After wrapping up its season with a resounding NEPSAC bowl win over Avon Old Farms, BB&N will look forward to a busy run-up to National Signing Day. The Knights feature a solid mix of underclassmen and seniors who will be highly sought-after going forward.
We caught up with BB&N coach Mike Willey on Tuesday to get an update on a few of his players.
On 2020 OL Zak Zinter, who holds some major offers already:
MW: We emphasize to all those guys that no scholarship is locked in until Signing Day, which is now December in the early one, and the first Wednesday in February for the later one, for football. . . . Tremendous kid, first of all. He's a great student-athlete. He works very hard in the classroom, achieves very high in the classroom. But he's also a high-achiever on the football field. He's a tremendous worker. He wants to get better every day. Good practice player. Tough kid. His technique has continued to improve. He's a very good technical player already, but he continues to work at it. He's very strong and big and physical, all the things you want out of an offensive lineman. He's doing all the right things, for sure.
On the other players on the offensive line, which was one of the best in New England this year:
MW: Yeah, they're all very good. Andrew Nee has started to get a lot of Division 1 interest as a junior. Probably ahead of the game of the normal process. He's obviously a tremendous player. (Sophomore) Nate Roach has done a nice job. (Seniors) Danny (Matos) and Ishaaq (Ayyub) are both attracting a lot of D3 attention.
On freshman linebacker Tyler Martin, who already holds a Michigan offer, among others:
MW: He had a tremendous year for us, obviously, and really grew throughout the year. He got better every game. By the end, the bowl game was probably his best game. He's just a physical guy. He runs well. Plays both sides of the ball. Played a lot of plays for us in the bowl game. He's really maturing and becoming an even better football player. He's handled all the hoopla very well. He's very level-headed. Again, another hard worker. Great student-athlete, works hard in the classroom. He's done a nice job with all of that.
— Willey also mentioned that senior defensive end Tommy Maloney has great academics, and is "an Ivy League-type of kid." Willey added that senior wide receiver/defensive back Anthony Lamonica has garnered a lot of FCS interest. As for junior wide receiver/defensive back Sammy Malignaggi, Willey reported that "Division 1 schools are asking about him a lot."