15 Blue Jays commit to continuing their athletic careers in college

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Jesuit spring signees

Front row from left: Peyton Cox, Connor Prouet, Cameron Maheau, Cory Dublin, Jake Chanove (football), and Nolan Lambert (golf). Back row: Marc Theberge, Nick Ray, and Stephen Sepcich (baseball), Jandon Brisco (track), Chris Pitre (soccer), Josh Armond, Jack Jackson, and Noah Wilkins (swimming)

NEW ORLEANS – Fifteen student-athletes from Jesuit High School of New Orleans will make their commitments to play baseball, football, golf, track, and swimming at the collegiate level.

Josh Armond / Swimming

Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)

Richard Besselman / Football

Cornell University (Ithica, NY)

Jandon Briscoe / Track and Field

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Jake Chanove / Football

Ball State University (Munice, IN)

Peyton Cox / Football

University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)

Corey Dublin / Football

Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)

Jack Jackson / Swimming

Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)

Nolan Lambert / Golf

University of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)

Cameron Maheu / Football

Nicholls State University (Thibodeaux, LA)

Chris Pitre / Soccer

Hanover College (Hanover, IN)

Connor Prouet / Football

Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)

Nick Ray / Baseball

Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA)

Stephen Sepcich / Baseball

Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)

Mark Theberge / Baseball

Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)

Noah Wilkins / Swimming

Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)

PROFILES

Josh Armond (Delta State University) H: 5’8” W: 155

“Josh has been an important contributor to the Jesuit swim team since he arrived at Carrollton & Banks. His speed in the freestyle and freestyle relays has impacted the Blue Jay swim program immensely, finishing second at this year’s state meet in the 200-yard freestyle, third in the 500-yard freestyle, and winning the state title as the anchor on the 400-yard freestyle relay team. What I will miss most about Josh is his kind personality and loving spirit. Delta State is getting a committed swimmer who will represent its program well,” said head swimming coach Bret Hanemann ’85.

Richard Besselman (Cornell University): H: 5’9” W: 215

“As a three-year starter as the center on special teams, and a starter on the offensive line, Richard provided great consistency with his play. As a sophomore Richard helped provide consistency with his snaps, allowing our special teams to impact games during the state championship season. Cornell is getting a hard-working, talented, and reliable snapper. Replacing a player in this role is difficult and Richard has set the bar in this area for our younger players. We wish him the best,” said head football coach Mark Songy.

Jandon Briscoe (Univ. of Michigan) H: 5’9” W: 165

“Holding several school records and already a state champion indoors and outdoors as a Junior in the 400 meters, the University of Michigan is getting an explosive sprinter in Jandon Briscoe. Jandon has a tireless work ethic, he thrives during competition, and he has a sincere appreciation of the sport of Track and Field. I am confident that his positive, can-do attitude will have an instant impact on Michigan’s track team. The Jesuit track team will not only miss Jandon’s ability to run and compete, but also his leadership as he has mentored countless numbers of our younger athletes.” Rudy Horvath

Jake Chanove (Ball State University): H: 5’8” W: 170

“As an all-district selection as kicker, Jake provided our team with steady and reliable performances each week serving as punter, field goal specialist, and as our kicker. He was perfect with extra points, and highly consistent with field goals, with two over 42 yards. He will be just as consistent in college, and will serve Ball State in the same manner. We wish him the best, and look forward to hearing of his success early in his career,” said head football coach Mark Songy.

Peyton Cox (University of Mississippi): H: 6’1” W: 270

“As a significant contributor to our offensive line, Peyton became a highly-reliable player, able to contribute in multiple ways. His development over the course of his junior and senior years, and the attitude in his approach to his work make him a pleasure to coach. We are very proud that Peyton has an opportunity to continue playing at Ole Miss and wish him the best,” said head football coach Mark Songy.

Corey Dublin (Tulane University): H: 6’3” W: 290 

“As a four-year starter on the offensive line in the Catholic League, we believe that Tulane University is getting a very high quality addition to their offensive front. Corey will provide a personality that Tulane searches for in their offensive line. As a four-year starter on Jesuit’s offensive line, Corey has proven that he is an exceptional football player, from both a talent standpoint and has a great understanding of the game itself.  It is rare that such a player makes an impact on the game from an offensive line standpoint, but Corey certainly has set the bar here for great offensive line play. He will be missed and we wish him the best of luck,” said head football coach Mark Songy.

