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Recruiting Notes: Interest for Newsome building

December, 30, 2012
Ansonia (Conn.) High School running back Arkeel Newsome is used to being pursued. If opposing defensive players aren't after him, then it's college football coaches who are trying to chase him down.

Newsome, who completed his junior season by leading Ansonia to the Class S state championship Dec. 8, may be the most sought-after recruit in New England next season. He received scholarship offers from the University of Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts last summer, and that list of offers will certainly grow.

“In the last week Rutgers, Penn State and Syracuse have been in,” Ansonia coach Tom Brockett said the week before Christmas. “He's even getting some interest in the state of Florida -– Florida and Florida State. I would guess between now and May he'll have another 15-20 [offers].

“Almost everyone wants him to carry the ball as a tailback. He has the whole skill-set that great backs have: speed, vision and hands. He'd be a great receiver if he wasn't a tailback. Some college is going to be very fortunate to have him in uniform.”

Newsome made plenty of headlines as a sophomore, when he set Connecticut's single-season rushing record by gaining 3,763 yards. Some media outlets listed him as the nation's leading rusher. Others had him at No. 2.

He gained 2,245 yards and and 34 touchdowns on 227 carries as a junior, when Ansonia stretched the program's winning streak to 28 games by beating North Branford 59-26 in the Class S championship game. He set the state record for career rushing touchdowns in the Class S semifinals, and will enter his senior season with 119 rushing TDs.

Newsome said Boston College, Connecticut, Florida, Miami, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Florida and Syracuse are the schools he hears from the most.

“I like making people miss,” he said. “It's a little early to say anything about recruiting. I'm happy with the two offers I have right now. UConn was the first school to offer. I can definitely see myself there.

“I don't know too much about UMass. I haven't seen them play.”

If there's a knock against Newsome it may be his size (5-foot-8, 180 pounds). Brockett insists colleges aren't concerned.

“Not one college who has seen him in person has expressed concern with his size,” Brockett said. “He carries his weight very well.

“He's a physical back. He's a tough, durable back who doesn't come off the field. “

Newsome, who also plays defensive back, isn't lacking speed. He said his best time in the 40-yard dash is 4.49 seconds.

Still, Brockett said Newsome's vision and ability to change direction is what separates him from most backs.

“You have a lot of kids with speed, but those players who can cut on a dime are hard to find,” he said. “Arkeel is humble, he's a hard-worker and he's a great weight room kid. Just by talking to him you'd never know he's the best player in Connecticut.”

LaSalle Academy (Bristol, R.I.) running back Josh Morris ended his recruitment last week, when he decided to play Ivy League football at Brown. Morris also had offers from Yale, Bryant, Monmouth and Valparaiso. In addition, he had a preferred walk-on option at Northwestern.

Morris said remaining close to home was among the factors that weighed in Brown's favor.

“At Brown I'm going to be able to get in the weight room right away, get in the meetings right away and meet all the players right away,” he said. “By the time camp comes in the summer I'll be tuning my craft rather that learning it.

“By me going to Brown it carried many great perks. The coaching staff is the best staff I've met. They're ready to make me the best player I could possibly be. Not all of us can go to the NFL. If I'm fortunate enough to then that's great, but if I don't I'll have a Brown University degree. And to me that's priceless.

Morris was Rhode Island's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011, when he rushed for 1,278 yards and 16 touchdowns on 134 carries. He also caught nine passes for 175 yards, and averaged 39.8 yards per kickoff return.

He was bothered by an ankle injury for much of last season, but still rushed for 1,442 yards (8.1 yards per carry). Morris injured his ankle during a victory over South Kingstown on Oct. 5, but scored three touchdowns in a 41-24 triumph over Bridgewater-Raynam the following week.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien turned to New England to fill his quarterback shortage. Salisbury (Conn.) School QB Austin Whipple and Worcester Academy quarterback D.J. Crook were each offered – and accepted – preferred walk-on positions in mid-December.

Crook threw for 8,126 yards and 77 touchdowns at Barnstable High School before he enrolled at Worcester Academy last fall.

