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Three Walsh Jesuit seniors make commitments to play Division I college football

By mikeb Published: August 5, 2008

Three seniors on the Walsh Jesuit High School football team recently made college commitments, Warriors coach Gerry Rardin said.

Offensive tackles Pat McShane, Brian Smith and defensive back/running back/wide receiver Armand Dehaney will continue their academic and athletic careers at Division I colleges.

McShane, 6-foot-8 and 290-pounds, is headed to Indiana University.

Smith, 6-foot-6 and 288 pounds, has selected Northwestern University.

Dehaney, 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, is bound for Ball State University.

McShane started for the Warriors last season and Smith played mostly as a reserve.

"To have two kids on the same team going to Big Ten schools is really special," Rardin said of McShane and Smith. "I don’t think it has ever happened here. That is really amazing. Both kids are gifted athletes and have the size that is needed. Both are extremely hard workers and both have very good feet and are tough kids."

Rardin said McShane will probably stay at tackle at Indiana and that Smith might move to guard or center at Northwestern.

Dehaney also started for the Warriors last season and played a variety of roles.

"Armand is just a pure football player," Rardin said. "He is undersized, but he is instinctive and so strong. He is so versatile and he runs very well. When the coaches at Ball State saw him on film they felt he is a tough football player that could make a positive impact."

Rardin said Dehaney will probably mostly play defensive back at Ball State.

- Michael Beaven

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