Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Football Player Rankings Released - Class of 2013


Alright, folks. Many of you have been begging for these rankings for weeks now. I have finally gotten around to compiling the rankings. And this actually looks like a very deep class.

It might seem like there are a lot of players from the lower divisions on here. Of course more freshmen and sophomores get a chance to shine in the lower divisions where in D-I and D-II it's mainly seniors and juniors who start. That being said these rankings aren't set in stone. I will update them over the next 2 years as need be. But this list is a good starting place. There are 21 good football players listed here, and they are all deserving of the recognition.

2 other things before I get to the rankings. First, (and just like with all of my player rankings) it is based on how good of a college prospect the players are and not necessarily on how good they are at this very moment.

Second, I'm sure there are many other quality players from this class that aren't on this list. But I prefer to rank players I have actually seen play myself, either live on the field or on tape. I can't possibly see everybody, but as you can see from this list I have definitely gotten out and seen A LOT of teams and players over the past couple of years in order to compile this list. Just like with all of the player rankings though, if there's someone not on here but you feel they should be, feel free to let me know and I'll try to see them play.

Without any further ado, here are the rankings.

1) Andrew Crane, OL/DL, Bishop Guertin HS
Crane starts on the line on both offense and defense for a Bishop Guertin team that is #4 in the state. He has size and strength to burn, and last Friday night vs. Winnacunnet he also showed some good speed and explosiveness when making tackles. Crane is a beat on both offense and defense for the Cardinals, and he is only going to get better.

2) Lucas Luopa, QB, Keene HS
Good size, arm strength and accuracy. Luopa is playing in an offense that allows him to throw the ball a lot, and it allows him to showcase his skills. He is a good pocket passer, but can also throw the ball on the run and make plays outside the pocket. His favorite target is junior receiver Jimmy Boulay, and the two of them have been playing togethe for a LONG time.

3) Chris St. Onge, QB, Pinkerton Academy
The starting quarterback for the #1 team in the state. Isn't called upon to throw the ball often, but he does have a pretty good arm. Makes good decisions with the ball, especially when running option as he knows when to pitch it and when to keep it. Good speed in the open field. Tough competitor.

4) Blake Boudreau, LB, Bishop Guertin HS
I really like the way this kid plays the game. He's tough, fearless and he loves to hit people. I have been very impressed with Boudreau's play in both the Dover game and the Winnacunnet game. He's only a sophomore but he's already a beast on defense. He has good speed and just flies all over the field making tackles. He's playing a little out of position right now, as BG has him playing defensive end and he's definitely a little small to play there. Based on his size he's a safety, and maybe a linebacker if he continues to get bigger. but nonetheless Boudreau is holding his own on the d-line.

5) Dylan Drew, FB/LB, Lebanon HS
Drew is a force on defense, as he is an extremely hard hitter who has really made some big plays out there for the Raiders this season. I got a chance to see the film of the Lebanon win over Plymouth, and he made some big tackles including a big time hit on Plymouth fullback Taylor Newberry. Drew has a good frame, strength, speed and power.

6) David Mahoney, RB, Laconia HS
Mahoney is certainly one player who not enough people know about. If he lived down in the southern part of the state or played in a higher division everyone would know his name. I've only seen Mahoney on film, but I like his speed, I like his build and I like his cut-backs. He has had some monster games rushing the ball this season as just a sophomore and has done a nice job replacing Brian Bozek.

7) Brandon Goodale, RB, Plymouth HS
In the beginning of the year junior Taylor Newberry got a lot of hype as being the lead back for Plymouth. But as the season has gone on it has been the sophomore Goodale who has emerged as a player to be reckoned with. Goodale has good speed and toughness. A good outside the tackles back, who has the potential to be a between the tackles runner as well as he gets bigger. I saw his freshmen year highlight tape and he also looked very good on defense on there. For now he is a return guy and change of pace back but in the future look for him to also be an asset to Coach Lenahan on defense as well as a safety.

8) Kevin Cheam, QB/WR, Pelham HS
Cheam is a gifted offensive player with excellent speed and athleticism. He had a big year as a freshman with Joe D'Angelo throwing him the ball at QB and Josh Luciano across the field at WR to which gave Cheam more room to operate. This year though with D'Angelo graduated and no other options at QB Cheam has been forced into playing under center. It's been a tough year for Pelham with the move up to D-V.

9) Josh Ream, RB/LB, Somersworth HS
Ream and senior DJ Colbert were the most impressive Somersworth players when I saw them play. Ream does a solid job when running the football, but I was even more impressed with his play on defense. Ream is a hard hitter, a ball hawk and is in on nearly every tackle for the Hilltoppers. I definitely did not think I was watching a sophomore when I saw him play.

