Post 1,261 – Team Preview 2024: Burlington City Blue Devils

Burlington City Blue Devils  

June 14, 2024 

2023: 

  • 8-3 
  • Lost to Woodbury in the South Jersey Group 1 sectional semifinals and beat Middlesex in the quarterfinals 
  • Wins included Penns Grove, Bordentown, and Palmyra 
  • Losses were to Glassboro and Cinnaminson 
  • Scored 383 points for a 34.82 average 
  • Allowed 166 points for a 15.09 average  

Graduation: 

  • WR/DB Malachi James – Syracuse 
  • QB Ayden Shansey – East Coast Prep (Mass.) 
  • LB Hashim Cooper – East Coast Prep (Mass.) 

Offense: 

  • Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 6 

Quarterback: 

  • Jayvyn Rasberry, Junior, 6-1, 170 – returning starter at wide receiver and competing here 
  • Arik Smiley, Sophomore, 5-9, 150 – competing 
  • Mason Shansey, Sophomore, 5-10, 150 – competing; recuperating from injury 

Running Back: 

  • Malachi Sadler, Junior, 5-8, 175 – returning starter 
  • Jusad Timmons, Senior, 5-9, 175 – will spell Sadler 
  • Donte Davis, Junior, 5-7, 150 – will spell Sadler 
  • Tavion Miller, Freshman, 5-8, 150 – will spell Sadler 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Jaquay Knight, Junior, 6-1, 155 – returning starter 
  • Jayvyn Rasberry, Junior, 6-1, 170 – returning starter who will play here if he is not at quarterback 
  • Donato Perro, Sophomore, 6-2, 160 – projected starter; saw action  
  • Nyeir Rivers, Freshman, 5-10, 180 – competing 
  • Tavion Miller, Freshman, 5-8, 150 – running back who may also play in the slot 

Tight End: 

  • Caleb Hilton-Ingram, Junior, 6-2, 190 – projected starter who started the first two games before missing the balance of the season with an injury 
  • Mike Marsh, Junior, 5-10, 190 – may also see time; started on defense 

Offensive Line: 

  • Jason Brown, Senior, 6-2, 230 – returning starter at left tackle 
  • Alijah Young, Senior, 5-11, 190 – 3-year starter at left guard 
  • Emmanuel Snowden, Junior, 5-10, 225 – projected starter at right guard 
  • Caleb Tum-Suden, Junior, 6-2, 260 – returning starter at right tackle 
  • Damon Johnson, Senior, 5-8, 225 – competing at center; started on defense 
  • Delkontee Lincoln, Junior, 5-8, 220 – competing at center 
  • Cameron Wilson-Moody, Senior, 6-4, 350 – competing on the interior 

Defense: 

  • Multiple 4-3 
  • Returning Starters: 6 

Defensive Line: 

  • Mike Marsh, Junior, 5-10, 190 – returning starter at end 
  • Rashad Newkirk, Sophomore, 6-0, 185 – competing at the opposite end and will see time  
  • Others are in the mix at the opposite end 
  • Damon Johnson, Senior, 5-8, 225 – returning starter at tackle 
  • Alijah Young, Senior, 5-11, 190 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Manny Smith, Junior, 5-9, 230 – part of the rotation at tackle 
  • Delkontee Lincoln, Junior, 5-8, 220 – part of the rotation at tackle 

Linebacker: 

  • Caleb Hilton-Ingram, Junior, 6-2, 190 – returning starter on the inside from 2022 who missed most of the season with an injury 
  • Carmelo Thompson, Junior, 5-9, 170 – returning starter on the inside 
  • Jusad Timmons, Senior, 5-9, 175 – may play on the outside and is currently projected to play safety 
  • Curtis Bennett, Senior, 5-11, 220 – competing on the outside 
  • Braylen Brown, Freshman, 5-9, 185 – competing on the outside 
  • Donato Perro, Sophomore, 6-2, 160 – competing on the outside and at safety 

Secondary: 

  • Malachi Sadler, Junior, 5-8, 175 – returning starter at safety 
  • Jaquay Knight, Junior, 6-1, 155 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Jusad Timmons, Senior, 5-9, 175 – projected starter at safety who may also play outside linebacker 
  • Donte Davis, Junior, 5-7, 150 – competing at cornerback and safety 
  • Zyaire Thomas, Junior, 5-10, 150 – competing at cornerback 
  • Donato Perro, Sophomore, 6-2, 160 – competing at safety and outside linebacker 
  • Nyeir Rivers, Freshman, 5-10, 180 – competing at cornerback and safety 

Special Teams:  

  • The kicker and punter are open 
  • Knight will be the primary return man with Miller and Timmons also involved 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 8/30, at Haddonfield 
  • Friday, 9/6, Bordentown at home 
  • Friday, 9/13, Pemberton at home 
  • Friday, 9/20, at Riverside 
  • Friday, 9/27, at Florence 
  • Friday, 10/4, at Burlington Township 
  • Thursday, 11/10, Lawrence at home 
  • Friday, 10/18, at Maple Shade 
  • Friday, 10/25, Palmyra at home 

Concerns: 

  • Youth 
  • Filling the shoes of quarterback Ayden Shansey and wide receiver Malachi James, who recently won the statewide 100 meters in track 

Recruiting: 

  • Jason Brown and Damon Brown can be D3 players, along with other seniors 
  • There is talent in the junior class, but they need productive seasons to get the looks 

Coach’s Comments: 

“ We will look different because we graduated Malachi James and Ayden Shansey, but we will have kids who played as sophomores and juniors. Some incoming freshmen will compete for time. We expect to be competitive again.” – Head Coach Kadin Booker

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