Allan Rappleyea was named to the USA Today All-USA Massachusetts first team and earned All-Scholastic first team honors from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Patriot Ledger. He picked the Deacs over offers from Syracuse, UMass and Harvard.
Rappleyea: "It's small, about 5,000 kids. The size of the school was a big, deciding factor. It's a great academic school. The campus is absolutely beautiful. With coach (Dave) Clawson, everywhere he's been, you look at his history, it's taken some time and he's turned it into a winning program. The coaching staff really showed me how much of a priority I was, and that was probably the most influential thing in my decision."
From Scout's Brian Dohn: Rappleyea fires off the ball quickly and he is strong with his initial punch. Once he engages, he does a fantastic job of pumping his legs and driving the defender back. He has good upper body strength, but he needs to improve his knee bend so he can play lower. Rappleyea has position versatility in that he can play guard or center. He needs to improve his athleticism so he can get to the second level more easily, and so he can be more accurate with his hand placement while blocking on the move. In pass protection, he does a good job of being patient.