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Recruiting Notes: La Salle's Morris Yale-bound?

October, 23, 2012
La Salle Academy (R.I.) running back Josh Morris has been nursing a sprained ankle for much of the season, but it hasn't hampered his recruiting situation.

MaineYale head coach Tony Reno recently told Morris he'd like him to join the Yale program next season.

“I started to build a good relationship with Yale last spring,” Morris said. “I visited and camped there last summer. The Yale head coach kept calling me every week during the season to make sure I was still interested and letting me know he was still interested in me.

“Last Thursday he told me: You have an offer from Yale.”

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Courtesy Josh MorrisYale is the latest school to offer La Salle Academy (R.I.) running back Josh Morris, who was the Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior.
Morris, who was the Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior, has offers from four other FCS schools: Brown, Bryant, Monmouth and Valparaiso.

Morris is being recruited primarily as a running back, but he could also play slot receiver or defensive back for Yale. Morris said he'd prefer to play offense in college.

“I like the ball in my hands,” he said. “Yale offered me as an athlete – that's what [Reno] said. They would probably put me at a position based on whatever else they get in their class.

“I really do like the Ivy League. It's hard to pass up an Ivy League education, but I'm keeping my options open to see what else might be out there.”

Morris injured his ankle during a victory over South Kingstown on Oct. 5. He scored three touchdowns in a 41-24 triumph over Bridgewater-Raynham the following week, but said he's been playing at less than 100 percent since the injury.

“I haven't missed any games, but it's been lingering,” Morris said.

Morris rushed for 1,278 yards and 16 touchdowns on 134 carries last season. He also caught nine passes for 175 yards, and averaged 39.8 yards per kickoff return.

He's run for 613 yards and 11 touchdowns in six games this year.

New Hampshire may be the next school to offer Morris, who has generated interest from several Patriot League and Colonial Athletic Association schools.

“A lot of schools are on the cusp [of making a scholarship offer] right now,” Morris said. “My senior film could determine whether schools pull the trigger [on an offer] or not.”

Decision time: Tabor Academy's Tevin Montgomery, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive lineman, said he will announce his college choice on Dec. 1 at his school. He has narrowed his choices to Boston College, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

“But I don't know if I'm going to make a big scene,” Montgomery said. “I might just call the school and let them know.”

Montgomery, a three-star recruit, is the top-ranked uncommitted player from Massachusetts in the Class of 2013. He also has offers from Temple, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rutgers, Maryland and Missouri.

Catching a Crook: Worcester Academy quarterback D.J. Crook is generating plenty of interest, but is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, according to Worcester Academy coach Tony Johnson.

“He's got interest from Holy Cross, Princeton, Dartmouth and a few others from the Patriot League – Lafayette and Colgate,” Johnson said. “And there are a few schools interested from the MAC, like Akron and Massachusetts.

“You know how it works. He's gotta get that one offer, and then a few more come in quickly. I think he's done enough.”

Crook played a Barnstable High School before choosing to spend a postgraduate year at Worcester Academy. He missed four games because of a fractured thumb during his senior season.

Big man not on campus: Four-star offensive lineman John Montelus was scheduled to take his official visit to Notre Dame last Saturday, but had to postpone the trip when Everett High School's game against BC High was postponed from Friday night to Saturday because of heavy rain.

Montelus, the No. 1 prospect from Massachusetts in the Class of 2013, said he will reschedule the trip. Montelus committed to Notre Dame following the team's spring game in April. He is the only New England player ranked in the ESPN 300 (No. 292).

Back in motion: Ansonia (Conn) High School running back Arkeel Newsome has gained 884 yards through six games this season.

Newsome, a junior who has scholarship offers from Connecticut and Massachusetts, led the nation in rushing last year, when he set a Connecticut record by gaining 3,763 yards.

Newsome's playing time has been limited this year because Ansonia is 6-0 and has won all six games by at least 28 points. Ansonia has scored at least 35 points in each of its six games.

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Checking in with Worcester Acad.'s athletes

April, 29, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with two of Worcester Academy's football stars who led the Hilltoppers on the gridiron this past year, athlete Canaan Severin and quarterback Jon Pieterse.

Severin, a Marlborough native, told Brown that he is now up to 10 scholarship offers, having added Western Michigan and Syracuse to the stack. Boston College, Rutgers, Virginia, NC State, Iowa, Penn State, UConn and Villanova are the other schools offering for the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Severin, who repeated his sophomore year at Worcester Academy after transferring from Marlborough High. Maryland is also on the radar.

Coaches from Boston College, Connecticut, Penn State and Notre Dame also stopped by Worcester Academy's campus this week. Severin told Brown that Stanford was scheduled to visit today.

“I think I have to do a lot more research on the schools,” Severin told Brown. “One of the coaches gave me some good advice. He said, ‘You have to see a lot of schools before you know which ones you like and don’t like.’”

