16 OFFENSIVE TACKLE
Recruiting guru Tom Lemming rates the 6'7", 303-pound Seantrel as the top
recruit in the class of 2010, saying that the Cretin-Derham Hall ( St. Paul)
standout "outruns running backs to the end zone."
Bryant McKinnie. "A bunch of us were invited out to watch the Vikings
practice, and one of our coaches yells, 'Hey, that's Seantrel!'" recalls
Raiders coach Mike Scanlon. "Seantrel looks like the [6'8", 335-pound]
guy who's playing left tackle for the Minnesota Vikings."
"He moves really well—he's got very good feet," says Scanlon. "A
lot of guys his age are just big and get by on bulk, but his technique is very
Seantrel, who reportedly already has verbal scholarship offers from Florida,
Notre Dame and Ohio State, has no college favorite. "As soon as September 1
[when official, written offers can be made] rolls around, he's going to have
more choices than he knows what to do with," Scanlon says.
Achievements As a
freshman at Morristown High, Vena won the National Scholastic Indoor
Championship and was second at the Nike Outdoor Nationals. Along the way he
smashed the indoor (66'7 1/4") and outdoor (67'10 1/4") freshman
records; his indoor throw was the best in the nation among all classes.
Garrett Johnson. Like the two-time NCAA champ at Florida State, the 6'4",
260-pound Nick uses his speed and athleticism. "He's not a brute," says
his father, Victor, who was a high school shot-putter. "He doesn't rely on
his weightlifting numbers for distance. He's turning on the ball more than many
college athletes. It's a gift."
"Every day he works so hard, and he is so diligent and so
well-conditioned," says Colonials coach Paul Buccino. "He's a rotary
spinner and really has perfected his technique, in sticking to a power
Next step Nick,
who was mentored in grades six through eight by Tony Naclerio, the throws coach
for the '96 U.S. Olympic team, is focused on "breaking records and winning