Five Days of List-Mas: MA's underclass football players


Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Massachusetts next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Devante Sewell (SO), Springfield Commerce, RB

Credentials: Ran for 1,160 yards (6.8 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns this season, with seven games of 100-plus yards

4. Troy Flutie (SO), Natick, QB

Credentials: Dual threat passed for 2,018 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 1,100 yards and 11 TDs

3. Luke Catarius (JR), BC High, LB

Credentials: Led BC High to an EMass Division 1 Super Bowl title by making 129 tackles (24 tackles for loss)

2. John Montelus (JR), Everett, OL

Credentials: 6-foot-5, 295-pound left tackle already has offers from UConn, Virginia and NC State

1. Maurice Hurst Jr. (JR), Xaverian, DL

Credentials: May be the most explosive, destructive player in the state next year; finished 2011 with 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks, and also rushed for more than 200 yards in one game

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Massachusetts Weekly Basketball Rankings.

Did I miss someone who should be on the list? Hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala) and let me know about it.