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Offensive Line • 6-6 • 285
Weeki Wachee, Fla. • Weeki Wachee
Prior to Rutgers: Enrolled early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Mark Lee at Weeki Wachee … first player from his high school to receive a Division I football scholarship offer … started every game and served as captain all four high school seasons … played in the 2013 Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic in Sebring, Fla. … consensus three-star recruit … ranked No. 31 among offensive tackles nationally by Scout.com … known for good feet and athleticism on the offensive line … projected by recruiting analysts to play left tackle … gained approximately 20 pounds as a senior and is still filling into frame … named All-North Suncoast by the Tampa Bay Times in 2013 … a four-year honor roll student.
Defensive Line • 6-4 • 235
Fair Haven, N.J. • Rumson-Fair Haven
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … coached by Bryan Batchler at Rumson-Fair Haven … helped team to an 11-1 record as a senior to capture the Central Jersey, Group II state championship … picked up three sacks on opponent’s final drive to seal the win … totaled 90 tackles, nine TFLs, 13 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and four forced fumbles as a senior … named First Team All-Shore, First Team All-Group II, First Team All-Monmouth County and Star-Ledger Third Team All-State … rated as the 28th-best player in New Jersey by MaxPreps and three-stars by Scout.com … No. 23 prospect in the Garden State by Scout.com and the No. 25 player in New Jersey according to Rivals.com … projected to be a defensive end at the collegiate level … attended the Rutgers Big Man Academy … First Team All-District A selection after junior season … picked up over 60 tackles with 15 sacks as a junior … undecided on a potential major … son of Paige and Don Bedell.
Tight End • 6-5 • 230
Cottage Grove, Minn. • East Ridge
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … coached by Mike Pendino at East Ridge … recorded 367 receiving yards on 27 receptions with one touchdown as a senior, helping the team to an 8-2 record … rated the No. 8 prospect in Minnesota by Scout.com … also established himself as a potent run-blocker … worked as a short-yardage receiver and blocker in offense as a junior with 24 catches, 261 yards and two touchdowns … participated in Army All American National Combine in San Antonio, Texas, following junior season … attended Rutgers football camp … father played baseball at Minnesota.
Defensive Line • 6-2 • 230
Raleigh, N.C. • Millbrook
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Millbrook for coach Clarence Inscore … named Cap-8 Defensive Player of the Year, All-Metro Team, first team all-conference as a senior … totaled 118 tackles, 52 TFLs, 19 sacks, nine forced fumbles, five recoveries, an interception, four pass breakups, a blocked a field goal andscored two defensive touchdowns in final high school season … team went 10-4 with two playoff wins to advance to 4AA state quarterfinals … played outside linebacker and defensive end … holds a 3.72 GPA while taking AP/honors courses … a member of both the National Honor Society and National Achiever’s Society … also saw action at tight end on offense … played high school basketball.
Defensive Back • 5-11 • 170
Coatesville, Pa. • Coatesville (Avon Old Farms)
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Coatesville (Pa.) for Matt Ortega before attending Avon Old Farms (Conn.) for prep school for coach Kevin Driscoll … went to same prep school as former Scarlet Knight All-America linebacker and current Chicago Bear Khaseem Greene … played receiver and cornerback during postgrad season … caught 38 passes for 932 yards and 15 touchdowns, also rushing for 180 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns … high school team advanced to state title game as a senior … ranked as the sixth-best prospect out of Pennsylvania following senior year according to MaxPreps … also played high school basketball.
Offensive Line • 6-6 • 350
Long Beach, N.Y. • Long Beach
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Long Beach for coach Scott Martin … a four-year starter at left tackle in high school … named MSG Varsity/Newsday Second Team All-Long Island after senior year … played at 375 pounds in last scholastic season, but displayed athleticism and ability to block at the second level … rated the No. 1 offensive tackle in the state of New York by Scout.com … ninth-best overall prospect in the Empire State by Scout.com … attended Rutgers Big Man Academy camp … projected to move inside to offensive guard at the collegiate level … three-star recruit according to Scout.com and 247Sports.com … also played high school basketball and competed in the shot put and 55-meter dash with the track and field team.
