ITHMA 2016 All State Mass Football Team (12/7/16)….

With the 2016 football season concluded, let’s take a look at the top players by position from around the State of Massachusetts. This list is based on a number of factors including productivity on the field and overall team success this past season. We will be announcing our ITHMA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and our ITHMA Mr. Football tomorrow.

 

Quarterback – ITHMA 1st Team:

Bobby Maimaron (Duxbury) – Williams

E.J. Perry (Andover) – Boston College

Sal Frelick (Lexington) – Boston College (Baseball)

Honorable Mention: Jordan McAfee (Everett), Jeff Costello (BB&N), Jack Barrett (Holliston), Nick Couhig (Falmouth), Matt Marcantano (Catholic Memorial), Tommy Seidl (St. Sebastian’s), John Grady (Newton North), Mike Yarin (St. John’s Prep), Chad Peterson (North Attleboro), Broghean McGovern (Haverhill), Jared Martino (Malden).

 

Running Back – ITHMA 1st Team:

A.J. Dillon (Lawrence Academy) – Boston College

Devon Piccinin (Xaverian Brothers) – Bentley

Michael Pedrini (Melrose) – Tufts

Honorable Mention: Sam Randle (Concord Carlisle), Michael LaFrange (Falmouth), Devin DeMerritt (Duxbury), Brad Rogers (Hanover), Michael Silva (Milton Academy), Kevin Mensah (Shepherd Hill), Danny Abraham (BC High).

 

Tight End – ITHMA 1st Team:

Declan Burt (Saint John’s Prep) – Bryant

Jay Symonds (BB&N)

Pat Freiermuth (Brooks) – Penn State

Honorable Mention: Hunter Long (Deerfield Academy), Jake Byczo (Lawrence Academy), Dean Brooks (Billerica), Brett Mazur (King Philip), Hunter Gorgas (St. John’s Shrewsbury).

 

Wide Receiver – ITHMA 1st Team:

Ryan Reagan (Duxbury) – Harvard

Brian Espanet (Millis) – UNH

Noah Gray (Leominster) – Duke

Joe Rockwell (Andover)

Bryce Adam (Newton North) -Tufts

Honorable Mention: Mike Sainristil (Everett), Cedric Gillette (Andover), Spencer Kendall (Lexington), Jake Bobo (Belmont Hill), Anthony Norcia (Everett), Henry McDonough (Winchester), Isaiah Likely (Malden).

 

Offensive Line – ITHMA 1st Team:

Greg Wood (Braintree) – Bryant

Jake Guidone (Xaverian Brothers) – Dartmouth

Alec Lindstrom (Shepard Hill) – Boston College

Dan Gioioso (Xaverian Brothers) – Union

Finn Dirstine (Lawrence Academy)

Honorable Mention: Cory Ryder (Nantucket), Patrick Flynn (Hanover), Mark Mulvaney (Holliston), Riley Burns (Milford High), Quinn Murphy (Duxbury), Patrick Watson (BC High), Domenic DePaoli (Xaverian Brothers), Allan Rappleyea (Milton Academy), Nathaniel Miller (Belmont Hill), Jack Kennedy (Barnstable).

 

Defensive Line – ITHMA 1st Team:

Cal Flanders (Xaverian Brothers) – Brown

Dallas Hobbs (Deerfield) – UConn

Duval Paul (Everett)

Ryan Betro (Lawrence Academy)

Honorable Mention: David Salazar (Newton North), Scott Murhpy (Billerica), Kingsley Umemba (BB&N), Jeff Wolff (BC High), Ethan Amorello (St. Peter Marian).

 

Linebacker – ITHMA 1st Team:

Blake Gallagher (St. Sebastian’s) – Northwestern

A.J. Ryan (Xaverian Brothers)

Jack McGowan (Catholic Memorial) – Harvard

Kingsley Ejiogu-Dike (Brockton) – Brown

Honorable Mention: Colin Lama (Xaverian Brothers), Grant Chryssicas (Wellesley), Cole McCubrey (West Boylston), Blake Hill (Milford), James LoChirco (Mystic Valley), Bryce Shaw (Bridgewater-Raynham), Bobby Mylod (North Attleboro).

