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Q&A with Salem LB/RB Sam Ofurie

SOUTH WEYMOUTH — It has been a busy month — really, less than that — for Sam Ofurie.

After attending the MASS ELITE 7v7 combine, the sophomore linebacker from Salem High quickly picked up an offer from Boston College on January 21. Just three days later, Michigan followed suit.

Ofurie, who also plays running back for the Witches, was effective on both sides of the ball this past fall, and helped his team to a 5-6 record.

At 6-feet, 223 pounds, Ofurie is a big presence in the middle of the field on defense and hits with authority. On offense, he is obviously very tough to bring down with his combination of size, strength, and speed.

On Saturday, MassVarsity caught up with Ofurie as he was at the Union Sports Complex competing with NE Purple in the first round of games at the Legacy New England Football 7-on-7s.

Here is an edited version of that conversation.

MassVarsity: Been a whirlwind couple of weeks for you. First you get offered by Boston College, then Michigan. What has this been …

Q&A with Everett ATH Ismael Zamor

SOUTH WEYMOUTH — As far back as the spring and summer of 2018, we've been hearing about a young player to watch out of Everett named Ismael "Ish" Zamor.

Just a freshman, Zamor plays both quarterback and wide receiver, and was able to earn meaningful varsity reps with a Crimson Tide team that was loaded at both positions this past season.

At 6-foot-1 and growing, Zamor not only has good height, but an explosive first step and the type of speed and length to appear much older than he actually is.

Combined with a maturity beyond his years and strong work in the classroom, it is no surprise that colleges have begun to take notice, as Howard University and Michigan have both offered him scholarships.

We caught up with Zamor Saturday at the first day of the Legacy New England Football 7-on-7s at the Union Sports Complex. Zamor is competing with NE Red, where he alternated at both quarterback and wide receiver.

Here is an edited version of that conversation.

MassVarsity: What wa…

Q&A with St. John's of Shrewsbury ATH Eamonn Dennis

SOUTH WEYMOUTH — There are few players in Massachusetts who are quite as explosive as St. John's of Shrewsbury junior Eamonn Dennis.

Whether it is in the return game, as a runner, or as a receiver, the Worcester native can take it to the house from anywhere on the field.

With the Pioneers, he can line up just about any place on offense, including running back, so his versatility is another aspect that makes him such a special talent. At 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, Dennis caught 28 passes for 379 yards and six touchdowns in 2018, good for 13.5 yards per catch. He also ran the ball 54 times for 444 yards and three touchdowns (8.2 yards per attempt).

His efforts helped the Pioneers reach the Division 3 state semifinals and finish with an 8-4 record. Colleges have begun to take notice of his skills, too, as he sports offers from UMass, Michigan, Mississippi State, UConn, and others.

On Saturday, MassVarsity caught up with Dennis at the Union Sports Complex, where he and his NE Red teammate…

Q&A with St. John's of Shrewsbury WR Jay Brunelle

SOUTH WEYMOUTH — On Saturday, Jay Brunelle of St. John's of Shrewsbury competed with NE Red during the first round of games with Legacy New England Football 7-on-7 at the Union Sports Complex.

Brunelle is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver who had a tremendous junior season with the Pioneers. He caught 70 passes for 1,157 yards and 18 touchdowns for a St. John's team that went 8-4 and reached the MIAA Division 3 state semifinals.

For his efforts, Brunelle has become a hot commodity on the recruiting trail, as programs like Boston College, Michigan, UMass, Holy Cross, and Harvard have all come calling with offers.

MassVarsity caught up with Brunelle after one of his early games to get his thoughts on his experience with Legacy, his recruitment process, and what he expects out of his season with the Pioneers next fall.

Here is an edited version of that conversation.

MassVarsity: How long have you been doing this with Legacy?

Jay Brunelle: It's my third year. I've been her…