Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NH Football Class of 2015 Prospect Rankings Released

Like we've done here at the New Hampshire Notebook for the past 5 years, we continue to give recognition and exposure to the state's top football recruits with our NH football prospect rankings. Rankings are separated by class, because that's how colleges recruit their players. The spring/summer before a players' senior or post-grad year is always an important one when trying to get noticed. That's why we didn't want to wait any longer in getting these rankings out there.

However we also wanted to take our time, and wait until we had watched hours upon hours of video, reviewed game notes and talked to numerous coaches before releasing the rankings. What we've come up with is a listing of the top 26 local football recruits in the state from the Class of 2015. Prep school players are eligible, but they must be from NH. The prospects are ranked in order of how well they project as a college recruit.

Keep reading to see the list, along with scouting reports on each player and a link to each of their highlight videos / recruiting pages on Hudl. All of this exposure is at no cost for the kids. We're just trying to help these talented, hard working athletes get the recognition and exposure they deserve. Any comments / questions on the rankings can be directed to: jeremy.leveille@gmail.com.

So without further ado, here are the NH Notebook's top 26 football recruits from the Class of 2015...

1) Chris Garrison, WR/LB, 6’4”, 215 lbs., Lawrence Academy
2) Neil Vorster, C/DE, 6’3” 270 lbs., Exeter HS
3) Phil Harper, DT, 6’1” 315 lbs., Bridgton Academy
4) Ivan Niyomugabo, QB/DB, 6’2” 187 lbs., Merrimack Valley HS
5) Jack Cavallaro, TE/LB, 6’4” 210 lbs., Hanover HS
6) Brendan McInnis, QB, 6’3” 205 lbs., Windham HS
7) Matt Madden, LB, 5’11” 214 lbs., Worcester Academy
8) Mike Vailas, WR/DB, 5’11” 175 lbs., Bedford HS
9) Eric Glassman, DE/OLB, 6’2” 210 lbs., Bedford HS
10) Justis Mattis-Clark, OL/DL, 6’1” 240 Portsmouth HS
11) Thomas O’Rourke, LB, 5’10” 205 lbs., Bedford HS
12) Wyatt LaBombard, OT/DT, 6’0” 230 lbs., Concord HS
13) Kurtis Jolicoeur, FB/LB, 6’3” 190 lbs., Windham HS
14) Robert Law, QB, 5’11” 180 lbs., Concord HS
15) Michael Martinoli, TE/DE, 6’2” 210 lbs., Pinkerton Academy
16) Kris Skinner, G/DT, 6’0” 260 lbs., Concord HS
17) Mikel Toar, FB, 5’7” 230 lbs., Portsmouth HS
18) Brad Rhoades, RB/DB, 5’9” 160 lbs., Bridgton Academy
19) Demitri Jackson, RB, 6’2” 175 lbs., Nashua North
20) Ryan Boldwin, TE/DE, 6’2” 200 lbs., Trinity HS
21) Daquan Henclewood, RB, 5’11” 201 lbs., Manchester Memorial HS
22) Joe Frake, WR/S, 6’2” 180 lbs., Windham HS
23) David Hanna, OT/NG, 6’0” 240 lbs., Bishop Guertin HS
24) Tucker Burt, RB/DB, 5’10” 170 lbs., Merrimack Valley HS
25) Kellin Bail, WR/DB, 5’11” 165 lbs., Windham HS
26) Isaac Velez, WR/DB, 5’8” 155 lbs., Manchester Memorial HS


Now here's a breakdown of each player, including scouting reports and links to recruiting pages and videos for each player on the list...

1) Chris Garrison, WR/LB, 6’4”, 215 lbs., Lawrence Academy
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2035312/chris-garrison
Scouting report: An easy choice here for the top recruit in the class. If you don’t agree then go ahead and watch his Hudl video again. This kid is a stud, an absolute animal out there at 6’4”, 215 lbs. Players who have his combination of size, speed, strength, athleticism and skill simply don’t come around every day. You want a kid who can run great routes, use his peed to out-run DB’s to get open, use his strength, power and open field moves to break tackles and get yards after the catch? Garrison (Goffstown, NH) has all of that covered. He has the leaping ability to grab jump balls, you can also use him returning kicks, he can block when he’s not catching the ball. He’s also a beast on ‘D’ at OLB but clearly this kid is going to be a D-I wideout in college somewhere, it’s just a matter of where.

