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New England Roundup: Connecticut

June, 2, 2011
Shelton’s High School’s James Tate has certainly received his share of media attention recently. Perhaps even more attention than he would have liked.

ConnecticutTate found himself in the national spotlight last month after he was banned from attending his senior prom when he asked his date, Sonali Rodrigues, to the event by taping cardboard letters to the front wall of his high school.

The controversy died when Shelton school officials reversed their original decision and allowed Tate to attend the prom, which will be held this Saturday. Then Tate made headlines for a completely different reason.

His 5-over-par 76 at Race Brook Country Club on Tuesday earned him medalist honors at the Southern Connecticut Conference golf championship.

“I made tons of putts,” Tate said. “That’s how I got it done. I shot lights out. Best round I’ve ever shot.”

His low round helped Shelton win the program’s first team championship as well.

The Gaels shot a 317 team total. Amity finished second with a 332, and Notre Dame-West Haven was third with a 333.

Tate’s round included three birdies. Fairfield Prep’s Matt Mastronardi finished second with a 77.

“It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks, but I had fun [Tuesday] and shot well,” Tate said.

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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.

Fedrick, Logan Jr. drawing interest

February, 17, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his blog with two potential Division 1 FBS recruits, Salem (N.H.)'s Jerickson Fedrick and Dexter's Abner Logan Jr.

The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Fedrick says he's hearing the most from UConn, Boston College and UNH after a stellar junior season, in which he ran for 1,568 yards and 30 touchdowns despite splitting carries with Gatorade Player of the Year Max Jacques. Fedrick also said he's heard from Maine and Nebraska, though the schools aren't "all over me, but they're showing interest."

Fedrick told Brown both BC and UNH have asked him to take an unofficial visit, and that he also plans to attend junior days at BC, UConn and UNH.

"I'll probably play running back [in college], but I'll take any opportunity I can get," he told Brown.

Meanwhile, Dexter running back Abner Logan Jr. continues to rise on the recruiting radar following his transfer last season from New Hampton (N.H.) Prep. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Logan is a specimen, and has heard from Syracuse, Penn State, NC State, BC, Florida and Tennessee. UMass is the only school currently verbally offering Logan, and he's projected as an outside linebacker by every interested school but 'Cuse, which also likes him at running back.

"They all pretty much say the same thing: 'This kid can run. He can hit, but we want to see him in person,'" Dexter head coach Casey Day told Brown. "He's big and athletic, but they're not so sure about the level of competition. They all want to see him in camp.

"Once he does the summer circuit thing, I'd guess he'll have a pocket full of offers. Once he plays against some better competition he's gonna raise some eyebrows."

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