2017 All-Metro Football Team

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Updated Thu, Dec 14, 2017 4:56 PM

2017 All-Metro Football Player of the Year

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John Langan
John Langan

Committed to:Boston College

Height:6-4
Weight:230

Grade:Senior
Position:Quarterback

After two seasons of producing solid personal statistics, but not achieving ultimate team success, Langan put it all together and sent the Crusaders (10-2) to their first Non-Public, Group 4 championship since 2004.

Langan passed for 2,103 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 825 yards and 12 TDs--impressive numbers by any standard. But his less quantifiable qualities were what truly catapulted Bergen Catholic forward, like Langan's unshakable poise in the late stages of  games and his ability to instantly flip from steady-handed QB  to ball-toting battering ram with the first-down marker or end zone close at hand.

Following the Crusaders' humbling 62-14 loss to California power Mater Dei Sept. 16, Langan steered his club to nine consecutive victories en route to the final, a stunning 44-7 rout over St. Peter's Prep. He compiled 4,789 passing yards, 1,452 rushing yards and a combined 69 touchdowns in his career.   

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2017 All-Metro Football Coach of the Year

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P.J. Jankowicz
P.J. Jankowicz

The Blue Jays' remarkable turnaround from 1-9 last season to 11-1 one year later certainly looks like an overnight success story for head coach P.J. Jankowicz.

But this story actually took 289 days and nights to take shape, from their final game in 2016 to the Sept. 9 opener this year. Jankowicz conducted soul-searching meetings with coaches and players after that 1-9 campaign and he inspired a reevaluation of goals among the players that would be routinely manifested in the weight room and on the track in those ensuing months.

Jankowicz' triple-option offense churned out almost 4,000 rushing yards with an effort that was as collaborative as any in New Jersey. That was first made evident when four players scored in an opening-game win over Metuchen, and highlighted further when six Blue Jays scored one TD each in their 33-21 victory over Point Pleasant Beach for the Central Jersey, Group 1 crown

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2017 All-Metro Football First Team - Offense

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Khris Banks
Khris Banks

Height:6-4
Weight:280

Grade:Senior
Position:Offensive Line

The Spartans rolled up 2,632 passing yards and 1,953 rushing with this durable tackle protecting QB Ta'Quan Roberson and leading the ground surge. Banks also recorded 47 tackles, including 16 for losses, and a sack to help DePaul (8-3) claim the Non-Public, Group 3 championship after two consecutive losses in the final. 

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Tyler Friday
Tyler Friday

Height:6-3
Weight:265

Grade:Senior
Position:Offensive Live

The Ironmen struggled at 2-8 for first losing season this century, but Friday still graded out consistently as a premier offensive lineman in the state's toughest conference , and he also starred  on the defensive line once again.  Among Friday's 20-plus offers are Alabama, Ohio State, Rutgers, Penn State, Boston College and Miami. 

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Matt Jones
Matt Jones

Committed to:Ohio State University

Height:6-4
Weight:300

Grade:Senior
Position:Offensive Line

The 3-time consecutive first team all-New York City football nominee, Jones ended his outstanding high school career by using his impressive strength and footwork to help a high scoring Dutchmen offense. The Ohio-State commit also contributed defensively as a starting nose guard with two sacks on the season.  

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Nick Russo
Nick Russo

Height:6-2
Weight:300

Grade:Senior
Position:Offensive Line

In Russo's three seasons at left guard, the Green Knights went 25-10 and reached three sectional finals, including a Non-Public, Group 3 title in 2016. This fall, he recorded 22 pancake blocks, giving him 38 for his career. The Green Knights this season accumulated 2,131 passing yards and 2,052 rushing yards.

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Mike Scibelli
Mike Scibelli

Height:6-3
Weight:300

Grade:Senior
Position:Offensive Line

Nicknamed “Big Cat” because of his size and speed, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound two-way lineman received the Martone Award as the top lineman in Nassau County. The three-year starter provided quarterback Tommy Heuer the necessary time to connect with a host of receivers and had 59 tackles, 10 for losses, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. 

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Naim Mayfield
Naim Mayfield

Committed to:Fordham

Height:5-10
Weight:185

Grade:Senior
Position:Running Back

Deceptive speed and body control that never gave tacklers a clean angle were amongst the many qualities that hatched an incredible season for the scintillating running back. Mayfield exploded for 2,681 yards on 203 carries, scored 46 touchdowns (one every 4.4 hauls) and returned both a kickoff and punt for scores.

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Amad Anderson
Amad Anderson

Committed to:Purdue University

Height:6-1
Weight:170

Grade:Senior
Position:Wide Receiver- Curtis High School

The athletic playmaking senior was a threat on the field with 28 receptions for 835 yards while averaging almost 30 yards per catch. He finished the season with 12 touchdown receptions, 3 rushing scores along with delivering a stellar performance as a shutdown defensive back. 

