forced Mensah to go to court so he could play for Shepherd Hill. Mensah now has a limited opportunity to impress coaches for a Division 1 offer. Mensah is a great talent and unfortunately the MIAA caused him to have a rocky beginning to his senior year. Mensah has one FCS offer from Bryant but give him some time on the field behind a good O-line and the offers could be rolling in by the end of the season. Look for Mensah to pick up several FCS offers and for U Michigan or BC to offer Mensah as they have both shown interest. Preferred walk-on offer from Michigan.                                                                                                                      http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2706067/5812af433bd81411989f7c3e
  6. Alex Claudio – Putnam High School / Wilbraham and Monson Academy – Uncommitted– DB – A playmaker who stands 6’0″ and 180 pounds Claudio was all NEPSAC first team as a junior. Also a wrestler, he currently holds offers from Bryant and Central Connecticut with interest from other schools including Holy Cross. Update: Claudio holds offers from Bryant, Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut and Georgetown with strong interest from University of Albany.                                                                                                                                               http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6345533/57f26a73ed57ee22f813d1e9 
  7. Duval Paul – Everett HS – Uncommitted – DT / DE – A physical presence on defense Paul stands 6’2″ and 245 pounds while running a sub five forty yard dash. Uses his speed and strength to dominate in the trenches and recently picked up an offer from Lafayette and should receive more interest from FCS or possibly FBS after a strong senior year and a looming test against Xaverian and their recruited D1 linemen in the Division 1 Super Bowl. 12/4/16 Paul received an offer from Sacred Heart.  Committed to Georgetown.                                                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAgXQoDG7Fw 
  8. Mehki Henderson – Xaverian – Uncommitted – DB / WR – Henderson is a four year starter at Xaverian and has been a part of two consecutive state championships playing as a lockdown corner. He holds three FCS offers from CCSU, Sacred Heart and Bryant. It will be interesting to see where Henderson ends up and would not be surprised if a FBS team picks him up as a great football player who may lack ideal size or speed.                           http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3089442/5721e649c124573b548d6b17 
  9. Mark Mulvaney – Holliston HS – Uncommitted– OL – Mulvaney is one of the state’s best offensive lineman. A strong and sturdy athlete, Mulvaney has been offered by Columbia. Mulvaney will play at the next level and is similar to former Marshfield player Shane Leonard who is currently a BC offensive lineman.                                                                                             http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2666740/5817f6870aff7a92588aeec0 
  10. Austin Pyne – Cushing / Lawrence Academy-Uncommitted– C / G – Pyne stands 6’4″ and 280 pounds and is an interesting case as his recruitment appeared to be on the rise when he had said he was offered by Auburn University last year. He has since been offered by Villanova and Sacred Heart. If the offer from Auburn is still on the table one would expect Pyne to take it but only the future will tell.     http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8364111/57feaab00aff7aa168537d83
  11. Sherron Dailey-Harris – Melrose HS / Lawrence Academy – UNH – CB / WR – A good athlete who also plays basketball, Daley-Harris stands 6’0″ and 180 pounds. A playmaker on both sides of the ball but will probably be looked at on the defensive side of the ball as a result of his 4.6 forty speed. Has received an offer from UNH and has had interest from FCS schools such as Villanova. Update: Has interest from BC, U Conn, U Mass, Syracuse, Rutgers, URI and Stony Brook.    12/11/16 Committed to UNH.                                                                                                                 http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4519030/57ec7fcd0aff7a99640861db
  12. Devin DeMeritt– Duxbury HS – Uncommitted – RB/WR- DeMeritt is an interesting case. He missed his junior season and now in his senior campaign is clearly one of the top offensive weapons in the state. DeMeritt runs well but he really excels in the receiving game where he has been huge considering the impact of Duxbury having lost Harvard commit WR Ryan Reagan to an injury. With a 40 time in the mid 4.5 range and a 6’1” frame, DeMeritt’s offensive production should be something that draws interest from local colleges.          http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3458561/57c2ce025cb43c3660cbbdd8
  13. Declan Burt – Saint John’s Prep – Uncommitted – TE / DE – Has offers from Columbia and Bryant. Another athletic TE/DE combination, has good blood lines with his brother a TE at Boston College. It is unsure if he will be a pass catcher or disruptive defensive player at the next level.                                                   http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4507219/57f30f3490f99419d8ec4ad0 
  14. Sharif Harris-Legree – Cardinal Hayes HS (NY) / Deerfield Academy – Uncommitted – QB- Harris-Legree is lanky at 6’3″ and only 188 pounds but is a solid pocket passer that uses his feet well. Avoids pocket pressure well and an accurate passer that can put the ball on his receivers hands. Harris-Legree has an offer from Grambling University and has had interest from U Conn, Rutgers and Boston College.                                                                                   http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5210196/5805001d842eb24574f88f39
  15. Sam Laurent – Xaverian – Uncommitted – Laurent has come late to the scene but is a presence at 6’3” WR/DB and reportedly runs a sub 4.5 forty with a 33” vertical. Laurent plays for Xaverian and if he does well down the stretch to the playoffs he could receive a late offer. If not, Laurent could prep or choose to play at a level less than FBS/FCS. Update: Laurent received an offer from Holy Cross (with a visit on December 9th) and has interest from Brown, Columbia, U Penn, Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut. Added offers from Colgate, Dartmouth and UConn.                                                                                            http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3797637/57f16e83bd75201398e4336e 
  16. Anthony Dandini – Leominster HS- Uncommitted – OLB / FB – Dandini picked up his first offer from Bryant but has not yet committed. He plays well as an aggressive OLB/FB. At the college level he will most likely play OLB on defense but with the infusion of H-back’s into college offenses he could also play on the offensive side of the ball.                                                       http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2682173/57f5bd99688ec260040b4077 
  17. Broghean McGovern – Haverhill HS – Uncommitted – McGovern is a 6′ 5″ QB and picked up an offer from Bryant last winter. McGovern is in a run heavy offense with limited plays to prove he is worthy of a scholarship offer. Colleges love size especially at the QB position and McGovern will definitely get a flyer taken on him at the FCS level.                                             http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3493647/581fb89290f99307888bf92f
  18. Coreese Everett – Springfield Central HS –Uncommitted – WR / SS – A versatile athlete at 5’10” and 180 pounds who is dynamic in open space and reportedly runs a 4.4 forty. Everett and fellow teammate Walker are a dynamic duo and should expect Everett to get FCS looks after his season as he has picked up an offer from Maine.                                                                                                                 http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3167590/581654b80aff7a88b4b6af84 
