With inclement weather in the Washington, D.C. area canceling school for St. John’s, some of the region’s top recruits had to roll out their announcements on Twitter on Wednesday, rather than attend an official signing ceremony. This included quarterback Kevin Doyle, who announced he was signing with Arizona late Wednesday afternoon.
A three-star quarterback and All-Met Offensive Player of the Year, Doyle abruptly decommitted from Michigan on Sunday, but was then offered by Arizona, as well as Colorado State, on Monday. He is the No. 23 prostyle quarterback in the country, according to 247Sports, and the No. 6 player in Washington, D.C.
— Kevin Doyle (@Kevin_Doyle_13) February 7, 2018
Doyle spearheaded a group that led St. John’s to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship last season, beating Gonzaga 30-7 in the WCAC title game in November. It was the program’s first WCAC title win in football since 1989. Wednesday was the cap to their historic run.
“The senior class is the senior class,” St. John’s coach Joe Casamento said. “I will say the leadership from those kids are great, but I think one of the keys is all of our kids understand their role.”
St. John’s success has been imminent over the past few years. The Cadets are not only the reigning champion in football, but also currently in eight other sports, including baseball, girls basketball, field hockey, girls tennis, girls soccer, cross country, boys lacrosse and wrestling.
“I think it’s great to see both boys and girls are striving to become the best they can possibly be,” Casamento said. “And not necessarily beating everybody and going undefeated. We could go down the road and find a way to be 12-0, but we try to play a champion every chance we find.”
While Doyle’s announcement made waves in the afternoon, the first of the large senior group to announce their college choices was three-star cornerback D.J. Brown, who announced at 8 a.m. via Twitter he had signed with Notre Dame. Brown, an Under Armour All-American, narrowed down his final list to Notre Dame, California and Northwestern after decommitting from Virginia in January. The three-star is the No. 2 cornerback in D.C., according to 247Sports, and the No. 4 player in the state.
— DJ Brown (@DeeJayyy___) February 7, 2018
Josh Jefferson signed with Massachusetts, according to a tweet put out by the football program around 10 a.m. The three-star offensive guard collected offers from Massachusetts, Buffalo, Connecticut, Marshall and Syracuse. An Under Armour All-American selection, Jefferson is the No. 3 offensive lineman in D.C., according to 247Sports, and the No. 11 player overall.
— UMass Football (@UMassFootball) February 7, 2018
Caleb Okechukwu, a three-star defensive end, announced shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday that he was signing with Syracuse. A second team All-Met selection, he is the No. 12 player in D.C., according to 247Sports. The three-star had narrowed his decision down to Texas, Arkansas and Syracuse.
First I just want to thank everyone who has help from my coaches to my Family and most Importantly God. This journey hasn’t been easy but I’m glad we got through it. I say We because it’s a team effort I’m truly thankful. I’m glad to announce that I be attending….. pic.twitter.com/zaMCxjZcmj
— Caleb Okechukwu (@IamCaleb_18) February 7, 2018
Cam Goode, an ESPN Top 300 defensive tackle announced just before 2 p.m. that he officially signed with Virginia Tech. A first-team All-Met selection, the 6-foot, 315-pound nose tackle verbally committed to Virginia Tech back in June. He is the No. 5 player in D.C. and No. 40 defensive tackle prospect nationally, according to 247Sports.
— Justin Fuente (@CoachFuente) February 7, 2018