Former JDL Football Players--Where Are They Now?
Alert--I should have pointed out when first posting this site, that this section could not account for every former JDL; and that the section would by necessity evolve over time. Thanks, therefore to a number of former JDL families who have provided information on kids that were not included originally. Certainly the list of former JDL players identified at this time in the "Where Are They Now" section is "woefully incomplete"--how could it possibly be otherwise when thousands of players have played in the program since it was started some 18 years ago and the current list has fewer than fifty names! I probably should have come up with a better way of dealing with this situation and I apologize to those kids who were overlooked. I use the word "overlooked" instead of "forgotten" because I really don't believe even with my suspect memory that I could have "forgotten" any former player!
With your help, this list will grow. If you do not see your player listed please contact me using the Contact Us form. I will add new names at the top of the list for now but would appreciate any advice on a better way to document and present this information. 1/10/2016
Max and Jake Mier--Max and Jake Mier were long time members of the PV JDL community. Max moved on from JDL to Ponte Vedra High School where he excelled as a linebacker for the Sharks. Instead of playing football in college, Max chose a different path to stay a part of the sport he loved. He contacted the Director of Football Operations at Mercer offering his services as an assistant. He was hired on the spot , given an internship and was ultimately named Recruiting Assistant--a position requiring him to host and coordinate visits for recruits in the fall. In the spring he analyzes film to identify potential recruits. His younger brother Jake moved on from JDL football (where he earned the nickname "Bulldozer" for his hard hitting play) to swimming. As a freshman for PVHS he qualified for the state meet and won the High Point Award (scoring the most points) then duplicated that feat in his sophomore year. Jake's favorite events are the distance events including the 200m fly and the 400m IM (offered in Club meets not high school meets). For the Sharks, he swims the 200m and 500m free. He hopes to swim in college upon graduation from PVHS.
Alex, Kevin and Eric Shields--This is another of the long time Ponte Vedra JDL families.
After playing JDL football, Eric played football for Nease during the Tim Tebow years. He also ran track and was a key member of the Panthers swim team. After graduating from Nease's IB program he earned a degree from the University of Florida and is now an investment analyst for a private equity firm in DelRay Beach, FL. Alex and Kevin are former JDL players who went on to play both football and soccer in high school then excelled as collegiate Div 1 soccer goalkeepers. Kevin was a part of the boys soccer team that won the 2013 State Soccer Championship. He is currently the starting goalkeeper for the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He was named all conference goalkeeper for 2015 and ranked one of the top Goalkeepers in the Colonial conference for saves per game 2016. Alex Shields is also a goalkeeper who plays soccer for University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is in his sophomore year.
Conor and Colin Peaks--While the Peaks brothers both played youth football they each switched sports once they got to PVHS. Conor was a four-year player as a Shark goalkeeper, reaching the state Final Four in lacrosse in 2011 and 2012. He earned All-American honors in 2012 as a senior. After graduating from PVHS, he attended the University of Delaware were he had a stellar four-year stint as the Blue Hens net minder. He earned a degree in Business Finance. Colin, his younger brother, followed in Conor's footsteps switching from JDL Football to lacrosse in high school. He also excelled as the Shark goalkeeper until he graduated in 2015. Colin is now playing goalie for the Gettysburg College lacrosse team.
Miles and Max Silva--Both Silva brothers enjoyed Ponte Vedra JDL football as youngsters. Miles inherited his fathers love for lacrosse and quickly became an outstanding player for the Sharks under coach Tom West. Miles was named 2015 NILCA All -American and is currently playing attack for the Cadets of Army. His younger brother Max played JDL football. (info needed on Max)
Daniel Tomm--Daniel was a long time JDL player and is another JDL alumni who changed sports upon entering High School. Daniel played varsity lacrosse for the Bolles School until graduating in 2009. (info needed on where is he now)
Dalton and JP Lemaster--Dalton and JP played in the Ponte Vedra JDL program before moving on to Ponte Vedra High School. Dalton played both football and lacrosse for the Sharks. He led the Shark stickmen to three straight State Final Four appearances and was named a North Florida All-American in 2013. In 2014 he attended Ohio Wesleyan University briefly playing in four games and making the Dean's List. He then transferred to Rollins College, played 14 games for Tars in 2016 while being named to the 2016 Sunshine State Conference Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll. JP starred for the Sharks as a wide receiver. I believe he graduated from the University of Central Florida despite the fact that Tammy and the family are really serious Gator fans.
