Recruit Update: DiLuigi vs. Crespi

Crespi High School should be a familiar name to serious BYU fans. It is the name of the school where former BYU defensive line recruit Sione Fua played before moving on to the Stanford Cardinal. Last Friday, BYU running back commit J.J. DiLuigi helped lead his Canyon Cowboys to a nail biting 38-35 victory over the Crespi Celts. In the game DiLuigi added to his already impressive season stats.

On the season, BYU bound J.J. DiLuigi has 658 rushing yards on 93 carries after five games. He is averaging nearly eight yards per carry (7.8) and 131.6 yards per game with five rushing touchdowns. DiLuigi caught 17 passes for a total of 215 yards and two touchdowns so far this year.

DiLuigi's Canyon High School has not shied away from tough competition. They played two of the top 10 teams in California (St. Bonaventure and Notre Dame) on back-to-back weeks. Last weekend, Canyon went up against the Crespi Celts, which is another strong SoCal squad.

"We played was a top team for sure," said DiLuigi. "They had speed, size strength and great discipline. The first play that I was in was a punt return. I returned it for I think 40 yards by dodging defenders and cutting back on tacklers."

Unlike his previous outing against Chaminade High School, in which he racked up 282 yards rushing and 25 receiving, DiLuigi was used sparingly on the ground against Crespi. He finished the game with 79 yards rushing and 14 yards receiving.

"I didn't get the ball much this game," DiLuigi said. "I only touched it 12 times, and two of the carries were called back. I'm pretty sure my rushing yards were 79 on 12 carries, which isn't too bad of a game going against a great opponent like Crespi.

The game was a close back and forth contest that ended when Canyon kicked a game-winning field goal as time ran out.

"We won 38-35 with a field goal with five seconds left in the game," said DiLuigi. "It was a close one."

Next up for Canyon is their arch rival, Hart High School.

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