NUC Five Star Participant Jamauri Bogan (Union, NJ) Discusses The Upcoming Season
Union (NJ) running back Jamauri Bogan came in at #4 on the NUC top 25 watch list for the class of 2014. Bogan won Gatorade Player of the last year in New Jersey as a sophomore, which is an outstanding accomplishment. Bogan has already received offers from Georgia Tech, Umass, Temple, Toledo, and Old Dominion.
Bogan put up very impressive statistics as a sophomore; rushing for 2,260 yards and 27 touchdowns. In three games, he rushed for over 300 yards. At 5-9 and 170 pounds, he is dynamite in the backfield. Bogan has great vision and elusiveness. On any given play, Bogan can take the ball for a touchdown. Bogan begins his season this Friday against Bridgewater-Raritan.
Steven Barsamian NUC: Ok first question - how did preseason camp and the scrimmages go?
Jamauri Bogan: It went real well, in the scrimmages we dominated just about everyone
NUC: What are your expectations for this season?
JB: To perform at a high level, and win a state championship that's my #1 goal
NUC: What are your individual goals for this season?
JB: To break our all time rushing record, that I trail by 600 yards, and achieve 300 plus receiving yards and score a special teams touchdown
NUC: What was your reaction to winning the Gatorade player of the year award in New Jersey?
JB: I was EXTREMELY surprised since it is an award that usually a senior wins, so when I found out, I was in awe.
NUC: I bet. After last season what can you possibly improve on for this season?
JB: Work on catching the ball, working on cutting better, and just understanding what defenses are giving me
NUC: What are your thoughts on being named in the NUC New Jersey top 5 for the class of 2014?
JB: Big honor, soooo now I feel there are high expectations, so I must deliver
NUC: How do you guys go about beating Bridgewater-Raritan?
JB: Just doing what we do best, get stops, and score lots of points
NUC: Alright, what did you think of NUC 5 star combine?
JB: It was good, I enjoyed it and learned a lot, and loved the media aspect
NUC: What would you say your strengths are as a player?
JB: Vision, speed, and awareness !!!!!
NUC: Alright some personal questions. What is your favorite type of car?
JB: I like the mini cooper
NUC: Not Lamborghini? Favorite football movie?
JB: No, I'm a smaller guy, so I dig smaller cars lol
NUC: Yea can't argue with those. Favorite Holiday?
JB: Classics and Christmas is my favorite holiday
NUC: Alright. Do you have a nickname?
JB: Yeah, Mauri
NUC: On to some recruiting stuff. How has the recruiting process been going?
JB: Going real good right now
NUC: Any new offers to report?
JB: Nope not yet
NUC: Have any teams said they were close to offering?
JB: Not yet, they just been trying to get me out on visits
NUC: Are you planning any visits during the season?
JB: Yes, Boston College, West Virginia, Pitt, Temple, Umass, and maybe Rutgers
NUC: Ok cool. Would you say those teams are the most interested in you in addition to the other teams that offered?
JB: I would definitely say that
NUC: Do you have any favorites at this point?
JB: No I don't, I'm going wait until after the season
NUC: What are some of the things you like about Georgia Tech?
JB: A lot of my family lives in Georgia, the degree I can obtain, and their offense
NUC: How about Rutgers?
JB: They're close, my family can come to games, and I know players there
NUC: How about Temple?
JB: Close also, there head man has a great attitude about things, and I like that they are building something special
NUC: Boston College?
JB: Good winning tradition, was the first school to send me anything, and I like the feel of the Boston area
NUC: West Virginia?
JB: Offense is phenomenal, winning tradition, and the fans
JB: Close, in a Great city, and I like their history
JB: Their running back coach, one player from Union goes there already, and offense
NUC: cool cool. Old Dominion?
JB: Uniforms nice, coach really enthusiastic, and I like what they're building
NUC: ok last question how excited are you for the first game?
JB: Extremely excited, it's been a long off season, so I'm ready for this season to begin