Boston High School: Rhode Island Rams

URI offers D-Y's Mike Dunn

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Dennis-Yarmouth head coach Paul Funk confirmed tonight to ESPNBoston.com that rising senior athlete Michael Dunn received his second Division 1 FCS offer yesterday, from the University of Rhode Island.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Dunn was a jack of all trades in 2013 for the Dolphins, who lost to Doherty in the MIAA Division 4 State Championship. He lined up at every skill position on the offensive side of the ball; defensively, he established himself as one of the state's premier cornerbacks in man-to-man coverage.

Dunn is also a cousin of former D-Y quarterback Matt Montalto, who made ESPN Boston's All-State Team in 2011 after leading the Dolphins to their first MIAA Super Bowl Championship.

New Hampshire was the first D1 program to offer Dunn, back in May. UMass, UConn, Boston College, South Florida, Colgate, Cornell, Brown and Villanova have also expressed varying degrees of interest in his services, at a variety of positions -- cornerback, safety, slot receiver, running back, and even outside linebacker.

Below is Dunn's highlight tape from 2013:

Stang LB McKeeman switches commitment to Rhody

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Bishop Stang linebacker Charlie McKeeman told ESPNBoston.com tonight that he has switched his verbal commitment from Bryant University to the University of Rhode Island, for the 2013 season.

McKeeman initially committed to Bryant last summer, before the start of the 2012 preseason, but switched his pledge to Rhody on Monday after a visit last weekend to the North Kingstown, R.I. campus. He also had an offer from Assumption College, and fielded interest from both Sacred Heart and Bentley University but ruled those two schools out early.

The Portsmouth, R.I. resident has a history with Rhody. Both of his parents attended the school -- his father, Joe, played center for the Rams from 1977 to 1980.

"I'm excited obviously, I grew up watching games at URI and always said I wanna play there, it's where watched my first football game," said McKeeman, who first saw the Rams take on Hofstra as an eight-year-old.

McKeeman recorded 131 tackles at linebacker this fall for the 1-10 Spartans, and also totaled over 1,400 yards offense and 11 touchdowns at quarterback.

Putnam's Kelly Dobbins commits to Rhody

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Former Springfield Putnam wide receiver/safety Kelly Dobbins has verbally committed to the University of Rhode Island for 2013, Putnam head coach William Watson told ESPNBoston.com this morning.

Dobbins did a post-graduate year this fall at Bridgton Academy, in Bridgton, Maine. He also had offers froom Villanova, New Hampshire and Albany.

The 6-foot-1 Dobbins tore his meniscus in the 2010 Western Mass. Division 2 Super Bowl, only to find out months later it was actually an ACL tear after getting a second opinion from a doctor. Dobbins played much of his senior season of 2011 with the injury, as the Beavers won the Western Mass. D2 Super Bowl over intra-city rival Commerce. He had surgery following the game, and suited up for the Shriners All-Star Classic the following June.

Dobbins is headed to the North Kingstown, R.I. campus as a safety, according to Watson.

Hingham RHP Flanagan commits to Rhody

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Hingham High Class of 2013 righthander Evan Flanagan told ESPNBoston.com this evening that he has verbally committed to the University of Rhode Island.

This past spring, Flanagan was 3-0 with a 2.34 ERA, as the Harbormen made the quarterfinals of the Division 2 South sectional. With his summer club team, the North East Rays, he is 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA.

Rhody coach Joe Trainer on local commits

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University of Rhode Island Media Relations Coordinator Shane Donaldson sends along information regarding its incoming football recruiting class, and includes comments from head coach Joe Trainer.

We're running Trainer's comments on the New England area signees below:



Tyler Catalina
Offensive Line
6-6 | 300 Lbs.
Worcester, Mass. | Kent School

Wachusett Head Coach Mike Dubzinski:
“Tyler is an athletic and aggressive lineman. He has put forth a strong effort to increase his speed and strength. We are extremely proud of Tyler and wish him well.”
Rhode Island Head Coach Joe Trainer:
“Tyler is a monster, a big guy who is well proportioned. He’s going to be a guy who develops. He’s probably already at 305 pounds and he’s well put together. He’s going to be a guy who comes in and has to learn our system, but he’d definitely going to be a very good player.”

