RU Hosts Junior Day

The Dumont Huskies of northern New Jersey play in one of the smaller conferences in the entire state. However, a recent resurgence by the small north Jersey school has put them back on the map and has college coaches taking another look at this year's version. One of these prospects is one of about 75 of New Jersey's and Pennsylvania's top HS players that was invited for Rutgers' annual Junior Day.

The Dumont Huskies play in the Bergen County - American Conference.  Located in north-central Bergen County, Dumont is your typically American, small (boasting a population under 20-thousand), suburban town, probably better known for bordering Tenafly (to its east) and Bergenfield (to is south).

This past year, behind the strong play of departing Sr. Sean Lissemore, the Huskies proved impressive, on their way to a 7-3 record, including a 20-14 defeat of Jabu Lovelace and his Tenafly squad, in the annual Turkey Bowl contest that pits the two schools against one another.  Lissemore, who had been receiving mild interest from Rutgers, led the team and the entire league in tackles and sacks, with 120 tackles and 9 sacks by season's end.  Considering the league boasts powers Queen of Peace and Westwood (alma mater of Rutgers lineman Rameel Meekins), the previous are some rather impressive statistics.

With the departure of Lissemore, however, the cupboard at Dumont is not left bare.

Indeed, out of 6 statistical categories (3 offensive and 3 defensive) a Dumont Huskie led the American Conference in all but one category.  While Lissemore led the conference in tackles and sacks, Jr. QB Vinton South (6'1" 185-pounds) led the league with 1228 passing yards, Aj Letizia (Sr. WR) was first in total receiving yards (611 yards from scrimmage), while Jr. Tom Teel (5'11" 190-pounds) was the conference's leader in scoring.  Teel's 132 points bested Mike Lamego's (Queen of Peace - Sr. RB/LB) 122 points.  However, Teel has one more year remaining while Lamego will move on.

Teel, whose stock is expected to rise, carried the ball 120 times this past year for 1142 yards - good enough for 9.52 ypc.  Defensively, Teel was a significant complement to Lissemore and added 48 solo tackles (64 total) to go along with 3 INT.

With the departure of several of its seniors, Teel will look forward to a leadership role this upcoming season as he tries to help Dumont take that next step.  Dumont was ousted in the state playoffs this year by Pascack Valley, of the NBIL 2, in a competitive contest.

For now, Teel's next step is to get his college recruitment underway.  His play has not gone unnoticed.  For his efforts he will be one of about 75 of the top prospects from around the region (NJ and PA) that will be in attendance at Rutgers' annual Junior Day, held today at Rutgers University.

Stay tuned as we bring you prospects' reactions from today's event, marking the unofficial beginning to the recruiting process for the incoming class of 2006.


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