With the 2nd overall pick, the New York Giants drafted Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Building an offensive system around a running back is like hoping to win a drag race with expensive tires. You need those horses up front and of course the man in the driver seat. You can find good tires anywhere. This is the ideology when offensive coordinators are hitting the chalk boards and is usually why they don’t make a big reach for a running back. Rushing for over 1300 yards and 11 touchdowns it would seem so far that the Giants found a great set of tires.
You only have to watch the first 20 seconds of Liberti’s highlights (below) to see why we’d compare him to a Saquon Barkley. The real question is, why is this young man not playing at a big time D1 school. “Honestly in high school I didn’t take the weight room and school serious and fell off the map my senior year recruiting wise. It was once a dream but now I’m pushing forward looking for more doors.”
At 20 years old when you’re a former high school standout you find yourself in this transitional period. You’re watching the professional athletes on TV and imagining yourself matching up but you are also thinking about life, a career, and your future as an adult. Some athletes can’t see past the field and hold on to these dreams way too long. While Liberti is an extremely gifted athlete he is also keeping his options open. He’s currently a student at Middlesex College and earns part time cash as a DJ. He says if an opportunity opens up to play football at the next level that he would definitely entertain it.
“Obviously Barkley is a once in a lifetime talent but I also believe Liberti is a great talent as well and like Barkley being new to the NFL and Liberty being new to A7FL we’ve only just seen the tip of the iceberg on both players and the sky’s the limit of what to expect from both. Liberti comes in with a solid resume from playing with a powerhouse school in Sayreville and being very dominant. Not just at running back but in the defensive backfield also. His speed, strength, awareness, vision and football IQ are definitely a great asset to have on the Hawks but his greatest asset is his desire to win and win at all costs. He puts the team ahead of himself and wants US to be great not just Mike Liberti, says NJ Hawks Captain Steven Puchalski.”
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