Ok, the 2017 class is in the books, so let's get ready for 2018. Who are the kids to know in New Jersey?
Scout takes a look at the "Must Know" prospects in the Garden State's 2018 class, and the latest happenings in their recruitment.
1. Jahan Dotson, a speedy receiver from Hightstown (N.J.) Peddie, has great hands and is quick in tight spaces. His offer list is impressive and includes the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame, Georgia, Penn State, Ohio State, UCLA, Michigan, Clemson, Miami, West Virginia and Rutgers. He plans to make a number of spring visits, but a few schools doing well include Penn State, North Carolina, Ohio State and Rutgers.
2. Tyler Friday will be an interesting player to watch as his recruitment develops in the spring. The Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco standout made his biggest mark as an offensive lineman, and his ceiling may be the highest on that side of the ball. He spent a lot of time as a pass-rusher on defense and is explosive and quick off the ball, and schools are so far recruiting him for that position. He stated in the fall a few times Rutgers was his leader, but the competition for him is stiff. Michigan is heavily involved, Ohio State is a big player for him and his interest in UCLA, which offered a few weeks, is high.
3. Receiver Justin Shorter pretty much ended his recruitment before it really took off as he selected Penn State in early August. Expect schools to still come hard after the Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick star, but there is no reason to think he will waiver. He has size, runs well and is a downfield threat in addition to being a player who can go over the middle and catch the ball in traffic. His big area of improvement moving into the offseason is continue to develop his hands.
4. Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA, Wisconsin and many others already stopped in on Shayne Simon, a standout safety at Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep. He made a number of trips last offseason, including ones to Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers and Penn State, and schools will continue to push to get him on campus in the next few months. Simon said he is planning out his spring visit schedule.
5. Jayson Ademilola, a defensive tackle prospect from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep, is committed to Notre Dame, but the battle for him may not be over. He and his twin brother, defensive end Justin Ademilola, committed to the Irish on June 26. However, it has not stopped schools from coming after the brothers as LSU, UCLA, Stanford, Michigan, Penn State and Clemson are all showing a lot of interest.
6. The Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek standout will be a four-star prospect in a few days after a stellar junior season in which he demonstrated accuracy, arm strength, leadership and a quick release. He is visiting Maryland on Saturday, and he also set a Feb. 11 visit to West Virginia. He is also being pursued heavily by several other schools, including Baylor, Rutgers and Syracuse.
7. Iverson Clement, who plays at Mount Holly (N.J.) Rancocas Valley, is one of the top running backs in the East region and his impressive offer list lends to his high talent level. He has plus speed, can get to the edge and is quick through the hole. He already announced a top six of Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Rutgers, but do not be surprised if other schools push into the mix.
8. Allan Walters, who plays at Hightstown (N.J.) Peddie, had a list of offers but decided to end his recruitment in mid December with a commitment to Vanderbilt. He is a pro-style quarterback who made quick reads as a junior, and he also possesses the athleticism to move in the pocket and also get out and throw on the run.
9. Defensive end Dorian Hardy is one of a few players at Monvale (N.J.) St. Joseph on this list. The defensive end is quick and shows good burst and athleticism, and his recruitment should begin to take shape in the next two months. His extensive offer list includes Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, LSU, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Rutgers.
10. Nihym Anderson made a junior day visit to Rutgers last weekend and just picked up his first offer when Pittsburgh extended one. He will be at Temple on Feb. 20, but expect plenty of more once his name gets out (like here). He plays with speed, is strong and has closing speed. He changes direction well and is athletic.
Ten More To Watch
11. Justin Ademilola, DE, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
12. Isaih Pacheco, ATH, Vineland (N.J.) High
13. Matt Alaimo, TE, Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph
14. Jayson Oweh, DE, Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy
15. Jasiah provillon, WR, Irvington (N.J.) High
16. Evan Stewart, S, Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph
17. Marcellus Earlington, TE, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco
18. Dan Dawkins, C, Hightstown (N.J.) Peddie
19. Kyle Dobbins, RB, Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine Prep
20. Clayton Scott, RB, Millville (N.J.) High
21. Elijah McAllister, TE, Rumson-Fairhaven (N.J.) High
22. Nick DeNucci, ILB, Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII
23. Taj Harris, WR, Palmyra (N.J.) High
24. Lancine Turay, DE, Irvington (N.J.) High
25. Travon King, WR, Camden (N.J.) Wilson