Boston High School: Suffield Academy (Conn.)

Suffield's Wilkins named to ESPN Junior 300

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Yesterday, ESPN Recruiting Nation unveiled its first-ever ESPN Junior 300 rankings, ranking the nation's top football prospects from the 2015 class.

Suffield Academy (Conn.) defensive tackle Christian Wilkins was the lone New Englander represented on the list, coming in at 107th overall. He is ranked the No. 15 defensive tackle in the country for the junior class.

A number of high-caliber Division 1 FBS programs have already extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder, including Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, Stanford, Virginia, Florida State, Iowa, Boston College and UConn.

To see the complete list, CLICK HERE.

BasketBull Hoops Fest tips off Thursday

December, 19, 2012
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The 2012 BasketBull Hoops Fest tips off Thursday at noon with two days of prep school basketball, followed by an additional two days of Catholic school matchups.

All games will be played at Holyoke Community College. For more information on the tournament, CLICK HERE.

BasketBull Director Colin Tabb passes along the full schedule, as well as players to watch over the four-day event:

Thursday, Dec. 20
Noon - Cheshire Academy (Conn.) vs. Worcester Academy
1:45 p.m. - Williston-Northampton vs. Masters School (Conn.)
3:30 p.m. - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Wilbraham & Monson
5:15 p.m. - Suffield Academy (Conn.) vs. Northfield-Mt. Hermon
7 p.m. - ALMA Academy (Canada) vs. Cheshire ACademy (Conn.)

Friday, Dec. 21
Noon - St. Thomas More (Conn.) vs. Wilbraham & Monson
1:45 p.m. - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Williston-Northampton
3:30 p.m. - Masters School (Conn.) vs. Cheshire Academy (Conn.)
5:15 p.m. - Northfield-Mt. Hermon vs. ALMA Academy (Canada)
7 p.m. - East Longmeadow vs. West Springfield

Saturday, Dec. 22
2 p.m. - Holy Cross (N.Y.) vs. St. Joseph Central
3:45 p.m. - Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) vs. St. Theresa's (Canada)
5:30 p.m. - Holy Name vs. Springfield Cathedral
7:15 p.m. - Bishop Kearney (N.Y.) vs. St. Peter's Prep (N.J.)

Sunday, Dec. 23
Noon - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Holy Cross (N.Y.)
1:45 p.m. - St. Theresa's (Canada) vs. Springfield Cathedral
3:30 p.m. - St. Raphael (R.I.) vs. Catholic Memorial

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Rene Castro – Worcester Academy - 2013 – Butler
Peter Miller – Northfield Mt Hermon - 2013 – Princeton
Anthony Dallier – Northfield Mt. Hermon - 2013 – Yale
Zena Edosomwan – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2013 - Harvard
Denzel Gregg – St. Thomas More – 2013 – Fordham
Dylan Haines – St. Thomas More – 2013 – undecided
Marquis Moore – St. Thomas Moore – 2013 – undecided
Chinonso Obokoh – Bishop Kearney – 2013 - Syracuse
Trevis Wyche – Saint Peter’s Prep – 2013 – St. Peter’s
Charles Correa – St. Raphael’s – 2013 – undecided
Tarik Smith – Cheshire Academy – 2013 – undecided
Eric Suder – Cheshire Academy – 2013 – undecided
Tank Roberson – St. Joseph Central – 2013 – undecided
Kamali Bey – Wilbraham and Monson – 2013 – undecided
Thomas Rivard – Worcester Academy – James Madison
Skylar White – Northfield Mt Hermon – 2013 – undecided
Donte Gittens – Masters School – 2013 – undecided
Austin Carter – Masters School – 2013 – undecided
Kendall Jackson – Suffield Academy – 2013 – undecided
Max Risch – Williston – 2013 – undecided
Goodluck Okonoboh – Wilbraham and Monson – 2014 – Undecided
Kerem Kanter – Wilbraham and Monson – 2014 – undecided
Matt Cimino – Worcester Academy – 2014 - undecided
Cane Broome – St. Thomas More – 2014 – undecided
Sem Kroon – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2014 – undecided
Gerard Adams – Catholic Memorial – 2014 – undecided
Godspower Ogide – Bishop Kearney – 2014 – undecided
Thomas Bryant – Bishop Kearney – 2015 – undecided
Josh Sharma – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2015 – undecided
DJ Baptiste – Wilbraham and Monson – 2015 – undecided
Luis Montero – Wilbraham and Monson – 2015 - undecided
David Watkins – Catholic Memorial – 2015 – undecided
Darrick Boyd – Springfield Cathedral – 2015
Mustapha Heron – Wilbraham and Monson – 2016
Tyonne Malone – Williston - 2016

Recruiting Notes: Dexter's Hendren a big commodity

November, 7, 2012
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Dexter School junior James Hendren is too big to overlook. Especially if you happen to be a college football coach.

Recruiting NotebookAt 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds, Hendren has what some consider to be ideal size for an offensive tackle at the college level. That explains why so many big-name college programs have Hendren on their radar.

