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 or Football Championship Subdivision school.

Nothing is official until the first Wednesday in February (Feb. 5, 2014) when NCAA regulations allow athletes to sign binding National Letters of Intent.

These players are listed in alphabetical order. If a college is listed, the player has verbally committed.

Jamil Demby

Vineland

Sr. 6-foot-5, 290 pounds

Offensive lineman

Undecided

Several Football Championship Subdivision and Football Bowl Subdivision schools have show interest in Demby, including Villanova.

Ray Ellis

Holy Spirit

Sr. 6-1 280

Defensive tackle

Undecided

Buffalo, Delaware, Villanova and Miami of Ohio are among the colleges to offer Ellis scholarships.

Rob Ennis

Millville

Jr. 5-10 170

Running back

Undecided

Toledo has offered Ennis a scholarship but more offers should be on the way. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds and rushed for 1,381 yards as a sophomore.

Cinjun Erskine

Barnegat

Jr. 6-2 198

Quarterback

Undecided

The University of Miami (Fla.) and Massachusetts have offered Erskine scholarships. Erskine should continue to attract more attention.

Mike Gesicki

Southern Regional

Sr. 6-6 215

Wide receiver/tight end/defensive back

Undecided

Gesicki is one of the most highly recruited players in the state. Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin are among the Football Championship Subdivison schools to offer him a scholarship. Gesicki caught 50 passes for 970 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

David Hood

Absegami

Sr. 5-10 185

Running back

Temple

Hood has the speed to score every time he touches the ball. Hood runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He rushed for 976 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.

Sam Madden

Barnegat

Jr. 6-7 340

Offensive and defensive line

Undecided

Madden should be one of the state's top prospects next season. A dozen schools have already offered him scholarships, including Rutgers, South Carolina, Boston College and Wisconsin.

Mike McGrath

St. Augustine Prep

Sr. 6-6 294

Offensive line

Undecided

Monmouth has offered McGrath a scholarship. The lineman is also drawing looks from Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

Alex Padovani

Hammonton

Sr. 6-3 201

Wide receiver/defensive back

Villanova

An outstanding athlete, Padovani missed almost all of last season with a broken femur. He verbally committed to Villanova in the spring.

Kenny Randall

Mainland Regional

Sr. 6-3, 305

Defensive tackle

Temple

Randall is quick and strong and received a scholarship offer from Temple this summer after he attended the college's camp.

Ed Shockley

Millville

Sr. 6-0 210

Linebacker

Undecided

FCS schools Bryant and Monmouth have offered Shockley scholarships.

Jeff Steeb

Holy Spirit

Sr. 6-2 225

Linebacker

Undecided

Villanova and Delaware have offered Steeb scholarships. Steeb is starting to get attention from Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

Antoine White

Millville

Sr. 6-3, 270

Defensive tackle/offensive lineman

Penn State

White verbally committed to Penn State this summer. He made 80 tackles - 14 for losses - and also had five sacks last season.

(If you know of player who has received a scholarship offer but is not listed here, please email Michael McGarry at

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