Defensive Back • 5-11 • 175
Bradenton, Fla. • Manatee
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Manatee for coach Joe Kinnan … totaled 16 tackles and six pass breakups in seven games as a senior … team went 11-1 … racked up 42 tackles as junior with 10 pass breakups … team went 13-1 and ranked as high as No. 5 in the state of Florida by MaxPreps … previously played running back at Riverview before transferring to Manatee … recorded a 4.35 40-yard dash in high school, said to be the fastest time ever taken at Manatee … brother Nate Gates played at LSU in 1998.
Linebacker • 6-1 • 200
Newark, N.J. • Weequahic
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Weequahic for coach Brian Logan … recorded 170 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and five forced fumbles as a senior to earn Star-Ledger Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-State and First Team All-Essex County honors … also named MaxPreps Second Team All-America and First Team Small Schools All-America … helped team advance to Central Jersey, Group II state championship game, picking up 21 stops with a forced fumble in title game … led a defense that allowed just 41 points during senior year … team won Essex Conference Colonial Division title in two of three varsity seasons … totaled 132 tackles with five sacks as a junior to help team finish 9-3 … a consensus three-star recruit … rated No. 11 prospect in New Jersey according to Scout.com … rated 51st-best linebacker prospect nationally by Scout.com … played both middle and outside linebacker … saw time at running back on offense in high school, rushing for 524 yards and six touchdowns as a senior … switched from defensive end to linebacker as a junior … attended Rutgers football camp.
Defensive Back • 6-0 • 180
Hamilton, N.J. • Nottingham
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Nottingham for coach Jon Adams … totaled 17 tackles, four interceptions, averaged more than 38 yards per kickoff return and averaged 13 yards per punt return as a senior … scored a touchdown off a punt return, kick return and interception … additionally recorded 12 carries for 160 yards and a score and five receptions for 73 yards on offense … team reached Central Jersey, Group IV semifinals … named First Team All-Group IV, First Team All-South Jersey and First Team All-Colonial Valley Conference … earned Frank “Mammy” Piscopo Memorial Award, given to the area’s Player of the Year by the 12th Man Touchdown Club Dinner … helped team win Central Jersey Group III championship as a junior, going 11-1 … a consensus three-star recruit … rated as the 23rd-best prospect by Rivals.com in New Jersey … played multiple positions in high school in addition to special teams … played a physical, press-style coverage at corner in high school … attended Rutgers football camp.
Offensive Line • 6-7 • 270
Budd Lake, N.J. • Mount Olive
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Mount Olive for coach Jared Luciani … named Star-Ledger Second Team All-State, First Team All-Group IV and First Team All-Morris County as a senior … one of the New Jersey nominees for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game in basketball … also a high-caliber high school basketball player, reaching 1,000 varsity points as a junior … additionally competed on the track and field team and set the school shot put record with a 51’3” toss … increased bench press to 315 pounds and squat to 575 pounds … wears a size 16 shoe … opted not to play football during sophomore season … played offensive tackle and guard, defensive end and special teams once returning to football as a junior … left-handed … projected to play offensive tackle … rated a three-star recruit according to Scout.com and 247Sports.com … No. 35 prospect in New Jersey according to Scout.com.
Running Back • 5-10 • 205
Palmetto, Fla. • Palmetto
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Palmetto for coach Dave Marino, a South Jersey native who played offensive guard for Rutgers from 1984-88 … rushed for 1,087 yards and 17 touchdowns, returning punts and kickoffs and playing safety in nine games as a senior … also had contributed 47 tackles and two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball and returned a kickoff 99 yards for an additional score … team reached playoffs for fourth straight year, falling in the Class 7A-Region 3 quarterfinal … named Bradenton Herald First Team All-Area … played in the 59th Annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic held in Sebring, Fla. … managed to run for 900 yards and 11 touchdown despite missing four games as junior … committed to Rutgers as a junior, the first player to do so since Betim Bujari in 2008 … played four seasons of varsity football … also ran track, competing in the 100, 200, 4X100 and 4X400 … ran as quick as a 10.7 in the 100 meters and 21.2 in the 200 meters … 4×100 team won regional championship as a sophomore … a consensus three-star recruit … rated the 11th-best all-purpose back nationally by 247Sports and 42nd-best running back by Scout.com … known as a power back with vision and ability to break away … attended Rutgers football camp.
