The goal of many high school football players is to earn a college scholarship. Here's a list of some local players who are being recruited or have already verbally committed to attend an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) or Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) school.

Nothing is official until the first Wednesday in February (Feb. 6, 2013) when NCAA regulations allow athletes to sign binding National Letters of Intent.

Brandon Bell

Oakcrest, Sr.

6-foot-2, 215 pounds, LB/DB

Bell verbally committed to Penn State. He made 117 tackles, 222 for losses last season.

Jim Cooper

Mainland, Sr.

6-0, 200 K/P

Cooper has verbally committed to Temple University. He kicked eight field goals last season. He has 24 career field goals - seven away from the state record.

Mike Gesicki

Southern Regional, Jr.

6-6, 215 WR/QB/DB

Gesicki emerged as a top wide receiver last season. Rutgers University offered him a scholarship this summer. He is also an outstanding basketball and volleyball player.

Gabe Hemighaus

Cumberland Reg., Sr.

6-3, 240, TE/DE

Monmouth University has offered Hemighaus a scholarship. He caught 21 passes for 243 yards last season. He also made 78 tackles and had eight sacks.

Wesley Hills

Wildwood, Sr.

6-1, 200 RB/LB/DE

Hills rushed for 1,294 yards and scored 10 touchdowns last season. he also had 60 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He is primarily drawing interest from FCS schools.

Rashad Kinlaw

Absegami, Sr.

6-2, 184, QB/DB

Kinlaw verbally committed to Notre Dame as cornerback. He will miss the first three to five weeks of the season with a broken leg that occurred while playing for USA Football in June. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

Damon Mitchell

Cedar Creek, Sr.

6-3, 205 QB/DB

Mitchell verbally committed to Georgia Tech after receiving 18 scholarship offers. He threw for 937 yards and ran for 859 yards as a junior.

Dayshawn Reynolds

Atlantic City, Sr.

6-1, 175, WR/DB

Reynolds has drawn interest from a number of FBS and FCS schools.

Robert Thompson

St. Joseph, Sr.,

5-11, 170 RB/CB

Thompson has outstanding speed and has verbally committed to Old Dominion, which is moving up to FBS next season and is joining Conference USA.

Terrance Toney

Middle Township, Sr.

SE/RB/DB, 6-1, 180

Toney is being recruited as a safety by Division I programs and is ranked as the 42nd-best player in the state by ESPN.

Antoine White

Millville, Jr.

6-3, 255, DT

Rutgers has already offered White a scholarship.

Eric Wiafe

Egg Harbor Twp., Sr.

6-5, 260 OL/DL

Wiafe verbally committed to

Rutgers University during the summer. He also had offers from Buffalo and Massachusetts.

Frankie Ziegler

Lower Cape May

Regional, Sr.

5-11, QB/DB

Ziegler is moving to quarterback this season, but is being recruited as a fullback and linebacker by several FCS schools.

Zack Vogelei

Middle Township, Sr.

RB/LB/P 6-1, 225

Has drawn interest as a running back and linebacker from Division I schools.

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