Top 50 Massachusetts: Recruit Rankings / Database…

Massachusetts High School Football is often thought of as a wasteland for college football recruiting. Many promote the view that Massachusetts lags other states in terms of player development and producing high end college football players. The 2017 graduation year has produced a very strong class and will put several Massachusetts players into major college football programs ranging from FBS to FCS. Here are fifty of the top senior players with ties to Massachusetts.

  1. AJ Dillon – Lawrence Academy – Committed to University of Michigan- Dillon, simply put, is a man among boys. As a junior won ISL MVP and received several high FBS offers from teams such as Notre Dame and Mississippi State. Dillon plays running back and linebacker for LA and he wants to play RB at the next level but could also translate as a staunch linebacker for the Maize and Blue.
  2. Alex Marshall – Andover HS, Brooks, Bridgton Academy – Committed to Florida State University – Once a blue chip lacrosse prospect committed to UNC, Marshall ultimately turned towards football and the tight end position. Before committing to FSU he had over 25 offers to play football including major programs such as Ohio State and Alabama. Marshall has a 6′ 7″ frame with room to add bulk and excel at Florida State.
  3. Blake Gallagher -St. Sebastians – Committed to Northwestern- Gallagher is another High School RB/LB who is going to translate to LB at the next level. Gallagher had multiple power 5 offers and will look to compete for playing time at Northwestern. Gallagher is also a great athlete and one of the top baseball prospects in the state but looks as though he will only focus on football.
  4. EJ Perry – Andover HS – Committed to Boston College – The state’s best quarterback prospect and another great athlete. Perry is also a star basketball player and baseball player and he had an offer to play baseball at Boston College but turned it down. Perry looks to rewrite the state record books this season and then enroll early at BC to compete for the starting job next year.
  5. John Dean – Xaverian(2016), Choate – Committed to Yale – Dean started as a sophomore LB on a Xaverian defense loaded with players like Joe Gaziano and played ahead of current Houston Cougar Daundre Holmes-Wilfork. Dean was then hurt in his sophomore campaign and also missed most of his junior year with an injury before returning as a senior to be one of the top RB/LB players in the state. If it was not for injury, Dean would be on his way to a power 5 school but instead Yale stepped in and offered him. Do not be surprised if Dean is an all Ivy LB in the years to come.
  6. Noah Gray – Leominster HS – Committed to Duke University – Gray played QB for Leominster for the bulk of his high school career being a superior athlete. At the next level he will play TE or WR at Duke and could be a very good pass catcher for years to come as shown in his recent game versus Algonquin with four touchdown receptions. With the transition to a pass catcher at Duke, Gray will only improve and could become a force in the ACC.
  7. Coby Tippet – Xaverian (2016) Chesire Academy – Uncommitted -Tippet is a football player and a game changer. His father is in the NFL Hall of Fame and although he did not get his father’s size he got his football ability. Tippet was everything at Xaverian last year and was easily one of the best players in the state. Tippet has no formal offers but he will play big time football. Tippet visited Alabama, Georgia and Auburn over the summer and is also close to Iowa as it is his father’s alma-mater. Tippet is a player that will contribute at the next level with the only question being where he will land.
  8. Ifeatu Melifonwu – Grafton HS – Committed to Syracuse University – Melifonwu is a great athlete that has three FBS offers from BC, UCONN, and Syracuse. His brother is currently a senior at U Conn and he will follow in his brother’s footsteps to play FBS football. Ifeatu will most likely be a DB at the next level.
  9. Austin Burton – BC High,Newton South,West Orange HS (FLA) -Committed to UCLA- Burton was a prolific passer while at Newton South and was closing in on a Troy Flutie’s state passing touchdown record. Burton then transferred to West Orange to see if he could follow in the footsteps of Auburn commit Woody Barrett. Burton had proved at Newton South that with good talent in WR Anthony Denitto (a Harvard track athlete) and TE Sasha Hoban (several offers to play college football) he could put up big numbers. When he got to West Orange multiple receivers were expelled and quit the team leaving Burton shorthanded this season. Burton is the only UCLA QB commit for 2017 class so this will put him in a great position to replace current UCLA QB Josh Rosen after next season.
