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NUC Sports High School Football State Rankings – Massachusetts

NUC Sports High School Football State Rankings – Massachusetts


Massachusetts eyes expansion from a Top 9 to a Top 12 with five new names. Each new name is designated with a hashtag.

Last year the state produced ten FBS signees. Already in the class of 2017 there are 11 athletes that have verbally committed to DI colleges. The nine year average per recruiting cycle is 11.

The highest new entry at #3 is athlete Noah Gray of Leominster Senior High School. Gray is a quarterback in high school; the jumbo athlete is dangerous when running the ball down the throat of defenders. He has verbally committed to Duke.

Coming in at #4 is two-way standout Jake Byczko of Lawrence Academy. Byczko plays both defensive end and tight end and could project at either position in college. He has decided to take his talents to UConn.

This is the final version of the Massachusetts State Player Rankings for the class of 2017.

Rank Name Pos Size SCHOOL Video
1 AJ Dillon RB 6-0/230 Lawrence Academy, MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3131242/aj-dillon
2 Blake Gallagher LB 6-1/220 St. Sebastians, MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3317805/blake-gallagher
3 Noah Gray# TE 6-5/225 Leominster Sr., MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2670730/noah-gray
4 Jake Byczko# DL 6-4/240 Lawrence Academy, MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/6397746/jacob-byczko
5 Ifeatu Melifonwu ATH 6-3/185 Grafton Memorial, MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3045540/ifeatu-melifonwu
6 EJ Perry QB 6-2/190 Andover, MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3122035/ej-perry
7 Allan Rappleyea OL 6-5/250 Milton, MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/6408718/highlights/301070470/v2
8 Hunter Long# TE 6-5/235 Deerfield Academy, MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4283387/hunter-long
9 Alec Lindstrom# DL 6-3/240 Shepherd Hill, MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4530473/alec-lindstrom
10 Cole McCubrey# LB 6-0/230 West Boylston/Tahanto, MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3196229/cole-mccubrey
11 Jordan McAfee QB 6-4/200 Everett, MA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLOe3bK8JFg
12 Austin Pyne OL 6-4/300 Cushing Academy, MA http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3941102/austin-pyne


Dave Schuman Coach Schuman is the heartbeat, energy and drive of the NUC; he’s also a sought-after football analyst and expert on high school and college games as well as the recruiting process. His years of coaching and recruiting experience make him highly knowledgeable and regarded among coaches both at the collegiate and professional levels, as well as sports media outlets. A former high school and collegiate football standout, Coach Schuman’s passion is football and providing an avenue for some of the country’s most talented high school football players to be featured is his life’s mission. A former High School First Team All-American, Coach Schuman earned a full football athletic scholarship at University of Connecticut (UConn) where he was a starting linebacker under head coach Skip Holtz. He earned three letters and was second on the team in tackles as a senior. A success on and off the field, Coach Schuman was a Dean’s List student-athlete who earned both a Bachelors and Master’s degrees at UConn. After graduation, he worked as a strategic business analyst for a top technology solutions company. He later moved to New York City to become Senior Vice President for an internet strategy and web development company. While, Coach Schuman was enjoying well-deserved corporate success, his passion for football never wavered.


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