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  • '08 NJ DT Hafis Williams (Signed LOI to ND)

    Hafis Williams - DE (6'3"/285lbs)
    Elizabeth HS (Elizabeth, NJ)

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    Last edited by GoshenGipper; 06-15-2007, 08:40 PM.
    Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army football team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds yesterday afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down on the bewildering panorama spread on the green plain below. - Grantland Rice 1924 :clover:

    :football: Brown, ND's first-year defensive coordinator, played at Michigan."(Brown) said if he would have gotten offered by Notre Dame," Slaughter said, "he would have gone to Notre Dame." :football:

    I like to quote myself - GoshenGipper

  • #2
    Here's a recent quote from Hafis...

    I'm ecstatic. I'm really surprised they came out to New Jersey just to see me. I love how their program is run. They bring something new into it with the student-athlete. Notre Dame doesn't just choose people because of how they are on the field, that sticks out most to me."
    Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army football team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds yesterday afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down on the bewildering panorama spread on the green plain below. - Grantland Rice 1924 :clover:

    :football: Brown, ND's first-year defensive coordinator, played at Michigan."(Brown) said if he would have gotten offered by Notre Dame," Slaughter said, "he would have gone to Notre Dame." :football:

    I like to quote myself - GoshenGipper

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    • #3
      I like what he's saying that is for sure

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      • #4
        B&G has an offer out to him.
        Stoney is a dead man.

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        • #5
          106 Tackles as a DT!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BGIF View Post
            106 Tackles as a DT!
            Yea, I know. This guy looks GOOD. I like seeing us go after top NJ talent like him and Beal ... here's hoping we see some more good news on this front over the next few months (and years!).
            Stoney is a dead man.

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            • #7
              Hafis Williams was on Power Hour last night, and had a great 15 minute interview. Hafis comes across as a real character, and a genuinely nice kid. Some of his comments:

              On CW offering him the scholarship via telephone:

              "I just stopped right there, I couldn't say nothing else. I was just in pause the whole time. I was in complete shock."

              On actually seeing the written ND Scholarship offer:

              "It (the offer) was sitting on my bed, and I just couldn't open it. I just lept looking at it, then I finally opened it, and I read it, and I just came to tears when I read it."

              Hafis will be at the B&G game with one of his coaches. The B&G game is his only planned visit to any school until after the completion of his 2007 Football season. From his comments it appears that Hafis is going to end up choosing between ND & Rutgers. If you went only by his answers to the relative importance of certain factors in determining his school choice (academics, coaching staff, location, playing position, etc) you would have to think that ND was a lock, but it is way too early to be sure of that. Hafis indicated that he is in no hurry to make a committment, and may wait until NSD to decide.

              Here is the link to the free Power Hour blog page. Click on the 4/3 Power Hour hyperlink to hear last night's Power Hour. The Hafis Williams interview starts at the 2:40 point, and ends at 17:15. It's worth listening to.

              http://irisheyespowerhour.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                How about when he said that McDonald's had the best cheeseburgers? Pretty funny. I hope we get this kid.
                God, Country, Notre Dame

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                • #9
                  Definately sounds like he is high on ND hopefully he sees the light.

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                  • #10
                    ^ They certainly have the cheapest. Love the $ menu.

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                    • #11
                      i agree with miragesmack,back to williams we need this kid!

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                      • #12
                        Elizabeth is a very good football team here in New Jersey and i'm bias because i played football here but i would prefer Jersey players over most states, except the small country states Cal., Texas, Fl. exc.

