As the 2017 college football season approaches let’s take a look at 17 players with ties to Massachusetts who should play a significant role in their team’s success this coming season.
17. Mike Dunn – RB – Lafayette – Dennis-Yarmouth High School / Cheshire Academy – Dunn was third on the team in rushing yards last season so expect him to build on that this coming season.
16. Brian Dunlap – WR – Harvard – Natick High School – This could be a breakout season for Dunlap as a top wide receiver in the Ivy League.
15. Isaac Yiadom – DB – Boston College – Doherty Memorial High School – A big part of the Boston College defensive backfield this coming season.
14. Shane Leonard – OL – Boston College – Marshfield High School – Look for Leonard to get a significant amount of playing time on the Boston College offensive line this year.
13. Danny Dalton – TE – Penn State University – Marshfield High School – Will be in the mix for playing time at Penn State this fall.
12. Lukas Denis – DB – Boston College – Everett High School – Will compete for significant playing time in the Boston College defensive backfield.
11. Alex Marshall – TE – Florida State University – Andover High School / Brooks School / Bridgton Academy – The 6’7″ tight end could find his way on to the field for the Seminoles as a true freshman.
10. Shyheim Cullen – LB – Syracuse University – Lowell High School – Cullen was getting more playing time towards the end of last season so look for him to be on the field more this season.
9. Chris Lindstom – OL – Boston College – Shepherd Hill Regional High School – Will be a starter for the Eagles on the offensive line.
8. Lubern Figaro – S – Wisconsin University – Everett High School – Look for Figaro to be an important part of the Wisconsin defensive backfield this season.
7. Connor Strachan – LB – Boston College – St. Sebastian’s School – A fixture as a linebacker who is the heart of the BC defense.
6. Justin Yoon – K – Notre Dame – Milton Academy – Yoon has been a very dependable kicker for the Irish the last two seasons
5. Jon Baker – OL – Boston College – Millis High School – In 2016 as a junior Baker started in all 13 games at center for the Eagles.
4. Sean McKeon – TE – Michigan University – Shepherd Hill Regional High School – McKeon should build on solid playing time as a true freshman to a breakout sophomore season for the Wolverines.
3. Joe Gaziano – DL – Northwestern University – Xaverian Brothers High School – Gaziano emerged as a defensive star for Northwestern last season and should have a huge year this fall.
2. Maurice Hurst, Jr. – DL – Michigan University – Xaverian Brothers High School – A likely first round NFL draft pick who will dominate in the Big Ten this season.
1. Christian Wilkins – DL – Clemson University – Framingham High School / Suffield Academy (CT) – A likely first round NFL draft pick who will help Clemson try and win back-to-back NCAA championships.