Mass HS Football Class of 2019 – Playing the Safety Position (6/26/17)…

We have already seen Everett High School class of 2019 safety Lewis Cine  develop into a national recruit with offers already in hand from top schools including Louisville and the University of Florida. In the era of Hudl videos Lewis Cine is right up there with one of the most impressive videos we have watched and we have also gone to games to watch him play in person which further validates his scholarship offers from top college football programs. While Cine has received a lot of the attention of safeties being recruited from Massachusetts, let’s take a quick look at some of the other top class of 2019 prospects who will draw college interest playing this difficult position at such a high level. Let’s start with Xaverian Brothers class of 2019 standout athlete and safety Cooper Deveau who started on the top defense in the state as a sophomore last season. Deveau stands 5’10” and 165 pounds and he contributes in all aspects of the game for the Hawks on defense, as a receiver on offense and as one of the best kickoff and punt returners in the state. Look for Cooper Deveau to also blow up as a top class of 2019 recruit given his athleticism and his ability to contribute at such a high level all over the field. Let’s continue with Worcester Academy’s Zukudo Igwenagu  who stands 6’4″ and 205 pounds and recently received his first offer from Bryant University as he is a physical defensive back with top speed. Another top prospect at this position is Reading Memorial High School class of 2019 safety Patrick Conroy who has the unique ability to play both run and pass defense at a very high level. At 6’2″ and 190 pounds Conroy has a great motor and excellent speed and diagnoses plays quickly allowing him to help out on defense as needed. Another interesting class of 2019 prospect is Preston Santos of the Brooks School who is  a top wide receiver standing 6’5″ and 180 pounds but is also athletic enough to play safety in the defensive backfield as he runs well and has excellent hands. Doherty Memorial’s class of 2019 defensive back / safety Paul Yiadom could follow in his brother’s footsteps as Isaac Yiadom currently plays in the Boston College defensive backfield. At 6’1″ and 165 pounds Yiadom has good quickness and reads the quarterback well helping him to be a disruptive force on the defensive side of the ball. Look for all of these top safety prospects to find their way to play at Division 1 college football programs after two more years of high school football.

2017 Preseason Mass High School Football – Super 26 Team (6/24/17)…

With the approach of the 2017 Massachusetts high school football season let’s take a look at our ITHMA Super 26 preseason team. We will eventually be releasing all-league preseason teams for both the MIAA and the ISL. Also, keep an eye out for our MIAA and ISL team previews which will be released all summer long.

Offense:

Tackle – Scott Elliott – Holliston High School

Guard – Ben Bohnenberger – Mashpee High School

Center – Kyle Peck – Buckingham Browne and Nichols

Guard – Finn Dirstine – Lawrence Academy

Tackle – Pat Walsh – Wachusett Regional High School

Tight End – Pat Freiermuth – Brooks School

Wide Receiver – Cedric Gillette – Andover High School

Wide Receiver – Jake Bobo – Belmont Hill School

Wide Receiver – Anthony Norcia – Everett High School

Quarterback – Sal Frelick – Lexington High School

Running Back – Danny Abraham – Boston College High School

Defense:

Defensive End – Camden Gagnon – Governor’s Academy

Defensive Tackle – Ryan Betro – Lawrence Academy

Defensive End – Uche Ndukwe – Noble and Greenough School

Linebacker – Isaiah Likely – Everett High School

Linebacker – Will Bowen – Boston College High School

Linebacker – Bryce Shaw – Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School

Linebacker – Eric DeMayo – Peabody High School

Defensive Back – Jason Maitre – Everett High School

Defensive Back – Lewis Cine – Everett High School

Defensive Back – Jack McNeil – Marshfield High School

Defensive Back – Mike Sainristil – Everett High School

Special Teams:

Kicker / Punter – Gabe Desouza – North Andover High School

Kick Return – Devaun Ford – Mashpee High School

Kick Return – Brendan Ward – Marshfield High School

Punt Return – Quin Stott – Governor’s Academy

Mass High School Football Goes West Coast (6/23/17)….

With Milton Academy class of 2020 running back / linebacker Kalel Mullings picking up multiple west coast scholarship offers from UCLA and San Jose State (both as a running back) you now have a number of Massachusetts players with an opportunity to play college football out on the west coast. Former Newton South quarterback Austin Burton is already enrolled at UCLA and by all accounts has played well and could challenge for the starting position after current starter Josh Rosen moves on to the NFL. Deerfield Academy’s defensive end Dallas Hobbs will also be at Washington State this fall and could become a dominant force on their defensive line over the next few years. Class of 2020 Millis High School offensive lineman Kevin Pyne has also been offered by UCLA so it will be interesting to see if more Mass prospects end up considering to play out on the west coast. Great to see kids from Massachusetts getting top opportunities to play college football out on the west coast!

