The board is starting to "heat" up as arrival date of students approaches. Welcome aboard all new posters....hope you'll stay around during the season.
Lumbercat...thanks for the info. After scanning the lists, several areas of interest. . . . .
See that Bates and Bowdoin both have a QB from the Taft school...both good size. Look forward to see who becomes the better college player or contribute the most to their school on the field.
Taft seems to be a prep school that develop QBs. Amherst had a starting QB that came from Taft "recently". I noticed because he was the son of a great Amherst QB in the late 60's from Iowa.
He came to Amherst in part because of his uncle who played at Amherst and was a classmate of mine.
His "fame" came about in part from a win against Tufts in an away game. Tufts was ranked the top team by the Boston papers at The time. The Amherst QB was just coming back from an injury..not at "full speed"...so to speak. Amherst was the underdog. Amherst crushed Tufts. the Boston papers had to find out why and found a story line. Seems that the QB turned down scholarships to Iowa and Iowa State to go play at Amherst, where his father had to pay...being a MD. Of course, Amherst had several young WRs on the team. One the papers considered to be the best in NE. They were correct because he went on to play for both Dallas and the Redskins in the NFL.
I digress in memories. Was at that Tufts game.
Interesting story on the Bates QB prospect from Taft, Nick Laspada. He did not play QB at all in the fall of 2012 during his PG season at Taft due to the position already being occupied by the Bowdoin recruit (Time Drakeley). Laspada was once a very hot prospect at QB until sidelined by some serious health issues, causing Harvard to lose interest in him. He spent his PG year playing WR and safety but hopes to take another shot at QB at Bates.
Laspada was a very good QB at Billerica HS and was recruited by some decent sized schools before his health issues. Kind of surprised he ended up at Bates but I anticipate he'll light up the stat books, much like Matt Grimard has at Bethany College.
LaSpada was a tremendous QB at Billerica HS. He impacted football games as soon as he stepped onto the field as a freshman. Only player in state history to win the
Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore. Then unfortunately in December of his sophomore season after leading his team to a 10-1 record, he took a dirty, cheap shot to the right knee on a run up the sidelines in the playoff game against Everett. A play where the Everett LB chose to dive at his knees instead of going up high where he should have went. That cheap hit blew out Nick's knee and it was surgery and a brutal rehab, which to his credit he did and the kid busted his tail and actually was ready to go on week one of his junior season after surgery in January.
With knee injuries, as everyone knows after a torn ACL, it takes at least a year to get back to where you were. Nick went on to have a great junior season even with the limiting knee brace that he had to play every game with. The letters or interest started to arrive, Alabama, Oregon, Florida, Notre Dame and all the Ivy's. He was a legitimate D1 prospect and had the D1 tools scouts look for (Size, Speed, Quickness, Agility, Arm Strength and Accuracy). The schools were ready to pull the trigger but they wanted to evaluate his senior year before stamping the seal of approval. It all came down to his senior year. He was a feared football player in the MVC, a game breaker and now he was back, over a year healed after knee surgery. He no longer had to wear the limiting knee brace and HUGE expecations where expected Nick's senior year.
Senior Year: Early in the season, Nick didn't feel right, he got winded easily. On punt returns and QB Keepers that he used to bust for TD's by outrunning everyone, he would pull up purposely due to pure exhaustion. Something wasn't right. Half way through the season, Nick got checked and it was learned that he had been playing the entire season with blood clots in his lungs. This obviously cut his season short as he chased the Massachusetts TD record along with DJ Crook and Jonathan DiBiaso.
He ended up throwing (70 TDs - 3rd best in state history).
A Senior Year with scouts waiting and watching was cut short due to health issues. An absolute shame that this had to happen at the time that it did. Thankfully, Nick took a few months to get himself completely healthy again and had hopes of going Ivy to his dream school, Harvard to play for the Crimson. Harvard backed off and Nick then made the decision to Prep school it at Taft in CT to reprove himself. He went there knowing Drakely was already establised, so Nick played both ways (Safety and WR) and had a great year at Taft. He wants to QB again and wants the ball in his hands. According to the Taft Head coach, Nick had his pick of the NESCAC schools and chose Bates. He went there with the hope of getting the QB job. Bates landed a 'Big Fish' here believe me. This is a highly-touted, big, fast, athletic QB with a cannon of an arm who would be a natural in the Option offense run by Harriman. Nick from all accounts is completely healthy and IF he wins that QB job at Bates (I know there are 3 other good prospects), the Bates student body will see what a tremendous athlete and play-maker Nick is with the ball in his hands.
Here's a nice piece written before his senior season:http://espn.go.com/blog/high-school/massachusetts/post/_/id/39/improved-laspada-primed-for-spectacular-season
Best of Luck to Bates on what should be a great season, they have things going in the right direction up there.