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Rutgers Announces 2009 Football Recruiting Class
  • Posted on February 04, 2009 4:00:14 PM
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  • Greg Schiano
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano announced Wednesday that 23 high school standouts have signed to play football for the Scarlet Knights beginning in the fall of 2009.

    The Scarlet Knights ended the season 8-5 overall after a 29-23 victory over NC State in the PapaJohns.com Bowl. It was the third consecutive bowl victory for the Scarlet Knights and the fourth straight bowl appearance for Rutgers.

    Two members of the 2009 recruiting class – Andre Civil and Mohamed Sanu – are enrolled at Rutgers and will take part in spring practice, which is set to begin March 10.

     

    2009 RECRUITING CLASS

    Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School/Hometown Coach
    STEVE BEAUHARNAIS LB 6-2 235  St. Joseph's/Saddle Brook, N.J. Tony Karcich
    MALCOLM BUSH TE 6-4 230  Hackensack/Hackensack, N.J. Mike Miello
    PAUL CARREZOLA TE 6-2 250  Neshaminy/Langhorne, Pa. Mark Schmidt
    ANDRE CIVIL* DL 6-3 240  Sheepshead Bay/Brooklyn, N.Y. Fred Snyder
    KA'LIAL GLAUD LB 6-2 220  Winslow Twp/Atco, N.J. Mike McBride
    DURON HARMON DB 6-1 190  Caesar Rodney/Magnolia, Del. Mike Schonewolf
    MARK HARRISON WR 6-3 230  Bunnell/Stratford, Conn. Craig Bruno
    AARON HAYWARD WR 6-0 195  Penns Grove/Carneys Point, N.J. Kemp Carr
    ISAAC HOLMES DL 6-3 290  Hoboken/Hoboken, N.J. Lou Taglieri
    ROBERT JOSEPH FB 6-2 230  Brooklyn Poly Prep/Jamaica, N.Y. Dino Mangiero
    MICHAEL LARROW DL 6-4 250  Union/Union, N.J. Brian Sheridan
    ANTWAN LOWERY DL 6-4 325  Christopher Columbus/Miami, Fla. Chris Merritt
    JAMAL MERRELL LB 6-4 200  Hodgson Vo-Tech/Bear, Del. Frank Moffett
    JAMIL MERRELL DL 6-4 220  Hodgson Vo-Tech/Bear, Del. Frank Moffett
    DAVID OSEI OL 6-4 260  Abington/Abington, Pa. Tim Sorber
    QURON PRATT DB 6-0 175  Palmyra/Palmyra, N.J Ty Belford
    LOGAN RYAN DB 6-0 185  Eastern/Berlin, N.J. Dan Spittal
    MOHAMED SANU* DB 6-3 215  South Brunswick/South Brunswick, N.J. Rick Mantz
    TOM SAVAGE QB 6-5 225  Cardinal O'Hara/Springfield, Pa. Dan Algeo
    ABDUL SMITH DB 6-0 190  Perkiomen School (Pa.)/Trenton, N.J. Kevin Manferdini
    JUNIOR SOLICE DL 6-3 230  Hackensack/Hackensack, N.J. Mike Miello
    DE'ANTWAN WILLIAMS RB 5-8 195  Woodbridge/Woodbridge, Va. Keith King
    JAMAL WILSON OL 6-5 305  South Shore/Brooklyn, N.Y. Thomas Salvato

    * Currently Enrolled at Rutgers

    Steve Beauharnais
    Linebacker/6-2, 235
    Saddle Brook, N.J./St. Joseph’s HS (Montvale)

    Played one season for head coach Tony Karcich at St. Joseph’s High School (Montvale) … continues a strong trend of St. Joseph’s standouts to enroll at Rutgers, including current Scarlet Knights Devin McCourty and Patrick Kivlehan … helped guide the Green Knights to an 11-1 record and the Non-Public Group III state championship … Bergen Record Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … 99 tackles, including 11.5 behind the line of scrimmage during his senior season … also finished the year with four sacks … rated as the No. 19 prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep Magazine … Star-Ledger Second Team All-State honoree … selected to the MSG Tri-State  All-Star team … named to the All-Bergen defensive team and the All-Non-Public defensive squad by the Star-Ledger … rated as the No. 34 strongside linebacker in the nation by Scout.comESPN.com ranks Beauharnais as the No. 46 inside linebacker nationally … three-year standout at Saddle Brook High School and was named All-Bergen County by the Bergen Record as a junior after totaling 78 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

    Coach Karcich on Beauharnais: “He was a tremendous addition to our program – both as a player and as a person. He is a high character kid who has a lot of energy and enthusiasm – and it’s contagious. Steve can play a lot of different positions – he has the size to be a true middle linebacker. He is a great kid and a terrific football player.”

