Local OL Has the Right Size

John Tashjian [6-foot-3 and 240-pounds] of the St. Joseph's Green Knights is off to a solid start this year. As the starting Center that anchors a talented offensive line, Tashjian has helped St. Joe's fly off to a 3 and 0 start.

John Tashjian is a 6-foot-3 and 240-pound offensive lineman by way of St. Joe's Regional HS (Montvale, NJ). Tashjian also doubles as a defensive lineman that has added talent to a defensive unit that has shut out its opposition twice this year in three games.

Perhaps the biggest accolade for any offensive lineman is the ultimate success of his team's offense. The Green Knights have amassed 109 total points in three games thus far. Jr. QB Rob Cervini has had ample time to look downfield and the rushing attack, led by Sr. Anthony Ferla, has produced impressive numbers.

Tashjian is quick off the ball from his starting Center position and at his size gives the Green Knights a significant size advantage over most of the opposition.

Over this past summer Tashjian went to several camps that virtually spanned the entire collegiate ranks. Tashjian was attempting to find out just where he may be able to play on the next level.

"I went to the Trinity camp and I thought I did very well there," stated Tashjian.

Tashjian also took visits to Lafayette, Townson, and Hofstra.

"I also went to the Boston College camp. I thought I performed well there. During the 1-on-1s I felt like I was opening some coach's eyes. After the first day of camp the best kids from the first day were selected to practice together in a smaller group."

Tashjian was one of the few lineman that did get selected. His steadily improving performance during both the summer and to start off his senior season at St. Joe's have allowed Tashjian to gather his ideas regarding his future collegiate carreer.

"I'm thinking about going to prep school," stated Tashjian.

There are several schools that Tashjian is interested in at this moment, including Lafayette, Hofstra, New Hampshire, and Townson. He would also like to hear more from the likes of Connecticut, Boston College, Virginia, Maryland, and Rutgers.

Tashjian has the one characteristic that makes him an ideal Center at the Division-I level: size. At 6-foot-3 and 240-pounds and with another year of building and improving on his footwork and general technique, Tashjian could very well become one of the more highly regarded offensive linemen in New Jersey next year -- should he decide to prep in the Garden State.

An excellent student, Tashjian holds a B+ average and has received a qualifying SAT score.


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