Central New York is generally not considered a hotbed for division one prospects. However, Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse has four such players on their current roster.
C.B.A. figures to be the favorites to repeat as Section III Class AA champions with the talent they have throughout the lineup, though there is significant turnover from last year’s championship squad.
Scout.com recently attended a scrimmage to check them out in person.
John Phillips, OT, 6-6, 287
Skinny: Currently committed to Boston College, it is easy to see why Phillips is coveted by the Eagles. At 6-foot-6, 287-pounds, he has the ideal frame for an offensive tackle. He moves well for his size and is technically sound when he gets his hands on a defensive player. However, he is not as dominant as you would expect given his competition. There are also times when he is too tall out of his stance and loses leverage, which causes smaller defensive linemen to push him back. But there is upside here.
Andre Dowdell, WR/RB, 5-7, 170
Skinny: Dowdell’s biggest disadvantage is his size. He is quick, however, in and out of his cuts. He accelerates well and makes plays in the open field. Dowdell could be a solid punt returner or slot receiver at the FCS or non-power five FBS level. You can’t teach speed and acceleration and Dowdell possesses that.
Jack Brotzki, QB, 6-2, 210
Skinny: The first thing that stands out about Brotzki is his size. He looks all of 6-foot-2, 210-pounds and then some. He has broad shoulders and is a natural thrower. Brotzki has solid footwork and throws an accurate ball. There is a lot to like about Brotzki as a pocket passer and he is someone to watch in 2016. He currently holds a Syracuse offer.
Noah Jordan-Williams, WR, 6-0, 185
Skinny: Maybe the most intriguing prospect on the Brothers roster, Jordan-Williams is a naturally gifted athlete who is smooth in and out of his cuts. He has solid hands and can make plays on jump balls. Jordan-Williams glides downfield in his routes and looks effortless even when running full speed. As he continues to grow, he could start to garner a lot of attention in the northeast. He currently holds a Syracuse offer.