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                        • #13
                          Pictures added

                          Hafis currently has offers from ND, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia, and Maryland.
                          Last edited by GoshenGipper; 04-04-2007, 03:16 PM.
                          Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army football team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds yesterday afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down on the bewildering panorama spread on the green plain below. - Grantland Rice 1924 :clover:

                          :football: Brown, ND's first-year defensive coordinator, played at Michigan."(Brown) said if he would have gotten offered by Notre Dame," Slaughter said, "he would have gone to Notre Dame." :football:

                          I like to quote myself - GoshenGipper

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                          • #14
                            there is alot of good to great football talent in new jersey

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                            • #15
                              Because it relates to Hafis Williams, I am just moving this info into his thread. This is based on comments made by Hafis after the B&G game concerning a speech that Brady Quinn gave to new & potentially new recruits.

                              To paraphrase Brady, he basically told the guys, including Hafis Williams, that ND is a unique place because of the tradition and the fact that education is truly taken seriously. If you really want to go to college for higher learning and to learn football from a great system and a great coach then come to Notre Dame, if you don't feel like you can fit into that tradition and can not be yourself here, then don't come to Notre Dame. It was basically a CW recruiting speech, but because it came out of BQ's mouth, it left a very favorable impression on Williams, who was already a fan of the tradition aspect of ND. Hafis even talked about the Grotto and the march of the team across campus to the stadium, and may have left campus with an even more favorable opinion of the University than the football program which he also had nothing but positive things to talk about. He wants to come back for an Official Visit during a fall game.

                              To add one point, if Hafis does indeed come back for an Official Visit in the Fall, considering how impressed he was with the campus on a non-football weekend, I would be amazed if he did not commit after spending a football weekend at ND. Williams obviously loves ND, his only hesitation is going to be whether he wants to be that far away from home.

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                              • #16
                                Does anyone know if he was offered at DE or DT? He's almost 20 lbs lighter than Cwynar, yet he doesn't quite pass the eyeball test as a DE...

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by GoldenDomer3 View Post
                                  Does anyone know if he was offered at DE or DT? He's almost 20 lbs lighter than Cwynar, yet he doesn't quite pass the eyeball test as a DE...
                                  According to Hafis, CW told him he expects him to play at NG in the 3-4 or DT when they align in a 4-3, no mention of playing DE in either scheme. I guess they expect that Hafis will be able to add quite a bit of weight between now and freshman year in college.

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                                  • #18
                                    Bummer i would've liked to see him at DE more

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by irishunclebill View Post
                                      Hafis indicated that he is in no hurry to make a committment, and may wait until NSD to decide.
                                      Is this still the case? If so, will there still be a spot available for him, or will the staff end up offering, and accepting a commitment from, someone lower on our list (Kabongo, Goebel) because DT is such a "need" position for us?
                                      Last edited by johnnd05; 04-26-2007, 01:24 PM.
                                      Stoney is a dead man.

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                                      • #20
                                        The way I read that quote, the planning to take trips is fact, but I'm not so sure he's said, "I may wait until NSD", as if it were his plan. I've never read or heard him say that, although its possible that he just wasn't asked about it.

                                        What I can confidently say is he plans to take his trips, and research each school before he makes his decision. I can also tell you that he was speechless (literally) when he got the offer from ND, and that he went home and was on the verge of tears at being offered by ND. Heard it from his own mouth when he was doing an interview over the phone, so it is obviously a good sign for ND. Google "Irish Eyes Power Hour" if you want to hear it yourself. And FWIW, I think they wait for him, and if some of the longer shots take too long, then you see a guy like Kabongo get an offer.

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                                        • #21
                                          Originally posted by GoldenDomer3 View Post
                                          The way I read that quote, the planning to take trips is fact, but I'm not so sure he's said, "I may wait until NSD", as if it were his plan. I've never read or heard him say that, although its possible that he just wasn't asked about it.

                                          What I can confidently say is he plans to take his trips, and research each school before he makes his decision. I can also tell you that he was speechless (literally) when he got the offer from ND, and that he went home and was on the verge of tears at being offered by ND. Heard it from his own mouth when he was doing an interview over the phone, so it is obviously a good sign for ND. Google "Irish Eyes Power Hour" if you want to hear it yourself. And FWIW, I think they wait for him, and if some of the longer shots take too long, then you see a guy like Kabongo get an offer.
                                          It was actually on his Power Hour interview that Hafis told Mike Frank that he may wait until NSD to decide. That does not mean that he will, and in fact, if nothing dramatically changes between now and his Official Visit to ND, IMO there is a really good chance that he will commit to ND after his Official Visit.