Defensive Line • 6-4 • 225
Wyckoff, N.J. • Ramapo
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Ramapo for coach Drew Gibbs … played both defensive end and offensive tackle in high school … totaled 48 tackles as a senior in 10 games … named First Team All-Group III Offense and Second Team All-Bergen County Offense … recorded 32 tackles and four sacks as a junior to help team win North Jersey 1, Group III title … named all-metro for play on the offensive line … part of NJVarsity Top 30 list after junior season … rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports … the 35th-best prospect in the state according to 247Sports … played defensive end in a 4-3 scheme and spent much of the time in a four-point stance … attended Rutgers football camp … No. 34 player in the Garden State according to Scout.com.
Fullback • 5-11 • 250
Jacksonville Beach, Fla. • Fletcher
Prior to Rutgers: Two-way starter at fullback and defensive end for head coach Josh Corey at Fletcher High School … Jacksonville Times-Union Second Team All-First Coast selection … listed as the third-best fullback nationally according to Rivals.com … No. 11 fullback recruit nationally according to Scout.com … consensus three-star recruit … sixth-ranked fullback in the nation according to 247Sports … led team to a 10-3 record and a spot in the FHSAA playoffs as a senior … top-100 recruit in Florida according to Rivals.com … Florida Class 7A honorable mention all-state selection as a senior … 45 rushing attempts for 171 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 … key part of an offense that averaged over 300 yards per game, including 1,816 rushing yards in 12 games.
Tight End • 6-5 • 245
Katy, Texas • Katy
Prior to Rutgers: Enrolled early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Gary Joseph at Katy … played offensive tackle as a senior, but will play tight end at Rutgers … high school offense centered around the running attack … played a key part blocking up front to help team go 15-1 as a senior and advanced to the UIL 5A D2 state championship game at AT&T Cowboys Stadium … team scored at least 51 points in five playoff victories … Tigers ranked as high as No. 4 in the USA Today Sports Super 25 … participated in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl as a tight end following senior season in Carson, Calif. … game recognizes academic, leadership and athletic excellence … part of National Sports News Service 2012 national championship team after going 16-0 as a junior … won the UIL 5A D2 state championship game that season … a three-star recruit by multiple recruiting services.
Defensive Back • 5-10 • 185
Jacksonville, Fla. • First Coast
Prior to Rutgers: Enrolled early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Marty Lee at First Coast … played mostly at cornerback, but also saw time at safety … team went 11-2 as a senior to win district title … Jacksonville Times Union All-First Coast selection … 41 total tackles and three interceptions as a senior … also a factor on special teams … collected 20 tackles and five interceptions as a junior, helping team to a 10-1 record … earned Times Union All-First Coast accolades as a junior … father, Reginald Lott, played cornerback for Middle Tennessee State … a three-star recruit by multiple recruiting services … one of three Jacksonville-area natives on the roster.
Long Snapper • 6-0 • 230
Dinwiddie, Va. • Dinwiddie
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Dinwiddie for coach Billy Mills … recruited as a long snapper … rated the No. 3 long snapping prospect in the nation according to Chris Rubio, known as the top snapping instructor in the country … also played offensive line in high school on a team that went 15-0 as a senior to win a Class 4A state championship … totaled 55 pancake blocks in 2013 according to MaxPreps … a finalist for the 2013 Chris Rubio Award, given to the best high school long snapper … also named Rubio Second Team All-America following senior season … attended Rutgers football camp.
