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July 5, 2013EagleAction is going back to do a year-by-year look back review and list every FBS commitment in the state of Massachusetts. On the list will be the players' star ranking, state ranking, the school they signed with and then we come to a conclusion: Overrated, Underrated, Got it Right or Incomplete (for players who never made it to the college level).
This feature is not an indictment on the Rivals star ranking. Instead, it is more of a look to see what kind of talent the state has produced over the period from 2005-2009. 2005 is the starting point because that's the first time that Rivals gave clear state rankings for the Bay State. 2009 is the ending point as those players have finished their college careers.
1. Arthur Lynch (Georgia) 4-star, Overrated Lynch could easily be flipped to another category with a big 2013 season, but right now it's tough to say he has justified his 4-star ranking, even in the SEC. Phil Steele has Lynch listed as a preseason 1st Team All-SEC player this year, and if he does have that good of a season then you'd have to say that he lived up to expectations.
2. Brennan Williams (UNC) 4-star, Got it Right - Williams was recently selected by the Houston Texans in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft. While Williams was a solid player at UNC, he never did anything earth shattering to make him more worthy than a four-star player.
3. Jim Noel (BC) 3-star, Got It Right- Noel was the heart and soul of the BC defense last season and was a team captain. Over the last three seasons the Everett native was a starter at safety for most of that time. Frank Spaziani didn't normally always have glowing reviews of his defense, but Noel was always a player that he did compliment by saying the team would be just fine if he had 11 Jim Noel's on both sides of the ball.
4. Keith Bourne (BC) 2-star, Incomplete- Bourne never saw the field at the Heights as injuries cut his career short after he redshirted his freshman year
5. Darryl Cato-Bishop (NC State) 2-star, Underrated- Cato-Bishop led the 'Pack with 5.5 sacks last year and started all 13 games at end. The defensive lineman may be able to earn a spot on one of the All-ACC teams this year.
6. Shane DiBona (Iowa) 2-star, Incomplete- DiBona called it quits after his sophomore season after suffering a concussion during a non contact drill. DiBona appeared in every game as a true freshman and looked headed towards a decent career at Iowa.
8. Charley Loeb (Syracuse) 2-star, Got It Right- Loeb served an important role as the holder on special teams for kicks.
9. Martin Hyppolite (UConn) 2-star, Got It Right- Hyppolite has served as a backup running back and special teams at UConn.
10. Sean Sylvia (BC) 2-star, Underrated- Sylvia started 10 games for the Eagles last season and figures to start this year as well, which would categorize him as more of a three star player.
11. Keensen Chambers (UConn) 2-star, Incomplete- Chambers is the one player on this list who is not experienced enough to judge his career. Chambers initially committed to UConn and then transferred to Tennessee. Chambers redshirted a year at Tennessee and then went to Western Carolina where he will be a junior this year.
The class of 2009 totals:
4-Got It Right
If you missed the 2005 review CLICK HERE
If you missed the 2006 review CLICK HERE
If you missed the 2007 review CLICK HERE
If you missed the 2008 review CLICK HERE
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