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Monday, January 14, 2013
BC High's Catarius switches commitment to Princeton

By Brendan Hall

BC High senior linebacker/fullback Luke Catarius told ESPNBoston.com tonight that he has switched his verbal commitment for the fall of 2013, de-committing from Bryant University and re-upping with Princeton University a short time later.

"When a school like Princeton presents itself, it's a no-brainer," Catarius said. "You can't pass up a school that has both great academics and football."

The 6-foot, 225-pound Sandwich resident initially committed to Bryant on Dec. 15, joining teammate Brandon Owens in the Bulldogs' 2013 recruiting class. But things took a change this past weekend; he took an official visit to the Princeton campus, where he was hosted by 2010 ESPN Boston Mr. Football Matt Costello, and then on Sunday was notified by the coaching staff that he'd been accepted to the school and would receive his likely letter this week. He was told to expect his official acceptance letter in March.

Catarius was one of the state's most feared run-stuffers in his junior season of 2011, being named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team after leading the Eagles to their second Division 1 Eastern Mass. Super Bowl in four seasons. In 10 games that season, he led the Eagles in tackles with 129, including 24 for loss, and also paved the way offensively as the lead blocker for running backs Preston Cooper and Deontae Ramey-Doe.

This past fall, Catarius suffered a hairline fracture to his right ankle in the Eagles' first preseason scrimmage, sidelining him for the first seven games of the season as the Eagles finished 4-6 and missed out on the playoffs.

Catarius says he was told by coach Bob Surace that he doesn't know which side of the ball -- linebacker or fullback -- he'd be playing yet, "because I could play either, whatever he thinks will be most beneficial."