“He's a hard-worker and he wanted to play at the highest level he could,” Worcester Academy coach Tony Johnson said. “He ran the ball in my system more than he's used to, but he really improved his release. I think they have only four quarterbacks, so he'll get evaluated.”

Whipple's father Mark was the head coach at the University of Massachusetts when the Minutemen won the Division I-AA national championship in 1998. O'Brien was the inside linebackers coach at Brown in 1994, Mark Whipple's first year as the head coach there. He is currently the quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns.

Whipple led Salisbury to a 29-26 victory over a Jonathan DiBiaso-led Phillips Exeter team in the Jack Etter Bowl last November. DiBiaso, who played at Everett High School, will suit up for Dartmouth next season.

Crook ran for two TDs in a 27-21 loss to Salisbury last season.

Everett offensive tackle John Montelus, the top-ranked recruit from Massachusetts in the Class of 2013, will begin practice for Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Monday. The game will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio and can be seen on NBC.

Montelus has committed to Notre Dame.

Xaverian defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. can be seen in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl one day earlier. The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl will be played Friday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will be televised by the NFL Network.

Hurst, the No. 2 recruit in Massachusetts, has committed to Michigan.

Recruiting information about high school or prep school players in New England can be sent to Roger Brown at

Recruiting Notes: All eyes on Millis' Baker

October, 16, 2012
U.S. Senator John Kerry used to live in Millis, which is also known for the Millis Lights and a ginger ale company now known as Canada Dry.

The next big thing from Millis? It will likely be Jon Baker, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound two-way lineman who plays for the Millis-Hopedale co-op program.

Baker, a junior, picked up a scholarship offer from the University of Massachusetts –- his first offer -– last May. Offers from Boston College and Connecticut came shortly thereafter.

“Harvard has also offered him in the way that they can,” Millis-Hopedale coach Dale Olmstead said. “They'll support his application is the way they put it.”

Baker has been a varsity starter since the first day of his freshman season. He played center that year, but has since been moved to guard. He lines up at noseguard as well.

“All four of the schools are great schools,” Baker said. “Obviously education is important, but so is football. Right now everything is still an option. It's still pretty early.”

According to Olmstead, Baker is being recruited to play one of the interior offensive line positions. Baker said he would prefer to play offensive line, but hasn't ruled out playing defense in college either.

“BC has shown the most interest,” Olmstead said. “Coach [Sean] Devine is pretty thorough. They want to make him their center. They want to make him their poster child because he's a 4.0 student interested in pre-med.”

Baker, 17, popped on the radar after a strong showing at BC's camp last summer. That's where the Harvard coaches first noticed him.

Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid is scheduled to be at Millis-Hopedale on Monday. Michigan and Stanford are among the other schools that have shown strong interest. He attended a camp at Virginia this summer, and visited Michigan as well.

“Michigan [assistant coach Curt Mallory] has been by three times,” Olmstead said. “They're very interested in him. Stanford is a strong academic school with good football, so that might be a good fit. After the season I expect every school in the country to come calling.”

Baker said he has no timetable for committing to a school, but added that he would prefer to have the decision made before the start of his senior season.

“That would be nice,” he said. “I'll make it when it feels right. There's no hurry.”

Mass. appeal: No one can accuse the University of Massachusetts of ignoring local talent. The Minutemen extended an offer to St. John's Prep junior running back Jon Thomas on Tuesday night. Thomas ran for 233 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-8 victory over St. John's (Shrewsbury) last weekend.

Five New England players from the Class of 2013 have committed to UMass: quarterback Todd Stafford (The Brunswick School, Greenwich, Conn.), defensive end Peter Ngobidi (Catholic Memorial), defensive tackle Terrel Correia (Nantucket), offensive tackle Tyson Henderson (St. George's School, Middletown, R.I.) and defensive end Cole Ormsby (Windsor High School, Windsor, Conn.).

UMass has made an offer to at least one Class of 2013 player in four of the six New England states.

