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Running Backs Highlight Talent-thin New England

Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

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.


No. Name Pos. Ht./Wt. School College Favorites
(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


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.