Boston High School: Tabor Academy

Three New England skaters will represent Team U.S.A. at the upcoming Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

Malden Catholic forward Matt Filipe (Lynnfield, Mass.), Tabor Academy forward Erik Foley (Mansfield, Mass.) and Phillips Exeter defenseman Spenser Young (Brentwood, N.H.) made the cut.

Filipe and Foley were selected to the tournament featuring the best U-18 talent acrosse the glove, after both participated in the U.S.A. Hockey Select-17 Festival in New York.

The Hlinka Tournament will be held at sites in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in August.

2014 Mass. Football Player Rankings Updated

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ESPNU has updated its player rankings for the Class of 2014 in Massachusetts, and there are a few changes of note.

St. John's Prep running back Johnathan Thomas and St. Sebastian's linebacker Connor Strachan maintain the top two spots. Meanwhile, Doherty athlete Isaac Yiadom (3), Everett defensive back Lubern Figaro (4), Millis/Hopedale lineman Jon Baker (5) and Tabor Academy athlete Miles Wright (6) all move up one spot from the previous update in July.

Roxbury Latin linebacker Kevin Cohee and Leominster safety Jarell Addo both move up two spots to Nos. 7 and 8, respectively. Rounding out the Top 10 are two newcomers, Dexter lineman James Hendren (9) and Catholic Memorial defensive athlete Kevin Bletzer (10).

To see the full list of top prospects in Massachusetts, CLICK HERE.

Below is the Top 10, with college commitment in italics. You can also see the updated Top 10 list on our homepage:

1. Johnathan Thomas, RB, St. John's Prep - Maryland
2. Connor Strachan, LB, St. Sebastian's - Boston College
3. Isaac Yiadom, WR/DB, Doherty - Boston College
4. Lubern Figaro, DB, Everett
5. Jon Baker, OL, Millis/Hopedale - Boston College
6. Miles Wright, ATH, Tabor Academy
7. Kevin Cohee, LB, Roxbury Latin - Boston College
8. Jarell Addo, S, Leominster - UMass
9. James Hendren, OL, Dexter - Boston College
10. Kevin Bletzer, LB, Catholic Memorial - Boston College


Plymouth's Sylva heading to UMass

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A source told ESPNBoston.com this afternoon that former Tabor Academy linebacker Jason Sylva, now at Dean College, has committed to UMass for the 2014 season.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Sylva, a Plymouth resident, originally signed with UConn in February 2012, but ended up at Dean, a junior college based in Franklin, for last season. As a re-classified senior at Tabor in 2011, he was ranked a two-star prospect by ESPNU, and the No. 9 overall prospect in Massachusetts. He committed to UConn in June 2011 over offers from Boston College and Buffalo.

Sylva is the first Massachusetts resident to pledge to the Minutemen for their 2014 recruiting class.

Here is ESPN's evaluation of Sylva from signing day in February 2012:



Sylva is productive as a running back and linebacker. Has the ability to dominate on both sides of the ball at his present level of play. We feel his size and athleticism are best suited for the inside linebacker position at the major level of competition. The strong tackling skills he demonstrates should prove valuable as a special team's coverage defender; also has a blocked punt to his credit. Is a strong upright runner with good pull through ability but lacking lateral quickness and break away speed; runs good short/medium routes demonstrating the ability to catch out of the frame. We detect some hip tightness when playing in space however his balance and agility are better than average; does a good job with key and diagnosis reaction skills against the run and pass; is effective playing inside out and is quick to scrape off the edge. Works to play downhill while flashing the ability to move through traffic in pursuit of the football; long makeup speed is not a strong suit. Flashes potential as an inside and edge pass rusher; uses his upper body playing strength well but lacks a dominant closing burst to the quarterback. Demonstrates good short/medium route awareness with eyes on the passer however locking up in man coverage could challenge his playing speed and athleticism. This is a tough guy who makes his presence know when he gets to the football. Sylva is a boarder line major level prospect, worth keeping an eye on as the upcoming season unfolds.


