December 18, 2023

Lake Minneola High Safety Jonah Cali Commits To Navy

1.2 min read| Published On: December 18th, 2023|

By Kyle Coppola

Lake Minneola High Safety Jonah Cali Commits To Navy

1.2 min read| Published On: December 18th, 2023|

Jonah Cali has committed to Navy. The safety made his decision this past weekend in a X post with one word. “Committed.” The safety had a fantastic season for Lake Minneola. He and fellow safety Quentin Taylor who is committed to Iowa State did a terrific job at pass protection this season.

Cali was second on the team in tackles with 62 total tackles. He had 31 solo tackles and he only played in 10 total games out of the 12 that Lake Minneola played so those numbers could have been even higher. Cali had offers from Army, Navy, Liberty, Memphis and Bowling Green.

Cali was all over the field. He had two interceptions, one caused fumble, one fumble recovery and was just an extremely reliable player that Lake Minneola counted on all season long.

Cali joins a growing list of 2023 Lake Minneola Players to go and play football at the Division 1 level. Lake Minneola has been a pool of talent and that comes down to the amazing coaching staff that the Hawks have. Head coach Walter Banks, Assistant coach’s Chad Mavety, Grant Alford and others take tremendous pride in their program.

Cali will get to join a Navy team that is coming off a difficult season which saw their offense sputter especially in the Army vs Navy game which Navy lost 17-11.  In fact, Navy just fired their Offensive Coordinator Brian Newberry. Cali will certainly add depth the Navy secondary in 2024 and going forward.

We are grateful for Jonah Cali for committing to Navy and his future service to our country. We are happy for his family and the Lake Minneola community. We wish him great success during the final months of his senior year and his upcoming freshman year at Navy!

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About the Author: Kyle Coppola

Kyle Coppola was born in Newton, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications from Curry College in 2016. After traveling to Florida on a family vacation, he decided he could not get enough of the warm weather and made the move from snowy Massachusetts to central Florida 8 years ago.

For the last decade Kyle has gained valuable experience in social media content creation, marketing and sales, writing, video production, sports announcing and even broadcasting for local radio stations, such as FM 102.9 in The Villages and FM 91.5 in Massachusetts. Every year he volunteers at The Villages Charter High School as a play-by-play sports announcer for the football games as well as a public address announcer for the basketball games, including the annual Battle at The Villages Tournament.

Outside the office Kyle is a husband and father to two beautiful girls along with their cat. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family, travel, play golf and swim. He is also a huge sports junkie and even bigger motorsports fan and loves to attend racing events when he can.

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