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January 2021

Iona Preparatory Scholar- Athletes Commit to Play Collegiate Sports on National Signing Day

Ten Iona Preparatory School scholar-athletes committed to playing collegiate sports as part of the school year’s second National Signing Day.  The list includes eight football standouts, six of whom will be joining Division I programs, which is believed to be the most of any Westchester program this year. Additionally, two Division I lacrosse signees bring the total for Wednesday’s ceremony to eight D-I signings and nine overall, with 17 overall commitments from the Class of 2021.

 

The ESPN- style event included remarks by Athletic Director Bernard Mahoney, Varsity Football Head Coach Joe Spagnolo, and other school dignitaries, with proud parents, teachers and fellow students watching remotely on LocalLive.

 

True scholar-athletes, the most recent commits had an average GPA of 90, with four topping the mark individually.  The following Gaels committed on December 16, 2020:

 

Wesley Abraham, 17 - White Plains

Football | Wesleyan University – DIII

A four-year member of the football program, Wesley was part of the 2018 Junior Varsity Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) Championship team, the 2019 undefeated league championship team and the 2019-2020 Varsity ‘B’ City Championship Basketball team.  Wesley did track and field for one year, in addition to his football and basketball career.  He is a member of the African American Society and currently has an 86.94 overall GPA.  Outside of Iona Prep, Wesley plays AAU basketball with the NY Finest.  Wesley will continue his academic and football career at Wesleyan University.

 

Andrew Berkery, 18 - Bronxville

Football | Bryant University - DI

Andrew is a four-year member of the football program and a two-year varsity starter at right tackle.  He also played two years of lacrosse and one year of track and field.  He was a member of the 2019 undefeated division champion football team that went to the CHSFL semifinals.  Andrew is a member of Ave Atque Vale, a unique club that provides a presence for those who die and are buried alone, the International Relations Club and has been a peer minister for two years.  Andrew currently has an 89 overall GPA and will attend and play football next year at Bryant University.

 

John Mitchell, 18 - Rye

Lacrosse | College of the Holy Cross - DI

John is a four-year member of the lacrosse program and also played one year of football.  To date, John has been a member of the 2018 JV Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) League Championship team and the 2019 CHSAA League, Downstate and State Championship teams.  John’s personal accomplishments include being named All-League, CHSAA Attackman of the Year and 2nd Team LoHud All-Hudson Valley Team as a sophomore.  He was also named Iona Prep Athlete of the Week and, before his junior year, was named LoHud Preseason “Next 11.”  John is a member of the Sports Management Club and also volunteers in the Bronx as a lacrosse and golf coach.  John currently has a 96.45 overall GPA and will attend and play lacrosse at the College of the Holy Cross.

 

Jaziel Rivera, 17 - White Plains

Lacrosse | Manhattan College - DI

Jaziel is a four-year member of our lacrosse program.  He is a face off specialist and was a member of the 2019 Junior Varsity City Championship team.  Jaziel is a member of the Latinos Unidos Club and currently has a 78.2 GPA.  He will attend and play lacrosse at Manhattan College.

 

Ethan Robinson, 17 - Montgomery

Football | Bucknell University - DI

Ethan is a four-year member of our football program and a three-year varsity starter who was named a captain for the upcoming season.  He also played three years of basketball.  Ethan helped lead the team to an undefeated regular season and division championship as a cornerback and free safety.  As a junior, Ethan had 31 tackles, one interception and 10 pass breakups.  This fall, Ethan had seven interceptions and seven pass breakups in the 2020 CHSFL 7-on-7 season.  Ethan is a member of the African American Society and the Math Team.  He currently has a 92.86 overall GPA and outside of Iona Prep, he enjoys playing AAU basketball.  Ethan will continue his academic and football career at Bucknell University.