Footnotes: Twelve players from Connecticut (Class of 2013) have committed to Division I schools. Massachusetts currently has eight Division I commitments in the Class of 2013...The highest-rated uncommitted player from New England is Tabor Academy's Tevin Montgomery, a three-star defensive tackle who has narrowed his choices to Boston College, Vanderbilt and Virginia...Three-star wide receiver David Coggins (Sacred Heart, Waterbury, Conn.) said Massachusetts, Stony Brook, Temple and Illinois are the schools showing the most interest. Coggins decommitted from Boston College last month.

Recruiting information regarding high school or prep school players in New England can be sent to Roger Brown at

Hurst Jr.: Michigan choice 'Not that difficult'

June, 2, 2012
Xaverian defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. committed to the University of Michigan on Saturday afternoon, while on an unofficial visit to the campus. He is now the fifth player from Massachusetts in the past two years to make a pledge to a Big Ten school, joining BB&N's Eric Olson (Northwestern); Catholic Memorial's Armani Reeves and Cam Williams (Ohio State); and Lawrence Academy's Marcus Grant, who signed with Iowa in February 2011 but has since transferred to Boston College.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Hurst chose the Wolverines after having previously made unofficial visits to Virginia, NC State, Duke, North Carolina and Michigan State. He also attended Ohio State's spring game in April.

Hurst, a Canton resident, spoke with Friday night from Ann Arbor to talk about his commitment.

[+] EnlargeMaurice Hurst
Brendan Hall for ESPN.comMaurice Hurst Jr. (11) said, "At first I thought I was gonna commit to BC, then I thought I was gonna go to Virginia. Then Michigan came along, and I knew this was the school I wanted to go to."
Deciding factors: "The academic support is really great. All of the people in that building are really well put together. They've set up a program for all football players to not only graduate, but also have a job opportunity after football. Another big thing was the strength and conditioning coach [Aaron Wellman], he's a really great guy who knows what he's talking about, just very focused on injury prevention, and just keeping players fresh and healthy for the season.

"Meeting with coach [Brady] Hoke was probably the best part. He's trying to really make things family-oriented. He really cares about all the players as individuals. That was really big for me. It's about the whole package going there."

On the difficulty of his decision: "Not that difficult. After coming in, there was just that feeling, 'What if I went somewhere else?' or 'What if I committed when I thought I could go to another school?' At first I thought I was gonna commit to BC, then I thought I was gonna go to Virginia. Then Michigan came along, and I knew this was the school I wanted to go to."

How he fits into the program: "They're losing lot of guys [on the defensive line] next year, so I'm probably gonna get just the sophomores when I get there to compete for a job. They see me as nose tackle and a 3-technique, moving around on the field. Most of our defense is 4-3 base, and that’s how they run their defense. It's complex, but basically I'll be playing at nose and 3-technique."

On the amount of Bay Staters heading to top-tier Midwestern programs in the past two years (Everett junior offensive tackle John Montelus is also committed to Notre Dame): "It's really great, but I also think it's sad that all of us are from this area and none of us are going to BC. For Massachusetts players, it's kind of something you wouldn’t believe you'd be able to do, going to some of these schools that you see on TV -- Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, all the really big schools no one expects to play for. Even when I walk around campuses, people are like 'Where are you from?' I tell them I'm from Massachusetts and they're like, 'I didn’t know they play football there.'

"I was joking around with Cam [Williams] earlier. ... The trash talk has already started. But seriously, Cam’s just happy for my decision. He really cares about what I wanted to choose, and his dad really cared about helping me find the school that's the right fit for me, so that was just really important. You can't force a school. Someone can tell you to go to this school, but if you're not gonna be happy there, there's no point in picking the school."

What he'll be working on between now and the start of preseason camp in August: "Mostly this offseason I'll probably be working on my quick-twitch fibers, being able to explode, change direction quickly, my hand movements, lower-body strength. Basically being ready to play and compete, and hopefully trying to compete the year after for a position."

