By ALEX SPONSELLER Six Bishop Hendricken athletes made their college decisions official last week as they signed their National Letters of Intent to compete at the next level. Leading the way was football standout Jason Onye, who will be taking his
By ALEX SPONSELLER Six Bishop Hendricken athletes made their college decisions official last week as they signed their National Letters of Intent to compete at the next level.
Leading the way was football standout Jason Onye, who will be taking his talents to Notre Dame as one of the state’s most recruited athletes ever. Also signing was Nick Fine (wrestling, Columbia); John Fay (track, Virginia); Evan Reynolds (cross country, Northeastern); Dylan McClung (volleyball, Sacred Heart); Ryan Dyer (cross country, Merrimack).
Onye was excited to finally put the recruitment process behind him and is prepared to take on some of the best players in the country next fall.
“It feels great finally putting the pen to the paper and making my decision official. It's been a fun journey that I’m very grateful for. I’m preparing to be challenged by the best players in the country and getting ready to work. I’ve been preparing myself to get stronger and faster so I can adapt better to college ball. I will most miss the relationships and traditions I came to know at Hendricken and the brotherhood I was able to build there the last three years. Though, I will take away a few lessons such as battling adversity and having a team mindset along with me to college next year,” said Onye.
Fine will be carving his own Ivy League resume, joining many of his family members that have attended such schools. He has had family attend both Brown and Cornell, while his great grandfather also wrestled for Colombia.
“My great grandfather went there and he loved it, and I loved the location in New York City. I love their style of education, too,” Fine said. “One of my goals is to be an All-American. I am expecting to have to work the hardest that I’ve ever worked. I am expecting to face opponents that will have strength and technique that I haven’t seen before, especially at the Division I level, it will be a big step up. I’m excited for the challenge, I have a lot more fun wrestling people that are better than me. It’s fun to be pushed harder.”
Reynolds was one of the top runners in the state this past fall season, winning the Class A Championship and placing second at states. He plans on pursuing a degree is criminal justice while also working his way toward a shot at the Olympics.
“I wanted to go to a school with a top tier criminal justice program while also allowing me to fulfill my athletic dreams for college. It gives me an opportunity to get through their co-op program and get a job right out of college, also, I know that their (cross country) program has had national competitors, and I think they’re individualized program will assist me with my goal of doing my best. I really want to go to the Olympics and that has been something that has been propelling me throughout high school. I wanted to go to college, have a professional career and go to the Olympics,” said Reynolds.
Fay will be heading south and is looking forward to making an impact with a Division I program. He will continue to throw for the Cavaliers, and he believes that balancing his time wisely will be key.
“Education was definitely No. 1. UVA is my dream school and I am really grateful that throwing made it possible for me to go there. Another big factor was the program. UVA has an amazing track program and an awesome throws coach,” said Fay. “I expect to have to get a lot stronger because the college weights and hammers are heavier. I will definitely have to prepare for that. I know it is also going to be difficult to balance academic and athletic demands while competing in a DI program. Time management is going to be key.”
McClung was happy to finally make his decision, especially considering the roller coaster recruitment process that took place during this unusual year. He chose Sacred Heart thanks to his immediate rapport with coach Bob Bertucci, as well as its similarities to Hendricken.
“To be honest, the feeling is truly unbelievable. There were so many setbacks faced through the recruitment process and like most athletes, I had doubts if it was a possibility. When I received my offer and decided to commit to Sacred Heart, it felt like a huge weight was lifted off my chest and an immense feeling of happiness rushed through my body,” said McClung. “Coach Bertucci made me feel like a priority and truly wanted me to be a part of the Pioneer family. Family is a big thing for me because going to Hendricken, it really is a brotherhood and I hope to become just as close to the Sacred Heart community as I did in Hendricken.”