During the next few weeks high juniors across the country will be a summer away from the beginning of their senior years.
For Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep defensive end Justin Ademilola, his focus will turn squarely toward his senior year to accomplish his goals.
“I’m very excited about my senior year. Time flew by here at Prep,” Ademilola told Blue & Gold. “After we finish here it’s going to be all about football, so I can come out and grind and work toward a state championship.
“I want to lead the state with sacks and beat my brother out. That’s my goal. Also, winning states during my last year.”
The 6-foot-3, 234-pounder is also looking to quiet any doubts about his abilities.
“It’s a big motivation,” Ademilola said of proving people wrong. “Every day I come out with my team and work hard. Those camps I go out what I can do and prove I am one of the top defensive ends in the country.
“I’m just trying to prove my worth and get my ranking. My ranking dropped off a little bit, but I think from my past camps and the Under Armour camp I think I can prove what I bring to the table.”
Competition with his twin brother and fellow Irish commit Jayson is another driving force for Ademilola and his drive to be the best.
“Every game we are competing on who can have the most sacks, tackles, tackles for loss and everything really,” Ademilola explained. “Every day we are competing. Even in practice we are competing and get into each other’s heads. We know when game time comes around we are going to go 100 percent and play hard.
“Since we were little we wanted to play together on the next level. When we had the opportunity to do so we took it right away. There were other schools, but Notre Dame was the best fit for us. I feel blessed to be able to play with my brother on the next level.”
Ademilola is also being well prepared on and off the field by St. Peter’s.
“Coming here allowed me to grow in the classroom and on the field working with one of the top coaches in the country,” Ademilola said. “Just working and grinding…Kids on the team come from all around the state, so everyone has different backgrounds. Coming together as one unit and working toward is a common goal is different from public schools.”
The Ademilolas committed to the Irish this past summer and continue to be solid with their decision. Justin is ranked as a three-star and the No. 26 strongside defensive end in the class. He is being recruited as a drop end in defensive coordinator Mike Elko’s defense.