On meeting Patriots owner Robert Kraft at the MHSFCA combine last month at Gillette Stadium (his father, Maurice Sr., was a Patriot from 1989 to 1995): "It was a great experience meeting Mr. Kraft and talking to him. He was really nice to me. He's really nice to everyone. He's a really likable guy, all-around great person. ... [There was] kind of a sense of awe, knowing that he’s Mr. Kraft."

Xaverian's Hurst Jr. commits to Michigan

June, 2, 2012
Maurice HurstBrendan Hall/ESPN BostonXaverian's Maurice Hurst Jr., the state's top defensive prospect, committed to Michigan while on campus Saturday afternoon.
Xaverian defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. has verbally committed to the University of Michigan for the fall of 2013, he announced this afternoon on Twitter.

"Committed to playing football at the University of Michigan!" he wrote in a post on his Twitter account.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Hurst, a Canton resident, is widely considered the state's top college prospect on the defensive side of the ball. He is ranked the No. 34 overall defensive tackle prospect in the nation by ESPN, as well as the No. 2 overall prospect in Massachusetts.

Last fall, Hurst was named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team as a defensive lineman after finishing the season with 61 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He also racked up 200 yards rushing in a win over St. John's of Shrewsbury, including a memorable 75-yard touchdown run.

Hurst attended Ohio State's spring game in April, and had also made unofficial visits to Virginia, North Carolina, Duke and NC State. As last month's Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) combine at Gillette Stadium, Hurst told he would make his decision after visiting both Michigan and Michigan State. He visited East Lansing yesterday, and is on campus in Ann Arbor today.

Everett's John Montelus talks Michigan offer

February, 17, 2012
ESPN Wolverine Nation's Tom Van Haaren checks in today with Everett offensive tackle John Montelus about his recent scholarship offer from the University of Michigan. The Wolverines offered Montelus earlier this week, followed by Rutgers, which adds to an already long list of suitors -- Florida, West Virginia, UConn, Boston College, Syracuse, NC State, and Virginia are the others.

When all is said and done, Montelus could be one of the best line prospects to come out of the Bay State in a while. The 6-foot-4 Montelus was named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team this past fall, and has drawn comparisons to Detroit Lions tackle and Somerville native Gosder Cherilus.

Van Haaren writes:

"Michigan (was an offer he was hoping for) because it is a really big school with good academics, good football team and great fans," he said. "I've been talking to Coach (Darrell) Funk, and I'm going to take a Michigan visit soon."

Montelus isn't positive as to when that visit will come, other than that it will be soon. He does have a few other visits in mind, though.

"I'm going to Florida on April vacation, and I'm going to UConn on (Feb.) 25," he said.

Montelus is open to everyone, and thinks he'll release a top list by the end of summer. He prides himself on being a polished pass and run blocker, and that he just, "loves hitting."

Florida, WVU, Michigan offer Everett's Montelus

February, 13, 2012
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on the East Recruiting Blog with Everett High junior offensive tackle John Montelus, who has seen quite a bit of action in the recruiting circles since National Letter of Intent Day on February 1.

On Feb. 6, Montelus received a scholarship offer from the University of Florida. Six days later, the ESPN Boston All-State lineman was down in Morgantown, W. Va., on an unofficial visit at the University of West Virginia.

Brown writes:

Montelus was in class earlier last week when he received a message to call Florida head coach Will Muschamp. When he made the call, an offer was extended.

Montelus said he's trying to schedule a visit to Florida during April vacation.

“The West Virginia trip was really good,” Montelus said. “The coaches are friendly, the campus is nice and we got to attend a basketball game (West Virginia vs. Louisville). What I hated the most is I had no reception on my phone. That could be a problem. It's a lot of mountains, a lot of hills.”

West Virginia made Montelus an offer as well.

Montelus, a 6-foot-4, 293-pound junior, played left tackle last season, when he helped Everett extend the program's winning streak to 25 games by beating Lincoln-Sudbury, 36-13, in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 1A Super Bowl. He now has seven offers. The others are from Boston College, Connecticut, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia.

Montelus said he will attend a junior day at Connecticut on Feb. 25, and will likely make a return trip to Boston College for spring practice. He attended a junior day at BC last month.

