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Top Recruit - Class Of 2025, Marist - John McAuliffe, RB/WR

By: Jenny

Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell

John McAuliffe, Marist, RB/WR

Class Of 2025 6'0" 190 lbs 4.3GPA

25 Total TDs // 1650+ All Purpose Yards

Jersey #:6 // Positions: RB, WR // Height 6’0 & Weight: 190lbs // Vertical:38.7 // Bench: 275lbs // Squat (lbs): 405lbs x 6

Congratulations John, you picked up your first offer, to a prestigious Ivy League school! Had you been in talks with the coaches from Cornell for a while?

Thank you! Coach Dittman came into Marist a few months ago, and we’ve been in contact ever since.


Being a dual sport athlete, playing both football and baseball, and maintaining a 4.35 GPA, is very impressive. Has there been anything you learned along the way that has helped you with your time management?

Along the way, I’ve learned to do as much as I can with any free time I have to get what I need done. Throughout the school year, I don’t get home until around 8 o’clock, so I’ve learned to use my free time in school to do my homework, study, and work on anything that needs to get done.

You’ve been playing football since you were very young. What does football mean to you?

To me, football is my life. Football gives me a second family, and I’m unbelievably grateful for the life lessons and friends it has brought me.


As a junior, you didn’t start at RB until week 3, (weeks 1 & 2 playing WR) and you still were the second highest scoring athlete in the CCL/ESCC finishing the season with 25 touchdowns and over 1650 all-purpose yards, and earned All-Conference in a very competitive league. Wow! What are your goals for this season?

This season, my main goal is to win games. Personally, though, I want to improve in all of my stats and win the Conference Player of the Year.

Marist is in a new conference this season, and is now being led by Coach Fitzgerald, who previously had a lot of success as the OC at Marist. What can we expect from Marist this season?

This season, expect a lot out of Marist. Our whole team has something to prove, and with Coach Fitzgerald as our new coach, I know we will have a successful season.


You’re personally having a successful baseball season at Marist and that will lead in to your travel team season. Are you able to squeeze in any visits or camps this summer?


I will try my best to get out to some camps and visits, but I don’t have anything scheduled as of now.


Are you in talks with any other coaches right now?

I’ve been in contact with a few Ivy League schools for a while, as well as Fordham.


In all your years playing football, you’ve played (and were very good at) many positions. What do you like about playing running back?

Playing running back has always been my favorite thing to do on the football field. I love being constantly involved with every play, along with the grind that each run play involves.

Last question-If there is one player on your team that you would say this is going to be his year, who would that be?

If one kid on our team is going to have a breakout year, it will be Brendan Doran (C/O 2025 6'1, 180lbs), who is a wide receiver. He’s a freak athlete who can do anything on the field. He started in a few games last year, but I think he will have a massive season this year. Also, I think Michael Flynn (C/O 2025 6'3, 190lbs - WR/S) will also have a great season. He started most games last year, but he’s been getting after it in the off-season and will be a star next year.

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