With the MIAA season over and recruiting season in full swing, we are going to continue to talk to coaches from around the area about their prospects.
On Thursday night, we reached out to Xaverian coach Al Fornaro to speak mainly about his seniors.
Here are a few tidbits from that conversation:
— Brown has been somewhat of a pipeline school for the Hawks of late, and Xaverian senior lineman Lucas Ferraro is a verbal commit for the Bears. But legendary coach Phil Estes stepped down from his post at the Ivy League school at the end of the season, and has been replaced by James Perry. According to Fornaro, Ferraro is still on track to play at the next level with the Bears. At 6-2, 270 pounds, Fornaro feels like Ferraro can get up to 285 and not lose any pop.
— Linebacker/running back Michael Masse is coming off a tremendous season and has interest from every NESCAC program. Maine is another school that came calling.
— Senior wide receiver/defensive back Cooper Deveau also has some options in the Ivy League. Brown is one of them, but also be on the lookout for Dartmouth to make a run at him. The Big Green, who finished 9-1 and ranked No. 15 in the Football Championship Subdivision's latest Coaches Poll, like the 5-11, 180-pounder's potential on offense. Deveau is also receiving plenty of interest from NESCAC schools.
— Another senior, offensive lineman Grant Laws, is getting plenty of looks from the Northeast-10, but the net is cast pretty wide for the 6-3, 280-pounder. According to Fornaro, Wagner is another school to watch, while Montana State, Southern Virginia University, Springfield College, and Western New England are also showing interest.
— A few other seniors, like running back/linebacker Mike Saliba, cornerback JoJo Marinella, and wide receiver/athlete Martin Laham are all possibly heading for post-graduate years. Framingham State is also in the mix for Marinella.
— Fornaro said there are also some underclassmen who will get some looks down the line, but it is a bit early to project with them.