Eagle Athletes Receive Interest of College Programs


by Nicholas Williams
Eagle Staff

Last year, St. Thomas received the TAPPS All-Sport Trophy. Universities nationwide are eyeing prospects from the class of 2013.

Baseball players being recognized by colleges are senior pitcher Devin Bear and senior shortstop Justin Sebo.

Sebo, who has been on varsity since sophomore year, is being recruited by West Virginia, Duke and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

“I’ve received scholarship offers from Lafayette and West Virginia, but I’m not really leaning towards one yet” Sebo said. “I’m going to wait until my official visits [later this month] to decide.”

Bear is going to be a three year letterman, and has served as a relief pitcher throughout his career.

He has been getting a lot of attention from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Northwestern State University.

Bear is well accustomed to Northwestern State and their baseball team since his brother recently graduated brother also went there on scholarship. Bear favors Northwestern State, and will most likely sign for them if he receives a scholarship offer.

On the football team there are two players that are getting recruited.

Seniors Alex Snyder and Parker White are being recruited by multiple colleges. Both athletes have been starters on varsity since sophomore year and have been receiving attention from big name colleges.

At 6’4″, 275 pounds, Snyder is the prototypical size for an offensive lineman. He has received letters from Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, Kentucky, Miami, UNLV, UTEP and Washington.

“I would like to be recruited by Oklahoma State,” Snyder said. “I have gone to their camp but I haven’t received any further recruiting. My number one right now is Arkansas.”

White’s size and speed are what colleges are looking for at the defensive end spot.

White is being recruited by Northwestern, Purdue, Air Force, Harvard and Stephen F. Austin.

“I’d love to get some interest from a major Texas program like Texas Tech, Texas A&M or TCU,” White said. “But right now my number one is Northwestern, it’s a great school with a great football offer. I just want an offer at this point though.”

While both White and Snyder have received interests from universities, their performance this year will play a major role in where they play next year and beyond.

Runners on the cross country team have also received interest from some college teams.

Alan Castilleja has received attention from Lehigh University (Pa.).

Defending TAPPS state champion Travis Bradford is being highly recruited. He has garnered interests from different levels of competition.

“While there are some Division-One schools interested, I’m most likely going to wrestle in Division-Two.” The division two schools are offering him better financial assistance than the division one schools.

Golfers Thomas Kherkher and Thomas Wheeler  have the talent to plat at the collegiate level.

Wheeler has receive interest Rice, Houston, Arkansas Tech, Santa Clara and Cal Poly from showing interest.

Kherkher is talking to UC-Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, University of San Francisco, University of San Diego, Princeton, Brown and the University of North Carolina.

There is potential for even more players to receive scholarship offers.

All of this collegiate attention reflects on how strong the athletic program is and lends enormous credit to both the coaches and the student-athletes.