Notre Dame has always tapped New Jersey for its high school football talent. Since Charlie Weis is a native of New Jersey, one can bet that will be a trend that continues.
It is too early to project who the absolute best recruits are for the class of 2007 from any state, minus perhaps a few sure-fire recruits like a Jimmy Clausen from California or Chris Rainey from Florida. You can mark it down that those two young men will be able to go to whichever school they want provided that their grades are in order.
New Jersey has a handful of names that will likely make national headlines sooner or later. Here is a look at few of New Jersey's elite recruits for next year as well as other names to file away.
Two of New Jersey's biggest recruits, both figuratively and literally, will be Devon Ayers, OL, 6-4, 300-pounds, Neptune, and Anthony Davis, OL, 6-5, 300-pounds, Piscataway. As a rule there is much less fodder about linemen when underclassmen lists emerge that include the glory positions like quarterback, tailback, etc. But these two young men have been well known for quite some time, not only to the residents of New Jersey, but college football coaches as well.
Piscataway not only has Davis, but talented junior Tony Logan as well. Logan has played quarterback for Piscataway, but at roughly 5-10, 175-pounds, his college position is more likely to be wide receiver or some place within the defensive secondary. Either way Logan is one of the more dynamic recruits New Jersey has to offer next year.
This year many people consider Knowshon Moreno to be the top tailback New Jersey has to offer. Next year Shariff Harris, 6-1, 200-pounds, Jersey City, (St. Peter's Prep) will have the opportunity to showcase his skills. St. Peter's Prep is having a fantastic season with an 8-0 record, having shutout its last six opponents. The offense has been rolling, too – scoring over 40 points five times this season – Harris is part of a very talented backfield, so his junior statistics are not over-whelming, but he will be the main man next season. Remember his name.
Vince Davidson, TB, 6-0, 190 pounds, Monmouth Junction, (South Brunswick) is having a standout junior season. He has racked up 1,332 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns so far this year averaging 190 yards per game. If he continues this pace he will certainly be a recruit college coaches will take a closer look at through next spring.
One of if not the top linebacker next year will be Manny Abreu, 6-3, 215 pounds, Union City, (Union Hill). Abreu also plays wide receiver at the high school level, but defense will be his home once he reaches college. At one point this season Abreu was averaging 14.8 tackles per game.
Hoboken is always a school that college coaches are familiar with. Duval Kamara, WR, 6-3, 185 pounds is yet another talented player from Hoboken that college coaches have already started to take notice of. Through Hoboken's first four games alone Kamara had six touchdown receptions and averaged over 23 yards per reception.
Moving back to the defensive side of the football, another perennial football power has a talented defensive end – Wayne Hills. Dave Ogden, 6-3, 235-pounds is a talented pass rusher. He recorded five sacks during one game alone this year. He could also end up at tight end or perhaps even along the offensive line once he reaches college, but defensive line appears to be the best bet.
Here are some other names to remember for next season:
Karon Robinson, WR, 6-0, 175-pounds, Camden, (Woodrow Wilson)
Justin Trattou, DL, 6-4, 245-pounds, Ramsey, (Don Bosco)
Mike Mele, LB, 6-1, 205-pounds, Manasquan
Jovon Harrison, LB, 6-0, 220-pounds, Highland Park
Toku Pratt-Davies, OL, 6-3, 320-pounds, Piscataway
Desmond Stapleton, OL, 6-5, 290-pounds, Union
Jerry Jones, ATH, 6-2, 175-pounds, Linden
Tahree McQueen, QB/ATH, 5-11, 190-pounds, Paterson, (Eastside)
Eshan McQueen, WR, 6-0, 175-pounds, Paterson, (Eastside)
And one class of 2008 recruit to remember: Reggie Dixon-Venson, TB/ATH, 5-9, 166-pounds, Plainfield