17 Jesuit student-athletes make public commitments to college athletic programs
NEW ORLEANS – Jesuit High School hosted its NCAA/NJCAA/CRAA Commitment Ceremony at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday in the Gayle and Tom Benson Arena on Banks Street. During the ceremony, 17 Blue Jay student-athletes made commitments to continue their athletic careers in college.
The event, which showcased Jesuit student-athletes as they announced their college commitments, began with an address from Athletic Director Dave Moreau. Following a prayer from Fr. John Brown, S.J., Jesuit’s president, Jesuit coaches took the podium to present each student and their chosen university.
Seated on the gym floor surrounded by their families, athletes proudly wore shirts and hats from their respective destination institutions. The event concluded with a final address from Moreau, a round of applause for the commits, and a series of photographs and interviews with the press.
Aidan Corbello (Football) – Louisiana State University
Jesuit’s head football coach, Ryan Manale, had this to say about Corbello:
Aidan is one of the best kickers in the state, and he still has tremendous upside. He has improved each season thanks to his hard work and commitment to excellence. LSU is getting a young man who will constantly work to earn a role sooner rather than later.
Jace Larsen (Football) – University of South Alabama
Jesuit’s head football coach, Ryan Manale, had this to say about Larsen:
Jace is one of the most reliable wide receivers we have ever coached. He has great hands and knows how to use his body better than most. We look forward to following Jace’s successful career.
Hollis McDaniel (Football) – University of South Alabama
Jesuit’s head football coach, Ryan Manale, had this to say about McDaniel:
Hollis is a young man who has worked hard and earned his athletic success. Each year, working on a portion of his game has led him to become a reliable target with great hands at the tight end position.
Dominic Loguidice (Football) – Nicholls State University
Jesuit’s head football coach, Ryan Manale, had this to say about Loguidice:
Dominic is the ultimate competitor. He will outwork the majority of his competition until he gets on top. It was a pleasure to watch Dom compete on and off the field. This mentality will lead him to future success on the field.
William Good (Baseball) – Tulane University
Jesuit’s head baseball coach, Kenny Goodlett, had this to say about Good:
William is an extremely versatile player and a key contributor to the success of the teams he has been a part of at Jesuit. Will has a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the game and has shown that he can execute those skills consistently, no matter what we throw at him. One of his greatest assets as a player is his love of competition and his leadership on the field. We look forward to seeing William continue his baseball career at Tulane.
Bryce Pitts (Baseball) – Delgado Community College
Jesuit’s head baseball coach, Kenny Goodlett, had this to say about Pitts:
Bryce’s growth in his pitching game this year has been fun to watch. His ability to thrive amid pressure and distraction has allowed him to play at a high level. I’ve watched Bryce get stronger and stronger throughout this year, and that has ultimately resulted in gaining the attention of college coaches. Bryce signing with Delgado allows him to continue to develop his pitching under a well-known JUCO program known for tradition and success.
Scout Hughes (Baseball) – Spring Hill College
Jesuit’s head baseball coach, Kenny Goodlett, had this to say about Hughes:
Scout is a quick, versatile, well-rounded athlete who is a two-year starter in center field. He is a skilled outfielder who has the ability to make plays look easy. Scout makes good reads and is able to cover a lot of ground in the outfield. He is respected by his peers and coaches for his work ethic, commitment to the team, and passion for the game. I’m very excited about Scout going to Spring Hill and continuing his career in Mobile.
Antoine Saleun (Soccer) – Spring Hill College
Jesuit’s head soccer coach, Hubie Collins, had this to say about Saleun:
I wish Antoine the very best of luck in playing soccer in college. I believe that Antoine will be a fine addition to the Spring Hill program, and everyone wishes him success both on the pitch and in his field of study.
Alex Patron (Soccer) – Spring Hill College
Jesuit’s head soccer coach, Hubie Collins, had this to say about Patron:
On behalf of the coaching staff and all of the student-athletes in the soccer program at Jesuit, I would like to congratulate Alex on his acceptance to Spring Hill College. He is an outstanding soccer player and a loyal and valued member of the Jesuit soccer program for the last five years. He lettered in both his junior and senior years at Jesuit after playing primarily as a forward or striker, contributing many valuable goals and assists. At practice, Alex always works extremely hard, and he is liked, admired, and respected by his teammates. We wish Alex all the very best in his future endeavors both on and off the field, and we look forward to following his career at Spring Hill and beyond.
