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Student-athletes announce college decisions in first signing period

With the first national signing period now over, Malvern signees share their perspectives on their college choices.

From November 9 to November 16, 16 Malvern recruits in baseball, lacrosse, and wrestling signed their letters of intent.

Every year, Malvern has continued its proud tradition of student-athletes signing at some of the top schools in the country. Athletic Director Kurt Ruch could not be happier about this year’s group of signees.

“This year is no different,” Ruch said, “That is a tribute to not only our student-athletes, but our coaches and families who support them.”

Ruch also mentioned the progression of signing period, and how the number of signees continues to increase.

“Our athletes are starting to pick higher and higher levels of universities,” Ruch said. “There is also more of a variety of sports now, as opposed to just baseball or football.”

Speaking of variety, lone wrestling signee Seth Janney announced his commitment to Cornell University, one of the top wrestling programs in the nation.

“I really liked the coaches, I really loved the area, and I felt like it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Janney said. “They have one of the best programs out there.”

Lacrosse had the most signees, with 10 players committing. Boston University commit Sean Christman spoke about the relief of signing with a school.

“I didn’t make my decision until less than a month before signing day, so I had to get all my paperwork in really quickly to get early decision,” Christman said. “Having the whole thing finalized is really a great feeling.”

Fellow lacrosse commit Alex Reber talked about how Malvern has prepared him for his future at Swarthmore College.

“Through both academics and athletics, Malvern really pushes you to be the best person you can be,” Reber said. “I definitely think Malvern’s played a really big role in me being able to get to this point.”  

“Through both academics and athletics, Malvern really pushes you to be the best person you can be,” Reber said. “I definitely think Malvern’s played a really big role in me being able to get to this point.”

Malvern also heavily influenced the decision of baseball commit Jimmy Kingsbury, who will be attending Villanova University.

“Continuing an Augustinian education was a big factor for me,” Kingsbury said. “My faith is a huge part of my life, so that meant a lot to me.”

There are still several more signing periods left in the year, including dates for football and soccer.

“We still have a couple of more opportunities throughout the year for our athletes to commit to schools,” Ruch said. “I think by the end of the year we will have even more commits than we have had in previous years past. This is a special group of athletes.”

 

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