College Football Recruiting – Prospect Stats Or Athleticism? (6/23/17)…

All over the college football recruiting trail you hear about coaches who are only looking for high school players of a certain size or a certain 40 yard dash time. High school players are dropping out of other sports to focus solely on football with any offseason being used for lifting weights, getting faster or personal training sessions. Obviously there are some benefits to being both stronger and faster but you simply can not match up to a true athlete that plays multiple sports as he has so much more upside than a kid focusing in on only one sport. The State of Massachusetts has set the bar on this whole notion with extremely athletic players like Doug Flutie and Tom Brady reaching the pinnacle of success despite being written off as too small or too slow. The fact is that both Flutie and Brady were excellent multiple sport athletes that had a whole other level to their football abilities when they focused on only that sport. That is what college coaches should be looking for if they want to find the “difference makers” in their recruiting classes. Flutie was a three sport high school athlete from Natick who famously wore # 22 as he was recruited to Boston College as a defensive back before Head Coach Jack Bicknell put him in at quarterback in a lopsided game against Penn State. The Penn State coaches didn’t even know who Flutie was because he wasn’t listed on the BC depth chart that day. Everyone said he was too small to play quarterback but he was a tremendous athlete who had a unique competitive edge that you get playing sports. Tom Brady is another three sport high school athlete who also has this edge that pushes these type of well-rounded athletes to excel to the best of their abilities. Brady goes from a back-up quarterback at Michigan (and a sixth round NFL draft pick by the New England Patriots) to the greatest player to ever play the game of football. A prospect that plays football followed by basketball / hockey in the winter and baseball / lacrosse / track in the spring may not be as good at lifting weights or running a 40 yard dash but these are the kids colleges should be looking to recruit as they have so much more upside when they focus solely on football. Most college prospects won’t even play their freshman season so by the time they enter their second year these athletic players will have caught and surpassed the football only crowd in terms of lifting and running statistics. If we want a more current example let’s take a look at Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow who is 5’11” and 180 pounds and was a walk-on player who ended up being one of the best players on the field in the National Championship game against Alabama. Renfrow, like Brady and Flutie, was also an excellent baseball player in addition to playing football and just continues to improve as he plays more college football. This is also what led Boston College to recruit Andover three sport athlete EJ Perry in their 2017 recruiting class. Perry is a top quarterback recruit but he was also an excellent basketball and baseball player in high school. Perry was also offered a scholarship to play baseball at BC. So to all of those coaches evaluating recruits at their college camps this summer remember that sometimes the best players are not those you are watching today but instead are those kids who will be even better tomorrow because they are the true multi-sport athletes with so much more upside than some of the single sport players.

Boston College – Athletic Building Boom (6/22/17)….

Anybody traveling in the area around Boston College’s main campus can’t help but notice the massive sports facilities actively being developed. Shea Field adjacent to the BC football stadium has been leveled and the new indoor football practice facility is now actively under construction.

Future Football Complex

This is all part of a $200 million dollar investment by BC into their overall athletic facilities. Down Lake Street on their Brighton campus a massive fourteen acre baseball and softball complex is also actively under construction and these new facilities should be ready for the 2018 seasons. The new baseball stadium will have 1,000 seats and the new softball field will have 300 seats.

Future Baseball Complex

The indoor facility for football is expected to be completed by July of 2018 and the lack of such a year-round football facility has been a top complaint from BC coaches for many years running. To successfully recruit top football and baseball prospects to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) you simply must have these kind of modern sports facilities. UConn and Syracuse are two competing northeast Division 1 football programs that already have year-round indoor football facilities and they are also two schools that recruit many of the same football prospects as BC does. Bryant University in Rhode Island actively promotes its brand new indoor football facility as the best in the northeast so it forces other Division 1 programs like BC to spend millions of dollars to try and keep up. Look for these new football and baseball facilities on the BC campus to be a huge advantage in recruiting for these two sports as they should make BC much more competitive in terms of what top recruits expect as part of choosing to attend a top Division 1 athletic program.

Mass High School ITHMA 2017 All-State Baseball Teams (6/21/17)…

With the conclusion of the 2017 Mass High School baseball season let’s now take a look at our ITHMA All-State teams.

