Spotlight 2014: RB Jamauri Bogan

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. -- Union (N.J.) 2014 running back Jamauri Bogan already has a Gatorade State Player of the Year Award under his belt going into his junior season. Bogan was one of the top running backs at the Schuman NUC Five-Star Showcase earlier in the month and he spoke with about his electric sophomore season and the beginning of his recruiting journey.

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. – For someone with a Gatorade State Player of the Year Award under his belt and 2,144 rushing yards as a sophomore, Jamauri Bogan remains relatively unknown.

Union's (N.J.) star running back, Bogan tries to keep things low-key and has yet to hear much from colleges. Colleges cannot initiate contact with Bogan until Sept. 1, but the 2011 New Jersey player of the year has a few favorites he would love to hear from.

"I like a lot of schools out there, but just to name a few that stand out to me, I'd say Virginia, UCLA, Rutgers, Ohio State and Oregon."

Bogan said he is unaware of any verbal scholarship offers, but that he would be surprised to go through the summer without getting any based on feedback from his coaches.

Bogan said he watches Alabama and Oregon every week and as many Rutgers games as he can.

Growing up near the Rutgers campus, he said the comfort level with the Scarlet Knights is already well established.

"It's home," Bogan said. "It's close. My coach went there, so there's a comfort level. I know players there, so I like it a lot."

Bogan is close with Rutgers defensive lineman Michael Larrow, who also went to Union.

"I know him very well," he said. "He comes to the school and talks to us about Rutgers. And [Darnell Stapleton and Desmond Stapleton] went there too. We don't talk about Rutgers too much because I'm still kind of a young guy. Mike says he'll be all over me when the time comes."

Size remains the primary concern for Bogan heading into his recruitment. At 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, Bogan will have to prove he can shoulder the same load in college that he does in high school, where he averages close to 40 carries per game.

"It's looking really positive," Bogan said. "I think April, May and June are going to be pretty good for me. [My coach] gets a ton of mail from schools about me, so it's exciting every time he hands me a letter. He just keeps telling me, get ready for it to explode because it's going to happen."

Heading into his junior season, Bogan said he will attend many camps to increase his exposure in from of scouts and coaches.

"I hope to get better and work on the little things that I need to be successful on the field," he said. "The little things like cutting and catching, I need to get better if I want to have another good season."

He most recently competed in the Schuman NUC Five-Star Showcase, where he was one of the top running backs in attendance.

"I don't think too many people know who I am yet," he said. "I'm always competing and people are starting to notice. That's my goal. The guys here don't know me, so I like it. I don't want a target on my back."

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