  10. Cal Flanders – Xaverian – Committed to Brown University – Flanders is a strong DE with a quick burst and will excel in the Ivy League. Flanders will either play DE or as an OLB at Brown.
  11. AJ Ryan – Xaverian – Committed to Brown University- The second Xaverian Brown commit will play linebacker and continue to play his physical style. For Xaverian he also plays TE but lacks traditional size to play TE at the Division 1 level and will either focus on defense or play an H-Back type position.
  12. Sasha Hoban – Newton South HS – Committed to Yale – Hoban is a big TE who held offers from BC, Fordham, and also many Ivy offers. Hoban was first offered by BC in the spring months before his former QB Austin Burton received an offer and one would think if Burton had stayed committed Hoban would have followed. With Burton’s de-commitment from BC Hoban remains a question mark as to where he will end up.
  13. Cory Ryder – Nantucket HS – Committed to Holy Cross – Arguably the best lineman in the Bay State, Ryder has a slew of FCS offers along with interest from FBS programs. Ryder is a very good student and had several offers from Ivy schools and even a walk-on offer from Notre Dame. Since his commitment he has visited UMASS and BC and could jump to an FBS school if a scholarship offer is extended.
  14. Allan Rappleyea – Milton Academy – Committed to Wake Forest- Rappleyea is a large OL who has used his size to compete in the ISL. Rappleyea will have to put on muscle and down the road will look to contribute in a power 5 conference for the Deacons.
  15. Ryan Reagan – Duxbury HS – Committed to Harvard University – Reagan is a true game changer and will look to continue to be a vertical threat at Harvard. He may have gone to a bigger FBS power 5 school if he had stayed healthy. Either way Reagan is a tremendous FBS talent and Harvard is truly gaining a diamond in the rough.
  16. Bobby Maimaron – Duxbury HS – Uncommitted – QB Maimaron received a FBS offer from App State after his junior season and since then has done nothing short of impressive with his on the field play. Also a very talented lacrosse player look for Maimaron to play at an Ivy or NESCAC school.
  17. Jordan McAfee – Everett HS – Committed to UCONN – McAfee has had a roller coaster high school career starting as a sophomore QB at a perrenial state power where he fell just short of a state title. McAfee then missed most of his junior campaign due to illness but picked up a UCONN offer after receiving a BC offer as a sophomore. McAfee has all the tools to be a FBS QB and with his size McAfee will have a world of opportunity at UCONN.
  18. Jack McGowan – Catholic Memorial – Committed to Harvard University – McGowan could be the most underrated prospect in the 2017 class. McGowan has a Luke Kuechly type sense of the field and is always near the ball. Also a good athlete he had a nice catch and run for a TD against Malden on Friday night. McGowan will be someone to keep an eye on in the upcoming years in the Ivy league.
  19. Kevin Mensah – Holy Name, Shepard Hill HS – Uncommitted – Mensah is one of the biggest names in the state but is having a rocky senior season. The MIAA had suspended Mensah for transferring schools and this forced Mensah to go to court so he could play for Shepard Hill. Mensah now has a limited opportunity to impress coaches for a Division 1 offer. Mensah is a great talent and unfortunately the MIAA caused him to have a rocky beginning to his senior year. Mensah has one FCS offer from Bryant but give him some time on the field behind a good O-line and the offers could be rolling in by the end of the season. Look for Mensah to pick up several FCS offers and for U MICH or BC to offer Mensah as they have both shown interest.
  20. Hunter Long – Exeter, Deerfield Academy – Boston College- Long who is prepping at Deerfield, will look to compete for playing time right away at BC. Long has a big body for a pass catching TE and BC is a program that wants to use their TEs in their offensive system.