  19. Diogo DeSousa – Mansfield HS – Uncommitted – K / P – At 5’11” and 180 pounds DeSousa has a strong leg in all aspects of the kicking game. Excels at kickoffs by reaching the end zone and by not having kicks returned. Solid punter and place kicker he has drawn interest from Division 1 colleges.                            http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3978751/57fae40e3bd81463c4769e8e
  20. Colin Lama – Xaverian – Uncommitted – OLB – At 6’0″ and 215 pounds he is a key player in the Hawk’s defense for the past two seasons. Lama is a physical beast and plays like a man among boys against top teams in the state. He lacks ideal size but is a smart player and could play at either FCS or Division 2 level.                                                                       http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3797639/57e72255688ec45db4433349 
  21. Hayden Rockett – St. John’s Prep HS – Uncommitted – WR / DB – Rockett stands 5’11” and 195 pounds and plays on both sides of the ball. An elusive wide receiver who runs crisp routes and has excellent hands. Also very productive on the defensive side with good instincts leading to interceptions. His older brother Owen is a wide receiver on the Colgate football team.                                                                                                     http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3842746/57f451ebbd75201c38b3612a 
  22. David Salazar -Newton North HS – Uncommitted– DE / OLB – Salazar is an excellent competitor on the field although a bit undersized for the DE position standing 6’1″ and 210 pounds. Salazar would excel as an OLB allowing him to have an opportunity to show his great motor and his reported 4.8 forty speed with great tackling ability. Salazar is also a wrestler and would be a great pick-up for a local school.                                                                                                                            http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6224094/57fc5c8c842eb208804b1056
  23. Patrick Watson – Boston College High School – Uncommitted – OL Watson is a beast in the MIAA. His size and athleticism are huge plusses to have as a tackle in high school. While no offers have been extended his way, he has interest from BC, UMASS and FCS schools. Watson is definitely someone who will play college football at a high level at either guard or tackle.                                                                                                           http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3633861/58385a58dfd8b9282c43c5ce
  24. TJ Rothmann– Boston College HS – Uncommitted – MLB/FB – At 6’3” and 215 pounds, Rothmann is a big and athletic middle linebacker that diagnoses plays well and uses his speed to impact the opponent’s run game. On offense Rothmann is used as a FB often getting goal line carries and is a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. Rothmann should get some interest after the season or prep for another year of development.                             http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4439795/57f1838711fa7f03e8a6839a 
  25. Spencer Kendall – Lexington HS – Uncommitted– A 6’5” WR has benefitted from the Lexington run and gun offense under Sal Frelick. Kendall is a WR with a big frame but needs to add muscle, bulk up and add explosiveness. A prep year would do wonders for Kendall who could see his stock soar towards the like of Belmont Hill’s junior WR Jake Bobo.              http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4033661/5800ff2a90f993229886240d
  26. Derek Laundry – Billerica HS –Uncommitted – At 5’10” and 215 pounds Laundry is a fast and powerful FB/LB workhouse for Billerica on both offense and defense. He is a good athlete and will play football in college.                                                           http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3379606/57fa761f3bd81463c47648c3 
  27. Jack Barrett – Holliston HS – Uncommitted – ATH – Barrett has been a constant presence in the Holliston offense for a while and has led his team to many wins along the way. Barrett has mostly played QB at Holliston but will have to translate to another position at the next level. At 6’3” and 200 pounds, an athletic Barrett could translate to either receiver or linebacker. Update: Committed to Trinity to play football.                          http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2342696/5804c78aed57ee70bc4a89fb
  28. Freddy Okito – Milton Academy – Uncommitted – WR / CB / ATH – Okito is a bit small at 5’9″ and 170 pounds but he is a fast wide receiver that makes his presence felt. Okito is a player that is very good in space and has a solid set of hands to make catches and with 4.5 speed could find a place at a local college. Update UNH making a strong push and could offer within the next few days.                                                                                                                                                                 http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4584890/582b1762bd75200df8207d50
  29. Tank Walker – Springfield Central HS- Uncommitted – QB / CB – At 6’3″ and 180 pounds Walker is a high flying QB at the high school level but Walker’s future most likely lies on the defensive side of the ball. Look for Walker to pick up FCS offers after the season.       http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3167570/57fd1e52842eb2773036ff80                                                          
  30. Max Beati – Andover HS –Uncommitted – OL – Beati has size at 6′ 8″ and over 300 pounds so colleges love his build. Beati recently visited Yale and look for him to find a home to play college football by the end of this year.                  http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4236848/5839cc9bdfd8b72524bd77f6 
  31. Adam Billard-Sandwich HS / Tabor-Uncommitted–  QB – Standing 6’3’’ and 215 pounds, Billard had received interest from the University of Virginia and BC. After a successful senior season leading Tabor to a bowl title, Billard may receive an offer from an FCS or division Two school.  http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4574641/57feeb9e688ec4d73cc636d5
  32. Ben Murphy – Newton North HS / Bridgton Academy – Uncommitted – DT / DE – At 6’2’’ and 287 pounds Murphy is a force in the middle of the defensive line. Murphy can hold down the middle of the D-line while also being a physical presence that goes after the QB. Murphy is a former basketball player and is an athletic DT who has received interest from University of Virginia and Maine along with some other schools around the Northeast.                         http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8273581/582269c9688ec34b14c772af 
  33. Connor Cady-Boston College High School- ATH – Uncommitted– Cady is a 5’11” and 165 pound high school quarterback who excelled running the ball and gave defenses fits with his speed. Given his size and speed, Cady could transition to a slot receiver at the next level. http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4439792/57e6a4880aff7a2d8c203f12
  34. Niadre Zouzoua-Brockton / Bridgton Academy- DE- Uncommitted– At 6’5’’ and 225 pounds Zouzoua reportedly runs a 4.50 forty yard dash. Zouzoua is athletically gifted with his brother also playing basketball at Bryant University. With this size and speed (and being relatively young in a football sense) Zouzoua could get a flyer taken on him at the FCS level. http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8273596/580291eb688ec318d0374125
  35. Jeff Wolff– Boston College High School- DT/DE – Uncommitted– Wolff stands 6’6” and 250 pounds and is a physical force in the middle of the defensive line. Wolff played at a very high level against some of the top teams in the state this year. With his size and experience it is hard to imagine that Wolff will not get a shot to play college football somewhere.                                                                                                   http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4439800/58274203f5605e14545c33fb

