Over the past few years many high profile high school baseball players from Massachusetts have been recruited by and chosen to attend top college programs. There are a number of college programs that stand out in terms of those that heavily recruit Massachusetts and are successful getting top prospects to commit to their respective schools. While there are several very good college baseball programs playing in the Northeast one in particular on the rise is the University of Connecticut as the Huskies have had a very good season and they have been getting a lot of help from their Massachusetts players. Jim Penders has been the Head Coach at UConn for the last 13 years and his team recently cracked the national Top 25 baseball poll. Penders has recently come away from Massachusetts with several impact players starting with sophomore pitcher P.J. Poulin in the 2015 class from Tabor Academy. In the 2016 class UConn came away with Division 1 Champion West Springfield shortstop Conor Moriarty as well as pitcher Jacob Wallace from Methuen High School. Current Groton-Dunstable ace Joe Simeone is a senior this year for the Crusaders and he has committed to UConn in their 2017 class. The class of 2018 could be a banner recruiting year for the Huskies in the Bay State with St. John’s Prep third baseman Mike Yarin already in the fold along with his fellow Eagle pitcher Jake Sanderson. Coach Penders and UConn have definitely put more of an emphasis on recruiting Massachusetts baseball prospects in their recent classes and it appears to be paying off for the Huskies given their recent success down in Storrs.
The Massachusetts high school football class of 2020 is looking to be very deep in terms of top prospects. The following student athletes already hold college scholarship offers to some of the top football programs in the country.
Blake Brookes – WR/TE – Belmont Hill – Committed to Johns Hopkins (7/14/16) (Lacrosse)
Jaden Dottin – WR – Arlington High School / Suffield Academy (CT) – Howard (2/11/17), UConn (4/18/17), Boston College (6/4/17)
Kevin Pyne – OL – Millis High School – Rhode Island (2/4/17), Boston College (2/6/17), UCLA (2/14/17), Michigan (2/15/17), Virginia Tech (2/16/17), Florida State (2/22/17), Kentucky (2/24/17), Georgia (3/22/17), Tennessee (3/28/17), Syracuse (4/1/17), Virginia (4/4/17), Florida (4/13/17), Wisconsin (4/18/17), North Carolina (5/22/17), Duke (7/17/17)
Brady Martin – QB – Lawrence Academy – University of Rhode Island (6/11/16)
Kalel Mullings – RB/LB – Milton Academy – Michigan (1/20/17), Boston College (1/23/17), Maryland (4/24/17), Rutgers(5/6/17), Syracuse (5/18/17), San Jose State (6/23/17), UCLA (6/23/17)
Boston College Spring Football Game – Saturday April 22nd at 12:00.
Game can be viewed on the Watch ESPN App starting at noon.
Needless to say things are at a critical point for the Boston College Football program and Head Coach Steve Addazio. Tomorrow the Eagles will hold their Spring Football Game and a number of key positions will be heavily influenced by players from Massachusetts high schools. Also, over the next couple of months we could see more offers from Boston College to players in the Massachusetts Class of 2018 as the spring evaluation period kicks in to high gear. There are a number of local 2018 prospects that ITHMA has covered and profiled who could definitely help Coach Addazio turn things around over the next few seasons. BC already has 2018 scholarship offers out to BC High running back Danny Abraham, offensive lineman Finn Dirstine of Lawrence Academy and defensive lineman Ryan Betro who is also at Lawrence Academy. Add in the fact that BC also just announced the hiring of Ohio State’s Martin Jarmond as their new Athletic Director and there is a lot going on over at the Heights right now.
Quarterback – EJ Perry graduated from Andover High School in December and enrolled early at Boston College in January so this will be our first look at him playing for Boston College. While junior Darius Wade and redshirt freshman Anthony Brown have been getting most of the headlines coming out of spring practice, keep an eye on Perry and also on junior John Fadule from Wellesley High School who started a few games for BC during his freshman season.
Running Back – Sophomore Davon Jones of St. John’s Shrewsbury had a big season last year and was second on the team in rushing yards. Jones should be a big piece of the BC running game along with junior Jon Hilliman. Lawrence Academy star and top recruit AJ Dillon will join the Eagles as a freshman this fall and he could also be a huge factor in the offensive backfield for the Eagles. At fullback and on special teams Franklin High School’s Colton Cardinal is another local player who should see a lot of action for the Eagles.
Wide Receiver / Tight End – Junior Troy Flutie of Natick High School has moved from quarterback to wide receiver and he is also the place holder in the kicking game. Sophomore Chris Garrison from Lawrence Academy should also be in the mix looking for playing time at wide receiver. Sophomore tight end Jake Burt from St. John’s Prep is back after missing last season due to an injury.