 

Defensive Back – ITHMA 1st Team: 

Mekhi Henderson (Xaverian Brothers)

Alex Claudio (Wilbraham and Monson) – Bryant

Graeme Davis (BB&N) – Brown

Carlins Patel (Everett)

Honorable Mention Sherron Dailey-Harris (Lawrence Academy), Ifeatu Melifonwu (Grafton), Jason Maitre (Everett), Coreese Everett (Springfield), Marvens Fedna (Everett), Jack McNeil (Marshfield).

 

Kick / Punt Return – ITHMA 1st Team:

Cooper Deveau (Xaverian Brothers)

Mike Sainristil (Everett)

Honorable Mention – Hunter Ferreira  (Mansfield), Eamonn Dennis (Saint John’s Shrewsbury), Devaun Ford (Mashpee).

 

Punter / Kicker – ITHMA 1st Team:

Diogo DeSousa (Mansfield)

Gabriel DeSouza (Everett)

Jacob Tondel (Shepherd Hill)

Honorable Mention – David Guekguezian (Newton North), Brian Fallon (Xaverian Brothers).

Ranking the Mass High School Class of 2018: # 1-15 (12/6/16)…

 

Ranking the top fifteen 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.
     http://www.hudl.com/video/3/7946031/580c311d3bd8146864ca97bd
  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 – 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.                                                                      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

So you’re telling me there’s a chance! (12/2/16)….

A quick look at the nine NFL players that were born in Massachusetts and are currently active on NFL rosters. Two of the nine were born in state but subsequently moved so they played their high school football out of state and one did not play football until college.

Anthony Sherman – Kansas City Chiefs – RB – U Conn – North Attleboro – Career leader in rushing yards and touchdowns at North Attleboro High School prior to going to U Conn.

Gosder Cherilus – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – T – BC – Somerville – Played at Somerville High School before going on to Boston College.

Jordan Todman – Indianapolis Colts – RB – U Conn – North Dartmouth – In 2007 went 12-1 playing at Dartmouth High School (along with three other D1 football scholarship players: Arthur Lynch – Georgia, Sean Sylvia – BC and Justin Mello – UNH) with their only loss against Everett 34-28 in double OT in the State Championship game.

Kiko Alonso – Miami Dolphins – LB – Oregon – Newton – Born in Newton but played his high school football at Los Gatos High School in California before going to Oregon.

Phillip Gaines – Kansas City Chiefs – CB – Rice – Concord – Born in Concord but moved to Texas and went to college at Rice.

Richard Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – TE – Cal – Worcester – Was a dominant football and basketball player at St. John’s Shrewsbury before going to college at Cal where his father also played (and his father caught two of the five laterals in “The Play” against Stanford).

Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – K – NC State – Needham – Played soccer and basketball at Needham High School. Started kicking for football at Middlebury College and had a post grad year at NC State.

Zak DeOssie – New York Giants – LB / LS –  Brown University – North Andover – Played football and basketball at Phillips Academy in Andover before going to college at Brown. He and his father Steve are the first father – son duo to win Super Bowl rings with the same franchise.

Breno Giacomini – New York Jets – OT – Louisville – Cambridge – Not sure how we missed him as Giacomini goes 6’7″ and 320 pounds and won a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks. He was born in Cambridge and played on defense at Malden HS before going on to play at Louisville. He did not play football his junior year of high school as he wanted to focus on basketball but came back for his senior year and Louisville was his only Division 1 scholarship offer.

James Ihedigbo – Buffalo Bills – Northampton – The former Patriot played his high school football at Amherst Regional and then went on to play his college football at UMass. He went undrafted but has managed to stick with NFL teams the past few years.

5 MIAA Hockey Players to Watch (12/5/16)….

Thomas Albert– Senior – Malden Catholic–  A smooth, elite skating forward for hockey power Malden Catholic. Albert is coming off a junior season in which he put up 22 points and look for Albert to register even bigger scoring numbers this year as MC lost the top three scorers from last year’s state championship team.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=378075

Riley Prattson– Senior – Pope Francis– A forward who put up 54 points for Pope Francis and was also named Western Mass Hockey player of the year. The Providence Friar commit looks to lead PF to the Super 8 title this year.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=307477

