Recruiting Roundup: St. John’s Prep

June 7, 2024

When you talk about the top programs in the state, St. John’s Prep always has to be in that discussion. Under coach Brian St. Pierre, the Eagles have won three D1 state titles since 2018. The Prep always plays a physical brand of football that just presents a winning formula in November and December. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Eagles are expected to be one of……

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Recruiting Roundup: Deerfield

May 22, 2024

One of the more consistent programs in the NEPSAC is coach Brian Barbato’s Deerfield Academy squad. Last year, Deerfield went 7-3, and earned a bowl victory over ISL champion Belmont Hill. The program has earned NEPSAC bowl wins in 2019, 2021, and 2023. With the competition Deerfield faces both in the regular season and postseason, that is quite the accomplishment. So it should come as no surprise that Deerfield will……

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Recruiting Roundup: Catholic Memorial

May 17, 2024

There were some things to like for Catholic Memorial in 2023. The Knights scored a big, conference win over Xaverian on the last play of the game in one of the more exciting contests of the season. But then, there were also some lowlights. In the second game of the season at Cardinal Newman of Florida, several Knights suffered serious injuries. In the postseason, CM lost to Marshfield, and fell……

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Recruiting Roundup: Braintree

May 10, 2024

Coach Lee Carlson is starting to get it going over at Braintree. One of the themes of the 2023 season was the resurgence of the Bay State Conference. Milton won a D3 state title. Walpole was in that final at Gillette. Weymouth had a strong season. Needham made the D1 Final Four. Natick gained some nice wins along the way. But don’t forget about Braintree, which beat Milton on Thanksgiving……

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Recruiting Roundup: Dartmouth

May 3, 2024

One of the top programs on the South Coast on a yearly basis is Dartmouth. Coach Rick White has done an excellent job of getting his team to compete with the toughest teams on the schedule. In 2023, Dartmouth posted a 9-2 record with wins over Doherty, Bridgewater-Raynham, and Old Rochester. The losses were to good teams in Milton and Fairhaven, two squads that won state titles in D3 and……

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Recruiting Roundup: Springfield Central

April 25, 2024

Every year, Springfield Central is among the top programs in the Northeast for high-end talent. Coach Bill Watson always has speed at his disposal, and there are prospects all over the field for the Golden Eagles. That is the case once again as Central turns to the 2024 season. There is a big, talented class of 2025, and a couple 2027 players who are already making waves. With the crew……

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Recruiting Roundup: Avon Old Farms

April 19, 2024

Since coming to Avon Old Farms, Jon Wholley has taken the Connecticut school to the top of the NEPSAC football world. Last season, AOF went 7-3 and lost a NEPSAC bowl to Cheshire Academy. Avon featured one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Ryan Puglisi, who signed with Georgia. Once again, Avon should have one of the top teams in New England. Wholley has also done an incredible……

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Recruiting Roundup: Leominster

March 14, 2024

It could be a big year for the Leominster Blue Devils and coach Devin Gates. The team has loaded up its schedule with a difficult slate. The opponents include St. John’s of Shrewsbury, Milford, Doherty, Catholic Memorial, Westford Academy, Wachusett, Shrewsbury, and Algonquin. In other words, Leominster will not be hurting for strength of schedule points. In 2023, Leominster went 6-5, with a loss to St. John’s Prep in the……

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Recruiting Roundup: Walpole

February 29, 2024

Walpole had a season in 2023 worthy of its rich tradition. The Timberwolves made it to the D3 state title game and lost to Milton at Gillette Stadium. During the season, Walpole earned a win over Milton, and others over Milford, Weymouth, Mansfield, Wellesley, Braintree, Hingham, Shrewsbury, and Wachusett. Basically, if you’re telling the story of strong football programs in Massachusetts, you cannot leave out Walpole. Even despite losing some……

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Recruiting Roundup: Milton Academy

February 22, 2024

It is no secret that New England is quickly becoming a hotbed for quarterbacks. And for as many as there are across the region, one of the best — and in some evaluators’ eyes, the very best — might be a class of 2026 product. That player is Milton Academy’s Qur’an McNeill. He started varsity for the first time this past season. And with McNeill’s combination of size, athleticism, accuracy,……

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