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Danny Oquendo is used to playing a lot of positions for Hackensack High School (NJ). The 6-2, 175 pound prospect is the epitome of an athlete. Oquendo played wide receiver, safety, and returned punts and kicks on special teams last season as a junior. Easily the most versatile prospect on Hackensack, Oquendo expects to be a jack-of-all-trades once again this year.

“I will be again,” Oquendo said when asked if he’ll be a do-everything type of player for Hackensack again this year. “I’m not sure exactly what my main positions will be but I know Coach Dass definitely wants me to play offense and defense. I’ll probably be the kick returner and the punt returner again. If I get tired, I might take off a kick or punt return.”

An excellent all-around player, Oquendo is also an excellent all-around student athlete. He scored an 1150 on the SAT this summer (and says he may take it again to try and get higher). He boasts a 3.3 grade point average and will easily qualify academically.

Also during the off-season, Oquendo has improved his strength. He went from a bench press of 205 pounds last season to 245 at this time. He looks forward to putting the extra strength to good use for his senior football season.

“My strength has improved the most,” Oquendo said. “At the beginning of last season I could only bench 205 pounds. Now I’m up to 245 pounds. I’m looking forward to this season to be able to hit some people.”

Oquendo’s all-around appeal has earned him 11 scholarship offers. Out of the 11 programs who have offered, the dynamic athlete names a top 5. He has unofficially visited 2 out of the 5 at this point and says that while both of those schools stand out, they are not separated from the pack.

“My top 5 right now are Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, B.C., and Pitt,” Oquendo said. “Maryland and Rutgers do stand out since I’ve visited both places, but I still have a top 5 and not a top 2. I’ll probably know where I’m going by the end of this year.”

Oquendo hopes to head up to Boston College and head down to Virginia Tech before the start of his senior season. He did not take in any camps this summer.

“No camps,” Oquendo said. “I did take a few unofficial visits. I went to Maryland and Rutgers and I’m hoping to go to BC (Boston College) and Virginia Tech in a little bit. I want to go to each place before the season.”

Oquendo says visits to Maryland and Rutgers