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June 12, 2013

MA Recruiting Class of '07

EagleAction is going back to do a year-by-year look back review and list every FCS 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.

2007

1. Corey Eason (BC) 4-star, Incomplete- Eason's career never got off the ground at BC because of off-the-field issues. The defensive end ended up enrolling at UMass, but his career was cut short there because of off-the-field trouble as well.

2. Corey Gatewood (Stanford) 3-star, Overrated- Gatewood was more of a role player than anything else at Stanford. Gatewood spent his first couple of years on defense and played off and on. As a 5th year senior, Gatewood switched over to offense and played wide receiver for half the year. In a pinch, the staff asked him to move back to defense to provide depth, and Gatewood responded with some solid play in a few games at the end of the year.

3. Nate Richman (BC) 3-star, Got it Right- Richman was a consistent starter in 2009 and 2010 for the Eagles. Injuries slowed him down as a senior and cost him about half of the season. Richman was a solid lineman as a sophomore and junior though.

4. Dan Williams (BC) 3-star, Overrated- Williams played as a reserve in his time at BC.

5. Chris Shannon (Duke) 3-star, Overrated- Shannon never could crack Duke's starting lineup on the offensive line. Shannon was the team's long snapper as a sophomore but did not serve in that role again after that

6. Anthony Sherman (UConn) 2-star, Underrated Sherman was one of the best fullbacks in the country at UConn during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Sherman was selected in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

7. Austin Monahan (Vanderbilt) 2- star, Got it Right Monahan was the starting tight end as a sophomore until a shoulder injury ended his season in October. The tight end suffered a leg injury the next season which cost him the entire year. As a junior and senior Monahan was the backup tight end and the team's best blocking TE.

8. Eriks Reks (Duke) 2-star, Overrated Reks was a special teams player late in his Duke career. He only registered one solo tackle in his entire career.

9.Jon Needham (Duke) 2-star, Got it Right Needham was a backup almost his entire career but saw action in almost every game during his last three years.

10.Dave Teggart (UConn) 2-star, Underrated Kickers are almost always either two or three star recruits, and in Teggart's case he was more of a three star. The Northborough native was name 1st Team Big East in 2010 and 2011. Teggart left UConn as its all-time leading field goal kicker.

11.Jonathan Jean-Louis (UConn) 2-star, Got it right Jean-Louis was a role player at UConn who saw time on special teams and got some snaps at running back as well.

13.Gordon DuBois (Buffalo) 2-star, Got it right Dubois started as a senior at Buffalo.

The class of 2007 totals:
5- Got it Right
4- Overrated
2- Underrated
1-Incomplete

If you missed the 2005 review CLICK HERE

If you missed the 2006 review CLICK HERE



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