BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston football player Jimmy Longo signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his education and football career at Elon University. Longo plans on majoring in Communications.
Longo, at 6 foot 2 inches, is a strong force on both sides of the ball. He was named to the First Team Defense in the Mid-State 38 Conference postseason divisional honors for the All-Raritan Division, a selection made by the division’s head coaches.
Longo's high school football highlight was GL's claiming back the Mayor's Cup Trophy by defeating New Providence in the Thanksgiving Day game. "I think this was one of the best games we played as a team -- everyone did their job and executed the plan the coaches laid out for us and it made us quite successful," said Longo.
Longo received a 43-yard pass that ended in the end zone in the team's 35-14 victory, which will go down as a Highlander "favorite moment" for the record books.
Coach Dan Guyton takes pride of the discipline and time the Highlander team spends to be a "hard nosed football team that plays a tough brand of defense." Longo will take Guyton's advice and continue this work ethic at the college level. "I plan to continue conditioning and strength training," said Longo, who is a three-sport varsity athlete in football, basketball and track.
"I am really looking forward to playing in the [Elon] program," said Longo. Elon University just completed their inaugural season in the CAA [Colonial Athletic Association], playing many top schools in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast for varsity athletic competition. "I am really excited, they just joined the CAA and it will be a more competitive conference, playing bigger schools," said Longo.
Longo has also been recognized by the Township of Berkeley Heights as a member of the TREND (Turning Recreational Events into New Directions) Club at Governor Livingston High School and has been the Gov. Livingston Board of Education student representative.