Monthly Recruiting Journal Danny Oquendo

For this week's installment, Danny Oquendo (WR/DB,6'1"- 180lbs, 4.46 forty) will discuss some of his experiences over the past few months. For those who are unfamiliar with Danny Oquendo, he is a standout WR/DB from Hackensack H.S. in Hackensack, New Jersey. He has the ability to play either CB, S, or WR in college. At 6'1"-180lbs with 4.5 forty and only 16 years old, he has the potential to be an outstanding skill player in college.

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Danny Oquendo's May Recruiting Journal

For this week's installment, Danny Oquendo (WR/DB,6'1"- 180lbs, 4.46 forty) will discuss some of his experiences over the past few months. This should continue until National Letter of Intent Signing Day.

For those who are unfamiliar with Danny Oquendo, he is a standout WR/DB from Hackensack H.S. in Hackensack, New Jersey. He has the ability to play either CB, S, or WR in college. At 6'1"-180lbs with 4.5 forty and only 16 years old, he has the potential to be an outstanding skill player in college. As a junior, Oquendo has over 500 yards receiving on 32 receptions. This was on a team that is a predominant running team. Since the opposition know that he was a big play threat, many of these receptions were made while being double covered.

Oquendo is also the nephew of former standout Rutgers WR Walter King.

Danny Oquendo's May Recruiting Journal

So far, the recruiting process has been fun for me. It’s around the time where college coaches really evaluate you, visit your schools and get one phone call to you. The amount of letters is overwhelming. I can get anywhere from 10-25 letters a day, sometimes a week. I have been trying to attract more college coaches by lifting weights so I can get stronger, keeping my grades up, and attending a few combines. Just recently I went to the Elite Combine in Giants Stadiums bubble. I feel I did pretty average on my 40 times, shuttle, and broad jump. The one on one drills though I did much better. I had a few great catches and did some nice routes to impress some college coaches. It was a great experience, being able to go up against the best DB’s in the North East. There were a lot of tremendous athletes that have very bright futures, and it was an honor to be able to play against them. The level of competitiveness was very high. I did a lot of shoving in order to catch the football, but it was fun.

As of now I am hearing from many different schools. I can get letters from at least 25 different schools, but the TOP schools on my list consist of University of Maryland, Rutgers University, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh University, Syracuse University, Uconn, University of Virginia, Boston College, NC State, University of Michigan, and UCLA. Out of those schools, only UMD, RU, VTech, Pitt U., SU, and Uconn have offered me. Also Boston College and Univ. of Virginia should be offering me soon. I don’t really have a favorite school as of now; I am keeping my mind open to all schools, whether it is an Ivy League, or ACC school.

My criteria for a school consists of this:

  • Located on or near the East Coast or West Coast
  • Great Academics
  • Urban setting
  • Provides a major of computer programming, engineering, or history
  • Tremendous coaching staff that don’t have to worry about their job security
  • A football program that is headed in the right direction
  • Lastly, television rights as well as great FANS!


I’ve narrowed down my list of schools from those criteria. I am not interested in most mid-west schools, but I do have a few exceptions in Penn State, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State.

In order for me to be physically and mentally ready for college football, I have been running indoor and outdoor track to stay in shape, and after practices I lift weights for at least an hour and a half. I always eat three meals a day, and this great tasting protein shake in the morning, and at night. Before I go to bed and once I wake up, I also do push ups till I cant anymore. As of now I am 6’3, 176 lbs., but I am working on getting up to 190-200 before I get to college.


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