Thomas Kramer-Sophomore – Boston College High School– As a freshman center on one of the state’s best teams, Kramer played on the Eagles’ top line. Kramer put up 29 points and will  look to build on his strong freshman campaign with the loss of some key players including Kayser Raei, Ian Murphy and Jayson Dobay. His older brother Patrick played in the USHL and is a Merrimack commit.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=393779

Paul Edson– Junior – Saint John’s Prep– A player who has had quite a journey he started as a freshman defenseman at SJP and then, after his sophomore season, left to play in the Canadian QMJHL. Edson was due to play for the Saint John’s Sea Dogs but after changes in coaching philosophy, he chose to return to the US. At 6’4″ Edson is someone who is considered a pro blueline prospect and has a heavy shot from the point.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=353530

Sean Brown – Sophomore – Central Catholic–  Brown is an ’00 forward on a Central Catholic team where he played left wing alongside BU commit Jake Wise and put up 29 points. Last season Central Catholic made a Super 8 run and in doing so handed BC High their first loss of the season. Brown will be relied upon a lot more this season as Wise left CC to play for the US National team.

http://www.ushr.com/neprep/team/stats/2015/709?playerId=22819

2016 Mass Super Bowl Recaps and MVPs (12/4/16)….

Division 1: Everett ended the Xaverian dynasty and could be in the process of starting one of their own after a 21-7 victory and with several key players returning next season. Their offensive play-makers including Mike Sainristil, Jason Maitre and Theo Zidor allowed QB Jordan McAfee to effectively run the Everett offense against a Xaverian defense that allowed only 14 points to Everett back in September. Duval Paul was the key player for Everett as he dominated the offensive line of Xaverian while also blocking on a key Marcus Fedna touchdown run.

SB MVP: Duval Paul

Division 1A: King Philip grinded out a methodical victory over Reading despite getting numerous, questionable officiating calls going against them. Junior QB Brendan Lydon and senior TE Brett Mazur made a handful of big plays for King Philip as they finished off an undefeated, championship season.

SB MVP: Brendan Lydon

Division2: Harvard bound WR Ryan Reagan proved to be a man among boys as he led Duxbury to a resounding victory over Shrewsbury. Reagan was the difference maker as he consistently got open and competed for any ball thrown in his general direction (including a terrific one handed catch out of bounds) while also making key blocks on QB Bobby Maimaron’s touchdown run.

SB MVP: Ryan Reagan

Division 2A: Falmouth has been a team that has flown under the radar all season long and yesterday they emerged unbeaten and the winner of the D2A State Championship game against Marblehead. Falmouth FB Gates Kelliher and the triple option running attack for the Clippers, captained by QB Nick Couhig, jumped out early on the Magicians and never looked back. Couhig masterfully ran the option and eventually sealed the game with an interception on defense.

SB MVP: Nick Couhig

Division 3: Hanover completed their perfect season with the Division 3 Super Bowl title over Grafton. Going into halftime the score was 0-0 as the teams were locked in a defensive battle. This presented a challenge for a Hanover team that was used to being comfortably ahead of their competition all season long. In the second half Hanover and their pounding running game behind their exceptional offensive line and senior running back Brad Rogers (three touchdowns) eventually wore down the Grafton defense and secured a perfect season and a championship title.

SB MVP: Brad Rogers

Division 3A: A battle of tough defenses between St. Mary’s and East Bridgewater is what the game looked like with the score knotted at zero early on. The first touchdown came on a scoop and score from East Bridgewater’s Joe Donahue as he recovered a fumble and took it all the way to the end zone. After methodical drives from EB and three more fumble recoveries from Donahue, including another returned for a score, EB cruised to a 34-8 victory.

SB MVP: Joe Donahue

Division 4: Mashpee captured the 2015 Division 4 state title behind record setting running back Deshaun Dias and returned this year behind sophomore running back Devaun Ford to capture another state title. Ford was clearly a game changer as he scored three touchdowns with over 150 combined offensive yards as Mashpee took care of business over Wahconah.

SB MVP: Devaun Ford

Division 4A: Millis-Hopedale, in the final year of the co-op between the two towns, captured the State title for Division 4A over Maynard. Bryce Latosek led the Mohawks to their first Super Bowl title as he threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. Millis-Hopedale wide receiver and Maine commit Brian Espanet proved to be a match-up nightmare for Maynard with seven catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.