                                          Here again is the direct link to the free Power Hour blog page. Click on the 4/3 Power Hour hyperlink to hear that Power Hour. The Hafis Williams interview starts at the 2:40 point, and ends at 17:15. Hafisís comments on deciding start at about the 11:40 mark, and it is clear that at that point he really had no idea when he was going to decide, even though he said he may do it on NSD.

                                          http://irisheyespowerhour.blogspot.com/

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by irishunclebill View Post
                                            ... if nothing dramatically changes between now and his Official Visit to ND, IMO there is a really good chance that he will commit to ND after his Official Visit.
                                            When is that going to be?
                                            Stoney is a dead man.

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                                            • #23
                                              Originally posted by johnnd05 View Post
                                              When is that going to be?
                                              No specific plans were mentioned, but if I was a betting man, I'd say for the USC game. ND is going to have a lot of Official Visits that weekend.

                                              BTW, his latest comment after the B&G game was that he would now most likely make a mid-season decision on his recruitement. How about, October 20th, and how about ND. Also, beware of the Cockwad, but I don't think Hafis will fall for his BS. If he leaves Joisey, he should be Irish.

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                                              • #24
                                                per DomerDomain....Hafis Williams committed today!
                                                It's up to us to show them what we've got. Let's get down to business and carry the mail~Knute Rockne

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                                                • #25
                                                  yup its listed on the rivals commit list GO IRISH!!

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                                                  • #26
                                                    HUGE pickup....Newman start feelin the pressure.....doo it....doooo it..

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                                                    • #27
                                                      hmmmm........wonder who commits out of fear of losing a spot???
                                                      It's up to us to show them what we've got. Let's get down to business and carry the mail~Knute Rockne

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                                                      • #28
                                                        This is absolutely great news! Definitely agree that someone else should be pulling the trigger soon on the D-line. Welcome Hafis to ND!

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                                                        • #29
                                                          Originally posted by Irishknight1023 View Post
                                                          HUGE pickup....Newman start feelin the pressure.....doo it....doooo it..
                                                          Think so? Newman is without question one of the NT targerts and I don't see Hafis having that much of an impact on him because the way I see it he's a DE in the 3-4.

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                                                          • #30
                                                            no but didnt someone say we're only projected to take 5 DL's??
                                                            It's up to us to show them what we've got. Let's get down to business and carry the mail~Knute Rockne

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                                                            • #31
                                                              Awesome! Welcome to the family, Hafis!
                                                              Stoney is a dead man.

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                                                              • #32
                                                                Weis told a recruit that he's planning on taking 5 D-lineman. D-lineman are what they are and the more Newman sees commits the more confertable he will feel with many other D-lineman coming here. Also adding that another lineman commits makes him feel like he should move along and bow down to the greatness of Notre Dame. Im just rambling though for I have no idea what Newman is thinking, but try and pretend to, to convince myself he will commit soon....it's sad really.

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                                                                • #33
                                                                  Some of you are concerned that there may be better prospects out there. Given our lack of success in attracting natural D-linemen, I'll take each and every commitment. We need bodies. Also, CW and CB are offering people that they believe will get the job done. I'm not going to question their judgment.

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                                                                  • #34
                                                                    Has anybody seen film on this guy...Rivals has nothing....and Scout barley lists a profile for him. Him being from Elizabeth is good, great team and rough area and he wants to do something big in his life and this is definently it.
                                                                    Last edited by Irishknight1023; 07-18-2007, 01:45 AM.