Linebacker • 6-4 • 215
New City, N.Y. • Clarkstown South
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … coached by Michael Scarpelli at Clarkstown South … a versatile three-year varsity starter who played wide receiver, tight end and strong safety in high school … served as a captain as a senior … totaled 238 receiving yards on 14 receptions (17.0 average), while recording 58 solo tackles and two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball … returned an interception for a touchdown against New Rochelle … named first team all-conference, all-county and all-section at the Class AA, League II level … had 199 yards on 15 receptions as a junior, with 38 tackles and two interceptions … earned all-county honorable mention as a junior.
Running Back • 6-0 • 200
Harrisburg, Pa. • Harrisburg
Prior to Rutgers: One of Pennsylvania’s top running backs for head coach Calvin Everett at Harrisburg High School … suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of his senior season … rushed for 1,812 yards in fewer than 10 games as a junior … 18 touchdowns and 12.2 yards per carry average in 2012 … registered over 100 tackles as the Cougars’ middle linebacker during his junior season … 2012 Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AAAA All-State selection … rushed for a record 360 yards against Cumberland Valley in the 2012 PIAA District 3 quarterfinals … No. 50 running back nationally according to Scout.com … No. 12 prospect and second-ranked running back in Pennsylvania by Scout.com … No. 16 player in Pennsylvania and the 27th-best running back recruit nationally according to 247Sports … rated as the sixth overall recruit in Pennsylvania by ESPN.com … consensus three-star recruit.
Linebacker • 6-1 • 240
Irvington, N.J. • DePaul Catholic
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at DePaul Catholic for coach John McKenna … totaled 185 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 28 sacks in three seasons for the Spartans … team went 10-2 as a senior, including NJSIAA Non-Public, Group II title with a 35-16 victory at High Point Solutions Stadium … recorded 61 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, eight sacks and 11 quarterback hurries to earn Star Ledger Second Team All-Non-Public Defense and First Team All-Passaic County Defense … named a top performer by Rivals.com at the Chesapeake Bowl, considered by football analysts the top regional all-star game in the nation … had 68 tackles and 11 sacks as a sophomore at defensive end … consensus three-star recruit … rated the 18th-best player in New Jersey by Rivals.com and No. 89 nationally at his position by Scout.com … ranked as high as No. 21 in the NJVarsity Top 30 … attended same high school as current Scarlet Knight Davon Jacobs … went to St. Peter’s Prep as a freshman before transferring to DePaul Catholic as a sophomore … attended Rutgers football camp.
Quarterback • 6-2 • 215
Mankato, Minn./West (Minnesota)
2014: Transferred to Rutgers in January and eligible to participate in spring practice … must sit out fall season due to NCAA transfer regulations, but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2015.
2013 (at Minnesota):Played in 12 games and started nine … was 94-of-186 for 1,306 yards and nine touchdowns … third on the team in rushing attempts (93) and yards (364) … led team in total offense with 1,670 yards (1,306 passing yards and 364 rushingyards) … fourth on the team in scoring with six rushing touchdowns … named Academic All-Big Ten … ran 12 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 48-yard score, in a win against UNLV (8/29) … was 10-of-22 for 99 yards and a touchdown vs. UNLV … rushed 15 times for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown at New Mexico State (9/7) … completed eight passes for 127 yards against the Aggies … rushed six times for 16 yards and was 3-of-4 passing against Western Illinois before leaving the game with an injury … returned to the starting lineup after missing a game against Iowa (9/28) and passed for 135 yards and one touchdown … saw action in a reserve role at Northwestern (10/19) and led Minnesota to a victory, as he rushed for 26 yards and passed for 112 yards and one touchdown … rushed eight times for 55 yards and twotouchdowns against Nebraska (10/26) and was also 7-of-15 passing for 152 yards and one touchdown … completed 16-of-23 passes for career highs in completions (16), yards (298) and touchdowns (4) against Indiana (11/2) … ran 12 times for 40 yards and one touchdown against Penn State (11/9), while also going 15-of-24 for 186 yards and one touchdown … started against Wisconsin (11/23) and at Michigan State (11/30) … started against Syracuse (12/27) in the Texas Bowl and was 2-of-7 passing for 18 yards and rushed two times for 14 yards.
