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From left to right: Charlie Vatterott, Pete Huggins, David Jones, and Lorenzo Neal. (Photo by Garrett Sorrels)

On February 3, St. Thomas had four seniors sign with the next level for football. Seniors Pete Huggins, Lorenzo Neal, Charlie Vatterott, and David Jones have signed to play at the collegiate level.

Every athlete aspires to play at the next level. Whether it is high school, college, or professional, athletes put in countless hours of work to aspire to that next level.

Neal is a four year football letterman at St. Thomas. He had numerous Division I offers, including his father’s alma mater Fresno State. He signed with Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Neal chose Purdue because of the great opportunities it offered him.

“I want to study engineering and I wanted to play early. And I also wanted to play with the Big Ten. Ultimately I have to make the best decision for me and [Purdue] fits me the best.” 

-Lorenzo Neal, Purdue Commit

At St. Thomas, Neal has played both the offensive and defensive line, but plans to focus on being a defensive lineman at Purdue.

Vatterott is also a four year football letterman at St. Thomas. He was torn between University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Texas State University. He decided to sign with his father’s alma mater Texas State University.

When asked if his father’s collegiate career had any impact on where he signed, Vatterott said,

“It’s cool that my dad is a respected alumnus and a successful football player out of Texas State. At the end of the day I chose [Texas State] because I like the university for the university, not just because my dad went there.”

-Charlie Vatterot, Texas State Commit

He too played both the offensive and defensive line for St. Thomas, but he plans on focusing on being an offensive lineman at Texas State.

Huggins is a four year football letterman. He received his first two letters from Houston Christian his freshman and sophomore year. He committed to Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. When asked about the toughest part of the recruiting process, Pete responded with, “The hardest part was getting your name out there in the initial stages. It isn’t easy, unless you are a big name, ranked recruit. For smaller schools like Middlebury, you’re really selling yourself to the school.”

He played linebacker and some fullback at St. Thomas, but plans on focusing on linebacker at Middlebury College. Jones is a four year football letterman at St. Thomas.

David Jones is a multisport athlete also being a four year letterman in basketball. He has also been Academic All-State all four years at St. Thomas and has committed to play football for Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

“My main goal is to help win an Ivy League championship for the first time in many years, but most importantly focusing on the Ivy League education and graduation from such a prestigious school like Cornell University.”

-David Jones, Cornell Commit

St. Thomas has shaped these studentathletes to be the best they can at their respective universities. The common denominator in all four of these young men is they all expressed the confidence they had that they would excel both academically and athletically

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Henry is a senior at St. Thomas and is the M.E. of The Eagle. He is commonly referred to as "The Enforcer" by staff members and section editors. He is a shrewd man with strong views on almost everything. Not only is he a star in the Publications Lab, but he is a modern day Picasso on the links. He aspires to play collegiate golf after a stellar high school career in the grueling conference that is TAPPS 5A. He is by far Mr. Cuccia's favorite student as well.

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