Monday, August 24, 2015
NH Notebook Football Prospect Rankings - Class of 2016
Prospects are ranked in order of how well they project as college recruits. Athletes who project at the FBS level will be ranked highest, followed by FCS, then D-II and finally D-III prospects. We cover dozens of high school football games around the state every season, break down countless hours of game film and talk to coaches in order to come to assessments of the players that is as accurate as possible. As a result, this can be used as a resource for college coaches when recruiting Granite State talent. Size, speed, strength were all taken into account, as well as the player's ability to play the position(s) he projects at the next level.
One other note - Hayden Sturdevant (OL/DL, 6'4" 305 lbs.) from Pinkerton is transferring to the Salisbury School and reclassifying to the Class of 2017 per NH Football Report's Roger Brown. So he is not on the list. Two players who are on the list are Saikou Bah (Trinity) and Chase Hughes (BG), pictured above on a visit at UConn. Without any further ado, here are New Hampshire's top recruits from the Class of 2016.
1. Chase Hughes, OLB/S, 6'1" 205 lbs., 4.87 40 time, Bishop Guertin HS
2. Demitri Jackson, WR/DB, 6'2" 185 lbs., 4.55 40 time, Lawrence Academy...Committed to Brown University
3. TJ Urbanik, RB/DB, 6'1" 185, 4.60 40 time Pinkerton Academy
4. Saikou Bah, RB, 5'11" 195 lbs., 4.45 40 time, Trinity HS
5. Jack Cavallaro, TE, 6'4" 220 lbs., 4.80 40 time, Milford Academy (NY)
6. Gardner Gendron, 6'5" 250 lbs., OL/DE, Bedford HS
7. Jason Murray, OL/DL, 6'6" 295 lbs., Plymouth HS
8. Bennett Parkinson, OT, 6'3" 280 lbs., 5.59 40 time, 315 lbs bench press, Alvirne HS
9. Clay Legault, OT, 6'5" 290 lbs., 5.20 40 time, Manchester Memorial HS
10. Bryson Pacocha, OT/DT, 6'4" 240 lbs., 5.38 40 time, Bridgton Academy
11. Sean Nartiff, OT/DE, 6'2" 240 lbs., Salem
12. Kody Palladino, C/DT, 6'2" 240 lbs., 4.90 40 time, 315 lbs. bench press, Milford HS
13. Leo Sudieh, RB/DB, 5'7" 180 lbs., 4.50 40 time, Concord HS
14. Jackson Housman, SB/FS, 6'1" 198 lbs., 4.58 40 time, Bishop Guertin HS
15. Brad Kamal, RB/S, 5'11" 185 lbs., 4.60 40 time, Alvirne HS
16. Casey Gervais, QB, 6'4" 220 lbs., 220 lbs. bench press, Goffstown HS
17. Stephen Hedberg, QB, 6'3" 180 lbs., 5.10 40 time, St. Thomas Aquinas
18. Will Pollard, QB, 6'1" 185 lbs., 4.80 40 time, Kennett HS
19. Mason Wallace, MLB, 6'1" 200 lbs., 4.66 40 time, Exeter HS
20. Christian Marquis, SB/FS, 6'0" 174 lbs., 4.58 40 time, Bridgton Academy
21. Jackson Allen, DB, 6'1" 195 lbs., Exeter HS
22. Bobby Heald, C/DT, 5'11" 255 lbs., 5.41 40 time, Bedford HS
23. Johnny Bartose, FB/MLB, 6'2" 215 lbs., 4.85 40 time, Salem HS
24. Hunter Long, TE, 6'4" 210 lbs., 4.71 40 time, Exeter HS
25. Connor Bourque, RB, 5'5" 150 lbs., 4.53 40 time, Goffstown HS
26. Liam Middleton, WR/OLB, 6'5" 205 lbs., St. Thomas Aquinas
27. Riley Antle, RB/DE, 6'2" 225 lbs., 245 lbs. bench press, Kearsarge HS
28. Mike Curley, FB/MLB, 5'11" 195 lbs., 4.70 40 time, Pinkerton Academy
29. Tyler Furey, RB/DB, 6'0" 200 lbs., 4.50 40 time, Timberlane HS
30. Mike Lewis, RB/RLB, 6'0" 195 lbs., 4.80 40 time, Winnacunnet HS
31. Kyle Cantalupo, K/P, 5'8" 160 lbs., Pinkerton Academy
32. Matt Shea, RB/DB, 5'8" 165 lbs., 4.61 40 time Windham HS
33. Jordan Hiscoe, QB/S, 6'1" 190 lbs., Bishop Guertin HS
34. Tom Regan, OL, 6'3" 245 lbs., Manchester Central HS
