May 20 MVP: MassVarsity Pre-and-Post

When we spoke to Zak Zinter last week, we touched on a possible timeline for his commitment.

While the BB&N offensive lineman noted that he was hoping to make his decision before the season, it took just three days for him to make his verbal commitment to Michigan, and yet another top-shelf local player is off to play for the Wolverines.

Michigan has done well with Mass. recruits, and with Commonwealth native and Wolverines defensive coordinator Don Brown on staff, that does not look to change anytime soon. It appears Michigan is already quite happy with Everett's Mike Sainristil, who made waves this spring as a true freshman.

Zinter is quite literally a huge get for Michigan. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder already looks the part of your Big Ten mauler who blocks out the sun when he rises out of his stance.

Other notable recent Massachusetts-to-Michigan players have been Xaverian defensive lineman Mo Hurst, who is now with the Oakland Raiders, and Shepherd Hill tight end Sean McKeon. The more these players continue to shine when they get to Ann Arbor, the more Harbaugh, Brown, and Co. will keep coming back here.

It's already happening at what seems like an increasing rate. The Wolverines have offers to multiple Massachusetts players in both the 2021 and 2022 classes.

That 2021 class already features over a dozen players with FBS offers. Another sophomore to watch from BB&N is Cambridge native Jaden Young, a defensive lineman with good feet who caught the attention of several of the FBS coaches on hand. Last year, the Knights used him a lot on the interior, but he has the frame and quickness to play on the edge at the next level.

Also, keep an eye on the recruitment of class of 2020 Knights running back/wide receiver/defensive back Sammy Malignaggi, who picked up a Holy Cross offer recently and should continue to pile up more as the course of the spring and summer roll along.

'backer tracker

Right now, it appears like the state has a bumper crop of linebackers coming up through the ranks.

In the 2020 class, Milton Academy's Kalel Mullings may end up at running back, but is heavily sought-after on either side of the ball. Also, watch out for Springfield Central's Dante Bolden, whose recruitment is likely to pick up in the coming month (we'll have more on Bolden and some other Western Mass. prospects in our writeup from the Excel Academy Showcase from this past weekend). Bishop Fenwick's Joe Rivers, a standout lacrosse player, is also among those seniors at the position receiving a lot of scholarship interest at this point. And Everett's Trey Sejour is someone who could see interest pick up more over the course of his senior year.

But it's in the 2021 and 2022 classes where you are already seeing the major offers come out for that position. Owen McGowan of Catholic Memorial, Sam Ofurie of Salem, and Casey Phinney from Nobles all hold major FBS offers as sophomores, as does Tyler Martin of BB&N as a freshman.

That's not even to mention other promising youngsters like Springfield Central's Tyson Thornton, another class of 2021 player.

This has typically been a good state for linebacker play, but it appears to be ticking up even more than usual the next few years.

Perimeter pop

Both Boston College and UMass picked up verbals from players this week who can help at the skill positions.

For the Eagles, wide receiver Taji Johnson is smooth, sure-handed, and 6-3. He plays for a team in Marietta (Ga.) that should be one of the best in the Peach State this year. He is rated as a three-star prospect by

UMass also made inroads with a big-time program by securing the verbal from Al-Ma'hi Ali, who can play either wide receiver or defensive back, depending on how coach Walt Bell wants to use him.

Ali is transferring to a St. Frances Academy (Md.) program that is currently producing major prospects at a high clip. His speed jumps out right away, and this is another example of good work done by the UMass staff making inroads in the Mid-Atlantic region. Bell and Co. did so on short notice in the 2019 class, and are off to a good start in 2020.

Are you not entertained?

A quick non-football take as we come off the heels of the Game of Thrones finale.

(I know, I know. Another take on this show is just what the internet needs. I apologize in advance.)

From my chair, this final season has mostly delivered. At the time of this writing, I still haven't watched the final episode yet, but you know what? I'm not going to bitch and moan about how this show ends after it's been such a source of joy during its run.

Look, this isn't to say I haven't had my issues with certain episodes and whatnot, but do you think the braying cries of the fans who feel let down by this last season are warranted? Of course not. The overreaction by some who feel like they're being tortured by an ending they don't see fit is embarrassing.

Some people have to come to the realization that they love this show so much that they've built up expectations far beyond what can be met. What exactly would make these people happy?

It's been a great show, in my opinion, from start to finish. People have every right to complain, but part it just comes off as whining now. Winter has finally come, and saying goodbye isn't always satisfying as sticking a Valyrian steel dagger into the Night King's gut.

If you feel that offended by the show's ending not being just the way you wanted, feel free to write fan fiction. From there, you're just going to have to deal with the fact that you got to watch one of the best and most popular television shows in history. That's got to count for something, right?

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