    Malcolm Bush
    Tight End/6-4, 230
    Hackensack, N.J./Hackensack HS

    Played for head coach and former Rutgers assistant coach Mike Miello at Hackensack High School … two-way player who lined up at both tight end and defensive end … All-Bergen County First Team selection by the Bergen Record and the Star-Ledger … caught 28 passes for 468 yards and five touchdowns as a senior … rated as the No. 18 prospect in New Jersey and the No. 31 tight end nationally by Rivals.com … considered to be New Jersey’s top tight end prospect by several recruiting services … rated as the No. 25 prospect in the state by SuperPrep Magazine … totaled 45 receptions for 755 yards and seven touchdowns over his final two seasons.

    Paul Carrezola
    Tight End/6-2, 250
    Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy HS

    Three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at tight end and defensive end for head coach Mark Schmidt at Neshaminy High School … team went 24-3 with Carrezola in the starting lineup as a junior and senior … Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania team selection … Trentonian Lower Bucks Player of the Year … Harrisburg Patriot-News Platinum 33 football selection, honoring the top 33 players in the state of Pennsylvania … Associated Press Second Team All-State Class AAAA selection at defensive end … helped guide the Redskins to a 12-2 record and Suburban One League National Conference championship his senior season … selected to play in the ninth annual PSFCA East-West All-Star game … ranked the No. 21 tight end prospect nationally and the No. 15 prospect overall in Pennsylvania according to Rivals.comScout.com ranks Carrezola the No. 22 tight end prospect in the nation … No. 8 prospect from Pennsylvania according to SuperPrep Magazine … caught 18 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns as a junior.

    Coach Schmidt on Carrezola: “Paul is a winner. He is a big, strong, mature young man who was the key to our good year. He was our captain who is extremely tough and very competitive. I think he is going to be a great player at Rutgers.”

    Andre Civil
    Defensive Lineman/6-3, 240
    Brooklyn, N.Y./Sheepshead Bay HS

    Enrolled at Rutgers and will practice with the team this spring … three-year starter for head coach Fred Snyder at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn … two-way player who lined up at offensive tackle and defensive end … also earned time at defensive tackle … played in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. … two sacks and two QB hurries in the All-America game … in 10 games, he totaled 72 tackles and six sacks as a senior … finished in the top 10 in New York City in sacks his senior season … team finished season 8-3 … earned All-City and All-League honors for the Sharks from FiveBoroSports.comMaxPreps.com Preseason All-State selection … rated by MaxPreps.com as the best player in the state of New York … rated as the No. 3 prospect in New York and the No. 19 strongside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com … rated the No. 38 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com.

    Coach Snyder on Civil: “Andre is a very consistent player – both in practice and in game-action. I really feel he has a great future ahead of him at Rutgers.”

    Ka’Lial Glaud
    Linebacker/6-2, 220
    Sicklerville, N.J./Winslow Township HS

    Played for head coach Mike McBride at Winslow Township High School … Philadelphia Inquirer and Camden Courier-Post First Team All-South Jersey selection on defense … finished senior season with 87 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries … also played quarterback and threw for 1,379 yards and 19 touchdowns … rated as the No. 25 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals.com … rated as the No. 42 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com … as a junior, threw for 1,675 yards and 20 touchdowns … also rushed for  497 yards and scored eight touchdowns ... only played three games at linebacker, but made roughly 40 tackles with two quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles … joins former high school teammate Brandon Jones at Rutgers … three-year captain for the Eagles.

