He was a part of two state championship football teams at Wayne Hills. And now, Lundrim Nasufi will get the chance to pursue a dream by playing football on the collegiate level, starting this fall.
Nasufi will play at Delaware Valley University this fall and join Hills teammate Anthony Puntolillo at the Doylestown, Pa-based school. Nasufi is the ninth senior on the 2018 Wayne Hills roster to commit to playing football on the collegiate level.
The son of Dee Nasufi, Lundrim played a huge role in Wayne Hills’ 2018 season, as the Patriots won the program’s 10th state sectional championship, as well as the first North Group 4 Rothman Bowl game, at MetLife Stadium, when Hills defeated Phillipsburg, 35-21. Wayne Hills finished 11-2 last fall.
Nasufi, a linebacker, led Wayne Hills in tackles last season, with 99, including 16 hits for losses. He also had seven tackles and two passes knocked down. For his career, Lundrim recorded 135 tackles.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” said Nasufi, a 6’1″, 200 pounder. “Coach (Delaware Valley co-defensive coordinator, Mark) DeLuccia was great to work with, and he made me feel like this will be the place to continue playing football.”
Having played at Hills for four years, Nasufi feels he’s ready to play at the next level.
“Coach Dem (Wayne Hills head coach Wayne Demikoff) and the staff worked us hard for four years,” said Nasufi. “I learned a lot and the preparation and time we put into being good football players here has me ready to play in college.”
Demikoff is excited about Nasufi’s decision.
“Lundrim was a key for us this year on defense,” said Demikoff. “His ability to rush the quarterback, and play run defense, allowed us to be productive as a defense. He was disruptive in every game, often times chasing plays down from the backside and drawing double teams on passing downs. He is a very aggressive player and will continue his growth at the next level. He’s another kid who has a high ceiling moving forward.”
Nasufi will continue to work on strength and speed, as he prepares for the upcoming season.
“They’re considering me for defensive end, or linebacker,” said Nasufi. “And I’m looking forward to playing with Anthony in college.”
Wayne Hills has had a long success rate with sending football players to college and this year is a good example.
While Nasufi and Puntolillo will play at Delaware Valley, Adam Abida will attend the University at Albany, Joe Rondi is headed to Syracuse, Bence Polgar will play at the University of Buffalo, Joseph Mongelli is going to play sprint football at Caldwell University, Jaaron Hayek is going to Villanova, Charles Njoku will play wide receiver at UCLA and quarterback Tom Sharkey will attend Kutztown University.