Trowers, Celli ready to be new teammates

McDONALD — Area players have been drawn to Youngstown State University’s program in recent years. It reminds one of the heyday when YSU President and former coach Jim Tressel recruited “The State of Youngstown,” a 100-mile radius around the Mahoning County city.

Area players Josh Celli and Jordan Trowers are heading to YSU this fall.

The two will represent the Mahoning County all-star team in the 35th annual Jack Arvin classic tonight at Bo Rein stadium in Niles, starting at 7 p.m.

Celli, from McDonald High School, and Trowers, from Valley Christian, are two recruits who will be representing their high schools one final time before representing their hometown college in the fall.

Trowers and Celli did not know each other personally before they were selected to play in this game, but they do have memories of competing against one another.

“I knew of him (Celli),” said Trowers after the final day of practice at McDonald High School. “We played against each other. McDonald came to our house for my senior night in basketball this year.”

“It’s nice to know that other people around here go there,” Celli said. “We have been talking in the back about when we have faced each other in other sports.”

Trowers and Celli represent the mentality of grit and toughness of playing high school football found in this area.

“For me, I’ve always been a competitor. I’ve never stepped foot on a football field just to lose or play for fun,” Trowers said. “I’m going to take it serious. I got to be smart about stuff. I do want to put on a show for my family and friends.”

Celli has the same mindset.

“We always want to go out and win,” he said. “You got to come out healthy, too. It’s all about having fun.”

Trowers will be studying sports management and marketing this fall at YSU, while Celli will study special education.

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