Long Island's top 100 high school football players

Roosevelt's Johnnie Akins runs the ball against West

Roosevelt's Johnnie Akins runs the ball against West Hempstead in the Nassau IV football semifinals. (Nov. 17, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island's top 100 high school football players are listed below in alphabetical order. This year's list includes last season's Thorp Award winner and Long Island's all-time career touchdown pass record holder.

JOHNNIE AKINS, Roosevelt, RB/LB 5-10, 195, Sr.: It's no secret who the Rough Riders' primary back is. He had 2,292 yards and 21 touchdowns.

RYAN ALEXANDER, Holy Trinity, TE/DE, 6-4, 240, Sr.: Alexander is a powerful player on both sides of the ball, and will be a threat at tight end next to the Titans' very experienced offensive line.


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TOM AMMIRATI, DE/TE, 6-1, 210, Farmingdale, Sr.: Excellent two-way starter for the defending Nassau I champions.

TYLER ANDERSON, Shoreham-Wading River, HB/LB 6-3,210, Sr.: The halfback in the Wildcats' pistol formation, the all-division selection ran for 14 TDs last year, four in the first round of the playoffs.

BILLY ANDRLE, FB/LB, East Meadow, 5-11, 230, Sr.: Thorp Award winner with 1,307 yards rushing, 23 TDs; made 49 tackles.

REGGIE ARCHER, Mercy, RB/DB, 5-10, 185, Jr.: An impact player on both sides of the ball, Archer racked up 1,084 yards on 166 carries and added 20 tackles to help carry the Monarchs' secondary.

NICK BALZANO, WR/LB, Massapequa, 6-0, 190, Sr.: Leader of defense with 104 tackles and 6 sacks. Also caught 2 TD passes.

CRAIG BERGE, WR/DB, Massapequa, 6-1, 175, Sr.: Georgetown-bound lacrosse star caught 51 catches with 9 TD passes.

MICHAEL BIANCO, Eastport-South Manor, FB/LB, 5-10, 225, Sr.: A tremendous run-stopper that tallied 118 tackles last season.

JAKE BIRO, Ward Melville, QB, 6-0, 210, Sr.: He rushed for 10 TDs and passed for 12 more as a junior.

PETER BRASILE, Wantagh, MLB/FB, 5-11, 200, Sr.: A menace at linebacker, Brasile is a known run-stuffer who also is skilled in pass coverage. Brasile helped lead the Warriors to the county final.

MATT BRUTUS, Elmont, LB/WR, 6-2, 185, Sr.: The rangy, hard-hitting linebacker had 65 tackles and two interceptions last season. Brutus' speed, pass-rushing skills and ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage have earned him several college suitors.

CHRIS BUCHALSKI, Miller Place, OT/DE, 6-5, 275, Sr.: Villanova-bound lineman blocks well and puts pressure on quarterbacks.

BRIAN BURKE, Lynbrook, OL/LB, 6-0, 220, Sr.: Burke was part of an Owls offensive line that rushed for more 2,400 yards last season.

LEVAR BUTTS, Huntington, RB/LB, 5-10, 205, Sr.: Breakaway speed makes him explosive on both sides of the ball.

JOE CAPOBIANCO, Lawrence, QB, 5-11, 205, Sr.: The senior threw for 2,609 yards and 38 touchdowns last season.

NICK CAPUANA, Massapequa, RB/DB, 5-10, 175, Sr.: Versatile two-way starter, who gets the tough yardage after contact.

JAKE CARLOCK, Babylon, WR/DB, 6-2, 200, Sr.: Last year, Carlock made 32 catches for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns, connecting with quarterback Nick Santorelli again and again to help make Babylon unstoppable.

MATT CARACAPPA, Massapequa, QB, 6-0, 180, Sr.: Senior signal caller has lit it up for two games, throwing for 306 yards and five touchdowns.

RAY CATAPANO, Carey, QB, 6-2, 175, Sr.: He completed 63 percent of his passes and threw for 1,381 yards and 17 touchdowns last season after becoming the Seahawks' signal-caller in Week 3, leading them to the semifinals. Catapano holds the school single-game record with 361 passing yards.

SEAN CERRONE, Chaminade, QB, 6-0, 185, Sr.: Cerrone earned the starting QB job for Chaminade in Week 2 of last season and led the Flyers all the way to the CHSFL AAA championship.

JEREMIAH CHEATOM, Riverhead, RB/LB, 6-1, 205, Sr.: Was Suffolk's leading rusher with 1,901 yards and 14 touchdowns. Averaged 7.2 yards per carry.

MATT CHOINSKI, Glenn, OL/DL 6-4, 250, Sr.: One of the best lineman in the county, Choinski led the way for a then-inexperienced Glenn offense that made the playoffs.

