Two Peddie football players and one boys' soccer player officially unveiled their college choices Feb. 6, and signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and athletic pursuits for Division 1 colleges.
Brandon Louth, one of the premier linebackers in the area, signed with William and Mary of the Colonial Athletic Association, while Benjamin Pagan as a tight end/defensive specialist inked with the University at Albany Great Danes. The defensive anchor for Peddie Falcon soccer, Drew Rosenberg will continue his career in the Big 10, signing to attend Northwestern University.
A three-year starter at middle linebacker for head coach Frank deLaurentis, Louth has been honored with numerous awards including the 2012 Mid Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-State Prep selection. At the 2012 Peddie fall sports banquet, Louth garnered the The Howard Clark Memorial Award for best exemplifying the qualities of good citizenship, loyalty and commitment for making significant contributions to the spirit of the football team.
"It was the great academics that tipped the scales in favor of William and Mary," said Louth, who wants to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. "I easily fell in love with the Williamsburg area and campus on my unofficial visit in November and then solidified my decision on my third and final visit to this amazing school."
Named the 2012 recipient of the Maurice P. Shuman Football Award as the team's outstanding player, Pagan also received MAPL and first team All-State nods, recording 83 tackles and five sacks during his senior campaign. He will be remembered for his one-for-the ages spectacular 42-yard reception against Hun School, setting up the last-second touchdown to notch the upset victory.
"Albany is a perfect fit for me," said Pagan. "I enjoyed the atmosphere of the campus, the facilities and connected with the guys on the team. It was a great feeling to get the offer from Albany."
Selected to the elite All-Prep First team and recently honored with a spot on the 2013 USA Open Men’s National Soccer Team Maccabiah Games in Israel, Rosenberg received high marks from his Peddie coach Peter McClellan '90.
"While Drew received commitments from other DI programs, I think that his choice to commit to Northwestern was a good one," said McClellan. "Drew is intent on receiving the very best education he can find and Northwestern will be able to provide this. In addition, Drew is suited well for the DI game, as his size, his sneaky speed and technical abilities and vision of the field will enable him to compete.
"For Peddie, Drew proved to be a great leader, helping younger players find comfort in Peddie's system and encouraging his teammates to practice at a higher level. A great kid, Northwestern is lucky to have him."
Northwestern coach Tim Lenahan also concurs that Rosenberg is a good fit to the Wildcat's program: “Drew really wanted to come to Northwestern and even took a prep school year to continue to develop to make his dream a reality. He has a very cultured left foot, good size and a great feel for the game. He played very well at the recent USSF Academy Showcase in Florida. He has continued to improve and will give us good depth in the central midfield position. It will a big help that he will get to play with teammates Eric Weberman and Scott Lakin at the Maccabiah Games this summer."