    Duron Harmon
    Defensive Back/6-1, 190
    Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney HS

    Four-year letterwinner for head coach Mike Schonewolf at Caesar Rodney High School … started three years for the Riders, including two years as a two-way starter at both running back and safety … 2008 Gatorade State Player of the Year in Delaware … led squad to an 11-1 record and the Delaware Division I State Championship as a senior …  it marked the school’s first state championship in 18 years … rushed for 1,126 yards on 122 carries as a senior … averaged 9.2 yards per carry … led the Riders with 20 touchdowns … also totaled 10 receptions for 281 yards … named the Delaware State Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … 49 tackles and two interceptions as a senior … rated as the fifth-best prospect in Delaware by Rivals.comScout.com lists Harmon as the No. 36 cornerback prospect nationally and ESPN.com rates him as the No. 50 athlete in the country … as a junior, rushed for 701 yards and 12 touchdowns … also caught 15 passes for 275 yards … defensively, he collected 43 tackles, two interceptions, eight pass breakups and forced five fumbles as a junior.

    Coach Schonewolf on Harmon: “Duron is a versatile athlete who has done a great job on both sides of the ball. I think his best football is in front of him. I am looking forward to the future for him and he has so much potential to improve.”

    Mark Harrison
    Wide Receiver/6-3, 230
    Stratford, Conn./Bunnell HS

    Three-year letterwinner for head coach Craig Bruno at Bunnell High School … two-year starter at wide receiver … New Haven Register All-State selection on offense as a senior … Connecticut Coaches Association First Team All-State honoree … won two state championships at Bunnell as a sophomore and junior … helped guide team to only undefeated season in school history (13-0) in 2007 … compiled a 34-3 record during his career with the Bulldogs … senior campaign featured 61 receptions for 1,673 yards and 17 touchdowns … longest reception of the season was an 85-yard catch … big-play wide receiver who averaged 27.4 yards per catch … helped lead team to a 9-2 record … rated as the No. 4 prospect in Connecticut by Rivals.com … No. 52 prospect nationally according to Scout.com … season-high 236 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a win for the Bulldogs vs. Barlow … caught four passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-20 victory over Notre Dame Catholic … as a junior, totaled 42 receptions for 882 yards and nine touchdowns.

    Coach Bruno on Harrison: “Rutgers is receiving a special person and a special player and I am certain Mark will succeed at Rutgers. He is most likely the best player to ever come from Bunnell High School. He is also a standout basketball player and has tremendous athleticism.”

    Aaron Hayward
    Wide Receiver/6-0, 195
    Carneys Point, N.J./Penns Grove HS

    Four-year letterwinner for head coach Kemp Carr at Penns Grove High School … rated as the No. 8 prospect in New Jersey according to SuperPrep Magazine … sixth all-time in South Jersey in career rushing with over 4,600 yards … led Penns Grove to its first-ever Group I finals appearance by rushing for 232 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in the state quarterfinals … helped lead Penns Grove to a 9-3 record as a senior … finished his senior campaign with 1,265 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on 130 carries … over his final two campaigns rushed for 2,628 yards and 33 touchdowns while also recording 236 yards and four touchdowns receiving … Tri-County Offensive Player of the Year in 2005, '07 and '08 by the conference coaches.

    Coach Carr on Hayward: “Aaron finished his career as one of the top backs in South Jersey history. His strength is his speed, vision and his ability to stick his foot in the ground and go. I think he should adapt very well to the collegiate game at Rutgers. He is very savvy and smart and plays well in space.”

    Isaac Holmes
    Defensive Lineman /6-3, 290
    Hoboken, N.J./Hoboken HS

    Three-year letterwinner for head coach Lou Taglieri at Hoboken High School … started three seasons at defensive tackle and was a two-way starter at defensive and offensive tackle his final two years for the Red Wings … 94 tackles and seven sacks as a senior … registered 177 tackles and 18 sacks over his final two years at Hoboken … rated as the No. 3 prospect in New Jersey and the No. 21 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com … member of the Rivals250 top recruits in the nation … ESPN.com rated Holmes as the No. 27 defensive tackle prospect nationally … All-Hudson County selection by the Star-Ledger.

    Coach Taglieri on Holmes: “Isaac is a very cerebral player. You will be surprised at how quick he is for his size. I think he will be able to step in immediately and help.”

    Robert Joseph
    Fullback/6-2, 230
    Jamaica, N.Y./Brooklyn Poly Prep

    Four-year letterwinner for head coach Dino Mangiero at Brooklyn Poly Prep Country Day … started three years for the Blue Devils at running back and cornerback … helped guide squad to 7-2 record as a senior … New York State Sports Writers Association All-State selection as a senior … rushing for over 650 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior season … MSG Tri-State All-Star team selection … rated as the No. 19 fullback in the nation by Scout.com … No. 20 fullback nationally and the No. 7 prospect in New York according to Rivals.com … named team’s offensive MVP in 2008 … rushed for 600 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.

