Loyola football stars commence collegiate careers

DAVID LONG ’16, an Army All-American, first team CalHi Sports All-State, All-State Academic, All-CIF Pac-5 Division and All-Mission League first team corner on Loyola’s 9-3 varsity football squad in 2015, left his home in Pasadena last week to embark on the next steps in his academic and playing careers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is a scholarship defensive back at the University of Michigan. Regarded by Rivals.com as the top defensive back in the West in the 2016 recruiting class, Long was a starter for the West squad in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl played in San Antonio’s Alamodome. Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh pulled off a recruiting coup to land the West Coast star, who was honored as a Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

 Also leaving his home in Pasadena a week ago to begin his college studies and continue his football career at the University of Washington in Seattle was 2015 Cub Most Valuable Player MYLES BRYANT ’16. A CalHi Sports All-State special mention and All-Serra League defensive back, Bryant, a premier athlete, will undoubtedly make a big impact for the Huskies. He is joining former All-Serra League tackle COLEMAN SHELTON,’13 and All-Serra League’14 offensive lineman JOHN TURNER ’14 on a Washington team picked by many to win the Pac-12 North. Shelton, who has started at multiple positions on the Huskies’ offensive line, is on the Rimington Watch List as one of the top centers in major college football.

 All-Mission League lineman NOAH UTLEY ’16 has matriculated to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he will contribute on the line of scrimmage for the Cadets. Army is getting a stalwart competitor who will make Loyola proud.

 No less than seven other Cubs who graduated this spring will be starting their collegiate football careers in short order. Go to loyolagridironvanguard.com News for a list of the Cub graduates who will be playing collegiate football this fall and other news about Cub Football.

 Former Loyola volleyball star to play for professional team in Slovenia

Former Cub volleyball star ALEX SLAUGHT ‘12, an All-American at Loyola, continued his playing career at USC, where he earned honorable mention All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors. Now he is going to trek to Slovenia to compete on a professional team. See the link below.