TARIQ COLE, Long Beach, OT, 6-8, 360, Sr.: An imposing and dominating left tackle, Cole was an All-Long Island selection last year who has received Division I college interest.

MIKE CORTESE, Mount Sinai, RB/LB, 5-10, 220, Sr.: Cortese, the team's leading tackler, also had three sacks last year - not a bad portend, considering he'll be doing a lot of the work on offense this year, too.

JOE COSBY, Babylon, OG/DT, 6-3, 295, Jr.: Already a two-year starter, he benches presses 425 pounds and is a stalwart on both sides of the ball.

CONNOR COUGHLIN, Patchogue-Medford, WR, 6-1, 190, Sr.: Finalist for receiver and defensive back awards as a junior. Physical, great hands and led LI in receptions in 2012.

TRENT CROSSAN, Sachem North, RB, 5-10, 190, Sr.: He scored 7 TDs and the winning two-point conversion in a 63-62 win over Bay Shore. He returns from a season-ending ACL injury.

JOHN DANIGGELIS, Smithtown East, QB, 6-0, 175, Jr.: Counted on to run a no-huddle spread offense. Passed for just under 1,000 yards and ran for just under 1,000 yards as a sophomore.

TYLER DAVIS, Mepham, QB, 6-4, 200, Jr.: He threw for 1,205 yards and eight touchdowns, averaged 6.5 yards per carry and added three rushing scores as a sophomore last season. At 6-4 with a strong arm, and a bevy of solid weapons, Davis can excel in the Pirates' spread offense and explode this season.

KYLE DRISCOLL, Kellenberg, QB, 6-1, 195, Sr.: Driscoll threw for 2,185 yards and 19 TDs in 10 games for Kellenberg last season.

NICK ENGLISH, Wantagh, DT/OG, 5-9, 225, Sr.: With a wrestling background, strong leverage and sound technique, English has emerged as a dominant lineman, on both sides of the ball. He is among the best playmakers at defensive tackle.

CHIKA EWULU, TE/DE, East Meadow, 6-3, 220, Sr.: Big target with excellent hands; Had 4 sacks, 35 tackles.

CHRIS FAISON, Floyd, RB, 5-10, 185, Sr.: He rushed for 953 yards and nine TDs as Floyd marched to the Class I Long Island championship.

CHRISTIAN FERRUZZA, Bethpage, QB/LB., 6-1, 177, Sr.: Ferruzza rushed for four touchdowns and threw for three last season.

JORDAN FREDERICKS, Lawrence, RB/WR/DB, 5-11, 190, Jr.: Fredericks amassed over 2,000 all-purpose yards last season and scored 21 touchdowns.

NICK FRENGER, Plainedge, QB, 5-10, 190, Sr.: The four-year starter threw for over 1000 yards passing last year.

ZACH GEER, TE/OLB, 6-4, 210, Sachem East, Sr.: Had 44 tackles with eight sacks and two fumble recoveries.

JORDAN GOWINS, St. Anthony's, RB, 6-1, 215, Jr.: Gowins took the CHSFL by storm as a sophomore and is expected to be one of the league's most exciting players with his speed and strength.

MATT GRASSA, North Babylon, OL/LB, 6-0, 218, Sr.: Had 77 tackles and seven sacks. Rushed for 472 yards with six touchdowns.

LOGAN GRECO, Smithtown West, HB, 6-1, 210, Sr.: Scored six touchdowns in first two games and rushed for 392 yards -- key to Bulls offense.

JARON GREENIDGE, FS/FB, 5-11, 180, Riverhead, Sr.: One of the key elements to the Blue Waves run to the Suffolk Division II title.

BRYAN GRESALFI, OL/DL, 6-3, 180, Sr.: The anchor of a line that could lead the Flaming Arrows to the school's first Class I title.

MARCUS GUTIERREZ, RB/LB, 5-8, 175, Sr.: Opened the season by breaking the school record for yards rushed in a game with 306 and three touchdowns in a win over Patchogue-Medford.

BRETT HALL, Northport, FB/LB, 6-3, 210, Sr.: Three-year, two-way starter for the Tigers. Very athletic player, who will captain an experienced defense.

DYLAN HARNED, Newfield, QB/S, 6-2, 180, Sr.: Had been a very reliable defensive back before taking snaps and completing 60 percent of his passes.

MATT HELDBERG, Smithtown West, QB, 6-2, 190, Sr.: Showed a lot of promise as a sophomore and was the starter last year as a junior, but suffered a torn ACL in the opener.

CORTLAND HENEVELD, East Hampton, QB/LB 6-3, 215, Sr.: Heneveld was a both on land and in the air, racking up six rushing scores and seven more passing touchdowns over 1379 yards total.