2012 (at Minnesota):Started the final seven games of the season at quarterback as a true freshman … passed for 873 yards and eight touchdowns (third most ever for a Gopherfreshman quarterback) … rushed 69 times for 184 yards … led team with 1,057 yards of total offense … named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for his performance against Purdue (first Gopher to ever earn that honor) … shared Outstanding Offensive Freshman of the Year honors with running back RodrickWilliams … made his Minnesota and collegiate debut at Wisconsin (10/20) … completed 13-of-24 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 16 times for 67 yards at Wisconsin … made his home debut against Purdue (10/27) and led Minnesota to a 44-28 win … completed 15-of-22 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns in the win vs. Purdue … rushed for 37 yards and connected on 13 passes, including one touchdown, against Michigan (11/3) … caught his first career pass (from holder Peter Mortell) on fake field goal attempt vs. Michigan … completed 9-of-15 passes for 78 yards in a 17-3 win at Illinois (11/10), which secured a bowl bid for the Gophers … saw action at Nebraska (11/17) and against Michigan State (11/24) … rushed for 26 yards and completed 7-of-16 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns vs. Texas Tech (12/28) in the Texas Bowl.
Prior to Minnesota: Graduate of Mankato West High School … led team to an 11-1 record, conference and section championship and berth in state semifinals … winner of Minnesota Mr. Football award following his senior season … also named ESPN Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year and AP Minnesota Player of the Year in 2011 … named all-state by the Minnesota Vikings and the AP … earned All-America recognition by the Semper FidelisAll-Star Game … named Big Nine Conference Player of the Year and was a two-time Big Nine Offensive Player of the Year … MaxPreps’ Tom Lemming rated him the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation, the No. 40 overall player in the country and his National Sleeper of the Year … three-time all-conference selection … set state records for single-season total touchdowns (55) andcareer touchdowns (135) … finished career No. 2 on state charts for attempts (801), completions (490), passing yards (7,561) and touchdown passes (94) … passed for 2,784 yards and 35 scores, while rushing for 1,243 yards and 20 TDs as a senior … coached by Mark Esch.
Quarterback • 6-3 • 240
Warren, Mich./De La Salle
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at De La Salle for coach Paul Verska … started at quarterback as a senior and totaled 1,396 passing yards with 15 touchdowns in nine games … also rushed for 512 yards on the ground with five scores … ran the pistol offense in high school, but also played under center at times … holds the school career passing percentage record at 54.3 percent … named team MVP, Detroit Free Press Second Team All-Metro East, Second Team All-Macomb County and All-Catholic League as a senior … expected to play in the Ohio-Michigan All-Star Border Classic … started as a wide receiver as a junior and sophomore, earning Central Division All-League honors in 2012 … made three starts as at quarterback as a junior and collected 309 yards of total offense in first start … holds school record for career punt average at 38.0 yards per kick in 36 attempts … downed eight punts out of 19 inside the 20 as a senior … a four-star prospect and the 21st-ranked quarterback nationally according to ESPN … rated three stars by 247Sports … also played high school basketball.
Linebacker • 6-1 • 215
Pembroke Pines, Fla. • University
Prior to Rutgers: Enrolled early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Roger Harriott at University … FHSAA Class 4A First Team All-State selection at linebacker … Sun-Sentinel All-Broward County selection on defense … finished senior season with 84 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception … played first three seasons of high school football at Flanagan before transferring for senior season … helped team to a 10-3 record … led team to an appearance in the FHSAA 4A regional championship game … rated the No. 35 player in Broward County by the Sun-Sentinel … known for physicality and athleticism at the linebacker position … maintained over a 4.0 GPA in high school with an AP course load … of Bahamian descent … uncle attended Rutgers in the 1980s … a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com.
