The freshman class of 2020 completed their first season of high school football so let’s take a look at fifteen of the top Mass HS football prospects that actually made their varsity team and contributed in their first season. This list is not in any particular order as we will rank this class at a later date.
Josh Atwood – Natick HS – NG/DT – Atwood is a former FBU All-American and stands 6’2” and 280 pounds. He showed flashes of tremendous potential as a freshman for the Red Hawks. Atwood has a quick first step and played well in the trenches at the varsity level which is quite an accomplishment for a freshman. Atwood has the strength to compete at the varsity level and should be one of the top players in the class of 2020.
Kalel Mullings – Milton Academy – RB/OLB – Mullings has all the makings of a top prospect as he has size, speed and great football instincts. Mullings is reminiscent of a young AJ Dillon and at 6’2 and 195 pounds Mullings contributes on both offense and defense at the varsity level. Mullings excels at running back but is also a very physical outside linebacker and just like Dillon could be considered for either position at the next level.
Eamonn Dennis -Saint John’s Shrewsbury – ATH – Dennis is 5’9” and 158 pounds but he excelled at the varsity level as a kick return specialist where he returned multiple kicks for touchdowns. SJS often tried to get Dennis the ball in space where he is very shifty and can make people miss. Dennis also lines up in the slot and in formations out of the backfield.
Kyle Santiago – Milton Academy – RB/CB – Santiago stands 5’11” and 180 pounds and is an explosive back for the Mustangs. Santiago combined with Kalel Mullings will make for a lethal combination in the MA backfield with Mullings providing the power run game to compliment Santiago’s shifty style of running. Santiago could also translate to a slot receiver as he has good hands and is dangerous every time he touches the ball.
Brady Martin – Lawrence Academy – QB – At 6’0″ and 170 pounds Martin is on the small side for the quarterback position but this has not stopped him from starting at Lawrence Academy as a freshman. Martin is a passer who stays in the pocket but he can use his feet to evade pressure and find open targets downfield. Martin has already received an offer from the University of Rhode Island and should only improve as his high school career progresses.
Kevin Lemieux – Cushing / Governor’s Academy – DE – At 6’4” and 240 pounds Lemieux is an intimidating force on the defensive line and is able to use his size and speed to cause havoc in the trenches. Lemieux is someone to keep an eye on as he already possesses great size, a great motor and the physical strength that will help him dominate in the ISL for the next three years.
Casey Phinney – Marshfield HS – RB /OLB – Phinney started for the Rams this past season and already stands 6’0″ and 200 pounds. Playing as a freshman Phinney displayed solid tackling and vision off the outside edge. He can shoot gaps and consistently wraps up the ball carrier. Phinney also received carries on offense and should be a bigger piece on both sides of the ball for Marshfield over the course of the next three years.
Sammy Malignaggi -BB&N – CB/WR – Malignaggi is a 5’10” corner that plays well in coverage and has good ball skills. Starting as a freshman at BB&N, Malignaggi faced bigger receivers and showed how he could be both physical with them and stay with them with his speed. He excelled at using his hands to knock the ball away and to deny space to opposing receivers. Malignaggi will be a great corner to watch going forward as he gets more assignments versus top receiving competition.
Luke MacPhail– Dexter – QB – Already standing 6’3”and 180 pounds MacPhail has a great frame which should bulk up as his career continues. MacPhail shows good poise, grit and leadership beating out the previous starter as a freshman. MacPhail has good touch and excels in throwing the ball down the sidelines to receivers in stride. MacPhail will continue to improve his pocket presence and overall fluidity as his career moves along.
Blake Brookes – Belmont Hill – ATH/WR/OLB – Brookes is a phenomenal athlete and could be the best overall athlete on his football team as he has already committed to play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University which is one of the top programs in the country. Brookes currently plays WR and OLB at 6’4” and 200 pounds but the sky is the limit for Brookes as he could also translate to a tight end or more of a DE/OLB hybrid. Brookes has great speed and running ability and has a physical presence not only on defense but also as a ball carrier after the catch similar to Duxbury’s Ryan Reagan. It will be very interesting to see if he stays with lacrosse or if top college football programs come calling in the future.
Kevin Pyne – Millis-Hopedale High School- T/LS – Pyne stands 6’8” and 265 pounds and started on the offensive line as a freshman for the Division 4A Super Bowl champions. An athletic and physical tackle who plays well in both the run game and in pass protection. Pyne should continue to grow into himself but he already has offers from top college programs including Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan and UCLA in addition to others. Kevin’s brother Austin will be playing college football at Lafayette next fall and his cousin Drew Pyne is a top class of 2020 quarterback who plays at New Canaan High School in Connecticut.
Caleb Coleman – Groton School – RB/OLB/SS – The very athletic Coleman goes 6’1” and 180 pounds but runs very well and also has a very physical side to his game. Played on offense, defense and special teams and made big plays in all three phases of the game. Gets to the edge well running the ball and can also catch the ball out of the backfield. Coleman is very aggressive on defense lining up as a hybrid outside linebacker who can pressure the opposing quarterback. Also plays on the Groton basketball team.
Jamarii Robinson – Randolph High School – WR – Robinson is an athletic wide receiver who stands 6’2” and 170 pounds. Excellent hands and a very fluid runner help him stretch the field but he also makes plays across the middle in traffic. Runs good routes and is tough to bring down after the catch. Also kicks for Randolph.
Cameron Large – Noble & Greenough High School – WR/OLB – Large lives up to his last name as he is already 6’4” and 215 pounds. An athletic and physical player who makes plays on offense, defense and on special teams. Runs well with good hands making him a big play threat on both sides of the ball. With three more years of high school football Large is definitely a player to keep an eye on.
Cooper Smith – St. John’s Prep High School – OL/G – Smith is already 6’3” and about 285 pounds and filled in on the offensive line for the Eagles late in their season. Moves well and is a physical player who should start on the line next fall as a talented St. John’s Prep team will look to compete for a Division 1 State championship.