35. Joey Auger, RB/DB, 5'8" 165 lbs., 4.84 40 time, Portsmouth HS
36. Tim Comeau, OT/DE, 6'3" 235 lbs., Goffstown HS
37. Jason Hughes, QB, 5'9" 175 lbs., Timberlane HS
38. Shane Lafond, RB/OLB, 5'9" 170 lbs., 4.51 40 time Windham HS
39. Charles Sibanda, RB, 5'10" 165 lbs., 4.80 40 time, Salem HS
40. Zach Comeau, CB, 6'0" 180 lbs., Goffstown HS
41. Will Sheppard, RB/OLB, 5'11" 190 lbs., 4.90 40 time, Trinity HS
Here's a closer look at each player...
1. Chase Hughes, OLB/S, 6'1" 205 lbs., 4.87 40 time, Bishop Guertin HS - all football teams need kids who can fly around on defense and hit people. That's exactly what Hughes does best. He's been ranked the #2 prospect in New England. Check out his junior season recruiting video. He's got toughness to burn, has a nose for the football, really flies around the field well in pursuit of the ball carrier. Hughes is also very effective when dropping back in pass coverage, getting deflections, interceptions and hitting people. He's got a great motor, goes hard on every play and is one of the hardest hitters in the region. He has good size for the college level, good speed, good technique and loves to hit people. He's been contacted by schools like Michigan, Wake Forest and Texas Tech. BYU came to visit him at BG and he's also visited UConn, Purdue, New Hampshire, Temple, Army and Navy. He also just committed to play in the NUC All-American game in December in South Carolina. There's no question Hughes will be a Division I college player, it's just a matter of where he ends up.
2. Demitri Jackson, WR/DB, 6'2" 185 lbs., 4.55 40 time, Lawrence Academy (from Nashua, NH) - Explosive athlete with good size at 6-foot-2 and speed with a 4.55 40 time. Also a tough kid who can break tackles and run hard on offense, and is a hard hitter on defense. Plays against tougher competition week in and week out than the NHIAA kids. Long, powerful strides when running the ball and also an effective down field blocker. Get him the football out in space and with his speed, ability to break tackles and follow his blockers he's a threat to go for a touchdown every time. Has ability to catch passes in traffic, take a hit and still hold on, and get some yards after the catch. Also worth noting that Jackson is Class President, starts for basketball team and set school track record for high jump, long jump and triple jump. Jackson has committed to play football at Brown.
3. TJ Urbanik, RB/DB, 6'1" 185, 4.60 40 time Pinkerton Academy - Not only is Urbanik fast as hell, but what you've really got love is how hard he runs. Whether he's coming from one side of the QB to the other on a sweep play, out-running LBs and DBs in the open field or sprinting out for a pass out of the backfield he's got a great motor and runs on every play like it's his last. Has a great speed to the edge and once he gets there he's very hard to catch - a threat to go for a TD every time he touches the football. Urbanik follows his blockers well and uses good footwork and juke moves to evade defenders. Not the biggest tailback in the state, but definitely one of the toughest, as sometimes it takes for or five guys to bring him down. Fights hard for those tough, extra yards, always keeping his feet moving. Also effective as a run blocker, in the return game and as a DB. Simply put, this kid is a wrecking ball who makes plays all over the field. Getting interest from Villanova and UNH, among others.