    Coach Mangiero on Joseph: “Robert is a very hard-working young man who has excellent size, strength and speed. I really feel he will have a great career at Rutgers. I think he will do very well.”

    Michael Larrow
    Defensive Lineman/6-4, 250
    Union, N.J./Union HS

    Two-year letterwinner for head coach Brian Sheridan at Union High School … two-year starter at defensive end and started as a senior at tight end … proved to be the defensive catalyst on an 8-3 Union team which advanced to the Group IV sectional final for the second time in three years … recorded 64 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior … also played tight end for the first time in his career, with three of his five receptions resulting in scores ... rated as the No. 24 prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep Magazine … No. 20 prospect in New Jersey and the No. 45 strongside defensive end nationally according to Rivals.comStar-Ledger Second-Team All-State honoree.

    Coach Sheridan on Larrow: “Athletically, Michael has all the potential in the world. He is extremely athletic and explosive. Once he gets into the strength and conditioning program at Rutgers, he will really turn into an outstanding player on the next level. He has all the tools.”

    Antwan Lowery
    Defensive Lineman /6-4, 325
    Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus HS

    Two-year letterwinner for head coach Chris Merritt at Christopher Columbus High School … started both seasons for the Explorers at defensive tackle … older brother Antonio is a junior linebacker for the Scarlet Knights … played in the prestigious Under Armour High School All-America Game … Miami Herald All-Dade County selection … 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior … one of two Rutgers signees named to the ESPNU Top 150 list … rated as the No. 134 player nationally and the ninth-best defensive tackle prospect in the country by ESPN.com … rated as the No. 24 prospect in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel … Second Team All-State Class 6A selection as a senior … 75 tackles, three sacks and 15 tackles for loss as a junior.

    Coach Merritt on Lowery: “Antwan has what we like to call alligator speed, meaning when he is by the football, he is a big body that can move quickly. With his size and as he gets stronger, he will cause a lot of problems for offensive linemen trying to block him one-on-one.”

    Jamal Merrell
    Linebacker/6-4, 200
    Bear, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech HS

    Four-year letterwinner for head coach Frank Moffett at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School … started all four years at wide receiver and free safety … played with his twin brother and fellow Rutgers signee Jamil for the Silver Eagles … Second Team All-State selection as a senior … recorded 15 receptions for 275 yards and six touchdowns on offense and totaled 41 tackles and two forced fumbles on defense … rated as the No. 34 athlete in the nation according to ESPN.com … No. 3 prospect in Delaware and the No. 33 outside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com … rated as the No. 16 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic– along with his twin brother – by SuperPrep Magazine … as a junior, led the state of Delaware with 16 touchdown receptions en route to all-state honors as a defensive back and wide receiver.

    Coach Moffett on Jamal Merrell: “Jamal has a great love and passion for the game. He is a hard hitter and loves to lay the lumber on someone. From a safety position, he was always in the box and was a terrific run-stopper. He loves the game of football.”

    Jamil Merrell
    Defensive Lineman /6-4, 220
    Bear, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech HS

    Four-year letterwinner for head coach Frank Moffett at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School … started all four years at defensive end and tight end … played with his twin brother and fellow Rutgers signee Jamal for the Silver Eagles … First Team All-State selection at tight end and defensive end as a junior … First Team All-State defensive end and Second Team tight end selection as a senior … Delaware Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior … 73 tackles, 25 for loss and 11 sacks as a senior … also caught 22 passes for 315 yards and six touchdowns … rated as the No. 15 defensive end nationally by ESPN.com … No. 2 prospect in Delaware and the No. 19 weakside defensive end prospect nationally by Rivals.com … 98 tackles and 17 sacks as a junior … rated as the No. 16 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic– along with his twin brother – by SuperPrep Magazine … school record holder with 38 career sacks … finished standout career with over 300 tackles, including more than 100 tackles for loss.

    Coach Moffett on Jamil Merrell: “I consider Jamil to be one of the best overall players to ever come through our program. He has a great love for the game and is very coachable and has great intensity. He plays the game the way it should be played and has a motor that doesn’t stop.”

