Sr. running back likens his game to Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot
By LORENZO RECUPERO
The Crimson Tide remains undefeated on the year and big back Jayden “JC” Clerveaux is a big reason why.
With two touchdown runs in the Tides shutout win (42-0) over Lynn English, the 6-foot, 210-pound senior captain is currently tied for the team lead in scoring with 3 TDs on the season.
Clerveaux’s downhill, but still shifty, put-a-body-on-you style of running has been likened by Everett High School football coaches to the style of EHS legend Diamond Ferri, who of course made his way up the ranks and into the National Football League.
Clerveaux, born in Cambridge and raised in Everett, hopes to follow his predecessor’s footsteps, and run his way into the pros.
“With football, NFL is the big dream,” said Clerveaux of his football aspirations. “That’s every football player’s plan A,” he said.
Though flattered and honored by his coach’s comparisons to Ferri, the senior bruiser compared his style to that of the NFL’s Ezekiel Elliot, a more contemporary running back that has dazzled at times while playing for the Dallas Cowboys.
“JC is a tremendous player, who possesses an outstanding skill set,” said Crimson Tide head coach Robert DiLoreto. “JC has the perfect combination of power and balance, he runs hard and has tremendous vision as a running back. He makes our offense click!” said DiLoreto of his on-field weapon.
Should Clerveaux not land in the ranks of an NFL team, he’s already got his sights set on a sound backup plan for landing on his feet in life after football.
“I consider myself a very hard-working person. I have goal for myself and my future,” said the senior captain. “I apply myself in the classroom and the field as well,” he said.
Post high school, Clerveaux plans to attend college, where he will focus on business and engineering, two subjects he’s found interest in since being guided in that direction by EHS student counselors early in his high school career.
“The thought of being my own business owner, or for example creating cars and things like that, it’s all very interesting to me,” he said.
Coach DiLoreto stands behind his senior captain’s ability to perform on and off the field.
“JC leads by example, both on and off the field. He strives for academic excellence, and he is constantly on the honor roll at school,” said DiLoreto. “He is a tremendous leader, who takes his role as captain very seriously and we are very proud of him,” said DiLoreto.
You can catch Clerveaux and the Tide (3-0) as they host Lynn Classical Friday, October 8 at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6PM.