Elite 75: Bunting, Ainge, Nelson shine

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New England Recruiting Report founder and editor Adam Finkelstein hosted the 8th annual New England Elite 75 showcase on Monday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The showcase, featuring New England’s top high school stars, schooled players on individual offensive drills and skill development and gave them an insight on what college coaches look for in a player.

The biggest stock-riser of the event may have been former Plymouth North forward Jesse Bunting, who will attend Tabor Academy and reclassify to the 2015 class this fall. Bunting, a heady big man who outplayed almost every other forward at the camp, has been playing AAU this summer with Expressions Elite. He received his first Division 1 offer this weekend from Holy Cross following the Crusaders’ elite camp.

"Yeah, that was pretty exciting hearing that all my work’s been paying off," Bunting said.

Several of his Expressions teammates, including top 100 recruits Abdul-Malik Abu (Kimball Union Academy) and Jared Terrell (Brewster Academy) also made late appearances. Abu, a physically-imposing 6-foot-8 forward, put down several skying dunks and dominated on the glass. Both are expected to cut down their lengthy college lists following the July live period.

Bunting said going up against the highly-touted Abu in practice has significantly helped his own development.

"Yeah, it definitely gets you prepared," Bunting said with a laugh. "In my workouts I’ve been trying to emphasize my shot and my dribbling, too. I need to work on my left-handed dribble."

Ainge carving his path

With his father, Boston Celtics’ President Danny Ainge, looking on, Crew Ainge stood out as one of the best point guards in the gym. Coming off a recovery from a wrist injury that resulted in the Kimball Union (N.H.) 2015 point guard becoming "out of shape" by his own admission, Ainge has begun to increase his physical training level.

Ainge works out regularly with trainers at the Celtics’ facility, with an emphasis on building his strength and improving his offensive skills. As a result, a slew of local Division 1 schools have expressed interest in Ainge this summer while playing for the New England Playaz AAU program. Originally thinking that as an incoming junior he would be playing for the Playaz’ 16U squad, expect Ainge to play a significant amount of minutes this July for the Playaz 17’s squad.

"There’s a little better competition. I was playing more than enough on the 17’s so I decided to stay there," he said.

His brother Cooper, who went to Brigham Young University as a recruited walk-on, is currently on his two-year Mormon mission in Chile. Crew says it is "most likely a big possibility" that he will also go on his Mormon mission before he begins his college hoops career.

Going forward with his recruitment, which is sure to expand during the July live period, Ainge says that his dad, for the most part, lets him handle his own recruiting.

"He actually kind of lets me handle most of it," Crew said. "He just tells me not to brag or boast about it—just to let it happen. Not to seek after coaches, just to let them come, if I keep working and getting better they’ll come, and not to even worry about it."

MIAA stars gearing up

Central Catholic Class of 2014 stars Tyler Nelson and Nick Cambio were both very impressive at Elite 75. Nelson was lights-out from beyond the three-point arc, while Cambio showed to be one of the best rebounders and interior defenders at the entire event.
Nelson -- who has picked up Division 1 offers this summer from Dartmouth, Jacksonville, Fairfield, George Washington, and Vermont -- will travel with Cambio and the rest of their BABC squad down to the Nike Peach Jam on July 11, where they'll try to win an 18th national championship for the revered club.

***Tyonne Malone, a 6-foot-3 forward who will be attending defending state champion Springfield Putnam this season, was also very impressive. A creative lefty who can score in a variety of ways and overpower perimeter defenders, Malone will be in instant-impact type of player as the Beavers will be playing for their second consecutive state championship.

***Makai Ashton-Langford, a rising sophomore at St. Peter-Marian who has been playing AAU this summer with Mass Rivals, showed well after picking up his first Division 1 offer this past weekend from the University of Rhode Island. Still only 14 years old, he has an understanding of the game that is far beyond his years. Expect him to play a significant amount of minutes for St. Peter-Marian this coming year.

