Senior Anthony Romano admitted he’s a deliberate decision-maker.

That’s why he was in no hurry to decide where he was going to play football in college.

But Romano, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound middle linebacker, recently revealed his intention to suit up for Wisconsin-Whitewater. He said Illinois Wesleyan was a close second.

“It’s such a tough decision that I wanted to look at and think about every scenario,” he said. “I don’t make rash decisions.”

A two-year starter for the Ramblers and one of the most accomplished players in program history, Romano said he chose UW-Whitewater for its football success and business school. The Warhawks, who play in Division III, are 54-3 and have won two national titles in the last four seasons.

“Football has been a big part of my life since I was very young,” he said. “I want to make sure I continue playing at the highest level I can. After playing at Loyola, I expect to win. [UW-Whitewater] expects to win, too. That’s a good fit.”

In his two varsity seasons, Romano helped the Ramblers win the 2015 Class 8A state title and two Catholic Blue championships while winning 27 of 28 games. As a senior, Romano finished with 119 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks, four forced fumbles and three quarterback hurries. He had one interception that he returned 31 yards for a touchdown in Loyola’s 42-14 win over O’Fallon in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs.

“Tony is extremely physical and a downhill-type player,” Loyola head coach John Holecek said. “He has a lot of experience. He can read offenses, linemen, backs. Whitewater has great football, and they win a lot, which I imagine is important to him after playing at Loyola.”

Romano joins senior defensive lineman Omar Mendez as a UW-Whitewater commit from Loyola’s Class of 2017. Bobby Desherow, a 2016 graduate, is a freshman football player for the Warhawks.

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