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Scout on the Town - East Recap
Brian Dohn, East Recruiting Williamstown (N.J.) vs. Manahawkin (N.J.) Southern Regional The most intriguing prospect was Class of 2014 SouthernRegional's Mike Gesicki, who lines up at tight end. He is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds,and showed very good hands. He also tracks the ball well, but projects to at tight end that can cause mismatch problems by lining him up in the slot. Williamstown, which won the South Jersey Group V title, was led by 2014 running Marques Little. He needs to work on his burst, but showed good top-end speed and was able to get to the corner several times. Temple commit Buddy Brown played outside linebacker and showed an ability to get up the field. He is also more comfortable in space than he was earlier in the season. Carneys Point (N.J.) Penns Grove High vs. Woodbury (N.J.) Woodbury cornerback and Alabama commit Anthony Averett was nullified in the game because of Penns Grove's game plan. Averett played cornerback, and Penns Grove ran time and again to the other side of the field.There were a few plays were Averett showed his speed running across the field to chase down a ball carrier, and he came off the edge on a blitz one time with excellent burst, but he was not a factor. He also needs to work on playing more physical in the running game. When he did chase a play down, he didn't wrap up or make a tackle, but rather guided the ball carrier out of bounds. (Westville, N.J.) WestDeptford vs. (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) Cedar Creek Regional This featured a pair of big-time players, with the first being class of 2014 running back Gerald Owens. He led West Deptford to the title with his physical running. He is 6-1, 240 pounds, but has tremendous balance and leg drive. He also has speed. While not a burner, he is fast enough to play running back at a major program. Cedar Creek was led by Damon Mitchell, a Georgia Tech commit, who finished his second year as a quarterback. He threw three interceptions, but that was a result of trying to guide the ball rather than let his strong arm do the work. Mitchell stays in the pocket instead of looking to run, but he is a true dual-threat player because he is fast and elusive as well. He is also going to visit Iowa and Rutgers, and there's a reason schools are still recruiting him. Cedar Creek running back Gary Melton is getting FBS interest, and he showed flashes of why. He had good vision and a few times demonstrated very good acceleration, but was not consistent. Cedar Creek also has a pair of underclassmen worth watching in class of 2015 defensive tackle Trey Blackwell and 2016 receiver/safety Ahmir Mitchell, Damon's brother. (Franklinville, N.J.) Delsea vs. Northern Burlington(N.J.) The South Jersey Group III title game was a blowout as Joshua Awotunde and Delsea rolled. Awotunde plays defensive end and quarterback, and said he wants to play quarterback in college. He projects as an option quarterback and would be a physical runner, but he needs to work to develop a more succinct throwing motion. However, he said he is leaning toward accepting a track scholarship for discus. (Erial, N.J.) Timber Creek Regional vs. Woolwich Township (N.J.) Kingsway North Carolina commit and Timber Creek defensive tackle Greg Webb was back in action after missing time with an ankle injury, and he was a dominant run stuffer in the win.Webb still needs to get in better football shape, but he was explosive and busted through double teams to disrupt the running game in limited action. His teammate and fellow UNC commit, Dajaun Drennon, was able to get up the field quickly and pressure the quarterback. He had three sacks, and his length also created an issue. Rutgers commit Myles Nash, who plays defensive end, is a phenomenal athlete would will be either a strong-side linebacker or hybrid defensive end in college. He is 6-5, and he moves like he is 6-foot-2. Class of 2014 receiver Adonis Jennings had a few catches, and showed his athleticism by making a catch along the sideline and then raced to the corner of the end zone,diving to stretch the ball over the goal line. He should be more active in the offense next season. Another player to keep an eye on in the 2014 class is offensive tackle Lamont Bradford. He plays offensive tackle but will be a guard in college. He needs to lighten his feet a little more, but he has good length and power. Kings way class of 2014 running back Ray Lawry was able to keep his team in the game early with a few big runs, and showed he is a FBS-caliber player. He was able to get through the line of scrimmage and outrace an athletic Timber Creek secondary on a pair of long runs. If he increases his explosion through the hole, he will be a big-time recruit. Sam Hellman, Northeast Recruiting Piscataway (N.J.) vs. Elizabeth (N.J.) in the NJ North 2 Group 5 State Final A duel of quarterback athletes, Nadir Barnwell (Piscataway) is headed to Rutgers and P.J. Walker (Elizabeth) is likely headed to Temple. Barnwell, who will enroll next month, played through a shoulder injury and was the only defender that could compete with Walker's athleticism. He displayed top-level speed by catching Walker from behind multiple times and was never tested in coverage. Walker, expected to win multiple MVP honors in New Jersey, has the athleticism and size (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) to play at any level but he has his heart set on being a quarterback. He threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns in his final high-school game and should be able to compete at the position at a Temple-level program. Delbarton (N.J.) vs. St. Joseph's Prep (Montvale, N.J.) in the N.J. Non-Public Group 3 State Final St. Joe's sports two clear Division I football players in 2013 receiver Ricky Jeuene and 2014 defensive back Kiy Hester. Jeune's best asset at receiver is his aggressiveness going after the jump ball. He is not a burner, but has enough speed to be competitive. Jeuene caught two touchdowns in the St. Joe's victory – the first went for 82 yards (55 after the catch) and the second was an example of Jeuene out-leaping a defensive back in the end zone. Hester will be one of the top 10 players in New Jersey next season. A safety or cornerback, Hester has loose hips, good speed bursts and double-digit BCS offers. His task in the offseason will be to improve strength, especially if he wants to be an every-down defender. Middletown South (N.J.) vs. Sayreville (Parlin, N.J.) in the N.J. Central Group 4 State Final Under-the-radar athlete Elijah Smith (Middletown) displays Division I speed and makes up for size problems with a willingness to hit and play physical in coverage. Smith's speed alone will make whatever school he chooses happy with the pickup. Athlete Isaiah Cureton (Sayreville) suffers from a lack of exposure, but the two-time state champion quarterback deserves recognition. Cureton does not have top-end speed, but he does have impressive acceleration and a strong change of direction ability with the ball in his hands. South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) vs. Manalapan (N.J.) in the N.J. Central Group 5 State Final Athlete T.J. Taylor (South Brunswick) dramatically improved his closing speed to the ball since the beginning of the year. Committed to Rutgers with the idea of playing safety and growing into a linebacker role, he should be able to do exactly that. Taylor embraces contact and was the hardest hitter in all four games at Rutgers Saturday. Taylor lines up at free safety and was rarely tested in coverage. He broke up both passes sent his way. For Manalapan, 2014 receiver Saeed Blacknall will be a top prospect in the state. The 6-foot-3 receiver brings track speed and football strength to the position. Blacknall turned a bubble screen into a 46-yard touchdown with pure speed. He runs post and fly routes with precision, but the lack of pass protection prevented him from getting involved down the field. Blacknall has verbal offers from Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Boston College.
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