Tag: National Letter of Intent

Plainfield’s Ellis feels like he helped start something for the Cardinals, as he heads to Delaware State

When Tahmir Ellis – a wide receiver and defensive back at Plainfield – signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday to play at Delaware State, it was more than just the end of his high school career, and the beginning of his college career.

He also hopes it’s the start of something good for the Cardinals.

James Williams – his head coach – hopes his encore can be just as good as his debut, after going 5-5 in 2021, the team’s best record in almost a decade.

Plainfield last had five wins in a season all the way back in 2004, when they also split ten games.

A big reason this year was Tahmir Ellis.

Ellis was the Cardinals’ top receiver in 2021; he had 38 catches for 567 yards and seven touchdowns on a team where a half-dozen different receivers all had had 150 yards or more each. Then on defense, he led the team with 81 tackles, 51 solo, adding one sack and one interception.

Click below to head Tahmir Ellis talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko about his decision to go to Delaware State University, and this past season with the Cardinals:

Big Central players take the next step, sign on the dotted line on December National Letter of Intent day

In a ceremony at 7:30 this morning at Cranford High School, offensive lineman Matt Fries became the first Big Central Conference football player to signing on the dotted line to join to attend the college of his choice for 2022-23. His National Letter of Intent has been signed, sealed and delivered (electronically, of course) to the University of Illinois, where he’ll play Big Ten football next fall.

Several others are expected to sign today, while some will wait until the February signing date as they await other college offers, a process that has been delayed somewhat since the pandemic – especially at smaller schools – thanks to extra years of eligibility for college student-athletes and the proliferation of the transfer portal.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will be talking to local he student-athletes today as they make their decisions official, and will update this story with photos and audio as they become available.

Below is a list of players from each school, which college they are expected to sign or have signed with with, and the approximate time they’re expected to sign and send in their NLI, if they haven’t already.

Cranford:
Matt Fries – University of Illinois

Illinois football’s announcement that Cranford’s Matt Fries has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Illini. (Source: Twitter)

Hillsborough:
Thomas Amankwaa – Rutgers University

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, on Amankwaa, at today’s signing day presser:

“All he did was go out and have a tremendous senior year, like blew the doors off it. Something opened up, fortunately, and I think we’re getting a really spectacular — I think the biggest decision is do you play him on offense or play him on defense? Fran and Tiquan are fighting over this guy. So we’ll see. I think he’s not only a great player, but a great athlete.”

Hillsborough’s Thomas Amankwaa and his family on signing day in the High School Library (photo: Mike Pavlichko)

JFK:
Isaiah Cherry – University of Delaware

Montgomery:
Brandon Feury – Marist College

Plainfield:
Tahmir Ellis – Delaware State University
FULL STORY with AUDIO: Plainfield’s Ellis feels like he helped start something for the Cardinals, as he heads to Delaware State

South Brunswick:
Jai Patel – Rutgers University
Omar Abdelaziz – Wagner College
Brian Rawls – Colgate University

It remains a mystery where the Big Central’s most highly-sought after recruit – Union athlete/DB Davison Igbinosun – will sign, but it appears he may be waiting until the All-American Bowl on January 8th. Union head coach Lou Grasso Jr. told Central Jersey Sports Radio that last week, but Igbinosun stirred the Internet Tuesday night with a Twitter graphic showing him and his brother Desmond, who’s currently at Rutgers, saying “Brothers for Life” adding “Next stop… Rutgers.”

That tweet posted at 8:49 p.m., and stood on its own for about 40 minutes, until 9:29 pm, when three more posts were made, showing similar recruiting-style graphics from Ole Miss, Tennessee and Kentucky, just three more among the 30-plus major D-1 offers Igbinosun holds, according to Grasso.

Rutgers adds 23 on Early Signing Day; Union’s Igbinosun among 11 from Jersey

by Mike Pavlichko

Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano used his typical mid-week game week press conference today to unveil a 23-member recruiting class that features eleven from the talent-rich Garden State, and 14 early enrolees.

All have signed their National Letter of Intent on the first day of the Early Signing Period.

Only one played in the Big Central Conference this past season, Union’s Desmond Igbinosun, listed by Rutgers as a 6-3, 200-pound defensive back.

READ MORE: Desmond Igbinosun recaps Union season, Rutgers commitment

The class also includes three players each from Ohio and Florida, two from Pennsylvania and one each from Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and Colorado.

Click below to hear Greg Schiano’s meeting with the media on Early National Letter of Intent Signing Day: