There were two big transfers over the past week that we wanted to take a closer look at as we head into the part of the year where more and more players are moving from one school to the next.
One is Wellesley's Shiloh White heading over to Catholic Memorial, as he announced over Twitter. White played fullback for Wellesley, as the Raiders ran an option-based system. A class of 2021 player, White will immediately bring a speedy element to the CM passing game, as he will likely be a wide receiver/defensive back for the Knights.
Not that CM will need any help in that regard. The Knights will already be one of the fastest squads in the state, and White only adds to that equation. He's just another weapon for quarterback Barrett Pratt to play with, of which he already has many.
For Wellesley, this is a pretty big blow. White's speed is a game-changer in the Bay State Conference, and his loss will not be easily filled.
The other major transfer that came about this week was Central Catholic quarterback Jared Silverio making the move to BB&N, which he also announced via Twitter. Silverio will reclassify to the 2021 class, and his arrival in Cambridge only means expectations will be even higher for the Knights.
This is a team that already has three Football Bowl Subdivision-offered offensive linemen. That's more than adequate protection for Silverio, who will also be able to rely on a running game that includes Sammy Malignaggi, who holds a handful of Football Championship Subdivision offers.
BB&N will enter the 2019 season as the favorites in the ISL, with Belmont Hill likely the team with the best chance to knock the Knights from their perch. Still, BB&N will be loaded, and Silverio's arrival only enhances that belief.
As for Central Catholic, the Raiders should be able to recover, even though Silverio led the team to the Division 1 North finals a year ago. Central is a big enough school to survive his loss, and the Raiders bring back so much experience that they will still be one of the favorites to take home that sectional crown.
Big boys on the Cape
We spoke to a few coaches on Cape Cod to get a better sense of who might be the teams to watch down there this fall, and the sense we got is that Barnstable may be the squad to keep an eye out for.
It starts on the offensive line, where the Red Raiders bring back three starters. Declan Moriarty (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) is one of the best linemen in the state, not just the Cape, and has offers from Navy and Sacred Heart. Look for more offers down the line, as he is a good athlete in addition to his size.
The Red Raiders also have one of the more versatile players on the Cape in Colby Burke. At 6-1, 220, Burke plays linebacker, defensive line, fullback, and tight end.
There are several replacements that need to be found in the passing game, but Barnstable coach Ross Jaktola will look to quarterback Nick Wilson as the projected starter. Receivers Luke Locascio and J'Adaro France have experience and will be the main targets early on.
But expect Barnstable, which opens with Xaverian at home, to be able to mash teams up front with its big offensive line.
Another team that we expect good things from is Dennis-Yarmouth. Right now, the strength of this team lies in its wide receivers, cornerbacks and tight end. Receiver Geoffrey Jamiel is one of the best in the state at his position, as is cornerback and receiver Jaquan Phillips. Keep an eye on tight end Michael Gurney, as well, as he had a strong 2018 that he looks to build on.
Falmouth returns the best option quarterback in the state in Kyle Connolly, but the Clippers have to replace a lot elsewhere. Still, Connolly can keep this team in games with his running ability.
Mashpee returns plenty up front, but will definitely feel the losses of running back/defensive back Devaun Ford (Framingham State) and tight end/defensive end Xavier Gonsalves (UMass).
BC grabs more
Boston College has grabbed several more verbal commitments for its 2020 class.
Out of Ohio, the Eagles found a kicker in Ben Sauls. They also added two defensive linemen in tackle Cameron Horsley out of New Jersey and end Jah Joyner out of Connecticut. Finally, the Eagles got a pledge from cornerback Jason Scott, who plays at one of the top programs in the country in Maryland's Good Counsel.
The Eagles are now up to a dozen committed players for the class of 2020. Although it is early, and there are a ton of uncommitted prospects, the Eagles' class is ranked 32nd in the 247sports.com compilation poll, which is way ahead of where they usually are at this point in the offseason.
More DMV success for UMass
UMass reeled in another prospect from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area for the 2020 class.
Athlete Gerrell Johnson hails from New Town HS in Owings Mills, Md. Although he is not yet rated by 247, his signing marks another example of how well Walt Bell's staff continues to thrive with players from that area.
Only seven commits deep, UMass is ranked 86th on 247's composite rankings, which would also be a huge step up if it continues upon that path.