Millis/Hopedale junior offensive lineman Peter Fallon received his first Division 1 offer today, from Coastal Carolina, head coach Dana Olsen told ESPNBoston.com.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Fallon is just beginning to see his stock heat up in the 2016 recruiting cycle. He is barnstorming Upstate New York over the next 24 hours, taking an unofficial visit to Syracuse later today, then visiting Colgate tomorrow morning and the University at Albany tomorrow afternoon.
UConn, Boston College, UMass, Villanova and New Hampshire have also expressed varying degrees of interest in Fallon.
Coastal Carolina has been aggressive in Massachusetts since former Assumption head coach Cory Bailey, a Xaverian High grad, took over as the program's recruiting coordinator in 2013. The Chanticleers offered four Bay State recruits in the Class of 2015 recruiting cycle, ultimately getting a commitment from one, Xaverian safety Damion Wood, though they have since parted ways.
"Peter's upside is enormous," Olsen said. "I gotta be honest with you, I think a lot of people are missing the boat on these New England kids. It's a little old school up here in New England. We've got tough, physical kids. We've got kids here who can knuckle down and get after it."
Fallon played an integral role in the Mohawks' run to the MIAA Division 6 South Final, upsetting state title favorite Pope John Paul II along the way. He has some impressive measurables, with a 355 bench, 480 squat and 5.10 time in the 40-yard dash.
"He moves well and he's also an animal," Olsen said of Fallon's physicality. "Those two combinations are rare with linemen lately -- it seems you either get one or the other."
Despite playing in the lowest division in Massachusetts, the M-H co-op has been an outlier for talent the last few years -- first under Dale Olmsted (now the head coach at Nichols College), and now under Olsen, who's entering his second year at the helm.
Lineman Jon Baker earned ESPNBoston All-State honors in 2012, enrolled early at Boston College in January 2014, and is expected to contribute at center for the Eagles this fall after taking a redshirt season last year.
In addition to Fallon, the Mohawks boast two other potential scholarship players: Junior tailback Josh Pierre-Charles, who is visiting UConn next week; and Brian Espanet, a 6-foot-3 sophomore who excels at both receiver and cornerback.
"Jon blazed a path coming out of here for us," Olsen said. "So when I pick up the phone and say, 'Hey, I've got another kid'...After what Jon's been able to so far at BC, those coaches will perk and take interest. Jon's not a household name yet, but he's certainly out there in the college ranks."
You can view Fallon's 2014 season highlights HERE.