July 29, 2008

2010 Felder already favors two

Brendon Felder has only begun to scratch the surface of his potential on the football field. And that's saying quite a bit, because the Lynn, Mass. native has already caught the attention of the Boston College staff after a recent camp.

A member of the 2010 class, Felder enters his junior season at St. John's Prep in Danvers as a budding star and a potential national recruit by this time next year.

Last fall, fans caught a glimpse of what Felder could do with the ball in his hands as a slot receiver for the Eagles. In a game against Brockton early in the season, Felder took an inside handoff , raced around the right side and leapt in the end zone for a touchdown.

Several weeks later he brought a kickoff 96 yards back for a score against St. John's of Shrewsbury. In his team's season finale against Xaverian on Thanksgiving, he got a swing pass in the flat, broke a tackle and tip-toed down the sideline for a 33-yard score that helped his team break a two-year losing skid to its traditional rival.

But anyone who has seen him play knows that's just the tip of the iceberg.

At the BC camp, his play at cornerback caught the attention of Eagles defensive back coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Siravo. Felder only started on offense last season but is expected to play both ways this season.

"I played a little bit at St. John's. It was a new experience, a good experience. The coach taught us drills, taught me how to be a DB. I'm going to work on my defensive skills for next year," said Felder. "Since the BC camp I love (playing corner). I've been telling people that's my main position. The cornerback coach was talking to me, taught me a lot of skills. I was good at it and I got better at it."

Felder's been working on more than his corner skills, though. He has also been working with personal trainer Craig Griffen.

"You can tell. I can already see myself getting faster on the field," said Felder, who said he measured in at 5-11, 175 pounds at the BC camp. "My body's filling out, just bigger and better, faster and stronger."

At the BC camp, Felder reports that he ran a 4.5 on grass. Then at the recent All-American Showcase combine in Chelsea on July 18 run by Sean Stellato, Felder turned in a 4.37 and a 4.41 (hand-timed).

Football is not the only sport for Felder. He also plays basketball for the Eagles and runs track in the spring, anchoring the team's 4x100 meter relay team that finished fourth in New England. His father, Aaron, was a standout basketball player at Pittsburgh's Steel Valley HS before playing at Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafeyette) alongside Philadelphia 76ers great Andrew Toney, who happens to be Felder's godfather.

"I told him one thing to be aware of is stay focused, don't make no decisions yet," said Aaron. "Talk to people. People are going to be after you. Be aware of all the negatives. If you've got any questions, talk
to me first. Try to start thinking about what school you want to go to, what you want to major in. Everyone wants to play pro ball, and he told me that. But just keep your grades up, respect the coach, and you'll be alright."

His advice seems to have paid off so far. Brendon sports a 3.1 GPA in college prep courses but noted, "I can get that up," while also expressing an interest at studying law when he gets to college.

While it's still very early in his recruitment, Felder has two favorites, both in ACC country.

"I love BC. I've always loved BC since I was a little kid," he said. "I used to go to their basketball camps. The dorms and food were great. I love the campus. I love the field, too. When I was at basketball camp
I'd see the players running and conditioning before the morning practice.

"I've always loved Clemson, too," he added. "I've seen them on TV down south. I've seen the University online, it's in a good area."

Right now, though, Felder is mostly concentrating on getting the Prep back into the EMass Division 1 playoffs, where the Eagles haven't been since 2003.

"We're looking way better than we did last year," he said. "I think we can make it to the champions

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