***Ben Judson will be looked at to be "the guy" for St. John’s Prep this coming year, and the rising junior guard has shown that he should be up to the task. A lights-out left-handed shooter, Judson has significantly improved his scoring off the dribble and has added a lot of upper body strength, as the Prep looks forward to their first year under new head coach John Dullea.

Bryant offers Tabor Academy's Miles Wright

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The offers continue to pour in for Tabor Academy Class of 2014 two-sport star Miles Wright, the latest this afternoon from Bryant University's basketball program.

"Great visit today, picked up another scholarship offer from Bryant University!" Wright wrote in a tweet.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Wright is drawing interest in basketball, where he is a shooting guard, and football, where he plays quarterback. Boston College and Syracuse have offered strictly for football, while Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, Brown and Bryant have offered for basketball only. UMass and Yale have an interest in Wright playing both sports for them, while New Hampshire and Holy Cross have expressed interest in having him for either sport.

Earlier this month, Wright told ESPNBoston.com correspondent Chris Bradley he likely won't be making a decision on college until the fall, telling him, "I’m going to wait until summer is over, just so that I have a good feel of what schools really want me."

Wright previously starred at Boston Latin for three years, before transferring to Tabor last summer and re-classifying to the 2014 class. He made his impact felt immediately on the gridiron, accounting for 23 touchdowns (12 passing, 11 rushing) for the 6-2 Seawolves. ESPN ranks him as a three-star prospect, and the No. 6 overall football recruit in Massachusetts.

Tabor's Wright impresses at Elite 11

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Tabor ACademy quarterback Miles Wright made a splash over the weekend at Elite 11, an annual nationwide football showcase that gives quarterbacks the ability to hone their skills and learn from high-level coaches. The regional showcase that Wright attended was held at The Ohio State University campus, in Columbus.

“It was great, I met a lot of good people and I learned a lot. It was crazy that I was sitting talking to kids with Alabama and LSU offers,” Wright said.

Thanks to over 700 votes online via Twitter, Wright had an opportunity to advance to the “pressure chamber” round of the showcase -- a more selective set of drills for the top players in attendance.

“That was a blessing," he said. "It was crazy to see how many people were supporting me, whether they knew me well or not, just because of where I’m from.”

He reported that he recently picked up a scholarship offer from Syracuse, adding to his list of offers that includes Boston College, Holy Cross, UMass, and Yale. Wright is a star basketball player as well -- UMass, Holy Cross, and Yale have all suggested Wright is welcome to play both sports at their respective schools. He says he would prefer to play both sports in college, but if he sees it fit to pick one over the other, that’s a decision he’ll make in the fall.

"I’m going to wait until summer is over," he said. "Just so that I have a good feel of what schools really want me."

BC and Syracuse offered the 6-foot-4 Wright as a quarterback or an athlete. He’ll be at Boston College for their camp on June 9, while he will be visiting Syracuse sometime in mid-June.

Askew among locals on track for USHL

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While South Boston native Cam Askew already had been selected in the United States Hockey League's Draft last year, the Cushing Academy forward was tied to the top of Phase 1 of the 2013 Draft.

Holding the top pick in Monday's draft proceedings, the Indiana Ice decided to forego using their pick, instead signing a tender with the Boston University commit. Indiana had selected Askew with the 89th overall pick last May.

This is the second year of the tender system by USHL rules. All players signed to tenders guarantee that they will play in a minimum of 50 percent of their teams games in the upcoming season.

