Best of New England camp recap

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

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