Spotlight 2013: WR John Tsimis

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- After his team's comeback victory over St. Peters Prep last week, Bergen Catholic junior wide receiver John Tsimis spoke with about his breakout season and the start of his college recruitment.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) junior wide receiver John Tsimis burst onto the scene earlier this year with his 10-catch, 159-yard performance against Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.).

Playing the No. 1 team in the nation tougher than anyone else this year, Bergen Catholic and Tsimis put up 22 points on the Ironmen in late September. Tsimis, who scored two touchdowns in the game, did most of his damage against four-star cornerback Yuri Wright,'s top cornerback in the Garden State.

"That was definitely a defining game for me personally," Tsimis said after his team's victory over St. Peters Prep last time out. "I was obviously upset about the outcome of the game, but definitely a confidence builder."

Colleges can officially reach out Class of 2013 prospects at the start of the season and, after his performance against Don Bosco, Tsimis is hearing from multiple big-time programs.

"It feels good to have a game like that against anyone, but people really notice when it's against a guy like [Wright]," Tsimis said. "I've been hearing a lot from colleges since then."

Tsimis lists Rutgers, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Penn State, Tennessee and Stanford as the schools showing him the most interest.

At 6-foot, 175 pounds, Tsimis projects best as a slot receiver.

With solid hands, route-running ability and a willingness to block, Tsimis hopes the verbal offers are coming.

"All I can do is keep working hard," he said. "I'm focused on just winning games right now. I'll worry about recruiting after the season is over." In eight games for Bergen Catholic, Tsimis has 40 catches for 638 yards and nine touchdowns.

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