Top 2019 Mass HS Football Prospects – Part Two (11/26/16)…

Here are the next five class of 2019 Massachusetts HS prospects to keep an eye on over the next two seasons. As always, these are not listed in any particular order as we will rank the 2019 class at some point in the future.

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  1. Jaden Dottin – Arlington HS – WR / FS – A dynamic wide receiver that stands 6’3″ and 185 pounds, Dottin has a big frame but will need to bulk up to play well at the next level. Dottin catches the ball well with excellent hands which allows him to catch the ball away from his body. Dottin has the size and receiving ability to be highly productive and it is likely we will see improvement getting off the line and running crisp routes.  He is also a very good basketball player. Dottin has received football interest from schools and he has unofficially visited Boston College and the University of Washington.                                                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW10lq2-6lg&app=desktop
  2. Jake Wilcox – Everett HS – QB – Wilcox reportedly stands 6’1″ and 170 pounds and he started at QB for Everett as a freshman (while QB Jordan McAfee was sidelined) which in itself is no small feat. Wilcox is set to take over the full-time starting job next year and with his experience having started as a freshman he will continue to build towards a break out junior year. With the talent Everett has returning at the skill positions next season, Wilcox and Everett could be a team to be reckoned with.                                                                                                     http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3651378/5829e6f6bd75201f948c5add
  3. Will Welch – Nobles & Greenough – LB / RB – A solid, hard-hitting linebacker who anchors the Bulldog defense. At 6’1” and 210 pounds, Welch plays an aggressive, physical style which is complimented well with his high energy level of play. If his run gap and pass coverage development continues, Welch will draw interest from schools.                            http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5410946/5834ce295b3cd925e88875ec
  4. Jaylen Bailey – Belmont Hill – LB/RB – Bailey is a great athlete playing OLB for Belmont Hill as he provides pressure and coverage off the edge. Bailey stands 5’11” and 180 pounds so he could play LB at the next level if he continues to get physically bigger or could be transitioned to safety. Bailey should receive football interest over the next few years but his future could ultimately be on the baseball diamond where he is one of the top class of 2019 players.                                                                                                          http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4331688/devaun-ford
  5. Devaun Ford – Mashpee – WR/RB/DB – Ford is lightning in a bottle for Mashpee as he frequently creates big plays that have helped lead Mashpee all the way to the Super Bowl this season. Standing 5’11” and 175 pounds Ford is a very good athlete as he also played basketball as a freshman. Ford will be a player to keep an eye on over the next few years.

Thanksgiving Wrap-up and Players of the Week (11/25/16)…

Catholic Memorial outscored BC High 41 to 27 behind three touchdown passes from QB Matt Marcantano and solid defensive play by LB Jack McGowan (who also added a rushing touchdown). Taunton ran away with a victory over Coyle and Cassidy behind five rushing touchdowns from Breven Walker. Malden beat Medford with five touchdowns from QB Jared Martino. QB EJ Perry tied the single season touchdown mark with seven touchdowns as Andover trounced North Andover. Ethan McCullough had three rushing touchdowns as Lincoln Sudbury trounced Newton South. Walpole scored 45 points as senior Ferry Armend scored four touchdowns and beat Weymouth. In Everett’s return to Thanksgiving play they beat Masconomet 35 -24 3 passing touchdowns from QB Jordan McAfee. Braintree out ran Milton 30-22 behind two rushing touchdowns from RB Drew Caruso. Wellesley was led by LB/RB Grant Chryssicas who rushed for four touchdowns as the Raiders beat Needham 34-14. Newton North blanked Brookline behind two rushing touchdowns from QB John Grady. Durfee beat New Bedford 32-26  with a late touchdown by Nick Salmon. Central Catholic beat Lawrence 32-6 with QB Brett Edwards throwing three touchdowns in the process. Westford beat Acton-Boxboro behind three combind Conor Degenhardt touchdowns 30-28. Bridgewater-Raynham beat rival Brockton 15-13 with both touchdowns from Devante Greaves. Scituate beat Hingham 48-24 with three touchdowns by Andrew Blanchard. Stoneham beat Reading 28-13 with Tre Pignome contributing to the win with two touchdowns. Mansfield beat Foxboro 35-14 behind three rushing touchdowns from Brian Lynch. Billerica beat 52-14 over Chelmsford with four combined touchdowns from Zac Burns. Woburn beat Winchester 22-21 with Tyler Hayden doing all the scoring for the Tanners. Lynn Classical beat Lynn English 21-20 with Marcus Rivera adding two touchdowns for Classical. North Quincy beat Quincy 13-6 with two rushing touchdowns by Liam O’Connor. Marshfield blanked Duxbury 53-0 as the Rams’ seniors went 4-0 versus the Dragons during their high school careers. Revere beat Winthrop 14-7 behind two touchdowns by Anthony Destefano. Beverly blanked Salem with two touchdowns from Sam Abate. Tewksbury got to ten wins on the year with a victory over Wilmington with Jay Connolly icing the game with a late touchdown. Stoughton routed Canton 48-0 with Izor Swaine-Price going for two touchdowns. Concord-Carsile beat Bedford 46-28 with Sam Randle with five touchdowns. Dartmouth Beat Fairhaven 43-0 in an impressive defensive showing. Whitman-hanson beat Abington 29-28 behind Ethan Phelps’ three touchdowns. Holliston got revenge on Westwood 46-12 with three touchdowns from senior QB Jack Barrett. Medfield beat Dover-Sherborn 28-19 with Henry Mitchell’s scoring. Somerset-Berkley beat Case 22-12 with Nathaniel Holt adding two touchdowns. Melrose beat Wakefield 28-8 with three touchdowns from RB Mike Pedrini. North Reading beat Lynnfield 21-20 with Bob O’Donnell adding two field goals. Hanover beat Norwell 21-3 with three receiving touchdowns from WR Jeff Wheeler. Shawsheen beat Greater Lowell 21-2 with two touchdowns from Craig Rich. Triton topped Pentucket with Liam Spillane adding four touchdowns. Seekonk beat Dighton-Rehoboth 34-28 with Terry Smith adding two touchdowns. Old Rochester beat Apponequet 28-21 with Harry Smith having three scores. St. Mary’s beat Bishop Fenwick 22-13 with two receiving touchdowns coming from WR Calvin Johnson. Boston Latin beat English 34-20 with Shaquille Wharwood playing a big role. Northeast beat Essex Tech 46-22. Brighton beat Latin Academy 28-20 with RB Kevin Brown going for three rushing touchdowns. Mystic Valley closed out Minuteman with QB Peronert Charles having four passing touchdowns. O’Bryant beat West Roxbury 28-8 behind solid play from QB Emmanuel Exilhomme.

