High-SchoolNew-Jersey: Yuri Wright

Wright expelled from Don Bosco Prep for tweets

January, 20, 2012
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Yuri WrightDanny Wild/US PresswireYuri Wright is rated as the No. 4 cornerback in the ESPNU 150, but after being expelled from FAB 50 No. 1 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) for explicit tweets, his future could be up in the air.
In what could prove a cautionary tale to top recruits, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) senior Yuri Wright was expelled Thursday for explicit comments he made on Twitter, according to The Star-Ledger. The tweets were racial in nature and sexually graphic, leading the school to take action against its star cornerback. Wright is ranked as the nation's No. 4 cornerback and No. 40 overall recruit by ESPNU.

Reports had swirled this week that Michigan had backed off recruiting Wright because of his tweets. Wright is also considering offers from Colorado, Notre Dame and Rutgers.

Click here to read more about the story from ESPN.com.

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

Three Don Bosco defenders named ESPNHS All-Americans

December, 22, 2011
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The main reason Don Bosco Prep captured its sixth straight Non-Public Group 4 title and second POWERADE FAB 50 crown in three years was simple: defense. So it's no surprise that three of those defenders earned spots on the ESPNHS All-American team.

Senior defensive lineman Darius Hamilton was named to the first team, senior DB Yuri Wright made the second team and two-way starting RB/DB Jabrill Peppers earned a slot on the third team. Peppers was the lone sophomore named on any of the teams.

Click here to see the full roster.

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.

Don Bosco Prep football faces big test in opener

September, 9, 2011
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For weeks, we've talked about the juggernaut that is Don Bosco Prep's football game. Four straight state titles. 35 consecutive wins. No. 1 ranking in the POWERADE FAB 50.

This weekend, the curtain will finally be raised on the Ironmen and the Jersey football scene.

Don Bosco is waiting no time proving its worth as the nation's top team as it hosts No. 6 Mission Viejo (Calif.), a program that's produced the likes of Jets QB Mark Sanchez. This year's quarterback, Alex Bridgford, looked solid in the Diablos' opener, passing for four touchdowns. But the Ironmen defense present quite the challenge for Bridgford.

From lineman Darius Hamilton and Mike Strizak to defensive backs Elijah Shumate, Yuri Wright and Jabrill Peppers, the Ironmen have the potential to lock down any and every opponent that comes their way. (Good thing, too, judging by the monster schedule Don Bosco has this season).

The X-factor could be Ironmen quarterback Mike Yankovich. The senior replaces two-year starter Gary Nova, who is now at Rutgers. Yankovich has a good target in All-State wideout Leonte Carroo, but he certainly has little time for growing pains with a squad like Mission Viejo coming to town.
Prediction: Don Bosco 28, Mission Viejo 24

No. 5 St. Peter's Prep vs. Montclair at Rutgers
This matchup serves as the biggest in-state matchup, as there's plenty of star power on both sides. St. Peter's Prep has the experience edge, boasting senior quarterback Brandon Napoleon (West Virginia commit) and tight end Michael Giacone (Rutgers). In pursuit of Napolen will be All-State defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick, who had 82 tackles and 10 sacks last season.
Prediction: St. Peter's Prep 35, Montclair 21

Hammonton at Mainland Regional
It will be quite the emotional weekend for Mainland Regional's football team. Not only is the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 sure to be heavy on some minds, but this will mark the first game played by the Mustangs since losing four teammates in a tragic car crash in August.

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.
Don Bosco Prep FootballSteve Boyle/ESPNHSDon Bosco Prep, the top-ranked football team in the POWERADE FAB 50 and five-time defending state champ, is led by this senior quintet. Clockwise from left: Elijah Shumate, Mike Strizak, Darius Hamilton, Leonte Carroo and Yuri Wright

Winners of the last five state championships. A record of 59-1 in that span. Currently atop the POWERADE FAB 50 Football Team Rankings for the second time in three years.
The maroon-and-white tradition within Don Bosco Prep's football program is indeed a strong one, especially of late. And with 10 of its 11 starters returning on defense, one can't help but think that the saga will continue this upcoming season.

Anchoring this charge is a quintet of seniors headed for Division I BCS programs -- Leonte Carroo, Darius Hamilton, Elijah Shumate, Mike Strizak, Yuri Wright. In the September edition of the ESPNHS New Jersey magazine, each veteran took time to share what it felt like to enter into this special dynasty as well as their plans in making sure it carries on in 2011. Click here to see what they had to say.

Don Bosco Prep dominates All-State football team

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As featured in the ESPNHS New Jersey magazine that hits schools this week, here's our annual All-State Football Team along with 50 other players to watch.
(The team is based on projected on-field performance and accomplishments, not necessarily recruiting potential. For a list of the top football recruits in the state, click here)

Want to see the All-State teams for the other 49 states? We've got 'em right here.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Ryan Davies, Howell, QB, Senior
Had 2,864 yards and 36 TDs in first year as starter

Devin Fuller, Old Tappan, QB, Senior
Dual-threat QB is ranked No. 40 in ESPNU 150; had 52 total scores

Sean Maguire, Seton Hall Prep, QB, Senior
Florida State commit expected to break out in 2011

Kye Morgan, Franklin, RB, Senior
Racked up 1,501 total yards and 21 TDs; also excels in secondary

Donta Pollock, Holy Spirit, RB, Senior
Speedy back ran for 1,878 yards and 29 touchdowns last season

Delon Stephenson, Sayreville, RB, Senior
Two-way starter rushed for 1,089 yards and snagged five INTs

Carlton Agudosi, Franklin, WR, Senior
Rutgers commit registered 42 catches for 865 yards and eight TDs

Leonte Carroo, Don Bosco Prep, WR, Senior
Exploded as junior with 45 catches for 1,005 yards and 14 scores

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