Here's a look at all the skaters with local connections who were selected during Monday's proceedings:

Round 1, Pick 11: Ryan Dmowski (Oakdale, Conn.), C , The Gunnery - Des Moines

Round 3, Pick 5: Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow), F, Boston Junior Bruins - Cedar Rapids

Round 3, Pick 15: Spencer Young (Brentwood, N.H.), D, Phillips Exeter - Dubuque

Round 4, Pick 3: Austin Rook (Shrewsbury), D, Rivers - Des Moines

Round 4, Pick 5: Cal Burke (Boxborough), C, Noble & Greenough - Cedar Rapids

Round 5, Pick 3: Callum Booth (Montreal, PQ), G, Salisbury - Muskegon

Round 5, Pick 15: Lincoln Griffin (Walpole), F, Thayer Academy - Dubuque

Round 6, Pick 5: Erik Foley (Mansfield), F, Tabor Academy - Cedar Rapids

Round 6, Pick 10: Liam Darcy (South Berwick, Maine), D, Berwick Academy - Green Bay

Round 7, Pick 15: Elijah Harris (Haverhill), G, Austin Prep - Dubuque

Sotir, Monteiro to walk-on at UMass

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A source confirmed to ESPNBoston.com tonight that UMass has added two more in-state prospects to its growing list of preferred walk-ons for the 2013 season.

Bob McGovern of the Maroon Musket was the first to report that Worcester Tech offensive lineman Chris Sotir will be walking-on to the Minutemen's program. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder was a captain for an Eagles squad that went 3-8 this past season.

The source also confirmed that former Brockton High standout Jesse Monteiro will be walking on. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder did a post-graduate season at Tabor Academy this past fall. In 2011 with Brockton, Monteiro caught 14 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and had two interceptions on defense. Monteiro was an impact at several positions last fall for the Seawolves -- most notably wide receiver, slotback, cornerback and kick returner -- but generally projects to either cornerback or slot receiver at the college level.

That adds to the growing list of Class of 2013 prospects set to walk-on. Sotir and Monteiro join Barnstable's Andrew Ellis, Dennis-Yarmouth's Joe Tyo, Dexter's Costa Toubekis, Medfield's Will Giggi, Mystic Valley's Klysmann Afonso, and Mashpee's Jordan Keli'inui and Zak Orcutt among the preferred in-state walk-ons.

Recruiting Notes: Frenzy leading to Signing Day

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The second half of January featured a flurry of activity with regard to New England players committing to colleges. Some of the notable commitments:

Recruiting Notebook"Everett High School wide receiver/defensive back Jakarrie Washington to Wisconsin: Recruiting writers were scrambling last week when word leaked that Washington would be joining the Badgers, since he was relatively unknown outside of Massachusetts. He had no other scholarship offers at the time of his commitment. What Washington does have is speed. He has reportedly run the 40 in 4.4 seconds. He's also versatile. He caught 33 passes for 439 yards and nine touchdowns last season, when he also carried the ball 75 times for 697 yards and 15 touchdowns.

"St. John's Prep running back Alex Moore to Pennsylvania: Many thought Moore would join teammate Lucas Bavaro at Dartmouth, but he selected Penn – the first school to make him an offer. Moore, perhaps the best two-way player in Massachusetts last season, helped St. John's Prep win the EMass Division I Super Bowl and claimed the third annual ESPN Boston “Mr. Football” award, which is given annually to the best player in the state. Moore, who will likely play on the defensive side of the ball in college, made 67 tackles (five for loss), recorded four interceptions and forced four fumbles during his senior season. He also rushed for 857 yards and 14 touchdowns, and caught 20 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns.

"Windsor (Conn.) defensive end Cole Ormsby to Connecticut: Ormsby committed to UMass in June, but switched that commitment last week. Ormsby led the state with 17 sacks last season, when Hand defeated Windsor 23-6 in the Class L championship game. He completed his senior season with 85 tackles.

SIGN HERE

Wednesday is National Signing Day, and ESPNU will have 10 hours of coverage beginning at 9 a.m. At least 17 of the nation's top uncommitted recruits are expected to announce their college decision live during the telecast. Rece Davis and Dari Nowkhah will host the coverage from Charlotte, N.C.

