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Central Catholic trio sign National Letters of Intent to play football in college

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Central Catholic had plenty of reason to celebrate on Wednesday.

In front of friends, family and members of the Central Catholic football staff and administration, the trio of Preston Zinter, Sean Mercuri and Jaden Wiggins signed their National Letters of Intent to play college football. The ceremony took place inside Central Catholic’s Memorial Gymnasium in Lawrence.

Zinter, Mercuri and Wiggins have been standouts for the Raiders, including leading them to a Division 1 Super Bowl appearance in 2021. Zinter is headed to Notre Dame, where he will enroll in January. The three-star recruit, according to 247Sports, is expecting to be a full participant in the Irish’s offseason strength and conditioning and football activities.

“Central Catholic immediately felt like home to me,” Zinter said. “The coaches, the teammates, the fans all made me feel welcome and wanted. It’s just a place that will always be special in my heart.”

Mercuri announced on Tuesday that he is headed to Merrimack College and on Wednesday made it official. Wiggins, the son of former New England Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins, is off to UMass to play for Don Brown.

“All three of them have just been standouts in the school community every which way,” said former Central Catholic coach Chuck Adamopoulos. “I am going to miss Preston come January just seeing him in the hallways. He’s such a great kid. All of them have just been great representatives of the program and the school.”

Zinter isn’t the local player heading to South Bend. Catholic Memorial defensive end Boubacar Traore, rated the 22nd best defensive end in his class, signed his NLI on Wednesday. A trio of his teammates, Jaedn Skeete, Max Tucker and Datrell Jones, are staying local and committed to Boston College. Mervens Amazan and Carson Harwood signed with URI, while David Afogho signed with Bowling Green.

Fresh off leading St. John’s Prep to the Div. 1 state title, two of its stars are heading to the big time. Joenel Aguero signed with defending national champion Georgia, while Jesse Ofurie will play at Rutgers.

Two of the more high profile players in the ISL will be heading to the ACC. Thayer Academy lineman Samson Okunlola signed with Miami, while BB&N’s Ronan Hanafin is off to Clemson. Another highly touted recruit out of the ISL, Milton Academy’s Andrew Rappleyea, signed with Penn State.

UConn was able to land Toriyan Johnson of Proctor Academy and Tucker McDonald of Wachusett. Seekonk lineman Josh Troiano, the MVP of the SCC, will play at Stonehill, while Taunton’s Nathan LaPlante committed to Bryant. Former Durfee star Jason Hall, now at Suffield, signed with Villanova.

 

FOOTBALL

BOWLING GREEN – David Afogho (Catholic Memorial)

BRYANT – Nathan LaPlante (Taunton)

CORNELL – Tim Bruen (Catholic Memorial)

CLEMSON – Ronan Hanafin (BB&N)

GEORGETOWN – Jake Parker (Wellesley)

GEORGIA – Joenel Aguero (St. John’s Prep)

HOLY CROSS – Bradford Brattner (Shrewsbury)

MIAMI – Samson Okunlola (Thayer Academy)

NOTRE DAME – Boubacar Traore (Catholic Memorial)

RUTGERS – Jesse Ofurie (St. John’s Prep)

STONEHILL – Josh Troiano (Seekonk)

UCONN – Toriyan Johnson (Proctor Academy), Tucker McDonald (Wachusett)

URI – Mervens Amazan (Catholic Memorial), Carson Harwood (Catholic Memorial)

VILLANOVA – Jason Hall (Durfee/Suffield)

MEN’S LACROSSE

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE – Isiah Koziell (Methuen)

 

WOMEN’S SOCCER

SAINT ANSELM – Hailee Pickles (Methuen)

 

SOFTBALL

SAINT ANSELM – Brooke Tardugno (Methuen)

 

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD

BOSTON COLLEGE – Kylee Bernard (Cambridge)

SACRED HEART – Inga Jung (Holliston)

UMASS – Ella Bosselman (Holliston)

 

 

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