2) Neil Vorster, C/DE, 6’3” 270 lbs., Exeter HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2980008/neil-vorster
Scouting report: This kid is a lock to be a D-I college player. He’s 6’3”, 270 lbs. and is extremely quick and agile for a kid his size. How agile is he? Just watch the play a minute in on his highlight video where he fakes a pass rush, drops back into coverage and makes the interception. How strong and powerful is he? Watch the second play on the tape where he absolutely levels the defender lined up across from him. This kid is an animal. He has great technique and hand-eye coordination, has a good motor and finishes plays. You’re not going to find linemen from NH who are much better than Vorster.

3) Phil Harper, DT, 6’1” 315 lbs., Bridgton Academy
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/191712/phil-harper
Scouting report: Not only is this kid 315 lbs. but he’s also one of the hardest hitters in the state. Needless to say if Harper takes you down you’re not getting up so easy. Not only that but for a 315 lbs. kid he is very quick, explosive and agile. Kids this big who can come off blocks well, stuff the run up the middle, plus move laterally to hit people and make plays are very valuable. The top DT recruit in the state hands down, and one that will likely go on to play D-I college ball somewhere as long as he keeps working and stays in shape. Definitely a kid you can build your D-line around.

4) Ivan Niyomugabo, QB/DB, 6’2” 187 lbs., Merrimack Valley HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2816032/highlights/98431378
Scouting report: This kid is a potential D-I college recruit, no question about it. More and more schools out there are looking for the ‘new age QB’, the dual threat passer-rusher as opposed to the traditional pocket passer. This kid has the decent height at 6’2”, an absolute cannon for an arm, above average accuracy and tremendous breakaway speed. He can scramble away from a pass rush, can throw from the pocket or on the run. Has a knack for taking a broken play and turning it into a big gain. Good mechanics in pocket, sees the whole field, doesn’t just lock in on one receiver. Depending on where he goes he could end up playing CB at next level. Only downside here is the competition level playing in D-II, but UNH has 2 kids coming in this fall from Plymouth.

5) Jack Cavallaro, TE/LB, 6’4” 210 lbs., Hanover HS
Recruiting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjegDQfIvzg&feature=youtu.be
Scouting report: There is a few players from this class where you watch them on film and they already look like a college player – Cavallaro is one of them. You have to like his upside being 6’4”. He’s 210 lbs. now but if he keeps hitting the weight room now you have a big, strong, kid who can really fly around the field hitting people at 6’4” and 225 or so lbs. Cavallaro is a prospect on both sides of the ball, either at TE or LB. He blocks very well at TE and can also catch passes, and on ‘D’ he has good speed, has a nose for the ball and overall finishes tackles and blocks very well. He has a good motor and is just a tough kid you like to have on your team.

6) Brendan McInnis, QB, 6’3” 205 lbs., Windham HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.ncsasports.org/football-recruiting/nh/windham/windham-high-school2/brendan-mcinnis
Scouting report: At 6’3” and 205 lbs., McInnis is a big, strong kid with a cannon for an arm and is able to throw accurately on the run. Not only that, but he has 4.59 speed which allows him to scramble away from a pass rush as well as pick up big gains with his legs if no one is open. Can throw an accurate deep ball off his back leg, sees the whole field and knows when to throw it and when to run with it. Stands strong in the pocket. Like Law, McInnis is a dual threat to run or pass but McInnis is much bigger. Has numerous D-I schools after him.

7) Matt Madden, LB, 5’11” 214 lbs., Worcester Academy
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/148658/matt-madden
Scouting report: A four year starter for one of the state’s top teams, a legit middle linebacker prospect at the next level, one of the top LB’s NH has produced in recent years. Madden has good instincts, reads plays well at the line and takes smart angles to the ball carrier. One of those MLB’s where you have to always know where he is and have somebody block him, otherwise he’ll hurt you. Has good straight ahead speed burst through the line, or laterally will pursue the ball carrier, deliver hard hits and finishes tackles. Height hurts him a little, but could definitely be scholarship player if he keeps working on strength and speed.

8) Mike Vailas, WR/DB, 5’11” 175 lbs., Bedford HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1342602/mike-vailas
Scouting report: Good juke moves and footwork in open field to evade defenders. Also a top prospect in lacrosse, it will be interesting to see which sport he ends up playing in college. At WR Vailas has great explosiveness off the line, runs good routes and can spin away from tackles with athletic moves. Has seen more action for Bedford on offense (both at RB and WR) and definitely has the play making ability to play offense in college, but could end up playing DB. He has great anticipation in pass coverage and is also a hard hitter. Is 5’11” but plays taller due to leaping ability. Has good athleticism and Vailas is also a kid who can make an impact on special teams returning punts. Nice combination of speed, toughness and shear play making ability.