Sean Conley
Linebacker
6-1 | 190 lbs.
South Kingstown, R.I. | South Kingstown

South Kingstown Head Coach Eric Anderson:
“Sean is a hard worker, a very dedicated kid. He really grew during his career at South Kingstown. He’s very familiar with the Rhode Island program, which will help. He’s a great kid who knows how to get the job done on and off the field.”
Rhode Island Head Coach Joe Trainer:
“Sean is just an exciting player. He reminds you a little bit of Matt Hansen in the sense that he does a lot of different things. He’s very active and plays a couple different positions. You can tell in watching film of him that football is very important to him. You tend to know more about players who are closer in proximity to your program physically. We know an awful lot about him, and we know we are getting a great player and a great person.”

Robbie Jackson
Wide Receiver
6-2 | 190 lbs.
Natick, Mass | Dean College

Rhode Island Head Coach Joe Trainer:
“He is a longer kid at 6-2. We have some great receivers in our program, but having that kind of length gives you a different dimension, especially in the red zone for fade routes and those situations where you want to have guys go up and compete for jump balls.”


BC High RB Cooper considering prep school

December, 23, 2011
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ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on the East Recruiting Blog with Boston College High senior running back Preston Cooper, who is now weighing several options for next fall.

The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Wareham native suffered a season-ending leg injury against Everett in Week 7, and as a result may not pursue college next fall. Cooper -- an ESPNBoston Honorable Mention All-State, and the Catholic Conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 -- is also looking into a post-graduate season at a prep school.

Brown writes:



“At this point I'm just talking to Maine, URI [Rhode Island], UNH [New Hampshire] and a couple of Division II schools, so I'm looking at a couple of prep schools just in case,” Cooper said. “If I get an offer I'll probably go with that. If not, I'll take a post-graduate year, get healthy and see what options I have then.”

Cooper is the No. 10 prospect from Massachusetts in the Class of 2012. His uncle, San Diego Chargers linebacker Stephen Cooper, attended Maine.

Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, and Bridgton Academy in Maine are the two prep schools Cooper is considering.

“I have to talk to my coach and see when I have to make a decision [about prep school],” Cooper said. “I couldn't give you an answer about what I'm going to do next year right now.”


Tilton's Dominique Bull commits to Mizzou

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Tilton (N.H.) senior shooting guard Dominque Bull made his verbal commitment to the University of Missouri for the 2012-13 season, Friday afternoon.

Bull, a Worcester native, originally committed to the University of Rhode Island as a junior. He chose the Tigers over Hofstra, Miami and Virginia Commonwealth.

Wilbur Cross' Robinson commits to Iona

October, 4, 2011
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Aaliyah Robinson of New Haven, Conn., has committed to Iona College, according to her high-school coach, Michelle Cabaldon of Wilbur Cross (New Haven, Conn.).

The 5-foot-9 guard also considered Albany, Davidson, Delaware and Rhode Island.

An all-state performer in basketball and volleyball, Robinson chose Iona "because of the quality of education, fantastic coaching staff and team, proximity to home, and the school was the ideal size," Cabaldon said in an email message to ESPN HoopGurlz.

Robinson, who also was all-area and all-county for Wilbur Cross, played her club basketball for the CT Lady Blazers.

Fedrick making case for scholarship offer

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ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Salem (N.H.) running back Jerickson Fedrick, who has still yet to receive a Division 1 scholarship offer but certainly made a big case for himself last weekend.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Fedrick, considered one of the Granite State's fastest players, carried the ball 19 times for 141 yards and four touchdowns in a 50-30 win over Manchester Central last weekend. He also added two more scores on kickoff returns of 98 and 99 yards.

Brown writes:


"I just have to be patient and show that I can play," Fedrick said.

Fedrick has been communicating with five schools -- Boston College, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island -- since last spring.

"It would be nice to have an offer, especially from [New Hampshire], but I didn't go to their [one-day camp], so that probably hurt me a lot," Fedrick said. "I don't think they've seen enough to offer yet."

Fedrick is also a standout in track and field. As a junior he ran the fastest 55 meters (6.39 seconds) in New England. He attended football camps at BC, Fordham and East Carolina last summer.

"I know BC is very intrigued," Salem coach Jack Gati said. "That's the word they used."