  21. Michael Silva – Milton Academy – Harvard University – Silva has been playing at the ISL varsity level since his freshman year. He will most likely contribute as a scat back and on special teams at Harvard. Silva is a dynamic playmaker that is good in space and Harvard will be sure to take advantage of that skill.
  22. Scott Murphy – Billerica HS – Uncommitted – Murphy started playing football as a junior and broke out last season recording 14.5 sacks. Murphy has received offers from Bryant and Marist and with his stellar play look for Murphy to pick up bigger FCS offers or take a prep year and look to play FBS football. Either way, Murphy is a tremendously talented prospect as a DE/OLB.
  23. Alec Lindstrom – Shepard Hill- Committed to Boston College- Lindstrom will follow in his brother’s footsteps and enroll at BC. Lindstrom will continue to bulk up and look for playing time at BC along with his brother Chris who has started early in his Eagle career.
  24. Jake Byczco – Lawrence Academy – Committed to UCONN – Another TE from a talented Bay State class, Byczco had offers from FCS schools but chose to take his prowess to the FBS level.
  25. Cole McCubrey – West Boylston HS – Committed to UMASS – McCubrey will be a LB at the next level despite being one of the state’s most productive RBs. The same burst and quickness will help him diagnose plays as he heads to the next level.
  26. Dan Gemmell – Andover HS – Committed to Brown University – Gemmell is an explosive WR with good size to be a productive player at the FCS level. His speed and size will allow him to play quickly at Brown.
  27. Jake Guidone – Xaverian – Committed to Dartmouth – One of the state’s unheralded OL prospects with a solid playing style. Often gets over looked playing on a talented Xaverian team but will compete for playing time at Dartmouth over the next couple of years.
  28. Adam Buchanan – BB&N – Uncommitted – TE Buchanan seemed to have committed to Holy Cross via a social media post but it has since been deleted. He holds offers from several Patriot league schools and will be a good get for an FCS team. At 6 foot 4 he could be a pass catching tight end at the FCS level.
  29. Mehki Henderson – Xaverian – Uncommitted – Henderson is a four year starter at Xaverian and has been a part of two consecutive state championships playing as a lockdown corner. He holds three FCS offers from CCSU, Sacred Heart and Bryant. It will be interesting to see where Henderson ends up and would not be surprised if a FBS team picks him up as a great football player who may lack ideal size or speed.
  30. Blake Hill – Milford HS – Yale University – Another RB/LB who will most likely translate to a LB at the next level. Hill is a physical football player who has been one of the best players in the state over the past season. He held multiple Ivy offers before choosing Yale.
  31. Patrick Watson – Boston College High School – Uncommitted – OL Watson is a beast in the MIAA. His size and athleticism are huge plusses to have as a tackle in high school. While no offers have been extended his way, he has interest from BC, UMASS and FCS schools. Watson is definitely someone who will play college football at a high level at either guard or tackle.
  32. James LoChirco – Mystic Valley HS – Uncommitted – LoChirco received the first division one offer in his school’s history as a linebacker. LoChirco is a linebacker that diagnoses and reacts to plays well and UMASS is definitely an option for LoChirco.
  33. Mark Mulvaney – Holliston HS – Uncommitted- Mulvaney is one of the state’s best offensive lineman. A strong and sturdy athlete, Mulvaney has been offered by Columbia. Mulvaney will play at the next level and is similar to former Marshfield player Shane Leonard who is currently a BC offensive lineman.
  34. Greg Wood – Braintree HS – Committed to Bryant – Wood is a talented lineman and powerful player who excels on both sides of the ball. If Wood had more size he would likely be a FBS player but Bryant will get a player with a good motor.
  35. Declan Burt – Saint John’s Prep – Uncommitted – Has offers from Columbia and Bryant. Another athletic TE/DE combination, has good blood lines with his brother a TE at BC. It is unsure if he will be a pass catcher or disruptive defensive player at the next level.
