Originally Posted by crimson_n_black
Got it from a very reliable source.....friend who officiated a Bosco game last year. All five starting offensive linemen, graduated, and all of them signed D1 offers with major programs.
No. 64 Don Bosco, New Jersey
COACH: Greg Toal
LAST SEASON: 12-0
FINAL 2009 RANKING: No. 1 in RivalsHigh Top 100
KEEP AN EYE ON: The massive turnover of talent at Don Bosco. To say there will be some new faces on the field for the Iron Men may be one of the biggest understatements of the countdown. The reigning national champs lost seven players on the defensive side of the ball alone to Division I programs. It also lost two offensive linemen - one to Pittsburgh and the other to Richmond - and many other players to graduation. The turnover at Don Bosco is something that may be too tough to overcome, even for one of the nation's best programs.
STAR OF THE SHOW: Slightly by default but also by merit, Gary Nova earns the team's top billing, returning at quarterback and leading the team onto the field. Nova is a good leader and a field general. Winning a national title last year will give the team confidence in him and what he tells them in the huddle. Already committed to Pitt, Nova has the freedom to relax and just play football without the pressure of recruiting complicating matters.
IS THIS THE YEAR? For nearly the past decade, Don Bosco has ended the season atop the New Jersey state rankings in high school football, due in large part to having the most talented team each year. For the first time in a long time, Don Bosco is not only not the most talented team in the state, it might actually be third or even fourth on the talent list.
JUNIOR CLASS: The time to step up is now. There are plenty of open spots to be had on the field and the junior class is showing to be pretty strong. The offensive line will be strong and, on the defensive side of the ball, Darius Hamilton at defensive end and corner Elijah Shumate are already pulling in attention - especially Shumate who may be one of the best cover guys on the East Coast for the 2011 season.