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January 24, 2006

Skill tops New Jersey

The Rivals.com New Jersey postseason top 50 is low on linemen, especially at the top of the list, but big on skill. Led by Florida State commitment Myron Rolle, Jersey is more about speed than anything else this year.

Five-star prospect Rolle finished the year as the top prospect in the state. The future Florida State safety had an impressive season recording 112 tackles and 14 for loss. He followed that up with a solid week in the Army All-American Bowl. He's a wonderful addition for the Seminoles with his ability to cover and his aggressive nature.

Woodrow Wilson's Antwine Perez remained at No. 2 after a strong year. In the Army All-American Bowl, the Southern Cal prospect stepped up even more with a couple huge hits and he'll be a big help in the Trojans secondary the next few years.

Knowshon Moreno out of Middletown South stayed at No. 3 in the rankings after leading his team to their third straight championship. He had another spectacular year and finished his career with nearly 6,000 yards and 150 touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder is expected to make a decision between Florida, Georgia and Virginia Tech.

Carteret defensive end Jason Adjepong moved up a spot to No. 4 after an impressive senior year in which he recorded 107 tackles and 10 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 248-pounder should provide a burst of speed off the end for the Hokies.

Rounding out the top five is wide receiver Kenny Britt who has narrowed his list down to Illinois, Rutgers and Virginia. The 6-foot-4, 191-pound Britt slipped just one spot, but is a good get with explosive 4.4-second speed. Academics cloud his immediate future but he could be a great long-term pickup.

Wide receiver Andrey Baskin stayed at the No. 6 spot in the Garden State. He plans to announce his decision between Tennessee and Syracuse on Signing Day.

Penn State offensive guard Lou Eliades is up one spot to No. 7 after another strong season.

The Virginia Cavaliers landed the No. 8 and 9 players in tight end Joe Torchia and running back Kordell Young. Torchia should be able to continue Virginia's success with tight ends as he's a big 6-foot-5, 231-pound target. Young is a small 5-foot-8, 177-pounder with impressive 4.4-second speed. He ran for nearly 1,900 yards and 32 touchdowns on just 152 carries this year and could play the role of Alvin Pearman.

Finishing the top 10, Virginia Tech landed another defensive end in Mike Gee. Gee moved up three spots after recording 34 tackles and four sacks in just five games. He'll be a nice opposite end to Adjepong.

Rutgers makes the list at No. 11 with wide receiver Shamar Graves. The 6-foot-3, 201-pounder moved up four spots after a solid season. The Scarlet Knights also landed the No. 16 player in the state, linebacker Ryan D'Imperio who moved up one spot.

Linebacker Darius Bagan made one of the biggest jumps from No. 31 to No. 18 after an impressive senior year in which he had 62 tackles, six sacks and one interception. He followed that up with an offer from Miami, although he will remain committed to Boston College.

Pemberton Township's Johnnie Troutman made one of the biggest drops in the rankings sliding nine spots to No. 19 after an early injury kept him out.

Both wide receiver Cedric Jeffries and linebacker Matt Hardison made big jumps up seven spots to No. 21 and 22 respectively. The future Penn State prospect, Jeffries finished the year with a respectable 300 yards receiving and four touchdowns. He added 60 tackles on defense. Rutgers future prospect Hardison also had a solid year.

Two-star Colorado running back Jaslee Rouson had one of the most dramatic moves in the rankings up 13 spots to No. 26. He's a big bruising back at 5-foot-10, 220-pounds and should be able to carry the load in Dan Hawkins new offense.

Tight end Jesse Cisco made a big jump too up 11 spots to No. 27. The Morristown prospect is a big prospect for coach Schiano at 6-foot-5, 230-pounds.

A handful of players made a huge jump into the rankings after not being on the initial list, they include No. 28 offensive lineman Doug Klopacz, No. 30 linebacker Darnell Carter, No. 31 linebacker Jack Corcoran and No. 39 offensive tackle Mo Lange.

Klopacz is a future Nittany Lion with good size at 6-foot-3, 265-pounds and speed at 4.85-seconds. Carter looks to continue Virginia's recent success at linebacker with his solid 6-foot-3, 225-pound frame. Corcoran out of St. Joseph's will make the move to linebacker for Rutgers in college. Finally, Lange was a virtual unknown a year ago after just moving from Germany. The enormous 6-foot-6, 351-pounder has already enrolled at Rutgers this spring.


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