These five players are all under-recruited players for a multitude a reasons, the most common being size. The following players are listed in no particular order and all have division one talent. They are all current seniors in high school. Without further ado, here are the 5 Underrated and Under-Recruited Players in NJ.

Jorge Portorreal, ATH

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High School: St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ)

Commitment: Lehigh

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Player Review

Portorreal was possibly the most impactful player on Group 4 Non-Public State Championship runner-up. The Lehigh commit started on both sides on the ball and was a huge force. On Defense, Portoreal had two interceptions and took both back for a touchdown. On Offense, he hauled in 753 yards in the air, 8 receiving touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown. He also had a punt return touchdown. Jorge is also a great all-around athlete. He averaged 10.7 points per game for a prestigious St. Peter’s Prep basketball team. Portorreal also plays in what Max Preps called the “Toughest High School Football League in the Country.” Before announcing his commitment, he only held two scholarship offers from Lehigh and New Hampshire. Portorreal is easily one of the top athletes in the Northeast and should be seriously considered as a 2017 ATH prospect. 

 

Jordan Scott, ATH

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High School: St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale, NJ)

Offers: Stetson, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Howard (Howard Commit)

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Player Review

Scott was a very important factor to the state-champion St. Joe’s Green Knights. Jordan rushed for 385 and 5 touchdowns. He hauled in 220 yards on 12 receptions and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Scott possibly runs the fastest 40 yard dash in the Northeast. He was clocked at 4.36 seconds this past summer. However, Jordan stands at only 5′ 7″ and 150 pounds. In the past two weeks, he has accumulated three offers, the most of any of these athletes. Scott could easily be one of the top FBS kickoff returners and his speed is a great asset. 

 

Keshon Farmer, RB

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High School: Peddie School (Hightstown, NJ)

Offers: Navy (Navy Commit)

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Player Review

Farmer is possibly the shiftiest and quickest running back in the country. He has an acute ability to find holes, and when they are lacking, he can create his own. Keshon is severely under-recruited because of his size. Keshon is 5′ 7″ and weighs 165 pounds. However, he plays big. If you watch his highlight reel closely you will see him blocking division one defensive lineman and linebackers. Keshon has a remarkable ability to make people miss. He was featured in the Top 10 Plays of the Week in late September. During the play he jukes about half of the St. Peter’s Prep defense on his way to a 50 yard touchdown run.  The Peddie back rushed for 21 touchdowns in only 8 games and 1,100 yards. He also set the school record for most rushing touchdowns in a season this year.

 

Shqipron (Ship) Idrizi, LB/S

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High School: Bergen Catholic (Oradell, NJ)

Offers: Rhode Island, Delaware (Delaware Commit)

Highlight Video: Click to view Senior Highlights

Player Review

Idrizi is incredibly under valued because of his size. The Bergen Catholic linebacker runs a blazing 4.65 forty yard dash, however is only 205 pounds. Idrizi had 105 tackles, one interception and 10 sacks for the Crusaders, before falling to St. Peter’s Prep in the state semi-final. Shqipron has the body of a division one safety and the athletism of one. If Idrizi advertised himself as a safety he would easily have north of 5 offers right now. We’re not saying he cannot be a division one linebacker, we are simply saying there are many more doors to open as a safety. Idrizi could also made for a great fullback. 

 

Andrew Brito, QB

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High School: Paramus Catholic (Paramus, NJ)

Offers: None

Highlight Video: Click to view Senior Highlights

Player Review

Brito had a breakout Senior Season. He did not receive much time prior to 2016 because he was sitting behind the now Peddie School Quarterback, Allan Walters (Class of 2018). Walters received over 5 offers the summer going into his sophomore season, so it would deb tough for Brito to jump him. However, when Walters transferred to Peddie a door was left wide open. Brito jumped at the opportunity and immediately thrived. He threw for 2,190 yards and 18 touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed for 658 yards and 10 touchdowns, while leading the Paladins to their first state championship since the era of Jabrill Peppers (Michigan, Heisman Candidate). Brito has an extraordinary ability to make something out of nothing. When the pocket collapses that only inspires him to think outside the box and use his ability as a runner. Brito is incredibly underrated because of his size. He stands at 5′ 9″ and weighs 165 pounds. Brito reminds us of two college football greats, Marcus Mariota and Keenan Reynolds.