SB MVP: Bryce Latosek

First Five Basketball Players to Watch in the MIAA (12/3/16)…

Ryan Hult– Xaverian Brothers HS – Sr. – A 5’10’’ PG, Hult was one of the leading factors into Xaverian’s playoff berth last year. Hult handles the ball and runs the offense for the Hawks using his passing ability to spread the floor. Hult can also score off the dribble along with being a good outside shooter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6P1Fcb3wBk

Carl Pierre– BC High – Sr.- An athletic and lanky 6’3’’ SG, Pierre excels in the open court where he can use his athleticism to get easy layups and dunks. Pierre is also good on the wing where he can knock down the three point shot or cut to the basket. Pierre will be looked upon to take a big offensive role in the Eagles’ offense this year.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5021803/577c6476eae10c29403a69e2

Ghared Boyce– Everett HS – Jr. – A scoring machine for the Tide, Boyce can put up points in a hurry averaging over 28 points a game as a sophomore. This year Boyce will be on the radar of all his opponents and will look to continue to score points in bunches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbwytfYSy14

Ethan Wright– Newton North HS – Jr.- A sharp-shooting lanky SG that powered a Newton North offense to the Division 1 South finals. Wright is only a junior and already holds offers from Brown and Colgate. With another strong season he could pick up more offers from bigger programs as both Syracuse and Virginia are showing interest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlJtcVSvxpI

Jakigh Dottin– Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS – Sr.- As a junior at Cambridge Dottin led his team to the state title while averaging 16 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds per game. Dottin was the ESPN Boston player of the year last season and he looks to continue where he left off and lead Cambridge to back to back championship titles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG81Qg_yZRs

Super Bowl Locks of the Week (12/2/16)…

Let’s take a quick look at the Super Bowl match-ups taking place this weekend and who we think will win out in these championship games.

Division 1 – Xaverian over Everett – This re-match should be another really close game and Everett can play with the Hawks but the Xaverian defense and their ground game will lead them to their third straight state championship. The first few series will depict how this game will go and it is imperative for the Hawks defense to not let Everett out of the gate fast, forcing Xaverian to have to play more comeback football. This game could go either way but for Everett to have a shot they will have to stuff the run and make Xaverian pass the ball as that has been their weakness this season.

Division 1A – King Philip over Reading – King Philip completes their undefeated season with a Super Bowl victory. RB Shane Frommer and the KP backs will take advantage of a shortened game and control the time of possession leading them to the victory.

Division 2 – Duxbury over Shrewsbury – Too many weapons on the Duxbury offense will make it tough on Shrewsbury to try and keep up on the scoreboard. Harvard bound WR Ryan Reagan proves to be a game changer and gives Duxbury the upper-hand in this game.

Division 2A –Marblehead over Falmouth – Another tough one to call as both of these teams have had undefeated seasons so far. Falmouth QB Nick Couhig has been a great story and he is the leader for the Clippers along with his RB option partner Mike LaFrange. Marblehead has gone a bit overlooked in the state and are led by RB Jaason Lopez and the Magicians really have not been tested this year which could make for a very interesting ending if the game stays close.

Division 3 – Hanover over Grafton –  The Hanover Indians have been led by their run game and RB Brad Rogers this whole season. Behind a terrific offensive line QB Wyatt Shisler and Rogers have powered the Hanover attack. One to watch for Grafton is Syracuse bound DB Ifeatu Melifonwu who is an electric and talented playmaker.

Division 3A – East Bridgewater over St. Mary’s – EB is building a very solid program as they reached Gillette last year as well before losing to Northbridge. The seniors at EB get it done this year and go out on top over a very good St. Mary’s team.

Division 4 – Mashpee over Waconah – Mashpee has had only a single loss to Nantucket this season and in the semi-final round they took care of previously unbeaten Brighton. Behind playmaker RB Devaun Ford look for Mashpee to repeat as Super Bowl champs.

Division 4A – Millis-Hopedale over Maynard – Behind Tri-Valley League MVP WR Brian Espanet and QB Bryce Latosek, the last year of the successful co-op of Millis and Hopedale will look to go out on top and ruin Maynard’s perfect 12-0 season.

