Earlier in the week, we were over at the University of Rhode Island satellite camp that included coaches from the University of Michigan and Boston College.
We were not able to make it out to Amherst this weekend for the UMass event, but we will of course have our focus on what Walt Bell and the Minutemen are up to going forward.
In Kingston, there were over 200 prospects on hand, including over 90 from Massachusetts. There were players from all over, including Canada, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee.
As far as the coaches, it looked like Michigan basically brought its entire staff. It was a huge turnout. BC assistants Jim Reid and Brian White were there, and there were plenty of smaller schools represented, as well.
Again, with these types of camps and so many things to watch, we were not able to see everyone and everything, so we won't be able to mention every name, but we will share everything that we can.
One player who continues to have a tremendous offseason is St. John's of Shrewsbury wide receiver Jay Brunelle. He received some personal attention from the Michigan coaches, and in one-on-one drills, his ability to fight off jams and lose defenders with his route-running were both outstanding.
Another receiver who looked terrific in one-on-ones was actually someone who played quarterback last season in Springfield Central's Isaac Boston. Even though he led the Golden Eagles to a state title last season from behind center, Boston was among the best receivers from Massachusetts at the camp. Very few corners could get an adequate jam on him, and his long speed left them in the dust once Boston created any separation.
Boston's teammate, Joseph Griffin, is someone people will know a lot more about after this season. The class of 2022 receiver is already pushing 6-4 and has great leaping ability. He sat behind a loaded set of starters last season, but will no doubt be heard from with the graduation of three starters in that unit.
From start to finish, in testing and one-on-ones, Catholic Memorial's Zach Mitchell had a terrific day. Although the 2021 prospect played running back with the Knights this past season, he worked with the receivers at the camp and showed out. His short-area quickness gave everyone trouble, and his mechanics catching the ball made for clean receptions.
New Bedford brought a huge contingent, mostly linemen, but one wide receiver/defensive back who is flying under the radar is returning Big Three All-Star Shahid Barros. He has good length, speed, and instincts on either side of the ball.
Staying in that league, Brockton also brought down a nice group. Ademola Faleye, fresh off an offer he received earlier in the day from Iowa State, picked one up from URI just hours later. At 6-foot-6, schools can either keep him at wide receiver, or see if he can add weight and become more of a flex tight end. Either way, Faleye's best football is ahead of him.
Fellow Boxer Ted Tessa also had a good day. Standing 6-foot, he also created some nice separation at times with his body control between cuts.
When it came to deep routes, very few corners were able to keep up with Dracut's Jakob Rivers. The Class of 2020 receiver simply had impressive separation on deep balls that made him a solid target in one-on-ones.
Out of the ISL attendees, three receiver/cornerbacks stood out the most. BB&N's Sammy Malignaggi again fared well in all phases, impressing on both sides of the ball in some extremely competitive one-on-one battles with the best players there. Malignaggi already has a handful of Football Championship Subdivision offers, and we feel he can play at running back, receiver, or corner at that level. Truly a versatile and tough player, we've been impressed with him every time we've seen him this offseason.
Belmont Hill also had two standouts. From the 2023 class, Oluwakoleade Osinubi looks like he will be a problem for defenses in that league for years to come. He held his own against some much older players, and already has the height to create mismatches on the outside.
The other Belmont Hill receiver that already has some FCS offers in tow is Greg Desrosiers. As the field narrowed down for the top players to face off against each other, Desrosiers was one of the last Massachusetts kids standing.
Deerfield Academy cornerback and Connecticut native Donnie Gray is another player there who is starting to draw more and more interest from scholarship institutions.
It is always tough to evaluate quarterbacks at an event like this when they are working with receivers they normally don't, but there were plenty of hard and accurate throws made by the likes of Newton North's Andrew Landry, Everett's Duke Doherty, St. John's of Shrewsbury's Colin Schofield, and Governor's Academy's Shane O'Leary.
Out of the tight ends, BB&N's Preston Zinter grabbed a URI offer, and more will surely come for the 2023 player who teams alongside his brother and Michigan commit Zack Zinter, who was also there. Knights linebacker Tyler Martin, who received a Michigan offer last year as an eighth grader, was in attendance, too, along with offensive lineman Nate Roach.
When it came to the running backs, it was a pretty solid group from Massachusetts. One of the real standouts was Somerville's Thiery Siede, who showed nice burst behind a compact build.
Two Catholic Memorial backs showed well in Darrius LeClair and Jamall Griffin, while BC High's Brendan Cassamajor, Springfield Central's Marcus Crawford, and Southeastern's Kevin Opoku all did well in either testing or drills.
We did not get a chance to see too much of the linebackers, but there was a good group on hand, nonetheless. Milton Academy's Kalel Mullings was one of the headliners, along with players like Governor's Academy's Sean Ryan, and Springfield Central's Dante Bolden and Tyson Thornton.
When it came to the trenches, not only were there well-known standouts like Zinter on hand, but plenty of younger up-and-comers who will be drawing plenty of attention soon.
Two linemen from Plymouth — one from Plymouth North and one from Plymouth South — are quickly gaining traction among local coaches for their athleticism and frame to add good weight.
Plymouth North's Cameron Shaughnessy stands 6-4, 282 pounds and can really move. The 2021 prospect also plays basketball and you can see that agility on the football field, too.
Plymouth South's James Kernen at 6-5, 230 has plenty of room to grow. Chris Lndstrom, who went from Shepherd Hill to BC and was a first-round draft pick this spring, came into college with a similar frame.
Mansfield 2021 prospect TJ Guy also impressed. He plays both on the offensive and defensive line for the Hornets, and coach Mike Redding told us last year that he has scholarship potential. Guy has nice power behind his punch and will only get better the more he develops in the weight room.
The Catholic Conference was also well-represented along the line of scrimmage, with players like St. John's Prep interior lineman Cooper Smith, Xaverian's Jack Funke, and Catholic Memorial's Quincy Plumer competing. Former CM star and current Milford Academy prospect Hunter Salmon was also there.
Two of the top linemen in Central Mass. were in attendance in St. John's of Shrewsbury's Mitchell Gorgas and Shepherd Hill's Alec Ambrosia, as were some of the best in Western Mass. in Deerfield Academy's Joe LoChiatto, Amherst's Jack Nagy, and Minnechaug's Max Sepulveda.