As of today, Steele Divitto is in pursuit of his biggest goal yet.
A National Football League roster spot.
Divitto, a Ridgefielder who played at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey and Boston College, was among the players reporting to the New York Jets training camp, which got underway Thursday in Cortland, N.Y.
A starting inside linebacker at Boston College, Divitto went undrafted in April but then signed a free-agent contract with the Jets just a few hours after the draft ended. He attended the team’s rookie camp and mandatory minicamp in April and now will try to beat the odds and earn a spot on the Jets’ 53-man roster for the 2014 season.
“Rookie camp was a great experience; there was some great competition and I thought I had a lot of productivity and got a better understanding of the playbook and what it means to be a Jet,” said Divitto. “When the veterans were on the field for OTAs and mandatory minicamp it only was more exciting. The Jets have a first-class organization and the players love coming to work for Coach Rex Ryan. I’m blessed to be here.”
After spending one year at Ridgefield High, Divitto left for Don Bosco, a nationally recognized prep program. As a senior, Divitto received USA Today All-America second-team honors and All-State first-team honors.
From there, he signed with Boston College, a program that has recently sent linebackers Luke Kuechly (Carolina Panthers) and Mark Herzlich (New York Giants) to the NFL. In four years at Boston College, Divitto had 296 tackles in 48 games, but his most notable performance came in his senior season.
Last fall, Divitto led the Eagles with 112 tackles and added three sacks. His efforts led to a spot on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team.
Many NFL experts would not put their money on an undrafted free agent making a team’s final roster — especially one with as much defensive talent as the Jets have. However, that reasoning doesn’t phase Divitto one bit.
“It’s a big motivator (not being drafted),” he said. “All I can do is out-work my competition, be consistent day in and day out of camp, and do whatever I can do to help the Jets get to and win a Super Bowl.”