Monday, November 28, 2011

Football Prospect Rankings Released - Class of 2014

Ok, here it is. All season long people have been leaving comments and sending me emails asking when I would release football prospect rankings for the Class of 2014. I wanted to wait until the season was completely over before finalizing them, so I had a chance to see more players. Or as the kids would say I wanted to make sure they were on point before posting them.

Once again, the rankings are based on how the players project at the college level. NHIAA and prep school players are eligible for the list, as long as they're a NH resident. The rankings are here for the kids to get exposure with college coaches and also for them to see how they stack up against the other top players in their class.

I've gotta say, putting these rankings together was NOT easy. There's a LOT of talent in this class, hard to believe they're only sophomores. It will be fun to watch these kids develop over the next couple years.

1) Andrew Crane, OL/DL, Lawrence Academy - Crane is a beast of a lineman, with a very good combination of size, strength and agility. He started for Bishop Guertin on both sides of the football and was one of the NHIAA's top young lineman last year as a sophomore, emerging as the #1 ranked player in the Class of 2013. Then over the summer the Amherst, NH resident transferred from BG to Lawrence Academy, a prep school in Mass. Crane (pictured above) is a kid with a ton of potential at the next level if he keeps working hard.

2) Manny Latimore, RB, Pinkerton Academy - Latimore is an electric runner with explosive speed, athleticism and cut-back ability. Physically he is far ahead of most kids his age, with frame that will only get stronger as he starts lifting more over the next couple years. Latimore is a threat to go for 6 anytime he touches the football, whether he's taking a pitch bouncing it to the outside, running a counter, catching a screen pass, or returning kickoffs.

3) Matt Dean, RB/LB, New Hampton School - Dean followed his older brother Eric's footsteps, transferring from Gilford High to the New Hampton prep school. With the transfer, Matt reclassified to the Class of 2014 and made an immediate impact on the gridiron for the Huskies. Dean started at both running back and linebacker for one of the area's top prep school teams. He's a tough runner on offense, a hard hitter on defense and at New Hampton this year he played alongside Penn State commit Jake Kiley.

4) Shawn Cavalarro, QB/DB, Hanover HS - Cavalarro has flown under the radar playing at Hanover, but put this kid on Pinkerton or BG and EVERYONE in the state would know who he is. Cavalarro is a dual threat from the QB position, with the ability to make plays throwing the football or running it. He has good good size for the QB position, excellent speed and an above average throwing arm. He's a very good QB, but Hanover also used him this year at DB, returning kicks, as a half back and also as a slot receiver. That versatility will serve him well as his recruitment picks up.

5) Tanner Daniels, RB/OL/DL, Spaulding HS - I really like the way this kid plays, he's a beast. They actually do have him run the ball sometimes at Spaulding, but he'll be a lineman at the next level. Daniels is big, strong, he plays hard, he plays with heart and he loves to hit people. He has good speed and agility for a kid his size, and best of all he's a play maker.

6) Matt Madden, TE/LB, Pinkerton Academy - Madden is a fierce, hard hitting linebacker. He got some good playing time last year as a freshman and started all year this season. To do that for a team as good as Pinkerton is impressive stuff. Madden has the size, strength, speed and ability to plug gaps and hit people to be one of the top linebackers in the state over the next couple years.

7) David Weekly, RB/DB, Manchester Central HS - Weekly is no question one of the state's top running backs, regardless of division. He had big games against some of the top defenses in the state too, with 169 yards vs. Portsmouth and 103 yards vs. Trinity. At about 6'0" Weekly has good size, and he also has good toughness and shifty moves in the open field.

8) Alex Parenteau, FB/LB, Keene HS - Parenteau was injured early on in the season, but finished strong to make the Division II all-state team. He's a two way standout - on offense he's a tough runner with good size which makes him tough to bring down, and on defense he's a hard hitting linebacker.

