SHINGLE SPRINGS — Playing football runs in Jeff Camilli’s family. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Ponderosa senior linebacker has two great uncles who played at Utah State and two other uncles that played at four-year colleges.
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Today, 10 four-year colleges are expressing interest in Camilli, a two-way starter at inside linebacker and tight end. Known in the Sacramento region as a ferocious, hard-hitting linebacker, Camilli has left his fare share of running backs longing for the sideline.
“He is the emotional leader of our team,” said Tenner of Camilli. “Competitive doesn’t begin to describe him. He is physical and sets the tone for our team. Having him is a luxury; he’s like having a coach on the field. Everyone respects him and listens when he talks.”
Camilli and his teammates know that winning two or more games in the Delta River League, a division that includes Oak Ridge, is a tall order.
“Everyone knows our league is filled with amazing teams and talent,” Camilli said. “They (Jesuit) seem to be a big, tough physical team with a really talented quarterback (Thomas Sperbeck), a lot like us this year. Oak Ridge is definitely going to be a tough game considering they’re having a great season. That is the game I’m most looking forward to.”
This year’s team is different from the last two teams that both went 2-8 and Camilli credits that to work ethic.
“We worked hard the whole summer trying to be perfect and it’s paying off,” Camilli said.
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