ROXBURY, NJ – Three Roxbury High School seniors this week signed letters of intent to attend and play sports at Division 1 universities.
The students, Jack Findlay, Justin Bosland and Thomas Shulz, signed the commitment documents on National Letter of Intent Signing Day.
Findlay committed to play baseball for the University of Notre Dame. Bosland committed to play baseball for Northeastern University. Schulz committed to compete on the Monmouth University Track and Field Team.
The young men were praised by their Roxbury High School coaches.
“Today's milestone for both Jack and Justin is significant because playing at the highest level of college baseball has been a dream for both players and today it became official,” said Roxbury High School Baseball Coach Greg Trotter. “Both players are tremendous young men that come from outstanding families and have given so much to our program and our school.”
He said the commitment letters were also significant for the high school’s reputation. “It shows our community that athletes can attend Roxbury High School and achieve their goals of becoming a Division 1 student/athlete,” Trotter said.
Roxbury High School Track and Field Coach Derek Bischoff said the signing event was, for Schulz, “an exciting nod to what has been a great high school career.”
“Now he doesn't only have the incredible opportunity to run in college, but he gets to do it for a Division I program like Monmouth University,” Bischoff added, noting he too attended Monmouth.
“Thomas has been a dedicated runner for a long time now, even before he came to Roxbury High School,” the coach continued. “Since his freshman year, he has been an All-Conference performer for us. He has also been a top finisher in Morris County, and the State Section both in Cross Country and Track & Field. Last winter, Thomas broke the school record for the indoor 1,600-meter race. We know he has his eyes on more school records as this year moves forward too.”
Speaking of Findlay, Trotter cited the student’s hard work and talent.
“He has matured both physically and mentally through his four years,” the coach said. “As a freshman, he was a skinny, talented, competitive, confident kid and has matured into one of the top players in the state. Jack has been the winning pitcher in our last two State Sectional Championship games as a freshman and sophomore. Obviously, his junior year was canceled, but the sky is the limit when it comes to what Jack can do this upcoming season and through the rest of his career.”
Turning to Bosland, Trotter said the student’s road to becoming a Division 1 student/athlete was a bit different.
“Through no fault of his own, Justin has not been on the varsity field except for about 15 games,” said the coach. “As a sophomore, Justin was expected to be a huge contributor to our team both in the infield and on the mound. Unfortunately, an injury at the end of basketball season cost him the first half of the baseball season.”
But when Bosland recovered, “he began to show what a great athlete he was,” Trotter said. “He finished the season as our starting shortstop, one of our best offensive players and someone we trusted on the mound.”
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