Stephens to Lackawanna, Davenport to Monmouth, Small to Dean

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Forgot to add in my Gridiron notes that former Asbury Park running back George Stephens, a three-time, 1,000-yard rusher who helped the Blue Bishops win three straight NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I titles, said he is headed to play at Lackawanna (Pa.) College, a strong junior college in Scranton where Neptune cornerback Warren Mello is also headed. If Stephens stays on track there, he has a chance to at least get a high-level Division I-AA look and maybe even a low Division I-A offer. Stephens was not able to play in the U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic because he had shoulder surgery in the spring and was not cleared by his doctor to play.

Stephens’s Asbury Park teammate, wide receiver/defensive back Lamar Davenport, is a late addition to the incoming freshman class at Monmouth University. Like former Asbury Park quarterback Will Johnson last year, Davenport has qualified under the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program at Monmouth. Davenport is listed as 6-3 and 175, but to me he looks like he has grown an inch or two since the end of the 2009 season and is closer to 6-4 or so. He could end up being a nice find for Monmouth. He did not play in the Gridiron Classic because he is taking classes at Monmouth to get up to speed heading into his freshman year. Hey, if you are missing the game to better yourself academically, I’m all for it.

That now brings Monmouth’s 2010 recruiting haul from the Shore to 11 players: Davenport, Howell wide receiver Phil Adamo, Colts Neck kicker Eric Spillane, Raritan running back Jesse Raymond, Manchester defensive tackle Jimmy Lawson, Toms River North linebacker Steve Barroso, Lacey offensive lineman Corey Neal, Manasquan wide receiver/defensive back Neal Sterling, Manchester offensive lineman Josh Siemanowicz, Lacey linebacker Anthony Caputo and Manasquan defensive end/linebacker Dan Sullivan. In addition, former Manalapan star running back Jimmy Gilburn has transferred from Stony Brook to Monmouth heading into his sophomore season.

Finally, the third member of Asbury Park’s standout trio from this season, quarterback/defensive back Jamar Small, said he will continue his career at Dean College in Franklin, Mass., which is a junior college that plays schools like Nassau Community College, Hudson Valley Community College and other competitive jucos.

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