State Champ Cioffi Talks Recent Victory

Dayton (Springfield, N.J.) defensive back and Rutgers commit Anthony Cioffi won an outdoor track state championship over the weekend. With the fastest New Jersey Group 1 time in the 100-meter dash, Cioffi took home gold at Old Bridge (N.J.) High in upset fashion and discussed his motivations and much more with

The way Rutgers defensive back commit Anthony Cioffi sees it, his gold-medal performance Saturday in the 100-meter dash for the New Jersey Group 1 State Championship is a sign for the future.

Beating heavy favorite and Alabama football commit Anthony Averett with a 10.86 time, Cioffi said fans should get used to big performances by Rutgers people.

"I think it's a big sign," Cioffi said. "Big things are coming for Rutgers, big moments, and I can't wait to be a part of it."

Cioffi rode a hot streak of victories into his Saturday race, but got the final piece of momentum just seconds before the race started.

"When they were announcing our names of the finalists, who was in which lane, they said my name really quick like it was nothing and then they said Averett and they blew it up," Cioffi said. "It was kind of a motivator. I was just like, ‘OK I can't let someone else win this. I got this.'" Averrett, however, will get another shot at Cioffi Thursday in the Meet of Champions with both qualifying in the 100-meter dash.

The Dayton (Springfield, N.J.) student has had an enjoyable end to his junior year of high school. After receiving a verbal scholarship offer and committing on the spot to head coach Kyle Flood in February, Cioffi took his basketball team far into the state playoffs and can now call himself a track state champion.

"This is something that I've always wanted to do in football first, but to do it in track, in a sport I wasn't projected to do it in, is a happy feeling for me," Cioffi said. "It's just good that I'm accomplishing this stuff. I'm proving to myself that I can do it."

Away from personal accomplishments, Ciofi has slowly seen the Rutgers Class of 2013 grow. The class is now up to four verbal commitments and Cioffi is working to make it more.

"I text with [Rutgers commit Justin Goodwin] a lot," Cioffi said. "I'm friends with [Immaculate defensive end Tashawn Bower] and [Cranford athlete Reggie Green]. I'd love to play with them."

Cioffi added that he is also becoming friends with St. John Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.) wide receiver Ishmael Hyman. Both plan to visit campus this weekend.

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