4. Saikou Bah, RB, 5'11" 195 lbs., 4.45 40 time, Trinity HS - Catch him if you can, this kid has excellent speed, with a 4.45 40 time and outstanding breakaway speed once he hits the second layer of a defense. Follows his blockers very well. Slippery and elusive, he bounces off tackles well and is hard to wrap up. Bah has shifty moves to make defenders miss, and crazy speed to the edge. A threat to take it to the house every time he touches the football. Bah is also effective catching passes out of the backfield, using his speed to create separation from the DB. Bah is getting recruited by the likes of New Hampshire, UConn, UMass and Southern Methodist.
5. Jack Cavallaro, TE, 6'4" 220 lbs., 4.80 40 time, Milford Academy (from Hanover, NH) - Cavallaro (whose older brother Shawn is playing at UNH) was a four year standout at Hanover High and is now doing a post-graduate year at Milford Academy. Cavallaro is a versatile kid who can play TE or FB on offense and DE or LB on defense. However he plans on playing TE this season at Milford, and also TE in college. Just a real tough, physical kid who is not afraid to get in the trenches, get his nose dirty and block the heck out of people. A very good pass catching tight end, runs good routes, has good hands and often requires 2 or 3 defenders to bring him down and by that time he's got some good yards after the catch. Makes leaping catches, catches it with one hand and as a blocking TE he absolutely levels people. Catches balls in traffic, takes a hit and still holds onto it, and has good speed for a kid his size. Put a DB on him and he'll use his size, put a LB on him and he'll use his speed - either way he's gonna make the catch. The PG year should make him even better, and he'll likely have his choice of D1 and D2 schools. He passed up a walk-on opportunity at UNH. Also looking into schools like Bryant, Stonehill, Merrimack and Saint Anselm.
6. Gardner Gendron, 6'5" 250 lbs., OL/DE, Bedford HS - Gendron is getting recruited for both football and lacrosse, but plans on playing football in college. He is a powerful blocker who bulls people over. Has good technique and finishes his blocks well. At 6-foot-5, Gendron has the size that college coaches like to see, and plus he's very quick and agile for a 250 pound kid. both pass blocking and run blocking situations, often times blocking to the point where his man ends up on the ground. Strong in the trenches as well as blocking down field. In addition to football and LAX he also is a key player for the Bedford High basketball team, and another thing college college coaches like is multi-sport athletes. Gendron is a high academic kid, who is looking at schools like Brown, Dartmouth, Amherst, Middlebury, Tufts and Bentley. Those are some great options to have right now.
7. Jason Murray, OL/DL, 6'6" 295 lbs., Plymouth HS - mean and nasty are two words I'd use to describe what I saw of Murray on film. Those are obviously two qualities you love to see in a lineman. Soft is the last word I'd use to describe him. This kid is a beast in the trenches, just goes out there and blocks the heck out of people on offense and relentlessly purses the football on defense, making some bone-crushing tackles. Take that toughness and tenacity and couple it with his size at 6'6" 295 lbs. and you have a kid who is clearly a potential D-I college prospect. Most impressive in his highlight video was the last play, vs. Laconia where he picks off a pass and rumbles 30 yards down field on the return. The speed and agility he shows on that play for a kid his size and outstanding. Murray should definitely have a lot of college coaches calling him.
8. Bennett Parkinson, OT, 6'3" 280 lbs., 5.59 40 time, 315 lbs bench press, Alvirne HS - arguably the top offensive lineman prospect in the state. And that's saying a lot, because there's some really good ones. A big, strong, powerful kid, who flat out pushes through whichever defender is trying to get by him. Has good technique and finishes blocks well. Whether he's pass blocking or run blocking, Parkinson gets the job done. It's no coincidence that Alvirne often runs their play to the side of the line that Parkinson is blocking on.
9. Clay Legault, OT, 6'5" 290 lbs., 5.20 40 time, Manchester Memorial HS - Legault is just a big, powerful kid who can block the heck out of people. Often times he blocks his man to the point where he's either on the ground or far away from the play. Has good blocking technique, and moves very well for a kid his size. A physical kid, Legault has a nasty steak as well which you like to see. Easily one of the top offensive linemen in the state, Legault is also a very effective long snapper for the Crusaders.
