In seventh grade Dan Mazan (pronounced Maze-an) hit a 368 foot home run while playing Babe Ruth league baseball. That was in seventh grade, mind you. Seventh grade as in 12 years old!
His high school baseball coach wants him to play baseball even if just to be a DH. But Dan is taking his power to the football field. Regarded as one of the top linemen in the State of New Jersey (and perhaps the entire east coast) this year, Dan Mazan is starting to rake in the offers. So far Dan has offers from Syracuse, Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Wake Forest and Temple.
And ..... he considers himself wide open at this point.
The offers should come as no suprise. Last season on offense Dan threw 60 pancake blocks (6 per game)! On defense Dan had 58 tackles, 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 5 passes batted down. That performance was good enough for Second Team All State, First Team All Area, First Team All County, First Team All Conference and First Team All Division.
Dan's greatest asset is his ability as a drive blocker. He noted that his off season play as a shot-putter helps him excel in drive blocking. "You have to roll your hips just like on the offensive line, it gives you good explosion," he notes.
In looking for a school Dan will be focusing on a school with good academics, a good football program and a good location. Location, however, could mean more than one thing to him. He'd like to play in a good football town but states that he might possibly choose to stay close to home. As Dan noted, he is wide open at this time.
Dan Mazan will be one of the most heavily recruited players in the state this year. While most coaches right now are hoarding their scholarship offers waiting to see players in camps, Div 1A coaches are falling over themselves to offer Dan Mazan.
This will be one of the most important recruiting stories of the year as it unfolds and be sure to stay tuned for more on the recruitment of this great prospect.
Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net