SPRINGFIELD — With nearly 600 athletes performing in front of 240 college coaches from every level, the Best of New England Camp at Springfield College was a smashing success.
There were both testing portions and competitive, 1-on-1 areas for all positions. The amount of talent on display was immense, and it was one of the best camps of its type that you will see anywhere.
We were able to concentrate on Massachusetts players, of which there were many. However, with the sheer number of athletes participating, there were of course many that we missed. So if you don't see your name here, there is a chance we just did not see you.
But without further ado, here are some of the best players we were able to lay eyes on Friday morning and afternoon.
We were able to get a close look at the top quarterback group, and leading the way was Springfield Central signal-caller William Watson. The class of 2023 product had a sensational freshman campaign in 2019, but he is so much better than that now.
For one, Watson is bigger and stronger. He measured in at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. But Watson really pops when he throws. The ball explodes out of his hand, and he hits all areas of the field efficiently.
The other quarterback we were hoping to see was Lawrence Academy's Ryan Puglisi. The class of 2024 player already has a Boston College offer and picked up a UMass one Friday.
Puglisi, 6-2, 195, has good size and can really spin it. Like Watson, the ball just flies out of Puglisi's hand, and he was accurate during 1-on-1s.
Another player who most Mass. football onlookers are already familiar with is Central Catholic quarterback Ayden Pereira.
At 5-11, 188, Pereira performed very well on Friday. He is just so accurate, and it seems like his arm strength is even improved from his strong, Fall II performance. Expect a big senior year this fall for the class of 2022 performer.
One player who may still be a little bit under the radar is Buckingham, Browne & Nichols quarterback Shane Hanafin.
The 6-2, 199-pounder had a terrific day. The class of 2022 player really put good velocity on his throws and was accurate.
Some others who threw well were Wachusett's Tucker McDonald and Belmont Hill's Christopher Milmoe. Drew Hall was listed with two schools, Pembroke and BC High. Hall is an interesting prospect. He can play quarterback, but at 6-3, 198 is big and athletic enough to play another position if he wants.
Out of the wide receiver group, well, we are going to sound like a broken record here, but Geoffrey Jamiel of Deerfield will just make defenders look silly. There is not a better route runner in New England, and Jamiel has better straight-line speed than he gets credit for.
One player who we continue to hear good things about is Ronan Hanafin of BB&N. At 6-3, 194, Hanafin has good size, and he ran a 4.75 40-yard dash.
Oluwakoleade Osinubi of Catholic Memorial had a strong day at wide receiver. He made sharp cuts and was able to lose defensive backs with his route-running.
Another name we continue to hear from various sources is Durfee running back Jason Hall. He had a good day, and we like the fact that he can potentially make an impact on the edge or at outside linebacker.
Few players have had as good of an offseason as Jackson Conners-McCarthy. The class of 2023 Brooks player was excellent at The League, and just always seems to perform well wherever we see him.
One of the things we like about Connes-McCarthy is his versatility. On offense, the 6-1, 225-pounder can play either tight end or receiver. On defense, he can play safety, linebacker, or on the edge. On Friday, he lined up at linebacker, and in passing drills showed good coverage skills.
Hollis Dirstine of Lawrence Academy is another player who has had a good offseason. The defensive lineman can move along different points along the front and is looking forward to a big senior year.
Here is a list of some more players from Massachusetts who impressed Friday (in alphabetical order):
Mekhi Abdul-Hakim, OL, Springfield Central
Kofi Asare, DL, Doherty
Jayden Bass, OL, Springfield Central
Jayden Biggi, DL, Everett
Andrew Bossey, DB, Scituate
Michael Boutros, OL, Doherty
William Brewster, WR, East Coast Prep
David Charles II, LB, St. Paul's
Michael Charles, LB, Williston Northampton
Matthew Childs, RB, Medway
Christopher Colby, WR, Pingree
Marcus Crawford, RB, Williston Northampton
Carlo Crocetti, WR, Xaverian
Darius Day, WR, Dexter Southfield
Matthew DeFeo, DL, Xaverian
Jackson Delaney, WR, St. John's Prep
Jameson Dion, DB, Amherst
Joseph Duggan, WR, Nobles
MacMullen Dumont, WR, Medway
Dallas Elliott, WR, Williston Northampton
Ben Evee, WR, BC High
Thomas Farrell, TE, Walpole
Danny Fleming, DB, Tewksbury
Jack Funke, OL, Xaverian
John Furno, DL, Blackstone Valley Tech
Adonis Garcia, DB, Lawrence HS
Travis Gause, OL, Springfield Central
Bryce Gentry-Warrick, DL, Springfield Central
Patrick Gill, TE, BC High
Josiah Griffin, DL, Springfield Central
Brendan Guy, TE, Springfield Central
Alex Haight, WR, Deerfield
Ty Harding, WR, BB&N
Mason Hatfield, RB, Dexter Southfield
Quinn Herlihy, DL, Cheshire Academy
Matt Hickey, RB, Deerfield
Marcues Jean-Jacques, DB, Springfield Central
Arturo Johnson, WR, Wachusett
Dana Johnson, DB, Mansfield
James Jolicoeur, WR, Minnechaug
Eugene Jordan, RB, Barnstable
Joseph Kelcourse, RB, Xaverian
Michael Kennedy, WR, Bridgton
Kymari Latney, DB, Springfield Central
Joseph LoChiatto, OL, Deerfield
Preston Longo, DB, East Longmeadow
Duncan MacDonald, OL, Milton Academy
Brady Madigan, WR, Duxbury
Grayson Massey, OL, Deerfield
Justice McGrail, WR, Central Catholic
Joseph Metzger, OL, Deerfield
Marco Monteiro, OL, Milford
Jessie O'Furie, WR, St. John's Prep
Ryan O'Connor, OL, Lawrence Academy
Anthony Oquendo, RB, Fitchburg
Ahmari Owens, OL, Springfield Central
Nick Peltekian, RB, Deerfield
Aidan Pena, WR, Springfield Central
Matthew Raeke, WR, Wachusett
Colin Reynolds, TE, Lawrence Academy
Luke Reynolds, QB, Lawrence Academy
William Robke, OL, Barnstable
Sekou Roland, LB, Deerfield
Grant Scurdo, DB, Milford
Dominic Selvitelli, DL, Lawrence Academy
Michael Sheskey, OL, Scituate
Zion Simmons, WR, St. Sebastian's
Charles Stark, LB, St. John's Prep
Keegan Sullivan, RB, Scituate
Davenche Sydney, DL, Tewksbury
Tariq Thomas, RB, Springfield Central
David Thomson, OL, Brooks
Chase Vaughan, QB, Milton
Zachary Walker, OL, Williston Northampton
Menyelek Ward, WR, East Coast Prep
Myles Ward, WR, Springfield Central
Takai Whitmore, DB, Dexter Southfield
Christopher Winslow, DB, Springfield Central
CJ Woodfine-Holmes, DB, East Coast Prep