High-SchoolNew-Jersey: Jamauri Bogan

Five Days of List-Mas: NJ's underclass football stars

December, 13, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had their run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in New Jersey next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Alquadin Muhammad (JR), Don Bosco Prep, DL
Credentials: Led Ironmen to national title and sixth straight Non-Public Group 4 crown, offers from Notre Dame and Oklahoma

4. Nadir Barnwell (JR), Piscataway, QB/DB
Credentials: Led team to second straight North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 title, offers from Florida and Rutgers

3. Kevin Olsen (JR), Wayne Hills, QB
Credentials: 1,686 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, Led Patriots to second straight North Jersey Section 1, Group 3 crown, has 15 offers including Georgia, Stanford and Florida State

2. Jamauri Bogan (SO), Union, RB
Credentials: 2,260 rushing yards, 25 touchdowns, 2011 Gatorade State Player of the Year

1. Jabrill Peppers (SO), Don Bosco Prep, DB/RB
Credentials: Led Ironmen to national title and sixth straight Non-Public Group 4 crown, ESPNHS All-American

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas

Tomorrow: POWERADE state hoops rankings

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Union's Jamuari Bogan named Gatorade POY

December, 1, 2011
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Jamauri Bogan has been selected as Gatorade New Jersey Football Player of the Year.

Just a sophomore, the Union tailback ran for 2,260 yards and 27 touchdowns in leading the Farmers to a 7-3 mark and the Group 4, North 2 state quarterfinals. In an Oct. 14 contest against Elizabeth, Bogan rushed 50 times for 376 yards and six touchdowns to push Union to victory.

For a breakdown of Bogan's award, click here.

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

New Jersey football playoffs to get underway

November, 10, 2011
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It's the most wonderful time of the year for New Jersey football fans: the playoffs. Many storylines abound entering this year's postseason, like:

-Will Bergen Catholic get another crack at upsetting national No. 1 Don Bosco Prep?
-Will Holy Spirit recover and take the Non-Public, Group 2 crown like most predicted to begin the year?
-Will Old Tappan get another crack at a reeling Wayne Hills squad that used a last-second kickoff return to beat the Golden Knights in last year's title game?
-Will St. Joseph (Hamm.) take its dominant season to another level in the playoffs?

As you digest those, among many other intriguing questions surrounding the postseason, here are two games to watch out for in the opening round?

Union at Elizabeth
When these two teams met in the regular season, it proved to be Jamauri Bogan's coming-out party. The Union sophomore tailback carried the ball 50 times for 376 yards and six touchdowns to upset previously undefeated Elizabeth, 43-21. Bogan hasn't slowed down much since their Oct. 14 matchup, meaning the Minutemen D will certainly have to clamp down to avoid the same outcome.
My pick: Union 28, Elizabeth 21

Immaculata at DePaul
DePaul began its season with a loss before winning eight straight. Immaculata won eight straight contests before losing its regular-season finale. In other words, that intangible factor we call "momentum" could come into play in this matchup. Tailback Joe Moreno leads a DePaul offensive attack that put up nearly 42 points per game this year.
My pick: DePaul 30, Immaculata 24

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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