, Salem, MA


February 15, 2013

St. John's Prep's Bongiorno to play at Amherst


Bongiorno came up through the Marblehead Youth program, and in the early years bounced around between fullback, linebacker, and lineman before settling in at end. He was always a big kid, and a couple of years he didn’t make the weight limit. He also played basketball and made the Prep varsity as a sophomore.

Early in his junior season he broke his hand and after that decided to concentrate on football which is his first love. He went to football camps at Harvard, Dartmouth, and the University of Pennsylvania with teammates Alex Moore and Gerald Kahari. Moore committed to Penn recently.

“I met the Amherst coaches for the first time at the Harvard camp,” said Bongiorno. “I had been thinking about Ivy schools, but honestly the process was taking too long. Amherst was right there the whole time, and it was an easy choice because I really liked the coaches. At the end of the day it was an easy decision for me.

“It feels great not to have to think about it any longer. One of the coaches told me it has been 12 years since any Prep kid went to Amherst. I’m happy I’ll be playing in the NESCAC. It’s a fun, competitive league where I’ll run into former teammates on a regular basis. My parents are really excited they’ll be able to see all my games without having to travel too far.”

Bongiorno said he will continue to do all the stuff he’s been doing regularly to get ready for football at the next level. He is weight training at St. John’s and the YMCA as well as doing speed training with some of his teammates.

“Anthony had his choice of several excellent schools,” said Prep coach Jim O’Leary. “He was one of the key players for us, and will have a great college career. I believe Amherst is an excellent choice for him.”

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