By: Sean Brennan (Boston Herald)
Bid day for Tide trio
EVERETT — It was a proud day for Everett football coach John DiBiaso yesterday, as he stood by in the school library while three of his seniors announced their collegiate commitments on National Signing Day.
Offensive guard John Montelus signed with Notre Dame, and wide receiver/cornerback Jakarrie Washington committed to Wisconsin, while wideout/defensive back Jason Felix announced he will attend Eastern Arizona Community College, part of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
“I wish nothing but the best for them, and I think they will all be successful at the next level,” DiBiaso said. “They have the work ethic, talent, and through their hard work they are going to get the opportunity that a lot of people don’t get.
“In any sport you are one injury away from never playing again, so we try to stress upon them (through the recruiting process) that the degree is the most important thing. We hope that they utilize athletics to take advantage and make a better life for themselves.”
Montelus, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound guard, and the anchor on the Crimson Tide’s offensive line during its current three-year Super Bowl run, chose to attend Notre Dame, not only for a chance to play immediately but, more importantly, for the opportunity to receive a top-notch education.
“I am happy this whole recruiting process is over. It was a long trip having coaches call me everyday and all the rumors, but now I am officially a member of the Fighting Irish,” said Montelus, whose big frame, great footwork and solid technique caught the eye of several D-1 programs. “When I committed to Notre Dame, people kept asking me why there, because I had offers from a lot of other schools, but the coaching staff is great and I love everything that they are doing.
“And the academics are the best; you can’t match it. They have a 100 percent African-American graduation rate. (Notre Dame) is in contention to win national championships and they graduate their players. What’s better than that.”
Washington, arguably one of the fastest and most electric players in the state, scored 24 touchdowns as Everett’s go-to receiver last season, while also locking down opposing offenses from his cornerback position. A late recruit for the Badgers, Washington will start his college career on defense.
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