By Phil Anastasia
Shawnee senior Anthony DiOrio, The Inquirier's South Jersey Offensive Player of the Year, has committed to Dayton University on football scholarship.
DiOrio's father, former Cherokee star Rob DiOrio, played at Dayton in the early 1980s.
Anthony DiOrio led Shawnee to the South Jersey Group 4 championship this past season. He ran for 1,328 yards and 18 touchdowns and also made 73 tackles as a standout linebacker.
DiOrio ran for 777 yards and scored 10 touchdowns as Shawnee won its final six games. He ran for 140 yards on 26 carries in a 31-22 victory over Timber Creek in the South Jersey Group 4 title game.
DiOrio said he was recruited as the program's "Flyer," which is a like a rover on defense -- part strong safety, part linebacker.
Dayton is a NCAA Division I program at the Football Championship Subdivision level. The Flyers are members of the Pioneer Football League with programs such asButler, Marist, Drake and Valparaiso.
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