Brophy student-athletes announce colleges they plan to attend

Ten student athletes at Brophy College Preparatory announced during a press conference this week where they will be playing and attending college beginning this fall.

Parents, friends, teachers and coaches gathered in a conference hall on the Brophy campus to take pictures and watch the student-athletes sign their national letters of intent.

According to head baseball coach and event coordinator Tom Succow, Brophy organizes the day to showcase how well its students perform on and off the field.

“We are a great academic school,” Mr. Succow said. “This event allows and lends a little more credence to the academic athlete that is here at Brophy.”

Among the colleges the players will be attending: USC, UCLA, Princeton, Harvard, Air Force, Amherst and a few others.

The most intriguing signing came from star football player Connor Murphy who will be attending USC next year. The 6’7” defensive end had to narrow his choices down from a list of competitive schools like Oregon, Arizona State, Michigan and current national champion Alabama.

Mr. Murphy, however, said USC felt like home for him.

“The biggest thing for me about USC that I didn’t feel about anywhere else is that I didn’t want to go home after my visit,” Mr. Murphy said.

“I wanted to stay and strap the football pads on and play. With my official visits with Oregon and Michigan and ASU and everywhere else I visited, I didn’t have the same feeling. I loved those schools but at the end of the day, I felt different after USC.”

For Brophy quarterback Cade Knox, the decision to attend Harvard was easy.. Mr. Knox said academics is very important to him. What he learned at Brophy, he said, will hopefully carry over into a smooth transition to Harvard

“At the end of the day I felt like Harvard was a place I won’t regret,” Mr. Knox said. “I respected Harvard. Growing up, when you met someone that went to Harvard, you respected them, and to now see myself in their shoes is a pretty good opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

Mr. Succow said the press conference was a good way for Brophy to highlight its diversity and success in a wide variety of sports.

“The basis of the school is educating the whole person,” Mr. Succow said.

“We are a good academic institution, and we are very good athletically. This is the largest group that we have ever had on a signing day and I think it’s just a reflection of the time and effort put in by the students.”

Editor’s note: Ryan Curry is a journalism student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

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