St. John's Prep LB Smerczysnki commits to Holy Cross

St. John's Prep linebacker Sean Smerczynski told ESPNBoston.com tonight that he has verbally committed to Holy Cross for the fall of 2014.

"Coach [Tom] Gilmore sets a daily schedule that blends the academic and football commitments, so the student-athlete can reach his potential in both areas," Smerczynski said. "This approach is exactly the one I have been exposed to, and like, at St. John’s Prep."

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Danvers resident has been the Eagles' leading tackler the last two seasons. Last fall, he earned a spot on ESPN Boston's All-State Team -- one of only two juniors -- after recording 76 tackles (six for loss), two sacks and a fumble recovery. The Eagles won their first MIAA Division 1 Super Bowl in 15 seasons last fall.

Smerczynski says he had "serious discussions" with a number of Ivy, Patriot, Northeast and Division 3 NESCAC schools, "which made the decision difficult", he said. Yale, Dartmouth, Brown and Harvard are some of those notables, along with Bryant, Colgate, Georgetown and Albany.