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Get Familiar: Jonathan DiBiaso

Everett (Mass.) senior quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso is Massachusetts' all-time leader in passing touchdowns with 103. Brendan Hall/ESPNBoston.com

Jonathan DiBiaso was born to play quarterback for Everett (Mass.).

Not only did he grow up in the football-crazed city, where the high school team is the pride of the community, but his father also happens to be John DiBiaso, a local legend who has coached Everett to nine Super Bowl championships.

Last year, Jonathan put his own stamp on the Everett program by having one of the best seasons in Massachusetts history. As a junior, he led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season and a Division 1 Super Bowl championship by throwing a state-record 43 touchdown passes.

This year, he elevated his game even higher. Working with an almost entirely new receiving corps, DiBiaso passed for nearly 3,000 yards while breaking his own record for TD passes with 44. He also led Everett to another perfect season and another championship, earning Gatorade State Player of the Year honors along the way.

Now that his high school football career is over and his place in state history is secure -- he's the all-time leader in touchdown passes (103) -- DiBiaso spoke with ESPNHS about his relationship with his father, his legacy, and his future.

Get Familiar with this record-setting QB.

ESPNHS: What were your goals coming into this season?

DiBiaso: I was breaking in four new wide receivers, so we worked really, really hard in the offseason to get our timing. We worked on the routes and our communication because we really wanted to get that down. Being the quarterback, my goal was just to put up as many points as we could and win every single game. Our team had a goal of scoring over 500 points. All of the offensive players wanted to do it, and luckily we did. We ended up with 539.

ESPNHS: Did you feel any pressure coming off your historic 2010 season?

DiBiaso: Any pressure we felt was as a team. Being No. 1 in the state in preseason, you know you're going to get everyone's best shot, no matter what the record. That puts pressure on you to play your best every single game.

ESPNHS: What makes the Everett football program unique?

DiBiaso: It's toughness. In Everett, we're always playing football from the time we're born. There's two Pop Warner teams. You're playing with the same guys, your friends, for your entire life. And there's not a lot of other stuff to do besides play football. Everett is an urban city and sports are big. The coaches tell us that game day is the only time you can legally beat someone up, so we take pride in our aggressiveness. We're all tough, city kids. We don't take anything from anyone.

ESPNHS: Why is the program so successful, year after year?

DiBiaso: Ever since I was in junior Peewee, since I was 10 years old, I've been running the spread option, spread passing system. The system has been in place for so long that they run it at every level, so the kids playing youth football can learn it and be ready for high school. So I was able to learn the system early, and by the time I got to my freshman year and sophomore year, I was ready to play.

ESPNHS: What was it like to be coached by your father?

DiBiaso: Me and my dad get along really well. We have a good relationship on and off the field. As I get older, I get more stubborn and think that I know more than him. We have our differences in some situations, where I think we should do one thing and he thinks the other. But he's the coach; I have to respect him. My teammates will step in and say, "Hey, he knows better."

ESPNHS: Where are you in the recruiting process?

DiBiaso: I have offers from Harvard and Dartmouth. I'm taking official visits to Harvard, Dartmouth and Penn. Northwestern called this week, so I could possibly be taking a visit there as well.

ESPNHS: What was the highlight of your high school career?

DiBiaso: I'd definitely say this Super Bowl was my personal highlight. It was my last game playing for Everett, and just being in the Super Bowl. I really enjoyed every second. They were dropping eight guys into coverage and I ran 17 times, so I got to show some toughness. Being from Everett, I got to show that I'd run hard and not back down. When the game was over and we lifted that trophy, that was one of my greatest moments.

JONATHAN DIBIASO

School: Everett (Mass.)

Class: 2012

Position: Quarterback

HT: 6-1

WT: 190

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