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May 2, 2012

Hillies again in demand by college football teams

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"Aaron is a physical specimen that any football program would be proud to have," said O'Connor. "He has the potential to be a phenomenal player at the next level."

"For a guy of that size, he moves very well," said Castonia. "He did a number of good things on the field. He's a guy because of his body type he could end up in a number of different spots on either side of the ball."

"The coaches sold me on Plymouth State," said Moisan. "They seemed to know what they were talking about and they made it seem like a comfortable place for me to be."

Tufts paved the way for junior Chance Brady to have a historic season for the Hillies. In addition to blocking for Brady's 1,641 yards and 22 touchdowns, Tufts added two touchdowns of his own and ran for 83 yards on 16 carries.

"Framingham was very welcoming to me," said Tufts. "I could feel the family-like atmosphere there, like they had in Haverhill."

"He's a pure football player and an awesome individual," said O'Connor. "He's willing to do anything for the team. I know he will succeed at the next level."

"Connor might not have the height to be a Division 1 player, but we thought he will be a fantastic Division 3 athlete," said Aynsley Rosenbaum, offensive coordinator and associate head coach at Framingham State.

"He's a kid, who plays the same if you're up 20 or down 20. He plays the full 60 minutes. We haven't had an impact player from Haverhill in a long time, and we were overdue for one."

Haskell, who played both offensive and defensive tackle for Haverhill, will play offensive tackle for the Bantams. Haskell, 6-5, 245 pounds, was lauded by his coach for his prowess in the classroom and, at Trinity, will be attending a school with high academic standards that belongs to the New England Small College Athletic Conference, sometimes called the "Little Ivies."

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