ITHMA Players of the Week:

QB Matt Marcantano had four passing touchdowns for Catholic Memorial ending his career with a win over BC High.

RB Breven Walker had 5 rushing touchdowns as Taunton cruised past Coyle-Cassidy.

QB EJ Perry threw for seven touchdowns as the Boston College commit tied fellow Eagle Troy Flutie’s single season record.

RB Sam Randle of Concord-Carlisle had six touchdowns and led CC to a victory over Bedford.

RB Kevin Brown of Brighton helped the Tigers reach the double digit win total as he ran for three touchdowns.

Xaverian Defense/Special Teams held St. John’s Prep to zero points from their offense and also forced a miss on an extra point and a late 20 yard field goal to give the Hawks the Catholic Conference Championship with a 7-6 win.

 

Class of 2017 Updated Football Prospect Rankings

Here at ITHMA we have reviewed 70 top players from the class of 2017. As the season winds down (and as more offers come in) we take another look back and rank the top 70 high school football prospects. Any updates from previous 2017 lists are in bold and italic writing.

  1. AJ Dillon – Lawrence Academy – Committed to Boston College – Dillon, simply put, is a man among boys. As a junior won ISL MVP and received several high FBS offers from teams such as Notre Dame and Mississippi State. Dillon plays running back and linebacker for LA and he wants to play RB at the next level but could also translate as a staunch linebacker for the Maize and Blue. Update: Taking an official visit to Boston College as a place where he can compete for time at the running back position. 12/14/16 Dillon de-committed from Michigan and committed to Boston College.
  2. Alex Marshall – Andover HS, Brooks, Bridgton Academy – Committed to Florida State University – Once a blue chip lacrosse prospect committed to UNC, Marshall ultimately turned towards football and the tight end position. Before committing to FSU he had over 25 offers to play football including major programs such as Ohio State and Alabama. Marshall has a 6′ 7″ frame with room to add bulk and excel at Florida State.
  3. Blake Gallagher -St. Sebastians – Committed to Northwestern– Gallagher is another High School RB/LB who is going to translate to LB at the next level. Gallagher had multiple power 5 offers and will look to compete for playing time at Northwestern. Gallagher is also a great athlete and one of the top baseball prospects in the state but looks as though he will only focus on football.
  4. Dallas Hobbs – Cedar Rapids (IA) / Deerfield Academy – DE / TE – Standing 6’5″ and 240 pounds Hobbs is an athletic defensive end with both size and speed. Hobbs sets the edge well and can track down running backs or put pressure on the quarterback with excellent hand and arm technique. Hobbs has offers from Army, U Conn, Toledo, Dartmouth, Brown, Fordham, Holy Cross and Lafayette while also receiving interest from Columbia, Pitt and UNH. Committed to U Conn. Committed to Washington State.
  5. Coby Tippet – Xaverian (2016) Chesire Academy – Uncommitted -Tippet is a football player and a game changer. His father is in the NFL Hall of Fame and although he did not get his father’s size he got his football ability. Tippet was everything at Xaverian last year and was easily one of the best players in the state. Tippet has no formal offers but he will play big time football. Tippet visited Alabama, Georgia and Auburn over the summer and is also close to Iowa as it is his father’s alma-mater. Tippet is a player that will contribute at the next level with the only question being where he will land. Update: Visited Penn St. University and being recruited by Boston College, Rutgers, Maine, Stony Brook, University of Albany, Delaware and Towson. Committed to Towson.
  6. John Dean – Xaverian(2016), Choate – Committed to Yale – Dean started as a sophomore LB on a Xaverian defense loaded with players like Joe Gaziano and played ahead of current Houston Cougar Daundre Holmes-Wilfork. Dean was then hurt in his sophomore campaign and also missed most of his junior year with an injury before returning as a senior to be one of the top RB/LB players in the state. If it was not for injury, Dean would be on his way to a power 5 school but instead Yale stepped in and offered him. Do not be surprised if Dean is an all Ivy LB in the years to come.
  7. Ifeatu Melifonwu – Grafton HS – Committed to Syracuse University – Melifonwu is a great athlete that has three FBS offers from BC, UCONN, and Syracuse. His brother is currently a senior at U Conn and he will follow in his brother’s footsteps to play FBS football. Ifeatu will most likely be a DB at the next level. Offered by Navy. Visited Michigan.
  8. Noah Gray – Leominster HS – Committed to Duke University – Gray played QB for Leominster for the bulk of his high school career being a superior athlete. At the next level he will play TE or WR at Duke and could be a very good pass catcher for years to come as shown in his recent game versus Algonquin with four touchdown receptions. With the transition to a pass catcher at Duke, Gray will only improve and could become a force in the ACC.
  9. Cal Flanders – Xaverian – Committed to Brown University – Flanders is a strong DE with a quick burst and will excel in the Ivy League. Flanders will either play DE or as an OLB at Brown. Offered as a preferred walk-on at Michigan.
  10. AJ Ryan – Xaverian – Uncommitted – The second Xaverian Brown commit will play linebacker and continue to play his physical style. For Xaverian he also plays TE but lacks traditional size to play TE at the Division 1 level and will either focus on defense or play an H-Back type position. Update: Recently de-committed from Brown University but still getting interest from Dartmouth and Princeton. Offered by Colgate. Committed to Yale.
  11. Ryan Reagan – Duxbury HS – Committed to Harvard University – Reagan is a true game changer and will look to continue to be a vertical threat at Harvard. He may have gone to a bigger FBS power 5 school if he had stayed healthy. Either way Reagan is a tremendous FBS talent and Harvard is truly gaining a diamond in the rough.
  12. EJ Perry – Andover HS – Committed to Boston College – The state’s best quarterback prospect and another great athlete. Perry is also a star basketball player and baseball player and he had an offer to play baseball at Boston College but turned it down. Perry looks to rewrite the state record books this season and then enroll early at BC to compete for the starting job next year.
  13. Cory Ryder – Nantucket HS – Committed to Holy Cross – Arguably the best lineman in the Bay State, Ryder has a slew of FCS offers along with interest from FBS programs. Ryder is a very good student and had several offers from Ivy schools and even a walk-on offer from Notre Dame. Since his commitment he has visited UMASS and BC and could jump to an FBS school if a scholarship offer is extended. Committed to William and Mary.