9) Jesiah Wade, WR/DB, Campbell HS - Another one of those kids similar to Latimore and Boykin - you can teach the x's and o's of the game but you can't teach athleticism. Wade is a freak athlete with explosiveness and plenty of 'wiggle'. He plays running back, receiver, returns kicks and is also a hard hitting DB. Wade is a play maker who can go for 6 anytime he touches the football and is a very underrated defensive player as well.

10) CJ Boykin, RB/DB, Bishop Guertin HS - Boykin is an explosive athlete. Yes, he is very small at only 5'4". But you can't tackle what you can't catch and he is very fast and elusive. Boykin caught passes out of the backfield, ran the ball for some big gains and ran back multiple kicks for touchdowns. He has good toughness, quickness and some very shifty moves which make him very difficult to bring down in the open field. He;s also a standout in basketball and baseball, so it will be interesting to see which sport he focuses more on in the next couple years.

11) Trevor Knight, QB, Nashua High South - Knight was the starting QB on the #5 ranked team in the state as a sophomore. The 5'10" signal caller has a good arm and also does a nice job of reading defenses and knowing when to throw it and when to run with it.

12) Eric Waddington, RB/LB, Dover HS - Physically this kid is already built like an 18 year old, and he hits like one too. Look for Waddington to be one of the state's top defenders over the next couple years. He's also a versatile player, with the size and strength to play linebacker but also the speed to play safety. He flies around the field, flocking to the football and making bone-jarring hits.

13) Hayden Middleton, K/P, St. Thomas Aquinas HS - A kicker in the top 13? That's right. St. Thomas went undefeated winning the Division V title and their head coach Eric Cumba said that Middleton was the team's MVP. 35 yard field goals are usually a stretch at the high school level, not only can Middleton make FG's from 35-40 yards but he can make them from 50 yards as well. He is also arguably the best punter in the state.

14) John Thomas, LB, Plymouth HS - Another kid who is a force on the defensive side of the ball, Thomas has good speed and is a fierce tackler. He too flies under the radar because he plays for a team up north but if you put him on Central or Salem and he'd be a force in D-I where everyone would know his name.

15) Carmen Giampetruzzi, QB/DB/P, Trinity HS - Giampetruzzi does a little bit of everything for Trinity - playing QB, QB and also doing the punting. He's 6'2" which helps at QB as he's able to see over the lineman to his receivers down field. He has a good arm and also makes plays on defense. Like Boykin, Giampetruzzi is another 3-sport star who also plays basketball and baseball and it remains to be seen which sport he will look to focus on and play in college.

16) John Miller, RB/LB, Bishop Guertin HS - Once again BG had one of the top defenses in the state, and Miller was a BIG part of it. He's a hard nosed linebacker who always seems to be around the football. Look for him to continue to emerge as a dominant defender, and with Nolan Cornell and Zach Mailloux both graduating he could also get some of the goal line and short yardage carries on offense over the next couple years.

17) Chris Garrison, TE/DB, Goffstown HS - Garrison was a 2 way standout for a very good Goffstown team. He has the size of a TE but the speed of a WR which makes him a tough match up on offense, especially with his good hands. Garrison is also a very good play maker on defense from the DB position.

18) Trevon Scott, RB/DB, Spaulding HS - Scott is a very good athlete and makes plays on both sides of the ball. He's a speedy RB on offense and a tough DB on defense.

19) Nick Vailas, DB, Bedford HS - Vailas is a DB who is as good as any cover corner in this class. He makes it tough for WR's to get open and if his man does get thrown to there's a good chance Vailas will pick it off.

20) IngHao Vaesna, QB, Winnacunnet HS - Vaesna started for the Warriors this year at QB. He's a play maker with a good arm, pocket presence and can run the ball as well.

21) Jake Geppert, RB/DB, St. Thomas Aquinas HS - Geppart is a speedy change of pace back who had some big runs during the season for the D-V champs. He scored a number of touchdowns and went over 100 yards in ther playoffs vs. Somersworth. Geppert is also a strong player on defense as well, where he makes plays in coverage as a DB.

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