9) Eric Glassman, DE/OLB, 6’2” 210 lbs., Bedford HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.ncsasports.org/football-recruiting/nh/bedford/bedford-high-school5/eric-glassman
Scouting report: You can’t help but like the way this kid plays the game. Simply put - he goes all out, full throttle…every play. Glassman is a beast, a wrecking ball rushing from the edge. All teams needs kids who wreak havoc rushing from the edge and that is exactly what Glassman does. He has good height for the position at 6’2”, could stand to put some weight on but he plays bigger than his listed weight of 210 lbs. due to his shear toughness and aggression – he overpowers kids who are bigger. Not only that, but his best asset is his speed off the edge, and he uses it to rush right past bigger blockers on his way to the ball carrier. He is a hard hitter and knows how to finish plays.

10) Justis Mattis-Clark, OL/DL, 6’1” 240 Portsmouth HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/539804/justis-mattis
Scouting report: Athletic kid who moves well for a big guy. Mattis-Clark is strong, physical and turns into an animal when in pursuit of the ball carrier. He’s versatile, as he excelled for Portsmouth rushing up the middle at DT, from the edge at DE and on offense is tough and holds blocks well at OT. Excelled most on defense though, has a nose for the ball and made a ton of tackles in the backfield.

11) Thomas O’Rourke, LB, 5’10” 205 lbs., Bedford HS
Recruiting page & video: http://new.berecruited.com/athletes/2414039
Scouting report: A fearsome, hard hitting, fast middle linebacker, O’Rourke just goes all out flying around the field hitting people and making plays. One of the fastest LB’s you’ll find in the state, O’Rourke has a nose for the ball, finishes tackles well and plays with heart. The downside though is the size, as most college LB’s are 6’0” or taller and he is closer to 5’9” than 5’11”.

12) Wyatt LaBombard, OT/DT, 6’0” 230 lbs., Concord HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1818941/wyatt-labombard
Scouting report: Just a tough kid who can block, hit people and make plays. Plays the line on both sides of the ball for Concord, but projects best at the next level as a DT. To play that position you need a kid with good size who has the toughness to come off blocks, stuff the run up the middle and make tackles. LaBombard excels at doing just that. He was hands down one of the top defenders in the state last year as a junior. Plays line at Concord but could project best at next level at MLB.

13) Kurtis Jolicoeur, FB/LB, 6’3” 190 lbs., Windham HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/912648/kurtis-jolicoeur
Scouting report: This kid hits as hard as anybody in the state on ‘D’ and he ploughs through people when running the ball. A tough kid who loves to hit people and although he’s only 190 lbs. he plays bigger than that and at 6’3” has a high upside if he can add some weight. An impact player on both sides of the ball but projects best at next level as an OLB. An intimidating force, high intensity player on both sides of the ball.

14) Robert Law, QB, 5’11” 180 lbs., Concord HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1818912/highlights/123575375
Scouting report: Play making QB, he is a winner. Law Led Concord to the D-I state title as a junior, and made clutch play after clutch play. Law has good footwork and a strong pocket presence. Has the ability to scramble away from pass rush and one of best attributes is being able to throw accurately on the run. Law has solid arm strength and makes good decisions with the ball. He did now throw 1 interception all year last season which is an astounding stat. Law does everything you would want your QB to do. Only drawback is size, is listed at 5’11” but appears closer to 5’10”.

15) Michael Martinoli, TE/DE, 6’2” 210 lbs., Pinkerton Academy
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/191721/mike-martinoli
Scouting report: A kid who is absolutely fierce rushing from the edge. Martinoli gets a good jump off the snap, makes good reads on where the play is going and has a knack for getting into the opponent’s backfield to make tackles. A big, strong, fast kid who loves to fly around hitting people. Like Glassman, Martinoli’s stock could rise even more if he is able to get closer to 230 lbs. without losing speed.

16) Kris Skinner, G/DT, 6’0” 260 lbs., Concord HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2108007/kris-skinner
Scouting report: Big strong, powerful kid who can anchor a line. You could play him either at G or DT. A kid who is definitely not afraid to mix it up, get physical and do the dirty work in the trenches. Definitely one of the top interior line prospects in this class.

17) Mikel Toar, FB, 5’7” 230 lbs., Portsmouth HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/539783/mikel-toar
Scouting report: this kid is an absolute bull out there running the football and blocking. He’s a 230 lbs. truck that just runs over people. When he gets a head of steam going he is very tough to tackle, you need more than one guy to bring him down – it usually takes 3 or 4. Toar runs hard, he follows his blockers and has a nose for the end zone. Good breakaway speed for a kid his size. Breaks tackles well and can also catch passes out of the back field. His size enables him to power through defenders. Projects best at the next level as a FB.

