Focus '06 - Jackson Memorial HS LB

Jackson Memorial HS of the Shore-American Conference finished an impressive 11-1 this past year including a perfect 6-0 in league play. One of the primary reasons behind the Jaguars' success last year and opportunity at greater success next year is a 5-foot-11 and 210-pound LB prospect by the name of Joe Cella.

The Jaguars of Jackson Memorial HS went undefeated in league play this past year finishing their season with an overall 11-1 record, good enough for the #18 ranking in the state of New Jersey, according to Maxpreps.com.  One of the primary reasons for the Jaguars' success this past year was due to the emergence of a 5-foot-11 and 210-pound LB prospect by the name of Joe Cella.

Cella, an invitee to the 2005 U.S. Army National High School Combine in San Antonio, was also named 1st Team All-County, 1st Team All-Division, and 2nd Team All-Shore Defense by the Asbury Park Press. 

This past year Cella recorded 110 tackles, amassed 5 QB sacks, forced 3 fumbles, recovered 2 fumbles and had 1 interception.

Cella's list of suitors is predominantly of the 1-AA variety now.  Incoming mail is arriving from Columbia, Army, Wagner, Colgate, Lehigh, Albany, Monmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Bucknell, Yale, Georgetown, and Holy Cross.

During the off-season Cella has been focusing on improving his skills for summer camps and his upcoming senior season.

"I lift every day after practice.  I also run track with the track team," stated Cella.  The star Shore-Conference LB throws the javelin for his HS squad.

With the May evaluation period here most prospects can begin thinking about where they'll be showcasing their skills during the spring and summer months.  For local prospects the opportunity to strut their stuff  may come along by attending either the Nike Camp (held in early May) or Elite College Combine, held this past Wednesday.  For others, before the high school season gets underway, the major opportunity comes along by attending a summer camp. 

"I was thinking about the Princeton football camp, that's a possibility.  I'm also thinking about going to Rutgers again.  We went last year with the whole team and we may go there again."

For now, Cella, who carries a 3.0 GPA in the classroom, will continue to focus on getting stronger and faster.  Lifting every day after track and field practice in addition to attending speed school once per week, should have the All-Shore standout ready for his senior season.

And while coming off an impressive 11-1 season may be tough to beat Cella takes a different point of view.

We have a lot of guys coming back.  We should be just as good this year.  We might even be better."

 

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