One of the most disruptive defensive linemen from New Jersey made his college decision over the weekend. Cherry Hill West defensive lineman Lorenzo Hernandez announced via twitter that he was committing to Villanova.
Hernandez, who had several FCS level offers, says Villanova was immediately his favorite once they offered.
"Villanova has been my first choice ever since they came into the picture," said Lorenzo. "I wanted to wait it out for a little bit, but it felt just right."
According to Hernandez's father Michael Hernandez, Villanova defensive coordinator Billy Crocker envisions his son as a "Dwight Freeney" type of player. "They had offered three defensive lineman before he camped there on June 23," said the elder Hernandez. "They liked him so much that they had to offer him. He may play defensive end or linebacke for them."
Regardless of what position he ultimately end up playing at, Hernandez is excited about the opportunity to play at Villanova.
"The coaches (at Villanova) say that I'm a leaded and that I like to win. They feel like I'm a great competitor and they like how I rush the quarterback."
Hernandez says he might take his official visit to Villanova sometime in December.
Cleezy's take: I had an opportunity to watch Hernandez during an All-State Camp that was held back in March of this year. Hernandez was among the top two, if not the best, defensive linemen in the whole camp. His speed and quickness off the ball was almost impossible for any offensive linemen to deal with that day and that's something you can see on film as well. Hernandez also has played running back in high school and that leads me to believe that he'll be athletic enough to transition to linebacker if that's what Villanova needs him to do.
Check out his senior season highlights below.