    David Osei
    Offensive Lineman/6-4, 260
    Abington, Pa./Abington HS

    Played for head coach Tim Sorber at Abington High School … one of two Rutgers commitments to play in the prestigious Big 33 game, featuring the top players from Pennsylvania vs. Ohio … Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honoree on offense … major reason the Ghosts went 10-3 his senior season … key part of an offense that passed for 2,400 yards and averaged 31 points per game … standout wrestler who is one of the state’s elite … since a 19-16 freshman season, Osei has compiled a 95-11 mark (44 falls), including a 26-0 record this season … 34-3 mark on the mats as a junior, including a District 1 South Class AAA crown and a second-place finish in the South Central Regional … two of his losses came at the hands of the state champion and the runner-up.

    Quron Pratt
    Defensive Back/6-0, 175
    Palmyra, N.J./Palmyra HS

    Four-year letterwinner at Palmyra High School for head coach Ty Belford … started every game since his freshman year at defensive back … Palmyra’s all-time leader in interceptions with 22 … picked off four passes as a senior as Palmyra won the Burlco/Olympic Freedom Division title … Philadelphia Inquirer All-South Jersey First Team selection on defense … allowed just one touchdown in four years at cornerback, including none over the final three years of his high school career … led team to 9-1 record as a senior … team-best 10 touchdown receptions on offense at wide receiver … Burlington County Times Defensive Player of the Year … Camden Courier-Post Second Team All-South Jersey on defense … rated as the No. 23 prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep Magazine … one of the fastest quarter-mile track performers in South Jersey and is regarded as one of New Jersey’s premier point guards … personal best of 49.7 in the 400m and broke the 1,000-point plateau as a senior on the hardwood … rated as the No. 38 cornerback in the nation by ESPN.com.

    Coach Belford on Pratt: Quron is an outstanding young man and an outstanding student. He is one of the best players I have coached in 36 years. As he matures, I think Quron will be an excellent defensive back at Rutgers.”

    Logan Ryan
    Defensive Back/6-0, 185
    Berlin, N.J./Eastern HS

    Played for head coach Dan Spittal at Eastern High School … rated as the No. 1 cornerback in New Jersey by Rivals.com … ranked overall as the No. 9 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals.com and the No. 15 cornerback prospect nationally by ESPN.comSuperPrep Magazine’s No. 13 prospect in New Jersey … starred at both quarterback and cornerback on a 7-3 Eastern HS team, throwing for 1,070 yards and eight touchdowns and rushing for 699 yards and nine touchdowns while running a spread offense … also tallied 43 tackles, two tackles for loss and five interceptions in earning South Jersey Player of the Year Defensive honors from the Philadelphia Inquirer … over his final two scholastic campaigns, Ryan threw for more than 2,500 yards and accounted for 35 total touchdowns in guiding Eastern to a 16-5 record and consecutive state playoff berths.

    Coach Spittal on Ryan: “We would put him on the other team’s top receiver or where we knew he could cover some ground and we never had to worry about it.”

    Mohamed Sanu
    Defensive Back/6-3, 215
    South Brunswick, N.J./South Brunswick HS

    First member of the 2009 Rutgers recruiting class who enrolled in January and will practice in spring drills … played for head coach Rick Mantz at South Brunswick High School … since Sanu turned 19 a week before the 2008 season, he wasn't eligible to play his senior campaign at South Brunswick HS, but was able to practice with the squad … rated as the No. 19 safety nationally by ESPN.com … played quarterback and led New Jersey to a 33-22 victory over New York in the annual Nike New York-New Jersey  All-Star Classic at Rutgers Stadium last June … connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass with current Scarlet Knight Brandon Jones in the all-star game … tallied 900 yards passing, 700 yards rushing in earning All-Middlesex County honors and leading South Brunswick to its first playoff appearance in 30 years in 2007 ... One of New Jersey's most versatile prospects, Sanu played QB, WR and punted in his three varsity seasons playing for South Brunswick.

    Coach Mantz on Sanu: “We are very proud of Mohamed. He is a phenomenal talent and his greatest strength is his versatility. He can help in the secondary or could be an offensive player. He has a terrific work ethic and has a great future at Rutgers.”

