By Michael Moroney ’13
There are a total of 16 Brophy seniors who have made NCAA commitments so far this year to play athletics in college.
Fifteen of these committed athletes will play Division I at their respective universities while one more athlete is heading to a Division II school.
These 15 athletes include players from football, golf, swimming, cross country, basketball, soccer, baseball and lacrosse.
However, it is still early in the college selection process and more students are still expected to sign with universities as the school year progresses.
Football has the most commitments so far with five, while baseball is next with three.
Quarterback Tyler Bruggman ’13 has committed to play in the Pac-12 next year at Washington State University and Charlie Renfree’13 will play at University of Wyoming.
Devon Allen ’13 also committed to play Pac-12 football and track at Oregon University.
D’Amani Grayer ’13 committed to play for Yale, which is a Football College Subdivision team from the Ivy League. Linebackers Robert Relf ’13 and Andrew Curtis ’13 both decided to continue on at Florida Atlantic University.
Michael Westra ’13 (Santa Clara University) and Connor Messman ’13 (Abilene Christian University) will both play Division I baseball next year while Michael Lucero ’13 will play at Division II Point Loma Nazarene.
“Since 2003, the Brophy baseball program has had 53 players move on to play baseball at some collegiate level,” said head baseball coach Mr. Tom Succow.
Mr. Succow also said Steven Oleksak ’13 is expected to play college baseball, although he is unsure of where he will play.
Two Brophy golfers will be playing Division I golf next year, Tyler Kertson ’13 at Santa Clara and Blake Toolan ’13 at Washington State.
The lacrosse also has two Division I commitments with Spencer Smith ’13 heading to Mount St. Mary’s and Ryan Geller ’13 going to Marquette.
Gage Buness ’13 and Landon Gagner ’13 will play Division I club lacrosse at Arizona State.
Gabe Espinosa ’13 and Luke Williams ’13 are two swimmers who are currently committed to compete in college.
“Gabe has been committed to the University of Virginia for a while, but Luke Williams ’13 also recently committed to Denver Universityand T.J. Decker ’13 also has a couple options,” said head swim coach Mr. Pat O’Neill.
Soccer player Riggs Lennon ’13 will play at Virginia next season.
Marco Ruiz ’13 is currently the only cross country athlete committed to compete in college, as he will be attending to Rice next year. Ruiz and Allen will also run track next year at their respective schools.
Fellow track athlete Cole Walsh ’13 is also expected to commit to Division I schools.
Jack Rubenzer ’13 said he plans on running cross country in college, like Ruiz, but he is unsure of where.
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