Strange as it may sound, David Coggins couldn't have been happier last Thursday when he learned that he would be ineligible for the first four games of the 2013 season.
Coggins, a three-star receiver from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Conn., feared he would lose his entire senior season because of recruiting violations committed by representatives of Naugatuck High School. Instead he received a four-game suspension and is allowed to practice with his Sacred Heart team.
“It's a weight off my shoulders,” said Coggins, who committed to Boston College in July. “I was worried about my future.”
Earlier this month Naugatuck officials reported to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference that former Naugatuck football coach Rob Plasky gave money to the parents and legal guardians of three Sacred Heart players – Coggins among them – who intended to transfer to Naugatuck.
Plasky resigned once the recruiting allegations surfaced, and all three players remained at Sacred Heart.
“I didn't know my legal guardian took the money,” Coggins said. “I wanted to transfer because I couldn't afford Sacred Heart. Some of that money was for tuition [past due]. Now I have my tuition [reduced].”
Coggins, who missed all of last season with an ankle injury, said he is no longer committed to Boston College.
“It's not out there yet, but I have de-committed from BC,” he said Tuesday night. “I wanted to keep my options open and see what else is out there.”
Coggins caught 78 passes for 1,427 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. He's made 139 receptions for 2,256 yards and 17 touchdowns in his two years of varsity football.
According to Coggins, Temple and Illinois are among the schools that have shown interest. He also has an offer from Central Connecticut State.
“BC isn't out of the picture,” Coggins said. “I'm hoping more schools call after the season.
On the rise: Anthony Davis is the rarest of the rare. He's a Division I football recruit from the state of Vermont.
Davis wasn't born and bred in the Green Mountain State, but he is spending a post-graduate year at Vermont Academy in Saxons River. After an injury-plagued senior season, he's hoping a year of prep school will increase his college options.
“He was heavily recruited as a junior, but did not play at all last year because he was injured, “ Vermont Academy coach Mike Atkins said. “Recruiting fell off, so he needed another year for that reason, and, academically, to prepare for college.”
Davis, a wide receiver/defensive back, has offers from Bryant and Elon, but Atkins said several Division I schools are showing interest.
“I just called Penn State [Friday] morning because they inquired about him,” Atkins said. “Athletically, he could be at that level, but he's not there yet. He fancies himself as a wide receiver, but I think he's a better defensive back. He's athletic enough where he could make a mistake and still recover from it.
“He will try out for the basketball team, which has five for six Division I-level kids, some who have already committed – that's the kind of athlete he is.”
Going Green: Former Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso has guided Phillips Exeter Academy to a 2-0 start. DiBiaso, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Massachusetts last year, has committed to Dartmouth.
DiBiaso completed 9 of 13 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 34-13 victory over Worcester Academy.
“I've only been here a month and I've already learned so much,” DiBiaso said.
DiBiaso picked Dartmouth over Harvard. He also considered Pennsylvania and Holy Cross.
“Once I went on my official visit [to Dartmouth] I was pretty much sold,” he said.
Footnotes: Boston College-bound quarterback Tim Boyle passed for 276 yards and three touchdowns to help Xavier (Middletown, Conn.) defeat North Haven 49-12 last weekend. Xavier, the top-ranked team in Connecticut, has won 28 games in a row. … Bedford (N.H.) senior Will McInerney, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound tackle, has taken on an assistant coach's role this season. McInerney will not play this fall because he had surgery on each knee earlier this year. According to Bedford coach Kurt Hines, the four schools that have made scholarship offers – New Hampshire, Fordham, Wagner and Colgate – have said they will honor those scholarships as long a McInerney passes a physical in the spring.
Recruiting information regarding high school or prep school football players in New England can be sent to Roger Brown at email@example.com.