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St. Thomas Aquinas sending nine football players to Division I schools

 
 
Forty-seven St. Thomas Aquinas student-athletes in 16 sports were honored in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon after signing their National Letters of Intent.
Forty-seven St. Thomas Aquinas student-athletes in 16 sports were honored in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon after signing their National Letters of Intent.
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ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COMMITMENTS:

BASEBALL

Theodore Meissner – Rollins College

BASKETBALL

Sidney Umude – Youngstown State

FOOTBALL

Kai Absheer – FIU

Ryan Crozier – Connecticut

Tyler Dever – USF

Wade Freebeck – Vanderbilt

Alshinard Harris, Jr. – South Carolina

Corey Holmes – Notre Dame

Patrick Hubbard – West Liberty

Nick Linder – Miami

Madre London – Michigan State

Anthony Moten – Miami

Liam Thau – Tufts

Darryl Williams, Jr. – Northern Michigan

GOLF

Melissa Trucks – Ave Maria

LACROSSE

Raymond Curtin – Delaware

Cole Hansen – Brevard College

Revin Koss – Johns Hopkins

Patrick Monaghan – Ohio Wesleyan

Lauren Morando – Louisville

Chloe Mujwit – Virginia Commonwealth

Maryann Skubal – College of William and Mary

Jenna Tolzmann – Iona College

SAILING

Erik Weis – Dartmouth

SOCCER

Courtney Angelini – University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Nicolas Bermudez – Boston

Rachel Bogue – Andrew College

Mario DaSilva – United States Military Academy

Victoria DeLeon – NYU

Brittany Macaluso – Andrew College

John Miskel IV – Lehigh

SOFTBALL

Brenisha Bannister – Nova Southeastern

Kathyrn Behm – State College of Florida

Morgan Biddle – Lafayette College

Rachel Collins – Rollins College

Tayler Hishon – McDaniel College

Meghan King – Maryland

Mika Lumsden – Delaware State

Gwen Svekis – Oregon

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Kyle Desrosiers – Iona College

Sophia Oliva – West Florida

TENNIS

Antonella Santeusanio – University of the Pacific

TRACK

Kendall Ellis – USC

Christina Kalis – North Florida

VOLLEYBALL

Alliyah McBean – Delaware State

Nicholas Rusk – Emerson College

Mackenzie Zielinski – Miami University


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Forty-seven St. Thomas Aquinas student-athletes in 16 sports were honored in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon after signing their National Letters of Intent.

Nine football players (12 overall) are headed to Division I programs.

Quarterback Wade Freebeck will play collegiately at Vanderbilt after flipping from Pittsburgh. He made his decision Tuesday at noon after speaking with his coaches and family.

“At the end of the day the opportunity was right there and I thought it was the best for my future,” said Freebeck, who passed for 1,862 yards and 20 touchdowns and added two scores on the ground. “I went back and forth.”

Two players will stay close to home at the University of Miami: offensive lineman Nick Linder and defensive end Anthony Moten.

Linder, whose older brother Brandon was a Hurricane, became the first UM recruit to send in his NLI. A three-star recruit, he was an Under Armour All-Star First Team member.

“I’m really excited to get the process over with,” Linder said. “I’m so pumped to be a Cane. It’s a dream come true.”

Moten, rated Scout.com’s 193rd-best player, recorded 40 tackles (12 for a loss) and six sacks. He was all-county first team by the Miami Herald.

Like Linder, Moten felt welcomed by Miami’s family atmosphere.

“[University of] Florida was right there, but like I said my family came into the picture,” Moten said. “I wanted them to be at every game possible. It means a lot. That’s a family-based program. It was more when I signed. [Head coach Al] Golden said, ‘Welcome to the family.’”

Corey Holmes, a four-star wideout, is headed to Notre Dame. The team’s second-leading receiver caught 24 passes for 432 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.

Holmes had been committed to the Fighting Irish since last July.

“For a school like Notre Dame that’s able to compete for the national championship and get one of the best degrees in the country -- it was really eye-opening for me,” Holmes said.

Running back Madre London, who ran for 894 yards and 15 touchdowns, signed with Michigan State. Offensive lineman Ryan Crozier travels to Connecticut, offensive guard Tyler Dever to South Florida and cornerback Alshinard Harris, Jr. to South Carolina.

“I can remember these guys as freshmen and sophomores and all the hard work they put in,” head football coach Rocco Casullo said. “It’s great as a staff to see these guys continue to play football.”

Kendall Ellis, a state champion in track, will head west to USC as will catcher Gwen Svekis to Oregon.

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