Noble and Greenough School – Class of 2018, Class of 2019, Class of 2020 and Class of 2021
Over the next four years the Noble and Greenough School looks to have significant depth on their roster as their upcoming classes all contain top prospects. In their 2017 class the Bulldogs graduated tight end Pete Kendall who will attend UPenn and play in the Ivy League beginning next fall. Junior Uche Ndukwe has attracted the attention of Division 1 coaches and he already holds offers from Army and Dartmouth and he will likely receive other offers as the spring recruiting period heats up. Overall some very talented college football prospects on the Nobles roster next fall.
Class of 2018 Prospects
Uche Ndukwe – DE/OLB –
Michael Sullivan – T/OL –
Dan Monaghan – OL –
Jason Medeiros – LB/FB –
Class of 2019 Prospects
Will Welch – LB/RB –
Class of 2020 Prospects
Cam Large – WR/OLB –
Nathan Roach – OL –
Class of 2021 Prospects
Drew Kendall – DL/OL –
Head Coach Paul Zukauskas has built Lawrence Academy into one of the best football prep schools in New England. With the graduation of a decorated senior class that sent prospects to a number of Division 1 schools the Spartans will now look to the considerable talent in their younger classes. The Lawrence Academy 2018 class has already seen a power five commit in Boston College bound TE/DE Joey Luchetti along with DT/OG Ryan Betro and G Finn Dirstine also holding power five offers.
Ryan Betro – DT/OG –
Finn Dirstine – G –
Joey Luchetti – TE/DE –
Cam Reddy – TE –
Thomas Greaney – TE/OLB –
Peter Bryant – LB –
Josh Arruda – LB –
Spencer Aronson – ATH
Brady Martin – QB – @_bmartin15_
Justin Barron – WR/ATH –
Everett High School – Class of 2018 and Class of 2019
Fresh off last season’s Division 1 State Championship, the Everett class of 2017 players received numerous offers to continue their football careers at the collegiate level. Another huge part of Everett’s title run were the players in the classes of 2018 and 2019 which should produce a significant number of top college prospects. Mike Sainristil and Lewis Cine are both elite 2019 recruits who have both recently been offered scholarships to play at the FBS level in college. This could be the tip of the iceberg as Everett could have as many as 10 plus players on their roster next fall who will likely end up playing college football. With the departure of so many solid senior players Everett will also have room for many other underclassmen to realize more playing time this coming season.
Class of 2018 Prospects
Isaiah Likely – WR/OLB/ATH @likelyfinest
Anthony Norcia – WR/OLB/ATH @anthonynorcia15
Jason Maitre – DB/ATH @jasonmaitre
Jacob Miller – RB @JacMillsGJ3
Josh Miller – DE/OLB @Joshy__Jay
Duane Binns – SS/OLB @iamDuaneBinns
Jordan Riggs – SS/OLB @jordanriggs23
Fritz Durosca – WR/TE @Fettyflee_10
Class of 2019 Prospects
Mike Sainristil – DB/WR/KR/ATH @MikeSainristil
Lewis Cine – DB/ATH @LewisCine
Jake Wilcox – QB @jake_willcox1
Gabe Desouza – K/P
With the NFL draft weekend upon us college stars will make the jump to the next level to play at the highest level of football in the world. Massachusetts has several ties to the 2017 NFL draft as Obi Melifonwu out of UConn has been climbing teams’ draft boards while BC, UNH and Harvard all have players who could potentially hear their name called later in the weekend. With the 2017 recruiting class in the books, and with many prospects going to some high profile schools, we wonder who could potentially have the skill and talent to play at the next level.
- Alex Marshall – The Florida State bound tight end prospect has the making of a truly elite player at the power 5 level and he has all the tools to take his game beyond the college level. With a huge athletic frame it could be Marshall hearing his name called at the NFL Draft in the future.
- Dallas Hobbs – The Washington State defensive end has pedigree as his father played for Iowa and his play on the field as an aggressive pass rusher stands out. Hobbs is a tremendous talent and will be a great pass rusher for the Cougars over the next few years.
- Noah Gray – A Duke Blue Devil commit Gray played quarterback for most of his high school career showing how he is an elite athlete. At Duke Gray will be a receiver or tight end that could prove to be an elite weapon in Durham and could develop into a top level talent that would draw interest from the NFL.
- Cal Flanders – An explosive pass rusher who has helped Xaverian Brothers to a state championship and to a championship runner-up season last fall. A Brown University commit Flanders is just scratching the surface of his potential as a defensive end that would fit into an NFL defensive system very well.
- Ryan Reagan – Harvard has a history of getting tight ends to the NFL and Reagan could be the next great one in that line. A physical presence who dominated in both football and basketball Reagan will be a weapon for the Crimson offense and has the size and skill to be attractive to the NFL.
