We spoke Wednesday with St. John's Prep coach Brian St. Pierre to get a better idea of where some of his seniors may end up next fall. We also touched on a few of his underclassmen.
The Prep won the Division 1 Super Bowl this year, so there are obviously a lot of players who will be moving on to play in college.
Here are a few tidbits we picked up.
— Senior defensive tackle/nose guard James Taylor may end up at Curry College. St. Pierre is confident that the 6-foot, 350-pounder will do well there.
— For wide receiver Wes Rockett, the senior will visit Brown this weekend. The speedster then has an official visit to Lehigh the following weekend. Both Dartmouth and Assumption have also expressed interest.
— Another one of the state's best linemen, 6-0, 255-pound Kevin Dewing, has plenty of options. Right now, it is between Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, and Union, with a final visit to the latter this weekend. He is hoping to make a decision after that.
— Both Coltan Tangney, an outside linebacker, and Charlie Giunta, a defensive end, are headed to Williams. Back in the spring, linebacker Pat Keefe committed to Norwich, where he will play both football and lacrosse. Wide receiver Max Freedman is committed to Brown.
— Running back Aise Pream, who battled through some injuries but still had a successful senior season, is contemplating going to prep school. He also has the option of attending either Williams or Tufts, and Assumption is also "very interested," according to St. Pierre.
— Outside linebacker James Hanley, a senior, is taking a visit to Hobart, where "they love him," according to St. Pierre.
— Moving on to some of the juniors, quarterback Matt Crowley had a breakout season after starting some games as a sophomore. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder will likely garner some Football Championship Subdivision interest, according to St. Pierre. A very good student, Crowley will also be a prime candidate for NESCAC programs. But depending on how Crowley's senior year plays out, St. Pierre expects the FCS route to be a real possibility.
— The FCS level is also where offensive lineman Cooper Smith could end up. St. Pierre also said fellow junior lineman Mason Davis to be a college prospect, as those two will anchor the team up front next year after losing three other starters.
— The Prep loses the majority of its receiving corps on offense, so expect junior Matt Duchemin to get a lot of reps there in addition to his defensive back duties.
— Dropping down into the sophomore class, one player who will gain a lot of attention over the course of his career is defensive end Collin Taylor. At 6-5, 215, he has the size and athleticism that can get him to a pretty high level.
"He can really run. He's athletic," St. Pierre said. "I was actually just talking to (Boston College) about him the other day, and they already like him."
— Freshman James Guy opened some eyes as a running back this season. He carried the ball roughly 50 times this season, and has many in the program excited about him.
"I know he's going to be a good player for us. I don't know what his ceiling is yet," St Pierre said. "I'm still learning about him. He's so young. It's tough to tell. He definitely can play college football. What level? I'm not sure yet."