Dec. 18 recruiting notes

As we wind down toward the early signing day tomorrow, here are a few things we have picked up along the way.

— Boston College lost two more commits this past week in inside linebacker Marvin Ham out of Belleville, Mich., and offensive guard Maurice Smith out of South Florida powerhouse Miami Central HS. Each player was rated as a three-star prospect, according to

While these defections did not completely catch BC off guard, they are still tough to deal with this late in the process.

That said, BC feels confident in a few players who can fill the remaining spots in its class.

— We spoke to Nobles coach Cam Voulgaris about a few of his players who are garnering college interest.

Junior tight end Cam Large already has multiple Football Bowl Subdivision offers, and Voulgaris expects more on the way.

"Just like any kid with his ability, he's going to be recruited nationally by Power 5 schools, as well as Group of 5 schools," Voulgaris said.

Nobles also has two sophomores with FBS offers in linebacker Casey Phinney and lineman Drew Kendall.

Of Phinney, Voulgaris said, "He's strong, he's physical he's loves football. He embraces the work side of it, and loves playing."

Senior offensive lineman Sam Folse, at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, according to Voulgaris, has "an array of schools looking at him at all levels," from the Patriot League to NESCAC programs.

— We also spoke to St. John's of Shrewsbury coach John Andreoli about three of his top juniors in wide receivers Jay Brunelle and Eamonn Dennis and quarterback Colin Schofield.

Regarding Schofield, who broke his collarbone at the end of the season, Andreoli said he expects him to be throwing again "sometime in March."

Brunelle had a breakout season, and Andreoli raved about the receiver's work ethic and ability to improve on his speed.

Offers from Harvard, Holy Cross, and Yale are already on the table for Brunelle, and Andreoli said Michigan and Duke have also expressed interest.

As for Dennis, the speedster already holds offers from UConn and UMass.

"He's one of the fastest kids in the track space," Andreoli said, "but you can see in football how he has the vision and the way he can accelerate. So he's going to have some opportunities, as well."

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