New Brunswick Zebras - State Title on Their Minds

While the New Brunswick Zebras may be best known for a particular WR now starring out on the west coast, folks should be well aware that this year's squad is coming off an impressive showing last year and looking for more in 2005.

New Brunswick, NJ - Coach John Quinn of New Brunswick HS guided his team to a 10-1 overall record last year including 7-1 in league play.  As impressive was not the overall record alone, but how the Zebras dismantled teams on their way to the Central Group 2 second round of the playoffs.

New Brunswick outscored its opposition by a remarkable 466-67. 

Imagine winning games by an average score of 42-6.  The Zebras did just that.

New Brunswick will have some big shoes to fill for the recently departed Sr. QB Brian Powell (now attending Sacred Heart University).  Stocked with an abundance of veteran and young talent New Brunswick is looking to avenge last year's second round playoff loss to Carteret and make a deeper dent into the NJ State playoffs.

Leading the way for the Zebras is Sr. offensive tackle/defensive end Marcus O'Conner.  O'Conner [6' 3" 295-pounds] enjoyed a successful Jr. season by racking up 12 sacks and amassing 15 tackles for loss.  He also added 6 forced fumbles.  An impressive specimen that could play a number of positions at the next level, O'Conner has already received a verbal offer from Boston College.  In addition, O'Conner is also hearing from Miami, Connecticut, Penn State and Indiana.

Squat: 475 pounds.     Bench:  355 pounds.

 

 

Leading the way defensively for the Zebras is a prospect by the name of Ray Smith [6' 1" 185-pounds].  Smith plays both the Safety and RB position for New Brunswick but is receiving interest from Division 1 schools as a CB. 

Smith informs us that Wisconsin has already extended a written offer as a CB.  Among the list of suitors making up Smith's list are Connecticut, Virginia, Boston College and Wisconsin. 

Smith expects to camp at Wisconsin this summer.

 

 

Adding to an already impressive offensive line is Jerel Reed.  Reed plays defensive and offensive tackle for the Zebras.  At 6' and 260-pounds Reed, a member of the track team participating in both the discus and javelin, is receiving interest from a number of D1-A and D1-AA schools including Villanova, Maryland, Ohio and Toledo.

As a Jr. Reed amassed 12 sacks to go along with 35 tackles.

Squat: 545 pounds.     Bench: 320 pounds.     Deadlift: 600 pounds.

 

 

Devon Hogans [6'1" 345-pounds] also plays defensive and offensive tackle for New Brunswick.  Hogans just transferred to New Brunswick this past year from Alabama, where he was receiving interest from Alabama State and Alabama A&M.

Hogans will be entering his Jr. year this upcoming fall and still has two years of High School eligibility.

Squat: 515 pounds.     Bench: 300 pounds.

 

 

 

Collins Parsons [5' 11" 230-pounds] plays guard and defensive end for the Zebras.  Unlike his fellow teammates above (with the exception of Hogans), Parsons will be entering his Jr. year this upcoming fall.  Parsons was the only So. on New Brunswick to start all 11 games last year.  Parsons totaled 3 sacks and amassed 35 tackles as a So. and along with teammates Reed and O'Conner will make up an imposing offensive line that returns 3 starters from the previous year.

Parsons, whose recruitment will begin to heat up as he enters his junior year currently lists a Top 5 of Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Texas and Hawaii.

Squat: 455 pounds.     Bench: 300 pounds.

 

 

Brandon Smith [6'2" 180-pounds] will be looked upon to fill the shoes of the recently departed Brian Powell.  Stepping in as the newly anointed QB while entering into only his So. year will put the spotlight squarely on Smith.  However, having played as a Fr. WR, QB and at S, including spot duty as a Kicker, does add important experience for the young QB. 

A cousin of Ray Smith, Brandon Smith has all the skills to become a widely recruited skill player by the time his high school career will draw to a close.  In addition to playing varsity football as a Fr. Smith also started as a PG and F on the varsity basketball team.  The basketball staff inserted Smith at one of the two mentioned positions depending on how New Brunswick could take advantage of the opposition's defense.

 

 

Another impressive looking young athlete is Marquis Hamm [6'3" 175-pounds].  In the same vein as Smith, Hamm also played as a Fr. WR and enjoyed spot duty as a QB while scoring 4 TDs (3 catching and 1 throwing). 

Already having impressive size Hamm still has 3 years to polish his route running and work on his hands.  This upcoming season Hamm will be looked upon primarily as a WR.

 

 

 

 

 

Though talented at the skill positions, and talented for a number of years to come, New Brunswick HS is quite young.  The team will look to their veteran offensive line [image at left - from left to right on your screen: Collins Parsons, Marcus O'Conner, Jerel Reed] to establish the flow and momentum of games and keep their young signal-caller out of harm's way.  

A primary objective of the Zebras is to repeat their in-season performance and to avenge a close playoff loss to Carteret in the state playoffs, a team they had little trouble with earlier in the year. Loaded with young talent and a veteran line New Brunswick HS will look to put up points in bunches once again this year and improve upon last year's run through the State playoffs.

 

 

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