Friday, May 25, 2012

Football Commitment Catch-Up

Time to get caught up on where the local football talent will be playing next year at the college level. Three more players from the Granite State have accepted football scholarships, as Jackson King from Merrimack High is headed to Sacred Heart University, Bridgton Academy quarterback Mike Luks has committed to Southern Connecticut State University, former St. Thomas Aquinas standout Jared Dickie will attend and play for Saint Anselm’s College and offensive lineman Wesley Crowell from Worcester Academy has is also headed to Southern Connecticut.

King was a dominant force on both sides of the football for Merrimack. On offense he ran the ball as well as caught passes out of the backfield, utilizing great speed and power. He put up monster numbers on offense despite opposing defenses stacking the box and game-planning their whole defense towards stopping him. King also returned kicks and was a hard hitting DB on defense. Sacred Heart is a Division I FCS program that competes in the Northeast Conference (NEC).

It is fitting that Luks and Crowell are both headed to SCSU, as they both played together at Souhegan High before going to prep schools. In fact, they were teammates on the Sabers Division III championship team in 2009. Luks was a record-setting quarterback for Souhegan as a senior in 2010, leading a late comeback drive to beat Portsmouth for the D-III title. He did a post-grad year this past fall at Bridgeton and now takes his skills to Southern Connecticut. Crowell has also committed to the Northeast-10 school, as his combination of size, strength and mobility will surely be an asset to the Owl’s offensive line. When he was at Souhegan he had the size but really took his game to the next level after transferring to Worcester Academy.

Dickie (Rochester, NH) signed a National Letter of Intent to play at St. A’s on May 8 with his family and teammates on hand. Dickie was one of the best players on a St. Thomas team that went undefeated in 2011, winning the Division V championship. He was a three year varsity player at STA and was a D-V first team all-state player on offense as a senior. Like SCSU, Saint Anselm’s also plays in the NE-10 conference.

In addition to Luks, Crowell and Chris Chininis (committed to Tufts), three other former Souhegan players from the Class of 2012 have committed to play college football. Tim Beliveau (son of Souhegan head coach Mike Beliveau) and RB/DB Brandon O’Connell will both be playing at St. Lawrence University from the Liberty League and Barry Ewing is headed to Springfield College.

Additionally, Hollis-Brookline offensive lineman Zach Migneault has committed to Western New England College, a Division III program that went 10-2 last season. Migneault was a four year starter on the offensive line at Hollis, helping the cavaliers to back-to-back D-III playoff appearances and was a first team all-state selection in 2011.

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