BOBBY HEYWARD, East Islip, OG/DT, 5-10, 240, Sr.: One of the area's top lineman, he had 87 tackles -- including 15 for a loss of yards -- and seven sacks.

SAM ILARIO, West Islip, QB, 6-0, 215, Sr.: Had 18 rushing touchdowns and 930 yards. Also passed for more than 800 yards with nine touchdowns. Suffered a serious ankle injury during the playoffs.

CURTIS JENKINS, RB/S, Farmingdale, 6-1, 185, Sr.: Game-breaker ran for 1,230 yards and 12 TDs. Dangerous returner.

JAWAN JENKINS, Floyd, DL/TE, 6-1, 215, Sr.: Sack master for Colonials defense with speed off the edge. He recorded through six sacks in two games this season.

CONNOR JOHNSON, FS/RB, Oceanside, 5-11, 170, Sr.: Active in the secondary with 82 tackles and 2 interceptions.

LOUIE JOKINSKY, Locust Valley, RB/DB, 6-0, 185, Sr.: Returning Honorable Mention All-County running back looks to improve on his 975 yards rushing, five touchdowns and 27 tackles made last season.

ELIJAH JONES, Lawrence, WR/LB, 6-2, 220, Sr.: Jones made 44 tackles, including three sacks, in eight games last year.

RAYMOND JONES, Roosevelt, TE/LB, 6-3, 210, Sr.: A stellar blocking tight end who finished '12 with 11 sacks and 68 tackles--12 for a loss.

SIMON JONES, Lawrence, RB/LB, 6-1, 245, Jr.: Jones had 103 tackles last season, including nine sacks.

BEN KOCIS, Huntington, QB, 6-2, 190, Sr.: Has a strong and accurate arm and the ability to read defenses and scramble.

KYLE KOLODINSKY, Seaford, RB/DB, 6-2, 190, Sr.: Big-time playmaker in the Power-I formation.

ZACH KOLODNY, Farmingdale, K, 6-1, 160, Sr.: One of the top kickers on Long Island. Reliable from 35 yards and in on field goals.

JACK KORBER, RB/DB, Massapequa, 5-7, 165, Sr.: Ran for 732 yards (8 TDs); added 324 receiving yards (5 TDs).

JAMES KRETKOWSKI, OL/DL, Oceanside, 6-6, 290, Sr.: Big-time Division I college prospect. Powerful two-way lineman.

NICK CUCITI, OT/DT, 6-4, 225, MacArthur, Sr.: Two-way starter, key to Generals ground game.

ANDREW LAPREZIOSA, Smithtown West, RB/LB, 5-10, 175, Sr.: Athletic two-way starter gioves the Bulls a 1-2 backfield punch.

ANTHONY LEE, Patchogue-Medford, QB, 5-11, 170, Sr.: Fantastic arm in a spread offense that threw for five touchdowns and 547 yards in first two games.

AIDAN LYNCH, Chaminade, LB, 6-1, 195, Sr.: Lynch is the leader of a Chaminade defense that allowed fewer than 20 points in eight of 10 games last season.

KYLE MATHIE, Smithtown West, WR/FS, 6-3, 195, Jr.: A tall receiver with a lot of speed, he caught 20 passes for 410 yards, and had five interceptions on the defensive side.

RYAN MAZZIE, Bay Shore, QB, 6-1, 180, Sr.: Opened this season by throwing for four touchdowns a school record 344 yards in a win over Smithtown East. No Bay Shore quarterback in 697 games over 85 years had ever thrown for 300 yards in a game.

TIM MCDONAGH, Garden City, LB/RB, 6-0, 200, Sr.: The Trojans senior captain is a do-it-all running back and is a fundamentally-sound linebacker who has the range and instincts to anchor what has long been an elite defense.

ENRIQUE MCFARLANE, West Hempstead, RB/LB, 6-1, 210, Sr.: One of the main components in the double-wing offense that rushed for 770 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, while making 70 tackles.

JAQUAN MOORE, Bay Shore, WR, 6-2, 180, Sr.: Breakaway threat with great hands. Had three TDs in season opener.

BRYAN MORRIS, Sachem North, K, 5-9, 180, Sr.: The four-year starter is on pace to break the Long Island scoring record for kickers. He has 132 points, 49 shy of Sean Moller's (EI) record.

TYLER NASON, Connetquot, WR, 5-10, 180, Sr.: The elusive receiver had 38 catches for 621 yards and nine TDs. He had an average of 16.3 yards per catch.

ADE NELSON, Comsewogue, RB/DB, 6-0, 2-5, Sr.: A physical runner that can around opponents or through them.

JAMES O'HAGAN, Seaford, DT/OT, 6-3, 290, Sr. The lead blocker and the focal point of the offense.