“It was a great week,” he said.

Earlier today, Montelus also announced via his twitter account that Michigan had extended a scholarship offer, bringing his total to eight.

"Just got offered by Michigan," he wrote.

CM's Reeves: 'It's going to be fun, I can't wait'

February, 1, 2012
WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- Just days after pledging a verbal commitment to Ohio State, Catholic Memorial athlete Armani Reeves signed a National Letter of Intent to the Buckeyes this morning in a ceremony on the school's campus. Reeves was joined by the Knights' other signees, linebacker Cam Williams (Ohio State), quarterback A.J. Doyle (UMass) and defensive back Donovan Henry (Northeastern track and field).

Reeves has not spoken publicly about his commitment since announcing his plans to sign with Ohio State on his Twitter account Sunday night. This morning, he broke his silence to several local reporters on hand at the ceremony.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Easton native, is the state's No. 1 overall prospect. He was also named ESPN Boston's Offensive Player of the Year this past season, and is a two-time selection to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team. He initially committed to Penn State last August, but opened things up again following a highly-publicized scandal with the Nittany Lions' coaching staff.

Reeves spoke with one-on-one following his signing.

On the deciding factors in his decision: "Ohio State, you know, they're a great University, and it fit me academically with what I wanted to do with computer science, computer graphics. I know coach [Everett] Withers for about four years, because he coached down at North Carolina with Brennan [former CM lineman and UNC tackle Brennan Williams], so I had a good relationship with him already. That was just...God blessed me with him being my coach, and knowing him already, I was happy about that. And just playing for Urban Meyer, being part of a great university, playing in front of 105,000 people every week, it's just going to be fun. I can't wait."

On choosing the Buckeyes over Michigan and Penn State: "It was really tough, because I did love Penn State, and I really loved Michigan as well. When it came down to Ohio State and Michigan, it was really tough because they're both great schools. There really wasn't much to differentiate, so it was really hard. But I had so many friends, so many guys that I met through the recruiting process that I had a good relationship with at Ohio State, that I think at the end of the day, because everything was so [similar], that just made the difference.

"All the comfort level was there, and getting to compete early, that was there. So, it was just a really good fit for me, and I feel like I'm going to do really well there."

On the difficulty of balancing the recruiting process with basketball season: "Yeah, it was definitely hard because I wasn't expecting to do this. I was expecting to be done with it, and focus on basketball season. But with everything that just happened, it really punched everything up. And in a three-week, four-week span, I had to get in everything.

It was tough, and then I had finals at school, so that just made everything tougher. It was a stressful couple of weeks, but I'm glad it's over. I can't wait to be a Buckeye and win some games."

On the perception from some that he is merely following Williams: "People are going to say things that they feel, but like I said, I made the decision that's best for me, and Cam made the decision that's best for him. It just happened that he committed earlier than I did. I like to take my time and look at everything, see how it goes for each school. It just ended up being that way. There's really nothing else to say. I picked the school for me, just like he picked the school for him."

What the coaching staff anticipates his role being next fall: "I'll definitely be competing for a job either at starter or nickelback, and then on special teams -- kick returner, punt returner -- right off the bat. They're not going to redshirt me. They're going to use me as much as they can, get me involved. Hopefully, you know, mentally I'll be prepared enough to play a lot and do everything I can do help the team win."

What he'll be doing between now and the day he reports to camp (June 17): "They're going to send workouts to our trainer (Brian McDonough), and from there, after basketball season I'll get right to work lifting and running and getting prepared so that when I get there in the summer, I'm in shape already. That will probably help me on the physical standpoint, but on the mental standpoint I just want to make sure I know the playbook and get ready to do everything I can to win."

Has he gotten any of the playbook yet? "Not yet. He threw in a couple stuff this morning...just a couple coverages, stuff I need to work on, and then just little things. But it's going to make a difference, such a great experience with what coach Withers is. He's a great coach."

