Eight Jesuit High School student-athletes from five sports programs signed with the colleges of their choice Wednesday (Nov. 14) at a special early morning signing ceremony in the President's Board Room at Jesuit.
Family, friends, and coaches packed the room to celebrate the event. School president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. encouraged the signees to be leaders of their respective sports programs in college, and athletic director Terry Rupp '84 told them to take advantage of this great opportunity.
The eight Jesuit seniors who signed Letters of Intent on Wednesday morning were:
- Jimmy Clifford – baseball – Wesleyan University
- Brendan Driscoll – swimming – Duke University
- Brandon Incardona – baseball – Canisius College
- Kenny Lane – lacrosse – Salisbury University
- Jeffrey Masser – soccer – UNC Wilmington
- Connor Murphy – golf - Oglethorpe University
- Trevor Stanley – soccer – University of Tampa
- Max White – golf – Gardner-Webb University
Driscoll captured individual and team State Championships last fall on his way to being named Hillsborough County's Most Outstanding Swimmer, and he has led Jesuit swimming to another sensational season. The Tigers won their 22nd straight District title and 10th straight Region crown this month, and they compete for a second straight State title this weekend in Stuart. Driscoll will join former Jesuit football players Clark Bulleit '15 and Kendrick Torain '18 as Duke University student-athletes.
Clifford and Incardona helped Jesuit baseball earn its 7th straight District title in 2018. Clifford joins another Jesuit pitcher, Everett Lee '18, at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ct., the alma mater of legendary NFL head coach Bill Belichick. Incardona is the second Jesuit athlete to sign with Canisius in two years, joining lacrosse star Jake Lemon '18 at the Jesuit institution in Buffalo, N.Y.
Lane joins Division III lacrosse powerhouse Salisbury University in Maryland. The Sea Gulls have won the DIII National Championship two of the past three seasons. Lane has helped Jesuit lacrosse to combined 32-6 record the past two seasons, including a District title and appearance in the Region Final in 2018.
Masser signed with an emerging national power, as UNC Wilmington is ranked No. 21 in the nation and has advanced to the NCAA Division I Soccer Tournament, where it hosts Furman on Thursday in the first round. Masser and Stanley, who signed with three-time Division II National Champion University of Tampa, helped Jesuit soccer to a 28-2 record last season and Top 10 national ranking.
Murphy signed with Oglethorpe in suburban Atlanta, the alma mater of one of the greatest golfers in Jesuit history, Anthony Maccaglia '11, who represented the United States in 2014 in England in the Palmer Cup, a major international collegiate competition modeled after the Ryder Cup, and won college golf's Jack Nicklaus Award in 2015 at Oglethorpe.
Murphy and White, who signed with Gardner-Webb, led Jesuit golf to phenomenal success the past four years, helping the Tigers continue a 13-year District title streak while also claiming three Region titles and placing 6th, 4th, 7th, and 4th at State.
This is the first of four college signing ceremonies scheduled at Jesuit for the 2018-19 school year. The second ceremony will take place Dec. 19, and the third and fourth ceremonies will take place in February and April. Each year, about 20-30 Jesuit student-athletes sign Letters of Intent to participate in college athletics.
Please see a photo slideshow from Wednesday below, and a video from the ceremony below that.