With the departure of linebacker Jermaine Dias to graduation, Hackensack head coach Ralph Dass only needed to look to his star tailback to find the leader of his 2003 squad.
Jean Beljour , a 5-11, 195 pound tailback/linebacker for Hackensack, relishes his role as the leader of one of the storied programs in the state of New Jersey.
“My main quality is that I’m determined,” said Beljour. “I like playing in competitive situations. I try to be a leader by example for my team, but I also know that you have to be vocal sometimes.”
Hackensack is off to a 1-0 start, thanks largely to a 203 yard, three touchdown rushing performance by Beljour. He hopes to post more dominating performances in the weeks to come, especially with more and more schools evaluating him.
Beljour has heard from Tennessee, Oregon, Maryland, Rutgers, Connecticut, Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin so far this month. Rutgers and Syracuse head the list of nine schools who have offered. Virginia will look at senior film before making a final determination.
“Al Golden is my recruiter from Virginia,” said Beljour. “They said they wanted to evaluate me more this season. I have about nine scholarship offers right now. I don’t have any favorites…I’m wide open right now.”
Schools are recruiting the athletic Beljour as a tailback/defensive back. A star high-jumper, he has lept a personal-best 6’9″. He also wrestles and competes in hurdles and the 100 meter event in track.
Before setting any official visits, Beljour will concentrate on his senior season. He may attend some games unofficially, however.
“I’m thinking about going down to the Maryland game versus Clemson and I’ll probably go to Rutgers for a game,” said Beljour. “I’m not sure who’ll I’ll take official visits to. I want to go to a school where I feel comfortable with the program and the coaches.”
Beljour is very interested in Science. In fact, that may be his major in college.
“I’ve wanted to major in Science wherever I go,” said Beljour. “I know that may be tough to handle in school but we’ll see. I want to be a teacher.”
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