Boston High School: Yale

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

October, 23, 2012
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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.

O'Gara back for 2nd round of Bruins camp

June, 28, 2012
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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Milton Academy's Rob O'Gara just graduated high school. but he's already a veteran of Boston Bruins development camp.

For the second straight summer, the Nesconset, N.Y. native is skating in the camp alongside the organization's top prospects.

A year ago, O'Gara was selected in the fifth round (151st) of the NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins. Next season, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound blue-liner will skate at Yale.

On Thursday, O'Gara was back at Wilmington's Ristuccia Center to get back to work under the watchful eye of Bruins brass and assistant general manager Don Sweeney. We caught up with him after the team's morning practice for this Q-and-A:

Q: You were part of a NEPSAC championship team in 2010-11, but you chose to go back for another year and the team had a tough year last year. What did you learn from that experience?

A: "That was the biggest thing, being a leader to that group of guys, being able to show them the ropes right off the bat, getting into the weight program in the fall. Sort of that whole experience of being that leader, I learned a lot in that sense. From a hockey sense, I got play more of an offensive role than I did in the past because I consider myself more of a stay-at-home defenseman. I was able to run the power play and learn a lot about that element of the game, that was very helpful."

Q: What will you take from your time at Milton Academy?

A: "From the time going into Milton [to now], I feel like a completely different person. I learned so much about myself, what I can do. I think that's the biggest thing, gaining confidence to go after my goals

Q: What do you take from the experience of going through development camp last year to this year's camp?

A: "I knew sort of what to expect. On the first day last year, we tested right away in the morning We hit that pretty and it was hell. So I tried to prepare myself the best that I could for that. I've been hitting the gym a lot and getting on the ice, trying to get my feet back under me after not skating for a while. I've been skating a lot this spring. I knew it was going to be tough getting back into it. I knew this was going to be a tough week, so I wanted to prepare myself the best I could."

Q: Have you been working with anyone in particular in the offseason?

A: "Back home, I go to Boris Bykovsky, I skate with him a lot. I played with him for a few years. He's a great coach, he knows so much. It was good to be back at home. He knows so much. This summer I'll have the Yale workout program. I'll be hitting the ice as much as I can and against the best competition I can find. I just want to get ready for next year best I can and just keep developing."

Milton Academy's O'Gara gets taste of NHL

July, 7, 2011
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Bruins fourth-round draft pick and Milton Academy junior Rob O’Gara reaffirmed with ESPNBoston.com that he will return to the ISL school for his final year of eligibility. O’Gara, a Massapequa, N.Y., native, repeated his junior year this season after transferring into the New England powerhouse.

The deceivingly lanky 6-foot-4, 197-pounder, who just turned 18 on Wednesday, is well aware of the development he needs to make over the next year before heading off to Yale in the fall of 2012. At the first day of the Bruins' Development Camp held at Wilmington's Ristuccia Arena, O'Gara did 10 reps of 155 pounds on the bench press Thursday morning at the fitness testing. He’s shooting for a target weight of 205 pounds by September, and 220 by this time next year, and says his diet currently calls for at least 3,000 calories per day.

“I’ve gotta fill out, I know that,” he said. “Testing this morning just shows that. It’s going to be a lot of hard work. Just gotta keep skating, keep hitting the gym, and it’ll come.”

Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said O’Gara is “a piece of clay right now, albeit it’s a big piece.”

“At 6-foot-4, it can change. Things have come at him here a little quicker in the last, I’d say, eight months,” Sweeney said. “But we got a chance, I did in particular and other people got a chance to see him a lot. He’s in our backyard. We went down and spoke to him and he’s excited. This is probably catching him a little off guard in terms of the preparation aspect of it.

“As I mentioned, you come from the prep-school ranks and, you know, there’s a lot to digest here in a short period of time. The good thing is there’s no timetable for him. He’s not going to get any smaller. He’s only going to fill out and continue to get better. And he’s going to be right in our backyard for another year then on to a real good program in Yale. So I think that he’ll learn a lot. He’ll be one of those kids that walks out of here, hopefully, and learns an awful lot and takes some of this stuff going forward.”

Milton Academy's O'Gara taken by Bruins

June, 25, 2011
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Milton Academy junior Rob O'Gara didn't have to wander far to find his NHL team as the Stanley Cup champion Bruins selected him 151st overall in the fifth round of the NHL Entry Draft.

The Massapequa, N.Y. native was at home, watching the draft unfurl via the computer. He received a message from his advisor saying, "Great pick."

Then, there was confusion.

"My dad was like, 'Wait a minute, what's going on?'" O'Gara said. "Because we hadn't refreshed the computer screen yet and we saw that I was picked by the Bruins.

"And I can't describe how happy I was."

A few minutes later, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound blue-liner received a phone call from Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney confirming the pick.

O'Gare scored two goals with seven assists for nine points in 30 games in his junior season with the New England champion Milton Academy squad. He said he plans to stay on with Milton Academy for another year before matriculating to Yale.

The only thing that will have to change is his rooting interest.

"I've been an Islanders fan since I was born, mostly as a result of my dad," O'Gara confessed. "I've been watching games since I was five probably and I've loved [hockey] ever since."

L-S' DeNormandie named Mass. Gatorade Player of the Year

February, 23, 2011
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The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Cole DeNormandie of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year. DeNormandie is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

The 6-foot, 180-pound senior forward recorded 18 goals and six assists this past season, leading the Warriors (14-2-2) to the Division 1 North Sectional quarterfinals. A 2010 ESPN RISE Third Team All-American selection and a two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, DeNormandie was also the 2010 Boston Globe Division 1 Player of the Year and a three-time Dual County League MVP. He concluded his prep soccer career with 64 goals and 20 assists.

