Berlin, Conn.’s JonJon Morales Jr. is a competitor through and through, and he proves it every time he’s on the football field. The 2024 student is slated to play for the Berlin High School varsity team next year, following a standout season with the AYFL’s New Britain Junior Canes. He made a sizable contribution to the Junior Canes by playing a variety of positions—wide receiver, cornerback, kick returner and occasionally quarterback, racking up 10 total touchdowns, four interceptions, eight forced fumbles and two TDS on kick returns. He utilized his speed, competitiveness and all-around athleticism to keep the team competitive every game.
When asked about what sets him apart from other athlete, he replied, “My IQ for the game, and the ability to play anywhere I am needed on the field . My love, drive, passion—I want it more.”
The 5’7”, 120-lb. playmaker faced a challenge this season when he faced off against his previous team, The Hartford Hurricanes, which had been ranked No. 4 in the country for Pop Warner. He was also named the All-Around MVP by the Hurricanes in 2018.
“I played with the same kids for three years and had to play against them,” he said. “I had played against [the Junior Canes] for years, and now I was joining them. [But] it made me stronger.”
Morales has indeed gotten stronger and better as he’s gotten older, racking up achievements that include MVP for NextGen camp in Baltimore; BK Classic MVP; and The Show @IMG first team. He has also made impressive showings at The Process in Dallas; 302 Elite in Delaware; Gridiron Kings in Sarasota, Fla.; and Dmaxx Sports in New York City.
You can check out his profile to see a wide variety of highlights that show why he’s been named the MVP of numerous camps and teams, plus winning that accolade with his first team, the New Britain Raiders, of Pop Warner.
As for his plans when attending high school, Morales has his sights set high. [I want to] dominate the classroom and field, and be a great teammate to my team,” he said, before adding with a laugh, “and win as many state titles as possible.”
He is currently holding an outstanding 4.0 GPA at McGee Middle school in Berlin, so he is keeping up his school work while working with a trainer and studying game film on how he can improve himself further. All of his preparation should help him next football season, since his reputation is starting to preceded him and opponents are preparing for him. However, that doesn’t seem to faze Morales, since there is one big factor in his favor, along with his flourishing talent.
“Football is my passion,” he declared.
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