US Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic Info/Sickels to Penn State

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This season’s US Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic, which is run by the Shore Football Coaches Foundation, will be held on Thursday, July 12 on the artificial turf at Holmdel High School. This will be the 35th edition of the annual game pitting the top seniors from Monmouth County against their counterparts from Ocean County, making it the oldest high school football all-star game in New Jersey.

The head coaches will be Manalapan’s Ed Gurrieri (Monmouth County) and Barnegat’s Rob Davis (Ocean County). Gurrieri led Manalapan to a school-record 10 wins and a berth in the Central Jersey Group IV final. Davis led Barnegat to its first division title in program history and a berth in the South Jersey Group II semifinals. The rosters for both teams, which are selected by the coaches, are being finalized.

The 7-on-7 tournament county championships will be on Monday, July 9, at Holmdel (Monmouth) and Toms River East (Ocean). The winners play each other before the US Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic.

There also will be a combination media day/scholar-athlete banquet on May 6 at the Sheraton in Eatontown in which the top student-athletes on each team will be recognized and the participants for the Gridiron Classic will be formally announced.

In recruiting news, Red Bank Regional defensive end Garrett Sickels, the top-rated player in the Class of 2013, verbally committed to Penn State on Sunday night. Click here for that story. The thought of Sickels rushing from the edge and linebacker Glenn Carson (Southern) in the middle for the Nittany Lions has to be a pleasant one for Penn State fans.

Sickels’s commitment leaves Monsignor Donovan offensive lineman Brad Henson as the top uncommitted recruit in the Class of 2013 right now, although there is plenty of talent behind him like Long Branch running back Dwight Clark, Manalapan wide receiver Anthony Firkser, Lakewood quarterback/safety Tyrice Beverette, Red Bank Catholic defensive lineman Josh Klecko and more. Klecko, an ASM first-team All-Shore selection, recently picked up offers from Temple, Old Dominion and UMass, according to RBC coach Jim Portela. A pair of standout kickers, Toms River North’s Chris Gulla and Middletown South’s Connor Ryan have also received FBS interest and have been invited to several kicking camps at BCS programs.

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