By Jean DePlacido
---- — Committing to Northeastern University to play baseball was an easy choice for St. John’s Prep senior Mike Geaslen.
When the Huskies came calling for the Eagles’ catcher, he was ready to make his college selection. Until then, Geaslen had been mulling over the thought of playing both football and baseball at a Division 3 college.
“I had been talking seriously to Bates College for a while (knowing) I could play both at NESCAC schools,” said Geaslen, who transferred to the Prep after his freshman year at Andover High. “My dad (Dave) went to Northeastern and my sister Tameka plays field hockey there now, so I already knew a lot about the school.
“They gave me a great opportunity, and I like everything about it both for academics and athletics. It’s close to home, which is important to me, and I love the idea of being right in the city.”
Geaslen, who was recently named the Prep’s starting quarterback, says he intends to major in political science or sports management.
St. John’s Prep has sent quite a few athletes to play baseball for the Huskies. Dustin Hunt and Mike Driscoll are freshmen on the team while Chris Carmain will be a senior when Geaslen enters next fall.
Geaslen, who said the NU coaches intend to use him at catcher, spent this summer playing for St. John’s Prep assistant coach Ryan Leahy’s AAU Legends baseball team, and scouts from Northeastern came to watch him play in tournaments in Rhode Island and New Jersey.
“I had been to visit the school multiple times, and I decided if they came calling for me I’d accept the offer,” he said. “I’m really happy to have made the decision; now I can just concentrate on football season.
“I take the responsibility of the Prep quarterback job very seriously. Coach (Brian) St. PIerre (a former SJP and Boston College star who played in the NFL) has been working with all the QBs; not only does he know what he’s talking about after playing in the NFL for so long, but he knows how to teach it. We’re really lucky to have someone like him helping us out.”