PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The fourth annual Rivals.com New Jersey Junior Day took place on Sunday, April 2 at the Hale Center at Rutgers University. More than 100 of the top prospects from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New England made the trip to learn more about the recruiting process. Tight end Mike Ragone and wide receiver Duval Kamara were just two of the standouts on hand, but some potential sleepers emerged as well.
Ragone from Camden (N.J.) Camden Catholic is a long tight end at 6-foot-4 and 220 1/2 pounds and his physical play on film is ever more impressive because he's barely scratched the surface when it comes to filling out his frame. As with many other prospects, it seems that Southern Cal and Notre Dame could be on a collision course for this Rivals100 player, but he's still far away from a decision. Ragone has more than 20 early offers.
Kamara, from Hoboken, N.J., checked in at 6-foot-5 and 209 pounds and has big hands. He's a huge wide receiver prospect who is still filling out. Kamara doesn't have any favorites, but has offers from Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State and many others.
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Rivals100 defensive back Evan Rodriguez from North Bergen, N.J. looks very impressive physically. He measured 6-foot-2 and weighed 211 1/2 pounds and looks like he could play either safety position or outside linebacker. Rodriguez visited Maryland this weekend and the Terps are likely to be his first offer.
Teaneck, N.J. linebacker Randy Martinez is a brick at 6-foot-0 1/4 and 231 pounds, all solid muscle. Martinez lists Penn State, Boston College, Virginia, Rutgers and others as schools of interest and has six early offers. Fellow linebacker Ben Pooler from Morristown (N.J.) Lawrenceville Prep also looked the part at 6-foot-1 1/4 and 238 pounds. He has an early offer from Maryland.
An impressive group of big men showed up for the junior day. Wilmington (Del.) Howard defensive end Devon Still is 6-foot-5 1/2 and 251 pounds and has broad shoulders. Some schools are looking at him as an offensive tackle prospect, but his frame is perfect for the new trend of rush ends. Still has plenty of early offers including Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland and Georgia.
York (Pa.) William Penn offensive tackle Richard Muldrow is huge at 6-foot-7 3/4 and 292 pounds with room for another 30 pounds or so. He has offers from West Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers, Boston College and others. Union, N.J. offensive tackle Desmond Stapleton checked in at 6-foot-5 1/2 and 318 pounds and certainly looked the part of a D1A player. Virginia agrees and has already offered him.
Flushing (N.Y.) Holy Cross offensive tackle Michael Hay is 6-foot-6 1/4 and 277 pounds. Hoboken, N.J. offensive tackle Bearthur Johnson stood 6-foot-6 3/4 and weighed in at 350 pounds while Mt. Sinai offensive lineman Josh Smith checked in at 6-foot-7, 339 pounds.
Piscataway, N.J. defensive tackle Toku Pratt-Davies looks like a ball of terror at 6-foot-1 1/2 and 355 pounds. He's getting looks from Stanford, Notre Dame, Boston College, Maryland and others. Paterson (N.J.) Paterson Catholic big man Markeece Preston weighed 345 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame and has early offers from Maryland and Pitt.
Huge running back Devon Ramsay from Lawrenceville Prep measured in at 6-foot-2 and 243 pounds. He has an early offer from Boston College and interest from Virginia, Ohio State, Rutgers, Florida and Vanderbilt.
The smaller guys didn't get lost amongst the trees. Somerville, N.J. athlete Mason Robinson was a solid 180 pounds on his 5-foot-9 1/4 frame and is very thick. He has early offers from Rutgers, Virginia, Boston College and Temple. Newark (N.J.) Pennington Prep safety Dominique Herald was also 180 pounds on his 5-foot-11 frame. Maryland offered him recently.
Superb athlete Tony Logan from Piscataway, N.J. weighed in at 170 pounds on his 5-foot-10 frame and has offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State, Kansas State and Virginia. Camden (N.J.) Camden Catholic wide receiver Karon Robinson sprouted a bit and is now 6-foot-1 1/4 and weighs 176 pounds while quarterback Chris Johnson from Paterson (N.J.) John F. Kennedy also grew and is 6-foot-2 1/4 and 206 pounds.
2008 speedster Reggie Dixon from Plainfield, N.J. also made an appearance and measured 5-foot-7 1/2 and 156 pounds. But size doesn't matter when you run a 10.33 100 meters. Dixon will be heavily recruited next year.
Don Bosco head coach Greg Toal Sr. spoke to the players about how to handle the recruiting process and what to expect while Speciality Sports guru Lee McDonald talked academics and the NCAA Clearinghouse. 2006 recruit and Rutgers signee Shamar Graves talked about his experience last year while Parisi Speed School founder Bill Parisi gave an excellent talk on reaching goals and training.