Offensive Line • 6-5 • 310
Rochester, N.Y. • Gates Chili
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Gates Chili for coach Jason Benham … played both offensive guard and tackle … named Section V, Class AA Fourth Team All-State as a senior playing mostly guard … team ran multiple pro-style offense … a consensus three-star recruit … rated the eighth-best prospect out of New York by Rivals.com and Scout.com … top-ranked offensive guard recruit in the state of New York according to Scout.com … recorded bench presses of 305 pounds and squats of 405 pounds … participated in the NLA Showcase … attended Rutgers football camp.
Defensive Back • 6-1 • 200
Kissimmee, Fla. • Gateway
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Gateway for coach Marlin Roberts … ranked No. 20 in the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Super 60 … earned Orlando Sentinel Second Team Class 7A All-State after recording 19 tackles (18 solo) and three interceptions as a senior … routinely covered the opponent’s top receiver in a man-to-man scheme … also totaled 892 rushing yards on offense with seven touchdowns … had an interception and blocked punt as a junior, recording three rushing touchdowns … played many positions on the field, but projects as a cornerback … rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown in a win over Lake Nona as a senior … rated the No. 77 overall prospect in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel.
Defensive Line • 6-5 • 265
Egg Harbor Township, N.J. • Egg Harbor Township (Milford Academy)
Prior to Rutgers: Played at New Britain (N.Y.) Milford Academy in the fall of 2013 … enrolled at Rutgers in January and will participate in spring practice … recorded 28 tackles, five TFLs, three sacks and a defensive touchdown, helping the team go 9-3 … projected to play three-technique position on defensive line by recruiting analysts … played high school football for coach Tony DeRosa at Egg Harbor Township … former high school teammate of current Scarlet Knight defensive back Tejay Johnson … played both defensive tackle and tight end in high school … recorded 44 tackles and 2.5 sacks as a senior … Press of Atlantic City All-Star selection … 10 tackles and one reception for 19 yards in limited action as a junior … rated as the No. 20 prospect overall in New Jersey according to SuperPrep Magazine … a three-star recruit by multiple recruiting services … originally a member of the 2013 Rutgers signing class, but spent one year at Milford Academy.
Defensive Line • 6-3 • 290
Mahwah, N.J. • St. Joseph’s Regional
Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale) for coach Tony Karcich … won four high school state football championships … played first two seasons at Don Bosco Prep before transferring to St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale) for junior year … played both offensive and defensive line in high school, but projects as a defensive tackle at the collegiate level … totaled 47 tackles as a senior to earn Bergen Record First Team All-North Jersey on defense and Star-Ledger Third Team All-State on offense … also named MSG Varsity Second Team All-Metro … helped team win Non-Public, Group III state championship with 10-1record and earn the No. 1 ranking in the state according to the Star-Ledger to cap high school football career … team was also ranked No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps … rated as the tenth-best player in New Jersey and the Garden State’s top defensive tackle prospect according to Scout.com … named Bergen Record First Team All-North Jersey at offensive tackle as a junior … a consensus three-star recruit … rated as the 44th-best defensive tackle prospect by and 16th-best overall in New Jersey by Rivals.com … rated No. 47 at his position by Scout.com … ranked No. 17 player in the state according to NJVarsity … originally rated as the No. 29 offensive guard prospect nationally by Rivals.com … ran as quick as a 4.9 40-yard dash as a senior at 295 pounds … also an accomplished high school wrestler at heavyweight … reached the finals of the prestigious Beast of the East in Newark, Del., one of the top tournaments nationally … named Bergen Record First Team All-Bergen County as a junior after going 36-7 to win region and district titles, advancing to the state semifinals … defeated the eventual state champion as a sophomore and went on to win district title … former Scarlet Knights Jason McCourty, Devin McCourty, Patrick Kivlehan, Steve Beauharnais and Ron Girault also went to St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale) … was high school teammates with current Scarlet Knights Gary Nova, Darius Hamilton, Leonte Carroo and Razohnn Gross at Don Bosco Prep.