Sunday, May 13, 2012

Plymouth St. Football Stockpiling Local Talent

There's no question that the Plymouth State University football program has made it a focus to recruit players in-state. During the 2011 season a whopping 23 players on their roster were from New Hampshire.

PSU continues to load up on local talent, as the program has received commitments from four top recruits from the Class of 2012. Kevin Davies (pictured at left) from Pinkerton and Portsmouth's Bill Lane were the 2 highest rated recruits left available from this class, and they both recently committed to play for Coach Castonia at Plymouth. Both Davies and Lane were Division II caliber players, so they should definitely be impact players at Plymouth, which is a Division III program.

According to the NH Football Report, the Panthers also got commitments from David Caponigro and Jeff Taylor, who both played their high school ball at Hollis-Brookline.

Kevin Davies is a big, bruising player who was a standout for Pinkerton both on offense as a running back and on defense as a linebacker. He was arguably the best two-way player in the NHIAA this past season, as he was among the state's leaders in both rushing yards and tackles. He is a punishing runner between-the-tackles. And with his size and speed, once he gets past the first line of defense it is pretty much an automatic touchdown. Davies is also a fierce, hard-hitting linebacker who always his his helmet near the football. He always plays hard and is a good leader on the field as well. Davies led the Astros to back-to-back Division I state championship games, with the team winning the title during his junior season in 2010.

Bill Lane was also a big time player on both sides of the football, as he excelled at both running back and defensive back. Speed, athleticism, elusiveness and explosiveness are all words that would best describe Lane as a player. He uses his speed to break runs outside-the-tackles, get to the outer edge and break off big runs. The 5-foot-10 Lane can also be utilized as a receiver by catching screen passes or going down field for long bombs. He is also a very dangerous cover-corner, sticking to his man like glue and using his quickness and leaping ability to deflect passes or grab interceptions. Lane helped Portsmouth win the 2011 Division III state title and will also be doing track at Plymouth St. in addition to football. Lane's commitment to Plymouth was first reported by Seacoast Online.

Jeff Taylor is a 6-foot-3, 285 lbs. offensive guard. He was a key part of an offensive line unit that led Division-III in rushing yardage last season(2,415 yards on 362 attempts/6.7 yards per attempt) and allowed only four sacks of QB Kyle Gervais in 127 passing attempts. David Caponigro is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and also played both sides of the ball in high school as a WR/TE on offense and outside linebacker on defense. He was second on the team in receptions with 19 catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns in 2011. Caponigro was also was third on the team in tackles and recorded three interceptions and one defensive TD.

These players should give Coach Castonia a solid foundation for his 2012 recruiting class.

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