  14. Sasha Hoban – Newton South HS – Committed to Yale – Hoban is a big TE who held offers from BC, Fordham, and also many Ivy offers. Hoban was first offered by BC in the spring months before his former QB Austin Burton received an offer and one would think if Burton had stayed committed Hoban would have followed. With Burton’s de-commitment from BC Hoban remains a question mark as to where he will end up.
  15. Allan Rappleyea – Milton Academy – Committed to Wake Forest– Rappleyea is a large OL who has used his size to compete in the ISL. Rappleyea will have to put on muscle and down the road will look to contribute in a power 5 conference for the Deacons.
  16. Austin Burton – BC High,Newton South,West Orange HS (FLA) -Committed to UCLA– Burton was a prolific passer while at Newton South and was closing in on a Troy Flutie’s state passing touchdown record. Burton then transferred to West Orange to see if he could follow in the footsteps of Auburn commit Woody Barrett. Burton had proved at Newton South that with good talent in WR Anthony Denitto (a Harvard track athlete) and TE Sasha Hoban (several offers to play college football) he could put up big numbers. When he got to West Orange multiple receivers were expelled and quit the team leaving Burton shorthanded this season. Burton is the only UCLA QB commit for 2017 class so this will put him in a great position to replace current UCLA QB Josh Rosen after next season.
  17. Jack McGowan – Catholic Memorial – Committed to Harvard University – McGowan could be the most underrated prospect in the 2017 class. McGowan has a Luke Kuechly type sense of the field and is always near the ball. Also a good athlete a big part of the knights offense. McGowan will be someone to keep an eye on in the upcoming years in the Ivy league.
  18. Jordan McAfee – Everett HS – Committed to UCONN – McAfee has had a roller coaster high school career starting as a sophomore QB at a perrenial state power where he fell just short of a state title. McAfee then missed most of his junior campaign due to illness but picked up a UCONN offer after receiving a BC offer as a sophomore. McAfee has all the tools to be a FBS QB and with his size McAfee will have a world of opportunity at UCONN.
  19. Alec Lindstrom – Shepard Hill- Committed to Boston College– Lindstrom will follow in his brother’s footsteps and enroll at BC. Lindstrom will continue to bulk up and look for playing time at BC along with his brother Chris who has started early in his Eagle career.
  20. Michael Silva – Milton Academy – Harvard University – Silva has been playing at the ISL varsity level since his freshman year. He will most likely contribute as a scat back and on special teams at Harvard. Silva is a dynamic playmaker that is good in space and Harvard will be sure to take advantage of that skill.
  21. Hunter Long – Exeter, Deerfield Academy – Boston College– Long who is prepping at Deerfield, will look to compete for playing time right away at BC. Long has a big body for a pass catching TE and BC is a program that wants to use their TEs in their offensive system.
  22. Kingsley Ejiogu-Dike – Brockton High School – MLB – A solid run stopper and a physical presence at 6’2″ and 225 pounds, Ejiogu-Dike has received interest from several Ivy League schools as well as U Mass. Look for him to play football at the next level. Committed to Brown University.
  23. Patrick Flynn – Hanover High School – G / DT – An aggressive and athletic guard and a disruptive defensive tackle, Flynn recently committed to the University of New Hampshire. At 6’4″ and 275 pounds Flynn is an active pulling guard on run plays and this should translate well at the next level.
  24. Bobby Maimaron – Duxbury HS – Williams – QB Maimaron received a FBS offer from App State after his junior season and since then has done nothing short of impressive with his on the field play. Also a very talented lacrosse player look for Maimaron to play at an Ivy or NESCAC school. Update: Maimaron will play football and lacrosse at Williams next year.
  25. Scott Murphy – Billerica HS – Uncommitted – Murphy started playing football as a junior and broke out last season recording 14.5 sacks. Murphy has received offers from Bryant, Marist, Bucknell and with his stellar play look for Murphy to pick up bigger FCS offers or take a prep year and look to play FBS football. Either way, Murphy is a tremendously talented prospect as a DE/OLB. Also a top baseball prospect. Committed to Army.
  26. Brian Espanet – Millis HS – WR / CB – Espanet stands tall at 6’4″ and 185 pounds and is a solid WR that runs good routes and has good hands. Also playing on defense he is a good cornerback who uses his size and quickness to defend receivers. Committed to University of Maine and with the ability to add size to his frame he should be a very productive FCS receiver. Update: Espanet de-committed from Maine and committed to the University of New Hampshire.
  27. Riley Burns – Milford High School – G / DT – Another University of New Hampshire commit, Burns stands 6’4″ and 290 pounds and helps clear the way for Yale commit RB / LB Blake Hill. Burns also had offers from Albany, Bryant, Central Connecticut and Sacred Heart.
  28. Nathaniel Miller – Belmont Hill – T / DT – A physically dominant tackle at 6’5″ and 285 pounds Miller is committed to U Penn and had drawn interest from Harvard and Boston College.
  29. Kevin Mensah – Holy Name, Shepard Hill HS – Uncommitted – Mensah is one of the biggest names in the state but is having a rocky senior season. The MIAA had suspended Mensah for transferring schools and this forced Mensah to go to court so he could play for Shepard Hill. Mensah now has a limited opportunity to impress coaches for a Division 1 offer. Mensah is a great talent and unfortunately the MIAA caused him to have a rocky beginning to his senior year. Mensah has one FCS offer from Bryant but give him some time on the field behind a good O-line and the offers could be rolling in by the end of the season. Look for Mensah to pick up several FCS offers and for U MICH, UConn or BC to offer Mensah as they have both shown interest. Offered as a preferred walk-on at Michigan.
  30. Alex Claudio – Putnam High School / Wilbraham and Monson Academy – DB – A playmaker who stands 6’0″ and 180 pounds Claudio was all NEPSAC first team as a junior. Also a wrestler, he currently holds offers from Bryant and Central Connecticut with interest from other schools including Holy Cross. Update: Claudio holds offers from Bryant, Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut and Georgetown with strong interest from University of Albany.