Lucas Crowley--A former JDL and Nease High School standout, Lucas is finishing his four year college career as starting center for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. After being named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week on three separate occasions in 2016, he earned second team ACC center honors. In 2015 Lucas earned third team ACC center honors. You can see Lucas play in the East/WestShrine game in St.Petersburg, FL on January 21st. Lucas, at 6'3" and 290 lbs, well may be the first former JDL football player to make it to the NFL.
Jon Heck--Jon Heck is the son of Andy Heck, former Jaguar coach and now O-line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was Lucas Crowley's teammate in JDL playing for coaches John Duffy and Eugene Chung before rejoining Crowley at UNC upon graduating from The Bolles School. After redshirting his first year at Chapel Hill, Jon was a stalwart at right tackle for the Heels starting 48 games. He is another JDL alumni who may be headed for the NFL following the 2017 draft.
Kyle Chung--Kyle, son of former NFL/Jaguar offensive lineman and JDL coach Eugene Chung, was a playing companion of Lucas Crowley in JDL. After graduation from Ponte Vedra High School Kyle attended Virginia Tech and played center for the Hokies for four years. He redshirted his first year and will thus be eligible for the 2017 season. Kyle, another offensive lineman (center/guard), should have an opportunity to follow his dad's footsteps into the NFL when his Hokie playing days are over .
Jessie Burkett--A former JDL player who went on to attend Bertram Trail High School then Stanford University where, in addition to football, he is pursuing a double major in Japanese and symbolic systems. His dad, Bill, coached in the Ponte Vedra JDL program for several years. Jessie, now a junior for the Cardinal, won the job as their starting center this season. He is also considered a strong candidate for the NFL when he completes his senior year.
Frank Souza--Frank was always a big boy as a youngster who never fit within the weight requirements for Pop Warner football. As a result, he played all his youth football in Ponte Vedra's JDL program. He went on to play for Nease High School then to Wake Forest where he was a starter on both the offensive and defensive lines for most of his college career. Frank graduated from Wake and chose not to pursue a professional career saying he was "ready to get on with his life outside of football."
Max Chapman-- Max, another big guy, played all his youth football in Ponte Vedra's JDL program before attending and playing defensive end for Nease High School. He chose Northwestern or perhaps it is better to say Northwestern chose him following graduation from Nease. He not only played for the Wildcats for four years, as a senior, he was awarded their traditional #1 jersey "which is used to recognize the young man who truly embodies the values and character of the Northwestern football family." He was a 3-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and is pursuing a Master's degree in sports administration in the School of Professional Studies at NU.
Nick Singleton--Nick enjoyed all his youth football playing for JDL in Ponte Vedra where his dad Mike served as one of his coaches. Nick went on to star for several years for the Ponte Vedra High School Sharks as a defensive end. Upon graduation, Nick enrolled in the US Army Rangers and recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq/Afganistan.
Johnny Wolford--Johnny was introduced to football as a youngster playing in the Ponte Vedra JDL program. He then attended Bishop Kenny High school where he set a number of the school's passing records. Johnny went on to become starting quarterback for the Demon Deacons. Now a junior, Johnny led Wake Forest to an impressive 33-28 win over Indiana in the Deacons fourth win of the 2016 season.
Stone Smeenge--Stone, son of Joel Smeenge, former defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars got his introduction to football as a seven-year old in the Ponte Vedra JDL program. His dad, Joel, served as coach of Stone's division and, in addition, Joel helped coach nephew Isaac Nauta's division. Joel was recently named head coach of Celebration High School Storm in Jacksonville. Stone is a freshman quarterback and defensive back for the Storm.
Isaac Nauta--Isaac is the nephew of former Jacksonville Jaguar defensive end Joel Smeenge. Isaac played JDL football for several years under coach Smeenge and coach Chris Norton. He was an extraordinary player as a youngster and developed into an outstanding college player. He is the starting tight end for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Christopher Damm--(info needed on where is he now)
Chris Morrell--Chris played all his youth football for Ponte Vedra JDL. His dad, Greg, served for several years as a JDL coach in Ponte Vedra. Chris then went on to play for Murray Middle School and for St Augustine High School. He is now the football coach for Sebastian Middle School.