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                                                                    • #35
                                                                      Couple summary comments, about the Newman angle:

                                                                      If Weis is able to meet his target # of DL at 5 - which, at this pace, looks like a very real possibility - then we're probably talking about 3 DE and 2 NT.

                                                                      With Hafis being recruited at DE, this commit (paired with Cwynar) puts the pressure on guys like Kapron Lewis-Moore, Ethan Johnson, and Garret Goebel, more than Newman.

                                                                      Now, Hafis seems like a guy that could fit at NT, but I only think they bring him in at NT if they brick on guys like Forston and Hunter, and some of the other NT types aren't to be found.
                                                                      Last edited by GoldenDomer3; 05-02-2007, 07:36 PM. Reason: typo

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                                                                      • #36
                                                                        That's great news, unexpected (for me), but great news.
                                                                        If you're mad at your kid, you can either raise him to play nose tackle, or send him out to play on the freeway, it's about the same thing. Bob Golic

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                                                                        • #37
                                                                          Welcome to the Irish Hafis!!!!!!!!

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                                                                          • #38
                                                                            Originally posted by Irishknight1023 View Post
                                                                            Has anybody seen film on this guy...Rivals has nothing....and Scout barley lists a profile for him. Him being from Eliabeth is good, great team and rough area and he wants to do something big in his life and this is definently it.
                                                                            Seeing as he had 106 tackles as a DT, I think hes pretty good.

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                                                                            • #39
                                                                              This is huge. Like many of you already said I like Hafis a ton more at DE then NT. You would think that a NT would be like 330 not 270 like Hafis who is a good size for a 3-4 DE. Keep the pace Charlie and CB.

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                                                                              • #40
                                                                                Nice! Hafis is one of the recruits I was really hoping for. I can't wait to see our Defense start producing like the Offense. Hafis will be a key part of that. Keep 'em coming Charlie! Go Irish!
                                                                                God, Country, Notre Dame

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                                                                                • #41
                                                                                  newman,goebel,fortson,johnson,etc. come on down!

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                                                                                  • #42
                                                                                    Profile updated
                                                                                    Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army football team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds yesterday afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down on the bewildering panorama spread on the green plain below. - Grantland Rice 1924 :clover:

                                                                                    :football: Brown, ND's first-year defensive coordinator, played at Michigan."(Brown) said if he would have gotten offered by Notre Dame," Slaughter said, "he would have gone to Notre Dame." :football:

                                                                                    I like to quote myself - GoshenGipper

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                                                                                    • #43
                                                                                      Beautiful!! I was totally not expecting this since it's been pretty quiet on the recruiting trail lately but this is awesome news!!!!

                                                                                      Welcome aboard Hafis..........

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                                                                                      • #44
                                                                                        Getting a 2nd end allows us to be a little more patient with other DE's, like Kapron Lewis-Moore, and Ethan Johnson.

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                                                                                        • #45
                                                                                          Hafis al Tikrit? Call Homeland Security!!
                                                                                          Talent on loan from God & LMI

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                                                                                          • #46
                                                                                            This guy is a beast and looks like a good player.
                                                                                            John Carlson #89=Superman
                                                                                            You have to get the ball to be All-American!

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                                                                                            • #47
                                                                                              Originally posted by BLUETHUNDER View Post
                                                                                              This is huge. Like many of you already said I like Hafis a ton more at DE then NT. You would think that a NT would be like 330 not 270 like Hafis who is a good size for a 3-4 DE. Keep the pace Charlie and CB.
                                                                                              Keep in mind, these are guys going into their senior year of HS. I'm quite alright if they are not 330 pounds.

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                                                                                              • #48
                                                                                                From the SBTrib (link):
                                                                                                Defensive standout commits to ND

                                                                                                BOB WIENEKE
                                                                                                Tribune Staff Writer

                                                                                                Elizabeth (N.J.) High School football coach Chet Parlavecchio could have talked about the number of scholarship offers defensive lineman Hafis Williams has received. He could have boasted about how Williams plays both offensive and defensive line. Or he could have played up the impact Williams has had on the program.