ROB OLIVER, OT/DT, 6-0, 200, Plainedge, Sr.: Two-way starter, who excelled on defense with 35 tackles and five sacks.

BRETT OSMAN, Miller Place, RB/DB, 5-11, 185, Sr.: A slasher with great vision who finds gaps between the tackles.

CHRIS PARLER, Long Beach, WR/RB/DB/QB, 5-9, 180, Jr.: Parler is a ballhawk as a defensive back and his explosiveness has made him a threat as a runner and receiver on offense.

RYAN PERKINS, Glen Cove, RB/SS, 5-11, 185, Sr.: Perkins ran for 630 yards on 91 carries and scored 10 touchdowns last season.

MALIK PIERRE, Sachem North, RB, 5-11, 205, Sr.: He accounted for 5 TDs, including an 89-yard kickoff return, rushed for 201 yards and threw two HB option passes for TDs in win over Connetquot.

LAWSON PRENDERGAST, St. John the Baptist, LB, 5-11, 215, Sr.: Prendergast won the CHSFL AA/A defensive player of the year last season, where he had 87 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions.

MALCOLM PRIDGEON, Central Islip, OT/DT, 6-7, 285, Sr.: One of the area's top D-I recruits. Had 39 tackles with three sacks. Also had 30 pancake blocks.

BRYAN REED, Mount Sinai, OL/DL, 6-3, 295, Sr.: Reed, who accepted a full scholarship to Delaware, is a bruising lineman who can benchpress 410 pounds, and a defensive leader on a stingy Mustangs squad.

MATT ROBISON, Carey, DB/WR/S, 5-11, 170, Sr.: He is a game-breaking receiver who can stretch the field. Robison had 48 receptions and a school-record eight receiving touchdowns last season, and he is capable of surpassing both totals.

NICK SANTORELLI, Babylon, QB, 5-9, 180, Sr.: As a junior, Santorelli led the Panthers to a perfect season (12-0) and the Class IV LIC. He holds almost all school career passing records.

ERIC SCHWEITZER, Babylon, RB/LB, 5-10, 185, Sr.: Schweitzer is best known for scoring six touchdowns in the Long Island championship victory, but the offensive dynamo is also a huge asset on defense. He had 85 tackles and linebacker.

MATTHEW SELTS, Sayville, RB/DB, 5-10, 165, Sr.: A shifty back who explodes into cuts and eludes tacklers.

PATRICK SHEPPARD, Islip, G/DE, 6-0, 250, Sr.: Great speed for his size helps keep quarterbacks on the run.

ROB SPERANZA, Chaminade RB, 5-10, 190, Sr.: Speranza is Chaminade's top returning rusher and will be a focal point of the Flyers' offense again this season.

DONOVAN STEELE, West Hempstead, TE/DE, 6-5, 240, Sr.: Provides stability in the Rams' 4-3 defense.

BRETT STEWART, Garden City, QB, 6-0, 190, Sr.: The dual-threat quarterback set school records passing for 1,676 yards and 23 touchdowns, and ran for 919 yards and nine TDs, leading the Trojans to a fourth straight county title and the Class II Long Island championship.

JASAWN THOMPSON, Deer Park, 6-3, 220, RB/LB, Jr.: One of the top players in Class of 2015. Had 390 yards and four touchdowns in two games to start senior season.

JOSH VALENTIN, Commack, LB/TE, 6-4, 250, Sr.: Transfer student will make a major impact in the division. D-I blue chip prospect.

KEVIN VANDERMARK, DE/DL, Farmingdale, 6-0, 290, Sr.: Anchor on both sides of ball for conference's No. 2 seed.

SEAN WALTERS, Amityville, QB, 5-8, 150, Sr.: Can pick a defense apart with his strong arm or his quick feet.

TYLER WARNER, QB, Baldwin, 5-10, 175, Sr.: Expects to improve on his 640 yards passing and 7 TD passes.

ISAIAH WHITE, Longwood, RB/DB, 5-11, 200, Jr.: As a sophomore he burst onto the varsity level with 642 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on 147 carries.

JAKE WISWALL, St. John the Baptist, RB/LB, 6-1, 225, Sr.: Wiswall a rushed for 525 yards and five TDs last season, while also making 58 tackles with four sacks.

DANNY WOLFF, Sachem North, QB/DB, 6-2, 180, Sr.: He threw for 1,106 yards and eight scores to lead the Flaming Arrows to the division final.

ZACH WOLFE, Mount Sinai, TB/DB, 5-10, 180, Sr.: Elusive back who had five touchdowns and 396 yards through first two games this season.

KYLE ZIEGLER, LB, 6-0, 215, West Islip: Hard hitter to lead a young Lions defense.

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