Mass Football Recruiting Update (12/1/16)…

Mass Football Recruiting Update: Some recent recruiting news for local prospects. Please Note – Clevis Murray of the Boston Globe has been a huge resource for helping to get this information out to the public audience and in helping kids being recruited. He does a terrific job.

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8316076/5833d82bc124d70ba0944c9c

Coby Tippett – Xaverian Brothers / Cheshire Academy – WR / DB / KR – Tippett was recently offered by the University of Maine and holds an offer from Towson University as well. Tippett also visited Penn State last weekend and per Clevis Murray of the Boston Globe said he would like to visit there again if possible.

Duval Paul – Everett High School – DT / DE – Everett and Paul are finishing the season strong as they play Xaverian Brothers on Saturday in the Division 1 Super Bowl. Paul is a senior and he has been busy having picked up recent offers from Lafayette and the University of Albany.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2706067/5812af433bd81411989f7c3e

Kevin Mensah – Holy Name / Shepard Hill – RB – Mensah is a senior and he recently received an official offer from Bryant and per Clevis Murray of the Boston Globe has had meetings with Boston College, U Conn, Central Connecticut and Wagner who have all shown interest.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6345533/57f26a73ed57ee22f813d1e9

Alex Claudio – Putnam / Wilbraham & Monson Academy – DB – Claudio is a senior and had offers from Bryant and Central Connecticut. He recently picked up additional offers from both Georgetown, Sacred Heart and Marist College.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4458131/5835e6a0c124d826f892e5d7

Jake Bobo – Belmont Hill School – WR / DB – Only a junior, Bobo has had a slew of offers and recently visited and picked up an offer from Duke. Bobo also has recently visited Wake Forest and North Carolina.

FCS Football Schools in New England (12/1/16)…

There are 125 FCS football schools in the country and 11 of them are right here in New England. These schools are very competitive and offer a tremendous academic and athletic experience for the 117 student athletes on their rosters who played their high school football in Massachusetts. Let’s take a look at how it all breaks down:

Brown University (Rhode Island) – 13 players from Massachusetts on their roster – Brown pulls heavily from the private schools in Massachusetts with Phil Lynch from BC High, Nick Allsop from Xaverian Brothers HS and James Fadule from Milton Academy.

Bryant University (Rhode Island) – 25 players from Massachusetts on their roster – At 25 players Bryant takes the top spot on our list with the most players on their roster who played high school football in Massachusetts.

Central Connecticut State University (Connecticut) – 11 players from Massachusetts on their roster – The Blue Devils are 2-9 this year with most of the players on their roster hailing from Connecticut.

Dartmouth (New Hampshire) – 2 players from Massachusetts on their roster – Both of these players should be familiar to the local readers as one is QB Harry Kraft from Belmont Hill and the other is DB Lucas Bavaro from St. John’s Prep. One has a grandfather who owns an NFL team and the other has a father who was an all-pro tight end in the NFL.

Harvard (Massachusetts) – 5 players from Massachusetts on their roster – The Ivy League schools are able to draw from all over the country so the number of kids from Massachusetts tend to be small but record breaking wide receiver Brian Dunlap from Natick is on the Crimson roster.

Holy Cross (Massachusetts) – 12 players from Massachusetts on their roster – Only 4-7 this year, long gone are the days when Holy Cross and Boston College was the big game in the state. St. Sebastian’s QB Geoff Wade leads the Crusaders’ offense.

Maine (Maine) – 10 players from Massachusetts on their roster – There are only 15 players from the state of Maine on the roster so Massachusetts with 10 players on the roster is a pretty good representation.

University of New Hampshire (New Hampshire) – 16 players from Massachusetts on their roster – Having another solid year at 8-4 with the second most players from Massachusetts on their roster.

University of Rhode Island (Rhode Island) – 7 players from Massachusetts on their roster – The Rams are 2-9 this season with their two wins coming over Brown and Elon.

Sacred Heart (Connecticut) – 15 players from Massachusetts on their roster -Senior QB RJ Noel of Lowell became Sacred Heart’s all-time leading passer this season.

Yale (Connecticut) – 1 player from Massachusetts on their roster – Only 3-7 this season Yale’s only player from Massachusetts is freshman linebacker Alexander Abelite from Roxbury Latin HS.