David Schwartz – Longmeadow High School – DE/G – Schwartz stands 6’4” and 240 pounds but runs exceptionally well and plays a very physical game on both sides of the ball. A very quick and disruptive defensive end that really goes after the ball carrier or the quarterback. A physical offensive guard who can pull in the running game and make blocks at the second level. Schwartz is a better known commodity in western Massachusetts as he was awarded this year’s Angelo Bertelli Award given out to the area’s most valuable football player. The junior still has one more high school season left and he has received an offer from Brown University along with interest from Colgate, Princeton, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Amherst College and Williams College. A starter since his freshman season Schwartz is also a very good student and he exemplifies what being a student-athlete is all about. A good comparison for Schwartz is Xaverian Brothers’ defensive end Cal Flanders who is already committed to Brown for next fall after passing on a preferred walk-on scholarship offer from Head Coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. One can only imagine if Brown had Flanders and Schwartz lined up as bookend defensive ends on the same defensive line. If Schwartz adds weight to his frame he could also be moved inside on the defensive line more in the mold of Lawrence Academy’s defensive lineman Ryan Betro. Given this is prime class of 2018 recruiting season we would not be surprised at all if Schwartz gets interest from FBS schools over the next couple of months and ends up playing for a top college football program.
Ten Storylines To Watch For During Thursday’s NFL draft.
- Quarterbacks are always in high demand and this year will be no different. At the end of the college football season no QBs had really separated themselves from the field but as the year has gone on multiple QBs are now in the discussion of being a first round pick. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, Pitt’s Nathan Peterman, Notre Dame’s Deshone Kizer and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes all have both talent and flaws that make them intriguing prospects. It will be interesting to see who will get picked first and where they fall to in the first or second rounds.
- Diluted samples have come up quite a bit with Reuben Foster and Jabrill Peppers (from Alabama and Michigan respectively) both testing positive for diluted samples. Foster has had a tumultuous off season after being sent home from the NFL combine but seems to be cemented as a mid to late first round pick. Peppers has fallen to the end of the first round to second round range with concerns over his size and where he will line up at the next level. It will be interesting to see if either of the tests impacts the draft position of either of these athletes.
- Obi Melifonwu was known to Massachusetts fans well before he became a can’t miss NFL prospect after his time at UConn. Melifonwu has had a meteoric rise and he could see his name called on the first day of the NFL draft.
- With the draft in Philadelphia this year, UPenn QB Alek Torgersen will have his college town behind him. Torgersen is a California native and one of the most successful Ivy League quarterbacks who could hear his name called as early as the third round.
- Alabama and Ohio State will each have a slew of prospects picked in the first round and whichever school has more will continue to use this as a great recruiting tool.
- The Patriots do not pick until the 72nd pick which turns out to be a third round pick. Will the Patriot front office make a move either to the first or second round to help fill a need on the field such as tight end or linebacker?
- Who will be the first running back drafted this year after Zeke Elliot gave the position a much needed boost in value as a rookie last year. Leonard Fournette has been a huge name since he stepped on LSU’s campus as a freshman and he is a favorite to be the first selection. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook looks to also be a first round pick after being a productive back in college while Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey looks to be a dark horse to be the first running back taken as he also helps out in the pass game.
- Matt Milano and John Johnson who both played for in-state program Boston College hope to have their name called in the later rounds of the draft. Both Eagles were invited to the NFL combine and had good showings in front of NFL teams.
- Harvard tight end Anthony Firkser and UNH players Dalton Crossan and Casey DeAndrade are all local FCS prospects who have had interest from NFL teams and have worked out for them. Look for these three towards the end of day three or to sign on with a team as an undrafted free agent.
- As in every NFL draft someone will slip farther than anyone expects them to and a player will be selected way above where they are expected to be drafted.
ESPN shut down their High School Boston web site last October and today they announced another round of layoffs including many of their on-air personalities. ESPN is owned by the Walt Disney Company and has been under significant pressure to reduce their expenses as over twelve million cable subscribers have “cut the cord” and dropped cable TV as the monthly cost goes ever higher. This has caused a significant revenue drop at ESPN while at the very same time they are having to pay huge increases for their sports content including college football, pro football and pro baseball. So they are seeing less money coming in and are paying out much more for the games they run on their stations. Closing down their high school coverage and today’s job cuts will further reduce sports coverage overall and is not a very good trend long-term. Frankly, ESPN is not what it used to be and short of them having a highly desirable game on one of their stations there is not much of a draw to watch it anymore. Stations like ESPN losing their appeal also makes it much easier for viewers to decide to walk away from cable bills that are now hundreds of dollars per month regardless of your cable provider. So people are turning to other forms of entertainment and other ways to follow sports coverage with most of it now provided on the internet. Not sure where all of this will end but all of these changes will definitely make it harder for smaller sports and high school sports to receive any coverage from a company like ESPN.
