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.