The final time we see our top recruits in high school uniforms. Let’s take a look at who finished their high school careers on top.
Johnathan Lewis - QB, St. Peter’s Prep
Result: 33-28 Loss to Paramus Catholic - Non-Public, Group 4 Championship
Stats: 21-37 for 145 yards, 23 carries for 156 yards, 4 touchdowns (61, 38, 4, 4)
Despite falling just short of a victory, last Friday night was the Johnathan Lewis show. The dual-threat QB did it all in his final game for St. Peter’s Prep, providing Rutgers fans with a glimpse into a very promising future at quarterback.
Bo Melton - WR, Cedar Creek
Result: 19-13 Loss to West Deptford - South Jersey, Group 2 Championship
Stats: 5 receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD 8 carries, 25 yards
While it may not show up on the stat sheet, Melton was a force to be reckoned with last Sunday. Melton was particularly affective on jet sweeps from the slot, and his lone touchdown was a catch-and-run where he slipped between three would-be tacklers who were converging in on him. His most electrifying play of the game didn’t even count: a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown called back by a hold.
Naijee Jones - CB, Timber Creek
Result: 31-10 Win over Lenape - South Jersey, Group 4 Championship
Stats: 5 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 PD
Jones was all over the field in his championship victory, playing an outside linebacker/slot corner role that allowed him to roam freely. Jones’ instincts as well as his size/speed combination were impressive to see in person.
Up Next: 12/4 vs #12 Lenape
Tyler Hayek - WR, Wayne Hills
Round 1: 31-24 Win over Wayne Valley - North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 Championship
Stats: 3 catches, 76 yards, 1 TD (46 yards)
In what was arguably the most exciting game of the entire 2016 season, Tyler Hayek and Wayne Hills came up victorious in an overtime thriller. After scoring on the first possession of overtime, Wayne Hills watched a Wayne Valley receiver fumble the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety on the very first play of their possession, clinching the victory.
Bryce Watts - WR/DB, Toms River North
Result: 22-16 Loss to Millville - South Jersey, Group 5 Championship
Stats: 4 catches, 32 yards
It was an exceptionally odd game for Toms River North, getting upset by a Millville team that shut down their vertical passing game. While Watts could not get much going on offense, he was a shutdown corner on defense. The Millville passing attack did not look Watts’ way very often. He was solid and physical against the run. It will be interesting to see what position Watts begins career at Rutgers as.