Super Preps: This year's class

  • Updated: January 25, 2014 - 7:14 PM

JC Hassenauer, East Ridge football, SuperPreps, 2014

the 16th super preps class

The 2014 Star Tribune Super Preps are a select group of seven Minnesota high school seniors who will sign Division I football scholarships. They were chosen based on college football potential.

GEORGE BEHR

East Ridge • TE • 6-5, 235 College choice: Rutgers

If timing is everything, then circumstances for Behr are setting up perfectly.

Tight ends are in vogue these days, particularly those with Behr’s ability to catch the ball — he played baseball until his junior year — and agility. Such NFL stars as New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham, San Francisco’s Vernon Davis and Behr’s favorite, New England’s Rob Gronkowski, have added glamour to a sometimes blue-collar position.

“The game has changed to where tight ends are now seen as vertical threats,” said Behr, who committed verbally to Rutgers before his senior season. “At Rutgers, they use the tight end mostly as a Y-back, in a receiving role. That’s what caught my eye.”

J.C. HASSENAUER

East Ridge • C • 6-3, 292 College choice: Alabama

Minnesota prep football and colleges in the Deep South go together about as well as surfing and snowshoes. So what was it that led Hassenauer to become the first Minnesotan to “Roll Tide” since 1925?

Aside from requisite size and strength, Hassenauer has the attitude to succeed in the SEC, the nation’s most athletic and physical conference.

“Offensive line is the nastiest position on the field,” Hassenauer said last summer. “You have to be the most physical player you can.”

At a program like Alabama, he should be a perfect fit.

ZACH HOVEY

Eden Prairie • TE • 6-5, 235 College choice: Miami (Ohio)

Expect 2014 to be an eye-opening experience for Hovey, a starter for the Eagles on their three consecutive state championship teams. He will be going from a team that hasn’t lost in more than a year to a team that hasn’t won in the same span. Miami (Ohio) was 0-12 last fall.

No matter. The Redhawks hired former Notre Dame and Minnesota State Mankato assistant Chuck Martin to take over the program, one of many moves that impressed Hovey.

“He’s recruited me heavily,” Hovey said. “I like their tight end-oriented offense. [It’s a] chance for playing time, and it’s an outstanding academic school.”

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