Notes from Around the Shore/Gridiron Classic Rosters

Some recent football notes from around the Shore:

The rosters have been released for the U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic, which will be at 7 p.m. on July 14 at Toms River North.

-Click here for the Monmouth County roster.

Click here for the Ocean County roster.

To update a previous story on the Shore Conference football realignment for 2012-13, Shore Regional has now been moved back to Class B Central, according to Marlboro athletic director Dave Ryden, who is the chairman of the Shore Conference football committee. The Blue Devils had initially moved from B Central to the larger-school A Central, where they would have been the only Group I team in the division. Shore won the Class B Central title this past season.

Also, the NJSIAA has realigned Red Bank Catholic and St. John Vianney from Non-Public Group IV into Non-Public Group III for the upcoming 2011 season. That means that instead of playing Don Bosco Prep, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation for 2011 in the preseason in at least one set of rankings, and perennial state powers Bergen Catholic and St. Peter’s Prep, the Caseys will face teams like Delbarton, Immaculata and St. Joseph-Montvale.  Essentially it gives them a more realistic chance of at least picking up their first state playoff victory since beating Paterson Catholic in Non-Public Group II in 1998.

In college commitment news, Wall senior linebacker Connor Caponegro will do a postgrad season at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, where Rumson quarterback Mike Villapiano is also headed. Also, Red Bank Catholic defensive back D.J. Brown has committed to Stevenson University in Maryland, according to RBC coach Jim Portela.

Finally, some of the Shore’s top players recently participated in an offseason combine. The full release from Chris Melvin is after the jump.

2011 Under Armour makes stop in New Jersey
The 2011 Under Armour Training Camp and Combine made a pit-stop in New Jersey last weekend (May 21-22, 2011) at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill and drew in many of the states and regions top rising juniors, seniors in addition to promising underclassmen as well. The event was tabbed as the Northeast/Philadelphia version of the Under Armour combine circuit which has covered the entire nation including Ohio, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Florida among other states.
The two-day (training camp Saturday and combine on Sunday) Northeast event drew in players from NJ, PA, NY, CT, MA, MD/DC, GA, OH,  and DE and gave players the chance to contend for a spot in the 2012 Under Armour All American game and the Under Armour All Madden team.
Amongst the players in attendance were Rutgers-bound (oral commitments) rising seniors in 6-foot-6/205 pound receiver Carlton Agudusi (Franklin HS, NJ) and running-back Desmon Peoples (Archbishop Wood, Pa). The event also drew in some of the states top Class of 2012 talent in Holy Spirit’s running-back Nigel Jones, Wall’s 6-foot-3/195 pound quarterback Steve Cluley, St. Augustine Prep’s 6-foot-5/290 pound defensive lineman Austin Johnson, North Bergen’s corner-back Denzell Leitch, Asbury Park’s receiver Tahjier Hammary, Howell’s 6-foot-5, 300 pound offensive tackle Tim Donohue, Neptune running-back Isaias Calderon, Matawan’s 6-foot-1/220 pound linebacker Larry Alston II, in addition to top 2013 prospects in Monsignor Donovan’s 6-foot-4, 270 pound Brad Henson Jr. and Point Borough’s 5-foot-11, 190 pound defensive-back Chris Oliphant.
The events coaches included former NFL stars running-back Barry Foster, defensive-back George Teague, quarterback Elvis Grbac, receiver Muhsin Muhammad, offensive-lineman George Hegamin, defensive-back Don Cox, and defensive-lineman Kenard Lang.
The Northeast event was spearheaded by high school football recruiting analyst Chris Melvin of
“The event here in New Jersey was spectacular drawing in many of the states top rising seniors, juniors and sophomores. The training camp on Saturday drew in promising youth players on Saturday and then on Sunday the icing was placed on the cake with the combine taking place. Agudusi was showed why Rutgers made a wise decision on offering him as did Peoples … Cluley showed why he should be considered one of the regions top quarterbacks … Johnson made a name for himself as a powerful and athletic big-man … Hammary has all the tools to be a star slot receiver at the next level … Donohue showed that he has fully recovered from a junior riddled season and Henson made a bid for being one of the states most highly recruited juniors along with Oliphant,” said Melvin.








One Response to “Notes from Around the Shore/Gridiron Classic Rosters”

  1. Dr. Barry Rizzo Says:

    It was a wonderful night. I was proud to be the official chiropractic physician, along with my partner Dr. Hudak, and support the event along side with Dr. Fox. What made the night even more special than watching Coach V. bring home another win, was the time spent with family and reconnecting with friends. I was very proud to share the field with my father, Barry Rizzo, all the other Hall of Fame recipients, and spend time with some extended family members like Coach Joe Martucci and high school/college friend Coach Shane Fallon. Furthermore, I was blessed to have the opportunity to have my wife, three daughters, my mother, sister and nephews at the game. Reconnecting with former players and opponents, others that achieved the level to play in the NFL and lastly meeting some remarkable American heroes

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