By David Glenn
August 30, 2007
The majority of the New England region's top 2008 gridiron prospects hail from Connecticut. Thirteen of the 20 top-ranked players hail from the Constitution State. The others come from Massachusetts (six prospects) and New Hampshire (one).
The region has multiple standout running backs this year, as four of the top seven prospects (No. 1 Torrey Mack, No. 4 Mike Cox, No. 5 Isaac Johnson, No. 7 Octavious McKoy) take carries from the offensive backfield. The defensive and offensive lines also are well-represented, with five defensive tackles and defensive ends in the top 20 (No. 2 Masengo Kabongo, No. 10 Nick Halloran, No. 11 Trevardo Williams, No. 15 Rich Bell, No. 18 Jerard Warren) and five offensive linemen in the top 20 (No. 6 Mike Golic, No. 9 Erik Kuraczea, No. 12 Ryan Sedlacek, No. 13 Chris Bisanzo, No. 19 Dan Polaski).
Three of the top five prospects in the region have committed to ACC schools Mack to Virginia, Kabongo to Maryland, and Johnson to Boston College. The Eagles have landed two additional commitments within the group, No. 10 Nick Halloran and No. 16 Mike Stone. Duke has a pledge from top-25 selection Paul Asack, brother of Zack Asack, the Blue Devils' backup quarterback this fall.
Other schools with verbal promises from New England prospects include Michigan, Notre Dame, Illinois, Syracuse and Connecticut.
The entire New England region, which consists of six states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), typically produces fewer Division I-A signees than any single ACC area state.
NEW ENGLAND TOP 25*
(Commitment In CAPS)
|1. Torrey Mack||RB||5-11/195||Stratford (CT) High||VIRGINIA|
|2. Masengo Kabongo||DT||6-3/280||Fairfield (CT) Prep||MARYLAND|
|3. Jonathan Meyers||LB||6-1/215||Greenwich (CT) High||Duke, Fla., Md., Mich., Neb., NW, Pur., UCLA, UVa|
|4. Mike Cox||RB||6-0/200||Avon (CT) Old Lakes||MICHIGAN|
|5. Isaac Johnson||RB||5-11/185||Everett (MA) High||BOSTON COLLEGE|
|6. Mike Golic||OL||6-5/260||West Hartford (CT) NW Catholic||NOTRE DAME|
|7. Octavious McKoy||RB||5-11/180||Stratford (CT) High||UConn, Iowa|
|8. Marcus Cooper||WR||6-2/180||Bloomfield (CT) High||CONNECTICUT|
|9. Erik Kuraczea||OL||6-3/300||Ansonia (CT) High||CONNECTICUT|
|10. Nick Halloran||DE||6-5/260||Cambridge (MA) Buckingham||BOSTON COLLEGE|
|11. Trevardo Williams||DE||6-3/210||Bridgeport (CT) Central||CONNECTICUT|
|12. Ryan Sedlacek||OL||6-4/295||Staples (CT) High||ILLINOIS|
|13. Chris Bisanzo||OL||6-4/265||Greenwich (CT) High||BC, UConn, Md., Temple|
|14. Jordan Todman||CB||5-10/175||Dartmouth (MA) High||BC, UConn, Md.|
|15. Rich Bell||DT||6-2/277||Salisbury (CT) High||Akron, Ohio, Toledo, WMU|
|16. Mike Stone||TE/DE||6-5/230||Holliston (MA) High||BOSTON COLLEGE|
|17. Carl Cutler||TE||6-3/230||Hanover (NH) High||SYRACUSE|
|18. Jerard Warren||DE||6-2/225||Cambridge (MA) Rindge & Latin||Hofstra, UMass, Northeastern|
|19. Dan Polaski||OL||6-8/290||Longmeadow (MA) High||BC, UConn|
|20. Sio Moore||LB||6-2/215||West Haven (CT) High||CONNECTICUT|
OTHERS WORTH WATCHING
|Paul Asack||PK||6-2/205||Westwood (MA) Xaverian Brothers||DUKE|
|Vinson Givans||LB||6-0/200||Cambridge (MA) Rindge & Latin|
|Nico Papas||RB||6-1/235||Cambridge (MA) Rindge & Latin|
|Danny White||OL/DT||6-2/245||Peabody (MA) Bishop Fenwick|
|Justin Wilson||WR||6-0/165||Windsor (CT) High|
- rankings by the ACC Sports Journal and ACCSports.com
NOTE: College lists current through 2007 Kickoff edition of ACC Sports Journal.