Commitment Catch-Up

New England Recruiting Report | Friday, February 18th, 2011

Commitment Catch-Up

Coming out of Hamden High School in Connecticut last year, Ryen Vilmont hoped that a post-graduate year would provide him with more exposure to college coaches and hopefully lead to a scholarship.

It looks like that plan worked pretty well as the current MCI post-grad reportedly accepted a scholarship to division I Franklin Pierce last week.  Vilmont is a six-foot-five forward who can produce inside and out thanks to his good frame, strong body, and consistent face-up jump shot. 

Franklin Pierce head coach David Chadbourne has made it a priority to recruit his back yard for his program as this year’s roster includes ten players with New England roots including three NEPSAC products. 

Mitchell Heading SUNY

Milford High School point guard Mike Mitchell has made a verbal commitment to SUNY Plattsburgh State as was first reported by the New Hampshire Notebook.  Mitchell had previously cut his list to Plattsburgh, Wentworth, and Lycoming but opted for the SUNY school because of the flexibility between their business program and entrepreneurial studies according to his father. 

Mitchell is considered to be one of the top point guards in all of the NHIAA this year and runs the show for a Milford team that could very well be the state’s best in their own right.  Plattsburgh is an up-tempo team that spent several weeks ranked within the top 25 earlier in the season and figures to be an ideal fit for Mitchell’s game as he is a spark plug who loves to push the pace and attack the defense. 

Pomperaug’s Pelella has a Change of Heart

Pomperaug senior Brent Pelella was presumed to be heading towards a division I baseball career before deciding that he couldn’t choose between the two sports he loved and consequently committing to Eastern Connecticut State University where he will play both baseball and basketball. 

Pelella has been one of the leaders for a Pomperaug team that is currently in the midst of one of their best seasons in recent memory, having run out to a 14-4 record with only 2 games remaining in the regular season.  He will be joining an Eastern Connecticut team in the midst of a big season of their own having gone 16-8 overall and 9-3 in the Little East. 

Murphy Headed to Patriot League

Deshawn Murphy, currently in a post-graduate year at Choate after graduating from Hyde Leadership Academy a year ago, recently made a verbal commitment and subsequently signed his National Letter of Intent to Lehigh on a full football scholarship. 

A two sport athlete at Hyde and Choate alike, Murphy saw division I offers in both sports before choosing Lehigh, where he could potentially continue to star in both arenas.  On the hardwood, the six-foot-four swingman has a long resume of winning at every level.  He helped Hyde to a CIAC state championship last year and is part of a Choate team that currently sits at 14-3.