Kaneland’s extraordinary Joe gives thoughts on Elmhurst
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If the three-year starting tenure under center at Kaneland High School was any indication, the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and the Division III football landscape could be in for a challenge.
That’s because Knight senior Joe Camiliere will be donning an Elmhurst College Bluejays uniform in the fall, after making his commitment in late-April.
Camiliere likes the idea of a forward-moving program.
“What impressed me about the football program is that they are a team that is getting better each year,” Camiliere said. “Since coach (Tim) Lester got there a few years ago, they seem to have improved each year and have gotten more talented as well. I see their program as being similiar to ours in the fact that they tend to be less talked about compared to some of their competition, as we were when we played in the Western Sun. However, they are starting to be talked about more as the program grows under coach Lester.”
The former pro signal-caller Lester nabs an offensive leader who threw the Knights to a Class 5A State semifinal appearance, stopped only by Montini Catholic.
“I believe that having three years of varsity experience gives me the advantage of knowing what it’s like to be starting as a sophomore against juniors and seniors. I know that my role sophomore year was different than my role as a QB senior year. I can improve my skills, because I know that they grew in three years on varsity at Kaneland,” Camiliere said.
Camiliere was NIB-12 East offensive MVP and threw for 36 touchdowns in 2010.