James Wilkinson--James (nick name "G") Enjoyed many years of JDL football in Ponte Vedra. Although always somewhat undersized "G" held his own against any opponent. James played for four years for the Sharks as a "player/team manager". Upon graduation he took a job at the PGA Tour and now also works in his spare time for Ponte Vedra High School in Field Operations and can be found at the Shark Tank whenever there is a Ponte Vedra High School sporting event being played.
Trey and Dalys Smith--Trey is the oldest son of former NFL/Jaguar All-Pro wide receiver, Jimmy Smith. Trey got his youth football start in Ponte Vedra's JDL program before moving to Mississippi to become a triple-threat athlete spending time as quarterback, running back and receiver for Madison Central High. ESPN ranked Trey as #84 athlete in the country. Trey committed to Louisville for the 2016 season and is playing for the Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrine, his dad's former Jaguar coach. Younger son Dalys seems to be following in his brother's footsteps, playing high school football after an introduction to the game in Ponte Vedra' JDL program.
Joseph and Jacob Brunell--Son of former Jaguar quarterback Mark Brunell, Joseph honed his early football skills in Ponte Vedra's JDL program. He currently is the starting quarterback for Episcopal High School where his dad coaches. Joseph is completing his junior year at Episcopal. Jacob, the oldest of the Brunell boys, was one of the first sons of an NFL player to play Junior Development football. He is currently studying Government History and International Relations at Cornell University.
Andrew and Adam Boselli--Andrew is the son of legendary NFL All-Pro--Jaguar offensive lineman Tony Boselli. After his retirement from the NFL, Tony served as a JDL coach and had the opportunity to coach both his sons, Andrew and Adam. Andrew, another very big youngster (not uncommon in JDL), went on to star for Providence then Episcopal High School. Andrew earned First Team All-State honors in 2015 and was rated one of the top 100 players in Florida. In 2015 he committed to Florida State University where he is expected to play guard or center for the Noles. He stands 6'4" and weighs 303 lbs. Younger brother Adam a stellar tight end for Episcopal has just committed to play for the Wolf Pack of North Carolina State.
Keegan and Brogan Warwin--Both Keegan and his younger brother Brogan played all their youth football in Ponte Vedra's JDL program and both went on to star for the Ponte Vedra High School Sharks. Keegan, an offensive lineman, then played for the Florida Tech Panthers for several seasons before transitioning to team operations manager. Keegan is pursuing a career in law enforcement. Brogan was a defensive standout for the Sharks. After graduating from PVHS, he is working on his AAS degree in Automotive Technology at FSCJ while he continues to enjoy his passion for fishing.
Matt and Zach Wawrzyniak--Both Wawrzyniak boys enjoyed JDL football with Dad Frank as a coach. Matt was a stand out lineman for the Ponte Vedra High School team then enrolled in Stetson where he is in his fourth season as a starter. Brother Zach excelled as a multifaceted player for the Sharks playing both wide receiver, defensive back and quarterback. He currently attends the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY were he is a freshman quarterback for the USMMA.
Clay and Cole Mazza--Clay and Cole spent their formative, initial years in youth football starting with Ponte Vedra JDL along with their dad and coach, Gregg. Cole went on to become a stellar running back for the Ponte Vedra High School Sharks and older brother Clay a stellar receiver. Cole choose to play Division I football for Stetson for four years along with his high school teammate Matt Wawrzyniak while Clay choose to play for Lenior-Rhyne University. Clay now serves as tight ends coach for the Stetson Hatters. I need information on what Cole is up to these days. (info needed)
Patrick Henkel--Patrick played youth football for Ponte Vedra's JDL program. After moving on to high school, he gave up the sport in order to devote his time and energy to Nease's NROTC program. Patrick applied to and was accepted at the Citadel and hopes to serve in the United States Marine Corps upon graduating in 2019. Patrick's dad, Eric, served as a JDL football coach, a JDL Inc Board Member and league official for more than 10 years.
Jonathon Duffy and Cameron Duffy--John Duffy was one of the original Ponte Vedra JDL coaches, coaching his oldest son Jonathon's team for several seasons. Soon Cameron joined Ponte Vedra JDL football and John coached Cam for several more years. During his tenure as a coach, John coached at both ends of the youth spectrum--the oldest group (12-13 year olds) and the youngest group (6 year olds) and in between before moving to Tampa. Both boys ended their football careers after playing high school football, Jonathon at Bishop Kenny and Cameron at St Petersburg Catholic where he was team captain. Both boys graduated from college--Jonathon from UNF and Cameron from USF (following a semester at Aukland University of Technology in New Zealand). Jonathon works in the sales department for City Wide Maintenance in Tampa and Cameron is an accountant for EverBank in Jacksonville.
