Turns out the whispers were correct and the Dartmouth recruiting class does indeed include a big guy from New England. Patrick Flathers is a 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman from Dracut, Mass., who actually goes to school at Bishop Guertin, across the state line in New Hampshire.
The Lowell Sun had a story about him headlined, Quiet Flathers Lives For The Big Hit.
Flathers is also a member of the Bishop Guertin ski team.
Find his Hudl page here.
Here's his senior year highlight video:
Editor's Note: There are a couple of names in the recruiting class I better spell right. (Actually I should spell them all right, but stay with me here.) For the first time in 10 years of BGA, there will be a Wood on the Dartmouth football team (Ross Wood from Norcross, Ga.) And before Mrs. BGA was Mrs. BGA, she grew up in Massachusetts as Miss Flathers.
At the wonderfully named Kiski Area HS in Western Pa., 6-3, 290-pound Andrew Yohe puts pen to paper. Read the first BGA post about him here.
•The Sports Network reports that Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews and Princeton defensive lineman Caraun Reid have been invited to the NFL Combine Feb. 19-25 in Indianapolis.
Mathews is referred to on the list of invitees as a "throwing" quarterback. If you are wondering what that is – and I was – check this link.
In a story headlined, Books over ball: Bergen Catholic's Kurt Holuba bypasses FBS offers for Princeton, The Newark Star-Ledger writes:
The scholarship offers rolled in one after the other, and his list of college choices grew more impressive by the month. National champion Florida State. Big Ten champion Michigan State. And power programs such as Wisconsin, Stanford, Georgia Tech and Central Florida.
But Kurt Holuba’s college choice would be about much more than football.
“It’s a 40-year decision, not a four-year decision,” he said.