Ranking the Mass High School Class of 2018: # 1-25 (2/25/17)…

Let’s continue ranking the Class of 2018 and we will occasionally be adding new prospects to our list as we review individual performances from the recently completed football 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 UMass. He also recently visited Notre Dame and Alabama. As an offensive lineman at Lawrence Academy, Dirstine has played an important part in Boston College bound RB AJ Dillon racking up thousands of yards rushing. 1/31/17 Added an offer from Yale. 2/24/17 Added an offer from Dartmouth.  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. Offered by Notre Dame.http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6035099/57fa633a7bddf81ce02b5e6a
  3. 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 Wake Forest, Syracuse, Delaware, Coastal Carolina, Yale and URI. Visited Syracuse on Junior Day. 2/1/17 Offered by Syracuse. 3/3/17 Offered by Boston College. Offered by UMass 3/26/17
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  4. 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. Visited Boston College on Junior Day. 2/23/17 Offered by Pitt, URI and Temple. 3/16/17 Committed to Pittsburgh.                .                 http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3204331/jay-symonds
  5. 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, UConn and UNC. Look for his next offers to come from UConn or UNC. Visited Boston College on Junior Day. 2/8/17 Recently offered by Army, Harvard and Yale. 2/25/17 Committed to Duke.http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4458131/58082412842eb282b85adb3b
  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. Visited BC on Junior Day. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/6340522/highlights
  7. Bryce Shaw – Bridgewater-Raynham – MLB/FB – Shaw stands 6’1″ and 205 pounds and he leads the Trojans on defense having played a brutal schedule against some of the top teams in the state. Shaw is productive playing in a three back running 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. 2/18/17 Recently visited Harvard. 3/26/17 Visited Navy. 3/28/17 Committed to Navy.                                                                                     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 he can also run the ball with great success as he is a fast and shifty runner. Grady has received interest from Boston College, Yale and Rutgers and will likely hear from more schools in the coming months. 2/18/17 Recently visited Yale. 3/22/17 Visited U Penn.http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6224161/57fa67b63bd81463c47641ef
  9. 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. 2/25/17 Offered by URI. 3/4/17 Visited Syracuse. 3/26/17 Visited Temple.                                         http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5331857/583f803cdfd8b91c580da9ce
  10. 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 Armyhttp://www.hudl.com/video/3/6235403/57d9e052688ec600a8cba5d2
  11. 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. Visited Boston College and URI.                                                                         http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6759075/583ced805b3cb006587f33d1
  12. 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. Gillette also contributes on defense from the cornerback position and is a good athlete who also plays baseball.                                                                                   http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4236874/583751bb5b3cd8245000841b
  13. 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
  14. 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. 2/25/17 Visited URI.                                                                                 http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5037880/5846fbf7b534592fb837e026
  15. Johnny Rosario – Cambridge Rindge and Latin – Thornton Academy – Williston Northampton School – WR / ATH – At 6’4’’ and 195 pounds Rosario is an extremely athletic receiver that can also return kicks for his team. Rosario has great speed reported to be in the 4.4 range and has great field awareness as he moves well and is able to break plays for big gains. Rosario had received interest from several schools but is currently committed to Mainehttp://www.hudl.com/video/3/6306266/57d7f71f3bd8144150851551
  16. Patrick Walsh – Wachusett Regional High School – OL – Walsh stands 6’5” and 275 pounds while running a reported sub five forty yard dash. A very physical and aggressive lineman with good feet and an excellent motor. Walsh engages and holds his blocks often pancaking the defender. A very good run blocker and also solid in pass protection.  Visited Boston College and UMass.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QngfqHbb-dc
  17. Zach Banks – Cushing / Salisbury – LB – A solid 6’2” and 225 pound linebacker who re-classed 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
  18. Anthony Norcia – Everett HS – WR – A fast playmaker who stands 5’11” and 180 pounds. Norcia plays a big role in the Everett offense and regularly goes up against top competition. On an Everett offense loaded with playmakers Norcia had a huge junior season as he scored twelve touchdowns and had an impressive Super Bowl performance against Xaverian. 2/25/17 Visited URI.                                                                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciQmL66qcTg
  19. Jack McNeil – Marshfield HS – RB/S – McNeil is a running back/safety and stands 6’0″ and 195 pounds. McNeil was a Catholic Conference all-star at Catholic Memorial last year and was an Atlantic Coast League all-star this year having transferred back to Marshfield. McNeil is someone who does excel as a ‘’football player’’ in every sense as he runs downhill with a low center of gravity and is also a hard hitting safety. McNeil would most likely be a safety at the next level as he has good ball skills but he could also transition to a receiver with good speed and field vision. http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2133343/580652fd688ec4ed7c8bebd1
  20. Mike Yarin – QB / S – St. John’s Prep – Yarin stands 6’1″ and 180 pounds and has already committed to UConn 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 UConn, 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
  21. Liam Doran – St. John’s Shrewsbury HS – OLB / TE – Good size for a linebacker Doran is 6’1″ and 215 pounds. Very disciplined playing his position, closes on the ball quickly and is very physical. Has received interest from Ivy and Patriot League schools.                                                                                          http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6188613/57f9a37b0aff7abf2c52536
  22. Jason Maitre – Everett HS – WR / DB / KR – Maitre stands 5’10” and 165 pounds and uses his elite speed on offense, defense and special teams. An elusive receiver with good hands who also starts as a defensive back and handles kick returns. Maitre was a force on offense and a star in the Everett secondary. A very explosive playmaker on offense and special teams while consistently playing against top competition including Xaverian in their D1 Super Bowl victory. Maitre will be someone who can contribute in all three phases and will most likley end up on the defensive side of the ball along with special teams at the next level. 2/25/17 Visited URI.       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgZkgQKx4Y0
  23. Camden Gagnon – Governor’s Academy – DE / T – At 6’5” and 240 pounds Gagnon is an aggressive and intimidating force on the Governor’s defensive line. Gagnon uses his hands well and he also uses good leverage to shed blocks, stuff running gaps and to get into the opponents backfield. Gagnon regularly goes up against other top talent in the ISL and holds his own on the edge and he plays to the whistle on every down as he has a terrific motor. http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8423322/5813acaa688ec21a8084fd34
  24. Desi O’MahonyBuckingham Browne and Nichols – LB / FB – Standing 5’11” and 225 pounds O’Mahony shows great overall football ability and toughness the way he plays the game on both sides of the ball. Playing from both the MLB and OLB positions O’Mahony sheds blocks, fills gaps and gets to the ball carrier. He is very physical and wraps up well. O’Mahony also lines up in a traditional fullback position (which is almost extinct in today’s football game) where he is an effective lead blocker and bruising runner for the BB&N ground game.  http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4689589/5834f890c124dd09a81bd39e
  25. Bobby DeMeo – Boston College HS – CB / WR – At 6’1″ and 185 pounds DeMeo plays well on offense, defense and on special teams. Uses his speed and quickness to makes plays on both sides of the ball and as a return man. Also a very good baseball player he will likely play a sport in college.                                                                                                                                            http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5414986/57e609d0688ec45db442b9e8

 

 

 

 

 

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