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Beth Long's football recruiting notebook

07/01/2014, 9:30am CDT
By Beth Long | @Beth_Long |

Fenwick's Aaron Garland, Providence's Nate Vejvoda make college choices and Bolingbrook's Armani McNulty adds offers.

Fenwick's Aaron Garland (26) defends Wheaton North's Michael Bloss. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media

The decision is in for another area prospect, who will play his college ball in the Northeast. Fenwick defensive back Aaron Garland has orally committed to Connecticut.

The 6-foot, 190 pound prospect visited the Huskies last week and knew that it was the place for him shortly after. 

“I visited last Wednesday and loved it,” Garland said. “It felt right as soon as I stepped on campus. After I finished talking with head coach Bob Diaco and safeties coach Anthony Poindexter I knew that Connecticut was the place for me.” 

Garland had other offers from Toledo, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, and several others. Even though his decision is in the books, the recruiting process was enjoyable and something that Garland won’t soon forget. 

“I thought that the best part of the recruiting process was going on the visits to different schools and seeing what every school has to offer,” Garland said. “That was exciting and also the mail was exciting.” 

Vejvoda chooses Miami of Ohio

Providence rising senior tight end Nate Vejvoda will head to play college football at Miami of Ohio, a school that has been towards the top of his list since they offered him in the spring. 

“The academics are really good which was an important part of my decision,” Vejvoda said. “The coaches there also believed in me being a big time player, especially in their offense.”

He added, “Its definitely a relief to have picked a school. I don’t have to worry about trying to find when to visit, whose camps to go to or who to call anymore.” 

Vejvoda stands 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and had offers from Western Michigan, Toledo, Central Michigan, Ball State and Buffalo. 

McNulty adding offers 

Bolingbrook continues to churn out Division I talent in the rising senior class, including defensive back Armani McNulty who has picked up five offers, including nods from Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, North Dakota State and Buffalo. 

“The first offer was great,” McNulty said. “It was real exciting when I got my first offer from Central Michigan. I had seen my teammates get offers before me and it was intimidating at first because I wasn’t sure if I would get one. But I stayed patient and then one came in, then two then three. But I want more, I’m working hard.” 

The three-star prospect is athletic and long, measures in at 6-foot, 175 pounds and has his goals set high for the upcoming season. 

“Right now I just need to keep working hard. We have a great defensive back’s coach in Todd Howard,” McNulty said. “He puts us in a great position to make plays. I am trying to just tighten up my defensive back skills, you know hopefully I can make a big impact on this 2014 team.” 

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