As for a decision, Severin says there is no rush.

“I probably won’t decide until after my senior season,” he told Brown. “I don’t want to rush anything. This is one of the biggest decisions of my life.”

Meanwhile, Pieterse told Brown that he will be pursuing a post-graduate season at Salisbury (Conn.) next year.

Pieterse -- who missed most of his junior year with a broken collarbone -- took an unofficial visit to Central Michigan earlier this month, and told Brown he plans to visit Purdue and Pitt as well.

“The bigger schools suggested I do a postgraduate year,” Pieterse told Brown.

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

Brewster's Carter commits to Rutgers

April, 23, 2011
ESPNU is reporting that Brewster Academy post-graduate point guard Elijah Carter has verbally committed to Rutgers University.

Carter, a 6-foot-1 native of Paterson, N.J., initially committed to St. Bonaventure last year while he was a senior at St. Anthony High School, in Jersey City, before deciding to re-open his recruiting and head up to the Wolfeboro, N.H. campus for a post-graduate season. At the time of his commitment yesterday, Carter was also considering Oregon State, Wake Forest, South Florida and Iowa.

It has been reported that Carter will take the scholarship that shooting guard Michael Taylor of Brooklyn's Boys & Girls High had signed in the fall. Taylor is expected to spend next season at a prep school.

Dexter's Logan gets first offer

March, 30, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Dexter linebacker Abner Logan Jr., who landed his first of what should be several Division 1 scholarship offers.

Florida International extended an offer to the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Newton native over the weekend. Meanwhile, he has been drawing interest from UConn, NC State, Florida, Syracuse, Penn State and Rutgers, as well as FCS schools like Maine and UMass, and could see that interest develop into offers with exposure at camps and combines the next few months.

"My coach [Casey Day] sent film to a lot of schools," Logan told Brown. "Other than Florida International, I feel like Connecticut and UMass have the most interest in me. I attended a UConn junior day and I'll be going to a Nike camp at Penn State. I'm going to a one-day camp at Florida, a UMass camp and the camp at N.C. State. I always go to the BC camp.

"It will be easy for me to take an unofficial visit to Florida International when I go to the Florida camp."

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

Plymouth's Silva to transfer

March, 9, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown reports on his blog today that Plymouth native Jason Sylva, a Class of 2012 linebacker prospect, will transfer out of Tabor Academy.

Sylva, who repeated his sophomore year at the Marion, Mass. campus after transferring from Plymouth South, said he is considering New Hampton (N.H.), Tilton (N.H.), Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) and Cheshire Academy (Conn.).

"I do my school work, it's just really tough academically [at Tabor]," Sylva told Brown. "I had a good season here, but I still don't have any offers. Some of those places have produced quite a few [FBS] players."

UConn, Rutgers, Monmouth and Temple are among the Division 1 schools showing the most interest in Sylva. Boston College has shown interest, but Silva told Brown "academically they're not sure" about him.

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

WA's Severin now holds four D1 offers

March, 1, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today with Worcester Academy athlete and ESPN150 Watch Lister Canaan Severin, who picked up his latest offer last weekend from Penn State to bring his Division 1 FBS offer total to four. Boston College, NC State and Virginia have been the other schools offering to date.

There is no general consensus among college coaches whether the Marlborough resident projects as either a wide receiver or defensive back. Severin told Brown he's open to playing wherever needed.

"I like scoring touchdowns," Severin said. "That gives you a great feeling. But laying a big hit on a receiver over the middle is a good feeling too. Schools have been telling me I'm a good enough athlete that if it doesn't work out on offense they can move me to defense. Or if it doesn't work out on defense, move me to offense."

Michigan, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Maryland, UConn, Iowa and Rutgers are among the other schools showing interest in the 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior, who re-classified to the Class of 2012 following his sophomore year at Marlborough High.

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

Checking in with CM's Reeves, Doyle

March, 1, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with two of Catholic Memorial's highly-touted football stars for the Class of 2012, quarterback A.J. Doyle and athlete Armani Reeves.

Reeves was down on the Rutgers campus last weekend for a 7-on-7 tournament, and while Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano was out of town, Reeves may be getting some news soon.

"They told me they really like me," Reeves told Brown. "I think Coach Schiano was at a Nike convention. They told me they might have some good news for me when he returns."

Reeves, who was an inaugural ESPNBoston All-State selection this past fall, currently holds offers from 11 Division 1 schools, among them Boston College, UConn, North Carolina, Missouri, Virginia, Penn State, Wake Forest, Michigan, Stanford, Northwestern, and Maryland.

Brown writes that Reeves likely won't pick a school until after his senior season ends.

"The schools that have offered all intrigue me," Reeves told Brown. "They're all good schools academically and really good programs."

Meanwhile, Doyle picked up his first offer last week from UMass, and it likely will not be his last Division 1 offer, as BC, UConn and Syracuse have all shown interest in the 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior's services.

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