The Pingree School of South Hamilton, Mass. has been on a steady climb in recent years, as coach Mike Flynn has continued to boost its profile in the NEPSAC scene.
The Highlanders usually have a good number college prospects on campus, and that is true now. So we called up Flynn to get the lowdown on his top players.
We started with the outgoing 2023 class and offensive lineman Theo Batchelder. At 6-foot-7, 295 pounds, Batchelder certainly fits the bill from a size perspective. As a former soccer player, Batchelder has an interesting path to college football. He projects as either a right tackle or guard at the next level.
“He’s come a long way, and he’s got Power 5 size,” Flynn said. “I don’t think he’s that type of player just yet. When he came in, he was a soccer player. Very similar to my background. I was a soccer player growing up, never played football. He never played. And in the prep world, he never reclassed. He’s young, too. . . . He wants to give it one more year to maybe develop a little bit and see if Power 5’s in his future.”
Batchelder plans on doing a post-grad year, but has not selected a new school yet.
A player out of the 2024 class who will garner a good amount of attention is athlete Chris Colby. At 6-3.5, 215 pounds, Colby plays both wide receiver and defensive back, but has the makeup to contribute in a number of ways.
“I think what’s good with him is his versatility,” Flynn said. “Me, I look at him, and I think he has a really big upside, in my opinion, just because of his athleticism for his size. He plays safety for us, but for him to play like a linebacker or safety in the box, or cover the slot. I think he has the size or athleticism to cover a lot of different people. Offensively, he’s a receiver for us, but we put him in the backfield. We put him closer to the line of scrimmage. . . . I think that’s what could be a big selling point for him. He could play up to four positions for you at some point in his career.”
Another 2024 to keep an eye on is quarterback Hudson Weidman. Right now, Weidman, at 6-2, 195 pounds, is getting mostly Ivy League and Patriot League interest, but Flynn said a lot of where he ends up will depend on how he throws this summer.
“In terms of athletic ability, we run a lot of quarterback run, power reads,” Flynn said. “He can throw on the run. Play-action, (he’s) very smart. I think this spring and summer, he’s just got to throw for these (college coaches). . . . He’s a kid that, once he gets in a room, he’s going to do well.”
One player whom Flynn feels has a high upside is outside linebacker/defensive end/tight end Jayden Deltorchio. The 6-5, 220-pounder is very athletic and physical.
“In terms of the highest ceiling, he could be the guy,” Flynn said. “He fits all the numbers for an FBS guy. . . . He has the potential to, if he grinds here over the next few (months), end of May, beginning in June, he puts some weight on, all of that, he could be a guy that could pop, because he looks the part. He’s got a real motor.”
Three other 2024 players to watch include Same English (DE, 6-5, 235), Jaylon Richardson (DB, 5-10, 175), and Matt Theriault (RB/S, 5-10, 170).
BC offers Ayers
One player who has started to see his recruitment take off is Proctor Academy (Andover, NH) wide receiver and defensive back Exodus Ayers.
The 2024 player earned an offer from Boston College this week, and already has ones from UMass and UConn, among others.
Ayers is an explosive player who, at 6-3, has good size for wherever you want to play him. Keep an eye on him going forward.
Elliott continues to rise
One of the top tight end prospects in the area is BB&N 2024 player Brett Elliott. The 6-5, 230-pounder already had offers from BC, UConn, and Rutgers, among others.
This week, Elliott added Harvard, so he will have good choices going forward. BB&N has a host of strong prospects, and Elliott is one of the main ones.