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Jan. 21 MVP: MassVarsity Pre-and-Post


This was a very busy week for schools handing out offers to Massachusetts prospects, so we're going to hit some of the bigger developments there.


Before that, though, let's get to the two Penn State-related transfers. The one that will get the most traction locally is former Marshfield High tight end Danny Dalton coming home to Boston College. The graduate transfer will be eligible to play right away.


Even though Dalton only made three receptions for 19 yards this season, he can still be an asset at The Heights. Very few players coming out of Massachusetts in recent years had as much of a penchant for making the spectacular catch, and BC is never afraid to use multiple tight ends.


Of course, we don't know exactly what the Eagles' offense will look like under new coordinator Mike Bajakian, but Dalton will get his shot to earn his way onto the field in some capacity.


UMass grabs the other Penn State transfer in linebacker Jarvis Miller. A Suffield, Conn. native, Miller also can play right away, as he earned his degree in criminology.


Like Dalton, Miller did not see a ton of action in Happy Valley, but that doesn't mean he can't resurrect his career at his next stop. Surely, after a season where UMass simply couldn't stop the run, the addition of a linebacker from the Big Ten will be welcomed with open arms.


— Back to high school recruiting, St. John's of Shrewsbury now has two Class of 2020 receivers in Jay Brunelle and Eamonn Dennis who hold multiple Power Five offers.


Michigan has offered both, while BC has extended one to Brunelle but not yet Dennis. Syracuse also jumped into the mix with Dennis, and one has to think Orange coach Dino Babers would love to cook up different ways to showcase the Worcester native's speed and elusiveness.


With the bigger schools jumping on board, it will be difficult for UMass, which has offered each, to pull either one. However, on both accounts, the Minutemen were in on them early, which can't hurt.


Here is what St. John's coach John Andreoli said about both back before the season began:


"Eamonn's had a great summer. He's been offered at a couple of Division 1 programs: UMass, UConn, and I know Michigan is interested in him. I know Penn State is interested in him. Mississippi State is interested in him. So he's had a good summer. He's gotten bigger. He's the kind of guy we can play him in the slot. We can put him outside the numbers. We can put him in the backfield, and he can play some defense for us. And his explosiveness in the kicking game, that's what sort of set the table for him as a freshman. So he's going to be fun to watch this year.


Jay, I think, flat-out works his tail off like anybody we've ever had in the program. He's just so zeroed in on our strength and conditioning. He went to camps and he was an eye opener, the way he ran sub-4.6s. The three-cone drill, he just dominated it and the way he gets to the ball, it's just a testament to the way he approaches the game with his offseason preparation. He was a big-play guy for us last year, and if you look at where he started the season at Catholic Memorial, and then finished at Gillette and how far he came along as a sophomore, that was a big learning curve that he adjusted to quickly. So he's going to have a great year."


— Another player who has seen plenty of offers roll in over the past week is Nobles tight end Cam Large, who can also project to the defensive side of the ball depending on where coaches like him the most.


We did not get a chance to see Large up close and personal this season, but spoke to his coach, Cam Voulgaris in December, who correctly predicted that Large would start getting a lot more Power Five interest sooner rather than later.


The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Large has offers from both BC and UMass, along with Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse, and Vanderbilt, among others, according to 247Sports.com.


— There are two 2020 offensive linemen who seem to receive an offer from every school that gets a chance to see them: BC High's Ozzy Trapilo and BB&N's Zak Zinter.


In addition to UMass and BC, who were both in early with Trapilo, the towering and athletic presence added more this past week from ever-present Michigan and Nebraska.


Trapilo is already a legit 6-8, and is listed at 255 pounds, but that may not be an exact number right now, especially considering he's playing basketball, which could slim him down for the time being given the nature of that sport.


The big thing with Trapilo is he has prototypical left tackle height, and his athleticism and frame make him even more attractive in that regard.


We spoke to his coach, Jonathan Brillo, back when Trapilo received the BC offer. The first-year BC High coach raved about not just Trapilo's ability, but intangibles. Expect more opportunities to keep flooding in.


The 6-6, 300-pound Zinter is also just one of those players who will have plenty of options. The North Andover native is rated as a four-star prospect by 247. Zinter has been offered by both BC and UMass, along with other programs from the ACC, Big Ten, and SEC.


We spoke briefly with BB&N coach Mike Willey on Friday, and he said the same thing Brillo said about Trapilo: every team that sees him, loves him.


— In one of the most significant offers when it comes to setting a tone for relationships with an in-state power, UMass coach Walt Bell doled one out to Springfield Central defensive end Terry Lockett.


Lockett, a member of the 2021 class, can play a number of positions on the next level, but is most likely a defensive end.


It's terrific to see Lockett recognized so early, but it's also smart of Bell to lay the groundwork at Central, which is a program that continues to gain steam as far as high-end talent.


Talk to anyone associated with Central, and they will gush about the young talent coming up through the system. So what better way to get ahead on not just Lockett, but the other Golden Eagles who are sure to gain FBS attention over the next few years?


The more and more you see what Bell is doing with local recruiting, the more you see a coach who understands that "slow-playing" prospects like Lockett is a losing proposition.


In other words, Bell is being aggressive, and it fits in line with how he said he'd approach going after players within a reasonable distance from Amherst. Even if it doesn't pay off right away, the probability of Bell being able to sign a player or two who would normally go elsewhere has increased.


— Speaking of Western Massachusetts talent, it is good to see some Northeast-10 programs recognizing that of Westfield wide receiver Baley Collier. Stonehill and Franklin Pierce are already on board, and those are two places where Collier can definitely get on the field and play.


Collier is on the smaller side, but his quickness and footwork make up for it.


— Back to game-changers from Springfield Central, wide receiver Tyvarius Daniels has Northeast-10 offers on the table from Franklin Pierce and American International.


Daniels raised his profile with an outstanding performance in the Division 3 state title game against Tewksbury.


— Xaverian wide receiver and defensive back Cooper Deveau committed to Brown to join teammate and lineman Lucas Ferraro in the Bears' class.


This is nothing new for Xaverian and the Ivy League program. Three Hawks were on Brown's 2018 roster, and the Bears do a good job of recruiting Massachusetts and New England in general.


— Dropping down to the NCAA's Division 3, it's not a surprise when you see Trinity College find its way toward the top of the NESCAC standings every year.


The Bantams have already done very well this cycle, with Catholic Memorial athlete Hunter Tully and Xaverian linebacker Michael Masse already on board.


There are others to keep an eye on there, but those two Catholic Conference standouts should be tough to handle at that level.

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