Let’s take a look at our most recent high school baseball poll as we approach the beginning of May.
- Braintree High School – (6-0) – The Wamps continue to win striking BC High for seven runs in the seventh inning to keep their undefeated season alive.
- Saint John’s Preparatory High School – (8-1) – The Eagles have looked good early led by Jake Sanderson and Casey Bussone playing a string of tough games.
- Saint John’s Shrewsbury – (6-1) – David Turco and Christian Jordan spurred the Pioneers to victory over rival Shrewsbury.
- Belmont High School – (5-0) – Led by Cal Christofori the Marauders are off to a hot start and look to prove to be one of the best teams in the state.
- Central Catholic High School – (5-2) – Steve Hajjar and Dom Keegan have the Raiders off to a good start as the season rolls along.
- Barnstable High School – (6-1) – Jack Kennedy and Chris Holcomb lead a team that has been playing some very good baseball.
- North Andover High School – (6-0) – Anthony Sapienza has pitched well and Drew Finn has hit well as North Andover is off to another great start.
- Boston College High School – (5-5) – The Eagles are led by Bobby DeMeo and Mike Vasil and are much better than their record indicates.
- Xaverian Brothers High School – (5-4) – Dan Chapski and Sean Birch have set the tone for the Hawks on the mound and at bat.
- Silver Lake – (7-1) – Despite a recent loss to Hannover Dan Collins has pitched very well for the Lakers and has them off to a very strong start.
- Reading High School – (4-0) – Behind Corey Diloreto the Rockets are off to an unblemished start to the season.
- Lowell High School – (6-1) – Dalton Quinn and Henry Funaro have led the way offensively for the Red Raiders this season.
- North Reading High School – (3-1) – Jeff Mejia has led the Hornets to a solid start despite their recent extra innings loss to Lynnfield.
- Peabody High School – (5-2) – Jake Gustin leads the Tanners as the schedule nears the midpoint in the season.
- Lynnfield High School – (7-0) – Mike Federico and Matt Fiore have been producing at the plate and the Pioneers are off to a perfect start this season.
- Brookline High School – (5-2) – Josh Richardson is one of the state’s best unknown pitchers capable of stealing any game for the Warriors.
- Newton North High School – (4-3) – The Tigers slipped over the break but will not have any down time as Bay State play begins.
- Walpole High School – (3-3) – Behind Brian Gaughan and Cam Martin lead the Rebels up against a difficult schedule.
- Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School – (2-2) – Ryan Cusick looks to guide LS and gain some steam heading into mid-season.
- Andover High School – (4-0) – Michael Reilly and Tim Kalantzakos have led the way offensively for the Warriors this season.
- Mashpee High School – (5-1) – Seniors Nick Carpenter and Ari Purdy have been very productive offensively for the Falcons this year.
- Lynn Classical High School – (7-0) – David Barnard and Herbie Newton have Lynn Classical off to a perfect start this season.
- Malden Catholic – (5-4) – Nick Iannuzzi and Kellen Field have been two of the top performers for MC so far this season.
- Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School – (4-2) – Jacob Rogers and Josh Vertentes have played well for the Falcons so far this season.
- Catholic Memorial – (3-5) – The Knights exploded offensively against Newton North and captured an early signature win.
ITHMA Player Profile – Matt O’Neill
Contact Information: Mdo0604@gmail.com
High School: Weymouth High School
Grade: Senior – Class of 2018
GPA – SAT: 3.2 GPA
Position(s) Played: Offensive Line
Height – Weight: 6’3.5″ and 275 pounds
ITHMA Player Write-Up: T/DT- O’Neill is a physical offensive and defensive lineman who stands 6’3’’ and 275 pounds. O’Neill plays well on both sides of the ball as well as on special teams. Has good explosion off the line and uses his arms effectively to create space. O’Neill missed his junior season due to injury but expect a big senior season for this Weymouth Wildcat.
Speed: 5.3 Forty Yard Dash
Gym Stats: 365 squat, 290 bench
Other Sports Played:
Notes: Starter since 9th grade, Captain, US Army Leadership and Dedication Award Winner
It has been a busy day for local high school basketball prospects with several Massachusetts players receiving college scholarship offers. This is likely just the beginning as many of these players will be top college basketball prospects.
Dimon Carrigan – Cambridge Rindge & Latin / Woodstock – University of Houston, Towson University
Alex Rivera – Lowell High School – University of Massachusetts, Jacksonville University
Ethan Wright – Newton North High School – University of Vermont
Chris Doherty – Marlboro High School – University of Vermont, Central Connecticut State University, Towson University
Chris Herren, Jr. – Tabor Academy – LIU Brooklyn
Moses Flowers – Thayer Academy – LIU Brooklyn, Central Connecticut State University
Nate Laszewski – Northfield Mount Hermon School – University of Pittsburgh