Recruit Profile: DL Tonio Celotto

USC certainly prides itself on its legendary Trojan Family. Accordingly, the USC legacy football recruit is looked upon with extra interest by the Trojan alumni. Mario Celotto was a linebacker on the fabled USC teams of the mid-70's. His son Tonio is a highly rated defensive lineman out of Royal High School in Simi Valley who certainly has interest in following in his father's footsteps at Troy.

There are many high school recruits that have genes from a parent who was a superior athlete. Tonio Celotto is in the unique situation where he inherited those types of genes from both parents. His mother Julia was a scholarship track athlete at USC who also played volleyball at Troy, and graduated from USC in 1980. His father Mario played linebacker for two years under John McKay, and two year under John Robinson, before moving on to the NFL with the Bills, Raiders, and Rams after graduating from USC in 1978. Mario was a starter at USC before knee injuries hit. He has had six knee surgeries. Rod Martin replaced Mario in the Trojan lineup, and the two later reunited on the Raiders for Oakland's Super Bowl win over the Eagles. Mario recently sold a lucrative brewery business and lives up in the Bay Area.

Tonio Celotto is a 6'4", 250 pound defensive end/tackle who runs a 4.75 forty, and recently put 185 pounds up 37 times on the bench. He has maxed out at 405 pounds. Celotto was 1st Team All-League, 1st Team All-County, 1st Team All-State, and the Lineman of the Year for the Marmonte League as a junior. He had 75 tackles, 13 sacks, 2 caused fumbles, and 2 fumbles recoveries as a junior. His main strength is his motor. Tonio is working on his strength and speed ramping up to his senior year. Weightlifting is a major hobby, so one would expect that this d-lineman has plenty of room to grow. His other major hobby is working on his 68' Firebird.

There are several schools that are showing significant interest in Celotto. He lists Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona, LSU, Cal, UCLA, Nebraska, Boise State, Fresno State, Tennessee, Mississippi, and USC as those who are communicating with him on a regular basis. Oregon and Ole Miss have already offered. He is not sure who will get official trips, but Oregon and USC are his two favorites right now. Tonio will be attending the USC Junior Day on April 2nd. Coach Steve Sarkisian is his recruiting coordinator from USC.

When asked what he likes in particular about USC, Tonio said, "I like the campus. I like the fact it's a private school. I want to major in engineering or criminal justice, both of which are offered at USC. It's just a great school. I mean, it's SC. The name just says it all."


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