Ryan, Scott and Eric Applegate--The Applegate twins Ryan and Scott were long time players in Ponte Vedra JDL football as was their dad Jim who served as a coach for several years. Younger brother Eric played JDL as a senior player. All three boys ultimately chose lacrosse as their sport of choice at Ponte Vedra High School. Ryan developed into a high school All-American goal keeper and is playing that position at the college level. Scott is working toward a degree and spends his spare time earning a living at Bogey Grille. Eric was a mainstay on the PVHS lacrosse team. After an an impressive high school athletic career he moved on to Jacksonville University were he is now a sophomore and a key member of the JU lacrosse team.
Austin Price--When Autin started his football playing days in Ponte Vedra JDL he was a very tall and big for his age. He was a prime example of the value of the JDL concept of playing kids within their age group even if bigger than their peers. Under the tutelage of long time JDL coaches Jim Stepp and Chris Norton, Austin quickly learned that big in football was a good thing. He stayed in JDL until entering Middle School at the BollesShcool. He went on to play at the high school level for Bolles as starting center and had an excellent high school career. He graduated in 2013. I need information on where Austin is today. (info needed)
Josiah and Zachery Haywood--Josiah and Zach are sons of Joe Haywood, one of Ponte Vedra JDL's legendary coaches. Both boys learned and honed their abundant football skill under the guidance of coach Joe. Josiah now plays linebacker for Nease High School and Zach plays running back for the Ponte Vedra Middle School team.
Carter, Caden, Cooper and Corbin Fordham--Carter, Caden, Cooper and Corbin are the sons of former Jacksonville Jaguar offensive lineman Todd Fordham and each boy got his initiation in football in Ponte Vedra's JDL program under the tutelage of coach Todd. Todd now coaches the Landrum Middle School football team on which Carter and Caden play. Todd's other two sons are active in the Ponte Vedra football program.
Nick Carnicelli--Nick enjoyed several years paying JDL football in Ponte Vedra then continued playing the sport for the high school Sharks as a linebacker. Nick was extremely athletic but size was not in his favor at the collegiate level. He is now a senior at Florida State majoring in Geology.
Zach, Greg and Nick Tronti--The Tronti family has a long history as members of the JDL family. Zach, a stellar running back for Nease High School went on to earn accolades as a running back for Brown University. He now works an international credit and risk insurance broker. Greg finished high school as a Ponte Vedra Shark starring primarily on defense. He is in his junior year at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and focuses now on his studies after playing two years of football. Youngest brother Nick was the Ponte Vedra High School starting quarterback for the past three seasons and led his team to the state championship game against American Heritage. Although Ponte Vedra lost 35-33, Nick had a stellar performance finishing his high school career with 7,443 yard passing, 510 completions in 808 attempts and 68 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,034 yards on 243 carries and scored 29 rushing touchdowns. He earned ultimate honors when named Mr. Football for all of Florida. Nick has committed to play for UNC Charlotte.
Tn addition to all the above mentioned JDL alumni, the following former JDL players were senior members of the Ponte Vedra High School football team that played in the state 5A championship game. Each of these players were starters and played key roles for the Shark championship team:
Running back Hal Swan, wide receiver Marshall Few, defensive end Trevor Rolison, defensive back John Santillo, wide receiver JD Perris, defensive back Noah Solaun, defensive back Cade Macri, linebacker Jacob Reeves, linebacker Carson Richter, offensive linemen Collin York and Alfred Koch.
Former JDL players who were underclassmen on this state runner-up team included: Jarrett Stepp, Kit Connelly, Kyle Barker, Mark Calvin, JP Vindas-leyva, Peter Merlini, John Tyler, Anthony Carnicelli, Kyle Brady, Sam Barnhard, Emory Kingly, Resse Russi, Jack Murrah, Rob Wortelboer, Carson Shoals, Zach King, Jess Henkel, RJ Glod, Cameron Davis, Blake Yelverton, Colin Magill, Max Silva, Tommy Zitello and Trey Glod.
Note: If you have any information about former JDL Players missing from this list and have information on their whereabouts please contact me so I can update this list.