St. John’s Prep linebacker Sean Smerczynski was heavily recruited, but when Holy Cross offered him a full football scholarship the Topsfield resident, who will be a senior next season, knew that was where he wanted to play.
It took a while for his transcript to be processed and things to be completed, but when Smerczynski heard it was a done deal yesterday afternoon it didn’t take long for him to verbally commit.
“I am so excited and Holy Cross is where I want to be,” said Smerczynski, who played a key role in leading the Eagles to the Division 1 Super Bowl this past year. “I had a lot of really good choices, but Holy Cross was the only one that offered me even though others said they were going to.
“I wanted to have the decision made before our pre-season camp started and although I haven’t made an official visit, I’ve been there several times. The first time I saw the campus I fell in love with it. I couldn’t ask for a better place to play.”
Smerczynski has been a starter at linebacker since his freshman year and is one of the hardest hitters on the team. He had been battling Lucas Bavaro and Alex Moore for most tackles made in the season, and during the playoffs passed both of them to finish with a team high 79. He had six tackles for losses, a sack, and two fumble recoveries. Fans would always find Smerczynski’s No. 44 right in the thick of things, putting pressure on the quarterback.
“I’ve been to Holy Cross the most times of any school except Harvard where my Dad went (former Prep captain and Harvard star Mike Smerzynski). I’m going to the Holy Cross camp on Sunday for a one day event where a lot of recruits will be. It will feel so good to have already committed,” he said.