Jean Beljour (RB/LB, 6'0"-195lbs, 4.4, Hackensack H.S) is one of the best football players in the state of New Jersey. On his high school freshmen team, he played offensive guard. As a sophomore, the coaches notice his speed, quickness, and toughness then moved him into the backfield. As a result, he ran for over 700 yards in his first year in the backfield. Last year, as a junior, he continued his progress by running for over 1700 yards with a better than 6-yards per carry average. What is even more impressive is the fact that he shares the backfield with another Division I prospect, Davon Smart. Smart will only be a junior next season, as a sophomore he ran for over 1000 yards. Can you imagine the totals that Beljour could amass if he did not have to share the ball carrying duties?
Let's take a look at Beljour's recruitment to date and his answers to some interesting questions:
What position would you prefer to play?
Beljour stated that his position does not matter to him. Schools have been recruiting him as a HB, FB, or LB. Although he likes to play defense, the feeling of scoring a touchdown brings him the most excitement.
Who has offered him?
So far, Rutgers and Syracuse are the only schools to offer him a scholarship. However, he has drawn interest from Penn State, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Boston College, Notre Dame, and UCLA. Many of the above schools will probably offer him a scholarship over the next few months.
Who are his favorites?
In no order, he lists his favorites as Rutgers, Syracuse, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Penn State.
What are the key factors in his decision making process?
He stated that his relationship with the coaching staff will be a big factor because he views them as enablers. He went on to say that they are the ones who will assist him in being the best football player and student possible.
A second factor is what the coaching staff is asking for him to do. For example, if they are asking him to come in and play early he would view that as a positive.
How does he feel about Rutgers?
- There on the field performance has improved every time he sees them.
- Close to home
- Likes what Coach Schiano is doing with the program, both on and off the field.
- Will be one of his five visits
- First school to offer him a scholarship.
How does he feel about Syracuse?
- good school
- Likes the coaching staff
- Likes the run oriented offense
What does he plan to major in?
He plans to major in Pharmacy or Forensic Sciences.
Beljour also participates in track. Here are some of his best performances as a sophomore:
- 100-meters: 11.2
- 110-meters high hurdles: 14.9
- High Jump: 6'6"
- Long Jump: 19'7"
He was also honored with an election to the first team All-League and All-Group 4 all-star teams in football.
Donald "Big Dog"
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