Football standouts head to college ranks

Poland's Liborio Ricottilli

A pair of playmakers from parochial powers are bound for the next level. Cardinal Mooney Tailback CJ Amill is heading to Lafayette, while Vito Penza has signed to play quarterback at Dartmouth.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play Division I football,” penza said. “And, to receive an education at Dartmouth…just a prestigious institution in the Ivy league…is just a great fit for me.”

Amill says he hopes to see action on the field immediately.

“They said I could contribute right off the bat….play some running back, play some slot, all the special teams return-wise. So, they said I could definitely contribute as a Freshman,” Amill added.

Something a trio from Poland also hopes to do. Liborio Ricottilli has signed on the dotted line with Lehigh, while fellow Bulldog Adam Wollet can now call himself a Colonial at Robert Morris. And Tate Duarte is bound for Saint Francis after playing just one season on the gridiron.

” Well, after one year of football, it’s pretty exciting for me I guess you could say because I didn’t have much game fotr football, so, to go D-I is kinda nice,” admitted Duarte.

“They (Robert Morris) were one of the first teams to come onto me, and I really appreciated that. They gave me a pretty big offer that I couldn’t refuse,” said Wollet.

Ricottilli is confident that Lehigh is the perfect fit for him.

“I want to be an engineer, and it’s one of the top engineering schools in the country. And then, athletically, to compete in the Patriot League, which is one of the top Division I-AA conferences in the country. So, I mean I can win a Patriot League title and also be an engineer, which is a pretty good gig,” Ricottilli said.

Austintown Fitch’s Antwan Harris will take his duel-threat skills to Lake Erie College, while Canfield’s Aaron Jenkins will soon be under center and Notre Dame College. Meanwhile, Hubbard’s Zach Hover will anchor the line at Walsh, while McDonald’s Cameron Ifft is taking his toughness to Tiffin.

“I mean, I felt comfortable with their coaching staff (at Tiffin). I met some players, I like them all. And, they’re a team on the rise, and I want to be a part of that,” Ifft said.

Hover made his final decision during a recent visit to campus.

“I saw the players in the weight room, and they looked like they were very focused on the steps to the right path. So, I feel like I could fit in very well there,” said Hover.

Following a thrilling career as a Fitch Falcon, Harris is hoping to make a swift impact.

“To go to the next level. I feel like I’m good enough to do so. So, I’ll just try to do my best and get some playing time.”

Former Canfield Quarterback Aaron Jenkins has been waiting his an opportunity at the next level for quite a long time.

“It’s really exciting. I mean, I’ve always dreamed of playing college football. So, I kinda just, since I started playing, I just wanted to make it happen,” he said.

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