Shutang Mungwa Already Attracting Interest

It's been a good few months for Bergen Catholic (NJ) S Shutang Mungwa. The Jr., known as "Shu" to his teammates, has started to attract the interest of several major programs & his solid play got his Crusaders in the win column. Matched up with a touted Iona Prep (NY) program that was favored to win in several circles, Mungwa and the BC defense held the Gaels without an offensive point.

In a dominating 38-2 victory, the only points on the board for the opposition came on a safety in the first quarter, before the defense turned it on.

It's been a good few months for Bergen Catholic (NJ) safety Shutang Mungwa. The junior, known as "Shu" to his teammates, has started to attract the interest of several major programs and his solid play got his Crusaders in the win column to start the 2009 season. Matched up with a touted Iona Prep (NY) program that was favored to win in several circles, Mungwa and the BC defense held the Gaels without an offensive point. In a dominating 38-2 victory, the only points on the board for the opposition came on a safety in the first quarter, before the defense turned it on.

The performance by the defense was a major boost for Bergen Catholic, particularly Mungwa who entered the season with the goal of improving as run defender thanks to his added size from offseason workouts. Run defense proved to be the deciding factor in several big wins for the Crusaders last year and delivering bone rattling hits at the line of scrimmage against opposing backs fits perfectly with the junior's approach to his position.

"I'm aggressive," Mungwa says. "I feel if a receiver catches the ball in my area, he's going to get punished. If a running back finds a hole and I'm there, he's going to get punished. Even if a lineman tries to block me, he's going to get punished."

It's no surprise that kind of mindset has caught the attention of several schools who have been sending quite a bit of mail to the junior's home. So far Rutgers, Boston College, North Carolina and Connecticut have all expressed interest in the safety, with the Scarlett Knights and Eagles having already invited him to attend a game on their campus in the near future.

Mungwa has yet to name a definitive leader because of how young the recruiting process still is for him, but there does appear to be an early frontrunner for the blossoming defenders services.

"Right now it's tough because everything has been preliminary, but I might rank Boston College ahead of the others," he says.

He did further add that Rutgers was very high on his list as well, citing the proximity to his home as a plus. Overall though, it appears Mungwa has a very strong grasp of what he is looking for in a school, even though he is quite a ways off from deciding on one.

"Obviously academics are very important to me," he says. "I don't want to be a one dimensional person; I want to get a good education in addition to what I do on the football field. The coaching staff is important to me, but especially the position coach, I want to be able to have a good relationship with that individual. I'm not a person who is big on the facilities looking super nice, I just want to play football."

Mungwa further added that he has already had an opportunity to play up at Boston College as a result of Bergen Catholic attending a team camp there this past summer, but due to an injury, he was unable to attend camp at Rutgers.

The junior and his teammates will be back on the road for another neutral site contest this Saturday, matching up with Westfield (MA) and looking for another dominating defensive performance and a 2-0 start.


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