18) Brad Rhoades, RB/DB, 5’9” 160 lbs., Bridgton Academy
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1916237/brad-rhoades
Scouting report: Rhoades has 4.6 speed but his ‘football speed’ is even better due to explosiveness in open field when closing in on a receiver on ‘D’ or when breaking tackles on offense. A tough kid who plays with heart and depending on the system could play either a change of pace RB or a tough cover corner. Hitting the weight room and adding 10-15 lbs of muscle would help but even as is this kid is a versatile play maker and will help somebody at the next level for sure.

19) Demitri Jackson, RB, 6’2” 175 lbs., Nashua North
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1597507/demitri-jackson
Scouting report: Best words to describe Jackson? Athletic, versatile, speed. Jackson is a very athletic kid with good very breakaway speed with good moves in the open field to evade defenders. As far as versatility goes, Jackson can run it up the middle but is even better at breaking it outside the tackles for big gains. He can also catch passes out of the back field or splitting out wide and running routes down field using good leaping ability to go up and grab jump balls. Bottom line he’s a play maker and one of the fastest kids in the state. Jackson has good height for a back at 6’2”, good speed, could be even better with more time in weight room.

20) Ryan Boldwin, TE/DE, 6’2” 200 lbs., Trinity HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2002337/ryan-boldwin
Scouting report: An intriguing prospect with size, power, speed and the ability to dominate on both sides of the football. He is a big, wide target at TE with good speed. He runs good routes and has good hands. You can send him on deep routes, short or intermediate. He is also a strong blocker in either a running or passing situation. Also a strong defender and could end up playing ‘D’ at next level.

21) Daquan Henclewood, RB, 5’11” 201 lbs., Manchester Memorial HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3224981/daquan-henclewood
Scouting report: This explosive back is a threat to go for 6 every time he touches the football. Henclewood has tremendous breakaway speed, follows his blockers well and can burst through the hole up the middle for a big gain or you can have him bounce it to the outside the tackles. Just a gifted athlete, this kid also has some great moves in open field to evade defenders.

22) Joe Frake, WR/S, 6’2” 180 lbs., Windham HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.ncsasports.org/football-recruiting/nh/windham/windham-high-school2/joseph-frake
Scouting report: A tough kid who can make a catch in traffic or while diving, plus take a hit and still hang on to the football. Runs his routes hard and has good speed to get open. Frake also uses his toughness and strength to break tackles and pick up yards after the catch. If he puts on some weight could actually be a better prospect at safety at the next level as Frake is a very hard hitter, pursues the ball well and has good speed on ‘D’.

23) David Hanna, OT/NG, 6’0” 240 lbs., Bishop Guertin HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1711773/david-hanna
Scouting report: Big, strong, physical interior lineman. Hanna was part of a rotation on the D-line last year at BG, with Patrick Flathers, Kody Karlson and Brian Fenn all graduating look for Hanna to take on a bigger role this year and anchor the line along with Kurtis McLarney. Hanna holds his blocks well on offense and comes off the ball well on ‘D’. Made a ton of big tackles last year either at the line of scrimmage or behind it.

24) Tucker Burt, RB/DB, 5’10” 170 lbs., Merrimack Valley HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2727676/tucker-burt
Scouting report: Clearly one of the fastest backs in the state, Burt is small but makes up for it with his ability to see the hole, hit the hole and turn on his exceptional breakaway speed to get away from defenders. Burt also has great juke moves in open field or even right near the line to break tackles. He always keeps his legs moving, and can also catch passes out of the back field. He's a quick, hard hitting DB, but projects best as a speedy, change of pace back at next level.

25) Kellin Bail, WR/DB, 5’11” 165 lbs., Windham HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/656497/kellin-bail
Scouting report: Explosive player, projects best as a DB at the next level. Only 165 lbs. but hits as hard as kids who are 185 lbs. Reads the quarterback well, has good anticipation when defending the pass and he doesn’t miss tackles. An athletic kid with 4.59 speed. A versatile player who can also carry the ball, run deep routes or play special teams.

26) Isaac Velez, WR/DB, 5’8” 155 lbs., Manchester Memorial HS
Recruiting page & video: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1878947/isaac-velez
Scouting report: Yes he is small, but still there will always be teams in need of players with the type of speed, toughness and shear athletic ability that Velez has. Put him in the slot on offense and watch him beat guys off the line with his speed and get yards after the catch, or line up at CB and let him lock receivers down and hit people.


Jeremy Leveille covered college football at the University of New Hampshire for four years, and has covered high school football in New Hampshire since 2009.