METUCHEN, NJ - An old saying is that hard work pays off, but for several members of the GMC White  Division champion Saint Joseph football team, this is an understatement. Five accomplished senior student athletes signed Letters of Intent to different colleges on  Wednesday, February 1, to continue their academic success and play football for their future colleges.

“These young men are a great example of what it means to be student athletes,” Saint Joseph Head Coach Casey Ransone said. “They are using athletics, which is just a small part of their lives, to help them get an education to be prepared for the rest of their lives.”

  • Alexander Aithal of Piscataway is headed to the University of Chicago, the third ranked academic institution in the country, according to the US News and World Report. He he will be playing D3 football.
  • Steven Springer of Roselle Park signed his Letter of Intent to SUNY Maritime College and plans on pursuing a nautical career.
  • PJ Barr, a North Brunswick native, will attend Bucknell University in the fall.
  • Franklin Park’s Roderic Carson will attend Division II Gannon University in Pennsylvania.
  • Luke Yakely of Hillsborough will be headed to Johns Hopkins University. 

The signing took place just outside of the Vincent Maglio Gymnasium at Saint Joseph High School, with their friends, family, coaches, and Saint Joe’s brothers present to watch these talented young men sign their names to what should be very bright futures.

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Tomasz Kasztelan is a student at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen and a contributor to

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