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The Class of 2011 is shaping up to be perhaps the best class in Shore Conference history as far as Division I-A talent is concerned, with potentially up to 10 I-A players. Here is the latest on a few top players from that class:
—Point Boro junior wide receiver Ryan Malleck, who projects as a Garrett Graham-type tight end at the next level, hopes to snag his first offer when he takes a visit to Temple on May 30, according to Panthers coach Calvin Thompson. He has visited Rutgers on five different occasions and also has visited Boston College, UConn, Duke, and Syracuse but does not have any offers as of yet. The hope is that the Temple offer will trigger a host of other offers. He also has visits planned to Maryland and Central Florida.
Thompson has also fielded inquiries from Notre Dame, Florida and North Carolina for Malleck, a 6-5 tight end with solid speed and leaping ability who also is a member of the basketball team. Malleck returns with almost the entire starting lineup for the Panthers this coming fall.
Point Boro junior running back/cornerback Jimmy DiOrio, who is also a baseball standout, has received interest from the likes of Princeton and Holy Cross among others from the Patriot and Ivy Leagues.
—Thompson also happens to train St. Peter’s Prep junior running back Savon Huggins, one of the top running back prospects in the nation. Huggins, a Jackson resident, already has 52 offers. In the “insane stat department,” Thompson said that SPP coach Rich Hansen has 101 Division I-A programs scheduled to visit the school in the fall. There are 120 total teams in Division I-A. Unreal.
—Barnegat junior quarterback Nick SanGiacomo, who threw for over 2,000 yards this past fall, has an offer from Tulane and a host of schools coming in to visit, according to Bengals coach Rob Davis. North Carolina State, Virginia, Iowa, Penn State, and Illinois are all coming in to get a look at the 6-foot-4, 210-pound signal-caller in person at a program that produced Boston College tight end recruit Jarrett Darmstatter out of this year’s senior class. Many of the coaches want to see SanGiacomo throw live after seeing his film in Barnegat’s spread offense.
Buffalo, Central Michigan and Temple have also shown interest, and Davis recently fielded a phone call from former New York Jet and former Nebraska star quarterback Scott Frost, who is now an assistant at Oregon, which has also shown interest.
Barnegat junior wide receiver/defensive back Mike DeTroia has also received interest from several Division I-AA programs, including Monmouth University and Holy Cross, while Division I-A Central Florida likes him as a free safety. The Northeast Conference and Patriot League teams are interested as well as Temple and Central Michigan. DeTroia’s main focus is working on his measurables, as Davis said that if he can get his 40-yard dash time down to 4.6 or better, the offers should start coming in for the 6-foot-4, 195-pound receiver. Just talking to coaches from the National Division in the fall, DeTroia was one of the most universally raved-about players on the Bengals’ roster, and I saw him make some plays in the air on deep balls against Raritan’s Bennett Jackson, who is headed to Notre Dame this fall.
One other player to keep an eye on for Barnegat is a player who could be the next star tight end for the Bengals. Sophomore tight end Ryan Morris, who is 6-7 and 225 pounds, also has caught the eye of recruiters who have come in to look at SanGiacomo.
—Long Branch junior QB/DB Miles Shuler is up to 13 offers – Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Northwestern, Michigan (those are his top 5 in no order), Boston College, Harvard, Stanford, Duke, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, UConn and Cincinnati. Shuler is also an excellent student and is probably one of the only players in America who can boast offers from Oklahoma and Harvard.
Another one to keep an eye on at Long Branch is 6-5 sophomore lineman Ryan Brodie, who also has garnered interest from several Big East, Big Ten and ACC schools.
—Lacey has a pair of brothers who both have Division I-A potential despite still being very raw. Lakewood transfers Deon Smith, a junior wide receiver/defensive back/linebacker, and his younger brother, Tyrell Smith, a 6-4, 290-pound lineman, have both received Division I attention, according to Lions coach Lou Vircillo.
Both are still extremely raw but have good athleticism. Deon Smith was a standout on the basketball team in the winter and is a rangy athlete who could be everything from a linebacker to a wideout to a safety. Rutgers has shown early interest in him and wants him to attend its camp.
The younger Smith certainly passes the look test, and has had coaches from Boston College, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers, Monmouth and Citadel in to eyeball him in person, according to Vircillo. He projects as an offensive lineman and has slimmed down from 310 pounds to about 290.
Junior Jarrod Molzon, a running back and defensive back who has battled injuries during his career, has the potential to be a legitimate Division I-A kicker, Vircillo said, so his performance in the fall in that department could be a big key to his future.