ESPNU will have reporters at the following schools: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Texas, Texas AM and USC. The station will also air a two-hour preview show on Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m.

THESE GUYS ARE COMMITTED

Nine of New England's top 10 recruits (as rated by ESPN) have verbally committed to college programs. Six of the 10 players are from Connecticut, and the four others are from Massachusetts. Here's where those players will be playing next season:

John Montelus, OG (Everett High School): Notre Dame
Maurice Hurst Jr., DT (Xaverian Brothers): Michigan
Tim Boyle, QB (Xavier): Boston College
Noel Thomas, ATH (St. Luke's): Connecticut
John Van Allen, OLB (Avon Old Farms): Harvard
Sadiq Olanrewaju, OT (Salisbury School): Virginia
Cory Jasudowich, ILB (Cheshire Academy): Connecticut
Tevin Montgomery, OT (Tabor Academy): Boston College
Jack McDonald, OG (BC High): Virginia.

Note: Thomas, who played for his father at St. Luke's in New Canaan, Conn., enrolled at UConn for the spring semester. Thomas played wide receiver, quarterback and running back in prep school, and finished his career with 4,888 yards of offense and 53 touchdowns. He is expected to play wide receiver in college.

BULLDOG MENTALITY

Michael Dulac, Vermont's Gatorade Player of the Year for the 2012 season, has committed to play for Division I Bryant University. The Bulldogs compete in the Northeast Conference.

Dulac, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman, led Hartford High School (White River Jct.) to three consecutive Division I championships. He started on each side of the ball in all 43 games of his high school career.

Dulac reportedly had offers from eight schools, and selected Bryant over Dartmouth.

NEW HAMPSHIRE LANDS LINEBACKER

Proctor Academy fullback/linebacker Odaine Franklyn committed to the University of New Hampshire on Thursday.

Franklin made 48 tackles last season. He also rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Proctor finished the season with an 8-1 record.

Franklyn, who was recruited to play linebacker, was a three-year starter for White Plains (N.Y.) High School before he enrolled at Proctor Academy. He had scholarship offers from Akron and Albany coming out of high school.

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

Recruiting Notes: It's BC for Montgomery

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The uncertainty regarding the Boston College coaching situation didn't make the school any less attractive to Tabor Academy's Tevin Montgomery, who committed to BC on Sunday.

Recruiting NotebookMontgomery said BC's location was a huge factor in his decision. Although Montgomery's mother lives in Texas, he lives with his guardians in Boston.

ESPN lists Montgomery as a three-star offensive lineman, but he said he was recruited to play defensive tackle. He is the first recruit to commit to BC since the school fired coach Frank Spaziani last month.

“I knew it was a possibility [Spaziani would be fired], but coaches shouldn't be the deciding factor,” Montgomery said. “I chose BC for the school, not for the coach. I liked talking to the other recruits. They seem like good guys. I also like the fact that I'll be around my support system [in Boston].”

Montgomery, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound senior, also had scholarship offers from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Rutgers, Temple, Vanderbilt and Virginia. BC was the first school to extend him a scholarship offer.

He narrowed his choices to BC, Vanderbilt and Virginia, and said he final decision was a choice between BC and Vanderbilt.

Montgomery grew up playing basketball, and didn't start to play organized football until last year. He is the No. 3 prospect from Massachusetts in the Class of 2013.

“I didn't finalize things until [Sunday],” Montgomery said. “I called coach Devine [Sean Devine] and he confirmed everything with the AD, since they don't have a head coach.

“It was a hard decision. If it wasn't then I would have committed already. I didn't rush it, but I didn't want to procrastinate because that could have been dangerous for me too. I finally decided BC would be best for me.”

HOLT HAS DEFENSIVE ATTITUDE
New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Fordham, Colgate, Holy Cross and Marist are among the schools pursuing Ricky Holt, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman from Portsmouth (N.H.) High School.

