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November 14, 2012

St. John's Prep star Bavaro will continue football career at Dartmouth

An excellent student and outstanding football player, St. John’s Prep captain Lucas Bavaro has decided to continue his career in college at Dartmouth College.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Boxford native applied early decision to Dartmouth and just received a “likely letter” from the school. (A likely letter, used by all Ivy League schools for highly recruited athletes, tells a student that the probability of acceptance into an Ivy League school in April is very likely.)

It came down to Dartmouth and Colgate for Bavaro, and he ended up choosing the Big Green over the Big Red.

“Dartmouth and Princeton were the first schools to contact me,” said Bavaro, who holds a 4.2 grade point average. “They were both interested in me after my sophomore year, but had to wait until it was legal (via the NCAA) to contact me.

“The coaches at Dartmouth are great guys, and that’s important because you’re going to be with them for four years. The Colgate coaches were also great, and the two schools are very similar. I loved both, so it was a tough decision.”

Since he began playing for the Eagles as a high school freshman, Bavaro has drawn attention for his hard-hitting and heady play. He has the ability to dominate on both sides of the ball as a split end and defensive back, but it’s on defense where he really shines.

Currently, he is second on the team in tackles for St. John’s (8-1), and as opposing teams have learned all season, it is never safe to ignore No. 5 when punting. He partially blocked one kick and has come ever-so-close a half-dozen other times.

The son of former Danvers High, Notre Dame and New York Giants All-Pro Mark Bavaro (as well as the nephew of former NFL linebacker David Bavaro), Lucas is what his head coach, Jim O’Leary, termed “a special player,” one who was a leader on the Prep’s Super Bowl team of two years ago when he was just a sophomore.

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