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St. John's Prep Collegiate Commits are a Perfect 10

St. John's Prep Collegiate Commits are a Perfect 10

In campus ceremony, scholarship and grant-in-aid Eagles athletes make their choices formal 

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St. John’s Prep athletics proudly announced this week that 10 Prep student-athletes have made written commitments to compete at the college of their choice. Scholar-athletes representing five sports at St. John’s inked commitment letters during the recent NCAA signing period.

“We never get tired of communicating this news about our student-athletes, and it’s a consequence of their tremendous commitment to excel, along with that of their families, teammates, and coaches,” said St. John’s Prep Athletic Director Jameson Pelkey. “You don’t become a viable collegiate student-athlete overnight. It takes years of time, energy, and desire and the most important phase takes place here. We’re proud to have shared in their journey and we’re excited to follow their progress at the next level.”

This recruiting window’s signees from St. John’s, who represent eight cities and towns along the North Shore and one in the Granite State, are listed by sport below along with personalized comments from their respective coaches, three of whom are Prep graduates. These seniors’ time at the Prep has been highlighted by the school winning 10 MIAA state championships in the past 14 months.

A primary provision of the NCAA National Letter of Intent program is that competing collegiate athletic programs must cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution. Athletic scholarship aid is renewed on an annual basis at the discretion of each school’s athletic department.

CROSS COUNTRY

Nathan Lopez (Lynnfield; 6-foot-1, 160 pounds), University of Michigan 
John Boyle (Newburyport) on Lopez: “Over the past three and a half years, Nathan has shown himself to be the most accomplished of all the great distance runners ever to have competed at the Prep. The holder of multiple school records, he’s been a model of commitment to our program. His dedication and work ethic are models for our whole team. As quiet and unassuming as he is in his general demeanor, he is ferocious as a competitor. He has always sought out the best competition and thrives in the moments of greatest pressure. But the special physical gifts he possesses would not be actualized without his willingness to spend hours in training. He’s a great talent, a great heart, and simply a wonderful young man whom his coaches and teammates love.”

FOOTBALL 

Joenel Aguero (Lynnfield; 6-foot, 197 pounds—S), University of Georgia 
Brian St. Pierre ’98 (Georgetown) on Aguero: “Joenel is gifted—just a special talent. His ability to go from point A to point B is electric. He is as physical a tackler as I have ever coached and his explosiveness on both sides of the ball just pops when you watch him. He is fearless and plays with such great intensity and force.”

Mikey Nabbout (Andover; 6-foot-3, 253 pounds—DE), Columbia University 
St. Pierre on Nabbout: “Mikey was such an inspirational leader for us. His physical strength makes him a nightmare for opposing offensive linemen trying to block him. He was a guy the younger members of our team really looked up to for his work ethic. He plays with great tenacity and aggression.”
 
Jessie Ofurie (Salem; 6-foot-2, 199 pounds—WR/CB), Rutgers University 
St. Pierre on Ofurie: “Jesse has a tremendous blend of size and speed. His ability to physically overwhelm an opponent is unique—just an incredibly tough guy to match up against whether it was on offense or defense. He was an extremely productive two-way player for us and a great leader. His work ethic and commitment to the team were admirable. His athletic ability is truly a gift.” 

LACROSSE 

Jimmy Ayers (South Hamilton; 5-foot-11, 185 pounds—Attack), John’s Hopkins University 
John Pynchon ’01 (Ipwsich) on Ayers: “Jimmy has been a core part of our team’s success the last two years [back-to-back state titles]. He is a phenomenal athlete who excels in big games. He has the skill and lacrosse IQ to make the players around him better. We are thrilled to see Jimmy take his talent to Johns Hopkins University.”

Chris Esposito (Gloucester; 5-foot-10, 190 pounds—Middie), Stony Brook University 
Pynchon on Esposito: “Chris is one of the top face-off men in the state. He is carrying on the legacy of outstanding Eagles face-off men. He has exceptional natural ability that has been augmented with a growing mastery of the face-off technique. We are excited to see Chris compete for Stony Brook University next year.”

SWIMMING & DIVING 

Tyler Bosma (Rye Beach, N.H.; 6-foot-4, 185 pounds—Freestyle), Colgate University 
Jeff Fiore ’08 (Medford) on Bosma: “Tyler swims the distance freestyle and he’s been an instrumental piece of our lineup throughout his time here. Now one of the fastest freestylers in school history, he’s poised to have a big senior year. He’s been a great captain and a wonderful representative of our program.” 
 
Max Conway (Reading; 5-foot-8, 140 pounds—Platform Diver), Boston College
Fiore on Conway: “Max has been so consistent on the board for us. His rate of improvement each year has been really impressive to watch, and I believe he will just keep getting better through this year and at the next level. He’s set to have a big year for us and we are expecting great things from him.”

WRESTLING 

Rawson Iwanicki (Andover; 5-foot-10, 160 pounds), Columbia University 
Manny Costa (Danvers) on Iwanicki: “Rawson has won from the first time he stepped on the mat at the Prep. He won a state title as a freshman, then turned his focus to the classroom, and his hard work on the mat and in school caught the eye of Columbia. Rawson has done everything I’ve asked of him during his four years. I treasure the relationship we’ve built.”
 
Tyler Knox (Groveland; 5-foot-8, 132 pounds), Stanford University 

Costa on Knox: “Knox just became the first Massachusetts wrestler ever to win the prestigious Beast of the East tournament. Ranked No. 6 in the country, he’s possibly the greatest wrestler in state history. Knoxy loves and respects wrestling. He does it the right way. Shake hands, take a shot, score, work for the pin, end the match, stand, and shake hands. Being great at pinning opponents and being a true scholar-athlete has given him the opportunity to attend one of the greatest colleges in the world.”