Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Stock is rising for Severin, Henry
By By Mike Grimala
In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch (aka the first edition of All-State Stock Watch), we're looking at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the summer. A player could have performed well at a camp, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, or broken a leg. Whatever the case, I chart all the data (in my head) and give you the biggest movers of the week.
UP — Canaan Severin, Worcester Academy WR No one's profile has risen like Severin's since last season. The senior receiver is big (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), fast and explosive, and his skills were on display in July at the Champion Gridiron Kings competition in Orlando, Fla. Teams were made up of elite players from across the country, and Severin contributed a touchdown catch as his squad made it to the finals. He plans to announce his college decision soon and counts Boston College, Penn State, UConn and Iowa among his top choices.
DOWN — Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett QB This may be a bit of a stretch here, as no one expects DiBiaso to take a step back this season. But I fully expect his numbers to come back to earth after a perfect storm scenario unfolded in 2010. DiBiaso was brilliant in throwing a state-record 43 touchdown passes last season, but with Gatorade State Player of the Year Matt Costello having graduated, DiBiaso won't have his top receiving target. Also gone is receiver Manny Asprilla, who is playing at Boston College now. So while DiBiaso is still a first team All-State selection and the quarterback of the No. 1 team in Massachusetts, don't expect him to approach last year's record-setting numbers. For that, he gets tagged with a "DOWN" grade.
UP — Donovan Henry, Catholic Memorial DB Henry's summer started out a bit on the disappointing side, as he pulled a hamstring prior to the New England track championships (he went undefeated in the 200 during the season), but he rallied in a hurry. After attending a one-day camp at Boston College, Henry committed to the Eagles in July. He'll play defensive back in college, but this fall he'll be pulling double duty at safety and running back. Look for the speedy playmaker to put up crazy stats in 2011.
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