Sheeran posting impressive numbers

New York wide receiver prospect, a Wisconsin verbal commitment, is still draw looks from recruiters

When a high school runs a wing T offense, it tends to put one of its best players at halfback, while lining him up at other positions to get him the ball. Such is the case at John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y., where class of 2006 wide receiver prospect Dan Sheeran spends most of his time in the backfield, but also splits out at receiver.

Sheeran, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete, verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin football program in early June. Despite his prowess at running the football as a prep, Sheeran was recruited by most schools, including UW, solely as a wide receiver.

"Pretty much when we are doing any sort of running play, I'm the halfback, even though it could go to the fullback, he just puts me at halfback," Sheeran said. "Then when we're throwing it or trying to spread it out I'll go to split ends. For every three plays, for two of them I'm probably at halfback."

Through two games, Sheeran has put up some gaudy statistics. According to, he has rushed the football 27 times for 242 yards, a 9.0 yards per carry average, and three touchdowns. He also has three receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown and has, from his free safety position, three interceptions. All of his interceptions and three of his touchdowns came in John Jay's 30-14 season-opening win over Mahopac. John Jay (2-0) plays its third game of the season tonight against Jay High School of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

"Things are going well," Sheeran said. "Our team is really gelling."

Sheeran said he is still secure in his commitment to Wisconsin, but he has not heard from the Badgers since around the time of Barry Alvarez's announcement two months ago that defensive coordinator Bret Bielema will take over for him as head coach sometime following this season. Defensive line coach John Palermo has recruited Sheeran for the Badgers.

"I guess probably because the season's been going on, but I haven't really heard anything from them except for getting like normal letters in the mail and stuff," Sheeran said. "I haven't spoken to Coach Palermo in a while."

When he made his commitment to UW, Sheeran also had a scholarship offer from Central Florida, and was receiving significant interest from Boston College, Syracuse and Rutgers.

"Central Florida calls me every week," Sheeran said. "Rutgers still calls me. Louisville still sends me like a ton of stuff…

"And then, like, at our….Saturday scrimmage before the season, Tennessee was there and Southern California was there and so was South Carolina…."

"Teams are still looking I guess, because they are still showing up… That's the people who are talking to me."

Sheeran said that, despite being confident in his commitment, the continued attention is nice.

"I like that because it shows that people really enjoy the way I play and really would hope for me to be on their team," Sheeran said. "It's kind of a good feeling to have people still hanging around, letting you know that you are worth being on their team."

As a junior Sheeran had 570 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 29 receptions, and 418 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 68 carries. He also scored three times on returns.

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