Interesting story on the blog One Foot Down, the University of Notre Dame football blog of SB Nation about high school football in New York.
The story called — Let’s Talk About Underachieving New York State High School Football — looked at the lack of top college recruits from America’s third largest state by population with 19.75 million people. The story by Eric Murtaugh states the Empire State hasn’t averaged two 4-star recruits over the past decade.
According to 247 Sports, this year there isn’t one four-star recruit in the Empire State. Last year there was only one 4-star recruit — Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. of Canisius in Buffalo. Wheatley, who’s dad played in the NFL for ten years and is currently the running backs coach at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, is a 6-6, 260 pound tight end, who followed in his dad’s footsteps to Ann Arbor.
This year’s top New York recruit is Elite 11 quarterback competitor Jake Zembiec of Aquinas Institute. Zembiec has given his verbal to Penn St.
In all, there are ten 3-star recruits in the Class of 2016, according to 247Sports.
1. Jake Zembiec – QB, Canisius (3-stars) – Penn St.
2. Timothy Poindexter – S, Cardinal Hayes (3-stars) – Undecided
3. Jamir Jones – OLB, Aquinas Institute (3-stars) – Notre Dame
4. Elias Reynolds – OLB, Poly Prep (3-stars) – Rutgers
5. Ray Marten – TE, Poly Prep (3-stars) – Boston College
6. Taylor Riggins – OLB, Aquinas Institute (3-stars) – Syracuse
7. Taysir Mack – WR, Grand Street (3-stars) – Rutgers
8. Ahmed Bah – WR, Grand Street (3-stars) – Rutgers
9. Demetrius Breedlove – TE, McQuaid Jesuit (3-stars) – Undecided
10. Justin Morgan – OT, Poly Prep (3-stars) – Rutgers