  31. Jake Byczco – Lawrence Academy – Committed to UCONN – Another TE from a talented Bay State class, Byczco had offers from FCS schools but chose to take his prowess to the FBS level. 1/17/17 De-committed from UConn. Offered by UMass. Committed to UMass.
  32. Cole McCubrey – West Boylston HS – Committed to UMASS – McCubrey will be a LB at the next level despite being one of the state’s most productive RBs. The same burst and quickness will help him diagnose plays as he heads to the next level.
  33. Griffin Burke – Barnstable HS / Cheshire Academy – DE / TE – Burke re-classed from the 2016 class at Barnstable HS and joined the 2017 class at Cheshire Academy. A good athlete who also plays baseball, Burke played QB at Barnstable but his size at 6’4″ and 245 pounds led to him playing very effectively at the defensive end position at Cheshire. Burke holds an offer from Princeton. Update: Committed to Harvard.
  34. Dan Gemmell – Andover HS – Committed to Brown University – Gemmell is an explosive WR with good size to be a productive player at the FCS level. His speed and size will allow him to play quickly at Brown.
  35. Jake Guidone – Xaverian – Committed to Dartmouth – One of the state’s unheralded OL prospects with a solid playing style. Often gets over looked playing on a talented Xaverian team but will compete for playing time at Dartmouth over the next couple of years.
  36. Adam Buchanan – BB&N – Committed to Princeton – TE Buchanan seemed to have committed to Holy Cross via a social media post but it has since been deleted. He holds offers from several Patriot league schools and will be a good get for an FCS team. At 6 foot 4 he could be a pass catching tight end at the FCS level.
  37. Duval Paul – Everett HS – DT / DE – A physical presence on defense Paul stands 6’2″ and 245 pounds while running a sub five forty yard dash. Uses his speed and strength to dominate in the trenches and recently picked up an offer from Lafayette and should receive more interest from FCS or possibly FBS after a strong senior year and a looming test against Xaverian’s recruited D1 linemen in the Division 1 Super Bowl. Update: Has received offers from Lafayette, Sacred Heart and the University of Albany. Committed to Georgetown.
  38. Mehki Henderson – Xaverian – Uncommitted – Henderson is a four year starter at Xaverian and has been a part of two consecutive state championships playing as a lockdown corner. He holds three FCS offers from CCSU, Sacred Heart and Bryant. It will be interesting to see where Henderson ends up and would not be surprised if a FBS team picks him up as a great football player who may lack ideal size or speed.
  39. Blake Hill – Milford HS – Yale University – Another RB/LB who will most likely translate to a LB at the next level. Hill is a physical football player who has been one of the best players in the state over the past season. He held multiple Ivy offers before choosing Yale.
  40. Mark Mulvaney – Holliston HS – Uncommitted- Mulvaney is one of the state’s best offensive lineman. A strong and sturdy athlete, Mulvaney has been offered by Columbia. Mulvaney will play at the next level and is similar to former Marshfield player Shane Leonard who is currently a BC offensive lineman.
  41. Austin Pyne – Cushing, Lawrence Academy – Uncommitted- Pyne is an interesting case as his recruitment appeared to be on the rise when he had said he was offered by Auburn University last year. He has since been offered by Villanova and Sacred Heart. If the offer from Auburn is still on the table one would expect Pyne to take it but only the future will tell. 1/17/17 Offered by Lafayette. Committed to Lafayette.
  42. James LoChirco – Mystic Valley HS – Uncommitted – LoChirco received the first division one offer in his school’s history as a linebacker. LoChirco is a linebacker that diagnoses and reacts to plays well and Bryant is definitely an option for LoChirco, while he has also received interest from UNH, Fordham and CCSU as well as others. LoChirco could be a steal at the right school as he is a very sound football player.
  43. Sherron Dailey-Harris – Melrose HS / Lawrence Academy – CB / WR – A good athlete who also plays basketball, Daley-Harris stands 6’0″ and 180 pounds. A playmaker on both sides of the ball but will probably be looked at on the defensive side of the ball as a result of his 4.6 forty speed. Has received an offer from UNH and has had interest from FCS schools such as Villanova. Committed to UNH.
  44. Devin DeMeritt– Duxbury HS – RB/WR- DeMeritt is an interesting case. He missed his junior season and now in his senior campaign is clearly one of the top offensive weapons in the state. DeMeritt runs well but he really excels in the receiving game where he has been huge considering the impact of Duxbury having lost Harvard commit WR Ryan Reagan to an injury. With a 40 time in the mid 4.5 range and a 6’1” frame, DeMeritt’s production should be something that draws interest from local colleges.
  45. Greg Wood – Braintree HS – Committed to Bryant – Wood is a talented lineman and powerful player who excels on both sides of the ball. If Wood had more size he would likely be a FBS player but Bryant will get a player with a good motor.
  46. Declan Burt – Saint John’s Prep – Uncommitted – Has offers from Columbia and Bryant. Another athletic TE/DE combination, has good blood lines with his brother a TE at BC. It is unsure if he will be a pass catcher or disruptive defensive player at the next level. 1/14/17 Committed to Bryant.
  47. Sharif Harris-Legree – Cardinal Hayes HS (NY) / Deerfield Academy – QB- Harris-Legree is lanky at 6’3″ and only 188 pounds but is a solid pocket passer that uses his feet well. Avoids pocket pressure well and an accurate passer that can put the ball on his receivers hands. Harris-Legree has an offer from Grambling University and has had interest from U Conn, Rutgers and Boston College.
  48. Kevin Crabtree – Milton Academy – C / LS – Crabtree is good size for a center as he goes 6’3″ and 250 pounds and helps clear the way for the very productive MA running game. Also a very talented long snapper, Crabtree had picked up an offer from U Mass before committing to Villanova where he should contribute immediately on special teams.
  49. Connor Degenhardt – Westford Academy – Holy Cross – Degenhardt certainly has all of the tools to be the best QB in the class as he has a good frame (that will need bulking up) and also a great arm. Look for Degenhardt as a project that you will hear about in a few years down the road at Holy Cross.
  50. Kingsley Umemba – BB&N –Committed to Georgetown – Recently picked up an offer from Georgetown. An athletic DE that will continue to draw attention as the season goes on.
