ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today with talented Billerica junior quarterback Nick LaSpada, who has some surprising top choices from what is expected to be a long line of suitors in a few short months.
LaSpada earned a spot on ESPNBoston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team last fall, after a season in which he accounted for more than 3,800 yards of offense and 40 touchdowns for an Indians team that sputtered to a 5-6 campaign after a hot start. And with it, his list of Division 1 interest has grown, from Notre Dame to the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.
Currently LaSpada, who wants to major in criminal justice, plans on attending camps at Boston College, Maryland and Harvard this summer. And perhaps to some peoples' surprise, it's the latter of that group where LaSpada says he is leaning towards right now.
"Harvard has been coming on strong lately," LaSpada told Brown. "I’m really interested in them. I’d definitely say Harvard is my top choice right now. They said [admission] shouldn’t be a problem as long as I have good SAT scores. I’m going to take those in May."
LaSpada -- who was the first sophomore in history to be named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, in 2009 -- also told Brown that BC could move to the top of the list if they were to offer, as he prefers to stay close to home.
"They’re looking at me as a quarterback, but also talked about me playing slot or safety,” LaSpada told Brown. "They asked me if I have a preference and I told them I don’t."