Updated: Jan 9, 2019
HANOVER — On Sunday, we went over to the Starland Sportsplex to check out the MASS ELITE 7v7 Underclassmen Showcase for players from the current junior, sophomore, freshman, and eighth grade classes.
The event was run by Middlesex School defensive backs coach Will Croom. Other coaches who helped with drills and testing were Byron Beamon of Burke, former Murdock assistant Sunday Gonzalez, Assumption coach Corey Bailey, Somerville coach Makonnen Fenton, Milford assistant Dana Olson, and offensive line coach at Grayson High in Georgia, Michael Morais.
Afterward, Olson, Dale Mullings, the father of Milton Academy junior Kalel Mullings, and Croom spoke to the players about the importance of academics and other aspects of the recruiting process.
Here are a few notes and observations from what we saw in the three-hour window.
— Coming off a tremendous performance at the All-American Underclassmen Combine in San Antonio where he earned All-Combine status, BB&N offensive lineman Andrew Nee was back at it and had another dominant day. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound junior from Walpole does not hold any offers as of yet, but it should only be a matter of time before that changes. We spoke with Nee for a few minutes, and will have that interview up on our Free Content page later in the week.
— There were plenty of other linemen that stood out. Only an eighth grader, Xaverian defensive end Matthew Defeo looked more like an upperclassman. He measured in at 6-1.5, 221 pounds, and clocked an impressive 4.78 seconds in the 3-cone drill. He was quick, powerful, and very tough to handle in one-on-ones.
— Only a freshman, Quinn Herlihy of St. John's of Shrewsbury checked in a 6-2.5, 217 pounds, with a 4.54-second 3-cone. Depending on how he develops, he can grow into either a linebacker or defensive end at the next level, so he's certainly someone to watch over the next few years.
— Catholic Memorial sophomore Quincy Eutsay already opened some eyes this season as a starting defensive end for the Knights, and he measured in at 6-2, 220. He also impressed with his 3-cone time of 4.75 seconds.
— Even though Lincoln-Sudbury loses a decorated senior class, the future is bright for the Warriors in the trenches again, as freshman Matt Pendergrast is already up to 6-2, 264 and well-built for his age.
— One of the best defensive linemen in drills was Ejiro Egodogbare, a junior out of Roxbury Latin. At 6-1.5, 247, he gave offensive linemen fits with his length and quickness during one-on-ones.
— Barnstable brought a solid contingent, and one of the best of the bunch was junior offensive lineman Declan Moriarty. The 6-3.5, 282-pounder ran a 4.81 3-cone, and showed good technique and toughness in one-on-ones.
— Although combines like these aren't always the easiest to evaluate linemen and linebackers, a few of the latter also stood out. Salem's Sam Ofurie, who plays running back too for the Witches, checked in at 6-0, 223, ran a 4.75 3-cone, and moved well in general.
— Another linebacker who showed well was Bishop Fenwick junior Joe Rivers. At 5-11.5, 206, he ran some of the best times in the 40-yard dash. His hand time was 4.59 seconds, and his laser time was 4.83. He also ran a very impressive 4.66 3-cone.
— There were plenty of quality running backs on hand, but the best may have been Brockton junior Ahmik Watterson. At 5-9.5, 185 pounds, he ran a 4.53-second hand-timed 40. His laser time of 4.72 would have been in the low-4.6-range at least if he had not run a bit off course toward the end. He flashed good hands in passing drills, posted a 35-inch vertical, and 9-foot, 11-inch broad jump.
— Acton-Boxboro also looks to have a strong young running back in Alex Berrouet. The sophomore measured 6-0, 200, and ran a 4.63 hand-timed 40.
— Jaichaun Stanton-Jones, a sophomore out of Beverly, also had one of the better days out of the running back group. At 5-9.5, 170 pounds, he ran one of the fastest hand-timed 40s of the day at 4.42.
— Another North Shore standout was Jonathan Oriakhi, a wide receiver from Swampscott. The 5-11, 187-pound junior ran a 4.67 hand-timed 40. His quarterback with the Big Blue, Graham Inzana, also had one of the best days out of the players from that position group.
— One player who has already made quite the name for himself in the Merrimack Valley Conference is Lowell wide receiver Brendan Tighe. At 5-11, 170 pounds, the junior clocked a 4.57 hand-timed and 4.86 laser-timed 40.
— As always, the receiver that impresses us maybe the most whenever we see him is Dennis-Yarmouth sophomore Geoffrey Jamiel. Sure, he is on the smaller side at 5-7, 145 pounds, but, as he has done consistently over the course of his career, Jamiel lost defenders with his impeccable footwork and route-running skills. He ran a 4.72 hand-timed 40, and even more impressive 4.56 3-cone.
— All the quarterbacks on hand did their best to get in rhythm with a host of receivers they were largely unfamiliar with, but some of the signal-callers who looked the best were Lawrence Academy's Brady Martin, Williston-Northampton's Henri Borque (who also plays receiver), and Newton North's Andrew Landry.
There were plenty of other who showed out, but with over 60 participants, we no doubt could not get eyes on every player and every rep. However, without question, there was a lot of talent on hand.
In addition to Nee, keep an eye out for interviews with Jamiel, Watterson, Martin, and Kalel Mullings over the course of the week on our Free Content page. We will also be posting video and photos on our Instagram account.