Written by Vinny Messana Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00
It’s not every day that ninth graders are able to impress former NFL quarterbacks on their athleticism and ability. Jimmy Kelleher, quarterback for General Douglas MacArthur high school has done precisely that and has been turning heads since his standout performance at the National Underclassmen Football combine which was recently held in Freeport.
Kelleher was awarded as the top QB and was voted as the overall Most Valuable Player. That allowed him to be invited to the Top Prospect Elite camp which featured the top 30 QB prospects in the country.
“He performed very well,” said his father, Jim. Kelleher has put aside his interests in basketball, baseball and lacrosse in order to pursue his career in football. The 6’2” 185 lb QB appears primed to put his name on the map in his first varsity season.
“His goal is to play at the next level,” he added. During the summer, Kelleher participated in a football camp which was run by former NFL QB Jay Fiedler, who played for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. “Fiedler believes he can play Division-I. That’s quite a compliment coming from him.”
Kelleher comes from a family with tremendous athleticism. His father played collegiate football at Nassau Community and Hofstra. His football acumen then landed him head coaching jobs at Holy Cross and Holy Trinity high school as well as SUNY Maritime. With that upbringing it is no surprise young Jimmy has dreamed of becoming a star on the gridiron.
Additionally, his brother Thomas will be attending Seton Hall on a baseball scholarship this season. He was a standout RB for MacArthur last season during their terrific season which ultimately ended in a heartbreaking 14-13 overtime loss in the county semifinals to Wantagh.
Jimmy will be looking to lead the Generals back to the playoffs this season. He will most likely begin as the starting QB as a sophomore which is quite an achievement at a perennial powerhouse such as MacArthur.
After the season, Kelleher will participate in the All-American games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina during December which is reserved for the best high school players in the country.
Long Island football fans should keep an eye out for Kelleher this season. MacArthur begins their season at home on September 12 against Long Beach.