10. Bryson Pacocha, OT/DT, 6'4" 240 lbs., 5.38 40 time, Bridgton Academy (from Derry, NH) - One thing you have to like about Pacocha's game is that not only can he manhandle people as an o-lineman in the trenches, but he also has above average quickness for an o-lineman, and he uses that quickness to sprint downfield and continue blocking people as the running play progresses. Pacocha has a high upside at 6'4", and comes from a winning program at Pinkerton. Doing the post-grad year at Bridgton will give him a year of playing against a higher level of competion and he'll be able to get even bigger and stronger.
11. Sean Nartiff, OT/DE, 6'2" 240 lbs., Salem - One of the state's top defenders, Nartiff comes off blocks well, really pursues the ball with a head of steam and delivers bone-crushing hits. He wraps up and finishes tackles well. Nartiff also has the quickness to get out of the trenches near the sideline to make hits. Had a ton of tackles behind the line of scrimmage last year. Nartiff is a beast in the trenches - you've got to always know where #68 is out there or he'll make you pay. He goes hard on every play, never stopping until he's reach the ball carrier and brought him down. Quick on his feet for a kid his size, both laterally and running up field. Also an effective run blocker on offense or rushing the passer on 'D'. An absolute menace for an opposing offensive line to deal with.
12. Kody Palladino, C/DT, 6'2" 240 lbs., 4.90 40 time, 315 lbs. bench press, Milford HS - time and time again, when Milford picks up 1st downs on the ground it's when they're running behind Palladino. A big kid who can block the heck out of people, often times leaving his opponent on the ground. A tough, physical lineman who is also very quick and agile for a kid his size. Also a hard hitter on defense, and a beast as a pass rusher. Does a nice job of spinning off blocks in order to get to the ball carrier and then making the hit.Does a nice job on 'D' of clogging up the middle and stuffing the run. A menace in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Could play either side in college. Milford also used him at MLB which gives him even more versatility.
13. Leo Sudieh, RB/DB, 5'7" 180 lbs., 4.50 40 time, Concord HS - excellent breakaway speed and explosiveness. Slips out of tackles and uses good moves in the open field to evade defenders, including stiff-arms and jukes. With a 4.50 40 time he's one of the fastest players in the region. Quick to the edge and once he gets there it's almost a surefire touchdown. Sudieh is also an explosive play maker on defense, where he's a hard hitting DB who can cover couple down field and make interceptions. He also makes good tackles, using good technique, hitting people hard and using his crazy speed to fly around the field and plug the gaps. It would help if he was an inch or two taller, but this kid is still a very intriguing prospect for the next level.
14. Jackson Housman, SB/FS, 6'1" 198 lbs., 4.58 40 time, Bishop Guertin HS - Housman was a key play maker as a sophomore, then over the off-season before his junior year he got bigger, faster and stronger. Housman was primed for a breakout junior season following an impressive perfrormance at the Queen City Jamboree, but then suffered a broken leg during the first game of the season vs. Londonderry and missed the rest of the season. He came back and played for BG during basketball season though, and is now looking to make up for lost time and have a big senior campaign. He's an explosive athlete with good vision when running the football and shows good burst through the hole. He can run the ball up the middle, outside the tackles or catch passes out of the backfield. His speed and versatility make him a very intriguing prospect at the next level.
15. Brad Kamal, RB/S, 5'11" 185 lbs., 4.60 40 time, Alvirne HS - Makes good cuts and juke moves in open field to evade defenders. Runs hard and tough with the football. A versatile prospect who could play on either side of the ball at the next level, as well as on special teams where he's very effective both in coverage and returning kicks. Very good speed with a 4.60 40 time and kicks into an extra gear once he hits the second level of a defense as well. Breaks tackles well when running the ball, and on defense he has a nose for the ball, pursues it well and wraps people up well. A hard hitter on 'D' who never gives up on a play. Kamal can also be used as a slot receiver, which makes him even more versatile. Definitely a kid who should be on the radar of college coaches.
