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WHS senior football players advance to collegiate level

Haley Tomasso, R1 News Editor

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As seniors prepare for new journeys to college, several WHS football players will be continuing their athletic careers over the next four years.

Juandre House
Fitchburg State Univ.

Juandre House has been playing football since the third grade. His love for the game has helped him through his most difficult times and has motivated him to play in college. House says, “Definitely winning three state championships has prepared me for the competition aspect of college.” House will be continuing his academic and football career in central Massachusetts at Fitchburg State University.

Shea Elliott
University of Chicago

As football has long been a popular sport in his family, there was no doubt that Shea Elliott would follow in those footsteps. Elliott began his football career at a young age and states, “I’ve met many of my best friends through football and hope to meet many more.” To be committed is a relief to Elliott, as the recruiting process was very time-consuming. His WHS football seasons have prepared Elliott to pursue his next four years at the University of Chicago.

Jack McCauley
College of the Holy Cross

As Jack McCauley ends his football career at WHS, he states that all his hard work has paid off, as he will be continuing to play for the next four years at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. His advice to underclassmen wanting to play in college is, “The recruiting process is a roller-coaster; the ups and downs will either make you or break you. Just have faith in your decisions and trust that you will end up at the right place.”

Adam McDaniel
University of New Haven

Adam McDaniel describes being committed as “surreal” as this is something he has been anticipating for quite a while. He will be continuing his football career on blue turf at the University of New Haven. To underclassmen who wish to play at the collegiate level, McDaniel says, “Put the work in now, especially when no one is watching. It will all pay off.”

Drew Ortiz
Bowdoin College

Both of Drew Ortiz’s parents played sports in college. “I have always wanted to follow in their footsteps,” he says. Now that he is committed, Ortiz can focus on his schoolwork and the upcoming season that is not too far away. Although the process was difficult, Ortiz came out on top, making the decision to continue his academic and football career at Bowdoin College in Maine.

Jake Vall-Llobera
Johns Hopkins University
Before sophomore year, Jake Vall-Llobera thought his main focus would be on baseball, but he had a change of heart. Vall-Llobera owes a lot to football and believes playing in college is the perfect way to give back to the sport that has given him so much. Having decided to spend his next four years at Johns Hopkins University, Vall-Llobera feels well-prepared to step onto the field at the collegiate level.

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