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No. 15 PARAMUS CATHOLIC
Location: Paramus, N.J.
2014 record: 9-2
Final 2014 Super 25: 44
Begin with the consensus No. 1 player in the 2016 class in DT Rashan Gary and add DT Corey Bolds and LB Drew Singleton and you have the makings of a really good defense.
A lot however, is riding on sophomore quarterback Allan Walters. He has plenty of weapons, including senior WR Donald Stewart, senior RB-DB Ahmad Thomas, sophomore running back Jon Clark, and sophomore TE-DE Henry Pearson.
While former coach Chris Partridge is now the director of recruiting at Michigan, not much should change as defensive line coach John Westervelt, the Paladins’ new head coach, is a Paramus alumnus who has been a senior-level assistant at the school for seven seasons.
The school initially named Blake Costanzo as head coach as part of a three-man unit with Westervelt and veteran offensive coordinator Greg Russo with the understanding that Costanzo’s NFL career was ended by injury. After his rehab went better than expected, Costanzo had gotten some interest from NFL teams and rather than be forced to leave during the season should an NFL team come calling, Westervelt was named head coach in June with Costanzo and Russo still part of a three-man unit.
9/4: Eastern Christian Academy
9/12: Pope John XXIII
10/3: at Bergen Catholic
10/9: at Don Bosco Prep
10/17: at Friendship Collegiate Academy
10/23: at IMG Academy
11/7: St Joseph Regional