One of the top athletes in the state of New Jersey, Hackensack High School star Danny Oquendo has the ability to play many different positions on the next level. The 6-2, 190 pound prospect with 4.5 speed could end up at wide receiver, safety, or cornerback. Oquendo is a true ‘athlete’, and schools vary in terms of where they see him on the next level.
“I’ve heard different positions for most of the schools recruiting me,” Oquendo said. “Maryland wants me as a wide receiver and Virginia Tech wants me as a cornerback. Other schools like me as an athlete. It doesn’t matter to me. I don’t have any preferences.”
Maryland and Virginia Tech have both offered Oquendo, who plays wide receiver, safety, and serves as the punt and kick-off return man. As a junior, he made 30 catches for around 600 yards and six touchdowns. He added one punt return and one kick-off return for scores. Rarely off the field, Oquendo is the true iron-man for Hackensack.
“He’s a good wide receiver, he’s a good defensive back…he’s just a great athlete on both sides of the ball,” Hackensack Head Coach Ralph Dass said. “He’s got good speed. He’s a playmaker. He makes plays for us…whether it’s a big catch, a big hit, or a key return. Danny’s an exciting athlete.”
Joining the Terrapins and Hokies with official offers are Rutgers, Connecticut, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh. Several other programs, including UVa and Penn State, are showing serious interest. UVa has visited Hackensack this month.
Oquendo lists a top three of Rutgers, Maryland, and Virginia Tech.
“Rutgers is one of my top choices, and I am most familiar with them,” Oquendo said. “They are one of my current top three of Rutgers, Maryland, and Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is always a top school in football…they have been in the top 25 and been to bowl games for like eleven straight years or something. Maryland is a prestigious program. I’m familiar with the coaches at Maryland, and I relate with them. It’s also pretty close by.”
Though he lists a top three, Oquendo does not plan on making a decision in the near future. He wants to make most of if not all of his official visits. This summer, he plans on making several unofficial visits as well.
“I plan on taking my official visits,” Oquendo said. He indicated he would like to stay on the East coast for college. “I might make a verbal commitment during...
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