 

Kevin Rohde, 18 - Purchase

Football | Brown University - DI

Kevin is a four-year member of our football program and a three-year varsity starter.  He is a two-year varsity team captain and has anchored the offensive line the past three seasons.  Kevin helped lead the team to an undefeated 2019 regular season division championship and is also a three-year member of our basketball program.  In 2019, Kevin was named All-League, All-County and All-State at left tackle.  He is a member of the International Relations Club, Math Team and currently has a 95.76 overall GPA.  Outside of Iona Prep, Kevin has been a volunteer firefighter and also went on a church service trip to New Orleans.  He will continue his academic and football career at Brown University.

 

Thomas Ryan, 17 - New Rochelle

Football | Union College - DIII

Thomas is a four-year member of the football program and was a member of the 2019 undefeated division championship team. He was also a member of the 2018 Junior Varsity CHSFL Championship team.  Tommy plays guard and the coaching staff is excited about having him on an experienced and talented offensive line.  He made First Honors his junior and senior year and is a member of the International Relations and Business Leadership Clubs.  Thomas currently has a 91.4 overall GPA and outside of Iona, is part of the SJP Youth Group and the Larchmont Shore Club Swim Team.  He will continue his academic and football career at Union College.

 

Khordae Sydnor, 17 - Harlem

Football | Purdue University - DI

Khordae is a four-year member of the football program and a two- year varsity starter at defensive end.  Khordae was a member of the 2018 CHSFL Junior Varsity Championship team and the 2019 undefeated varsity division championship team.  He began his football career as a quarterback and made the transition to defensive end while at Iona Prep.  As a three-star recruit and No. 5 ranked player in New York State, Khordae—at 6’5, 280lbs.—had multiple offers from UMass, Dartmouth, Arizona State, Army, Fordham, Kent State, Cornell, Stony Brook, Rice, UPenn, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Columbia, UAlbany, Rhode Island, Purdue, Bryant University, Harvard, Boston College and Yale. He is a member of the African American Society and currently has an 88 overall GPA.  Khordae will continue his academic and football career at Purdue University.

 

Alex Williams, 17 - Harlem

Football | Bryant University - DI

Alex is a four-year member of our football program and a 3-year varsity starter as a wide receiver.  He also played one year of basketball at Iona Prep.  He was a key member offensively for the 2019 undefeated division championship football team. As a junior, Alex had 28 receptions for 450 yards and six touchdowns. He was a 2019 Journal News All-Star Honorable Mention and was ranked the No. 1 wide receiver in New York State by Prospect NYS. In addition, he was named Iona Prep Athlete of the Week and CHSAA Player of the Week in 2019.  Alex has been a Prep Rep, part of our retreat leadership program and was also part of our Edmund Rice Ireland Exchange Program.  He currently has an 88 overall GPA and outside Iona Prep, has done community service at Metropolitan Hospital Center and helped coach with the Harlem Jets youth football program. Alex will attend and play football at Bryant University.

 

Darius Wilson, 17 - Bronx

Football | College of William and Mary - DI

Darius is a four-year member of the football program and was the starting quarterback for the 2019 undefeated regular season division championship team.  He is a two-year varsity starter and team captain.  Darius was also the starting quarterback for the 2018 CHSFL Junior Varsity championship team. In addition to football, he played one season of basketball and ran track for a year.  As a junior, Darius was named All-League, All-County, 2nd Team All-State, CHSFL Offensive Player of the Year Runner Up and was a Gatorade Player of the Year Finalist.  Darius threw for 2,207 yards and 23 touchdowns, while completing 63 percent of his passes.  As a true, dual-threat QB, Darius also rushed for 551 yards and had four rushing touchdowns to go along with multiple offers and interest from Georgetown, Eastern Michigan, Stony Brook, Lehigh, UPENN, Austin Peay, UAlbany, Bryant, Howard, Columbia, Dartmouth, Merrimack, Maine, Princeton, Monmouth, Holy Cross, Harvard, Elon, South Dakota State and Colgate.  He is a member of the African American Society and currency has a 92.15 overall GPA.  Darius will continue his academic and football career at William & Mary.

 

You can watch a recording of the ceremony at LocalLive.TV/IonaPrep or, to learn more about Iona Preparatory, visit www.IonaPrep.org.