Football: Jackson Memorial Grad Marcus Ademilola Signs With Bucknell
Marcus Ademilola, a standout receiver from the Jackson Memorial Class of 2014, signed his National Letter of Intent with Bucknell University on Wednesday after playing a post-graduate season at Wyoming Seminary College in Pennsylvania.
Ademilola joins Barnegat quarterback Cinjun Erskine among the incoming class at Bucknell. He was one of two Shore Conference post-grads to earn a scholarship, joining Manasquan lineman Matt Forst, who played a post-grad season at Cheshire Academy and signed with Bryant University.
The following is taken from the news release from Wyoming Seminary on his commitment:
Ademilola expects to start as a freshman at wide receiver for the Bisons, led by veteran five-year head coach Joe Susan. The Bison, who compete in the Patriot League, earned an 8-3 overall record, 4-2 in league play in 2014 and a second-place finish in the Patriot League this past fall. Susan was named the 2014 Patriot League Coach of the Year and led the Bison to consideration for an FCS playoff berth late in the season.
Ademilola was a wide receiver for the Sem Blue Knights, who completed a 1-6 season under head coach Jeff Hollway in their first year of varsity play. At 6-foot-5, 217 pounds, Ademilola was a major force for the Sem offense with 68 catches for 898 yards and 14 touchdowns.
At Jackson Memorial, Ademilola was a three-year starter at wide receiver and tight end. In his senior year he helped lead the Jaguars to a 9-2 record, a Shore Conference Class A South title and an appearance in the state semifinals. As a senior he tallied eight touchdowns, 500 yards receiving, 50 tackles and eight sacks.
Although Ademilola received more than 28 scholarship offers and considered major programs such as the University of Virginia, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple, Lafayette, Youngstown State and Towson, he chose Bucknell for its high-quality academic programs and up-and-coming football program under Susan.
“In my college search I gave academics the highest priority and I believe Bucknell’s outstanding education will fit me very well,” he said. “I am excited to play for coach Susan, who is so highly respected across the country. He’s a hard-run, downhill coach who coaches physical teams that don’t quit. Coach Susan sees my size, determination and ability to catch the ball up in the air over defenders as the missing piece of the puzzle in his program. I’m excited about the opportunity to help the Bison win conference championships.”
Ademilola has the potential to make an immediate impact for the Bison, according to Hollway.
“His natural talents make him a very difficult player to cover and he has the ability to stretch defenses both horizontally and vertically,” Hollway said. “Opposing teams always needed to know where Marcus was at all times because he can beat them anywhere on the field. He is a very difficult matchup for any defensive player. I expect he will be a great asset for Susan and the Bison.”