Jackson Memorial senior Matt Castronuova, one of the top returning safeties in the Shore Conference, will miss the first four games of the season after sitting out 30 days due to NJSIAA rule after transferring from Jackson Liberty, Jackson schools athletic director Mike Walsh confirmed Monday.

Senior wide receiver/safety Matt Castronuova will have to sit out the first 30 days of the season for Jackson Memorial after transferring from Jackson Liberty. (Photo by Bill Normile)

The Jaguars open up with Castronuova's former program, Jackson Liberty, on the road on Friday night. This had been their Thanksgiving rivalry game but was moved to the season opener this year. Castronuova, who was an All-Class B South selection last year for the Lions, is a four-year varsity starter who has received FCS interest as a safety from Patriot League schools and others. He will play in the Jaguars' secondary and at wide receiver once he becomes eligible, and will also miss games against Lacey, Southern and No. 2 Brick.

Since Castronuova's transfer was within the same school district, by rule the decision on his eligibility was made by Jackson Township Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen Genco and the Board of Education.

Castronuova was one of several high-profile transfers in the Shore Conference during the offseason, including five new players at St. John Vianney and Neptune senior quarterback/cornerback Royal Moore. Moore has also been ruled ineligible for the first 30 days of the season following his transfer from Ocean.

As a junior last season, Castronuova led the Lions with 67 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss and 2 interceptions despite missing time with a concussion. He also was second on the team with 210 yards rushing and had 11 catches for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns.