Oquendo Off to Fast Start

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Do-everything prospect Danny Oquendo lived up to his billing in Hackensack’s (NJ) season opening victory. Oquendo, who plays wide receiver on offense, safety on defense and is the kick and punt returner on special teams, tallied 7 catches for 107 yards and two scores on offense last week; defensively, he had 8 tackles and one forced fumble; on special teams, he had 50 yards in punt returns.

“Our first game was a great game,” Oquendo said. “We won 40-6. Hopefully we’ll be able to go 12-0 this year and win the state championship. I don’t think there is a team that can really beat us if we play well.”

Of the four schools likely to get official visits from the versatile athlete, two are recruiting him as a wide receiver, one as an athlete and one as a cornerback.

“Boston College and Maryland are recruiting me as a wide receiver,” Oquendo said. “Rutgers doesn’t care where I play. Virginia Tech likes me as a cornerback.”

Pittsburgh and Wisconsin join the above four schools as the programs heavily in the mix for the Hackensack star. This summer, Oquendo visited two of those programs – Maryland and Rutgers.

“Rutgers has facilities that are state of the art,” Oquendo said. “I’ve never seen better. They have great coaches. Being from New Jersey I’m used to the Jersey guys, so I like them. Plus my Uncle went there, so I’ve known about them for a while.

“Everything was closed in at Maryland. It was easy to get around. I could see myself going there. They are one of the top programs in the country, and the fans are great. I like the stadium and the people.”

Oquendo has yet to visit Tech or Boston College, but that may change this Fall. Virginia Tech Coach Kevin Rogers called this month to discuss the possibility of an official visit.

“Two of my official visits will probably go to Virginia Tech and Boston College,” Oquendo said. “I have two bye weeks. They are back-to-back weekends in November, so that’s when I might take my visits to those schools. I would take official visits to Maryland and Rutgers after the end of my season.”

Oquendo didn’t name any leaders among the schools he’s considering, though it looks like Maryland, Rutgers, Tech and Boston College may have an edge over Pitt and Wisconsin. When asked what will make the difference for him in choosing a school, Danny said “I’m just looking for somewhere that