Langhorne (PA) - When Mark Schmidt took over the reigns as head football coach at Neshaminy High School, he inherited a team that won but a single game the previous year (1994). It took Coach Schmidt all of two years to bring the respect back to Langhorne, as the Redskins went from one win to seven in what seemed like the snap of a finger. These days, the Redskins aren't just respectable - they're dominating.
The 2000 version of Neshaminy HS boasted one of the top rushers in the northeast in Jamar Brittingham. The Bucks County Football Player of the year and team offensive MVP broke the single season rushing record in helping to lead the Redskins to a 6-4 record. However, it wasn't until 2001 that folks outside of Bucks County began to recognize that a new force had arrived in eastern football. Brittingham totaled 2,765 yards to go along with 30 TDs in 2001 as Neshaminy HS posted a 15-0 record en route to the AAAA State Championship.
A final ranking of #7 by USA Today and #10 in the National Prep/AP were but a few of the accolades that further recognized Neshaminy HS for the force they had become.
Last year, with the help of a devastating offense that helped put up points at an alarming rate, Neshaminy HS made the trek back to Hershey (PA) for the state title. However, unlike three years prior, the Redskins would fall short this go-around.
With top talent coming back at nearly every position, the Redskins won't miss a beat in 2005. Boasting at the very least, three D-1 athletes, including an additional six or more players that could very well make the jump to 1-AA after their senior season, expectations in Langhorne are high and observers believe another trip to the famed chocolate town and perhaps a repeat performance of 2001 may be in the offing.
The prized Neshaminy recruit that most colleges have set their eyes on is defensive end/tackle prospect Tom McEowen. At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, McEowen put on quite a show at the Elite College Combine, displaying a quick first step coupled with outstanding balance. Holding 5 written offers before the combine, McEowen quickly received a 6th before the ensuing explosion of interest. Schools like North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Pittsburgh quickly followed suit, and McEowen now has over 30 scholarship offers.
Offers: Over 30, including Penn State, Virginia, Boston College, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, North Carolina, Rutgers ...
At 5-feet-10 and 165-pounds, Jarred Kinney (Senior in 2005) plays both cornerback and running back. Defensively, Kinney, an All-League performer as a Junior was in on 35 tackles, had 5 pass break-ups and recorded 6 INTs. Also a two-year letter winner in basketball, Kinney displayed his athleticism by rushing for 3 offensive TDs and returning kick-offs.
Also standing at 5-feet-10 inches and weighing in at 165-pounds is Jason Kinney (Senior in 2005), a starter at both wide receiver and cornerback this past year. Kinney recorded 55 tackles in 2004, 5 of which were for loss, was in on 4 pass break-ups and recorded 4 INTs. Like his brother Jarred, Jason is a two-year letter winner in basketball, that displayed his football athleticism by being among the team leaders in number of receptions and receiving yards. Kinney, an All-League performer offensively and defensively, caught 35 passes this past year for 506 yards, 6 of which went into the endzone. Kinney also boasts an impressive 21.8 yards per return average in kick return duties.
At 6-foot-2 inches and 220-pounds Richard Winters (Senior in 2005) played both tight end, and outside linebacker. Winters, a student of the game has an impressive 4.0 GPA in the classroom and has already received a qualifying SAT score (1100 on the old SAT).
Squat: 500-pounds. Bench: 275-pounds.
At 6-feet-3 inches and 205-pounds, Rosnick (Senior in 2005) has the type of size that would make any quarterback happy. Playing both wide receiver and tight end Rosnick caught 19 passes this past year for 263 yards, 5 of which went into the endzone. An All-League performer and one year letter winner for basketball, Rosnick runs the 40 yard dash in 4.6 seconds. To go with his on the field success, Rosnick is impressive in the classroom as well, boasting a 3.5 GPA.
Squat: 425-pounds. Bench: 260-pounds.
At 6-foot-4 and 267-pounds, Josh Auerbach (Senior in 2005) was one of three Neshaminy HS players to be invited to the Elite College Combine this past May. Auerbach played only the first 7 games in 2004 due to a high ankle sprain sustained late in the season. In 7 games Auerbach recorded 30 tackles, 2 of which were for loss, to go along with 3 sacks. A solid athlete, projecting as a DE at the next level, Auerbach currently holds an offer from Northeastern University, with a number of schools on the brink of extending an offer.
Squat: 550-pounds. Bench: 360-pounds. Power clean: 320-pounds
Offers: Northeastern University.
At 6-foot-4 and 267-pounds Chris Daino (Senior in 2005), an invitee to the Elite College Combine in Randolph New Jersey, plays defensive end and offensive tackle at Neshaminy HS. This past year Daino recorded 46 tackles, 6 of which were for loss, to go along with 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries. An All-League performer on both sides of the ball, Daino has a 1040 SAT (old version) to go along with a 2.8 GPA. Daino holds numerous 1-AA offers to go along with offers from Akron, Toledo, Buffalo and Connecticut. With the early evaluation period drawing to a close this past week, Rutgers became the latest school to extend an offer to Daino.
Squat: 500-pounds. Power clean: 290-pounds.
Offers: Akron, Toledo, Buffalo, Connecticut, Rutgers (offered last week).
At 6-feet and 270-pounds, Coach Schmidt describes his starting nose guard in one word: fire hydrant. Boasting a 300-pound+ bench press, Schiavo (Senior in 2005) may not have the typical attributes (height, etc.) most college coaches look for. What Schiavo may lack in height, he makes up for with his non-stop motor. This past year Schiavo recorded 50 tackles, 2 of which were for loss and 1 fumble recovery.
At 6-feet-1 and 255-pounds, Smith (Senior in 2005) has already been a two-year starter going into his Senior year. An offensive guard/defensive lineman, Smith received All-League recognition as a Junior.
Squat: 550-pounds. Bench: 350-pounds. Power clean: 320-pounds. Shuttle: 4.6 seconds.
At 6-feet and 195-pounds, Abe Brooks (Senior in 2005), boasting a 4.5 40-yard dash, played both running back and linebacker last year. An All-League performer as a LB, Brooks recorded 83 tackles, 8 of which were for loss, to go along with 1 fumble recovery, 1 sack, and 2 INTs. An outstanding wrester that went to the Regionals this past winter, Brooks carries a 3.5 GPA and a 1000 SAT (old version).
While we've introduced you to some of Neshaminy's top (2005) Senior talent, this is a program that will continue to star beyond this upcoming year.
Leading the way beyond 2005 is Taylor Winters, a 6-foot-1 and 230-pound fullback/tight end. Winters, currently a sophomore (Junior in 2005) is also a Varsity wrestler on the heavyweight team.
At 5-feet-11 and 185-pounds, though only a sophomore (Junior in 2005), Flogel has already been tabbed as the fastest player on the Neshaminy football team by Coach Schmidt. An All-League performer, with still two years remaining in his high school career, Flogel may be one of the top young QBs in the northeast. Last year, Flogel completed 72 passes for 992 yards (64% completion rate) and 13TDs. A varsity basketball player, Flogel also carried the ball 98 times for 526 yards and 7TDs.
Squat: 450-pounds. Bench: 250-pounds. Power clean: 250-pounds.
The 2004 version of Neshaminy HS football was but a single game from their second AAAA State Championship in four years. Returning talent and depth at nearly every position, Coach Schmidt has expectations for his Redskins squad sky high as the 2005 season approaches.
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