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'24 NJ OL/DL Cifelli No Late Bloomer, Has Sights Set on College Football

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2022 Press Contact:

Colts Neck, NJ: J.J. Cifelli will never be labeled a “late bloomer”.

Cifelli, a two-way junior lineman at Colts Neck (NJ), started playing football at the age of 5. His father, who played a little football back in the day at nearby Holmdel High School, introduced him to the game and its fine points. He soon began watching games on TV.

"I just always loved the game,'' said Cifelli. "Ever since I was little.''

If he ever dreamed of playing running back or quarterback during those younger years, those hopes were shifted as he grew into his current frame of 6-foot, 270 pounds and counting.

Cifelli,who was part of a team which finished 6-3, was a fixture as a starter on the offensive line. He also played some on the defensive side, but sees himself as more of an offensive player.

"I'm much better on offense,'' he said. "I like defense but I see myself as an offensive lineman in college.''

Speaking of college, Cifelli has started receiving letters from Colby College, a Division 3 school in Maine and Johns Hopkins University, a Division 3 school in Baltimore.

"I love this game and my ultimate goal is to play in college,'' said Cifelli. "With a good off-season in the weight room, attending camps and getting highlight videos out, I feel I should start getting more interest from colleges.''

When asked about his prospects of playing at the collegiate level, Colts Neck head coach Matt Ahearn didn't hesitate by saying "Absolutely. J.J. is a hardworking player that plays with great leverage and strength. And he has another year to get better and stronger.''

Scouting Report: "Quick off the ball, Cifelli gets in position quickly to stand his man up and follow out his blocking assignment until the whistle sounds. Plays with enthusiasm and is equally adept at run blocking and pass blocking.''

Colts Neck averaged a shade under 200 yards per game rushing and a shade short of 100 yards passing per game and was named 1st Team All-Division O-Line.

Cifelli bench presses 225 pounds and squats 395. Off the field, he carries a grade point average of 4.34 and the rest of his resume is sparkling as well:

Honors and AP student

National Honors Society Member

2 times named to Principal's List

3 times named to Honor Roll

Junior Class Officer

Latin Club member (Sophomore and Junior Year)

DECA member (Junior Year)

Sign Language Club member (Junior Year)

"Off the field he is a strong student with a passion for volunteering,'' said Ahearn.

To check out Cifelli's film and stats, please visit his personalized player page here:

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