DeNormandie has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and with Students Against Destructive Decisions.

“Cole DeNormandie has really developed his game,” said John Frederick, DeNormandie’s club coach with the New England Revolution. “He’s a big kid, a gifted athlete. He runs very, very well, he’s good in the air and he’s good on the ground. What he’s been blessed with athletically, you can’t understate. I think he’s going to be a great goal-scorer.”

DeNormandie has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Cincinnati this fall.

DeNormandie joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Players of the Year Leon Brown (2009-10, The Roxbury Latin School), Charlie Rugg (2008-09, The Rivers School), and Jan Trnka-Amrhein (2007-08, Noble and Greenough School) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Here are the winners from the other five New England states:

CONNECTICUT: KEVIN MICHALAK, FARMINGTON
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior midfielder led the Indians to a 16-2-3 record and the Class LL state championship this past season. Michalak recorded 14 goals and eight assists, including a goal and assist in Farmington’s 2-1 win over Staples High in the state title game. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Michalak was also an NSCAA Scholar All-American. The MVP of the state championship match, Michalak concluded his prep soccer career with 25 goals and 22 assists.

Michalak has maintained an A average in the classroom. A member of his school’s Chamber Singers, he has volunteered locally at the Farmington Town Fair and with American Red Cross blood-donation drives.

“Kevin Michalak is an all-around poster child type of kid,” said Dave Farrell, Michalak’s club coach with Oakwood Soccer Club. “He’s a great athlete, super intelligent. He’s a midfielder with a very large amount of finesse with the ball. He’s attack-minded and sees the game very well.”

Michalak will attend Yale University this fall, where he will play soccer.

Michalak joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Boys Soccer Players of the Year Kofi Agyapong (2009-10, St. Luke's School), Colin Bradley (2008-09, Avon Old Farms School), and Pat Boucher (2007-08, Cromwell) among the state’s list of former award winners.

RHODE ISLAND: MARCOS UGARTE, PROVIDENCE COUNTRY DAY
The 5-foot-7, 140-pound senior midfielder and forward recorded 16 goals and three assists this past season, leading the Knights to a 5-13 record. An All-New England Region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Ugarte was a Providence Journal All-State selection and a First Team All-State pick as voted by the state coaches. Ugarte concluded his prep soccer career with 27 goals and 32 assists.

Ugarte has maintained a 3.15 GPA in the classroom. A member of his school’s Chess Club, he has volunteered locally at a youth soccer camp and with Habitat for Humanity.

Ugarte joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Soccer Players of the Year two-time winner Nick Dubee (2009-10 & 2008-09, Chariho), and Brett Uttley (2007-08, North Kingstown) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Ugarte has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at Providence College this fall.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: ERIC JAYNE, HANOVER
The 5-foot-9 senior forward led the Marauders to a 17-1 record and the Division II state title this past season. Jayne recorded 17 goals and 12 assists and broke the school career record with 50 goals. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he scored six goals in the postseason, including the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining in the state final against Bedford. Jayne was named First Team All-State for the second straight season.

Jayne has maintained a 3.64 GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria. Also a talented cellist and devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his area’s CROP Hunger Walk.

Jayne will attend Dartmouth College this fall, where he will play soccer.

Jayne joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Boys Soccer Players of the Year Josh Vlasich (2009-10, Exeter), Kenny Kolbeck (2008-09, Pinkerton Academy), and Brad Hilton (2007-08, Merrimack) among the state’s list of former award winners.

MAINE: FAZAL NABI, PORTLAND
The 6-foot senior midfielder recorded 20 goals and 20 assists this past season, leading the Bulldogs (15-2-1) to the Class A state final. Nabi was an All-New England selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was named First Team All-State for the third straight season.

Nabi has maintained an A average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of an area soup kitchen, Ronald McDonald House Charities and youth soccer camps.

Nabi has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at Providence College this fall.

Nabi joins recent Gatorade Maine Boys Soccer Players of the Year two-time winner Gabe Hoffman-Johnson (2009-10 & 2008-09, Falmouth), and Oliver Blum (2007-08, Greely) among the state’s list of former award winners.

VERMONT: PAUL BIANCHI, ESSEX
The 5-foot-11 senior forward led the Hornets to a 14-4 record and the Division I state title this past season. Bianchi recorded 21 goals and four assists and was an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He was also named First Team All-Metro for the third consecutive season and was selected First Team All-State by the Burlington Free Press for the second straight season.

Bianchi has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of a soccer program for children with special needs.

Bianchi has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of New Hampshire.

Bianchi joins recent Gatorade Vermont Boys Soccer Players of the Year Andrew Mercier (2009-10, South Burlington) Rob Cole (2008-09, South Burlington), and Tyler Macnee (2007-08, Champlain Valley Union) among the state’s list of former award winners.

NMH's Cotton headed to Yale

October, 19, 2010
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ESPN's Adam Finkelstein is reporting that Northfield-Mt. Hermon small forward Armani Cotton has verbally committed to Yale University for the fall of 2011.

Cotton, a 6-foot-6 wing from New York City, was also considering Princeton and Northwestern at the time of his decision. He is enrolled at the Northfield, Mass. prep school for a post-graduate year after finishing at the Dalton School, a private K-12 school in Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Scouts, Inc's current evaluation on Cotton says the following:


Cotton is long and athletic with the versatility to play multiple positions. He is a tremendous defender who can guard 2-4 with his long arms, quick feet, and nose for the ball. Offensively, he is terrific in transition, capable of creating his own shot off the dribble, a very good finisher on the move, and an excellent offensive rebounder. He is more skilled than given credit for on the perimeter, able to make high arching threes and mid-range pull-ups with consistency.


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