Fedrick entered his senior season with 2,767 yards rushing and said each school is recruiting him as an athlete.

"The position doesn't matter to me," he said. "I'll play anywhere. The first school that does give me an offer is going to be one of my favorites."


For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.

Choate's Papale commits to Boston University

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First-year Boston University head coach Joe Jones landed his first commitment on Wednesday night with the pledge of Choate-Rosemary Hall (Conn.) shooting guard John Papale, ESPN.com recruiting coordinator Adam Finkelstein reported.

After a stellar summer circuit playing with the prestigious New England Playaz AAU squad, Papale held over 23 Division I offers -- including UMass, Rhode Island, Iona and Fairfield -- before deciding on the Terriers.

"First and foremost, BU is an excellent school and the opportunity to receive a world-class education in a great city like Boston is a situation I feel great about," Papale told Finkelstein's New England Recruiting Report. "From a basketball standpoint, I feel really comfortable with Coach Jones and the entire staff and feel confident that I can come in and make a significant impact right away towards helping the program succeed."

Papale is currently rated a two-star prospect in ESPNU's database, with the following evaluation:



Strengths:
Papale is a perimeter sniper who is virtually automatic from behind the three-point line when allowed to step in to the catch and capable of making shots in bunches. He knows how to move without the ball and use screens, is very adept at attacking close-outs and scoring in the mid-range game, and a deceptively good finisher around the rim. He has a good nose for the ball off the glass and high basketball I.Q.

Weaknesses:
Papale is an only above average athlete who needs to add muscle and sculpt his physique. Defensively, he has to rely on angles to keep people in front of him but isn't able to pressure the ball away from the basket. Offensively, he needs to develop the swagger of a big time shooter and be more aggressive looking for small openings to get clean looks at the basket.

Bottom Line:
A big time shot maker with good size for the two-guard spot, Papale is far from a one trick pony thanks to a high basketball I.Q., well developed mid-range game, and his ability to rebound on the perimeter.


Everett's McCarthy commits to Stetson

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Everett High senior catcher Buck McCarthy confirmed with ESPNBoston.com this afternoon that he has verbally committed to Stetson University for the 2012-13 school year.

McCarthy, a member of ESPNBoston's inaugural MIAA All-State team last spring, was also considering scholarship offers from Rhode Island, Bryant, Maryland and Vanderbilt. The Hatters, however, were the only ones to step forward with a full ride, 55 percent of it on athletic merit and the rest of academic merit.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound McCarthy is also a linebacker for the defending Division 1 Super Bowl champion football squad, and will be a captain this fall.

La Salle's Hansen signs with Falcons

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Former University of Rhode Island and La Salle Academy linebacker Matt Hansen signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons today. Hansen will report to Falcons camp on Friday to compete for roster spot at training camp.

“I am so excited for this opportunity,” Hansen said in a press release from URI. “I couldn’t be more excited to get down to Atlanta to compete at the professional level.”

The Providence, R.I. native finished his career at URI as the school's all-time leading tackler with 401 stops, surpassing Paul Picciotti's career mark which was set back in 2001.

In 2010, Hansen led the Rams with 114 tackles, was third on the team in tackles for loss (eight) and tied for third on the squad with two fumble recoveries. His 114 tackles marked the third-consecutive season in which he had recorded 100-plus tackles in a single season.

Following the year, Hansen was selected as a New England All-Star and was named to the All-CAA Second Team.

He also anchored a defensive unit, which ranked third in the league against the run, limiting opponents to just 126.4 yards per game on the ground. URI's defensive unit also gained a league-best 13 fumbles.

This past fall, the Rhode Island football team picked up four wins in the highly competitive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and posted a 4-1 record at Meade Stadium - their best mark at home since 2001.

Hansen was a three-year letterwinner for La Salle head coach Geoff Marcone, and garnered first team all-state honors as a senior captain in 2007 after rushing 89 times for 1,350 yards and 17 touchdowns to go with 83 tackles and four interceptions. He was also the state's Gatorade Player of the Year that year. He helped lead La Salle to a division championship in 2007 and the state championship game in 2005 and 2006.

ESPN's Finkelstein weighs in on Maduegbunam

June, 30, 2011
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Yesterday, on the high schools blog, we highlighted the relationship between new Penn State head coach Pat Chambers and Charlestown's Akosa Maduegbunam, who made a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions yesterday.

