The exposure from being selected to the Carpenter Cup team not only has benefited the players returning for next year, but also senior outfielder Stephen Talbott from Freehold Township. Talbott expected to go to James Madison University and walk on the team, but now that might be different because of Talbott’s performance for the Carpenter Cup team, which lost in the quarterfinals. With numerous college coaches and scouts in attendance at the practices and games, Talbott has drawn a lot of late interest for his strong performance. According to Freehold Twp. assistant Todd Smith, Seton Hall invited him for a visit after seeing him at a Carpenter Cup practice, Wagner is now also offering a great scholarship package to him and Purdue is now interested after seeing Talbott in the Carpenter Cup quarterfinals, when he hit a homer and two doubles in a 10-5 loss to eventual champion Burlington County. St. Joseph’s also showed some late interest after having already secured commitments from Christian Brothers Academy’s Anthony Cirillo and Zach Tanenbaum.
It goes to show that it’s never over until it’s over, and it shows how being selected to the Carpenter Cup team is way more than a symbolic gesture of being one of the top players in the Shore Conference. It looks like it will significantly alter Talbott’s career on the heels of a season in which he was named first-team All-Conference by All Shore Media and helped the Patriots win their first Monmouth County Tournament title in school history. Hopefully it all works out well for him.
In other news, Raritan has a new athletic director, as former AD John Verderosa is now a vice principal at Raritan under new principal Wayne Ramsey, who was the athletic director before Verderosa. The Rockets’ new athletic director is John DeGenito, who was the principal of Hazlet Middle School. That makes two new ADs heading into the fall, as Joe Arminio is now the athletic director for all three Toms River schools, replacing Walt Peto. Arminio has been a fixture at the Ritacco Center and is about as quality an individual as you’re going to meet. Obviously, keeping three large schools happy is not easy, but I’m sure he will do a great job.
Finally, in addition to the Monsignor Donovan Gridiron Classic story that I posted on the site, I have two more stories on the way that should be up Sunday, so look out for those.