When it comes to Division 1 college football recruits, the beat goes on at Bishop Hendricken. In recent years, Lee Moses ’15 (UMass), Kwity Paye ’16 (Michigan), and Xavier Truss ’19 (Georgia) have taken their considerable talents from Warwick Ave. to the big stage.
In addition, Hendricken graduates have recently or currently compete at Bryant, Salve Regina, Cornell, Brown, URI, Merrimack, and a host other top-notch academic schools. The latest in the line of talented Hawks is defensive end Jason Onye.
With his junior season coming to close recently, capped off with another State Championship, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Onye has already been offered full scholarships from the University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Penn State, Arizona, Michigan and Duke. Great interest has also been shown by college football heavyweights Ohio State and Notre Dame, both of whom will visit the Hendricken campus in the coming weeks.
Hendricken head coach Keith Croft is effusive in his praise of Onye. “Jason came to us without much football experience. In a short time it was evident that he had the talent and abilities to take his game to the college level. While this type of recruitment was somewhat unexpected at the time, Jason is a textbook case of what a Hendricken education, network and reputation can do for you. He has worked hard, he is continuing to expand his game and become more consistent, but the talent as a pass rushing, athletic defensive lineman is what has all these colleges interested in him.”
While perhaps the most visible recruit, Onye is not alone on the Hendricken roster when it comes to drawing elite college interest. Jake Picard, a 6-foot-4 260-pound lineman has made a verbal commitment to Villanova, while slot receiver and defensive back Angel Sanchez has drawn considerable interest from both Merrimack and URI. In addition, twin brothers Nic (linebacker) and Tom (quarterback) Commella are being actively pursued by Stonehill and Assumption colleges for both track and football.
Led by Onye, Picard, Sanchez, and the Comellas, the current Hendricken run of success is unparalleled in the annals of the RI Interscholastic League, which dates to 1932, and includes a gawdy record of 103 wins against just 7 losses against RI competition over the last 10 years.