  51. Sam Laurent – Xaverian – Uncommitted – Laurent has come late to the scene but is a presence at 6’3” WR/DB and reportedly runs a sub 4.5 forty with a 33” vertical. Laurent plays for Xaverian and if he does well down the stretch to the playoffs he could receive a late offer. If not, Laurent could prep or choose to play at a level less than FBS/FCS. Update: Laurent received an offer from Holy Cross (he will visit on December 9th) and has interest from Brown, Columbia, U Penn, Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut. Recently offered by Colgate and U Conn.
  52. Anthony Dandini – Leominster HS- Uncommitted – Dandini picked up his first offer from Bryant but has not yet committed. He plays well as an aggressive OLB/FB. At the college level he will most likely play OLB on defense but with the infusion of H-back’s into college offenses he could also play on the offensive side of the ball.
  53. Pete Kendall – Nobles and Greenough HS – Committed to U PENN -Kendall had several FCS offers along with an FBS offer from UMASS. Kendall has bloodlines as his father played in the NFL and also size at 6’6″. Look for him to be a good blocking TE first and also contribute in the passing game.
  54. Devon Piccinin – Xaverian – Committed to Bentley – A powerful runner in between the tackles. Although Piccinin lacks ideal size to play at the division one level, he could contribute right away at Bentley like former Hawk Peter Thorbahn.
  55. Broghean McGovern – Haverhill HS – Uncommittted – McGovern is a 6′ 5″ QB and picked up an offer from Bryant last winter. McGovern is in a run heavy offense with limited plays to prove he is worthy of a scholarship offer. Colleges love size especially at the QB position and McGovern will definitely get a flyer taken on him at the FCS level.
  56. Coreese Everett – Springfield Central HS -Uncommitted – A versatile athlete who is dynamic in open space and reportedly runs a 4.4 forty. Everett and fellow teammate Walker are a dynamic duo and should expect Everett to get FCS looks after his season as he has picked up an offer from Maine.
  57. Diogo DeSousa – Mansfield HS – K / P – At 5’11” and 180 pounds DeSousa has a strong leg in all aspects of the kicking game. Excels at kickoffs by reaching the end zone and by not having kicks returned. Solid punter and place kicker he has drawn interest from Division 1 colleges. Committed to URI.
  58. Colin Lama – Xaverian – Uncommitted – A key player in the Hawk’s defense for the past two seasons, Lama is a physical beast and plays like a man among boys. He lacks ideal size but is a smart player and could play at either FCS or Division 2 level. Committed to play at Union.
  59. Hayden Rockett – St. John’s Prep HS – WR / DB – Rockett stands 5’11” and 195 pounds and plays on both sides of the ball. An elusive wide receiver who runs crisp routes and has excellent hands. Also very productive on the defensive side with good instincts leading to interceptions. His older brother Owen is a wide receiver on the Colgate football team. Committed to play at Trinity.
  60. David Salazar -Newton North HS – Uncommitted- OLB / DE – Salazar is a good competitor although a bit undersized for the DE position at 6’1″ and 210 pounds. Salazar would excel as an OLB allowing him to have an opportunity to show his solid positioning, great motor and aggressive tackling. Also a wrestler, Salazar would be a great addition for a local college.
  61. Patrick Watson – Boston College High School – Uncommitted – OL Watson is a beast in the MIAA. His size and athleticism are huge plusses to have as a tackle in high school. While no offers have been extended his way, he has interest from BC, UMASS and FCS schools. Watson is definitely someone who will play college football at a high level at either guard or tackle. Committed to Williams.
  62. TJ Rothmann– Boston College HS – MLB/FB – At 6’3” and 215 pounds, Rothmann is a big and athletic middle linebacker that diagnoses plays well and uses his speed to impact the opponent’s run game. On offense Rothmann is used as a FB often getting goal line carries and is a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. Rothmann should get some interest after the season or prep for another year of development. Committed to Williams.
  63. Spencer Kendall – Lexington HS – Uncommitted- A 6’5” WR has benefitted from the Lexington run and gun offense under Sal Frelick. Kendall is a WR with a big frame but needs to add muscle, bulk up and add explosiveness. A prep year would do wonders for Kendall who could see his stock soar towards the like of Belmont Hill’s junior WR Jake Bobo. Committed to play basketball at Hamilton.
  64. Derek Laundry – Billerica HS -Uncommitted – Laundry is a powerful FB/LB workhorse for Billerica on both offense and defense. He is a very good athlete and will play football in college. Committed to Bryant.
  65. Jack Barrett – Holliston HS – ATH – Barrett has been a constant presence in the Holliston offense for a while and has led his team to many wins along the way. Barrett has mostly played QB at Holliston but will have to translate to another position at the next level. At 6’3” and 200 pounds, an athletic Barrett could translate to either receiver or linebacker. Update: Committed to Trinity to play football.
  66. Bobby Mylod – North Attleboro HS – RB / LB – Mylod recently committed to play football at Bentley and is a rock on defense standing 6’2″ and 215 pounds. He also is a force on offense running the ball and also catching the ball out of the backfield. Mylod was recently named MVP of the Hockomock – Davenport Division.
  67. Freddy Okito – Milton Academy – WR / CB / ATH – Okito is a bit small at 5’9″ and 170 pounds but he is a fast wide receiver that makes his presence felt. Okito is a player that is very good in space and has a solid set of hands to make catches and with 4.5 speed could find a place at a local college. Update: UNH very interested and may make an offer.
  68. Tank Walker – Springfield Central HS- Uncommitted – A high flying QB at the high school level, Walker’s future most likely lies on the defensive side of the ball. Look for Walker to pick up FCS offers after the season.
  69. David Onyemem – Central Catholic – ATH / DB – Onyemem is a defensive athlete who has committed to play football at Bryant University. At 6’1’’ and 200 pounds, Onyemem has good size in the defensive secondary and plays bigger on offense as he often lined up at tight end for the Raiders.Onyemem has good instincts and a good first step to close on ball carriers while also being able to cover downfield. Also used on special teams as a long-snapper.
  70. Max Beati – Andover HS -Uncommitted – Beati has size at 6′ 8″ and over 300 pounds so colleges love his build. Beati recently visited Yale and look for him to find a home to play college football by the new year.

