Football notes: DiOrio decides on Dayton

Shawnee Anthony DiOrio was a workhorse for Shawnee. . Timber Creek v Sjhawnee in SJ 34 title game at Rowan University on Saturday, December 7, 2013. ( RON CORTES / Staff Photographer )
Shawnee Anthony DiOrio was a workhorse for Shawnee. . Timber Creek v Sjhawnee in SJ 34 title game at Rowan University on Saturday, December 7, 2013. ( RON CORTES / Staff Photographer )
Posted: January 26, 2014

Shawnee senior Anthony DiOrio, The Inquirer's South Jersey Offensive Player of the Year, has committed to Dayton University on a football scholarship.

DiOrio's father, former Cherokee star Rob DiOrio, played at Dayton in the early 1980s.

"He didn't push me, but he's happy I picked his alma mater," Anthony DiOrio said Friday.

DiOrio committed to Dayton on Thursday night, he said, adding that he was recruited as the team's "Flyer," a defensive position that is a kind of rover - part linebacker, part strong safety.

"I'm glad I took my time and found the perfect place," he said. "The campus is beautiful, and they just opened a new 10,000-square-foot weight room."

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound DiOrio led Shawnee to the South Jersey Group 4 championship this past season. He rushed for 1,328 yards and 18 touchdowns and also made 73 tackles as a standout linebacker.

DiOrio rushed for 777 yards and scored 10 touchdowns as Shawnee won its final six games. He gained 140 yards on 26 carries in a 31-22 victory over Timber Creek in the sectional final.

Dayton is an NCAA Division I program at the Football Championship Subdivision level. The Flyers are members of the Pioneer Football League with programs such as Butler, Marist, Drake, and Valparaiso.

Worthy to Old Dominion. West Deptford senior Isaiah Worthy committed to Old Dominion after making a recruiting visit to the Norfolk, Va., school during the weekend of Jan. 18.

"I met the whole coaching staff and just had a really good time," Worthy said. "They are a great group of guys, and I can't wait to play for them."

The 6-2, 235-pounder was a first-team All-South Jersey selection as a linebacker. He said he was recruited as a linebacker by Old Dominion.

Worthy led West Deptford to a 9-1 record and the Colonial Liberty title as a senior.

Worthy said Old Dominion's campus was "beautiful" and noted that the football program is moving up to the NCAA Division I FBS level after years at the FCS level.

Old Dominion has joined Conference USA as part of its move up to the highest level of college football.

"It's an exciting time to be going down there," Worthy said.

Worthy becomes the fourth South Jersey player to commit to Old Dominion. The others are Kingsway's Ray Lawry, Williamstown's Marques Little, and Timber Creek's Justice Davila.

"I've known Ray Lawry since the fourth grade," Worthy said. "I know Marques Little from football. Those guys were telling me I should commit. It's going to be a lot of fun going down there with those guys and finally being on their team."

Bryant commits. Former Cherry Hill East standout Brandon Bryant has committed to Lafayette.

Bryant, who graduated from East in 2013, spent last football season at East Coast Prep in Great Barrington, Mass. A linebacker, he led East Coast with 80 tackles, returned an interception for a touchdown, and blocked two punts.

As a senior at Cherry Hill East, Bryant had 94 tackles, including 17 for losses, and six sacks.

This and that. Glassboro junior Ronnie James has picked up an offer from the University of Pittsburgh. The 5-11, 180-pound James projects as a defensive back in college. He ran for 1,168 yards last season in leading Glassboro to the South Jersey Group 1 title.

Eastern quarterback Tom Flacco is expected to take a recruiting visit to Western Michigan, Vikings coach Dan Spittal said.

Cherry Hill West defensive back Rodney Williams, a Syracuse recruit, said Orangemen coaches will attend his basketball game Thursday against Camden.


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