Bill Iezzi: Holy Spirit's Super Linebacker

Holy Spirit senior Anthony SaraoCQ is impressed by the best, so when he was invited to participate next week in Football University’s Top Gun Camp in Williamsburg, VA, he promptly accepted the invitation, again. Last year at the camp, which invites about 900 of the best high school players in the country to compete, Sarao, a linebacker, won the most valuable player award on defense. This year, the speedy 6-foot-1, 215-pounder hopes to win the award again. But this time the 17 year old isn’t trying to impress the many Division-1 scouts and coaches that will be at the camp July 21-24 because he has already committed to Stanford. Coaches from the California school flew across country to recruit him in Absecon after Sarao recorded a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at the U.S. Army National Combine last January in San Antonio.   Sarao hopes to do well at the Top Gun camp again so that he’ll be invited to participate in the Army All-American game in San Antonio in January.  “The best high school players in the country are in that game,” Sarao said. “I always wanted to play in that game. I went to it last year and watched them. “I had a lot of fun at the Top Gun camp last year. The competition was good. They bring in the best kids in the country.” Sarao said at Top Gun he wants to improve his “technique” as a linebacker: positioning and tackling. He recorded more than 100 tackles last year for the Spartans and he wants to make more in the forthcoming season. “He was invited to Top Gun and we spoke about it,” Holy Spirit coach Charlie Roman said. “Getting selected gives him a chance to make the Army All-American game.  “He was our best defensive player last year. He made a ton of plays.”