16. Casey Gervais, QB, 6'4" 220 lbs., 220 lbs. bench press, Goffstown HS - right off the bat you have to consider this kid a legit scholarship prospect, as a 6'4" 220 lbs. QB who can stand in the pocket and hit receivers down field. Add in the fact that he's a dual threat as not only a passer but a rusher as well and there's even more reason for college coaches to be calling. This kid is a threat to go for a touchdown at anytime, both passing it or running it himself. Runs a good play action - watching the film it's often difficult to tell whether he handed it to the tailback or kept it himself. Not only does he have good speed when running the ball but he follows his blockers well too. Plus with his size and strength he's tough to bring down in the open field. Can throw the deep ball with accuracy, even with a pass rush coming at him. Makes good reads and hits his receivers in stride.
17. Stephen Hedberg, QB, 6'3" 180 lbs., 5.10 40 time, St. Thomas Aquinas - set NHIAA single season TD passing record last season as a junior with 35. Obviously the size is a plus. He's listed on hudl at 6'3" and also 6'4". Either way he has good size to play QB at the next level, and really stands tall and strong in the pocket which enables him to see the whole field and make a good read. Could stand to add some strength/weight to his frame, though. A fairly strong arm, and a very accurate passer, often able to fit the ball into tight windows in order to get it to his guy. Hedberg also has good speed for a QB of his size, and is able to keep it himself pick up some good yardage on the ground. Runs the play action effectively and can also throw accurately on the run. Can hit receivers all over the field, whether its the TE down the seam, a slant route, a screen pass or downfield to a WR along the sideline, plus he might keep it himself. This keeps the defense off balance, as they never know where he might go with the ball. You have to of course credit a lot of that to the offense run at STA by Coach Cumba. A legit QB prospect at the next level. Other downside (besides needing to get bigger/stronger) is that in his video he has so much time in the pocket, never seems to get pressured and receivers often are wide open. It will be interesting to see how he responds when that's not the case. Very smooth mechanics as a pocket passer, with both footwork and throwing motion.
18. Will Pollard, QB, 6'1" 185 lbs., 4.80 40 time, Kennett HS - operates well out of the shotgun. Even if he's getting pressured by the defense from all angles he is cool under pressure and scramble away from the rush to pick up some yardage. Has good speed for a QB, and also has the strength and toughness to take a hit and keep picking up those extra yards. Makes good decisions with the ball, knows when to throw it and when to tuck the ball and run with it. Makes good reads and has solid arm strength. Has ability to roll out of the pocket and throw with accuracy while on the run. A dual threat as both a passer and a runner. Able to slip out of tackles when running it, and you've got to love the play vs. St. Thomas where he avoids a sack, scrambles for 20+ yards and then STA needs 5 guys to bring him down. Very good with short passes, the other play I really like is vs. Kearsarge where he scrambles out of the pocket and throws it on the run, 37 yards right on target for a TD. Pollard but not be as tall as Hedberg and Gervais, but he's right up there with them because of his ability to avoid a rush, scramble out of the pocket and either pick up yards on the ground or throw it accurately on the run. Oh yeah, and how about that bomb he throws in the Lebanon video, throwing it 40 yards in the air right on target? Yeah, this kid is a legit prospect. Good arm strength, especially on some of the throws in the Lebanon video.
19. Mason Wallace, MLB, 6'1" 200 lbs., 4.66 40 time, Exeter HS - a tenacious defensive player, Wallace is a hard hitter and makes some nice open field tackles. Wallace loves to hit people and is one of the state's top MLB. He's a play maker who also picks off passes, forces fumbles and blocks kicks on special teams. Pursues the football well, at times sprinting across the field to make the hit. Also an effective pass rusher. Has a nose for the football, helps to stuff the run. Very good at covering kicks on special teams as well. Simply put, one of the hardest hitters in the state.
