Three Iona Prep senior football players–Kaloni McIntyre, Jose Ruiz and Jayson Vavrica–signed on National Signing Day Feb. 2 to play the sport in college.
In all, 16 Iona Prep football players in the Class of 2022 have committed to play in college.
McIntyre, a four-year member of the football who competed on the indoor and outdoor track teams for three years, signed with Stony Brook, which plays in the NCAA Division I’s Colonial Athletic Association. The member of Iona Prep’s 2021 state championship team earned all-league honors from the New York Catholic High School Football League and was honorable mention for New York State Sportswriters Association’s all-state team. The Bronx resident has a 3.3 grade point average.
Jose Ruiz will play NCAA Division III football at Trinity College. The Bronx resident and a team captain was injured in Iona Prep’s season opener and missed the remainder of his senior season before receiving the CHSFL’s Injured Player Award. He also threw the shut put and discus in the track and field program and owns a 93.72 grade point average.
Vavrica, a two-year varsity starter at defensive end, will play at Pace University, an NCAA Division II program in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Yonkers resident, who also played one season of varsity basketball, has a 3.7 grade point average.
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