2014 Mass Prep Stars Public School Football Player of the Year: Lukas Denis ‘15 - Everett
Denis helped lead the Everett Crimson Tide squad to a Division 1 Sectional title and a runner-up finish in the State Title and Division 1 Super Bowl game.
"The thing that made this season so special was that we all worked together to get where we wanted," Denis told Mass Prep Stars. "This was definitely the most driven team I have ever been apart of. Even though we did not end the season how we wanted to, we were all very pleased with how far we made it. The seniors stepped up big time. It all started with the loss at the end of the 2013 season. We knew that we were going to have to lead a young team to the Super Bowl. We needed a lot of the underclassmen to step up this year, and they did. Not only did we have a sophomore QB (Jordan McAfee '17), but we also had a defensive line and linebacker core full of underclassmen. The fact that they grew and progressed the way they did was truly amazing."
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Denis was a two-way standout for Everett, as he starred at Defensive Back and Wide Receiver for the Crimson Tide this season. Denis also showed off his versatility, lining up under center, in the backfield, and returning kicks, leading his team to multiple late-game victories this season.
Denis starred on defense this season, racking up 52 tackles, to go with an impressive eight interceptions and two forced fumbles. Denis returned three of his interceptions for touchdowns, including a 29-yard Pick-6 in the Super Bowl, at Gillette Stadium. Denis also added 13 pass breakups on the season.
On offense Denis caught 45 balls for 700 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran for 456 yards and seven scores.
He totaled 17 touchdowns from all over the football field (six receiving, seven rushing, one passing, one punt return, three interceptions).
The Boston College commit will take his game to the Heights next year, as a member of one of Head Coach Steve Adazio’s most impressive local and national recruiting classes to date.
"I am extremely excited for Boston College," Denis said. "The time is almost approaching and I could not be happier with the decision that I have made. I am truly thankful that I was given the opportunity to play for such a prestigious University. Our recruiting class is extremely strong and I have made great relationships with most of the recruits already. I cannot wait to begin a great journey with great people."
"My time at Everett has been ridiculously incredible," Denis said. "I do not think that there will ever be anything like it. The people I have met and the relationships that I have made are forever. The relationships that I have shared with the coaching staff all started from when I was in Pop Warner. They treat each player like they are their own child. They not only teach us what to do on the gridiron, but they also teach us what to do off of it."
*stay tuned over the next few days as we announce our 2014 Mass Prep Stars Private School Football Player of the Year, 2014 Super Teams and final Rankings for the Class of 2015 and Pre-Rankings for the Class of 2016.
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