The relationship dates back more than a year ago, when Chambers offered the Hyde Park resident as head coach of Boston University. Today, ESPN basketball recruiting analyst Adam Finkelstein follows up with more details on Chambers' recruitment of Maduegbunam, who is expected to finish his high school career next season at Winchendon.

Finkelstein writes:



Chambers had made Maduegbunam his top priority in the Class of 2012 at BU and maintained his interest even after arriving in the Big Ten.

"They had been recruiting me for a year, a year and change," Maduegbunam said. "I had a really good relationship with the entire coaching staff but in my mind I always knew I wanted to go [to college] out of state so I almost thought it was a miracle when Coach Chambers went to Penn State."

While Maduegbunam's previous scholarship offers came primarily from mid-major level programs, Chambers and his staff may prove to be a bit ahead of the curve here as Maduegbunam is a guy who likely would have seen his recruitment get much more competitive after next month's live period given his shot-making ability and high-level athleticism.

"I liked being under the radar," he said. "I always knew I was a high-major kid and Coach Chambers knew it too."

With his recruitment now behind him, Maduegbunam's approach to the rest of the summer will consist of proving his doubters wrong, beginning at the Reebok Breakout Camp to start the month and then continuing on the grassroots circuit with his Expressions Elite squad.

"I don't get into politics or rankings," he said. "I just go out and try to make shots and make basketball plays."


For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's ESPN blog as well as his New England Recruiting Report.

FERNANDES ON THE RISE

Charlestown head coach Edson Cardoso also told ESPNBoston.com's Brendan Hall yesterday that things are slowly heating up for the courtship of guard Rony Fernandes. Hofstra and Rhode Island have been showing interest for some time, and now Charlotte is the latest to enter the foray.

Cardoso told Hall that Fernandes could be making a commitment before the start of next season.
The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced John Gorman of Catholic Memorial School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year. Gorman is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Catholic Memorial School.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior right-handed pitcher has led the Knights to a 13-6 record and a berth in the Division 1 sectional tournament, scheduled to begin May 31. At the time of his selection, Gorman owned a 6-1 record on the mound with a 0.14 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 51 innings. A two-time returning All-Scholastic honoree, he had tossed four shutouts and surrendered only 17 hits entering the postseason. Also a third baseman, Gorman batted .362 with 13 runs scored, 11 RBI, four doubles and one home run through 19 games. The 2010 Catholic Conference Most Valuable Player, he finished 8-0 as a junior with a 1.18 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 65 innings in addition to posting a .395 batting average with 25 RBI and three homers.

Also a football standout, Gorman has maintained an A-plus average in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria. In addition to volunteering on behalf of the National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions and his school’s Leadership and Service program, he has helped coordinate Catholic Memorial’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and has donated his time as a youth baseball and basketball instructor.

“He’s been phenomenal this year, especially pitching,” said Catholic Memorial head coach Hal Carey. “He’s been dominant on the mound. He works fast, throws hard and has great control of his fastball, change and curve. As a pitcher, he’s one of the best in the state. Add the hitting, and he’s tremendous. He’s done it for four years, and this is a tough sport to be that consistent. He’s great all-around, probably the best in my seven years here.”

Gorman has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Boston College this fall.

Gorman joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Players of the Year Kevin Ziomek (2009-10, Amherst Regional), Kyle McKenzie (2008-09; Thayer Academy), Scott Weismann (2007-08, Acton-Boxborough), and Jack McGeary (2006-07, Roxbury Latin School), among the state’s list of former award winners.

Here are the winners for the five other New England states:

CONNECTICUT: SAL ROMANO, SOUTHINGTON

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior right-handed pitcher led the Blue Knights (15-5) to a berth in the Class LL postseason tournament, scheduled to begin May 31. At the time of his selection, Romano owned an 8-1 record on the mound with a 0.39 ERA, recording 91 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 54 innings pitched. A Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason High School Senior All-Region First Team selection, he batted .444 with two home runs and 24 RBI through 20 games.

Romano has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of a mentoring program at an elementary school and the Mill Foundation for Kids, which benefits children suffering pediatric illnesses.

Romano has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Tennessee this fall.