10) Matt Dean, FB/LB, Gilford HS
Dean is the highest ranked D-VI player on the list, and deservedly so. He is a very good two way player. He's an tough, hard nosed, power full back who can block well and run it up ther middle effectively. And Dean is also a solid linebacker who is definitely not afraid to hit people out there.

11) Mike Gardiner, WR/DB, Bedford HS
You can't teach athleticism, and Gardiner has plenty of that. He's extremely quick and although he's not very tall (yet) he makes up for it with exceptional leaping ability. He can really get up there to catch passes on offense, or to intercept them on defense. Simply put Gardiner is a playmaker - on both sides of the ball.

12) Ryan McCarthy, DB, Timberlane Regional HS
Timberlane is another team where the starters are almost always juniors and seniors. McCarthy has been starting for them at corner, and he is definitely the best corner I have seen in this class so far. What he lacks in size he makes up for with speed, athleticism and effort.

13) James Caparell, QB, Bedford HS
"Cap" has done a nice job of leading the Bulldogs to a winning season so far in D-III. Bedford has a run-oriented offense, but Caparell has also shown that he can make plays himself, either by throwing it or keeping it himself and running it.

14) Jake Kennedy, OL/DL, Souhegan HS
Kennedy is a big, powerful guy. He's listed at 6'3" and 210 lbs. but he is surely bigger than that. Down the road he could develop into more of a contributor on defense, but for now he's getting some good playing time on the Sabers offensive line as he is already a very imposing lineman. Kennedy has a good combination of size and strength, and he is also a physical player who isn't afraid to hit people.

15) Logan Batchelder, QB, Stevens HS
The D-V version of Luopa. And by that I mean a sophomore QB who has a good arm and has shown the ability to really fire the ball all over the field and hit lots of different recivers in a pass happy offense. Batchelder is already one of the divisions top quarterbacks and he's only a sophomore.

16) Connor Smith, QB, Franklin
Yes he plays down in D-VI and since he's from up north most folks arouind the state haven't heard of him. But folks in D-VI all know who Connor Smith is, and they all know that the kid has a cannon for an arm. The lefty has excellent arm strength and good accuracy. He's had some big games throwing the football this year and is certaily a player to watch going forward.

17) Billy Brooks Jr., Stevens HS
Brooks is a speedy wideout who can really get down the field in a hurry and is athleticenough to change direction at the last second to catch passes. With him and QB Logan Batchelder both only being sophomores those two will be a VERY scary combination for the rest of Division V when they're both seniors. Brooks has big play ability right now, and he will only continue to egt better, especially if he can get a little bigger.

18) Peter Shea, RB/LB, Goffstown
Solid player for the Grizzlies. With Goffstown's other backs being seniors Shea could be the team's featured back during his junior and senior seasons. He has showed some promise this year, so it will be interesting to see how he develops.

19) CJ Gosselin, OL/DL, Stevens
Tough, big, physical lineman who blocks well on offense and really gets after the quarterback on defense.

20) Devin Burnham, FB/DE, Newport HS
Solid when running the ball, but even better on defense when making tackles. Burnham likes to hit people and he has a nose for the ball which allows him to be in on almost every tackle for the Tigers.

21) Drew Francoeur, QB, Somersworth HS
Serviceable signal caller. Somersworth is a run oriented offense, but as Francoeur gets more experience under center look for them to open things up and let him throw the ball a little more.

48 comments:

  1. Amazing! thanks jeremey. this is what we've all been waiting for. Luopa at #2 is perfect. The kids a gamer and knows how to win, and his stats are unheard of around nh. his big brother must have taught him well. ;) Go Blackbirds baby!

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  2. chris st onge is a STUD. I'd move him over the Keene kid...it's early (as they're sophomores), but in a year or two, he'll be the overwhelming #1 player in the state

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  3. BG is down this year (compared to most years) but the cupboard is full. If you think Crane and Bourdreau are good you should see the talent on the Frosh team. Nice work Jeremy.

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  4. You definitely need to see Troy Pelletier from Central play. The kid is starting at safety for central. And I don't care what anyone says, some positions are more impressive for a young kid to start, and this is one of them. At 6' with great hands, this kid will start both ways next season, and he will be a huge target.

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  5. I think Newberry is soph as well...might want to check that.

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  6. Thank you so much Jeremy for getting these rankings out!! We really appreciate all that you do for getting us the information on these high school teams. Go Raiders!!!!