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Lucas Nunez
Lucas Nunez

Committed to:Sacred Heart University

Height:5-8
Weight:170

Grade:Senior
Position:Wide Receiver

The Sacred Heart commit displayed strong hands and quick feet to help the high-flying Cardinals offense by finishing the season with 66 catches, 1,399 receiving yards and had 15 touchdown receptions. The CHSFL awarded Nunez as the Class AAA offensive player of the year. 

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Justin Shorter - South Brunswick
Justin Shorter - South Brunswick

Committed to:Penn State

Height:6-4
Weight:203

Grade:Senior
Position:Wide Receiver

The widespread attention devoted to this five-star receiver opened avenues for many other Vikings as they navigated to a sectional title. Shorter caught 36 passes for 522 yards and seven touchdowns, rushed for 322 yards and four TDs and recorded 69 tackles and two interceptions out of the secondary for 11-1 South Brunswick.

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Jeremy Ruckert
Jeremy Ruckert

Committed to:Ohio State

Height:6-6
Weight:240

Grade:Senior
Position:Tight End

The five-star recruit was the Gatorade NYS Player of the Year and co-Hansen Award winner given annually to Suffolk’s top player. Ruckert did it all for the Bulldogs with 61 receptions for 1,094 yards and 13 TDs, 64 tackles, 13 sacks, two interceptions, one returned for a score and was 49-50 on PATs and 6-9 on field goals with a long of 43. 

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Ashante Worthy
Ashante Worthy

Height:5-9
Weight:195

Grade:Senior
Position:Utility

Creative and electrifying, Worthy became the first player in New Jersey history to surpass 2,000 yards both passing and rushing in a single season. He set the state’s rushing record with 2,860 yards and 41 TDs on 345 carries and completed 143 of 205 passes for 2,106 yards and 20 touchdowns. He added three interceptions in limited action in the defensive secondary.

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Quincy Barnes
Quincy Barnes

Height:5-9
Weight:190

Grade:Senior
Position:Quarterback-Curtis High School

Barnes once again proved to be an inspirational and clutch performer that delivered when it counted for the back-to-back PSAL city champions. The senior used his strong arm and quick feet to throw for 28 touchdowns with only one interception on the season along with completing 95 out of 150 passes for 2,028 yards and had a quarterback rating of 143.1. 

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Daniel Webb
Daniel Webb

Committed to:Army West Point

Height:5-7
Weight:160

Grade:Senior
Position:Kick Return

He missed almost two full games with an injury and was routinely avoided in kick situations, yet still returned three punts and one kickoff for scores. Webb rushed 122 times for 1,371 yards and 24 touchdowns to lead 12-0 Montclair to its fourth North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 title in six years. His 81 career TDs are an Essex County record.

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Anthony Pecorella
Anthony Pecorella

Height:6-2
Weight:185

Grade:Junior
Position:Punter

The junior with the golden leg was sensational in all kicking aspects for Chaminade. Of his 44 punts for 1,904 yards, 19 were pinned inside the 20-yard line. He averaged 43.3 yards per punt with a long of 72. Pecorella was also 26-28 on PATs, 9-11 on field goal attempts with a long of 52 and of his 40 kickoffs that averaged 60.3 yards, 23 were touchbacks.  

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2017 All-Metro Football First Team - Defense

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Jayson Ademilola
Jayson Ademilola

Committed to:Notre Dame

Height:6-3
Weight:280

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Line

He went head-to-head against some the best offensive linemen in the region, yet still managed to accumulate 56 tackles (32 of them solos and 16 for losses) and eight sacks to help anchor the Marauders' hard-hitting defense. Two of his sacks came in a 42-19 win over Paramus Catholic in the Non-Public, Group 4 semifinals.

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Grayson Cherubino
Grayson Cherubino

Committed to:Bucknell

Height:6-5
Weight:230

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Line

The Bucknell-bound two-year starter had the combination of size and speed that made him a devastating force at defensive end. The Joe Thomas Award winner as the top lineman in the CHSFL Class AAA, Cherubino had 30 tackles, 14 for losses, along with seven sacks and two forced fumbles. 

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Howard Cross III
Howard Cross III

Height:6-2
Weight:240

Grade:Junior
Position:Defensive Line

This rugged veteran racked up 103 tackles, including 10 for losses, and had 5.5 sacks and one fumble recovery for the Green Knights. Cross registered double-digit tackles in numerous games, including a season-high 13, and also one sack, in an October victory over Paramus Catholic, and 11 tackles and an interception in an earlier win against Pope John.

