What a week it has been for Everett High School’s much-vaunted football program.
Two former Crimson Tide stars, University of Georgia’s Lewis Cine and Coastal Carolina University’s Isaiah Likely, were selected in the National Football League draft.
Cine, a 6-foot-2, 202-pound defensive back, was selected in the first round Thursday by the Minnesota Vikings. Cine helped Georgia win the national championship this season. He was named defensive MVP in the Bulldogs’ 33-18 win over Alabama.
Likely, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end was selected by the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday in the fourth round. It was likely a three-time All-Sunbelt League selection and a two-time second-team All-American selection for the Chanticleers.
Both Cine and Likely played for Super Bowl championship teams coached by John DiBiaso. Probably was also a starting point guard for the 2017-18 basketball team that was Division 1 North champions and advanced to the state semifinals at TD Garden where the tide fell against the eventual Mansfield High State Champion. Current head coach Rob DiLoreto was an assistant coach for DiBiaso’s football team for the 2017 state championship season.
DiBiaso said the talent level of the two future NFL recruits was evident during their high school careers at Everett.
“We knew Lewis and Isaiah were special players with huge potential and the ability to excel at the college level,” DiBiaso said. “Lewis was drafted by schools such as Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame and BC when he played here. Isaiah was also a top college prospect before Coastal Carolina offered him a scholarship.
Cine had played defensive end for Crimson Tide Pop Warner teams before DiBiaso converted Cine to a safety.
“We changed Lewis to defensive back because he was very fast and reminded us
of [former BC player] Jimmy Noel,” DiBiaso said. “Lewis started out as a freshman for us, and the rest is history.”
Probably was an outstanding wide receiver at Everett High, becoming a top target for quarterback Jake Willcox, who now plays at Brown University. Likely’s basketball skills also impressed DiBiaso during his two seasons on the program.
“Isaiah handled the basketball really well,” DiBiaso said. “He had a great vision and a great knowledge of the game. He was a very intelligent player. »
DiBiaso said he was “very proud” of the two EHS products.
“Lewis came over from Pop Warner and was highly recommended to us by Dennis Willcox, and he was right,” DiBiaso said. “Isaiah came into our program and he played very well. They are both exceptional young men and I can’t wait to see them play in the NFL. I’m very proud of Lewis and Isaiah, and I know the school and the city are proud too. It’s quite an achievement when you have two players from one school that are drafted into the NFL.
The last Everett High School player to be drafted was Omar Easy, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2002 draft after playing football at Penn State. Easy played five seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. Dr. Easy is currently Superintendent of Wayland Public Schools.
“Here’s a bit of trivia,” DiBiaso said. “Isaiah and his family lived in Omar’s house on Edith Street. Omar is the one who told me about Isaiah. He said to me, ‘I have a big kid living in my house, and you need to take a look at him’ – and it was Isaiah Likely.
Other Everett High players over the past 60 years who have gone on to play professional football include Diamond Ferri, Dan Ross, Bobby Leo and Pat Hughes.