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Five South Jersey players you may not know


Jamil Peterson - Photo By: Ryan Handy
Jamil Peterson - Winslow Township High School
Senior

Peterson had a major physical transformation this offseason. He’s grown about two inches and added noticeable weight to his 6-foot-1 frame. Last season, he played safety and was the backup running back to Trey Thorpe, who rushed for 1,261 yards and 15 touchdowns. In limited action at running back, Peterson rushed for 90 yards on 17 attempts . This season he’s expecting a break out campaign as he takes over starting duties at running back and linebacker.


Player Report:

  • Big running back with great size (6'1", 205 lbs.)

  • Finishes runs

  • Linebacker that plays fast and physical



Mike Sears - Photo By: D2 Sports Network

Mike Sears - Cedar Creek High School
Senior

Sears was the starting center his sophomore and junior years for the Pirates. This off-season, the senior hit the weight room hard, lost some weight and got a lot faster. Sears will be playing linebacker and tight end and is looking to make a big impact as the Pirates look to make another run at the NJSIAA Group 3 state championship.


Player Report:

  • Prototypical size for linebacker (6'1", 215 lbs.)

  • Finishes tackles at the point of contact

  • Great blocker at tight end




- Photo By: D2 Sports Network
Damien Peterson - Rancocas Valley High School
Junior

Damien Peterson will be lining up at linebacker this season for the Red Devils. While observing him during a quad scrimmage against the likes of Camden Eastside, Lenape and Winslow, he impressed by filling the alleys and showed good speed on run throughs. More impressively, this is Peterson's first year playing high school football.


Player Report:

  • Athletic linebacker (6'2", 200 lbs.)

  • Great speed with the ability to play sideline to sideline

  • Packs a punch at the point of attack





Jake Zubrzycki Photo via Twitter
Jake Zubrzycki - Cherokee High School
Senior

Zubrzycki was named one of four team captains for the Chiefs this season. In a scrimmage against Cedar Creek on August 19, his size and physical presence at tight end was instantly noticeable. He runs very good pass routes and knows how to use his 6-foot-3 frame versus opposing defensive backs.


Player Report:

  • A solid tight (6’3", 205 lbs.)

  • Good run blocker that understands pad level

  • Soft hands that are very reliable in the pass game








Malik Redd Photo via Instagram

Malik Redd - Camden High School
Sophomore

The youngest player to end the list is Malik "Skeety" Redd - a wide receiver and defensive back for Camden. Redd is a flat out playmaker. In a scrimmage against Woodstown, he made all types of plays at wide receiver. As a young player, he understands route concepts and when adjustments are needed as a receiver. Redd still has room for improvement as a player, but he’s definitely on the right track.


Player Report:

  • Speedy wide receiver and defensive back (5'8", 155 lbs.)

  • Runs good routes and is electric with the ball in his hands

  • Big upside with two more years to develop





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