Six senior players from Southeastern Pennsylvania will get an early jump on the football season when they compete in tomorrow's 3 p.m. New Jersey-Northeast All-Star Classic at Rutgers University.
The Northeast team consists of players from Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Washington and New Hampshire.
The local players in the game are Neshaminy defensive end Jay Colbert, who is headed to New Hampshire; North Penn placekicker Brandon McManus (Temple), Neshaminy center Dan Shirey (Villanova), West Chester Henderson offensive lineman Brandon Heath (Delaware), Neumann-Goretti defensive lineman Kadeem Custis (Temple) and Souderton defensive end Cody Muller (New Hampshire).
Custis, Muller and Shirey were Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selections on defense, while Colbert was a second-team choice.
Heath and McManus, who kicked six field goals and was successful on 65 of 66 conversion attempts, were first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selections on offense.
Neshaminy head coach Mark Schmidt will be one of the assistant coaches on the Northeast staff.
Also in the game will be four Penn State recruits, all competing for the Northeast squad.
The Nittany Lions' recruits are highly touted wide receiver Justin Brown of Concord High (Del.), cornerback Stephon Morris of Eleanor Roosevelt (N.Y.), running back Curtis Dukes of Indian River (N.Y.) and free safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong of JFK (N.Y.).
There will be a total of 10 Temple recruits in the game.
The Owls' recruits competing for the New Jersey team are wide receiver Jerry Waters, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey selection from Camden Catholic; linebacker Marcus Green of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, fullback Blaze Caponegro of Wall, offensive lineman Evan Regas (Toms River North) and two players from Piscataway, Elijah Grant, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman and 6-4, 235-pound defensive end Aaron Hush.
Besides McManus and Custis, the other Temple recruits on the Northeast team are 6-6, 330-pound offensive lineman Darryl Pringle of Reading High and 6-2, 312 defensive tackle Levi Brown of Liberty in Bethlehem.
The head coaches are former Super Bowl quarterbacks. Guiding the Northeast will be Joe Theismann, while Phil Simms is the head coach of the New Jersey team.
There will be several Rutgers recruits in the game, including cornerback Logan Ryan, The Inquirer's South Jersey defensive player of the year, from Eastern.