Offensive Line – The offensive line will likely determine how far Boston College will go in 2017 and it is largely comprised of players from Massachusetts high schools including projected starters Shane Leonard (Marshfield High School), Aaron Monteiro (Brockton High School), Chris Lindstrom (Shepherd Hill High School) and Jon Baker (Millis High School). Other offensive linemen on the BC roster include Eddy Fish (Lawrence Academy), Ryan Conte (Phillips Exeter), Alec Lindstrom (Shepherd Hill) and Sean Ragan (St. John’s Shrewsbury).
Defensive Line – Junior defensive tackle Kevin Cohee of Roxbury Latin High School saw playing time last season and should see even more this coming season as he will help anchor the defensive line for the Eagles.
Linebackers – Another position with a number of Massachusetts players including senior star Connor Strachan of St. Sebastian’s High School, brothers Kevin and Curt Bletzer who both played at Catholic Memorial High School, Doug Rodier of Lawrence Academy, Isaiah Miranda of Boston College High School and transfer Mark Zavrl of Andover High School.
Defensive Backs – Three key players in the Eagles secondary will be senior Isaac Yiadom from Doherty Memorial High School, junior Lukas Denis of Everett High School and junior Taj-Amir Torres of Amherst-Pelham High School. Also on the roster is senior Jack Galvin from Lowell High School.
Just a quick reminder that the second annual Catholic Conference – Bay State Conference Baseball Challenge will take place at Boston College High School tomorrow morning (4/22/17) beginning at 11:00 AM. Admission to the four games is free but organizers are using the event to raise money for ALS research so you can make a financial donation at the park. All four of these games should be very good with top teams and top prospects featured in every game. Here is the schedule along with ITHMA Top 25 team rankings:
11:00 AM – Catholic Memorial vs. (7) Newton North High School
1:30 PM – (3) St. John’s Prep vs. (4) Walpole High School
4:30 PM – (12) Xaverian Brothers vs. Norwood High School
7:00 PM – (8) BC High vs. (1) Braintree High School
ITHMA Player Profile – Chris Chaisson
High School: Duxbury High School
Grade: Junior – Class of 2018
GPA – SAT: 2.9 GPA
Position(s) Played: OL / DL / LS
Height – Weight: 6’4″ and 275 pounds
ITHMA Player Write-Up: OL / DL / LS – Chaisson is a 6’4” and 260 pound right tackle that was part of the Duxbury Division 2 state championship team. A bookend to left tackle Quinn Murphy, Chaisson is a very good pass blocker often holding his block giving the QB time to make a play. Chaisson also does a good job moving his feet to seal off blockers in the run game helping to open big holes for the Duxbury offense. Also acts as a long snapper which always enhances a prospect’s value.
Speed: 5.2 Forty Yard Dash
Gym Stats: 430 squat, 320 bench
Other Sports Played: Track
Notes: Patriot League All-Star, Track All-Star, 3 Yr Starter, State Champion
College Interest: BC (visit), Bryant (visit), UNH (visit), URI (visit), UMass, Villanova, Colgate, Buffalo, Syracuse
College Offers: Stetson University
Every spring we see some of the top student athletes announce where they will be attending high school or prep school in the fall as they look to enhance both their academic and athletic profiles. Many of these kids will end up being top recruits going to some of the best college programs in the country.
Jakigh Dottin ’18 – Cambridge Rindge & Latin – Woodstock Academy
Dimon Carrigan ’18 – Cambridge Rindge & Latin – Woodstock Academy
Carl Pierre ’18 – BC High – Westminster School
Spencer Aronson ’20 – Holliston High School – Lawrence Academy (Football)
E.J. Dambreville ’18 – Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School – Woodstock Academy
Tyrone Perry ’18 – Brighton High School – Woodstock Academy
Nick Timberlake ’18 – Braintree High School – Kimball Union Academy
Jordan Minor ’19 -Boston College High School – Brimmer and May School
Peter Scheschareg ’18 – Arlington High School – Phillip Exeter Academy
Louis Olivieri ’18 – Swampscott High School – Cheshire Academy (Baseball)
Jaden Dottin ‘20 – Arlington High School – Suffield Academy
Connor Peterson ‘19 – Franklin High School – Tabor Academy (Basketball)
Kevin Bruce ‘18 – Needham High School – Cheshire Academy
Griffin McDevitt ‘20 – Sandwich High School – Tabor Academy
Max Beati ‘18 – Andover High School – Phillips Andover
Shawn Noel Jr. ‘18 – Bridgewater-Raynham High School – Milford Academy
Ethan Amorello ‘18 – St. Peter-Marian High School – East Coast Prep
Nick Salmon ’18 – Durfee High School – Tilton School (NH)
Flynn McGilvray ’18 – Saint John’s Shrewsbury – Choate Rosemary Hall School
Hunter Salmon ’19 – Durfee High School – Catholic Memorial High School
