This past Wednesday, February 6, three Cadets signed National Letters of Intent to make their official commitments to play football at the collegiate level.
Seniors Charlie Garbett, Andrew Puccinelli and D'Andre Tobias will be attending the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Wingate University and the United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point), respectively.
The terrific trio has been a part of the Benedictine football program for five years, having played football for the Cadets all four years of high school and one year with the Benedictine Middies program. "It means everything to be able to sign with these guys," said Garbett. "Since Day One, it was a goal of ours to sign, and now it has happened. It was a happy and sad day as our last day as teammates, but I wouldn't have wanted it to end any other way."
As the trio has been playing together for five years, it has won a state championship in 2015 and has competed in three state championships: in 2015, 2016 and 2018. "Signing with my classmates from Middies is something we've been dreaming of the past five years," said Puccinelli. "It was pretty cool to see that dream come true."
"I look forward to the friendships I will make and playing in a tough conference," said Puccinelli regarding Wingate. " I chose it mainly because the coaching staff was great and loved the campus and classes offered."
Out of the three schools chosen by the Cadets, two (VMI and West Point) are some of the most well-known military academies/institutes the country has to offer. "Along with football, excellent academics are offered, backed by a rich history," said Tobias. "I look forward to setting myself up for life, as well as playing on the biggest stage of all. Go Army, Beat Navy!"
"I look forward to the lifelong friendships that will be made and the benefits of graduating from a school like VMI," added Garbett.
"It was really neat to be able to see guys I've been playing with for the past six years (Garbett and Puccinelli) or even eight (Tobias), go fulfill their dreams of playing college football," stated long-time teammate Jack Hall, a junior football player. "It is sad to see them go, but I am so happy for them. They have had a great impact on both the program and the school, and they have been great leaders that have set the program up for future success."
As the trio will attend some of the nation's finest schools and institutions, it is exhilarating to see what their futures behold both on and off the gridiron, as their leadership, character and athletic abilities are second-to-none.