20. Christian Marquis, SB/FS, 6'0" 174 lbs., 4.58 40 time, Bridgton Academy (from Goffstown, NH) - a play maker on both sides of the football. Get him the football out in space and he has very good speed and the ability to make defenders miss. Anticipates well when defending the pass on defense. He can really rack up the yards after the catch (YAC) and is a threat to go for a touchdown every time he catches a pass, even if you just throw it to him in the flat. Also able to use his speed to create separation from the DB covering him. Marquis (Goffstown, NH) is also a dangerous threat on special teams as a return man, using his speed and elusiveness to break some big runs. Able to take a good hit and still hang onto the ball while making the catch. A deep threat in the passing game. With his speed, athleticism, big play ability and how hard he plays, this kid is a definite prospect at the next level.
21. Jackson Allen, DB, 6'1" 195 lbs., Exeter HS - one of the state's hardest hitting defensive backs. Good speed and tenacity rushing from the edge to stuff the run, also a play maker when dropping back into pass coverage. Pursues the ball with tenacity, has good tackling technique and wraps up well. Delivers punishing hits, especially the last play in his highlight video where he knocks the ball loose near the goal line. You have to also have to love the play in there vs Dover where she sprints about 50 yards and makes the hit to prevent the touchdown - never gives up on the play. With his size, speed and ability to fly around the field and hit people, this kid will be in a college secondary somewhere next year.
22. Bobby Heald, C/DT, 5'11" 255 lbs., 5.41 40 time, Bedford HS...very quick and agile for his size. Has a good motor, and is tenacious coming off blocks and going after the QB or ball carrier. A very good run stuffer. Heald was a big reason why Bedford's defense was so dominant last year. With his combination of size, strength, speed and tenacity, he is a handful for any o-lineman. He's definitely one of the top linemen in the state.
23. Johnny Bartose, FB/MLB, 6'2" 215 lbs., 4.85 40 time, Salem HS - tough kid who keeps on pushing forward, spinning off tackles to fight for the extra yards and is tough to bring down. Also a tenacious, hard hitting LB who comes off blocks well and anticipates where the play is going. As a blocking FB he's like a bulldozer out there, leveling which ever defender is in his way. At 6'2 215 he has the size to play FB or LB at the next level. He has good speed for either position and loves to hit people on defense and run through them on offense.
24. Hunter Long, TE, 6'4" 210 lbs., 4.71 40 time, Exeter HS - A big target, has good hands and runs like a deer. Able to make a catch in traffic and hold on to the football, even with 3 defenders all bringing him down. an catch passes down field, but also an above average run blocker. Could stand to put a few pounds on, but still for a kid his size is very tough and physical. Not afraid to mix it up and get a little nasty out there when blocking people. Upside is definitely there at 6'4". Runs good routes. Has a good combination of size and speed, and also has a good combination of being effective as both a receiver and blocker. A very good tight end prospect. Quite a few colleges will want him.
25. Connor Bourque, RB, 5'5" 150 lbs., 4.53 40 time, Goffstown HS - fast, elusive, slippery are all words that describe Bourque. One of the fastest backs in the state. Very elusive, and also excels at slipping out of tackles to break long runs. Most impressive in the highlight video was around the 3:00 minute mark when there's back-to-back players where he breaks a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and ends up racing in for the touchdown. He may not be the ideal size for a back at the next level, but this kid has crazy speed and refuses to go down. You simply can't let him get the football out in space - he'll burn you for 6 points. He's going to have a huge senior year, and there's no doubt he can play somewhere in college. A tough, hard nosed kid who also plays CB for Goffstown and at times delivered the game's hardest hit despite being the smallest player on the field.
26. Liam Middleton, WR/OLB, 6'5" 205 lbs., St. Thomas Aquinas - between his size, speed, ability to run routes and catch the football it's clear that Middleton is one of the top receivers in the state. You got to love the concentration and how he was able to stay in bounds while making the catch on the play just after the 2:00 mark in the video. Also a good blocker, leveling an opponent on another play. He's a tough kid who's difficult to bring down, plus he can take a hit and still hang onto the ball. Even when the defense puts a small, quicker defender on him he's still able to burn him to create separation and make the grab. Definitely a kid who should be on the radar of colleges looking for a big WR or a speedy TE.
