Vilfort was a three-year varsity performer for the Big Red at defensive tackle and was captain as a senior. He was first-team All-MAPL last fall and also named to the MAPL All-Academic Team, and was second-team All-MAPL as a sophomore. The Jackson resident is also a standout wrestler, having been a National Prep qualifier the past two years. For good measure, he throws the shot and discus in track & field.
"C.J. is an athlete, and has shown tremendous competitive character," Lawrenceville coach Harry Flaherty said. "Though I knew C.J. was a promising football player coming here, I was unsure how quickly he would make his way onto the varsity field. Yet it became apparent early that he would be an impactful player throughout his career. He played significant reps against bigger, stronger competition during his sophomore year, before becoming a two-time All-MAPL defensive linemen. C.J. consistently graded out the best out of any player on our defensive film, and never backed down from challenging one-on-one matchups.
"C.J. was also a leader. As a coach, one of the most impressive things I witness is when a player is able to lead without a consistent vocal presence. This was C.J. His work ethic, toughness, and care for our program thrust him into a natural leadership position."
With a grade point average over 3.5 since transferring from Mater Dei after his freshman year, Vilfort has been a perennial name on the Dean’s List. On campus he is co-president of Community Reach Out and also belongs to Alliance of Black Cultures, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Lawrenceville Religious Life Council. He is a Prefect in the school’s Hamill House, participated as a dancer in the spring dance concert and serves as a disc jockey at school dances and activities
"C.J. was made for the Prefect position," Lawrenceville history teacher/housemaster/coach Drew Inzer said. "He leads and gives respect to his peers and they, without exception, reciprocate that respect. He has met our expectations with his great managerial instincts and keen foresight on any issues that arise in our dorm.
"As a student, he has a deep passion for intellectual growth. I’ve read every term-end teacher comment for C.J. for the past two years and have found one thing in common – he holds and incredibly high academic standard for himself in every class and exudes a quietly confident presence that manifests in stellar grades and a deep respect from our faculty. His dedication to hard work and rigor is clear in my class."