First Team:

Starting Five Pitchers:

Ian Seymour -| Sr. | Saint John’s Shrewsbury

Mike Vasil – | Jr. | Boston College High School

Nate Espelin – | Jr. | Belmont High School

Jack Andrews – | Sr.| Braintree High School

Matt Stansky – | Sr. | Saint John’s Shrewsbury

Catcher: Alex Kennedy – | Jr. | Braintree High School

First Base: Jack Kennedy – | Sr. | Barnstable High School

Second Base: Charlie Auditore – | Sr. | Walpole High School

Shortstop: Jake Gustin – | Jr. | Peabody High School

Third Base: Tyler MacGregor – | Jr. | Saint John’s Preparatory High School

Outfield: Justin Files – | Sr. | Braintree High School

Outfield: Frank DiOrio – | Sr. | Saint John’s Preparatory High School

Outfield: Jarrod Marifiote – | Jr. | – Framingham High School

Second Team:

Starting Five Pitchers:

Nick Dombkowski – | Sr. | West Springfield High School

Brian Gaughan – | Sr. | Walpole High School

Sebastian Keane – | So. | North Andover High School

Steve Hajjar – | Jr. | Central Catholic High School

John Grady – | Jr. | Newton North High School

Catcher: Jack Gardner – | Sr. | Saint John’s Shrewsbury

First Base: Andrew Selima – | Sr. |  Saint John’s Preparatory High School

Second Base: Drew DeMartino – | Jr. | Taconic High School

Shortstop: Sal Frelick – | Jr. | Lexington High School

Third Base: Ryan Abel – | Sr. | Taconic High School

Outfield: Henry Funaro – | Sr.| Lowell High School

Outfield: Vicente Mendoza – | Sr. | Xaverian Brothers High School

Outfield: Kevin O’Brien – | Sr. | Braintree High School

Third Team:

Starting Five Pitchers:

David Barnard -| So. | Lynn Classical High School

Owen Langan – | Jr. | Xaverian Brothers High School

Izaiya Mestre – | Sr. | Taconic High School

Henry Weycker – | So. | Wellesley High School

Jake Noviello – | Sr. | Franklin High School

Catcher:  Cal Christofori – | Sr. | Belmont High School

First Base:  Sean Burke – | Jr. | St. John’s Shrewsbury

Second Base:  Jensel Soto -| Jr. | Beverly High School

Shortstop:  Dillon Koster – | Jr. | Woburn High School

Third Base: Nick Carpenter – | Sr. | Mashpee High School

Outfield:   P.J. Barry – | Sr. | St. Peter Marian High School

Outfield: Corey DiLoreto – | Sr. | Reading High School

Outfield: Ari Purdy – | Sr. |  Mashpee High School

 

Jason Maitre – Everett High School Class of 2018 Talks With ITHMA (6/20/17)…

Jason Maitre of Everett High School is a versatile football player who sees playing time as a defensive back, as a wide receiver and as an elusive kick return man on special teams. He was a big part of Everett’s Division 1 Super Bowl Championship last season and he and his teammates will now look to take this coming season week by week as they try and get back to the top of the mountain. Jason Maitre also recently announced that he has committed to play football at Boston College following his upcoming senior season at Everett High School. This is a huge recruiting win for Boston College as they try and keep the top Massachusetts football recruits from leaving the state and by getting Maitre to commit they definitely show that they are identifying and keeping top talent here in Massachusetts. Maitre attended a prospect camp at BC where he played well and this was followed up with an invitation to visit the BC campus where he was officially offered a scholarship. He had initially been contacted by BC Coach Rich Gunnell following Everett’s Division 1 North Finals win over Andover High School and he subsequently was contacted by BC Coach Brian White. He also says he has established a great relationship with the BC coaching staff and says he loves playing football and will play whatever position the coaches need him to. On his current Everett team Maitre lists teammates Anthony Norcia (WR), Lewis Cine (DB), Mike Sainristil (DB/WR), and Jake Wilcox (QB) as some of the top competitors he goes up against every day in practice. Many of his Everett teammates have also received college scholarship offers and Cine and Sainristil also hold offers from Boston College for the recruiting class of 2019. Jason Maitre is a huge addition to the Boston College recruiting class of 2018 and he should represent Massachusetts very well at the next level following what should be another very exciting year at Everett High School.