“He's got interest from all over the country –- significant interest,” Dexter School coach Casey Day said. “Virginia, BC, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Stanford, Duke, Vanderbilt, and to a lesser degree, Florida, UCLA and Nebraska.

“He's a solid, dominant run-blocker and an exceptional pass blocker. He's a top kid academically as well. He's in the top two or three in his class.”

Outside of the Ivy League, Hendren has yet to receive a Division 1 offer. He said although academics are his No. 1 priority, he's looking to play college football at a higher level than the Ivy League. Most schools are projecting him as a right tackle.

“The Ivy League is not what I'm hoping for,” Hendren said. “Just like every other [FBS] recruit, I do have a dream of playing in the NFL someday. Not saying it's likely, but it's a goal.”

Hendren, who will also play basketball for Dexter this season, attended camps at Virginia, Penn State and Boston College last summer. He said he plans to attend the Boston College-Notre Dame game on Saturday, and also plans to visit Northwestern later this month.

“I'd be shocked if he didn't have any offers going into next spring,” Day said. “There's gonna big some big-time programs chasing him.”

BC is high on Hendren's list, in part because it's close to home. BC coach Frank Spaziani was the first college coach to notice Hendren, but it wasn't on the football field –- it was on the basketball court.

“In my freshman year he saw me play in an AAU tournament where his son was playing on the court next to me,” Hendren said. “He came over to me and told me to send him my film. I play basketball a little like I play football. I think he liked that.

“BC is close to my heart. I do know that they're not having a great season and they've had a change in administration in the AD position, but I respect all the people there.”

Hendren said he wouldn't cross BC off his list even if the school made a coaching change after this season.

“For most people I think the institution would be enough no matter who is coaching you,” he said. “It would be a great place to be, but I'm not gonna limit myself to that.”

Delayed trip: Everett High School's John Montelus, a four-star offensive lineman, said he will take his official visit to Notre Dame on Nov. 16. Notre Dame is scheduled to play Wake Forest the following day.

Montelus, New England's top prospect from the Class of 2013, committed to Notre Dame in April. He originally planned to take his official visit on Oct 20, but postponed the trip after Everett's game against BC High that weekend was moved from Friday night to Saturday because of heavy rain.

Montelus is the only New England player ranked in the ESPN 300 (No. 292).

Super sophomore: Christian Wilkins, a 6-foot-4, 292-pound tight end/defensive end from Suffield (Conn.) Academy, is a player to keep an eye on from the Class of 2015. One media outlet has Wilkins ranked among the top 100 sophomores in the country.

Suffield is 7-0 entering Saturday's game against Westminster. Wilkins is second on the team in tackles (38), solo tackles (26), sacks (3.5) and first in forced fumbles (three). Offensively, he's second in receptions (11), receiving yardage (167) and touchdown catches (two).

Recruiting information regarding high school or prep school players in New England can be sent to Roger Brown at rbrown@nhfootballreport.com.

Local McDonald's All-American Nominees

January, 18, 2012
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Nominees for the McDonald's All-American Game were announced this morning. The Final Teams announcement for the prestigious high school basketball all-star game will be announced on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m., on ESPNU.

The boys and girls games will take place on March 28 at the United Center in Chicago, with the girls game at 7 p.m. and broadcast on ESPNU. The boys game will take place immediately after, at 9:30, and will be on ESPN.

One interesting omission to note is Andover senior guard Nicole Boudreau, a Boston College signee who is the state's defending Gatorade Player of the Year and ESPN Boston Miss Basketball. Boudreau has also been ranked in the ESPNU 100 for the Class of 2012.

Below are the nominees from the New England states:

MASSACHUSETTS
Lexi Sells, Bishop Feehan
Jake Layman, King Philip
Ricardo Ledo, Notre Dame Prep
Kaleb Tarczewski, St. Mark's
Nik Stauskas, St. Mark's

CONNECTICUT
Kris Dunn, New London
Ben Freeland, Suffied Academy
Timajh Parker-Rivera, St. Joseph
Erik Sanders, Suffield Academy
Mike Tobey, Hotchkiss
Bria Holmes, Hillhouse

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Zach Auguste, New Hampton
Mitch McGary, Brewster Academy
T.J. Warren, Brewster Academy
Georges Niang, Tilton

RHODE ISLAND
Amber Holgate, St. Andrew's
Thomas Garrick, St. Andrew's
Cedric Kuakumensah, St. Andrew's
Kalusha Ndoubme Ngollo, St. Andrew's
Tyler Sabino, St. Andrew's
Austin Van Bemmelin, North Providence
Rob Hazard, North Providence

MAINE
Darrick Wood, Bridgton Academy

VERMONT
Chad Copeland, Twinfield Union
Jaskin Melendez, Mount St. Joseph
Avery Whitcomb, Twinfield Union
Sara Illingworth, Hartford
Alexandra Jones, Poultney

NEPSAC Bowl Lineups

November, 14, 2011
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The New England Preparatory School Athletic Council unveiled the matchups for its five bowl games, which will go down this weekend.

