Thursday, May 19, 2011
Football Commitment Catch-Up
Time to catch-up on some football commitments. The following NHIAA players will be continuing their football careers at the collegiate level and prep school.
Ryan Card, Bishop Guertin HS...Marist College
Card has been one if the state's top place kickers over the past couple years. He's been a key member of some dominant BG teams during his career. Card has excelled at pinning opponents deep inside their own end on kickoffs, as well as making field goals and extra points with alarming accuracy.
Jared Diorio, Timberlane Regional HS...Bridgewater State University
Diorio (pictured above) has been one of the state's most versatile players in recent years. This season he did it all for Timberlane. He was one of the state's best receivers, he was one of the state's best defensive backs and oh by the way he was also one of the state's best punters. Diorio is fast, athletic and is a hard hitter. He will surely make an impact at Bridgewater State.
Jeff Gratiano, Trinity HS...Merrimack College
One of the most dominant linemen in the state, Gratiano helped lead Trinity to the Division IV title game and was also an all-state selection. He has good size and strength, and was one of the top pass rushers around this past fall.
Nick Hession, Souhegan HS...Bentley
Hession has been a strong 2-way player for Souhegan. He was one of the more feared defensive linemen around, sacking QB's and stopping RB's for a loss at will. And he was also a very good receiver, using his size and strength to muscle the ball away from opponents.
Max Jacques, Salem HS...Marist College
Jacques was one of the top 5 players in the state this past season, and has won back-to-back Gatorade Player of the Year awards. He led Salem to a Division I state title as a junior and put up some simply staggering rushing numbers over the last 3 years.
Doran Logsdon, Laconia HS...Endicott College
Logsdon was one of, if not the most underrated linebacker in NH this past fall. I got a chance to see him play in the D-IV semis vs. Trinity. The kid has a motor, and he loves to hit.
Mike Luks, Souhegan HS...Bridgton Academy
Luks waited patiently for the previous 2 years behind DJ Petropulos. Then as a senior his time was here, and boy did he make the most of it. Luks broke passing numbers left and right, and led the Sabers to yet another Division III championship with a big time drive in the game's final minutes. He will be doing a post-grad year at Bridgton with the hope that it will lead to some college offers down the road.
Brendan McKenna, Souhegan HS...Endicott College
Another one of the top college prospects from the Class of 2011, McKenna is sure to be a standout player at Endicott. He was another Souhegan player who was dominant on both sides of the ball. You better hope he doesn't get open on you because if he catches the football he is VERY tough to bring down, due to his size and strength. He's 6'4", built like an ox and also has good speed.