Monday, March 30, 2015

Football notebook: Moorestown's Lawless to Stony Brook

Football notebook: Moorestown's Lawless to Stony Brook



By Phil Anastasia

Moorestown linebacker Shayne Lawless has committed to attend Stony Brook.

"It's a great feeling," said Lawless, who committed about a week and a half ago. "I was hearing from a lot of schools but I didn't have any offers. When they offered, I knew it was right for me."

Lawless said he attended a camp at Stony Brook, which is located on Long Island, last summer. He said he excited to play for a Division I program that competes in the Colonial Athletic Association with Villanova, Delaware, Towson and others.

"It's a great opportunity," Lawless said.

The 6-2, 195-pound Lawless was recruited as a linebacker although he could project to strong safety. He led the Quakers with 86 tackles last season.


Banks to Wagner.

Paul VI linebacker Kishon Banks has committed to Wagner on a football scholarship.

The 6-0, 220-pound Banks made 54 tackles with eight sacks last season as the Eagles went 7-3.

"He is a kid that every coach hopes to have in his program," Paul VI coach John Doherty said. "He has been a constant leader on and off the field. He is a class act and a darn good football player."


Jennings to Pitt.

Timber Creek senior Adonis Jennings commited to Pitt during his participation in the Semper Fi All-American game in Carson City, Cal., last weekend.

Jennings set the South Jersey record with 1,434 receiving yards last season. He made 83 catches, 14 for touchdowns.

Jennings originally had commited to Rutgers but announced in November that he was opening up his recruiting. He had offers from more than 20 colleges, including Arkansas, Iowa and Arizona.


On the rise.

Timber Creek junior defensive back Kareem Ali continues to collect offers. He picked up offers from Duke and Nebraska last week.

Ali has offers from around 15 colleges, including Penn State, Clemson, Maryland, Wisconsin and Rutgers.



Around 165 athletes have committed to attend the first Beast of the East underclassmen showcase at Total Turf in Pitman on Jan. 17 from 6-10 p.m.

The showcase has been organized by Marcus Hammond of Next Level Quarterbacks. Several college scouts as well as evaluators for recruiting services are expected to be in attendance.

Among the South Jersey players who have registered to attend are Paul VI junior wide receiver Irvin Charles; St. Joseph sophomore twins Salaam and A'Laam Horne, Glassboro junuirs Juwan Johnson and Ronnie James; Clearview junior Sterling Sheffield; Camden sophomore Brad Hawkins and Camden Catholic sophomore Benny Walls, among many others.


This and that.

Timber Creek quarterback Dan Williams, who set the state record with 3,545 passing yards this season, has drawn recruiting interest from some Division II programs as well as Delaware State, according to Chargers coach Rob Hinson . . . Absegami defensive end Abdullah Anderson has committed to Bucknell . . . Triton linebacker Isaiah Baylor also is involved with Delaware State, Stony Brook and Maine as well as Division II programs such as Shippensburg and Kutztown, according to Mustangs coach Pete Goetz . . . St. Augustine Prep lineman Mike McGrath has committed to Columbia, Hermits coach Mark Reardon said . . . Woodstown lineman Nathan Prus has an offer to join the Delaware program as a preferred walk-on but is considering some other options, Wolverines coach John Adams said . . . Camden lineman Andrew Stevens picked up an offer from Maine on Friday, Panthers coach Dwayne Savage said.

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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at

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