  36. Connor Degenhardt – Westford Academy – Holy Cross – Degenhardt certainly has all of the tools to be the best QB in the class as he has a good frame (that will need bulking up) and also a great arm. Look for Degenhardt as a project that you will hear about in a few years down the road at Holy Cross.
  37. Kingsley Umemba – BB&N -Uncommitted – Recently picked up an offer from Georgetown. An athletic DE that will continue to draw attention as the season goes on.
  38. Austin Pyne – Cushing, Lawrence Academy-Uncommitted- Pyne is an interesting case as his recruitment appeared to be on the rise when he had said he was offered by Auburn University last year. He has since been offered by Villanova and Sacred Heart. If the offer from Auburn is still on the table one would expect Pyne to take it but only the future will tell.
  39. Tank Walker – Springfield Central HS- Uncommitted – A high flying QB at the high school level, Walker’s future most likely lies on the defensive side of the ball. Look for Walker to pick up FCS offers after the season.
  40. Anthony Dandini – Leominster HS- Uncommitted – Dandini picked up his first offer from Bryant but has not yet committed. He plays well as an aggressive OLB/FB. At the college level he will most likely play OLB on defense but with the infusion of H-back’s into college offenses he could also play on the offensive side of the ball.
  41. Max Beati – Andover HS -Uncommitted – Beati has size at 6′ 8″ and over 300 pounds so colleges love his build. Beati recently visited Yale and look for him to find a home to play college football by the new year.
  42. Broghean McGovern – Haverhill HS – Uncommittted – McGovern is a 6′ 5″ QB and picked up an offer from Bryant last winter. McGovern is in a run heavy offense with limited plays to prove he is worthy of a scholarship offer. Colleges love size especially at the QB position and McGovern will definitely get a flyer taken on him at the FCS level.
  43. Pete Kendall – Nobles and Greenough HS – Committed to UPENN -Kendall had several FCS offers along with an FBS offer from UMASS. Kendall has bloodlines as his father played in the NFL and also size at 6’6″. Look for him to be a good blocking TE first and also contribute in the passing game.
  44. Coreese Everett – Springfield Central HS -Uncommitted – A versatile athlete who is dynamic in open space and reportedly runs a 4.4 forty. Everett and fellow teammate Walker are a dynamic duo and should expect Everett to get FCS looks after his season or possibly a prep year.
  45. Derek Laundry – Billerica HS -Uncommitted – Laundry is a powerful FB/LB workhouse for Billerica on both offense and defense. He is a good athlete and will play football in college.
  46. Devon Piccinin – Xaverian – Committed to Bentley – A powerful runner in between the tackles. Although Piccinin lacks ideal size to play at the division one level, he could contribute right away at Bentley like former Hawk Peter Thorbahn.
  47. David Salazar -Newton North HS – Uncommitted- Salazar is a good competitor although a bit undersized for the DE position. Salazar would excel at the division two level as a DE/OLB.
  48. Colin Lama – Xaverian – Uncommitted – A key player in the Hawk’s defense for the past two seasons, Lama is a physical beast and plays like a man among boys. He lacks ideal size but is a smart player and could play at either FCS or Division 2 level.
  49. Spencer Kendall – Lexington HS – Uncommitted- A 6’5” WR has benefitted from the Lexington run and gun offense under Sal Frelick. Kendall is a WR with a big frame but needs to add muscle, bulk up and add explosiveness. A prep year would do wonders for Kendall who could see his stock soar towards the like of Belmont Hill’s junior WR Jake Bobo.
  50. Sam Laurent – Xaverian – Uncommitted – Laurent has come late to the scene but is a presence at 6’3” WR/DB and reportedly runs a sub 4.5 forty with a 33” vertical. Laurent plays for Xaverian and if he does well down the stretch to the playoffs he could receive a late offer. If not, Laurent could prep or choose to play at a level less than FBS/FCS.