Eight Loyola student-athletes — seven football players, one soccer player — made their college decisions official at the school Wednesday, Feb. 1. Pictured above (left to right): David Terrell Jr., Ian Swenson, Mickey Kane, John Brekke, Jack Badovinac, Jake Marwede, Tommy Herion, Sean Hickey.
Head coach: John Holecek
Jack Badovinac (offensive line) — Colgate
Coach’s comment: One of the nicest kids ever. Great leader and teammate, but he’s as nasty on the field as anyone I have coached. Strong, quick feet and rolls his hips well so he explodes into defenders. Awesome pull/trap blocker, and we might never see another like him. Truly special.
John Brekke (offensive line) — Holy Cross
Coach’s comment: Very nimble for a big man. Strong and smart. Secured the left side of the line with Badovinac over the last two years. Projects as a college guard, but his intelligence and athleticism will give him tools to play any O-line position. Holy Cross is getting a very versatile player.
Tommy Herion (quarterback) — Iowa
Coach’s comment: Accurate, quick release, strong arm, poised, smart and athletic. Has all of the tools of a great quarterback besides the overwhelming size. When he puts on muscle and matures physically, he should be a major find for the Hawkeyes. I will not be surprised if he starts there, even if it might take a couple of years.
Mickey Kane (linebacker) — Butler
Coach’s comment: Very athletic rush end/outside linebacker. Extremely versatile because of athleticism. He can rush the passer or drop in coverage. He has a tremendous inside rush move and extremely productive even without stunts or blitzes. Double-digit sack guy if he ends up rushing, but he’s smart enough to know schemes and play well in any defensive system.
Jake Marwede (tight end) — Duke
Coach’s comment: Exceptional everywhere. Giant, tough, fast, great hands, athletic. He was a major national recruit and one of the best all-around players ever to come out of Loyola. Ever.
Ian Swenson (cornerback) — Connecticut
Coach’s comment: A rare athlete that immediately impresses because of his size, speed and quickness. Played corner, but because of his length and range, Ian can play any defensive back position in college. My guess is he will move to safety after a college coach gets his hands on him.
David Terrell Jr (receiver) — Howard
Coach’s comment: Has every intangible skill a receiver could ask for. He has great hands, shakes, route running, body awareness. He just lacks in size for major college programs.
Jack Hough (defensive end) — Army
Hough, a 2016 graduate, played on Loyola’s 2015 Class 8A state title team. He chose to attend Choate Rosemary Hall, a prep school in Connecticut, before making a college decision.
Head coach: Baer Fisher
Sean Hickey (forward) — Denison
Coach’s comment: Sean has been an invaluable member of the Loyola soccer program. Voted captain by his peers for his junior and senior seasons, Sean’s enthusiasm and competitive drive helped the varsity team toward many successes, including a program-record 16 wins during his senior year. Sean’s left a positive mark on the program.