Anthony Bongiorno has the size, skill, and academic excellence that college coaches are looking for.
The starting tight end/defensive end for the 2012 Super Bowl champion St. John’s Prep team had his pick of several outstanding schools. However after making his final visit to Amherst College a couple of weeks ago his mind was set on playing football there the next four years.
The Marblehead resident, who is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, is a Catholic Conference first team all-star. He has been a two-way starter for the Eagles the past two years and is that big target every quarterback would love to throw the ball to.
Bongiorno has a 4.37 GPA and scored 2240 on his SAT’s. His name always shows up on the Headmaster’s List for the Prep’s best students. He looked at a lot of Division 1 and Ivy League schools with Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton high on his list. UMass Amherst and BC also expressed interest, but after a long search Bongiorno found everything he was looking for in Amherst.
“First and foremost it’s a great academic institution,” he said. “I felt very comfortable there. Coach (E.J.) Mills is the type person I wanted to play for, and their offense throws 40 or more times a game which is perfect for me. They’ve also got a tall quarterback, who shouldn’t have any trouble finding me.”
The Lord Jeffs won have 28 games in the last four years and lost only four with two undefeated seasons in 2009 and 2011. Mills took over as head coach in 1997 and last year was joined by former Pingree star Kenny Adinkra, who will return as a sophomore next year.
“I was recruited by every school as a tight end, and that’s where Amherst intends to use me,” said Bongiorno. When I made my visit I liked it right away. It’s a great college town, and the atmosphere is nice. I’ll probably major in liberal arts and take my time deciding whether to concentrate on engineering or business which both interest me.”