Scenes from Signing Day: Top Recruits from Around the Shore Make Their College Choices Official
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Standout football players from around the Shore Conference made their college choices official on Wednesday, signing their National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day to begin the next chapter of their scholastic and athletic careers.
Leading the way early Wednesday morning was the Toms River North trio of quarterback Mike Husni, wide receiver Darrion Carrington and defensive back Bryce Watts. Husni, the 2016 Shore Sports Network Offensive Player of the Year, signed with Marist while Carrington, a first-team All-Shore selection, will head to the Ivy League at Yale. Watts, also a first-team All-Shore pick, is one of a handful of FBS recruits from the Shore and signed with Virginia Tech.
Husni will go down as the greatest statistical quarterback in Shore Conference history after a senior season where he threw for 2,027 yards and 25 touchdowns while also running for 1,618 yards and 19 touchdowns, tying the Shore Conference single-season touchdown record of 44. He is the first quarterback in Shore Conference history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in a season as well as the first two rush and pass for 1,000 each in three straight seasons. Carrington caught 35 passes for 927 yards and a conference-leading 15 touchdowns for the No. 1 offense in the Shore. Watts' blazing speed made him a menace for the Mariners, and he caught 33 passes for 798 yards and nine touchdowns as a wide receiver and made 43 tackles with two interceptions as a defensive back. Watts had been committed to Rutgers for several months, but de-committed from the Scarlet Knights on Jan. 15. Six days later he gave a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech.
The 2016 Shore Sports Network Defensive Player of the Year, Rumson-Fair Haven linebacker Mike Ruane, is already enrolled at the University of Massachusetts. Ruane made 120 tackles with 15 hits for a loss and 3.5 sacks to lead the Bulldogs to their fourth straight NJSIAA sectional title.
Ocean quarterback Kenny Pickett is already enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh. A second-team All-Shore selection, Pickett threw for 1,395 yards and nine touchdowns and ran for 492 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Mater Dei Prep wide receiver Eddie Lewis held several FBS offers and but was noncommittal about his decision until signing day when he signed with Rutgers. Lewis was a first-team All-Shore selection with 23 receptions for 547 and 13 touchdowns. Lewis also returned two punts for touchdowns and gives the Scarlet Knights a dangerous playmaker on special teams.
Brick's do-it-all star, Ja'Sir Taylor, had been committed to Temple since the summer, but de-committed from the Owls on Jan. 19 and pledged his allegiance to Wake Forest the following day. Taylor made it official on Wednesday by signing with the Demon Deacons.
Central running Mike Bickford was a first-team All-Shore selection and will continue his career at East Stroudsburg.
Middletown North quarterback Donald Glenn led the Shore in passing this season with 2,689 yards and is the Shore Conference's all-time leader with 7,498 yards and 71 touchdowns. The next stop for him is Wagner College.
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