On playing college football with his best friend Williams: "It's definitely a treat, you know. Not many people can go through this process with someone, let alone the same school. So, it's definitely a blessing to be able to go through this process and fill the same things, go through the same things we both went through, especially at Penn State with everything that happened there -- it's unfortunate, but we had each other, and we could fall back on each other. That was really helpful.

"The fact that we're going to Ohio State and going through this college experience together, it's another blessing that we have. It's really going to help us in the long run to feel comfortable, and do everything the school has to offer for us."

On his "rat tail" hair patch, which he's kept on the back of his head throughout his youth: "My mom gave it to me when I was younger. She always wanted me to be my own self, be an individual, so that's why I have it. Different than everybody else."

CM's Reeves courting Michigan, Ohio St., PSU

January, 23, 2012
When Catholic Memorial linebacker Camren Williams decommitted from Penn State and committed to Ohio State last week, an obvious question lingered: Would his best friend and teammate Armani Reeves follow him to the Buckeyes?

Like Williams, Reeves -- a four-star athlete, and ESPN Boston's Offensive Player of the Year -- committed to Penn State last summer. Both players began to explore other options when the coaching shuffle began at Penn State. Michigan and Ohio State have led the charge to land Reeves, who is expected to play defensive back in college.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke visited Reeves at his home Saturday, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is scheduled to make an in-home visit today.

Reeves took an official visit to Michigan earlier this month, and visited Ohio State with Williams on Wednesday. Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is scheduled to meet with Reeves on Tuesday night, when Reeves has a varsity basketball game.

Although he met with Penn State coaches last Monday, it's still unclear whether Reeves will take his official visit to Penn State this weekend.

“I have still not talked to him in detail about whether or not he'll take his visit to Penn State,” said Cam's father Brent Williams, who is Reeves' godfather and has served as a spokesperson for both players during much of the recruiting process. “I've read reports that he's down to Michigan and Ohio State, but at this point I don't know that that is accurate. I do know he has had a couple of conversations with [Penn State coach] Bill O'Brien.

“I've told these guys if you want me to answer questions for you, you've got to give me information.”

Reeves got to watch O'Brien at work Sunday, when he attended the AFC Championship Game [O'Brien is still working as New England's offensive coordinator]. NCAA rules prevented O'Brien from meeting with Reeves at Gillette Stadium.

Brent Williams said it would be wrong to assume that his son and Reeves are a package deal.

“I know people think otherwise, but Armani has been advised to do what's best for you,” Brent Williams said. “The need for Armani at Penn State is different than the need for Camren –- it wasn't as great for Cam, just because of the numbers at that position.

“I do believe Cam made the decision that was best for him because how they're gonna do things at Penn State is different [the the prior coaching staff would have done them]. I'm not saying it's better or worse, but it's different. Cam didn't have a relationship with the remaining staff.

“I know that they both envisioned going to college together, but I think that all changed when everything happened at Penn State. I can tell you that we have had the conversation about Cam going to Ohio State and Armani at Michigan.”

Reeves is the top recruit from Massachusetts in the Class of 2012. Williams is the state's No. 2 prospect.

Reeves is expected to make his decision before national signing day (Feb. 1).

“He has [basketball] games Tuesday and Friday this week, so it's probably not going to be before the weekend if it's just the two schools [Michigan and Ohio State],” Brent Williams said. “If Penn State is still in the picture maybe Monday or Tuesday of next week. It'll be before next Wednesday that's for sure.”

New Hampton's Kiley to visit Penn St.

January, 12, 2012
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on the East Recruiting Blog with New Hampton (N.H.) quarterback Jake Kiley, who committed to Penn State last July but had yet to take an official visit before scandal rocked the program.

Last weekend, the Nittany Lions officially introduced Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as their new head coach. Now that it appears stability is coming to the program, Kiley is taking his official visit to Happy Valley.

Brown writes:

The cloud of uncertainty that hovered over the Penn State program following Joe Paterno's dismissal prevented Kiley from taking an official visit to State College, but he's scheduled to take that visit this weekend -- one week after Penn State hired Bill O'Brien as its head coach.

