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Kendrick Mouton is going to be a Navy Midshipman.
He signed to be a student-athlete at the United States Naval Academy, a Division I school, on National Signing Day on Wednesday at St. John Neumann.
Mouton was a Class 2A all-state second team defensive back his senior year. He said he is going to be a running back at the Naval Academy.
In his senior year he led the Celtics in rushing with 718 yards and 14 touchdowns. He will join his brother Kenneth at the Academy.
Kenneth will join his brother after attending the Navy Prep Academy this year. Kenneth played quarterback at Golden Gate, along with his brother, in 2011. Kendrick Mouton transferred to St. John Neumann for his senior year.
"Kendrick didn't just show up and tell us he was good, he showed us," coach Steve Howey said. "He showed on the field and in his academics."
"There is no where I'd rather go than to the Naval Academy," Mouton said.
Having his brother there was a determining factor, along with the academic quality of the school, he said.
"He will be a leader at Navy as he was here," Howey said.
Mouton said, "St. John Neumann is the best school in the area, it was a great place for me."
Meanwhile, St. John Neumann's Ryan O'Rourke will be staying close to home, becoming a student-athlete at Ave Maria University.
"Ryan is a role model," Howey said. "If we had 11 Ryan O'Rourkes we'd be state champs."
Howey spoke of O'Rourke's putting the team first.
"In his sophomore year, Ryan rushed for 800 yards, but he agreed with the decision to move to fullback (more of a blocking back) to help the team," Howey said. He said O'Rourke will be a good college player because he can catch, block and run.
O'Rourke said," Ave Maria is a perfect fit for me. I like the small-school atmosphere. The coaches welcomed me with open arms and I will get a good education."
Kevin Joyce, the former Ave Maria football coach who is now the university’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, agreed.
"Ryan is an incredible person who exemplifies everything we want, on and off the field," he said.
Joyce has options where the versatile O'Rourke could play.
"He could be in the slot, a wide receiver, return kicks, he's just got the 'it' factor," Joyce said.
With Ave Maria going into it third full season, Joyce expects O'Rourke will be a factor in other area football players thinking of Ave Maria.
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