27. Riley Antle, RB/DE, 6'2" 225 lbs., 245 lbs. bench press, Kearsarge HS - Antle is a power running back who is very effective at running between the tackles and dragging defenders along with him. He's a tough runner, just keeps moving forward, spinning off tackles. Doesn't go down on first contact. Also a punishing hitter on defense, Antle comes off blocks well to make the tackle. He shows a good burst up the middle of a defense. So big and strong, it often takes a defense 3 or 4 guys to bring him down.
28. Mike Curley, FB/MLB, 5'11" 195 lbs., 4.70 40 time, Pinkerton Academy - when it comes to a lead blocking FB, Curley is one of the best around. He's also a tough runner up the middle, and has good juke moves in the open field to evade defenders. It's tough for just one defender to bring him down, as he fights hard for those extra yards. Good combination of speed and power, projects well as a between the tackles runner at the next level. Started on both sides of the ball for an undefeated Pinkerton team, and could play on either side of the ball in college as well. Has a nose for the ball on defense. A hard hitter who can read where the ball is going, fill the gap and make the play. Has a knack for making big plays, whether it's breaking a long run on offense or forcing a fumble or picking off a tipped pass on defense.
29. Tyler Furey, RB/DB, 6'0" 200 lbs., 4.50 40 time, Timberlane HS - very good speed, shows an explosive burst through the line. A tough kid who can break tackles. Has the speed to break long runs outside the tackles, and has the size and strength to run it up the middle. Has good vision and follows his blockers well. An elusive runner who's tough to bring down in the open field. A workhorse back who can take the pounding of being a lead back in a run-heavy offense. Can grind out short runs, but at the same time is capable of breaking off a long run at any time. Also has the ability to catch passes out of the backfield and turn them into big gains.
30. Mike Lewis, RB/RLB, 6'0" 195 lbs., 4.80 40 time, Winnacunnet HS - tough kid, has a nose for the ball, makes good reads off the snap to know where the play is going. Pursues the ball carrier hard and is effective as stuffing the run. On offense Lewis is a power runner who who's tough to bring down and also has good speed. You can also put him at FB where he's an excellent lead blocker, especially in goal line and short yardage situations. Good at wrapping people up and finishing tackles. Runs hard on offense and hits people hard/tackles well on defense. Could play either side of the ball in college.
31. Kyle Cantalupo, K/P, 5'8" 160 lbs., Pinkerton Academy - averaged 40 yard on punts, and in his video there's back-to-back punts that he puts inside the opponent's 5 yard line. Has good hang time on his punts as well, which allows his teammates to get down field on coverage. Averaged 50 yards on kickoffs, routinely pinning opponents deep in their own end. Was 3/3 on field goals with a long of 37. Was 57/58 on extra points. He's poised on his FGs and PATs, and has a strong, accurate leg. He'll definitely be kicking somewhere in college.
32. Matt Shea, RB/DB, 5'8" 165 lbs., 4.61 40 time Windham HS - tough, physical kid. Good blocker in the open field. Has ability to break long runs. Has good speed at 4.61 in the 40. He's elusive, has ability to slip out of tackles to pick up extra yards. Shea can also be used as a receiver, has good hands and is effective running deep routes. Has shifty moves when running the ball to make people miss. Shea is a versatile player who can run between the tackles or outside, catch screen passes or run routes down field as well as play on defense. Follows blockers well and fights hard for those extra yards. Very good in pass coverage, one of the hardest hitting CBs in the state, has a nose for the ball and can make the interception as well. Runs hard with the ball, and on defense wraps up tackles well. A tough corner containing the edge, creeping forward towards the line and stopping the run.
33. Jordan Hiscoe, QB/S, 6'1" 190 lbs., Bishop Guertin HS - runs a good play action, Hiscoe also has exceptional arm strength and is able to still throw accurately even when pressured by a pass rush. Can scramble out of the pocket, throw across his body and still put it on the money to intended receiver. Able to stand in pocket, set feet and hit a target down field, as well as throw it on the run. Puts a good zip on his passes. Makes good reads and can hit his check-down receiver. Has good poise in the pocket. Hiscoe definitely has one of the stronger arms in the state.