 

 

 

59 Mass HS Players at FBS Schools in New England (11/24/16)….

With UConn having just played Boston College this past weekend, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the rosters of the three FBS schools (Boston College, UConn and UMass) that play football in New England and see how many players from Massachusetts are on their rosters. Not too surprisingly, UMass has the most players from Massachusetts with a total of 31 while Boston College comes in with 22 and UConn has only 6 (Just for comparison Syracuse has 17 players and Buffalo has 35 players from the state of New York on their roster and Michigan has 51 players from the state of Michigan on their roster). So there are currently a total of 59 Massachusetts high school athletes playing at the FBS level in New England. We looked around at the rosters of other FBS schools that one would think kids from Massachusetts might attend and there really are not that many kids playing outside of New England. Two Mass kids are on the Syracuse roster (Shyheim Cullen and Otto Zaccarado), two at Northwestern (Joe Gaziano and Eric Olson), two at Michigan (Maurice Hurst and Sean McKeon), two at Penn State (Danny Dalton and Jonathan Thomas), three at Army (Ryan Grady III, Liam McCarthy and Colby Enegren), one at Clemson (Christian Wilkins) and two at Virginia (Joe Spaziani and Jack McDonald). Some of the other Northeast schools like Rutgers and Temple have no kids from Massachusetts on their rosters. The kids that did get recruited out of state are also some of the better overall players from Massachusetts and would include high end athletes such as DL Christian Wilkins at Clemson, DL Joe Gaziano at Northwestern and DL Maurice Hurst at Michigan. All of these are elite players who will likely play in the NFL. One of last year’s top recruits was TE Danny Dalton from Marshfield HS and he left New England to play down at Penn State. This year the exodus of top recruits is even worse with RB/LB AJ Dillon heading out to Michigan, TE Alex Marshall heading south to Florida State, LB Blake Gallagher going to Northwestern, TE Noah Gray going to Duke, DB Ifeatu Melifonwu going to Syracuse, QB Austin Burton going to UCLA and OL Allan Rappleyea going to Wake Forest. As we discussed previously, it is also likely that WR/DB Coby Tippett and RB/LB Kevin Mensah could also play at a school outside of New England. There are a number of top kids that are staying in New England with QB EJ Perry and TE Hunter Long going to Boston College, QB Jordan McAfee and LB Jake Byczco heading to UConn, and LB Cole McCubrey going to UMass. Some of these kids leaving can be attributed to the BC, UConn and UMass programs all having down years and some can be attributed to kids who think they have a shot at the NFL wanting a bigger stage on which to show their talents. Clearly AJ Dillon will have a huge opportunity to stand out at Michigan as will Alex Marshall at Florida State as these types of programs regularly compete for national championships. All this being said, however, the fact is pretty clear that the VAST majority of Massachusetts high school football players competing at the FBS level don’t go very far and largely stay to play their college ball in New England and especially in Massachusetts at Boston College and UMass. So if you are not an elite level football recruit in Massachusetts, and you want to play at the FBS level, you should focus on being recruited by Boston College or UMass. Obviously the overall number of FBS type talents in Massachusetts is small (usually less than 20 players per high school class) and the number of Massachusetts kids who will play at FCS schools in New England is far larger, with schools like Bryant having 26 players from Massachusetts on their roster and a school like Bentley having 46 Massachusetts players on their roster. So Massachusetts does produce FBS caliber football players but the numbers are small and most end up staying right here in Massachusetts for their college careers with some of the top talent leaving to play at bigger national programs.

Thanksgiving Day Locks of the Week (11/23/16)…

Best of luck to all of the seniors playing tomorrow and we hope our readers have a great Thanksgiving holiday. Let’s take a crack at some of the Thanksgiving match-ups…

Xaverian over St. John’s Prep as senior linemen Langston Puller and Dan Gioso lead the Hawks running attack.

Senior QB Jordan McAfee will lead Everett over Masconomet.

In a Saturday contest out on the islands, the Nantucket Whalers win out over Martha’s Vineyard.

Senior QB Nate Hall leads Brighton over Latin Academy.

Senior QB Nick Couhig leads the Falmouth Clippers over senior offensive lineman Jack Kennedy and the Barnstable Red Raiders.

Catholic Conference MVP Jack McGowan leads Catholic Memorial over BC High in a close game.

Senior LB Robert Leonhardt leads Wellesley to a ten win season with a win over Needham.

Look for a tough Marshfield squad to give undefeated Duxbury a scare but the Dragons have too much on offense and pull out the win.

Senior QB EJ Perry ends his prolific high school career with an Andover win over North Andover.

Boston English wins out over Boston Latin in one of the oldest rivalries in the country.

Hockomock MVP Bobby Mylod leads North Attleboro over Attleboro.

Undefeated King Phillip looks forward to the Super Bowl next week but takes care of Franklin tomorrow.

Senior QB Corey DiLoret0 leads Reading over Stoneham.

Senior QB Jack Barrett gets revenge for a close, early season loss with a win over Westwood.

Senior LB Anthony Dandini leads Leominster over Fitchburg.