From talking to people lately, we are told there are some players who we should know about going forward.
We decided to share those names with you.
Ryan Puglisi is a quarterback who lives in Paxton and will attend Lawrence Academy for the class of 2024. Puglisi is 6-feet tall and 175 pounds, and possesses a strong arm and nimble feet.
Puglisi is good friends with Springfield Central quarterback William Watson, and we are told Puglisi has the same type of potential as a quarterback. That is saying a lot, but Puglisi has already made believers of those who have seen him play.
Keep an eye on Puglisi as he looks to replace Brady Martin (Univ. of Rhode Island) behind center for the Spartans.
Another player in the NEPSAC ranks we are told has strong potential is Ajahn Rue of Boston and Wilbraham & Monson. Rue comes from good stock as his father played basketball at Northeastern, and his mother played lacrosse at Boston College.
Rue is a speedy cornerback and wide receiver who projects best in the slot right now. A good student, Rue is interested in business and music, and right now has the interest of a number of Football Championship Subdivision programs.
One player we are told is going to break out is 2022 wide receiver Matt Brunelle of St. John's of Shrewsbury. Yes, he is the younger brother of Notre Dame signee Jay Brunelle. Matt has good speed and strong hands, and just a ton of potential.
There is yet another Springfield Central wide receiver to keep an eye on. Kevin Jackson is a class of 2023 player who has patiently waited his turn on an absolutely loaded Golden Eagles roster. At 6-0, 170, Jackson has good size and excellent speed. A year ago, Jackson sat behind some talented starters, but now it's his time to shine.
Minnechaug has another player to keep an eye on in James Jolicoeur. A versatile performer, this class of 2022 player can make his mark as a defensive back, wide receiver, and athlete.
Finally, Pittsfield is a team we have been told to watch this fall, led by running back Emmaniuel Nda. This speed merchant already has an offer from Army, and more may be on the way.
To play or not to play
You won't always get the same answer if you ask a high school coach from around here on whether or not there will be football this fall.
There are some who feel we definitely aren't going to see the sport in any form this fall. Others are a little more optimistic. One coach listed the highest odds we've seen when he said there is a "50-50" shot of football returning.
It's not out of the question. If you look at other New England states, in addition to New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, there is some reason for hope.
One thing has not really changed, though. The fate of football in the fall rests in the hands of Gov. Charlie Baker. What he says is going to end up having a significant say on what happens.
The East and the South regionals for the Northeast 7v7 tournament have each been postponed.
Under the current climate, it is not too much of a shock that these activities did not take place.
Still, the decision-makers for Northeast 7v7 are hoping to maybe get something going in August.
We are not terribly optimistic about that happening, but we are happy to see all efforts being made to try and make it happen if things improve.
Top of the class
Both Boston College and UMass have had reasons to like their 2021 recruiting classes.
BC's is currently ranked 29th nationally by 247. The Eagles have commitments from players all up and down the East Coast and deep into the Midwest. There is only one in-state verbal, from Catholic Memorial linebacker Owen McGowan, but he is one of the highest-rated players of that group.
Over the weekend, BC flipped cornerback Clinton Burton Jr. of St. Frances Academy (Md.). Burton, a previous four-star commitment with Florida, comes from a power program that produces tons of major talent every year.
It is a big steal at an important position for the Eagles, and any time you can get your foot in the door at a place like St. Frances, you will take it.
Overall, if you're a fan of the Eagles, you have to like what new coach Jeff Hafley has done.
For UMass, the Minutemen do not own a highly-ranked class, but there are four Massachusetts natives in the group of eight commitments.
Wide receiver Eni Falayi is a big target at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds. The Peabody native who attends Williston Northampton is currently one of the team's highest-rated commits.
Ryan Mosesso of Nobles is another sizable athlete, as the tight end is 6-5, 250. He plays on a Nobles team that is loaded at the line of scrimmage with Division 1 talent.
Quarterback Brady Olson of Milford played last season at Bishop Feehan. He has a live arm and is especially deadly at the intermediate throws. He has good agility and moves well in the pocket to escape the rush.
Finally, Dominic Schofield is an outside linebacker who is also out of Milford and has the chance to grow into an excellent player. Although he is currently 6-3, 220, he had the frame to fill out even more, and this is an athletic player who can be a nightmare off the edge.