Perhaps no player in the Northeast has done more to elevate his stock this season than junior wide receiver John Tsimis (Harrington Park, N.J./Bergen Catholic).
He played sparingly as a sophomore, but has become a major part of the Bergen Catholic offense this season. He caught two touchdown passes in Saturday's 30-17 victory over previously-unbeaten St. Joseph (Montvale) and is currently sixth among New Jersey players in receiving yardage (35 receptions for 532 yards and eight touchdowns). He made a name for himself when he had 10 receptions for 160 yards in a loss to Don Bosco earlier this season.
“Last year I played behind Cam Dickerson, who's now at Northwestern,” Tsimis said. “This year I've had more of an opportunity. I thought I'd be a big part of the offense.”
Tsimis said he doesn't expect to receive his first scholarship offer until after the season, but said Rutgers, Penn State, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Stanford, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Princeton are among the schools that have shown interest. Both of his parents attended Rutgers.
“I haven't been focusing on [recruiting] yet, but I do know Rutgers is interested in offering because they contacted my coach,” Tsimis said. “I'm just focusing on the season. I'm not sure where I want to go at this point. It's too early.”
Drennon lands Maryland offer
Junior Dajaun Drennon (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek), a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end, picked up an offer from Maryland on Monday, two days after he attended Maryland's 56-45 loss to Clemson.
Drennon also has offers from Iowa, Rutgers, Penn State, Purdue and Syracuse.
“None of them really stand out,” Drennon said. “I'm still a junior so I want to take my time and keep my options open.
“I think that might have been one of the best games I've been to all season. I talked to [Maryland assistant coaches Lee Hull and Greg Gatusso] and they both told me that I can be a great asset to their team because they look for speed and strength at defensive end.”