Five South Jersey players you may not know
Jamil Peterson - Winslow Township High School
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.
Big running back with great size (6'1", 205 lbs.)
Linebacker that plays fast and physical
Mike Sears - Cedar Creek High School
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.
Prototypical size for linebacker (6'1", 215 lbs.)
Finishes tackles at the point of contact
Great blocker at tight end
Damien Peterson - Rancocas Valley High School
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.
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 - Cherokee High School
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.
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 - Camden High School
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.
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