Boston High School: University of New Hampshire

Cushing's Boyd commits to UNH

August, 1, 2013
Cushing Academy hockey defenseman Rich Boyd has given a verbal commitment to the University of New Hampshire, Penquins head coach Rob Gagnon confirmed to ESPN Boston Thursday.

Boyd, a 6-foot-3 native of Lake Worth, Fla., had nine goals and 15 assists in 32 games last season for the Martin/Earl Tournament champions.

"He's a kid that's had the opportunity to leave and play juniors somewhere, but he's stuck to the program," Penguins head coach Rob Gagnon said. "A lot of people in the hockey world appreciate that and it just shows you what kind of kid he is. He’s a high-character kid.”

Boyd, a 1995 birthdate, is expected to join the Wildcats in either 2014-15 or 2015-16.

His older brother, R.J. Boyd (a former Cushing skater and fellow defenseman), currently plays at Michigan State.

“I think that Rich’s ceiling is very high," Gagnon said. "The reason why I say that is that he seems to get better every day at some element of his game in practice. Defensively, he already has sandpaper to his game and has a good, active stick. And he makes good decisions with the puck on the breakout.”

Salvaggio switches commitment to UNH

May, 30, 2013
Former Xaverian hockey standout Jason Salvaggio has given a verbal commitment to the University of New Hampshire. The news of Salvaggio's decision was passed along via the New England Nordiques club team's Twitter account today.

Salvaggio, a Hanson native, previously committed to UConn in October, but recently reopened his recruitment.

The 5-foot-11, 187-pound left-shot forward skated with the Selects Advantage AAA team last year and was ranked 97th among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting's final rankings report ahead of the 2013 Draft.

The Over the Boards hockey blog reported that Salvaggio visited a host of Hockey East schools after de-committing, including UMass, Merrimack, Providence and Vermont, before choosing UNH.

Recruiting Notes: Frenzy leading to Signing Day

February, 1, 2013
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.


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.


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.


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.


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