After a very talented 2010 high school football recruiting class graduation on Long Island, there are a handful of players representing their alma maters at the college level. Long Island Pulse will look at the top 5 players from the 2009 football season and see where they fit at their new colleges:
-Malcolm Cater, Riverhead, Syracuse: According to the Syracuse Post Standard, Cater is projected as a weakside outside linebacker, even though he was a middle linebacker at Riverhead. He was an instrumental part of the Blue Waves’ 12-0 Long Island championship team. “He’s a very physical player that doesn’t shy from contact,” Riverhead coach Leif Shay told the Standard. “He pursues the ball very well and he brings it when he gets there.” Cater and JeVahn Cruz, who are cousins, shared the Hansen Award this year as Suffolk’s top football players.
-JeVahn Cruz, Hills West, Stony Brook: Cruz was one of the fastest athletes on the field in 2009. He’ll step away from the quarterback position and be a cornerback in college. As a First Team All-State selection and the MVP of just about everything last season, he also led his team to a 12-0 finish and the school’s first Long Island title.
-Kevin Hauter, Floyd, Stony Brook: Hauter is another First Team All-State selection and probably the best player on Floyd’s roster last season. He won the Zellner Award as the county’s best lineman last year and should find his way into the mix at Stony Brook as a defensive lineman.
-John Kinder, Lawrence, Syracuse: In two seasons at Lawrence, Kinder passed for more than 3,000 yards and ran for another 2,000. His 88 touchdowns are also pretty impressive considering the limited games high school football players are in. He told the Post Standard that he chose ‘Cuse because of, “The legends,” he said. “I mean, you look around, Jim Brown … it’s just so prestigious. It’s just a great place.”
“I’ve been a head coach since ’82 and he’s the best quarterback I’ve ever coached,” Lawrence coach Lou Andre told the Post Standard. “He’s 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. He’s real good in the weight room. He’s a great kid. I think the school is a great fit for him.”
-Rob Welsh, St Anthony’s, Syracuse: Welsh helped the Friars capture CHSFL AAA Division titles in 2007 and 2009. He finished his career with 167 tackles and 18.5 sacks. He’s received considerable press about Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone personally recruiting him, which was a key factor in him signing with the Orange. Welsh played defensive end at St. Anthony’s, but will be slotted as an offensive guard at Syracuse.
Notice a trend with these recruits? They’re all headed to Syracuse or Stony Brook. The Orange will grab more national attention then Stony Brook, but the Seawolves have an opportunity to do major damage in the Big South again this year. Joining Cruz are former Hansen winners Brock Jackolski (Floyd) and Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead), who both transferred from Hofstra after its football program disbanded. Don’t forget, Hansen winner Eddie Gowins (Bellport) is already on the team and heading into his junior year. Oh and just in case that wasn’t enough, they also picked up Davon Lawrence (Sachem North).