Shore Players/Coaches Honored in Top 100, College Commitments, SJV’s Ishmael Hyman Generating Interest

A group of Shore Conference seniors were honored among the New Jersey Football Coaches Association Top 100, featuring their picks for the top 100 players in the state, in a banquet on Sunday.

Red Bank Catholic linebacker/fullback Chris Donald, Matawan running back/safety Larry Alston III, Howell quarterback Ryan Davies and offensive lineman Tim Donahue, Neptune linebacker Jazzmar Clax and quarterback/defensive back Jaheem Woods, Southern running back T.J. Bellissimo, Long Branch offensive lineman Ryan Brodie, Wall quarterback Steve Cluley and Barnegat tight end Ryan Morris were all honored as being part of the top 100. Also, Neptune’s Mark Ciccotelli was honored as the Central Jersey Coach of the Year and former Matawan head coach Joe Martucci was awarded the New Jersey Coach of the Year accolade after leading the Huskies to an upset of Rumson-Fair Haven to win the Central Jersey Group II title.

In college commitment news, Southern tight end/defensive lineman DJ Pandolpho will continue his career at Montclair State, according to Rams athletic director Chuck Donohue Jr., the son of the head coach. Red Bank Catholic offensive lineman/linebacker Anthony Dorsi will continue his career at Delaware Valley College, where his older brother Mike is currently playing, according to RBC coach Jim Portela.

Also, Colts Neck lineman Mike Wagner will continue his career at the University of Rhode Island, according to coach Greg LaCava. Barnegat linebacker Matt Schofield, the school’s all-time leading tackler, a second-team All-Shore selection and the Class B South Co-Defensive Player of the Year, will continue his career at William Paterson, according to Bengals coach Rob Davis.

As for returning players, St. John Vianney junior wide receiver/kick returner Ishmael Hyman has been generating plenty of interest. The speedy wideout, who had 29 catches for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns this fall to lead the Shore Conference at 32 yards per catch, has offers from Bowling Green and Old Dominion and strong interest from Rutgers, Boston College, Penn State and Georgia Tech, according to Lancers coach Andy Carlstrom.

Finally, in the “what might have been” category, a senior quarterback from Florida named Faton Bauta, who has been called “the next Tim Tebow” and has committed to the University of Georgia, grew up in Colts Neck. Bauta played on the same youth AAU basketball team with Colts Neck’s Hunter Wysocki and Sean O’Reilly, Jackson Memorial’s Brian Kenny and Howell’s Tim Donahue. He moved shortly before high school and became a star in Florida. A Cougars coach Greg LaCava joked, “I know, I know. I’ve blocked it out.” Here is some more stuff on Bauta


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