34. Tom Regan, OL, 6'3" 245 lbs., Manchester Central HS - a big, strong kid who really excels in pass blocking situations, never lets his guy get to the QB. Has good technique, sees where the pass rush is coming from and routinely makes solid blocks. Definitely a kid who will help out someone's o-line at the next level.
35. Joey Auger, RB/DB, 5'8" 165 lbs., 4.84 40 time, Portsmouth HS - the 40 time might not be as fast as some of the other backs on the list, but in watching the film it's clear that Auger has very good 'football speed', as he's very quick and nimble in the open field and can really break some long runs. Auger is also built very strong for a kid his size, so he can run between the tackles, take a hit and keep moving up field. Good footwork and juke moves in open field to make defenders miss. Good vision, sees the holes up field. A tough kid who fights for those extra yards and refuses to go down. Can run the ball, catch screen passes or run routes down field and make the tough catches. A dual threat, able to make big plays either rushing the football or catches passes down field. Bounces off tackles well. As a DB he can provide blanket coverage, anticipates well and makes great effort to intercept or deflect passes. Tough for just one defender to bring him down. Effective at catching screen passes or pitches when running the option and turning them into big gains.
36. Tim Comeau, OT/DE, 6'3" 235 lbs., Goffstown HS - a versatile two-way player, Comeau can play o-lie or d-line, and Goffstown has also used him as a TE and dropping back into pass coverage as a LB. Comeau is an effective pass rusher, coming off blocks well and wrapping up the QB. A tough, physical kid who is can block people well up front. Can stuff the run and help contain the edge on defense. Is tenacious coming off blocks and delivers some hard hits.
37. Jason Hughes, QB, 5'9" 175 lbs., Timberlane HS - yes he is definitely small for a QB, but he's a talented athlete with instincts, speed and toughness so he could end up playing at RB, WR or CB at the next level. Or depending on the system he could play QB, if it's a team that likes to have a QB who is on the run a lot, rolling outside of the pocket, scrambling and running draw plays. Hughes throws well on the run and has good speed to turn a broken play into a 1st down. He makes good reads and has a pretty strong arm. Most impressive was the bomb he threw and completed after rolling out of the pocket vs. Pinkerton. That's a high level play right there. Also has good footwork to set himself before throwing the ball. Hughes is also an effective place kicker and punter, giving him even more ways he can help a team. He's also a standout for Timberlane in baseball and basketball, and college football coaches like kids who are good all-around athletes. This kid will play somewhere for sure.
38. Shane Lafond, RB/OLB, 5'9" 170 lbs., 4.51 40 time Windham HS - uses good footwork and very shifty juke moves in open field to make defenders miss. Can also break tackles to pick up those extra yards. A kid who's capable of breaking a long run at any time. Shows a good burst through the hole, follows his blockers well. Good speed to the edge.
39. Charles Sibanda, RB, 5'10" 165 lbs., 4.80 40 time, Salem HS - Sibanda can break tackles and is tough to bring down. Shows a good burst of speed up the middle of the defense and follows his blockers well. A versatile back who can run between or outside the tackles, and also catch passes out of the backfield.
40. Zach Comeau, CB, 6'0" 180 lbs., Goffstown HS - one of the quickest, hardest hitting corners in the state. Comeau can also creep up towards the line and stuff the run, making solid tackles all over the field. A tough kid who loves to hit people and isn't afraid of mixing it up in the trenches. Able to provide blanket coverage on deep balls, not allowing the receiver to gain separation. Between covering passes and making solid tackles, Comeau is one of the better corners in NH.
41. Will Sheppard, RB/OLB, 5'11" 190 lbs., 4.90 40 time, Trinity HS - Sheppard runs, hard, he's tough, is difficult to bring down in the open field. He follows his blockers well and has good speed. Can take a hit and keep on moving up field. On defense he can step up near the line and stuff the run, or drop back into pass coverage and make tackles or interceptions. A power back who can break the long run, and is also effective in goal line/short yardage situations.
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