Bob Long ’18 – Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School – Suffield Academy (Basketball, Baseball)
Johnny Rosario ’18 – Thornton Academy – Tilton School
Wes Legare ’19 – Holy Name – Worcester Academy
Kai Rose ’21 – Martha’s Vineyard – St. Thomas More School
Jared Martino ’19 – Malden High School – Cheshire Academy
Anthony Burnett ’19 – Malden High School – Brooks School
Brendan McKeon ’19 – Shepherd Hill Regional High School – St. Thomas More School
Cormac O’Brien ’19 – Reading High School – St. Thomas More School
Jaden-Vaughn Sawyer ’20 – Dedham High School – Dexter School
Ryan Eamer ’19 – Medfield High School – Buckingham Browne and Nichols School
Henry Mitchell ’20 – Medfield High School – Noble and Greenough School
Justin Barron ’20 – Kingswood-Oxford School – Lawrence Academy
John Grady ’19 – Newton North High School – Noble and Greenough School
Julian Tarpey ’21 – Rockland High School – Noble and Greenough School
Zach Geddes ’18 – Belmont Hill School – Phillips Academy Andover
Quinn Cleary ’18 – Dexter School – Saint George’s School
Tony Muse ’21 – West Haven High School – Lawrence Academy
Eddie Duggan ’19 – Noble and Greenough School – Milton Academy
Grant Laws ’19 – Silver Lake High School – Xaverian Brothers
Dan Rodier ’19 – Manchester Essex High School – Lawrence Academy
Tank Walker – Springfield Central High School – Milford Academy
Let’s take a quick look at an up to date Top 25 MIAA Baseball Rankings as the Massachusetts high school baseball season really starts to pick up speed – April 19th.
- Braintree High School – (3-0) – The Wamps are led by Justin Files and Alex Kennedy and they haven’t missed a step as they look for their third consecutive state title.
- Saint John’s Shrewsbury – (5-0) – Sean Burke leads a very talented Pioneer team that has proven to be one of the best in the Commonwealth so far this season.
- Saint John’s Preparatory High School – (5-1) – UConn commits Jake Sanderson and Mike Yarin are two of the best players at their respective positions.
- Walpole High School – (3-0) – The Rebels play great team baseball and they recently knocked off a solid Xaverian Brothers team.
- Central Catholic High School – (5-1) – The Red Raiders dropped a tough game but they will look to continue their strong play.
- Barnstable High School – (5-0) – Ryan Proto and the Raiders are off to a terrific start and they will look to continue their strong play.
- Newton North High School – (3-1) – The Tigers look to be off to a good start and they will have to continue strong play versus their upcoming Catholic Conference opponents.
- Boston College High School – (3-4) – Matt Sullivan has been a standout for the Eagles on offense so far this year.
- Belmont High School – (4-0) – Pitcher Nate Espelin had a team record 19 Ks in a big team win over Wilmington.
- Silver Lake High School – (6-0) – Dan Collins is one of the more underrated pitchers in the state so far this season.
- North Andover High School – (4-0) – Captains Drew Finn and Trevor Ham have the Knights playing very well early on.
- Xaverian Brothers High School – (3-3) – Dan Chapski and AJ Ryan lead the Hawks through a very tough 2017 campaign.
- Lowell High School – (4-1) – Max Gillman and Brian Hoey lead a potent Red Raider offense.
- Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School – (2-1) – Ryan Cusick and Justin Vandervelden are both top line pitchers for the Lincoln Sudbury Warriors.
- North Reading High School – (3-0) – Jeff Mejia leads a talented North Reading Hornets team.
- Peabody High School – (5-1) – The Tanners dropped a recent game to Everett but with Eric DeMayo and Jake Gustin they will always be a formidable opponent as they showed by beating St. John’s Prep earlier this season.
- Groton-Dunstable Regional High School – (4-0) – Joe Simeone has led Groton Dunstable to another great start so far this season.
- Mashpee High School – (5-0) – The Falcons are off to a fast start and are a senior laden team.
- Wellesley High School – (3-2) – Henry Weycker and the Raiders have played a very challenging schedule over the first few weeks of the season.
- Middleboro High School – (4-0) – The Sachems are off to an unblemished start to their 2017 season.
- Pope Francis High School – (3-0) – The Cardinals return several plays from a Super 8 team last year and they are hitting their stride early on this season.
- Austin Preparatory High School – (2-2) – Peter Burns, Jon Gilbride and Cam Seguin will have the Cougars competing against any team in the state.
- Dighton Rehoboth High School – (4-1) – Dighton Rehoboth dropped its first game of the year to ORR but have turned things around nicely since that game.
- Milton High School – (2-4) – The Wildcats have faced several talented teams and they should find their stride as the season moves along.