Holt, who is also a pitcher/first baseman on Portsmouth varsity baseball team, has led the Clippers to the Division III championship in each of the past two seasons. Holy Cross and Colgate visited Portsmouth High School last month, and Maine is scheduled to stop by this week.

“He's matured greatly since last year,” Portsmouth coach Bill Murphy said. “This year he became a leader. He led by example more than anything else. I think if you talked to any coach we played against they would tell you that they had to know where he was first and foremost.”

ACADEMIC EXERCISE
The 25th annual Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire college football recruiting night will be held Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tewksbury Country Club in Tewksbury.

Representatives from colleges throughout the Northeast will be in attendance. There is no cost to players.

For more details, contact Brian Hickey (978) 640-7834 or Ed Harrison (978) 694-6065.

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

Tabor's Tevin Montgomery commits to BC

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Tabor Academy offensive/defensive lineman Tevin Montgomery has verbally committed to Boston College for the fall of 2013, he announced this evening on his Twitter account.

"Boston College, class of 2017!!" he wrote in a post on Twitter.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Montgomery helped lead Tabor to a 6-2 record this year, and helped pave the way for quarterback Miles Wright to have a record-setting season in his first year at quarterback. He is the No. 3 overall prospect in Massachusetts.

Back in September, Montgomery told correspondent Roger Brown that he had narrowed his list down to three schools: Vanderbilt, Virginia, and the aforementioned Eagles.

"BC was my first scholarship offer," Montgomery told Brown. "They were the school that put me on the map."

Recruiting Notes: Prep's Bavaro set for Dartmouth

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Lucas Bavaro called it the toughest decision he's ever made, but in the days leading up to the deadline the choice became clear: He was going to play college football at Dartmouth.

Recruiting NotebookBavaro, a senior at St. John's Prep, received an offer from Dartmouth after attending a football camp there last summer. An offer from Colgate was also on the table, but the Dartmouth coaches asked Bavaro to give them a decision no later than early November.

“It really came down to Colgate and Dartmouth,” Bavaro said. “They wanted me to go early decision, so I think they needed an answer by November 5, but I didn't even need the deadline. Every day I became more and more confident with my decision.”

Bavaro, who plays tight end and an outside linebacker/strong safety hybrid position for St. John's Prep, committed to the Big Green earlier this month. He will play safety in college.

Several other Ivy League schools showed interest in Bavaro, as did FBS schools like Boston College and Connecticut. Bavaro said BC asked him to attend prep school for a year before enrolling, but he had no interest in going that route. He said Ivy League football – and an Ivy League education – had a special appeal.

“My dad [former NFL tight end Mark Bavaro] said football is not forever,” Bavaro said. “I was also thinking about life after football.”

Bavaro, an 18-year-old Boxford resident, will join former Everett High School quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso at Dartmouth next season. DiBiaso is currently attending Phillips Exeter Academy.

“When [Dartmouth] made the offer I was ecstatic,” Bavaro said. “Location was one of the factors. It's like a six-hour ride to Colgate. Dartmouth is about two hours.

“I thought about this decision every day. It feels great to get it over with.”

PINKERTON'S RISING STAR
Pinkerton Academy (Derry, N.H.) running back Manny Latimore will likely be the top-rated recruit in New Hampshire next season.

Latimore ran for 177 yards and scored two touchdowns – one on a 78-yard punt return – in Saturday's 31-21 loss to Exeter in New Hampshire's Division I championship game. Latimore rushed for 1,477 yards and 27 touchdowns during his junior season.

Latimore also starts in the defensive backfield for a Pinkerton team that has reached the Division I title game in each of the last three seasons.

“I think I've been around this long enough to know if a kid can play in college, and football is in Manny's future,” Pinkerton Academy coach Brian O'Reilly said. “I think he'll be a running back. He can run inside and he can run outside. He can also catch the ball.”