Some Key September 2017 MIAA High School Football Games (6/19/17)…

Taking a look at the September schedules of some of the teams ranked in the early 2017 ITHMA MIAA Football poll and you quickly realize that there are some “must see” games. Let’s take a look at ten of the best:

(4) Xaverian Brothers @ (1) Everett High School – Saturday September 9th at 2:30 PM. A rematch of last year’s Division 1 Super Bowl is a pretty good way to start off the 2017 season as both teams have a number of Division 1 prospects.

(1) Everett High School @ (2) St. John’s Prep – Saturday September 23rd at 4:00 PM. Two of the top teams in the state will clash at St. John’s newly renovated football stadium.

(9) Bridgewater-Raynham @ (4) Xaverian Brothers – Friday September 15th at 7:00 PM. Two physical teams meet in Westwood in a key Division 1 game.

(2) St. John’s Prep @ (8) Central Catholic High School – Friday September 15th at 7:00 PM. Two of the top quarterbacks in the state go head to head with SJP’s Mike Yarin and Central Catholic’s Bret Edwards.

(4) Xaverian Brothers @ (6) Catholic Memorial High School – Friday September 29th at 7:00 PM. A huge Catholic Conference clash with two of the best defenses in the state going head to head.

(7) Marshfield High School @ (3) BC High – Friday September 15th at 7:00 PM. Marshfield will look to prove early on in the 2017 football season that they can compete with other top teams.

(15) Falmouth High School @ (7) Marshfield High School – Friday September 22nd at 7:00 PM. Falmouth goes on the road with their triple option running attack against a very good Marshfield team.

(10) Brockton High School @ (11) Lexington High School – Friday September 8th at 7:00 PM. Quarterback Sal Frelick and Lexington’s offense will have to score points against a very tough Brockton defense.

(24) Braintree High School @ (21) Mansfield High School – Friday September 15th at 7:00 PM. An early test to see if either Braintree or Mansfield can move up in the rankings.

(23) Attleboro High School @ (14) King Philip High School – Friday September 22nd at 7:00 PM. An early challenge for King Philip as they look to defend their Super Bowl championship.

 

David Barnard of Lynn Classical Baseball Talks With ITHMA (6/18/17)…

The Lynn Classical High School baseball team is coming off a very impressive 2017 season in which they had only one regular season loss and earned the top seed in the Division 2 North bracket. One of the top players for the Rams this year was sophomore right-handed pitcher/first baseman David Barnard who finished the regular season on the mound with a 5-1 record and a 2.63 ERA while striking out 38 opposing hitters. Batting out of the cleanup spot in the Lynn Classical lineup Barnard posted a .315 batting average while driving in 17 RBIs. At 6’0″ and 230 pounds Barnard uses his physical size to throw a top fastball while also mixing in changeups and a very effective curveball to keep opposing hitters off balance. Barnard says the toughest game that Lynn Classical played this season was his complete game win over Peabody in which he also drove in the winning run and their top moment as a team was winning the Clancy Tournament championship. Barnard says that Boston College has reached out to his high school coach but for now he will focus on improving his game in summer baseball playing for the Lynn Legion team as well as the Academy Tigers in AAU ball. Also an excellent student with a 3.5 GPA look for David Barnard and Lynn Classical to have two very successful seasons in his junior and senior years and for him to then move on to a top college baseball program.

Brooks School – Class of 2018 and Class of 2019 (6/18/17)….

The Bishops of the Brooks School are coming off an ISL championship year in which they finished with a 7-2 record. This year the Bishops are poised to be one of the best teams in the NEPSAC with an offense that will spread the ball around to multiple weapons. Led by their dynamic pass catching tight end Pat Freiermuth and quarterback Seamus Lambert the Bishops have a number of top football prospects as well as two very good basketball players who are also stand out receivers in Justin Connolly and Preston Santos.

2018 Prospects:

Patrick Freiermuth – TE – 6’6” and 240 pounds (Committed to Penn State)

Jaylen Cromwell – DB – 5’9” and 170 pounds.

Seamus Lambert – QB – 6’0” and 185 pounds.

 

Terrell Brown – WR/ATH – 6’2” and 178 pounds – @TheMrFleeky

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Justin Connolly – WR/TE – 6’7” – @jconz23

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Connor Breen – DB – 6’1” and 170 pounds.

 

2019 Prospects 

Preston Santos – WR/ATH – 6’6” and 200 pounds – @Preston45396292

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Anthony Burnett – OL/DL – 6’2” and 310 pounds.