    Tom Savage
    Quarterback/6-5, 225
    Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara HS

    Four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at quarterback for head coach Dan Algeo at Cardinal O’Hara High School … one of two Rutgers commitments to play in the prestigious Big 33 game, featuring the top players from Pennsylvania vs. Ohio … rated as the No. 3 pro style quarterback in the nation by Tom Lemming/MaxPreps.com and the No. 8 pro style quarterback nationally by SuperPrep Magazine … was the second Scarlet Knight to play in the U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio (Anthony Davis played in the game in 2007) … ESPNU Top 150 recruit nationally and the No. 10 quarterback in the country according to ESPN.com … threw for 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior … threw for close to 4,000 yards for his career … junior season was cut short due to a foot injury, but managed to throw for 809 yards and eight touchdowns … No. 78 prospect nationally by Tom Lemming … No. 125 recruit overall in the nation according to ESPN.comHarrisburg Patriot-News Platinum 33 selection … Rivals.com rated Savage as having the third-strongest arm in the nation and the No. 5 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania.

    Coach Algeo on Savage: “Tom is a great kid. Physically, he has all the tools and I think he will have a good transition to Rutgers. He is a big, strong kid who can make all the throws. He has very good leadership skills.”

    Junior Solice
    Defensive Lineman/6-3, 230
    Hackensack, N.J./Hackensack HS

    Played for head coach and former Rutgers assistant coach Mike Miello at Hackensack High School … started at middle linebacker for the Comets … Second Team All-Bergen County according to the Star-Ledger … also named Second Team All-Bergen County by the Bergen Record at linebacker.

    Abdul Smith
    Defensive Back/6-0, 190
    Trenton, N.J./Perkiomen School (Pa.)

    Four-year letterwinner who started his entire career on both sides of the ball for head coach Kevin Manferdini at the Perkiomen School … started at both cornerback and safety during his career on defense and started at quarterback his junior and senior seasons … versatile player also started at running back as a freshman and at wide receiver his sophomore campaign … averaged 9.1 yards per rush as a senior at quarterback, including 17 rushing touchdowns … also completed 53-of-94 passes for 664 yards and seven touchdowns … returned four kickoffs for touchdowns on the season with an average return of 80 yards per score … opponents only kicked off to him four times the entire season … 57 tackles and five interceptions on defense … led team to a 5-3 record … rated as the No. 28 cornerback nationally and the No. 7 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania by SuperPrep Magazine … Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection on defense … first Perkiomen School football player to be named to the Associated Press Class AA All-State First Team … played in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. … Pottstown Mercury Defensive Player of the Year.

    Coach Manferdini on Smith: “Abdul is an outstanding player who can play both sides of the ball. He is a quiet, coachable player who is very respectful. When he gets out on the field, he just knows what to do.”

    De’Antwan Williams
    Running Back/5-8, 195
    Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge HS

    Four-year letterwinner and four-year starter at running back for head coach Keith King at Woodbridge High School … rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons on the prep level … rushed for 6,909 career yards and 83 touchdowns, placing him sixth all-time in Virginia high school history … No. 3 all-time rusher in Class AAA in the state of Virginia … rushed for 1,950 yards and scored 32 touchdowns as a senior in leading the Vikings to an unbeaten regular season and the Virginia AAA Cardinal District championship … 2008 All-Met selection by the Washington Post … also earned All-Region, All-District and All-State honors as a senior … rushed for 2,247 yards and 28 touchdowns his junior year en route to All-State accolades … rated as the No. 14 running back in the nation and the No. 7 prospect in Virginia by Rivals.com … member of the Rivals250 as the nation’s No. 135 overall recruit.

    Coach King on Williams: “De’Antwan is one of the few kids who can leave high school and play right away on the college level. He is probably the best kid in 25 years of coaching that I have been around. He is an exceptional kid who has the rare ability to run over a defender in the hole or out-run a defender in the open field.”

    Jamal Wilson
    Offensive Lineman/6-5, 305
    Brooklyn, N.Y./South Shore HS

    Three-year letterwinner and three-year starter for head coach Thomas Salvato at South Shore High School … skilled athlete who started at both offensive and defensive tackle … rarely left the field and even played on special teams for the Vikings … SuperPrep Magazine lists Wilson as the No. 3 prospect in New York … rated as the No. 9 prospect in the state of New York by Rivals.com … New York City Coaches Association All-City selection on offense … selected to play in the New Jersey-Northeast All-Star Classic at Rutgers Stadium in June … also selected to play in the Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge All-Star Game, featuring the top players from New York City vs. Long Island.

    Coach Salvato on Wilson: “Jamal is a real physical football player who has great athletic ability for his size. He will do real well at the next level because he is coachable and has a great desire to play football.”

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