Jack Jackson (Loyola University): H: 5’11” W: 160 

“Last year at this time, Jack was calling his teammates together to map out a plan to recapture the state title. He had done some research and he felt he had a master plan. His hard work and driven attitude helped lead the team to an outstanding season. Jack won the 100 fly at the state meet and was on two state championship relay teams. I know he will swim well at Loyola,” said head swim coach Bret Hanemann ’85.

Nolan Lambert (University of New Orleans): H: 5’10” W: 160

“Nolan played and started for the Jesuit golf team for four years, which is rare. He has great leadership qualities and a good sense of humor. I have always appreciated Nolan’s ability to respond to coaching and feel comfortable that, as good as he is now, his best golf is in front of him,” said head golf coach Owen Seiler ’75.

Cameron Maheu (Nicholls State University): H: 6’4” W: 265 

“Nicholls State University is getting a steal in the form of Cameron Maheu. As a two-year starter on the offensive line, Cameron helped balance the front and provided much in the form of run blocking and pass protection. Cameron suffered injuries during his time here at Jesuit, but his attitude and demeanor helped him push through these injuries both in practice and games. We are grateful for Cameron’s dedication in this area, and we look forward to seeing Cameron make an early impact up front with Nicholls State,” said head football coach Mark Songy.

Chris Pitre (Hanover College) H: 5’11” W: 160  

“Chris is a three-year varsity player who captained the varsity team this year. Chris’s goal was to always play soccer at the collegiate level. Chris is an exceptionally talented player that always led by example. Chris was never afraid to sacrifice himself in a game for the betterment of his team” said head soccer coach Hubie Collins.

Connor Prouet (Tulane University): H: 6’0” W: 215

“As a two-year starter as a running back, Connor has certainly made an impact that will be missed. His work ethic, combined with his tough running style, will provide Tulane University with a quality back in a running-game oriented attack. We look forward to seeing Connor make an early impact in the Tulane backfield. We wish him the best of luck,” said head football coach Mark Songy.

Nick Ray (Southeastern Louisiana University): H: 6’2” W: 205 

“A four-year starter at the varsity level, Nick has primarily played SS at Jesuit but has also seen action at the CF, 2B, and 3B positions during his four years. An extremely versatile player who can run, field, throw, hit, and hit for power. Nick led the team in batting average (.353), hits (36), slugging pct. (.627), stolen bases (11), runs scored (32), and home runs (5). In addition to his outstanding numbers Nick has a teachable spirit and has shown tremendous leadership during his senior year. SLU is getting a very talented player but an even finer young man,” said head baseball coach Joey Latino.

Stephen Sepcich (Tulane University): H: 6’2” W: 200 

“A three-year letterman, Stephen has played all three outfield positions at Jesuit. He is an unselfish player and has all the tools necessary to be a significant contributor at the next level. He tied for the team lead in hits (36), and was the team leader in doubles with nine. He was second on the team in homers (4), slugging pct. (.567), batting average (.346) runs scored (29), and RBI (20). Stephen’s leadership emerged throughout his senior year and he is an outstanding teammate. Tulane is very fortunate to have landed a student-athlete of Stephen’s quality,” said head baseball coach Joey Latino.

Marc Theberge (Tulane University): H: 5’9” W: 175 

“Marc has been a solid infielder in his two years of varsity play.  Primarily a second baseman, Marc has shown his versatility by also playing 3B and SS in those two years. Marc shows remarkable power for a player his size as his numbers will attest.  He led the team in RBI (23), triples (5), walks (28), on-base percentage (.529) and boasts the team’s longest hit streak at nine games. Of his 31 hits, 12 went for extra bases. He was third on the team in hits (31), batting average (.344) and slugging pct. (.533). Marc is a fierce competitor and has a great work ethic. I see no reason why Marc cannot make a strong contribution in the Tulane program,” said head baseball coach Joey Latino.

Noah Wilkins (Old Dominion University): H: 6’1” W: 155

“Noah is a young man who leads by example, who will commit his heart and spirit to anything that he does. He won state in the 50-freestyle and will accomplish another goal soon, becoming an Eagle Scout. I can’t wait to see what’s next on his list. Old Dominion is getting a class act, who will help lead their program to new heights,” said head swimming coach Bret Hanemann ’85.

Contact

For additional information, contact Jeremy Reuther, Jesuit’s director of communications, at (504) 483-3813 or [email protected].

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