                                                                                                Parlavecchio mentioned all those things, but there was one other trait that really jumped out.

                                                                                                "His strength is his engine," Parlavecchio said. "He's got a great engine."

                                                                                                And it sounds like Notre Dame just got a great player. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman verbally committed to the Irish on Wednesday.

                                                                                                Williams is the 11th player to commit to Notre Dame's recruiting class of 2008. He also is the fifth defensive player, joining end Sean Cwynar, and linebackers Anthony McDonald, David Posluszny and Darius Fleming.

                                                                                                NCAA recruiting rules prohibit Irish coach Charlie Weis from publicly commenting on a recruit until the player has signed a national letter-of-intent. Signing day is Feb. 6.

                                                                                                Williams, who visited unofficially for the April 21 Blue-Gold Game, registered 106 tackles and six sacks as a junior, according to recruiting Web site Rivals.com. Williams is ranked as one of the top 100 players nationally by CSTV recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, and Lemming ranks him as a five-star recruit, his highest ranking.

                                                                                                "He's got a motor that's always going," said Lemming, who ranks Williams as the best defensive lineman in New Jersey. "I like him because Notre Dame is desperate for defensive line-types."

                                                                                                Parlavecchio believes that Williams could beef up to 300 pounds and that he'll play inside in ND's revamped 3-4 defense. Lemming also believes that Williams will end up inside, although he can't rule out defensive end.

                                                                                                "You can't pigeon-hole him into one spot," Lemming said.


                                                                                                The Irish also are involved with three other Garden State standouts -- offensive lineman Art Forst of Manasquan, wide receiver/safety Will Hill of Jersey City and linebacker Brandon Beal of Succasunna, according to Lemming.

                                                                                                Weis, a New Jersey native, enjoyed recruiting success in his home state last year. He signed receiver Duval Kamara and tight end Mike Ragone, two of the state's top players. Another Jersey player, defensive end Justin Trattou, committed to ND early in the process before switching to Florida.

                                                                                                Parlavecchio has known Weis for years through a mutual friend.

                                                                                                "Charlie is a New Jersey guy and we go way back, before he became what he became," Parlavecchio said. "I know he'll take care of (Hafis)."

                                                                                                Lemming said Williams also had been involved with Rutgers, Florida, Penn State and Michigan.

                                                                                                "He's raised the bar at our school," Parlavecchio said. "I think his best days are still ahead."
                                                                                                Interesting that both Lemming and his coach think he's going to play inside; what's the source for everyone around here saying he's going to be a DE?
                                                                                                Stoney is a dead man.

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                                                                                                • #49
                                                                                                  First of all, this is great news. This kid has shown more love for ND than just about any recruit this year, so besides being a very talented addition to the defense, he will also be a very enthusiastic supporter of ND and Notre Dame football, which will only help the recruiting process even more this year. Also, for anybody who missed his Power Hour interview with Mike Frank, you should go back and listen to it, I'll try to find the link again. Hafis is a real character who will add much to the ND locker room.

                                                                                                  Now to add to the confusion of his position, Hafis is quoted as saying he will work at DT or NG at ND, which as we all know in the 3-4 is the same position, but he also said that he would primarily be at DT. Confused?, me too. The new ND defense will most likely be a hybrid 3-4 which will align differently according to formations and game situations, but it appears that no matter what the formation, at least initially, they are looking at Hafis as an interior guy, not an end. In reality, it is probably way too early to peg him anyway, because he physically seems to be capable of playing any position on the DL, and CW and CB have to be thrilled, as we all are, to grab another great kid from Jersey with great defensive talent.

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                                                                                                  • #50
                                                                                                    Great line from Hafis about what CW told him at the B&G game.

                                                                                                    Let's get this train moving, Jersey guys stick with Jersey guys.

                                                                                                    Art & Brendan, hope you are listening.

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