Andrew Newell (Rugby) – University of Arizona
Jesuit’s head rugby coach, Adam Massey, had this to say about Newell:
Andrew Newell completes his Jesuit rugby career as a three-time All-State player and captain of the Blue Jay rugby team. Newell is a natural flyhalf whose inimitable blend of skill, style, and leadership has earned him a national rugby profile. Over his Jesuit rugby career, Newell has received numerous invitations and appointments to play with elite national all-star teams, including an invitation to train with the All-American rugby squad. Newell will continue his rugby career at the University of Arizona, where he will be among the first cohort of students to receive rugby scholarships. Newell was also selected by the New Orleans Gold to train this summer in France with the professional rugby club Clermont Auvergne.
Matthew Cashio (Rugby) – Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales
Jesuit’s head rugby coach, Adam Massey, had this to say about Cashio:
Matthew Cashio completes his Jesuit rugby career as a three-time All-State player and the lead try scorer for the rugby team for the past two seasons. Cashio is recognized around the nation as one of the top halfbacks in the country, which has earned him scholarship offers from universities both here in the United States and abroad. Cashio has developed into a genuine internal player. Last summer, he became the first Jesuit student ever to travel to France to train with the professional rugby club Clermont Auvergne, and he will repeat this experience this summer. Further, Cashio has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Cardiff, Wales, one of the most prestigious rugby institutions in the world.
Zak Blanchard (Track & Field) – University of Louisiana Lafayette
Jesuit’s head track and field coach, Rudy Horvath ’86, had this to say about Blanchard:
Despite not running until his junior year, Zak Blanchard has blossomed into one of the best middle-distance runners in the state. Possessing tremendous raw speed, he finishes this track season as the state’s fourth-fastest runner in both the 800 and 1600 and ran the anchor leg for our 4×400 meter relay team. I look forward to watching Zak continue his running career at ULL.
Robert Buisson (Cross Country) – Louisiana State University
Jesuit’s head cross country coach, Cullen Doody ’09, had this to say about Buisson:
Robert Buisson finishes a prolific cross country and track career at Jesuit that saw him finish this season as the state’s third fastest 3200-meter runner and sixth fastest 1600-meter runner. Robert also ran the number seven 3200-meter time in state history and the number three cross country time in school history. He was the third-place finisher for the historic cross country team that scored a perfect finish in this year’s state meet. Robert will look to continue building upon his success at LSU this fall.
Jack DesRoches (Cross Country) – Vanderbilt University
Jesuit’s head cross country coach, Cullen Doody ’09, had this to say about DesRoches:
Jack DesRoches finishes his Jesuit career as one of the most accomplished distance runners in Louisiana history. A repeat individual state champion in track and cross country, Jack is the number two 3200-meter performer in school history, a school record-holder in the 1600-meter, the 3-mile school record-holder in cross country, a cross country course record-holder at both the Louisiana district and state courses, and the second-fastest cross country runner in state history. Jack was able to leverage his amazing achievements on the field into a spot at the prestigious Vanderbilt University.
Patrick Dowd (Cross Country) – Dartmouth College
Jesuit’s head cross country coach, Cullen Doody ’09, had this to say about Dowd:
Patrick Dowd capped off a stunning senior season with a school record in the 3200-meter, a number-four 3200-meter time in Louisiana history, and a second team All-American finish at cross country nationals. Patrick is the epitome of a student athlete, scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT® as a sophomore. Fittingly, Patrick will continue his career in the Ivy League at Dartmouth College.
Jack Lo (Basketball) – Spring Hill College
Jesuit’s head basketball coach, Christopher Jennings ’78, had this to say about Lo:
Jack is a fine example of a Jesuit High School student-athlete. His standing in the Jesuit community as a stellar athlete, his excellent academic achievements, and his leadership as a member of student government are all highly regarded by both his peers and teachers. As a basketball player, he showed great leadership along with a desire to excel. Jack will be missed by the Jesuit basketball program, and Spring Hill will benefit from a tremendous young man who will be very successful at whatever he decides to do.
Joseph Capo (Swimming) – University of Evansville
Jesuit’s head swimming coach, Bret Hanemann ’85, had this to say about Capo:
Joseph Capo is a quiet leader who pays close attention to all the little details in swimming. This is what makes him a ‘big meet’ swimmer who can always be counted on in championship settings. He had an incredible year at the Metro meet, winning two events and contributing to two winning relays. Joseph has been a driving force for our team over the last four years and will be missed. He
scored at the state championship meet every year and this year he won the grueling 500-free race of 20 laps. We want to thank Joseph for everything he has done for Jesuit swimming.
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