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Saturday, August 16, 2008
Updated: August 25, 4:46 PM ET
New Jersey All-Area Football

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Here's a preseason look at the players to watch in New Jersey:

OFFENSE
[POSITION] NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[QB] Joshua Evans Irvington 6-2/185 Senior
[QB] Brett Knief Don Bosco Prep 6-0/185 Senior
[RB] Raymond Graham Elizabeth 5-9/177 Senior
[RB] Theo Riddick Immaculata 5-10/185 Junior
[RB] Dillon Romain Don Bosco Prep 5-11/210 Senior
[WR] Shawney Kersey Woodbury 6-2/175 Senior
[WR] Tyree Watkins Camden 6-2/185 Senior
[TE] Mike Naples Somerville 6-4/220 Senior
[OL] Mark Brazinski Immaculata 6-2/280 Senior
[OL] Michael Cole North Brunswick 6-3/255 Senior
[OL] Khalil Wilkes St. Peter's Prep 6-3/290 Senior

DEFENSE
POSITION/NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[DL] Isaac Holmes Hoboken 6-3/295 Senior
[DL] Anthony LaLota Hun School 6-6/250 Senior
[DL] Michael Larrow Union 6-4/251 Senior
[DL] Tyler Stockton Hun School 6-1/290 Senior
[LB] Steve Beauharnais Saddle Brook 6-2/225 Senior
[LB] Carlo Calabrese Verona 6-2/235 Senior
[LB] Glenn Carson Southern Regional 6-3/220 Senior
[LB] Ryan Donohue St. Joseph's 6-2/215 Senior
[DB] Gerald Hodges Paulsboro 6-3/211 Senior
[DB] Nyshier Oliver St. Peter's Prep 5-11/185 Senior
[DB] Logan Ryan Eastern 5-11/175 Senior

OTHER TOP PLAYERS
NAME SCHOOL POSITION YEAR
Malcolm Bush Hackensack TE Sr.
Brett Caprio Mainland QB Sr.
Tyson Chandler North Plainfield DL Sr.
Jimmy Clark Don Bosco Prep WR Jr.
Jamal Clay Mahwah RB/WR Sr.
Bryant Fitzgerald Highland Park RB Sr.
Greg Fontania Millburn OL Sr.
Kadeem Gaither Paterson Kennedy RB/DB Sr.
Jeff Gakos Ridge OL/DL Sr.
John Gallagher Blair Academy DB Sr.
Nick Gerst Bergen Catholic RB Sr.
Ryan Gresik Newton QB Sr.
Michael Henry Toms River North DL Sr.
Tony Jones Don Bosco Prep RB Jr.
Chris La Pierre Shawnee RB/DB Sr.
Brian Leffler Hun School LB Sr.
Eric Loper Timber Creek DB Sr.
Anthony Lubischer Red Bank Catholic LB Sr.
Justin Mills Paterson Catholic LB Sr.
Michael Romanella Bound Brook QB Sr.
Brandon Sacco Don Bosco Prep OL Jr.
Mohamed Sanu South Brunswick DB Sr.
D.J. Sargenti Ridgefield QB Sr.
A.J. Scoppa New Milford RB Sr.
Nate Smith Highland Park LB Jr.
J.T. Tartacoff Montgomery WR Jr.
James Taylor Westwood LB Sr.
Jack Templeton Don Bosco Prep OL Sr.
Alfred Tillerson Wallington LB/RB Sr.
Kadeem Williams Hudson Catholic OL Sr.

PRIME-TIME PLAYERS

JOSHUA EVANS
One of the most athletic players in the state, Evans showed his versatility last year when he tossed 14 touchdowns, ran for 13 and intercepted seven passes while playing free safety.

THEO RIDDICK
The Notre Dame-bound Riddick set a school record by scoring 23 touchdowns in 2006, and last year he ran for 1,192 yards and punched in 13 TDs in just 10 games.

ANTHONY LALOTA
Last season was LaLota's first on the gridiron, but the newcomer caught on quickly. After racking up 10 sacks, the ex-hoops star has become a top recruit at defensive end.

NYSHIER OLIVER
The Tennessee commit is the best corner in the state, but he's also a dynamic offensive player. As a running back, he rushed for more than 1,500 yards last year and scored 24 touchdowns.

COACH'S TAKE

AN AREA COACH ON NYSHIER OLIVER:
"What a great player. You can put him up against any player in the state, and I'm talking offensively or defensively. He's one of those guys that you never want to see the ball in his hands, because you know, chances are, he's going to hurt you."