Thursday, September 15, 2011
Stock is rising for Don Bosco defense, Fuller
By By Brandon Parker
It's time for the New Jersey All-State Football Stock Watch, as we look at players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game. (Hey, it happens to the best of us.)
UP — Don Bosco Prep defense Yes, I know this is a player stock watch, but I had to make an exception for the Ironmen defense. Can you blame me? Four first-team players (Darius Hamilton, Elijah Shumate, Yuri Wright, Jabrill Peppers) and one honorable mention (Mike Strizak) showed why Don Bosco Prep is going to be a problem this year by easily beating No. 6 Mission Viejo (Calif.), 35-7. The Ironmen hauled in four interceptions and tallied six sacks for their 36th straight win.
DOWN — Delon Stephenson, Sayreville RB
The Bombers suffered a 14-7 upset at the hands of South Brunswick, and one look at the stat sheet can tell you why. Sayreville gained just 174 total yards, with Stephenson getting bottled up for 33 yards on seven carries. It won't be the last time defenses key in on the Bombers star senior RB, but based on last year's 1,089-yard production, it won't be long before Stephenson breaks out again.
UP — Devin Fuller, Old Tappan QB/DB/RB.... There's been constant debate over which position Fuller will play in college, and his all-around performance in Friday's 30-28 loss to Pascack Valley did nothing to settle it. The senior passed for 136 yards and a score, rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns, and had nine tackles as well as an interception on defense.
Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at email@example.com.