Westfield RB Eugene Asante (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruitNoVA)
Eugene Asante gets offer from New Hampshire
by John Harvey, recruitNova
The sign of a playmaker is their ability to make things happen in high-pressure situations.
Westfield High running back Eugene Asante welcomes the added exposure and, more often than not, excels when the lights are brightest.
Those characteristics haven’t gone unnoticed as college coaches continue to rave about the potential of the rising senior running back.
The 6-foot-1, 213-pound standout landed his seventh collegiate offer Tuesday from the University of New Hampshire.
“This offer means a lot to me because I know it’s something a lot of kids pray for,” Asante said. “I’m truly grateful for all the schools that have extended them to me.”
After serving as a backup his first two seasons, Asante emerged as a bona fide star in the Westfield backfield. As a junior he rushed for 1,866 yards and scored 15 touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a third straight Class 6 state championship.
A perfect mix of power and speed, Asante can run by or through his opposition. The Concorde District Player of the Year was named first-team, all-state was clocked at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash and patterns his running style after legendary National Football League running backs like Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson and Marshawn Lynch.
“The coaches feel I’m a big physical back that has the speed to take it to the house,” Asante said. “They also liked my durability and toughness as well. What makes me effective as a runner is my ability to overpower defenders in my way and the ability to get north and south, quickly.”
He now holds offers from Football Championship Subdivision schools like Howard, Towson, Morgan State, Sacred Heart and Delaware State. He’s also received interest from programs like Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Virginia, James Madison and Kent State.
Asante said he hopes to major in business administration. With the start of high school football season less than a month away, Asante still has a couple more college visits to make prior to the start of the season.
Despite his success last season, Asante is still hungry to prove himself.
“My goal this season is to have an All-American-caliber season and to be the best player in the DMV,” he said.
– John Harvey
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