“I was just waiting it out,” Kiley said. “Things are going to be different [at Penn State], it's just a matter of how different. I'm still solid right now. Depending on how it goes this weekend that will determine if I take my other visits.”

New Hampshire, an FCS program, was Kiley's only other scholarship offer when he committed, but Kiley said several schools have contacted his father – who is New Hampton's head coach – to see if Penn State was still the school of choice.

“He didn't even tell me which schools they were,” Kiley said. “I'm trying to keep my focus on one area right now.”

Kiley said he spoke with O'Brien for the first time last Saturday. That's when he learned that neither Tom Bradley or Bill Kenney would be retained as assistant coaches on O'Brien's staff.

“I was close with Coach Bradley and I talked with Coach Kenney three or four times a week,” Kiley said. “Coach Kenney is the guy who recruited all the New England guys.”

Brown also confirms that Catholic Memorial's Armani Reeves, a Lions commit, will take a visit to Michigan this weekend, as first reported on Monday by's Brendan Hall.

CM's Williams, Reeves likely to decide soon

January, 6, 2012
With Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien set to be named the new head coach of Penn State tomorrow, according to multiple reports, a decision for two of Catholic Memorial's football stars on whether to stick with their commitment to the Nittany Lions or not should be forthcoming.

This morning Brent Williams, the father of one Penn State commit (linebacker Cam Williams) and godfather of the other (athlete Armani Reeves), told that a decision should come before February 1, the first day high school seniors can officially sign a National Letter of Intent for football.

"I don’t think we drag this out," said Brent, also an assistant coach at CM as well as a former Patriots defensive lineman. "Now that Penn State has a coach in place and is working on putting a staff together, they should be able to make an educated decision after more information comes out on the staff, system, all of the above."

Cam and Reeves were both named to ESPN Boston's second annual MIAA All-State Team last month, as the Knights went 7-2 and missed out on a Division 1 playoff berth. Reeves was also named ESPN Boston's Offensive Player of the Year after recording 15 touchdowns and 1,302 all-purpose yards on less than 70 total touches.

Just a day after the MIAA Super Bowls concluded, Ohio State coaches Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel were at the West Roxbury campus to meet with both players. Cam took an official visit to Columbus a week later.

Yesterday morning, Michigan met with Reeves, and then swung by Everett High to meet with junior All-State offensive tackle John Montelus. Reeves will visit Ann Arbor either next weekend or the following weekend, Brent said -- "We haven't finalized that yet," he said.

Brent said neither Cam nor Reeves will be taking any other visits.

BC, Big Ten on radar for Everett OT Montelus

January, 5, 2012
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on the East Recruiting Blog with Everett junior offensive tackle John Montelus, who had four Division 1 FBS scholarship offers before the start of the 2011 season and has since added a fifth from Boston College.

Virginia, Syracuse, UConn and NC State all offered the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Montelus before his 16th birthday. He then went out and lived up to those expectations by being named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team.

Could more offers be coming down the pipe? Brown writes:

Montelus, who plays left tackle, said BC offensive line coach Sean Devine was at two of his games last season. Montelus has shown interest in BC as well. He attended BC's game against Florida State last season, and was in attendance when BC played Virginia in 2010.

Montelus helped Everett extend the program's winning streak to 25 games when it beat Lincoln-Sudbury, 36-13, in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 1A Super Bowl in December.

Montelus said he thinks West Virginia and Rutgers are also close to offering him a scholarship. He has also been invited to attend a junior day at West Virginia next month.

“Big Ten schools are starting to talk to me too,” he said. “Michigan's offensive line coach talked to me recently and I've also heard from Purdue and Nebraska.

“I don't really like to talk about what schools I like and what schools I don't like. I have another year and people will find out. Right now I'm just happy all these schools have offered me.”

Reeves courts Michigan, still committed to PSU

December, 16, 2011
On ESPN's Wolverine Nation blog, Tom VanHaaren checks in with Catholic Memorial athlete Armani Reeves, who remains committed to Penn State but is exploring his other options.

