BC High senior linebacker/fullback Luke Catarius gave a verbal commitment to Bryant University yesterday, he told ESPNBoston.com tonight.
The 6-foot, 225-pound Sandwich resident was named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team as a junior in 2011, 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 went 4-6 and missed out on the playoffs.
Catarius is the third Class of 2013 prospect from the Catholic Conference to commit to the Bulldogs. He joins teammate Brandon Owens, an outside linebacker/safety who committed last July, and Xaverian linebacker Hunter Taute, who committed this past Wednesday. Bryant also has commitments in the Bay State from Thayer Academy wide receiver Aaron Gilmer and Bishop Stang linebacker Charlie McKeeman.
"It is the right fit for me," Catarius said. "Brandon going and Hunter Taute committing really made my decision easy. They are both competitors just like myself, and we want to go to a program that can compete."