FRIDAY
Arthur Valicenti Bowl: Choate Rosemary Hall (7-2) at Cheshire Academy (8-0), 7 p.m.
Jack Etter Bowl: New Hampton (7-1) vs. Governor's Academy (8-0), at Cushing Academy, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY
Norm Walker Bowl: Kent (6-0) at Taft (7-0), 1:45 p.m.
Tom Flaherty Bowl: Suffield Academy (7-1) vs. Belmont Hill (7-1) at Worcester Academy, TBA
Dan Rorke Bowl: Pingree (7-1) vs. Rye Country Day (9-0) at Loomis Chaffee, TBA

Football Signing Day is here

February, 2, 2011
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The first day of the football National Letter of Intent signing period has arrived, and we've got you covered all day (though we'll probably be buried under snow ourselves). Here is a list of Massachusetts athletes committed to Division 1 programs headed into today's big day.

Any commitments can be sent to Scott Barboza at sbarboza@espnboston.com or Brendan Hall at bhall@espnboston.com.

(NOTE: The Ivy League does not recognize National Letters of Intent)


DIVISION 1 FBS
Taariq Allen, Rivers – Nebraska
Manny Asprilla, Everett – Boston College
Dalton Gifford, Bridgton Academy (Maine)/Barnstable – UConn
Marcus Grant, Lawrence Academy – Iowa
Harry Keselman, Oliver Ames - Temple
Anthony Knight, Lawrence Academy – Nevada
Albert Louis-Jean, Brockton – Boston College (enrolled in January)
Brian Miller, Andover – Boston College
Paul Nwokeji, Thayer Academy – UConn
Rodman Noel, Milford Academy (N.Y.)/Everett – NC State
Mike Orloff, Lawrence Academy – UCLA
Liam Porter, Natick – Boston College
Max Ricci, Lawrence Academy – Boston College
Richard Rodgers, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) – Cal
Andrew Siden, Natick – Tulane

DIVISION 1 FCS
Jeff Anderson, Longmeadow - Brown
Ryan Barrett, Holliston – Bryant
Connor Candito, Bridgton Academy (Maine)/St. John's (Shrewsbury) - Sacred Heart
Jamie Casselbury, Philips Andover - UMass
Connor Caveney, Cushing Academy - Sacred Heart
Matt Costello, Everett – Princeton
Jeff Covitz, Reading - Bryant
Ryan Delisle, St. John’s Prep – Harvard
Anthony Fabiano, Wakefield – Harvard
Ryan Flannery, North Attleborough - Columbia
Justin Flores, Tilton School/Woburn - Maine
Dan Giovacchini, Lawrence Academy – Brown
Will Guinee, Malden Catholic - Dartmouth
Greg Hilliard, Suffield Academy (Conn.)/Brockton – UMass
Clay Horne, Lawrence Academy – Villanova
Brandon Howard, Worcester Academy/King Philip - UMass
Randall Jette, Martha’s Vineyard – UMass
Isaiah Jones, Mahar - Maine
Andrew Kestenbaum, Dartmouth – Rhode Island
Ben Koopman, Marblehead – Holy Cross
John Lavin, Falmouth – Bryant
Dan Light, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) – Fordham
Harrison Lyons, Avon Old Farms (Conn.)/Norwell - Bryant
Alec May, King Philip - Georgetown
Brian McDonald, Hebron Academy (Maine)/Westwood - Sacred Heart
Andrew Mizzoni, Gloucester – Holy Cross
Obum Obukwelu, BC High – Harvard
Ben Patrick, Rivers – UMass (preferred walk-on)
Jason Richard, Milford Academy (N.Y.)/Weston - Sacred Heart
Peter Savarese, BB&N - Dartmouth
Zach Smerlas, Lincoln-Sudbury – Brown
Keshaudas Spence, Taft (Conn.)/Catholic Memorial - Sacred Heart
Charlie Storey, Milton Academy - Dartmouth
Brian Strachan, St. Sebastian’s – Brown
Cam Sullivan, Westfield - Bryant
Jeff Synan, Plymouth North - Bryant
Ben Ticknor, Milton Academy - Dartmouth
John Wallace, Somerville – UMass
Ryan Welch, Lawrence Academy – UNH
Conor Wyand, Nashoba - Brown

DIVISION 2 RECRUITMENTS REPORTED
Nick Broughton, Marblehead - Merrimack
Matt Delaney, Barnstable - Assumption
Chris Mooney, Stoneham - Assumption
Mike Muir, Xaverian - Bentley
Bobby Richman, North Attleborough - Bentley
Chris Unis, Gloucester - Merrimack

DIVISION 3 RECRUITMENTS REPORTED
Eric Bertino, BB&N - Middlebury
Ned Deane, Andover - Amherst
Mike Devin, Bridgewater-Raynham, Bowdoin
James DiBlaisi, BB&N - Trinity
Josh Friedland, Marblehead - Bates
Jake Giovanucci, Dexter - Bowdoin
Mike Gustafson, Belmont Hill - Washington & Lee
Brett Harasimowicz, Duxbury - Middlebury
Mike Hogan, St. John's (Shrewsbury) - Wesleyan
Matt Perlow, Marblehead - Bowdoin
Mike Tomaino, Gloucester - Bates

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