Reeves, a two-time ESPNBoston All-State selection and this year's ESPN Boston Offensive Player of the Year, told VanHaaren that he wants to give Penn State the opportunity to hire a new coach, and then hear what he has to say, before making any moves. In the meantime, Notre Dame and Michigan have begun recruiting him again. The Irish and Wolverines were two of the four finalist schools for Reeves prior to his Penn State commitment, the other one being Boston College.

VanHaaren writes (Insider Only):

"With everything going on, I really liked those schools before I committed. They're all good football and academic schools, and there wasn't much separating them the first time," he said. "What hurt Michigan the first time was that they came in a little late, and I was ready to make a decision. This time they've expressed a lot more that they want me."

It might take a lot for another school to get him to switch, but Reeves says it's not out of the question. There are so many uncertainties that he just doesn't know what will happen going forward.

He does know that once a new coach is hired, Reeves would like to sit down and go over how he fits into the program and how the new coach will use him.

"I'm assuming that will happen before Christmas is when they'll hire someone," he said. "I'm hoping before Christmas, or at least before the dead period, so he can call everybody, and that way we have something to think about."

While he's waiting, both Michigan and Notre Dame have been courting him. In fact, Reeves got a visit from Michigan defensive backs coach Curt Mallory within the past week.

"Coach Mallory did an in-home visit last Sunday, and he was expressing how much they want me," he said. "He was telling me about the depth chart and the academic side of things. It's definitely a positive that they think of me as an elite corner that could shut down in their system."

Reeves was also excited about the fact Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison believes he's good enough to play at the college level. He sees how much football experience Mattison has and is flattered Mattison would recruit Reeves to Michigan.

VanHaaren also notes that his CM teammate and best friend Cam Williams, another ESPN Boston All-Stater who committed to the Nittany Lions, is also exploring his options. Williams took a visit out to Ohio State last weekend. Early last week, Buckeye assistants Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel were at his school to visit him.

CM's Reeves, Williams exploring options?

December, 9, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown reports today on the East Recruiting Blog that two members of Ohio State's coaching staff, interim head coach Luke Fickell and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, were at Catholic Memorial School on Monday to visit linebacker Camren Williams.

Brown also adds that Michigan has been at the school recently to visit with athlete Armani Reeves, who yesterday was named ESPN Boston's inaugural Offensive Player of the Year.

Williams and Reeves, who on Tuesday were both named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team, are both currently committed to Penn State.

"Camren is considering a visit [to Ohio State] next week," Camren's father Brent Williams, also a CM assistant coach, told Brown. "Armani is considering a visit to Michigan. Notre Dame is also trying to get both to visit. They are still committed to PSU, but we feel it is important to do our due diligence on other opportunities."

Brewster's Mitch McGary chooses Michigan

November, 3, 2011
Brewster Academy (N.H.) forward Mitch McGary, the nation's No. 2 overall player, just announced moments ago on ESPNU's "Recruiting Nation" show that he is verbally committing to the University of Michigan for the 2012-13 season.

The Chesterton, Ind. native chose the Wolverines over Duke and Florida.

"I felt most comfortable being there and I trusted the coaches [more] than any other staff," McGary told the show's host Justin Kutcher. "I can talk to them about anything. They're a program that's on the rise again, and I feel I can build the program up and make an impact there."

Asked if by Kutcher if he will sign his National Letter of Intent when the early signing period begins next Wednesday, McGary said, "I'm not sure at the moment. I have to talk with my parents, I'd like them to be there when I sign, so I'm not sure right now if I'll sign next week."

Brewster's McGary to announce decision today

November, 3, 2011
Brewster Academy (N.H.) forward Mitch McGary will announce his college decision during ESPNU's Recruiting Nation today. The show airs at 5 p.m. ET.

The Chesterton, Ind. native is expected to decide between Duke, Florida and Michigan.

The program will also feature ESPN recruiting experts Paul Biancardi, Dave Telep and Reggie Rankin discussing the recent high profile commitments. Locally, that will include the pledges of St. Mark's center Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona), and Brewster forward T.J. Warren (N.C. State).