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  7. Hey 3:05 Those stats on NH sports page are not accurate. He has 12 TD passes and 4 rushing. Over 900 yards passing and 240 rushing. Don't bad mouthe kids you've never seen.

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  8. man no love for any manchester teams.

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  9. I get what you mean when you said there are more kids from lower divisions. But dont you atleast know any kids names from D1 that dont start but obviously would be starting on team in a lower division? I think it would be fair if you atleast gave those kids some recognition

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  10. man jermy there are some good kids in D1 that dont get to start because there sophmores. YOu should give them a lil credit

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  11. Newberry is a Juinor im from Laconia and hes a Juinor.

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  12. he dont bad mouth the luopa kid. those stats are not right at all. that site doesnt get all the keene stats. he has 13 passing tds. and 2 or 3 rushing. throwing for like 900 yards or so and rushing for 200ish. and only like 2 or 3 ints. so yeah in DIVISION 2 those numbers are unheard of. Milford would have gotten stomped in divison 2 and defenses would have eaten that kid for lunch.

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  13. 10:23 - The stats on NH Sports Page are accurate as long as you keep them that way. Send in the details of the games for your guy and get them accurate.

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  14. If they don't start - then you gotta wonder if they should be on the list.

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  15. How would he know if he hasn t seen them play? Do you want him at practices now? Don t be ridiculous...

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  16. Haha Josh Ream is the funniest kid.

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  17. crane is number 1. i agree. nice job jeremy

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  18. Francouer's a helluva basketball player too, should be ranked on the bball list too and higher on this list.

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  19. Mark my words, Pelletier and St. Onge will be D1 college prospects.

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  20. somersworth besides ream and francoeur are pretty well set for sophmores with two linemen over 6'3 that dont really get to show there athletecism because they are overshadowed by these two. i feel that the best has yet to come from somersworth.

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  21. crane and boudreau are both from amherst! imagine if we (souhegan) had both of them.

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  22. yeah i think that luopa boulay combo has been goin on throughout the career even though this is the first year boulay has been at wr when luopas done the quarterbacking... so just wait and see what they have for a show next year. watchout

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  23. tolbert nemo of concord should be on here.

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  24. Good work pointing out Andrew Crane.....one of the nicest kids anyone will ever meet and a big time talent...was good enough to play as a freshman on last years BG team....will be a dominating player for the next two years

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  25. Just to point out that Blake Boudreau's dad is in the BG Hall of Fame as a Football/Hockey player. He played on those great BG teams of the 70's with my dad and started as an underclassman. Blake never was going to Souhegan, too much BG history in the family. Blake is becoming a dominate D-end and will contribute greatly to BG's playoff run this fall. So Souhegan you can't "get away from Souhegan" if you were never there. The kid has green and gold in his blood.

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  26. Josh Ream should be higher up because hes a tank and never misses a tackle!

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  27. Ricky Holt from Portsmouth, OT DT been dominating as a Sophmore. One of the main reasons Portsmouth has been better against the run.

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  28. in two years somersworth will win it all in D-V

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  29. Josh ream is a decent linebacker with decent speed probably runs a 5.1 5.2. And he is like five foot nine maybe 180 pounds. Jeremy you have to see kids in the higher divisions, Logan Batchhelder will be best out of all these kids i think. Francouer looks good becuase of lavin and shatinksy who done after this year. His passing stats will dramtically drop next year, but their run game will be better.

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  30. where is Brendon Murphy? RB and S for division VI Gilford High School. Rushed for over 1300 yards in the first 8 games

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  31. Props for the recognition of all 3 of the Stevens Cardinals of D. V .. these 3 are great players that have been playing together since 3rd grade flag football and it shows!!! GOOD JOB BOYS!

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  32. Stevens has a great team this year.

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  33. tolber nemo 5 touchdowns 150 yards rushing agaisnt salem, and he isn't on this list

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  34. wher are the 2014 rankings??

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  35. Im from a DIV team and i played both Laconia Plymouth and Lebanon and Goodale is definitely the best player out of all 3 teams (besides senior Cody Patch) this kid is ridiculous and will be the top player in the state as he goes through high school. His modesty also makes for a great football player he runs hard and talks with his pads which is a quality everyone enjoys so i really think you should re-think his ranking.

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  36. Idk 740. I agree offensively absolutely better than drew or Mahoney. But, Drew is twice the force either of them is on defense. honestley he is the leader of the leb defense.

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  37. 740 I agree with you that goodale is better offensively without a doubt. BUT, defense is another story. Drew is a leader on defense and is twice the defensive player of either of them.