- Falmouth High School – (3-2) – Boston College bound Nick Couhig and Eli Harris form a very formidable pitching duo for the Clippers.
MIAA Top 25 Lacrosse Rankings – April 18, 2017
- Lincoln-Sudbury High School (5-0) – Hayden Frey helped lead top ranked L-S over 19th ranked Winchester by a score of 13-5 in today’s Coaches Challenge Cup first round game.
- Medfield High School (4-1) – Medfield once again plays a schedule including top ranked teams from out of state resulting in their one loss but this only makes them better when they play against their competition in Massachusetts.
- Hingham High School (4-0) – Senior captains Marc O’Rourke and Jack Hennessey will look to lead the Harbormen against 16th ranked Andover in the Coaches Challenge Cup today at 4:00 PM.
- BC High – Pat Bulger and the Eagles will look to bounce back from an out of state loss as they face both Reading and St. John’s Shrewsbury this week.
- Duxbury High School (4-1) – Williams bound quarterback Bobby Maimaron and the Dragons also lost to a top out of state team but rebounded with a win over Xaverian Brothers.
- Needham High School (3-1) – The Rockets only loss this season comes to highly ranked BC High.
- Franklin High School (4-1) – Junior Alex Civetti and the Panthers are playing very well in the Hockomock League right now.
- Walpole High School (4-0) – Led by Owen Hunter, Conor Foley and Jake Hurley the Rebels will look for a big win against Lexington today.
- Newton North High School (4-1) – Brothers Bryce and Hunter Adam have been scoring in bunches for the Tigers.
- Wakefield High School (4-0) – Wakefield stays undefeated after upsetting Reading behind six goals from Anthony Forziati.
- Reading High School (3-1) – Mike Tobin and the Rockets will look to bounce back from their surprise loss to Wakefield when they play BC High today.
- Longmeadow High School (3-1) – The dominant program in the western part of the state the Lancers are led by Spencer Robbins and Kristopher Campbell.
- St. John’s Shrewsbury (4-0) – One of the top teams in central Massachusetts this year the Pioneers are led by Drew Kozub and Dawson Ritchie.
- Xaverian Brothers High School (2-3) – Sean Sperzel and the Hawks play one of the toughest schedules in the state with both Medfield and Needham coming up this week alone.
- Dover-Sherborn High School (5-1) – Bailey Laidman will look to lead DS in their big game today against Wellesley at the Coaches Challenge Cup.
- Andover High School (4-0) – Andover will play highly ranked Hingham at the Coaches Cup Challenge later today and are led by Brendan Croston.
- Falmouth High School (5-1) – Nolan Enneguess and Collin Almeida led the Clippers in their big win over Marshfield.
- Cohasset High School (3-2) – Another team that lost to an out of state power but the Skippers will look to bounce back behind the play of Will Thomas and Jimmy Farren.
- Acton Boxborough High School (3-1) – The Colonials are playing very well and are led by Sam Witt and Dan Armstrong.
- Winchester High School (5-1) – Dropped a game to top ranked L-S today but the Sachems play Matt Suffradini in goal who is only a freshman and this should bode well for their future.
- Wellesley High School (3-1) – Big game against Dover-Sherborn today as Wellesley will look for the upset behind junior Mike Bomes and goalie Teddy Darcey.
- Marshfield High School (3-2) – A couple of tough early losses but Gavin Admirand and the Rams will look to turn things around.
- Billerica High School (4-2) – Gus Gobiel and Pat Quinn lead a very competitive Billerica squad.
- Catholic Memorial High School (2-4) – Another very good team that has to play a brutal schedule in the Catholic Conference.
- Chelmsford High School (6-0) – Jake Green and freshman Christian Gastonguay have the Lions with a perfect record so far this season.
First Team Out – Minnechaug Regional High School (6-0) – A huge game tonight against 12th ranked Longmeadow as Stephen Kane, Connor Moriarty and Andrew Fidalgo will look to help pull the upset.
ITHMA Player Profile – Wes Legare
High School: Worcester Academy
Grade: Junior – Class of 2019
GPA / SAT: 2.8 GPA
Position(s) Played: LB/DE/G
Height-Weight: 6’1” and 215 Pounds
Speed: 4.95 Forty Yard Dash Quickness: 4.42 Shuttle
2016 Football Stats:
Gym Stats: Bench 285, Squat 385
Other Sports Played:
Notes: Suite Sports – All State
ITHMA Player Profile – Mike Bernard
High School: St. John’s Shrewsbury High School
Grade: Junior – Class of 2018
GPA / SAT: 1200 SAT
Position(s) Played: RB/S
Height-Weight: 5’11” and 205 Pounds
Speed: 4.7 Forty Yard Dash Quickness:
2016 Football Stats:
Gym Stats: Bench 225, Squat 355, Deadlift 380
Other Sports Played:
College Interest: Stonehill