Keep an eye on these 30 CIAC high school football players during the 2015 season. We’re bound to leave a few great players off. If you think you belong on this list, then let’s see it on the field.
Compiled and selected by Mike Pucci. Listed in alphabetical order. Highlight reels via team hudl profiles, if available.
Sr., WR/LB, 6-2, 230
Amassed 1,106 yards of total offense. Saw time at quarterback last season but expected to be team’s top receiver. Also punts.
Sr., WR/DB, 5-11, 180
Made 47 catches for 876 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Sr., RB, 5-8, 180
Led team with 113 carries for 1,051 yards (9.3 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns.
Sr., QB, 6-5, 230
Completed 41 of 89 passes for 497 yards and three touchdowns in injury-shortened junior season. Has announced he will attend Yale.
Sr., RB/SS, 6-3, 215
Carried 179 times for 910 yards and six touchdowns. Has announced he will attend Fordham.
Sr., RB/LB, 5-10, 185
Ran for 1,619 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Sr., OL/DL, 6-3, 290
Returning All-Area pick paved way for Westies to rush for 2,572 yards and 45 touchdowns.
Sr., TE/DE, 6-5, 240
UConn commit gives Staples star power as a receiver, blocker, defender and punter.
Sr., RB/LB, 5-7, 160
Rushed 143 times for 1,522 yards and 20 touchdowns. Also scored five times on special teams.
Sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 180
Returning All-Area pick caught 88 passes for 1,353 yards and 14 touchdowns. Also rushed for five touchdowns, passed for two more and made eight interceptions.
Sr., QB, 6-4, 205
Threw for 1,639 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for 943 yards and 10 scores.
Norwich Free Academy
Sr., RB/DB, 5-11, 190
Moves from quarterback to running back. Missed five weeks last season with an undisclosed illness.
When healthy, he’s as explosive as any player in the state.
Sr., QB/DB/P, 6-0, 185
Completed 104 of 161 passes for 2,081 yards and 24 touchdowns and also rushed 223 times for 1,319 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Sr., HB/OLB, 6-1, 225
Will anchor an experienced and physical defense for the Tigers.
Sr., WR/CB, 6-3, 190
Made 50 catches for 523 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Sr., DL, 6-4, 285
Made four tackles per game and finished with five sacks. Has committed to Temple.
Sr., FB/LB, 6-1, 239
Will lead the Chargers’ defense and be the fullback in the team’s vaunted I formation on offense.
Sr., FB/LB, 6-3, 240
Michigan recruit averaged 9.4 tackles, made four sacks and four interceptions. Also had 647 total yards and scored 18 touchdowns.
Sr., QB, 6-3, 190
Threw for more than 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Jr., RB/LB, 5-11, 205
Fierce junior who recorded 109 tackles and four sacks during his sophomore year.
Sr., OL/DL, 6-2, 260
Two-way lineman has committed to Villanova.
Sr., WR/DB, 5-11, 190
The state’s top-returning pass defender with seven interceptions, made 66 tackles and scored six offensive touchdowns on just 31 touches and he should see an expanded role in 2016. Committed to play lacrosse at North Carolina.
Sr., WR/DB, 6-2, 190
Boston College commit is expected to be one of the state’s top cornerbacks.
Notre Dame-West Haven
Sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 181
Made 64 catches for 903 yards and six touchdowns. Also rushed for eight touchdowns and made 50 tackles and four interceptions.
D. Major Roman
Sr., TE/LB, 6-5, 202
Made 73 tackles and two interceptions. Also caught 43 passes, including three for touchdowns. Has announced he will attend Yale.
Sr., RB, 5-10, 175
Gained more than 2,000 all-purpose yards. Is within 1,800 all-purpose yards of setting school record.
Sr., OL/DL, 6-6, 300
Three-year starter has committed to play at Michigan.
Sr., WR, 6-2, 202
Syracuse commit is top returnee for defending Class S state champions.
Sr., RB/LB, 6-0, 205: Ran for 934 yards and seven touchdowns with four 100-yard games. Could set school’s career rushing record this season.
Sr., OL, 6-5, 310: One of the state’s top returning lineman. Has committed to BYU.