Matt Jordan (UMass), Ryan Mihalko (Notre Dame) and Joe Segreti (Holy Cross) are among the Pinkerton Academy running backs who have played in college.

“Manny has track speed and he has football speed,” O'Reilly said. “Sometimes that track speed doesn't always translate. A lot will depend on what camps he attends this summer.”

QUARTERBACK OPTIONS
As reported on ESPN Boston earlier this week, Tabor Academy quarterback Miles Wright received a scholarship offer from UMass last weekend.

Wright transferred to Tabor Academy from Boston Latin, and is repeating his junior year. UMass has one QB in its current recruiting class: Todd Stafford of The Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn. Stafford, a three-star recruit, committed in March.

Wright is a dual-threat quarterback who scored 23 touchdowns (12 passing) in eight games for Tabor this season.

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

UMass offers Tabor QB Miles Wright

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Tabor Academy junior Miles Wright picked up his first Division 1 football offer from UMass on Sunday.

The 6-foot-4 Wright is a two-sport standout who transferred to the Marion, Mass. campus this past summer and reclassified, following a solid junior season at Boston Latin School. He's generated interest from several notable Division 1 programs this fall due to his performance and physical talents.

Wright quarterbacked Tabor to a 6-2 record this year, compiling 23 total touchdowns (12 passing, 11 rushing). The impressive run included a stellar performance against St. Thomas More (Conn.) in which he threw for 63 yards and two touchdowns, and gained 235 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

“I talked to [members of the UMass staff] previously, but I’ve never been to campus or seen a game or anything like that,” Wright said. “I think [senior RB/DB) Jesse Monteiro and I are going to their game on Saturday at Gillette Stadium though.”

Also a Division 1 prospect in basketball, Wright is gradually making the adjustment from the gridiron to the hardwood, as he will be expected to be one of Tabor’s leading scorers this coming season.

“We’re good, we’ll definitely be a smaller team, but we’ll be good. We’ve only had four or five practices so far, but I’m really excited about it,” he said.

Wright also has football interest from Boston College, Virginia, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.

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

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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.

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

Recruiting Notes: Tabor's Montgomery trims list

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Tabor Academy's Tevin Montgomery narrowed his college options to three schools during the summer, and he's almost ready to announce where he'll be playing football next season.

Montgomery, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive lineman, will choose between Boston College, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

“That is the situation, and I think I'll make the decision real soon,” Montgomery said. “Probably within a week or two.”

Montgomery is the top-rated uncommitted recruit from Massachusetts. ESPN Recruiting lists him as a three-star offensive tackle, but Montgomery said he's being recruited to play on the defensive side of the ball.

Montgomery, who didn't begin playing organized football until last year, has also received scholarship offers from Temple, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rutgers, Maryland and Missouri.

“BC, Vanderbilt and Virginia were the three that fit me the best as a student-athlete,” Montgomery said. “They're schools with a lot in common. They all have great academics and a football team that's on the rise.

“BC was my first scholarship offer. They were the school that put me on the map.”

Montgomery won't be in uniform when Tabor opens its season this weekend. He's still recovering from ankle surgery that was performed in August. He said he expects to miss Tabor's first three games.

Montgomery said he'll likely announce his college choice before he plays in a game this season.

“I was going to take official visits, but now I think I'll just take an official to the school I commit to,” Montgomery said. “I think I've made up my mind. I just want to make sure it's the right decision.”

Staying in-state: New Hampshire's top prospect in the Class of 2013 came off the board Saturday when Souhegan's Jake Kennedy committed to the University of New Hampshire.

“I knew UNH was going to be a very comfortable place for me,” Kennedy said. “I love the school and I know the football program is great. They win a lot of games, and staying in-state was definitely a factor for me.

