Area players fare well at Chicago recruiting event

News-DemocratApril 14, 2014 

O'Fallon High sophomore running back Kentrail Moran and Edwardsville freshman defensive end A.J. Epenesa each won Most Valuable Player honors at their respective positions last weekend at the Nike Football Training Camp in Chicago.

Edwardsville junior linebacker Zac Rujawitz attended the affiliated Nike Football SPARQ Combine and finished with the highest score among Illinois linebackers.

Both were invitational-only events.

Rujawitz's overall score of 94.08 was 27th among 786 players counting those at running back, defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback and third among inside linebackers.

Rujawitz (6-foot-1, 227 pounds) visited Wisconsin on Saturday for the Badgers' spring game. It was his second visit to Wisconsin.

He said he also has made visits to Purdue, Cincinnati, Iowa State and Northern Illinois and plans to visit Missouri this week.

O'Fallon coach Brandon Joggerst said Moran (5-10, 180) has offers from Illinois and Northern Illinois and interest from Michigan and other Division I programs.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Epenesa, who missed most of the 2013 football season with an injury, was on the Edwardsville varsity roster in football and basketball.

Already attracting Division I interest, Epenesa is the younger brother of Purdue University sophomore volleyball player Sam Epenesa and son of former Iowa football player Epenesa "Eppy" Epenesa.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or follow him on Twitter: @NormSanders

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