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Javontae Jean-Baptiste
Javontae Jean-Baptiste

Height:6-5
Weight:210

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Line

He used tremendous quickness and a knack for the moment to patrol his perimeter and terrorize opposing backfields. Jean-Baptiste compiled 88 tackles, including 14.5 for losses and 11.5 sacks. He recorded 18 total tackles in three playoff games and had two sacks in the Crusaders' 44-7 win over St. Peter's Prep in the Non-Public, Group 4 final.

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Vinny DePalma
Vinny DePalma

Committed to:Boston College

Height:6-1
Weight:225

Grade:Senior
Position:Linebacker

The durable veteran was once a fiery defensive leader and a steadying influence for the Spartans (8-3) en route to the Non-Public, Group 3 championship. He recorded 128 tackles (105 solos and 18 TFL) and four sacks, while also rushing for 479 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 12 tackles in DePaul's 7-3 win over St. Joseph Regional  in the final.

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Willie Matthews
Willie Matthews

Height:6-1
Weight:190

Grade:Junior
Position:Linebacker

Matthews' game-to-game tackling statistics sometimes seem too big to believe, until you watch him in person or review the film. He and the ball are rarely ever separated. Matthews produced 186 tackles (91 solos and 38.5 TFL), 22.5 sacks and had one interception. He already owns the school record with 333 career tackles.

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Shayne Simon
Shayne Simon

Committed to:Notre Dame

Height:6-3
Weight:200

Grade:Senior
Position:Linebacker

Whether zeroing in on ball carriers or running pass routes, Simon found ways to make an opponent's day most unpleasant. At outside linebacker he compiled 53 tackles, including 14 for losses, and had two sacks and five interceptions for the 9-3 Marauders. Simon also caught 52 passes for 840 yards and six touchdowns. 

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Evan Stewart
Evan Stewart

Committed to:Boston College

Height:6-1
Weight:216

Grade:Senior
Position:Linebacker

This sideline-to-sideline traffic enforcer generated 114 tackles (41 solos and 9 for losses), 1.5 sacks, three interceptions and two caused fumbles to help guide the Green Knights (8-4) to a third straight appearance in the Non-Public, Group 3 final. He closes his career with 239 tackles. Stewart also rushed for two touchdowns and caught one this year. 

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Nysere Nunn
Nysere Nunn

Height:5-10
Weight:170

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Back

His outstanding play in the secondary was pivotal in the Non-Public, Group 3 final as he helped contain dangerous St. Joseph Regional QB Nick Patti and lead DePaul to a 7-3 victory. Nunn finished with 57 tackles (51 of them solos) and four interceptions, and closed his career with 106 tackles.

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George Wichelns
George Wichelns

Committed to:Maryland (lacrosse)

Height:6-0
Weight:185

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Back

An uber-athletic, two-way dynamo with a terrific motor, the two-year starter won the Cassese Award as Suffolk’s top defensive back. Wichelns, a Maryland lacrosse commit, had 36 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups and had 59 receptions for 810 yards and eight TDs. He totaled 1,515 yards with 13 scores and one two-point conversion. 

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Trill Williams
Trill Williams

Committed to:Syracuse

Height:6-2
Weight:190

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Back

The Hudson Valley’s most dynamic player continued to elevate his game as the playoffs progressed. He earned CHSFL Defensive Player of the Year honors after recording 45 tackles, 35 of which were solo, and intercepted five passes. He returned an interception for a touchdown in an epic performance in the CHSFL AAA final, which he followed up with 146 yards and three touchdowns in a Catholic state title victory. On the year, Williams accounted for 555 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns on just 45 touches.

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Dave Estevez
Dave Estevez

Height:5-11
Weight:195

Grade:Senior
Position:Utility

If it was an impact play executed by River Dell, chances are this versatile senior was smack in the middle. He passed for 1,772 yards and 15 touchdowns, rushed for 1,324 yards and 25 TDs, averaged 38 yards per punt and also made 72 tackles at safety. His leadership guided the Golden Hawks to a second straight sectional championship.

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Brett Makar
Brett Makar

Committed to:Maryland (lacrosse)

Height:6-1
Weight:185

Grade:Senior

The stats are mind boggling: 2,039 yards, 23 touchdowns, 8.2 yards per carry, 79 tackles, nine sacks, two interceptions. But Makar’s most important attribute was his leadership. He ranks among the best to ever come through the Yorktown football program, and could have had a future in football if he chose to, especially after leading the Huskers to a Section 1 title and a berth in state title game. He ran for 200-plus yards in four straight playoff games, including a season-best 238 vs. Cornwall.

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Calogero Caruso
Calogero Caruso

Height:5-10
Weight:183

Grade:Senior
Position:Kicker

An avid soccer player prior to this fall, Caruso slipped into his new role comfortably and emphatically. His placekicking, kickoffs and punts helped the Knights overcome many key graduation losses and lead them to an 8-3 finish. Caruso was perfect on seven field goal attempts, with a long of 35 yards, and was 33 of 33 on PAT. 

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