April 7, 2020

Seniors take student-athlete to the next level

Jack Dolan '15 recently committed to playing baseball and football at Tufts University next year. (Courtesy Photo)

This time of year can be very stressful for all students, but especially for seniors. At this point the college application process is winding down and students await the news on whether they will be accepted into school. Most students are focusing on going to college solely for academics, however for some students college will provide them the opportunity to take their athletic abilities to the next level.

The recruiting process gives students more to think about when deciding on where they should go to college and usually makes their decision even more complicated. Another thing that makes the selection process difficult is that colleges with strong athletic programs will request that student-athletes take a Post Graduate year in order to further develop their skills. The decision gets even more complicated if the student-athlete wishes to play multiple sports, as was the case for Jack Dolan ’15, who recently committed to play baseball and football at Tufts University.

“I’m super excited about playing at tufts. I’m very lucky that they are allowing me to play both football and baseball. As for committing early I wasn’t so lucky,” said Dolan.

“Most of the D1 schools I was recruited by for baseball wanted me to take a PG year and I didn’t have ANY football interest until about 3 weeks into this years season. When I got the call from Tufts in November I was over the moon,” said Dolan.

Dolan had originally planned on just playing baseball in college but was very excited when he received offers to play football as well. “I was hoping initially to just play D1 baseball after taking a PG year. I was totally indifferent about taking a PG but it’s expensive and I would rather just go straight to college,”

“When tufts called one day in November and said I could come in right away and play both, it was an offer I couldn’t turn down,” said Dolan.

Another Raider student athlete taking his talents to the next level is TJ Noonan ’15. Noonan has committed to play lacrosse at Connecticut College. Noonan looks forward to playing in college and cannot thank his coaches enough for their continuing support.

(Peter Santo ’16, Sports Editor)

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