“I also felt very comfortable with Coach McDonnell [UNH head coach Sean McDonnell]. There's no BS. With him it's what you see is what you get.”

Kennedy, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive tackle, also had offers from Massachusetts, Colgate, Fordham, Holy Cross, Maine and Rhode Island. He said he strongly considered Fordham and UMass as well.

“They were both a close second, but I always felt more comfortable at UNH,” Kennedy said. “I've wanted to go there for a while. I was just waiting to see what else might come along.”

Kennedy also plays varsity basketball for Souhegan, which is located in Amherst.

“Jake did all he could in terms of being thorough and diligent in terms of looking at all of the schools,” Souhegan coach Mike Beliveau said. “I don't know if he'll project to be an offensive tackle or an offensive guard, but he moves real well for a 280-pound kid. He's a finisher in terms of his blocking. He doesn't take a play off. He plays hard on every play.”

The Wright stuff: Although Holy Name running back Quron Wright is on pace to break the school's career rushing record (5,037 yards, held by Emil Igwenagu), Holy Name head coach Mike Pucko is having difficulty convincing college coaches that Wright can play at the next level.

The problem, Pucko said, is Wright's height.

“We list him at 5-7, 165 pounds, but he's closer to 5-5,” said Pucko, who played at the University of Connecticut. “The kid is the real deal, but because of his height I'm having a hard time selling him to people. He can dunk a basketball and he runs a legit 4.5 (40-yard dash), but these guys don't want to take a chance on a kid his size.”

Pucko said he has at least two other college prospects on his roster: senior Basit Dennis, a 6-foot-1, 290-pound two-way tackle; and senior Dan Kegbeh, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back.

“Dennis is from Liberia, and he'll probably get the best shot of the three,” Pucko said. “Kegbeh is the center on the basketball team. He's got a huge upside. Donnie Brown [Connecticut's defensive coordinator] thinks he could be a I-A player. He's got 4.39 speed, and he's a hitter too.”

Wright entered this season with 3,637 yards rushing, and has gained 446 yards on the ground in Holy Name's first two games. He's in his fifth season of varsity football, and his fourth as a starter.

“He'd be a steal at the Division II level, but I know he can he can play higher than that,” Pucko said.

Ineligible receiver? The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference is scheduled to announce Thursday whether or not Sacred Heart (Waterbury) wide receiver David Coggins will be eligible for the 2012 season.

Coggins, who committed to Boston College in July, missed last season with an ankle injury. He and another Sacred Heart player, Javon Martin, attempted to transfer to Naugatuck after the 2011-12 school year, but Sacred Heart refused to release either player's transcript because each had an outstanding tuition balance.

Naugatuck coach Rob Plasky was then put on paid leave after it was alleged that he violated CIAC rules by giving money to the players who wanted to transfer. Plasky resigned one day after he was placed on leave.

Coggins, a three-star wide receiver, returned to Sacred Heart, but was not allowed to play in Thursday night's 46-0 loss to Woodland.

Footnotes: La Salle Academy running back Josh Morris, Rhode Island's Gatorade Player of the Year last season, has offers from Bryant, Valparaiso, Monmouth and Brown. Morris said he's also receiving interest from BYU, Louisiana Tech, Pennsylvania, Yale, UNH, Villanova, Holy Cross, Towson and Massachusetts. He's rushed for 285 yards and has 145 receiving yards in two games this season...Exeter (N.H) placekicker Logan Laurent made each of his seven point-after kicks and put the ball in or out of the end zone on each of his kickoffs during Friday night's 49-0 victory over Manchester Central. Laurent has been offered a scholarship from UNH...Ansonia (Conn.) running back Arkeel Newsome, one of Connecticut's top prospects from the Class of 2014, rushed for 197 yards and five touchdowns on nine carries in a 66-26 victory over Torrington last Friday. Newsome set Connecticut's single-season rushing record when he ran for 3,763 yards and scored 62 TDs last season.

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

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