Jersey Recruiting - An Early Look

If you remember the Terry Shea years, you'll remember that other schools had a field day recruiting in Jersey. Boston College established their program under Tom O'Brien largely as a result of O'Brien's feasting on New Jersey talent.

How are things going in year three of the Schiano era?

Here's a listing of all Big East recruits to date. Those of the recruits who are from Jersey are listed below.

Also, at the bottom of the page is a list of all major Jersey recruits who have verballed to Div 1A schools, together with a compilation showing who has done the best.


Overall Big East Recruiting


Kevin Akins (North Penn, Lansdale PA) RB/DB
Chris Crane (Trinity, Camp Hill PA) QB
Robert Francois (Governor Dummer, Byfield MA) LB
Andre Jones (Forestville MD) DB
James Ohliger (Tatnall School, Wilmington DE) K
Justin Tougas (Glens Falls NY) OL
Jerry Willette (Mansfield MA) DE/TE
Keith Willis Jr. (Xaverian Bro., Stoughton MA) DE/FB

Steve Brouse (Selinsgrove PA) ATH
Rob Getek (Bishop Guertin, Nashua NH) TE
D.J. Hernandez (Bristol Central, Bristol CT) QB
Matt Kersmanc (Manheim Township, Lancaster PA) OL
Brandon McLean (Hyde, Hamden CT) WR
Kenny Tinney (Ansonia CT) DB
Trey Tonsing (Westlake, Waldorf MD) OL

J.R. Bryant (Killian, Miami FL) DB
Calais Campbell (South, Denver CO) DE
Kirby Freeman (Brownwood TX) QB
*Dane Guthrie (Killian, Miami FL) TE
Tyler McMeans (Lackawanna JC PA) OL
Bobby Washington (Killian, Miami FL) RB

Craig Bokor (Hopewell, Aliquippa PA) OL/DL
Chase Clowser (Keystone, LaGrange OH) OL
Corey Davis (Peabody, Pittsburgh PA) DE/LB
Adam Gunn (Kiski, Vandergrift PA) DB/QB
Rashad Jennings (Lynchburg Christian, Lynchburg VA) FB/LB
Andrew Johnson (North Hills, Pittsburgh PA) RB
Scott McKillop (Kiski, Vandergrift PA) LB
Anthony Morelli (Penn Hills, Pittsburgh PA) QB
Johnny Peyton (Pasco, Dade City FL) WR
Alphonso Smith (Pahokee FL) DB
Darrell Strong (Plantation FL) TE
Steve Walker (Buchtel, Akron OH) DB
David Weber (Upper Merion, King of Prussia PA) OL

Anthony Miller (J.P. Stevens, Edison NJ) WR/DB
Keith Taylor (Elizabeth NJ) WR
Mike Teel (Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey NJ) QB
Mike Ziarnowski (Immaculata, Somerville NJ) LB

Daniel Bailey (Centreville, Clifton VA) RB/WR
A.J. Brown (Liberty, Bealeton VA) DB
Quinton Brown (Douglass, Upper Marlboro MD) WR/DB
*Corey Chavers (DeWitt, Jamesville NY) OL
Paul Chiarra (Mountain Lakes NJ) RB/DB
Dowayne Davis (Columbus, The Bronx NY) DB
Ryan Durand (St. Bernard's, Fitchburg MA) OL
Ryan Ehrie (Freedom PA) OL
Kareem Jones (Lansingburgh, Troy NY) RB
Steve Simms (Wilde Lake, Columbia MD) OL
*Donte Woodyard (Forestville MD) LB

Jeff Washington (Liberty, Bealeton VA) DE

Sean Glennon (Westfield, Chantilly VA) QB
Theodore Miller (Woodson, Washington DC) DB
William Walls (Woodson, Washington DC) DE
Sam Wheeler (Blacksburg VA) LB/DE

John Bradshaw (Stafford, Falmouth VA) OL
Dale Calloway (Washington PA) DB/WR
*Mike Dent (Jeannette PA) DE/TE
Jake Figner (NW Lehigh, New Tripoli PA) OL
Dennis Iannacchione (Baldwin, Pittsburgh PA) OL
Mortty Ivy (Gateway, Monroeville PA) DB
Billy Relford (Massillon OH) DB
Doug Slavonic (Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh PA) DL
Pernell Williams (Jefferson, Dayton OH) RB


The Results

Total Big East Verbals from Jersey 5

Total Rutgers Verbals from Jersey 4

Total Jersey Verbals to Big East Schools other than Rutgers 1


All Jersey Verbals To Date

LB Abdel Banda
(Delbarton School) 
6-2/215/4.50  09/11/2003   Notre Dame
RB Paul Chiara
(Mountain Lakes HS) 
Mountain Lakes,
5-11/190/4.50  08/21/2003   Syracuse
CB Lance Melvin
(Bridgewater-Raritan HS) 
5-9/180/4.50  08/05/2003   Purdue
QB Mike Teel
(Don Bosco Prep School) 
Ramsey, NJ
6-3/195/4.90  07/03/2003   Rutgers
WR Keith Taylor
(Elizabeth HS) 
Elizabeth, NJ
6-4/177/4.46  07/02/2003   Rutgers
OL Austin Hinton
(Secaucus HS) 
6-4/285/5.00  07/01/2003   Penn State
DT Shukree Barfield
(Camden HS) 
6-4/285/4.90  06/08/2003
Soft Verbal
WR Anthony Miller
(J.P. Stevens HS) 
Edison, NJ
6-0/165/4.45  04/25/2003   Rutgers
LB Mike Ziarnowski
(Immaculata HS) 
Somerville, NJ
6-2/220/4.75  04/25/2003   Rutgers


The Results

Total Verbals from Jersey 9

Total Verbals to the ACC 1

Total Verbals to other Big East schools 1

Total Verbals to the Big Ten 2

Total Verbals to Independents 1

Total Verbals to Rutgers 4

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