Two Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep linemen can expect bigger opportunities and a brighter spotlight in the 2017 season.
For Earlington, he expects a move to tight end in addition to more reps at defensive end for the Ironmen. He played last season alongside Iowa-bound Brandon Simon.
“I love the contact and I love initiating the contact,” he said. “I like using moves to get around defenders. I feel like I use my quickness and agility well to use this to my advantage getting around bigger linemen. I learned a lot from Brandon Simon. The moves he uses and his speed, I try to mirror what he did. I know that if I can be half as explosive as he was, I’ll be in great shape.”
Earlington, who also plays basketball for Don Bosco, has early interest from both Ohio State and Rutgers where he has older former teammates. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound sophomore comes from Stony Point, N.Y.
“They’re both really great schools,” he said. “I was supposed to visit Rutgers but I didn’t get a chance so I’ll be going soon. I love Ohio State too. Joey Bosa is one of my favorite players.”
Delasoudas plays both center and guard for Don Bosco and could be the man to replace Rutgers commit Michael Maietti under center.
“I learned a lot from him these past two years,” said Delasoudas, who is 6-foot-2, 270 pounds. “He taught me a lot about football and about how to be tough and prepare your mind at all times.”
The Fort Lee, N.J., native said his footwork sets him above other 2018 linemen.
“I’m able to roll my hips really well and get to the second level,” he said. “I think that stands out. The league that I play in, it helps me get better and there is college exposure at the same time. It’s the toughest football out there and coaches are always watching.”