Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Ambitious Celtic

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Position: Defensive Back, Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 5’10”, 155lbs
Teams: Bishop MacDonell Celtics (high school – CWOSSA), Guelph Junior Varsity Gryphons (Guelph Minor Football Association)
Commitment: N/A
Official Visits: N/A
Considerations: Open
Class: 2016

Three years ago Josh Calzonetti started playing football, as he had been playing rep hockey since the age of six and wanted to try something new.

He started out as safety before switching to corner this past spring for the Guelph Junior Varsity Gryphons junior of the Guelph Minor Football Association in the Ontario Football Conference (OFC).

“With 75 guys on the team, very good coaching and a chance to start on defence I had the opportunity to learn a lot,” said Calzonetti.

Currently, Calzonetti is in grade 11 and playing defensive back as well as wide receiver for the Bishop MacDonell Celtics of Guelph District 10 in the Central Western Ontario Secondary School Association (CWOSSA).

Off-season training for the Celtic consists of training at the Gryphon field house with other local players where they can work out in the winter and summer in preparation for the season. He also works out at a local gym, which has helped him improve his strength and power.

“Getting better and stepping up to compete is what it’s all about,” adds the Celtic, who believed that off-season training has a large role in this.

“My goals for the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) are to make the Top 100, take the next step in my development as a player and be a part of a great team,” explains the defensive back.

Calzonetti also hopes on making the CFC 100 list during his graduating year.

“There has been many great players on this list and to be though of with those guys would be a real honour,” says the Celtic. “I’ve seen a lot of people on the CFC list go on to play at the university level, and this is a goal I am working towards all the time.”

The defensive back loves football because it is one big adrenalin rush, and it is unlike any other sport he has played before.

“With all the players and coaches, all the intensity and excitement,” describes Calzonetti. “Being on a team and working together to win, to get better – from the practices, to the locker room, to the field.”

“[There’s] nothing like it.”


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