Preseason All New Jersey High School Team

Five Rutgers verbals head the first annual "Mike and the Big Dog" Preseason High School All New Jersey Team

Now for the first annual Mike and the Big Dog Pre Season High School All New Jersey Team. Big Dog and I decided to put together separate teams and then compare notes. As you can see there is a pretty high consensus on the top players in the state.

A few notes.

First, there was so much talent at some positions we decided to have a "Tough Call" category. Players who made the "Tough Call" category are players who are so good that in any other year they would have been locks for First Team. This is a talent rich year in Jersey so we decided to add the "Tough Call" category to make sure that some great athletes made the team even though we made the "tough call" of putting other players ahead of them in this listing. For instance, Derrick Harper is a sensational wide receiver. I picked Dorien Bryant and Jesse Holley as first team and put Derrick in the "Tough Call" category. My feeling was that I wanted one receiver with blazing speed to stretch the defense (Dorien Bryant) and one big guy who could go up and get it over the middle (Jesse Holley). Thus Derrick, who can both stretch the defense and go up and get it, makes the "Tough Call" category simply because there is so much talent on this team you can play with lineups to suit your own preferences as I did.

Second, Mike Meggett emailed me and told me that he has moved back to NYC. Since I had Mike on the Preseason HS All NJ team already, I decided to keep him on.

Third, we have no punters on the team. We are open to suggestions.

Fourth, there are plenty of exceptional players who can lay claim to being on this list. By the end of the season don't be surprised if the final high school All State team looks much different.

Finally, I'd like to thanks those folks who chipped in with ideas and suggestions for the team and also those who were kind enough to send up tapes.

Now, here's the team. (Rutgers verbals in red.)

 

Mike Fasano

 Donald Forbes

Offense

First Team

Tough Call

First Team

Tough Call

WR

Dorien Bryant

Byron Williams

WR

Dorien Bryant

Byron Williams

WR

Jesse Holley

Derrick Harper,
James Townsend

WR

Jesse Holley

James Townsend,
Derrick Harper

TE

Greg Olson

Sam Johnson

TE

Greg Olson

Sam Johnson

OL

Gordie Sammis

OL

Gordie Sammis

OL

Dan Mazan

OL

Dan Mazan

Ryan Lang

OL

John Rochford

OL

John Rochford

OL

Jeff Zuttah

OL

Jeff Zuttah

OL

Pedro Sosa

OL

Pedro Sosa

QB

Nick Cangelosi

Joe Flacco

QB

Nick Cangelosi

Joe Dailey,
Joe Flacco

RB

Andre Callender

Albert Young,
Orlando Kane,
Taji Morris

RB

Albert Young

Andre Callender,
Orlando Kane

FB

Lance Ball

FB

Lance Ball

Defense

DE

Jermaine Dias

Preston Brown

DE

Jermaine Dias

DT

Nate Robinson

DT

Nate Robinson

DT

Ryan Lang

DT

Billy Owens

DE

Omar Savage

Elijah Robinson

DE

Omar Savage

Elijah Robinson

LB

Joe Kedra

LB

Joe Kedra

Joe Mele

LB

Rashawn Ricks

LB

Rashawn Ricks

Preston Brown

LB

Turk McBride

Marvin Richardson

LB

Turk McBride

Marvin Richardson

CB

Tre Timbers

Joe Porter

CB

Tre Timbers

CB

Brandon Nolen

Jeremy Edwards

CB

Brandon Nolen

Joe Porter

SS

Ira Guilford

Mike Meggett

SS

Ira Guilford

FS

Cory Boyd

FS

Cory Boyd

Mike Meggett

PK

Ricky Krautman

PK

Ricky Krautman

 

Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net


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