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  38. These should be the 2014 rankings

    1. Manny Latimore (RB) Pinkerton
    2. Trevor Knight (QB) Nashua South
    3. C.J Boykin (RB) Bishop Guertin
    4. David Weekley (RB) Manchester Central
    5. Andy Carper (LB) Bishop Guertin

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  39. I played against plymouth this year and i agree Brandon Goodale is probably one of the best running backs in DIV. But Also David Mahoney is racking up numbers like crazy right now as a sophomore in Laconia these 2 kids are one of the best in there division and 1 is recognize Goodale should be to. But in my opinion David Mahoney is Better than goodale. Just how he hits the hole hard and he knows how to not just juke people but also run them over if he has to.

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  40. 8:34, Will Collins from BG is a freshman lineman that started against alvrine.he's a bit gimpy but he gets the job done. he'll probably be starting come time Keene.

    I also, wouldn't necesserily put Trevor Knight in front of CJ Boykin just yet. Boykin is a second string RB for Varsity and starts on JV. he returned a kickoff against Winni and showed blazing speed in the open field.

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  41. D-V RB josh ream is definately the best RB in the sate for the class of 2013. he averages 7+ yards per carry and i josh ream wouls produce more if he played with people of his same talent. if you put ream in D-I or D-II he would be a 100 yd rusher next year and a 1500 yd rusher his senior year. UNH and Plymouth Sate have already been talking to him since 8th grade and a BC scout was at Somersworth's last home game.

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  42. Hmm, so the top kid in 2013 is an Amherst resident, then you add in Boykin and Knight (two more Amherst residents), and don't forget Boudreau (number 4) is from Amherst. Oh, and Fucci had a minimal role on the SHS JV team if I recall during his time at Souhegan, but was a critical part of the BG machine this year until he got hurt for the season. Clearly they're doing something right in the Souhegan Saber system, up until it comes time to keep these kids from what has become a system of vulturing players at BG from other programs.

    I've been saying it for years, and it's sad that these kids only get recognition for the players they are if they go to BG or South, because clearly D-II is SOOOOOOO much better than D-III. The kids on this thread all came from teams that were NOT NH/MASS champions at the Junior High level, whereas SHS kept almost all their players from their dominant three-peat teams the past 3 years. The Sabers were simply loaded the last two years, and while this year is down, it's still very good. The fact is that there's ridiculous talent coming out of Amherst (a PUBLIC school of 840 kids), and nobody except Jeremy apparently gives them any credit for it. Let's look at it this way: Londonderry is in the hunt for playoffs, and SHS killed them with a much weaker team than the last two years. Central barely beat a YOUNG, misfiring Sabers team (whom shot themselves in the foot numerous times) that last year against Central turned it into a track meet. That same Central team barely beat Londonderry. And speaking of Londonderry, they smacked South, the number two team in D-I, and likely the state. And Londonderry lost by 1 point to a Dover team that smacked BG and absolutely annihilated Keene. Lesson learned? In a down year SHS can compete at the top tier of D-I or II because of just how ridiculously deep their talent base is. Even down this year, SHS would be a top 2 seed in D-II and in the playoffs in D-I. Just watch the talent that you guys DO GIVE CREDIT to as Boudreau, Crane, Knight, and Boykin tear up the upper divisions the next 2-3 years, and SHS continues their winning ways even without them. Feel free to come after me if you want for making a legitimate argument for SHS now, but remember that it's just me and not the players and coaches. So hate on me, not the Sabers, whom are all great kids, players, and coaches. I'm really not trying to start a fight. I'm just tired of the general ignorance and Saber-bashing that has been going on the past few years when the numbers just don't line up with the naysayers. No program produces the talent that the SV Sabers do, and SHS and BG have both capitalized on it for years. Imagine if all of those kids stayed at Souhegan...

    - is the Saber Fan SN okay, or do you actually want my REAL name down here too? If you need my real name, I'll give it next time, but am kind of uncomfortable with giving it right now unless it's absolutely necessary. Thanks

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  43. 7:06

    imagine Knight, Boudreau, Crane and Boykin al and SHS? thats a scary team

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  44. luopa = stud and the best position player in the class. I think his brother should pass down the nickname "the future" because this luopa is the future of all keene athletics. he domiantes in every level of the game.

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  45. ummm i dont know who you are blackbird football rules and i dont know how you knew my nickname but no. the nickname will not be passed down. sorry bro. haha. we'll have to think of a new nickname for him.. or just stick with "stinky"

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