Romano joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Players of the Year Colin O'Keefe (2009-10, Waterford), Matt Carasiti (2008-09; Berlin), Jason Esposito (2007-08, Amity), and Matt Harvey (2006-07, Fitch), among the state’s list of former award winners.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: JORDAN COTE, WINNISQUAM REGIONAL

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior right-handed pitcher has led the Bears (13-4) to a berth in the Div. III postseason tournament against Stevens High, scheduled for June 2. Cote owns a 5-1 record on the mound with a 0.73 ERA, recording 72 strikeouts against just six walks in 38.1 innings. A three-time All-State selection, he owns a .480 batting average with three home runs and 24 RBI. Cote was the Class M Player of the Year in 2010 and was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason High School Senior All-Region First Team honoree.

Cote has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs and an area nursing home.

Cote has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Coastal Carolina University this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in this month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Cote joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Baseball Players of the Year Mike Montville (2009-10, 2008-09, Portsmouth), Brad Zapenas (2007-08, Nashua North), and Brian White (2006-07, Salem), among the state’s list of former award winners.

RHODE ISLAND: HARRISON BARLOW, SOUTH KINGSTOWN

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior shortstop batted .479 along with 36 runs scored, 20 stolen bases, 14 RBI and seven doubles this past season, leading the Rebels (16-8) to a berth in the Division I state tournament. A returning First Team All-State selection, Barlow produced a .630 slugging percentage and .578 on-base percentage. Also a right-handed pitcher, Barlow posted a 1.77 ERA and 15 strikeouts against just one walk in 17.1 innings. The two-time Division I South Player of the Year, he finished with a .500 batting average at the plate in addition to a 1.99 ERA over 25 innings on the mound as a junior.

Barlow has maintained a 3.44 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered as part of the Vacation Bible School on behalf of his church community.

“He’s a great ballplayer,” said South Kingstown head coach James Sauro. “He’s by far the best shortstop and one of the best pitchers in the state. For two years, he’s been the Most Outstanding Player in the league, and three of the final four teams remaining are from Division I South. Harrison’s a stud. We only had one captain this year, and it was him. Whenever things went wrong, he kept guys on task. He’s a great leader.”

Barlow will attend the University of Rhode Island this fall.

Barlow joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Baseball Players of the Year Anthony Aceto (2009-10, North Providence), Ryan Morris (2008-09; North Kingstown), Ryan Westmoreland (2007-08, 2006-07, Portsmouth), among the state’s list of former award winners.

MAINE: SCOTT HEATH, WESTBROOK

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior left-handed pitcher led the Blazes to a 14-1 record entering their regular-season finale with Cheverus, scheduled for May 31. At the time of his selection, Heath owned a 5-0 mark on the mound with a 0.00 ERA, recording 41 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched. A two-time All-State selection and the 2010 Telegram League MVP, he batted .390 with 18 RBI through 15 games.

Heath has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered as a peer mentor in his school.

Heath has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Maine this fall.

Heath joins recent Gatorade Maine Baseball Players of the Year Matt Verrier (2009-10, Oxford Hills Comprehensive), Chris Bernard (2008-09; Scarborough), Kyle Stilphen (2007-08, Gardiner Area), and Jarrett Lukas (2006-07, Old Town), among the state’s list of former award winners.

VERMONT: NICK SWIM, BELLOWS FREE ACADEMY

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior shortstop led the Bobwhites to a 12-3 record and a berth in the Div. I postseason tournament, scheduled to begin May 31. At the time of his selection, Swim owned a .558 batting average with two home runs, 21 runs scored and 21 RBI. He’s a three-time All-Metro selection.

Swim has maintained a 3.45 GPA in the classroom. A member of his school’s Athletic Leadership Council, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs. He also has donated his time by mowing lawns and shoveling snow for elderly residents in his neighborhood.

Swim intends to complete a year of post-graduate study at Maine’s Bridgton Academy, beginning this fall.

Swim joins recent Gatorade Vermont Baseball Players of the Year Adam Picard (2009-10, Essex), Ryan Carter (2008-09; Proctor), Greg Lutton (2007-08, Mt. Abraham Union), and Casey Harman (2006-07, South Burlington), among the state’s list of former award winners.

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